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Seville: Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour Combo

1. Seville: Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour Combo

Meet your guide in Plaza del Triunfo and head to the first stop, the Alcázar of Seville. After using the priority entrance to enter the palace, begin your guided tour. Hear about how Moorish and Christian styles were mixed together to create a palace that was emblematic of Mudéjar architecture. Discover the Patio de las Doncellas and grand Ambassadors’ Salón, both featured in Game of Thrones. Admire the intricate carved detailing and colorful Islamic-style tiling. Then stroll around the gardens filled with orange trees and peaceful water features.  Next, head to the Cathedral of Seville. On your guided tour, learn about the Cathedral’s important role in the city’s history, and the Islamic, late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque influences in the architecture.  Marvel at the magnificent 18th-century baroque altarpiece, and the elaborate organ. You can also visit the mausoleum where the remains of Christopher Columbus are laid to rest.  Finally, your guide will lead you to the Moorish Giralda Tower. The call to prayer was announced from this tower when Spain was under Muslim rule. Climb the stairs and admire the spectacular views of Seville from the top of the tower.  Choose from either a small-group or private tour to suit the experience you're looking for.

Seville: Cathedral, Giralda & Alcazar Entry With Guided Tour

2. Seville: Cathedral, Giralda & Alcazar Entry With Guided Tour

Explore the rich history of Seville by visiting two of its most important sites: the Cathedral of Seville and Alcazar. Take advantage of skip-the-line access as you learn about both locations from your expert guide. First, see the beautiful Cathedral of Seville and its unique architecture. Enjoy skip-the-line access, then learn all about the rich and cross-cultural history of this holy site from your guide. Climb the Giralda, the Cathedral's bell tower. Then visit the Alcazar, and gain an understanding of the diversity of cultures and legacies that exist in Seville. After skipping the line entrance, your guide will take you on a pleasant walk through the orange trees and myrtles, and help understand the depth of Seville's history and culture.

Seville: Alcázar and Cathedral Guided Tour & Priority Access

3. Seville: Alcázar and Cathedral Guided Tour & Priority Access

Explore the soul of Seville through its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Learn about the city's Islamic past, Christian roots and Jewish legacy at the Alcázar, and see the city's majestic cathedral. Start with a visit to the Alcázar. Home to 3 palaces, royal chambers, centenary gardens and chapels, the Alcázar has been the site of many dynasties. Explore this site with your guide, taking advantage of a personal audio system to enhance your visit. Travel through different periods of history and follow in the footsteps of the ancients. Discover for yourself why the monument was chosen for its beauty as the location for TV serials like "Game of Thrones."  Walk to Seville Cathedral to see the world's third-largest cathedral and largest Gothic church in the world. Built on the remains of a mosque, the vast monument reveals 900 years of history. At the end of the tour say goodbye to your guide, then climb by foot to the top of Giralda Tower to admire spectacular views across the city.

Seville: Tapas, Taverns & History Evening Tour

4. Seville: Tapas, Taverns & History Evening Tour

Discover Seville's culinary traditions and listen to fascinating stories from Seville's past on a tapas, taverns, and history walking tour. Start the night at Seville's oldest tapas bar where you’ll try vermouth paired with acorn-fed Iberian ham. Then, stroll through the historic center as you learn about its history from Julius Caesar to Christopher Columbus and the Moorish conquest to the dark days of the Spanish Inquisition. Next is a stop at a family-run restaurant that many visitors miss due to its small size. Try some delicious orange wine and tickle your taste buds with some cured Manchego cheese and slow-roasted pork belly drizzled with Spanish olive oil. On the way to your next food stop, you’ll see some of Seville’s must-see sights including the oldest Gothic cathedral in the world and the Barrio Santa Cruz before arriving at a local bar. Here you can taste one of the most typical tapas in Seville: Montaditos paired with a refreshing glass of Spanish wine. Finally, get off the beaten track and discover a few hidden secrets and plazas in the city before entering the last bar on this tour. Sit down and feast your way through the evening with shared plates of specialty tapas perfectly paired with Andalusian wine. Round off the evening with an unforgettable dessert, the best way to end the culinary crawl through Seville.

Sevilla Daily 3-Hour Bike Tour

5. Sevilla Daily 3-Hour Bike Tour

Take a tour of Sevilla on bike and visit both the city hot spots and the under-the-radar highlights on a 3-hour guided trip. A bicycle tour allows you to cover a greater distance in the city with less effort than walking, making it ideal to discover the city. On your trip, you will see such sites as Alcázar Palace, the Triana and Arenal districts, Maria Luisa Park, Plaza de España, and more. Some of these places are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Additionally, discovering Sevilla in this fun and dynamic manner will not only expose you to the sites that have given it its reputation, but will also provide you with a fabulous sense of orientation in the city and give you valuable information about how to proceed. Learn about where you should eat and what you should see during your stay, as your guide points out the best restaurants, theaters, bars, and more.

Seville: Mysteries and Legends Guided Walking Tour

6. Seville: Mysteries and Legends Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide and set off on an adventure to unravel the mysterious past of Seville. As you explore the streets, walk in the footsteps of some of Seville’s most prominent and historical figures, and learn about their impact on the city. Listen to your guide’s spine-tingling stories about religious events, plagues, and paranormal activity, dating back to the 13th century. By the end of the tour, you’ll have seen Seville from a unique perspective, and have a few spooky tales to take home with you.

Seville: Cathedral, Giralda and Alcázar 4-Hour Guided Tour

7. Seville: Cathedral, Giralda and Alcázar 4-Hour Guided Tour

Hear the story of Seville Cathedral and the magnificent Alcázar from an expert guide on a 4-hour tour, including time to visit the Giralda tower. Journey through the Arabic, Christian, and Roman history of the city along the way. Enter the imposing walls of the oldest palace in Europe at the Alcázar, still used by the Spanish monarchy but originally built by the Muslim Moors. Marvel at the scale of Seville Cathedral, built on the site of a great mosque. Admire the Giralda bell tower, built as a minaret during the reign of the Almohad dynasty. Stroll the narrow streets of the old Jewish quarter and more. 

Seville: Santa Cruz Old Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

8. Seville: Santa Cruz Old Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Complete your trip to Seville by taking a walking tour through the picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets in the Santa Cruz neighborhood. This area, the former Jewish Quarter is the city's tourist heart.  Meet your official guide in the city center and enter the neighborhood on a small group tour. Learn about how an ancient Sephardic community dwelled in this area over many centuries. Walk in the same places where Spanish baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo once stepped. Stroll past tapas bars serving octopus and Iberian ham, orange tree-lined squares, and shops selling souvenirs, handicrafts, and ceramics. See the Gothic Cathedral and pass the Real Alcázar, a Moorish-Renaissance palace backed by lush gardens. Discover secret, alluring passageways and the city's best-kept hidden gems as you are fully immersed in this vibrant neighborhood.

Seville: Alcázar, Cathedral and Giralda Tour with Tickets

9. Seville: Alcázar, Cathedral and Giralda Tour with Tickets

Take advantage of a guided tour with priority ticket access for both the Alcázar and the UNESCO-listed cathedral. Hear fascinating facts from your guide, and see Santa Cruz and the famous bell tower. Meet your guide, then set off on your sightseeing adventure. The first stop of the day is the Royal Alcázar of Seville. Enjoy skip-the-line entry, then spend 1 hour and 15 minutes exploring this historic landmark. Inside, see the impressive Mudejar Palace, Gothic Palace, and Stucco Courtyard, then wander around the sprawling gardens. As you explore, learn about the history of the landmark, and the prominent figures who once lived here. Next, head to Seville Cathedral and admire the architecture of this UNESCO listed landmark. Enjoy a walk around the famous Patio de los Naranjos, then see the tomb of the famous traveler, Christopher Columbus. Walk through the lively Santa Cruz neighborhood. End the tour at the Giralda, the city’s famous bell tower.

Seville: Las Setas Guided Tour with VR & Optional City Tour

10. Seville: Las Setas Guided Tour with VR & Optional City Tour

Admire the views from Metropol Parasol, also known as Las Setas (the mushrooms), a wooden structure in La Encarnación Square in Seville's old quarter. Benefit from skip-the-line access, a guided tour, and a VR experience. Choose to add a guided tour of the city's highlights to your experience. Meet your guide at the customer service desk next to the ticket office and skip the line to enter the structure. Make your way up to the viewpoint and enjoy fantastic views of the city skyline. Spot notable landmarks and learn a bit about the history and development of the city. Then, don your smartglasses and enjoy a VR experience, showing how the city once looked from above. Go back in time to the Romans Empire when the city was known as Hispalis. This virtual tour is also an interpretive and dynamic videoguide providing great insight into the city's rich heritage. Depending on the option chosen, either leave your guide after 30 minutes or continue with a 2-hour guided walking tour of Seville. Discover the city's main attractions with your guide and enjoy extra VR views using the smartglasses.

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What people are saying about Santa Cruz, Seville

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 10,286 reviews

Lita (spelling?) was absolutely fantastic. She was knowledgeable about every aspect you could wish for, from the symbolism of certain monuments to the historic context for things as basic as a fountain. We really can’t say enough good things about her. I am a world history teacher in the US, and she filled in a number of gaps for me with exciting specifics and anecdotes that I’m sure my students will be fascinated by (knife fights between King Peter I and his step brother/enemies, the artistic motifs that blend Islamic and Christian architecture in terms of how they attempted to honor God, et Al). The Cathedral is a must see, I have never seen such monuments to man’s desire to gloat over his enemies and their own victories, all attributed to the glorification of God. She explained these motifs in such living detail, I am a richer person for having taken her tour!

A very nice tour of four really nice and charming tapas bars. We had a nice and humorous evening with a very nice group and a super nice guide with delicious food and traditional Andalusian specialties and drinks. I can only recommend the tour to anyone who wants to get to know and love the Andalusian cuisine and culture. You can also see a lot of Seville during the tour and get to know the evening life there.

How lucky was I to get a private tour today. Knowledgeable, intelligent and entertaining. I highly recommend this tour, just the right amount of time and great value for money

Miguel was an amazing guide and has such a contagious passion for history. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend to everyone!

The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful when it came to advice about Seville restaurants and activities