To visit Seville is to understand this famous quote: "He who has not seen Sevilla, has not seen a marvel." You will begin your tour here and will have a chance to explore the hidden corners of this magical city. This morning, you will meet your guide to begin a tour along the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Here you will learn about Seville's illustrious history and rich culture, as you take a relaxed walk through the heart of old Seville. The influence of the Moorish Almohad Dynasty during the 12th and 13th centuries can still be seen throughout Sevilla, from the soaring La Giralda tower to the expansive gardens of the Real Alcázar Palace.
You’ll visit many important monuments including la Torre de Oro (Tower of Gold), built around 1220 and the last monument constructed by the Moors. You’ll see the city’s most important site, la Catedral de Sevilla, the third largest cathedral in the world. According to legend, when the officials met to plan the cathedral's construction one of them exclaimed, "Let us build a cathedral of such immense proportions that the rest of the world will think us mad!" One special feature of the cathedral is the majestic Giralda tower, the only detail that remains of the original 12th-century mosque (the mosque was converted to the cathedral in 1248). You will climb to the dizzying heights of the Giralda tower to take in a fantastic panoramic view of Seville.
For lunch, enjoy a the local cuisine at a gourmet tapas restaurant and be sure to sample the specialties, including garlic shrimp, roasted rosemary chicken, seafood stew and gazpacho soup. The tour continues with an exploration of the Barrio Santa Cruz neighborhood. Once the center of Seville’s Jewish community, the Barrio Santa Cruz is a delightful maze of shaded narrow streets. Wander around to discover craftsman workshops, tiny boutiques and patios filled with orange trees and flowers. Later in the afternoon, you’ll have free time to take a siesta or you may continue sightseeing with an excursion to the Calle Sierpes, where fashionable shops and charming cafes await!