OVERVIEW: Seville's colorful history is revealed during your exploration of the old and the new sides of one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. The highlight of the tour is a guided tour of the largest church in the world.
HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoy a guided walking tour of the historical city center of Seville. Visit the largest church in the world with its 45 carved scenes from the life of Christ. Savor lunch in a local restaurant. Relax on a panoramic coach tour of newer cosmopolitan Seville.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approx. 1.5 to 2 miles over even and cobblestone surfaces with 15 to 25 steps. Travel time to/from Seville is approx. 1.75 hours each way.
Seville’s colorful history is revealed during your exploration of both the old and the new sides of this fascinating city. The highlight of the tour is a guided tour of the largest church in the world in one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.
-Cathedral: Visit the largest church in the world with its 45 carved scenes from the life of Christ and Royal Alcazar
-Walking tour of Seville including Santa Cruz quarter
-Savor lunch at a charming local restaurant
-Views from coach include La Giralda Tower, Palmeras Avda, Expo 92, Spain Square and Maria Luisa Park
Begin your full day journey with a scenic ride by motor coach from Cádiz to one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. Seville is home to the third largest cathedral in Christendom and other impressive monuments. Visit Seville's cathedral which occupies the site of a great mosque from the late 12th century. Christian architects added the extra dimension of height. Its central nave rises to an awesome 42 meters giving the appearance of enough height to contain an ordinary church. The total area covers 11,520 square meters. New calculations, based on cubic measurements, have placed it in front of Saint Paul's in London and Saint Peter's in Rome, as the largest church in the world. In the main body of the cathedral, only the great box-like structure of the coro stands out, filling the central portion of the nave. This opens onto the Capilla Mayor, dominated by a vast Gothic retablo comprised of 45 carved scenes from the life of Christ.
Following your visit to the cathedral, your guide will lead you on a walk along the narrow, winding cobbled streets and meandering alleys of the Santa Cruz quarter, formerly the Jewish quarter of the city. The area is bordered by Calles Mateas Gago, Santa Maria LaBlanca/San José, the Jardines de Murillo and the Alcázar. This is the first neighborhood tourists head for and with good reason. It is the most picturesque and delightful part of the city. Enjoy its charming squares, whitewashed houses, artisan´s shops and cafes where locals sit outside a bar, enjoy tapas and watch the world go by. Stroll through centuries-old gardens with beautiful tiled benches. Continue through the Alcázar's covered passageway toward the Patio de Banderas for a visit to the Judería with its an unforgettable view of the cathedral.
Pass the impressive Reales Alcázares. With the appearance of a Moorish palace, some of the rooms and courtyards seem to come straight from the Alhambra. Most of them were actually built in the 1360's by Moorish workmen for King Pedro the Cruel of Castile, who lived in and ruled from the Alcazar along with his mistress Maria de Padilla.
Visit Casa de Pilatos where the first Marquis of Tarifa departed on a grand tour of Europe and the Holy Land in 1518. Two years later he returned, enraptured by the architectural and decorative wonders of high Renaissance Italy. He spent the rest of his life fashioning a new aesthetic, which was very influential. His palace in Seville was called the House of Pilate because it was thought to resemble Pontius Pilate's home in Jerusalem and later became a luxurious showcase for the new style. At the conclusion of your visit to the Casa de Pilatos, enjoy lunch in one of the charming restaurants of the area.
Following lunch, relax on a panoramic tour of the new and cosmopolitan sections of Seville where you'll discover monuments such as La Giralda Tower, Spain Square and Maria Luisa Park from the comfort of your coach. At the conclusion of your panoramic tour, the coach will return to the port of Cádiz where the ship is docked.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
-Local currency (Euros) for shopping
What to Wear:
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Shorts or bare shoulders are not permitted in the cathedral. Please dress conservatively.
- Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 to 2 miles over even and cobblestone surfaces with 15 to 25 steps.
-Tour sequence may vary but covering all mentioned sights.
-The cathedral and Alcazar may close to public viewing without prior notice. This is beyond the control of the local agents and the cruise line. Should this occur during your tour, the cathedral or Alcazar will be substituted with Casa Pilatos and the cathedral or Alcazar will be explained from the exterior.
-Flash photos are not permitted in the cathedral. There are camera and video fees imposed for the upper floors of Alcazar, Pilatos House and/or the cathedral.
-The drive between Cadiz and Seville is approximately 1.75 hours each way, dependent upon traffic conditions.