Alcázar of Seville

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Royal Alcázar of Seville: Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Royal Alcázar of Seville: Skip-the-Line Ticket

Originally developed as a fort for the Cordoban governors of Seville in 913, the Royal Alcázar of Seville is an amazing fusion of Christian and Moorish architecture. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and it has been renovated numerous times over the 11 centuries since its creation. Learn about how the Christian king Fernando III moved into the Alcázar when he captured Seville in 1248 and how several monarchs used the palace as their main residence. Also, discover the Alcázar's role as a filming location for the Game of Thrones TV series.

Seville: Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour Combo

2. 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: Royal Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour

3. Seville: Royal Alcazar, Cathedral, and Giralda Guided Tour

Discover Seville and its main monuments and architecture with skip-the-ticket line access. Learn its stories and get to know the characters that are essential parts of the city’s history. Spend some time touring the Royal Alcázar and other highlights. Visit the interior of the Cathedral and hear about the important historical figures buried there. Admire works by many important artists. Marvel at the immense, 16th-century stained-glass windows that illuminate the 5 naves of the cathedral. Visit the famous Moorish Giralda Tower, an icon of the city. Explore the palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and find out why it became the setting for the film Lawrence of Arabia and the TV series Game of Thrones. Choose from either a small-group or private tour to suit the experience you're looking for. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the Royal Palace gardens and look out for the peacocks and other palace animals.

Seville: Skip-the-Line Alcázar Guided Tour

4. Seville: Skip-the-Line Alcázar Guided Tour

Explore the former palace of the Moorish kings of Muslim Spain on a guided tour of the Alcázar of Seville. Immerse yourself in the dramatic history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter via the imposing Puerta del León and journey through a compound of several palaces, royal chambers, courtyards, and chapels. Admire the diverse architectural features from Islamic to Baroque and Renaissance. Learn about the many plots and dynasties like the story of the legendary 11th-century monarch Muhammad ibn Abbad al-Mu'tamid and some of the characters that illuminated Spain in the early 19th century. Take advantage of a personal audio system if required as you tour the complex with your guide. Discover why the monument was chosen as a location for the TV series "Game of Thrones." Then, experience the beauty of the Alcázar Gardens, where almost 200 different plant species from around the world can be found.

Seville: Cathedral, Giralda & Alcazar Entry With Guided Tour

5. 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: Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus

6. Seville: Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus

Discover Seville’s stunning mix of monuments and gardens at your own pace with the Iconic 24-hour ticket or Supreme 48-hour ticket for the hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus. The first stop is in the historic Paseo de Colon area, but you can hop on and off at any of the stops along the route. Travel back to the days of the Moors at the Torre del Oro, built on the banks of the River Guadalquivir during the Almohad Dynasty. Marvel at the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, experience the passion of flamenco at an historic sala, and wander among palm trees in the Alcázar Gardens. A multilingual audio guide in 15 languages is provided on board, with special commentary for kids. You'll get many perks and discounts with your ticket, including 2 walking tours with the Iconic Ticket, and 4 walking tours with the Supreme Ticket. Stops: 1. Paseo de Colon (in front of the Plaza de Toros Real Maestranza) 2. Plaza de España 3. Acuario de Sevilla 4. Plaza de América 5. Plaza de Cuba 6. San Jacinto/Triana 7. Calle Castilla/Triana 8. Exposicion Universal Expo 92 9. Isla Mágica Theme Park 10. Macarena 11. Torre de los Perdigones 12. Alameda de Hércules 13. Plaza del Duque 14. Plaza de Armas

Seville: Small Group Seville Cathedral & Alcazar Guided Tour

7. Seville: Small Group Seville Cathedral & Alcazar Guided Tour

Discover the most incredible locations in Seville: The Seville Cathedral and the palace complex of Alcazar. Hear the fascinating history from your expert guide on this 3-hour guided tour through Spanish history. Explore Seville Cathedral, the third-largest cathedral in the world. Inside, admire precious objects and numerous works of art. See the tomb of Christopher Columbus and marvel at the main altar with scenes that narrate the New Testament. Continue to the Giralda, and climb the ramps of this incredible bell tower. After visiting the Cathedral, explore the Alcazar, the oldest royal residence still in use in Europe. Admire the blend of Islamic and Christian architecture, reflecting the history of the palace. See a variety of styles from high ceilings and Gothic vaults to a party room with magnificent Renaissance skirting. The last stop of the itinerary is the gardens. Here, enjoy a pleasant stroll through the gardens with views of the palace. Capture incredible photos before finishing your tour.

Seville: Alcázar and Cathedral Guided Tour & Priority Access

8. 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: Alcázar Guided Tour with Priority Entrance

9. Seville: Alcázar Guided Tour with Priority Entrance

Explore Seville’s Alcázar on a guided tour of one of the oldest functioning palaces in Europe. See why this palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, how it blends different architectural types, and why it became the setting for Lawrence of Arabia and Game of Thrones. Choose from either a small-group or private tour to suit the experience you're looking for.  Meet your guide in the Plaza del Triunfo, which offers great views of the Giralda. After using the priority entrance to enter the palace you will begin the tour at the Patio del León, the site of the original Moorish palace. Hear about how Moorish and Christian styles were blended after the Reconquista to create a palace that was emblematic of Mudéjar architecture. Visit examples of newer post-Reconquista architecture, such as the Casa de la Contratación and chapel, before heading to the Palacio del Don Rey Pedro, a perfect example of Mudéjar architecture. Discover the Patio de las Doncellas and grand Ambassadors’ Salón as featured in Game of Thrones. Both incorporate intricate carved detailing and colorful Islamic-style tiling. After this, take a look around the Gothic Palace with its royal tapestries and ornate tiling. Stroll around orange-tree-filled gardens at your own leisure after the tour. After your guide drops you in the gardens, take in the peacocks that live there, the smell of orange blossom, and the numerous tranquil water features. Try the labyrinth maze and enjoy the quietness of the gardens that are unbelievably located in the middle of the city.

Seville: Alcázar, Cathedral and Giralda Tour with Tickets

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Alcázar of Seville

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I had booked a hot air balloon ride which was cancelled at the last minute due to high winds. On a whim I decied to give this a try. I was a little nervous. Firstly I'm 70 years old, and, secondly, I have balance problems. However, my instructior and guide, Antonio, was incredilby patient and guided me for much of the tour so all I had to do was stand upright and hold onto the handles. I found turning difficult because I was too tense and trying to hard. Anyway, by the end of the hour, I was starting to get the hang of it and the tour was fascinating. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I booked a second, longer, session for the following day, and with a sense of new found confidence, zoomed around the Plaza de la España, and the royal gardens. I had a terrific time both days and will book this again in other places I visit. Highlty, highly recommended.

Our tour guide was first class. Unfortunately, they were closing art of the Cathedral for some type of service so it was cut a bit short.

Our tour of Alcazar was excellent. Well worth visiting. Pablo was an excellent and I informative tour guide.

Fantastic! Javier was knowledgeable, funny, considerate, and very helpful. What a great trip!

Excellent beautiful places, our guide was knowledgeable and made the trip fub