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  • Location:Cadiz, Spain
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Cadiz Shore Excursion: Seville City Highlights and Skip-the-Line Royal Alcazar Palace Tour

Leave the cruise port at Cadiz and spend a day in the Andalucian city of Seville! The full-day shore excursion includes a walking tour around the must-see neighborhood of Santa Cruz, a trip to the General Archive of the Indies, and viewing of Seville Cathedral and Royal Alcazar Palace (Reales Alcázares) — two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Skip the lines outside the palace with a priority-access entrance ticket, and admire its extravagant architecture before enjoying some free time. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 18 people.


  • Full-day Cadiz shore excursion to the Andalucian city of Seville
  • Learn about Seville’s fascinating history and cultural influences from a local guide
  • Explore the ambient streets of Santa Cruz and the General Archive of the Indies
  • See Seville Cathedral and visit the Royal Alcazar Palace, two UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Skip the lines outside Royal Alcazar Palace and tour its public rooms and gardens
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 18 ensures a personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Cadiz Shore Excursion: Seville City Highlights and Skip-the-Line Royal Alcazar Palace Tour

Admire the Giralda bell tower with your guide!

Start your day with a port pickup from Cadiz, and then drive north to Seville. As you travel by coach, relax and chat with your guide about the city and its culture, history and sights. Founded by the Romans and ruled successively by the Moors (historical Spanish Muslims) and Christians, Seville bears the marks of several influences, and Renaissance, Gothic and Múdejar architecture abounds around the city.

After roughly 1.5 hours, stop in central Seville to meet your local guide and explore Santa Cruz by foot. The Seville neighborhood was once the city’s old Jewish quarter, and the area has retained its charming, old-world ambiance. Stroll along pretty streets lined with whitewashed houses and flower-bedecked balconies, and discover squares framed by fragrant orange trees.

Continue your walking tour to Seville Cathedral, the city’s 15th-century Gothic stunner. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the place of worship is considered one of the world’s largest cathedrals. Marvel at its sheer size and grandeur, and gaze in admiration at La Giralda, the cathedral’s symbolic bell tower. (During free time after your walking tour you can head inside for an interior view.)

Then walk with your guide across the square to UNESCO-listed Royal Alcazar Palace. Lines to enter the palace are often long, so head straight past them with your skip-the-line ticket to explore. Originally built in elaborate Múdejar style, the building was expanded by later rulers; today, the vast palatial complex showcases a medley of different architectural designs. Walk through exotic gardens and the labyrinthine public rooms, and then visit the adjacent General Archive of the Indies, where a wealth of information about Sir Christopher Columbus awaits.

Afterward, take some free time to sightsee independently, enjoy lunch (own expense) or shop. After roaming on your own, meet your guide at a designated time and place, and then travel back to Cadiz port where your shore excursion finishes.

Worry-Free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Cadiz port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very interesting tour. Smaller group than ship's tour so easier to follow guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderfully, organized experience. Walked off ship and rep was there checking everyone in. Got on a nice modern big bus. Gave us a welcomed rest stop in a clean place after 45 minutes. 45 minutes later we arrived in Seville and were split into 3 smaller groups with local guides. Very interesting guided tour, then had time to do our own thing. The shuttle back to the ship went very well with the 45 minute stop for the restroom. Got to the ship with plenty of time not to feel rushed. I would totally use this company again. Thanks for a great tour!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The tour guide Francisco was informative and interesting. In the short amount of time we had he showed us everything we wanted and needed to see and then some!!! The driver was waiting for us when we disembarked from the ship and returned us on time. What else can I say they made the trip one I will never forget.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was an excellent tour--especially great value for the price! We booked this instead of the ship offered tour, and were really impressed. The guide spoke great English, was very knowledgable and made the whole experience well worthwhile! Would highly recommend to anyone coming here on a cruise!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Guides arrived on time and gave us a great tour of Seville and added some other places in Cadiz that were not part of the tour. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Excellent tour! Guides were knowledgeable and informative. Lots of time to see the palace and visit other highlights of Seville. Also, comfortable bus and time to have lunch and explore on our own.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2014

Good tour

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

There is so much to see on this tour! I found it to be well planned so that we had plenty of time to see and enjoy everything

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2015

This was the least favorite of several Viator tours we did on this cruise but it was still better than the Holland America tours we took. There were quite a few people on the tour maybe 30 so it felt a little like a cattle drive. They did divide into 2 groups each with a guide so that helped a lot. The skip-the-line at the Royal Alcazar palace actually didn't make much difference since there was no line. Seville was a very nice city and very clean.

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2014

Guide was great and very knowledgeable, while there were many other tours at the same time and this did not include a visit of Cathedral.

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