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There were just four of us in the bus going from Seville to Cordoba that morning. The other couple was from Paris. The bus driver was pleasant but spoke hardly any English. We arrived at tour agents office in Cordoba fifteen minutes early to meet with the rest of the group. Our guide Ana had studied in London and was very knowledgeable and facile in the Language. Again there were just two of us in the English speaking group and so we pretty much had Ana for ourselves. She showed us the Alcazar and the surrounding gardens. In early December, all the flowers are gone but for a few pansies. But then one can see the ponds and fountains, lemon trees and palm trees in the beatiful garden.
The highlight of the tour was the guided tour of the Mesquita-Cathedral. The architectural beauty of the Christianized Mosque is well known but it will take a quide to appreciate the different arches and columns used as the Chirstian church expanded and kept preserving it's Moorish beginnings. She pointed out the North and south orientation of the original mosque and the eat and west orientation of the Christian church, in the same builbing. Then again how they preserved from further tear down of the south wall as it was too close to the river, thus preserving the beautiful mosaics and wooden carvings made by craftsmen from Constantinopol that the Christian King had asked for.
The short trip to the Jewish quarters was a waste of time as there but one old small synagogue left of the settlement. We could spent the time walking on the Roman bridge and entering through the Entrance Arch.
For those expecting a narrative of the countryside or of Cordoba,as we drove for two hours each way, that just didn't happen. If they could not provide a tour guide for the trip, a video on the bus would have been helpful.
Well prepared tour.
Four of us took this tour as a day trip from Malaga which took about 2.5 hours each way to get to Córdoba. We were added as a part of an existing multi-day tour and our guide really didn't do much, but relied on a great local guide Maria in the fantastic mosque cathedral in Córdoba. The mosque is over 23,000 meters and is beautiful and a must see. We then took a really nice walking tour of the old city. We then had about an hour to try local cuisine and do some shopping. We visited the local food court which consisted of 6 different local restaurants. We had Moroccan cuisine that was fantastic. It would have been nice to have had more time to shop at the end, otherwise this was a great look at Córdoba.
Doing what: Cordoba Day Trip from Malaga
it was expected, no surprises or adventures, a normal guided tour takes you to the things that should be seen, in a group tour based speed, which is kinda hurry most of the time, but you know, a tour is a tour. The description is pretty much what it is.
Doing what: Cordoba Day Trip from Seville
This building is nothing much from the outside but inside it's really amazing. The female tour guide Name? was very knowledgable and had a good command of English. I had some difficulty with my reception device as the earpiece only fits in the right ear and that's my worst hearing ear. A double would have been better. Overall I highly recommend this tour.
Doing what: Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba History Tour
Fantastic day out!!
However I wish I'd done this over two days because I ended up with information overload. The Mosque is incredible and the town itself full of narrow streets and lots of shops. Our guide Anna really knew her stuff when telling us about the history of the place.
Doing what: Cordoba Day Trip from Costa del Sol
This was a wonderful tour and day spent in Cordoba which we loved. the Mesquitzo was amazing....we did take off early from the tour and spent some time in the Museo de Judiaca which was fascinating!!
Wonderful, well organized tour. First we toured the Alcazar for an hour. Then our guide walked us over to the cathedral to meet our next tour guide, and we had an hour tour of the cathedral. Then we did a walking tour of the Jewish quarter with a stop at the synogue. Our trip ended with 2 hours of free time. After this we stopped in Carmona for an hour. Carmona was not worth stopping at and I don't suggest you waste your money on the optional tour. We should have skipped Carmona and spent extra time in Cordoba. Anyhow, Cordoba is beautiful and the tour of this city is excellent.
Trip was great. Very punctual and Petra was a lot of fun. Ana was very knowledgeable and our driver Geraldo was very courteous and a great driver. I highly recommend this tour!
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