Cordoba, Spain
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clock-o9 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Discover the cultural melting pot of Cordoba on a full-day tour of the multi-faceted metropolis from Seville. Follow a knowledgeable guide through the ambient tangle of whitewashed courtyards, cobbled lanes and alluring landmarks and see UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonders like the Mezquita and the Alcazar. Visit Spain’s oldest synagogue and amble along the medieval streets of the Jewish quarter while gaining fascinating insight into the intriguing history of the city home to the second-largest old town in Europe. 
  • Day trip to Cordoba from Seville
  • Spend a day exploring a unique, vibrant Andalusian city just 1.5 hours from Seville
  • Discover Cordoba’s remarkable mix of Christian, Muslim and Jewish history from a guide
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed old town, the second-largest in Europe
  • Witness the magnificent architecture of the Mezquita and the Alcázar
  • Venture through the historic Jewish quarter to visit one Spain’s few existing synagogues
Relax during the 1.5-hour journey to Cordoba after pickup from your Seville hotel in an air-conditioned coach. Get acquainted with the history and cultural mélange of the fascinating city as your guide offers an introductory narration throughout the journey. On arrival, immediately notice the charismatic mix of Muslim, Christian and Jewish architecture and disembark to explore the historical heart of the city on foot. 
Weave your way down Cordoba’s quaint cobbled lanes and observe the abundance of flowering balcony boxes, antique bodegas and bespoke craft boutiques. Hear of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city’s prosperous past and arrive at the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, a medieval palace-fortress thronged with gorgeous gardens and distinct architectural features. 
Continue to the Mezquita, a majestic Moorish monument considered one of Europe’s most impressive. Listen to legends surrounding the mosque-cathedral’s 600 AD origin and 13th-century Christian conversion and marvel at the architectural accomplishment of the building as you explore the richly ornamented interior. 
Next, amble over to the old Jewish quarter to see locals enjoy post-siesta tapas in ambient bars. Delve into the medieval myriad of the enclave and visit the Cordoba Synagogue to enrich your knowledge of they city’s Jewish heritage. 
Conclude your tour with a leisurely stroll down Calleja de las Flores, a quaint alleyway that affords excellent views of Cordoba’s most prominent monuments, and then relax during the return journey to Seville, where the tour concludes. 

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j
, Jun 2018

I booked this tour based off of the glowing reviews, but I would have been better off staying the full day in Cordoba. First off, it's closer to a 2 hour drive and after you've picked up everyone from their own hotels note: it's a combination of groups that did not just book through viator and get to the city, you're not talking about a lot of time for the actual tour. We had a coach and a tour guide who gave her scripted commentary in Spanish then English mostly about crops or names of towns - which is very misleading based off of the booking information. She wasn't very good with any English off script. Once we arrived, we were greeted by another local group director who had to split us up based off of language we had two people who spoke French and were fortunate enough to have their own personal tour. We had one woman who spoke Spanish, but apparently understood English just fine. Regardless, after we broken up and met our actual local guide, we then spent the next 30 minutes in the gardens of the Alcazar waiting for everyone to make it through their bathroom visits. Our extensive visit of the palace included: the gardens, the baths, and the former room for the Spanish Inquisition now turned place for weddings and that was it. I couldn't believe we were leaving after having only seen that little of the palace. Then we got another 10 minute break so people could buy coffee and relax as if we had just done some strenuous walking in those compact places. We also picked up additional people to be on our English guided tour. We then walked the city to learn about the minimal Jewish synagogue was closed until September and Arabic influences before we made our way to the Mezquita where we picked up ANOTHER group of English speakers to our group. We then had to wait for the local group director to break us up into the original the people from the coach and the two dozen new people who were just joining us for the Mosque/Cathedral portion. We literally wasted another 30 minutes standing around the courtyard and our group was HUGE. We did spend a solid hour in the Mosque/Cathedral and our guide was very thorough, but you were left with about 1.5 hours of time for lunch and shopping. However, it was siesta time so everything is closed by 3pm and all of those cute little shops you passed through are not open for business. We had to meet the coach back at 4 PM so we could get back to our hotel by 6pm. The coach guide did not give any commentary on the way back it was your time for a siesta, but did expect gratuities when you exited.

Again, I cannot reiterate enough: travel to Cordoba and visit the city on your own or through a local guide. Do not waste time doing the 4 hour bus trip to spend very little time actually seeing the city. The city is small enough that you can do it on your own without getting lost. If you're only interested in seeing the Mosque/Cathedral, then this tour would be adequate for your purposes. Just know that the English speaking groups are large and apparently accumulate people as you go and you will always have those people who make the guide repeat everything or ask meaningless questions, consuming the guide's time and yours. Plus, there were really too many people on the tour to make it a pleasant experience when clearly this became a money making opportunity. Honestly, I spent way too much money for a party of 2 when I could have traveled via train on my own for cheaper.

F
, Apr 2018

Amazing city. The mosque/cathedral was breathtaking. Very knowledgeable guide in a tour that was well paced and full of information. Nice that we had some time at the end of the tour to explore on our own as well.

K
, Mar 2018

Tour guide was excellent!

h
, Mar 2018

This tour led by our tour guide, Angel, was amazing. He's very knowledgeable and funny too. So our history lesson was not boring at all! Plus the facts that the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba was really a masterpiece!

J
, Mar 2018

great tour

S
, Feb 2018

Really well organised trip, although I still can't quite work out if it would be quicker to take the train there and organise yourself - Cordoba isn't that large. Really enjoyed the three sights - Palace, Cathedral and Jewish Quarter. The trip runs to time and people joined in between sights as they had paid for individual parts. This meant that the group in the Cathedral was rather large. If i were to do it myself I'd also go to the cathedral first to avoid the crowds. You also have free time to see the roman bridge, get lunch etc. Reason it isn't 5 star is that the group for the cathedral was rather large and for the money paid, i felt like it should be smaller.

A
, Feb 2018

The tour was well organized. Transport was comfortable. Tour in Córdoba was well defined and our Guide Paki was great. She had extremely good knowledge and simple way to explain to tourists like us. She was not in hurry and give extended detail of History.

j
, Jan 2018

Amazing tour, a lot of explanation, the timing is perfect, and the guide is very professional and it is apparent that he is doing his job out of Passion.

L
, Jan 2018

Absolutely wonderful guide devoted to Córdoba and its history! I have travelled a lot and a good guide makes all the difference! Rafael by name and approximate!

G
, Jan 2018

Awful tour operator, didn't pick us up, but kept our money


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