Depart your Seville hotel by air-conditioned vehicle in the morning, and set off eastward through Andalusia’s countryside toward Cordoba.
On route, listen to the live onboard commentary about this splendid city, Europe’s largest during the 10th century with around 500,000 inhabitants, and located on the River Guadalquivir. Founded by the Romans, Cordoba was a major Moorish center between the 8th and 13th centuries, leaving it with many of the Islamic buildings that epitomize its UNESCO-listed center.
Along the way, stop in Carmona, a small town that still bears the imprint of Moorish rule. See some of the town’s highlights, including the Moorish-style church tower and gateway, before continuing on to Cordoba.
On arrival in the city, set off to explore the historical center as your guide recounts its tangled, multicultural history. Admire the Roman Bridge and Calahorra Tower, the 12th-century tower-gate, and delve into the atmospheric streets of the former Jewish Quarter, the biggest in Europe.
Hear how Cordoba’s Jewish community helped drive its prosperity during the Middle Ages, and take a look at the medieval Synagogue. Admire other landmarks including the restored, 9th-century Albolaifa water wheel on the Guadalquivir, and then visit the city's showpiece: Cordoba Mosque (Mezquita).
This celebrated example of medieval Islamic architecture dates to the 10th century, and incorporates a cathedral, built during Christian rule in the 16th century. Choose to take an audio- or self-guided tour of the mosque interior, marveling at its red-and-white archways, designed to mimic a palm grove, and its courtyard, bell tower, horseshoe-shaped mihrab (prayer niche) and more.
Then, enjoy time to explore and relax in the city independently, perhaps having lunch (own expense), shopping for souvenirs, or visiting further sights.
Finally, return to Seville, ending your trip with a hotel drop-off.