Rewind to old-time Andalusia on a Jerez and Cádiz day trip from Seville. With an expert guide, explore palm-lined Jerez, known for its sherry and equestrianism. Visit a bodega to learn about and sample local sherry, and watch a dazzling performance of dressage and other equestrian skills by the riders and stallions of the iconic Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Lastly, take a ferry to Cádiz and enjoy free time before admiring the medieval center and rooftop views from the ‘camera obscura’ (dark room) at the Tower Tavira.
Full-day trip to Jerez and Cádiz from Seville
Tour a traditional Jerez sherry bodega and sample a selection of sherry
Visit the famous Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez
Watch a wonderful performance by the magnificent dancing stallions, including classical dressage
Ride a ferry to atmospheric Cádiz, one of Europe’s oldest ports
Explore Cádiz’s old quarter and visit the Tavira Tower for rooftop views via a camera obscura
Enjoy free time to have lunch (own expense) or explore independently
The sherry tasting event turned out to be an hour-plus long sales pitch. Little was learned about making sherry. The Viator tour of the Scottish distillery we took was excellent, by way of contrast. Most of the time was spent looking at various sherry casks which had been signed by various personalities. This was followed by a brief sherry tasting with little or no introduction, and then being led into the shop.
The Andalusian horse show easily was the high point of this tour. The horses are intelligent, agile, and quite talented. This part of the tour is worth seeing.
The Cádiz portion of the tour was non-existent. Although there is much to see in this old Spanish city, the tour consisted of seeing . . . . nothing! The guide started in front of the cathedral in Cádiz, then promptly led everyone away from the cathedral, down to the fish market, and then to a small restaurant behind the fish market. There we had lunch while the guide hobnobbed with the owners of the restaurant. After lunch we returned to the plaza in front of the cathedral. In the plaza, in white stones, was the obvious outline of an earlier building. Even this was not even mentioned as we walked to the ferry for a half-hour ride -- again with no explanation! -- from Cádiz to Santa Maria by ferry. In Santa Maria the bus picked everyone up for the ride back to Sevilla.
The guide, Petra Meier, never tried to establish any sort of rapport with the customers, and explanations were largely absent throughout the tour.
Good tour, well organized with Petra. The day went by very fast - good horse show, winery visit at Jerez. Cadiz felt a little rushed. I wasn't crazy about the ferry ride in the end. It's a good idea only if the weather is sunny. If it's raining isn't fun - think of doing a walking tour of the city or a cathedral tour instead.
Excellent trip and very well organised. Pick up no problem. Try to go on a Thursday when there is actually a horse show . We went on a Tuesday and only saw practising but still well worth while. Sherry bodega excellent, guide was very good and answered any questions. Cadiz is a lovely place and I would recommend going on the open top bus trip which leaves from the central square. I didn't and regret it!
This was a great tour, loved the Andalusian Horses, the sherry tour was very informative. In Cadiz there was about an hour for a quick lunch and look around before we went to the tower with 360 degree views, very informative! A ferry ride, then the bus back to Seville! A great day out!!
The trip got off to a bad start when our guide Ciprani was late. Then followed a hurried walk to join our coach. We enjoyed both our trip to the Tito Pepe Winery and the the Andulsian horses in Jerez, but by !.30 pm we had not really anything of Jerez itself. We then continued on to Cadiz, a beauitful place. We chose not to go up the Tavira camera obscura tower and so had more time for both lunch and an exploration of a small part of the coast of Cadiz and the area around the Cathedral.. When we had lunch it was the first time we had eaten that day, our hotel breakfast started at 8am, the very time that we met up for the coach trip. Also although we had food with us, we were not allowed to eat on the coach.
The ferry trip from Cadiz was very enjoyable, but it took until 19.30 before we were back in Seville. It seemed like a long day out and perphaps for just going to one city would have been better
This tour was the only tour we arranged for our stay in Seville, and it turned out to be a very good choice, although it didn't start all that well. The bus was late collecting us, the tour guide thought I had a booking for one person not two, the bus was smaller than we expected and not particularly comfortable, and the microphone packed up shortly after the start of the tour. And then there was the man who was continually on his phone for the first hour or so of the trip.
By the time we reached our first stop, the González Byass winery, I was starting to wonder about our decision to take the tour. But fortunately things improved as we got into the tour proper. Our visit to the winery was entertaining, and we were impressed by the set up. This winery, famous for its Tio Pepe sherry, has a very rich history, and is a very large setup. I've seen a lot of cellar doors and tasting rooms in my time, but the one at González Byass is bigger and better organized than anything I've seen. And the tasting, although only two glasses, was enjoyable.
Following our stop at González Byass we headed off to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, famous for its training of Andalusian horses, where we attended a show of the famous horses. This was one of the main reasons we chose this tour, and it was a very enjoyable and interesting hour and a half entertainment by these beautiful animals and their talented riders.
After our stop at the riding school we headed for Cadiz, the beautiful ancient port city built on a strip of land surrounded by sea. I had planned to take lots of photos while we were in Cadiz, but in the end we finished up spending all our free time enjoying lunch with a group of four Australians from Melbourne whom we had met on the tour. By the time we'd finished lunch it was time to head back to the tour group.
The next stop on our itinerary was the Tavira Tower, which gave us a wonderful view over the city. We also got to see a lengthy demonstration of the camera obscura mounted on the tower. A camera obscura uses a combination of lenses and a mirror to project a realtime image onto a horizontal screen in a darkened room below the top of the tower.
Our last segment of the tour before the bus trip back to Seville was a very pleasant catamaran trip across the Bay of Cadiz.
We got back to our drop off point in Seville about ten and a half hours after we were picked up, so it was a pretty full day, with lots of interesting activities. Our guide, Petra, was a real live wire, and great fun. She coped with the intermittently useless microphone by just raising her already pretty loud voice. We enjoyed her company a lot.
Trip was well organised however I feel that it was too much for one day as you didn't get to spend much time anywhere. Definetely would have liked more time to look around the stables etc after the Andalusian Horse Show. It was very rushed - straight into the show and when the show was finished straight back to the bus. Overall enjoyed the day.
We enjoyed our trip to Jerez and Cadiz. Our guide Abby was excellent and very informative. The visit to Gonzales Byass was okay but would have liked to see more of the bottling process. The horse show was interesting for about 15 minutes, then became boring. Also the music was too loud. Cadiz is a charming city and would have liked to have spent longer there just wandering around. Enjoyed the ferry ride.