Duration: 9 Hours Overview: The Andalusian city of Cordoba, one of the most beautiful in Spain, was founded by Claudius Marcellus in the 2nd Century BC during the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. Later, the city played an important role during the Moorish occupation and after the Reconquest.
After an hour-and-a-half drive from Seville visit the Alcazar of the Christian Kings. Formerly a Roman fortress, the Catholic Kings resided here following the Reconquest, and the Moorish influence is seen in its beautiful gardens. Next stop: the Mosque begun in 785 AD by Abd al-Rahman on the site of an old Visigoth basilica of St.Vincent. After the Reconquest, it was reconsecrated as a Christian church and underwent further alterations. The Mosque today exhibits fine examples of Muslim, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
Continue with a walk through the old Jewish Quarter, the Old Market, now a handicraft market and the old Synagogue (14th century) used until 1492 when the Jews were expelled from Spain. Have some have free time for lunch (not included) before returning to Seville.
Granada including Alhambra Palace
Duration: 12 Hours Overview: Granada, where multiple civilizations that once lived on Andalucian soil has a marvelous cultural legacy. Visit the Nazarian city, the Alhambra, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, where every inch squared is a work of art. During your visit of the palaces, grand halls, rooms and exquisite gardens, you will understand why the last Arabic king cried, retreating as the Catholic Kings conquered it. Walk through the impressive Generalife gardens with an official guide. Relax awhile before finally returning to Seville.
Jerez and Cadiz
Duration: 9 Hours Overview: After only a one hour drive to Jerez, enjoy a guided tour of the Cathedral of Wine, known for the high quality of its wines and the cathedral-like shape of its bodegas. Sample some of its wines. See a unique equestrian show where Andalucian horses will dance whilst being ridden by master jockeys. Continue to the Puerto de Santa Maria to enjoy lunch (not included) before stepping on board the boat to cross the Cadiz bay (those who prefer not to put their sea legs to the test may continue by bus). Enjoy a Panoramic Tour of Cadiz, passing by its highlights. Cadiz is the oldest town in Western Europe. Return to Seville.
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