Day 1: Seville Cordoba
Youll be picked up from central Seville or your Seville hotel in the morning and taken on a comfortable 1.5-hour drive to Cordoba, passing the beautiful cities of Carmona, La Luisiana and La Carlota along the way.
With your skip-the-line ticket, discover the citys cultural, historical and religious legacy at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mosque-Cathedral, once named the Great Mosque of Cordoba until it was converted to a cathedral in the 13th century. Learn from your guide how this is considered one of the most important monuments in Islam, and see its shimmering golden mosaics and an endless row of striped arches.
Continue with your skip-the-line ticket to the Christian Kings Alcazar in the Jewish Quarter, with its narrow streets lined with flowers and white-washed houses. Visit Cordoba Synagogue; see the Alcazar fortress of King Don Pedro, built by the Moors in the 14th century; and stroll along the lovely Calle de las Flores, which still upholds Cordobas traditional way of life from long ago.
Then, your guide will bring you to the city center, where youll have free time to shop and enjoy a Spanish meal (own expense).
Overnight: 3-star Maimónides Hotel or 4-star Macia Alfaros Hotel in Cordoba
Day 2: Cordoba Seville
The next day, head to Medina Azahara, the ruins of a 10th-century Arab-Muslim palace-city thats one of the most important archaeological sites in Spain. Learn how this site was designed to be the capital of a new province of the Caliphate of Cordoba.
Head to the underground visitors center to begin your tour. Browse extensive exhibits to learn about the history of this incredible place and see bronze statues of griffins, lions and horses pouring water into thousands of marble fountains.
Relax in the shade of cypress trees and palm trees and be awed by the huge reception halls and gardens. Then, pass through a terrace and enter the ruins of a fascinating mosque.
Continue your tour to the beautiful city of Carmona, located strategically on a hill offering breathtaking panoramic views. Follow your guide through charming streets to several important monuments, like the convent of La Madre de Dios and Las Descalzas. End your tour by catching gorgeous views of the city and stop for coffee and refreshments before arriving back in Seville.
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