EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT A doorway to the Past

Some cities blast you away, others slowly win you over. Seville disarms and seduces you. Its historic centre, lorded over by a colossal Gothic cathedral, is an intoxicating mix of resplendent Mudéjar palaces, baroque churches and winding medieval lanes.
490$ per person
5 Days
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Departure Location
Royal Alcázar of Seville, Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Return Location
Museo Del Castillo De San Jorge, Plaza del Altozano, s/n, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
Price includes
  • A guided tour of important places
  • Accommodation in single twin share room
  • Beautifully illustrated souvenir map
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Professionally guided tour
Price does not include
  • Current Hotel Taxes and Service Charges
  • Departure Taxes or Visa handling fees
  • Excess baggage charge
  • International Air, unless expressly paid for
  • Personal expenses
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Visa arrangements
Additional Prices
1 child: 200$ 2 children: 300$

Magnificent Seville

An Original Spanish Tale

Sevilla was originally an Iberian town. Under the Romans it flourished from the 2nd century BCE onward as Hispalis, and it was an administrative centre of the province of Baetica. The Silingi Vandals made it the seat of their kingdom early in the 5th century CE, but in 461 it passed under Visigothic rule. In 711 the town fell to the Muslims, and under their rule Ixvillia, as it was then called, flourished. It became a leading cultural and commercial centre under the ʿAbbādid dynasty and the subsequent Almoravid and Almohad confederations.


Visiting the Past

As the Almohad capital in the 12th century, Sevilla enjoyed great prosperity and ambitious building programs. But after the Muslim possession of Sevilla was ended in 1248 by Spanish Christians under Ferdinand III, the substantial Moorish and Jewish minorities were driven into exile, and the local economy temporarily fell into ruin.


A Tale of Discovery

The Spanish discovery of the Americas brought new prosperity to the city. Sevilla became the centre of the exploration and exploitation of America through the Casa de Contratación (“House of Trade”), which was established there in 1503 to regulate commerce between Spain and the New World. For two centuries Sevilla was to hold a dominant position in Spain’s New World commerce; it was the site of the chief mint for gold and silver from the Americas, and many Spanish emigrants to the New World sailed from its quays. Sevilla was in fact the richest and most populous city in Spain in the 16th century, with some 150,000 inhabitants in 1588.


Sevilla and the Spain

This brilliance was fleeting, however, since Sevilla’s prosperity was based almost entirely on the exploitation of the colonies rather than on local industry and trade. As a result, Sevilla’s economy declined in the 17th century, though its cultural life underwent a great flowering at that time. The painters Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Zurbarán, and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, the sculptor Juan Martínez Montañés, and the poet Fernando de Herrera are the glories of Sevilla and of Spain. Miguel de Cervantes conceived of his novel Don Quixote while he was confined in Sevilla’s jail.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
Day 1

Barrio de Santa Cruz

Seville's medieval judería (Jewish quarter), east of the cathedral and Real Alcázar, is today a tangle of atmospheric, winding streets and lovely plant-decked plazas perfumed with orange blossom. Among its most characteristic plazas is Plaza de Santa Cruz, which gives the barrio (district) its name, and the wonderfully romantic Plaza de Doña Elvira.

Day 2

El Arenal

Hugging the Río Guadalquivir to the west of Santa Cruz, the compact El Arenal district boasts plenty of lively bars and the city's historic bullring. In times past, this was where colonising caballeros made rich on New World gold stalked the streets, watched over by Spanish galleons offloading their American booty.

Day 3

El Centro

As the name suggests, this is Seville’s central district, and the densely packed zone of narrow streets and squares north and east of Plaza Nueva, centred on Calles Sierpes and Tetuán/Velázquez, is the heart of Seville's shopping world, as well as home to some excellent bars and restaurants. On the north-eastern edge is the Metropol Parasol, aka Las Setas, a modern complex of vast wooden parasols with a rooftop walkway.

Day 4


The legendary barrio of Triana sits on the west bank of the Río Guadalquivir. This atmospheric quarter, famous for its ceramic tiles, was once home to many of Seville's most quintessential bullfighting and flamenco characters and it still hosts some of its most poignant sights.

Day 5

Isla de la Cartuja

This former island on the Río Guadalquivir takes its name from the on-site monastery, the Monasterio de la Cartuja de Santa María de Las Cuevas. It was connected to Seville's west bank in 1992 to incorporate the city's Expo '92 site. Monastery apart, most of the buildings here are modern, including the impossible-to-miss Cajasol tower completed in 2015.


Magnificent Seville

490$ per person
5 Days

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