We will be doing a day trip from Seville to Cordoba Sunday, Dec. 29. I know the Mesquita will be on reduced hours because it's a Sunday but is it possible to get a guided tour on that day? Are there any group tours that you could recommend?
Our original plan was to do a day trip on that day as well. The limited hours made it difficult to find a guided tour, and unfortunately I deleted my notes of which companies I was able to find. They didn't fit into our travel schedule so we changed our day trip day. I believe RS guide recommends Cordoba a Pie but I don't believe they do tours on Sunday.
I used this web site when we were originally searching for a tour that day, and it appears this one has availability on the 29th:
You can see the name of the company and do further research on their offerings and reviews.
We used getyourguide and had a very thorough tour - really more than I needed to know given that I'd done my own research. I've forgotten the full name of the tour group we choose but it starts with "Arte." The Mezquita was an incredible place.
I can't imagine needing a guided tour of this site. Get a book and read up on the history and off you go.
It is IMHO the most wonderful sight in Spain and I have also visited the very wonderful Alhambra and the Alcazar in Seville, also pretty magnificent as well as the Prado in Madrid.
is a day trip from Seville a good option? Would love to see Cordoba and would add a day to Seville to do so but don't think I can add staying overnight in Cordoba. Thoughts? Day trip or skip it? or must do overnight?
My first choice would be to spend 1 or 2 nights in Cordoba. However, if you absolutely cannot do that, then my second choice would be to visit Cordoba as a daytrip from Seville. Don't skip Cordoba because you cannot spend a night there! Seeing Cordoba as a day trip is better than not seeing it at all. The Mezquita is amazing!!!
We ended up doing it as a day trip from Seville. It was definitely worth it. We did not use a guide for the Mezquita - just used Rick Steves self-guided tour and after being there I can see that a guide was not necessary.
Thanks for letting everyone know how things worked out for you.
If one had more time, do you think an overnight stay would be worth it?
Yes. I would have liked staying in Cordoba. It's always a problem of not enough time. Personally, I would have enjoyed visiting the Mezquita a second day. It's too much to absorb in one day.
However, I would not cut short any time from Seville and it's an easy train trip between the two - trains running every hour.