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Best River Cruises in Seville

Seville is a city to be enjoyed in its entirety. While walking through its streets is something magical, do not miss to discover it from another perspective: a boat ride.

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

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Best River Cruises in Seville

Seville, Plaza de España | ©Dmitry Djouce

Seville is a vibrant city, which has plenty of activities and attractions to visit. But its great popularity is due to its great amount of heritage and well-preserved historic buildings, which blend with modern architecture in every street.

If you are lucky and have enough time in your passage through the city, a boat tour on its famous river, the Guadalquivir, is an activity that stands out among all the things to do and see in Seville. This tour will allow you to get to know this city in a different way and explore a bit of its nature.

1. Tourist boat tour

Boating in Seville| ©Douglas O'Brien
Boating in Seville| ©Douglas O'Brien

A boat tour in Seville is a good option if you want to appreciate the beauty of Seville from the river but you are not willing to invest so much money or time in this activity.

The tour consists of a tour aboard a 100% ecological boat where you can see the main attractions of this wonderful city of Andalusia from the water.

The capacity of this type of boat is 11 people, so the privacy and tranquility of a small group is respected. The 1 hour tour will allow you to see great monuments while you stroll along the famous river of Seville.

The tour starts at the Torre del Oro, one of the undisputed stars of the city. By day and by night, the Torre de Oro takes center stage on Seville's riverfront and draws the gaze of every tourist in the area.

The adventure continues by the emblematic Triana Bridge, which welcomes us to theTriana neighborhood. You will be able to enjoy the view from the water of different picturesque buildings and the daily life of the city from the outside.

You will also identify the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, the other beautiful bridges that cross the Guadalquivir, and of course, the Giralda, symbol of Seville.

You can also see the Museum of the Castle of San Jorge, an important medieval fortification built on the right bank of the river, which has great historical importance for having been the seat of the Holy Inquisition.

The tourist boat ride has all the amenities to make your tour pleasant and you can concentrate only on enjoying the views. Prices start at 15€ per person and do not include transfers to your accommodation or drinks on board.

Details of interest

  • Price: starting at 15€.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Means of transport: tourist boat
  • Advantages of this option: price and duration.

Book your boat trip in Seville

2. Cruise tour

Cruise in Seville| ©Jose A.
Cruise in Seville| ©Jose A.

In this case, the boat in which you will make the tour is a cruise. With this type of tour, you can enjoy privileged views of the most beautiful and emblematic places of Seville aboard a beautiful boat.

This tour along the millenary Guadalquivir River, will allow you to explore from the water emblematic places of Seville such as the Plaza de Toros, the magnificent old bridges and the mythical neighborhood of Triana, as well as the towers so characteristic of the Plaza de España and numerous buildings on the banks of the river, which were originally built looking for a strategic location in the city.

This tour lasts 1 hour, during which you will walk along part of this popular Andalusian river. Relax on the modern cruise deck while listening to the commentary of the available audio guide. This way, you can not only enjoy the view but also learn about what you are seeing in the skyline of Seville.

This unique tour on the Guadalquivir River is priced from 25€. Please note that this type of tour also does not include transfers, so remember to arrive at the Muelle Marqués de Contadero, near the Torre del Oro, a few minutes in advance.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 25€.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Means of transport: cruise
  • Advantages of this option: the comforts of a modern boat and the audio guide on board.

Book your boat trip in Seville

3. Yacht ride

Paseo Yachts| ©William Murphy
Paseo Yachts| ©William Murphy

If you want to enjoy a magical perspective from the deck of a luxury boat, I present you this type of tour of the Guadalquivir River on a yacht with skipper and sailor.

Knowing this charming city with this type of tour, is an unforgettable experience in your vacation in Seville, where you will be delighted with unique views.

The tour begins with a welcome on board, where the hostess of this luxurious yacht will provide you with 3D glasses to live an experience like few others: visualize a 3-minute video with aerial images made with drones of the city of Seville in 3 dimensions.

This exclusive journey will take you on a tour of fascinating places such as the Triana neighborhood and the San Telmo Bridge, while listening to background music to get into the mood.

As you sail under the beautiful bridges of Seville, you will be able to see the Isla de la Cartuja, the tips of the towers of the spectacular Plaza de España, the Plaza de Toros de Sevilla and the Maria Luisa Park, a green space that is a must-see when touring the city.

During this luxury yacht tour in Seville, you will have access to a tasting of Iberian delicacies, such as ham, pork loin, chorizo, among others. And to drink, you can taste a tasty rebujito, a local drink that you must try on your way through Seville.

This 1 hour and a half trip on a luxury yacht is done in groups of 12 people maximum, so it is a tour that takes place in an intimate way, and prices range from 40 €.

Get on board and have your camera at hand, as you will not miss moments to take the best pictures from the water as a souvenir.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 40€.
  • Duration: 1 hour and a half
  • Means of transportation: luxury yacht
  • Advantages of this option: the comfort of the boat and the tasting of local delicacies.

4. Boat tour with lunch or dinner

Torre de Oro and Seville Boat Tour| ©Lionel Lacour
Torre de Oro and Seville Boat Tour| ©Lionel Lacour

A ride on the Seville river can be a good opportunity not only to enjoy the views, but also to take advantage of a unique date with friends, family or partner. This type of tour consists of a relaxing ride on a 20 meter high boat, where you can enjoy a delicious dinner or lunch while sailing on the calm Guadalquivir River.

This type of tour usually starts at the New York Pier, just a few meters from the center of Seville.

You will start this experience with a video with 3D virtual glasses, where you will enjoy images of the city and its monuments as you have never seen them before.

On this tour you can marvel at the views from the water of the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza, the Triana Bridge or the Torre del Oro while you enjoy a delicious meal on a beautiful yacht, perfectly equipped for your comfort.

The boat has both heating and air conditioning, a wonderful terrace on the top, a bar on the deck and an indoor part for those who prefer it. The menu options include cold dishes, such as assorted Iberian cold cuts, cheese board and crusty bread toasts, among others; hot dishes, choosing between 3 options of meat, fish or pasta; dessert and a glass of cava.

The tour with dinner or lunch lasts 2 hours and takes place in a group of 12 people maximum. The price of this type of tour starts at 75€.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 75€.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Means of transportation: luxury yacht
  • Advantages of this option: the comfort of the boat, its duration and its varied and high quality menu.

Book your boat trip in Seville

5. Private boat tour

Triana Neighborhood| ©Lorena a.k.a. Loretahur
Triana Neighborhood| ©Lorena a.k.a. Loretahur

With this option I present you this ideal alternative for romantic dates, wedding anniversaries or any type of celebration that you consider that requires privacy. This type of tour is for those who wish to contemplate the charm of Seville from the water, but with a private boat with skipper.

This fantastic and relaxed tour will allow you to enjoy fascinating places such as Betis Street, Triana Bridge, the Torre del Oro, the Giralda, the Triana neighborhood and much more, since you can choose the places you like the most.

The boat can be hired for trips of different durations, the most common being 1, 2 or 3 hours, and you can share this trip with a maximum of 11 passengers.

The boat is top quality, with heating and air conditioning as needed, music systems and different tables on board for you to use freely.

You have menu options on board if you wish, choosing between cold appetizers or Japanese cuisine. Menu prices start at 40€ and all include drinks. But if you prefer, you can also bring on board your own food and drinks to enjoy this ride as you wish.

The boat rental starts at 125€ and the cost will depend on the length of the trip you choose, as well as the company. But beyond the details you decide, the experience of having a boat for you and your loved ones is simply something incomparable that you can not miss in your passage through Seville.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 125€ + option of lunch or dinner
  • Duration: your choice
  • Means of transportation: boat
  • Advantages of this option: freedom in the itinerary, privacy, the comfort of the boat and the menu options on board.

How to book a boat tour in Seville

Couple on a boat on the river| ©Paul Asman
Couple on a boat on the river| ©Paul Asman

Reservations for boat tours in Seville, whatever type of tour you have chosen, can be made online or in person at the different docks of the Guadalquivir River.

If you are looking for a luxury or private tour, I recommend you to make your reservations in advance, since the food options and the availability of this type of boats sometimes need some time of preparation.

If, on the other hand, you are thinking of doing the sightseeing tour or a 1-hour boat ride, you can book the same day as there are several daily departure times, although if you are already sure, do not hesitate to anticipate the occasion.

Why is it advisable to take a boat trip in Seville?

Touring Seville by boat| ©Charlie Marchant
Touring Seville by boat| ©Charlie Marchant

Strolling through the city of Seville is to discover the atmosphere of this charming city, discover its architecture and customs. A boat ride on the Guadalquivir River will allow you to discover its essence from another equally wonderful perspective, which is worth exploring on your way through the city.

In addition, it is a perfect activity to do in Seville with children. The little ones really enjoy this kind of activities, although it is also an ideal plan for friends, couples or families.

A boat trip is something to do in summer in Seville. Seville can be a very hot city in the months of June and July and this kind of excursions are a good way to escape the high temperatures and enjoy the day in this magnificent city.