This is a very overcrowded sight and skipping the line was a bonus!!! Our guide was knowledgeable and her commentary was easy to follow. Don't judge the quality of the tapas and Spanish red wine by the complimentary sample given on the tour. Tres ordinaire, however the gardens were well worth the experience as was the Moorish architecture. Both moorish to the point were we want more.
This was a beautiful tour. The Place and the gardens. This is one not to miss!
This was a beautiful tour. The Place and the gardens. This is one not to miss!
This was a wonderful way to visit the Alhambra - very informative and, on the whole, hassle-free. We didn't have to worry about booking tickets on-line or queuing early in the morning to buy tickets on the day. There was some anxiety for us, however, at the very beginning when we couldn't find our group at the designated meeting place (one of the car parks near the ticket booth.) In the information provided to us before the tour, the instruction was to phone the night before if you required hotel pick-up from your centrally-located hotel. As our hotel was only 15 minutes walk away we didn't bother. We arrived in the car park to find it swarming with people, all belonging to one group or another. We were somewhat worried that our group had entered the Alhambra without us. After asking various group leaders for help (including one who went to considerable trouble to try and catch a group leader who had been looking for someone but had already taken their group in), someone informed us that the Viator tour office was actually in a visitor information centre over the road. So I went to investigate while my husband hovered around the main gate, in case anyone was looking for us. It eventuated that, yes, the Viator tour meeting place was, in fact, in the visitor centre and, much to our relief, they hadn't left yet, even though it was well after 10 am. It seems that, although we hadn't rung the night before, they had gone to our hotel anyway to collect us. So, to avoid confusion all round, we would recommend using the hotel pick-up, even if you are staying nearby! Then, at least, you are with the group from the start. As for the actual tour, our guide spoke English well, was interesting and moved us through each section at a good pace. We had a short break for a small complimentary drink and tapas snack in a well-stocked souvenir shop, with toilets nearby. After the tour, we were free to remain in the Generalife gardens and to wander around the "city" again.
The tour lasted over 3 hours. Most of the time was spent in the gardens. I thought that the tour of the palaces would include living quarters and furnishings. It only included two court yards and 3 throne rooms. There were sever checkpoints where we had to show our tickets. The tour guide told us after the "last one" that we would not need the tickets anymore. My wife discarded hers then when we were being led back to the bus we had to go through another checkpoint. We could not go through it and could not get to the bus. We had to take a taxi back to our hotel.
The Alhambra and gardens were fantastic of course. We had booked an English speaking guide. However, on arrival we were put together with a mostly Spanish speaking group. Therefore the guide spoke a lot of Spanish and very little English. I think we missed out on a lot. Certainly from what I could hear other English guides saying. That was very disappointing. If I book an English speaking guide, I think I should get one. I felt that we would have been better off doing the self guided tour.
We had booked this tour as we had done a similar Skip the Line tour at the Vatican earlier this year.
The Vatican tour was very busy but went like clockwork. The Alhambra and gardens tour does not have the same easy flow, gaining entrance through the visitor centre is a shambles, you are literally herded into language speaking groups. Everything is timed and the ticket you are given is checked at
Least 6 times, which means 6 separate queues, in the space of 1 hour and 45 minutes in the Alhambra. The attraction is that badly organised, it is literally jostle to take a photo and move on the the next spot.
You then get about an hour at a brisk pace through the gardens.
The pace of our tour had nothing to do with our guide, a lovely knowledgable lady called Ima, she simply did not have the time to share her knowledge.
The Alhambra Palace is worth a visit and is very interesting, however, I would have preferred more time in the gardens which are truly stunning.
Ima was great, but the company has to learn from the ease of a similar and busier tour at the Vatican.
One thing I will say is that if possible, visit Granada, the city is superb.
Terrific tour with a very knowledgable guide. We loved the Nasrid Palaces and the Generalife Gardens especially. Although there was a lot of ground to cover, our guide, Enrique, did a fantastic job of making the Alhambra accessible and we came away with a very good sense of the history and lore of this UNESCO heritage site. Highly recommend this day tour.
The Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens tour was excellent was value for money. We were picked from our hotel on time. The bus was very comfortable. Our guide Fernando was very knowledgeable and also very enthusiastic which enhanced the trip.
The tour was very informative and our guide, Antonio was excellent, passionate and very knowledgeable. There is a lot to see so be prepared for an onslaught of information. There was time afterwards to walk around in the garden or walk across to the other hill for a view of Alhambra.
Our guide in this tour was genial, very smart, had perfect English and was an expert on the many facets of the alhambra and generalife gardens. His tour made the place come to life in a way that I doubt many others could. He was endlessly patient with some really dopey questions he was asked. He more than compensated for the hour we had to wait after arriving on time, and after real problems getting to the place due to the poor instructions we were given by the Viator agent.
We had a fabulous tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens on May 1 with Enrique! He was knowledgeable, funny and entertaining. The site is stunning and a must-see in Spain. The tour is lengthy with not a lot of down time, so bring comfortable shoes and wear layers if you go on the morning tour as it started out cool and got progressively warmer. The tours are well organized and easy to locate if you are arriving at the site on your own as we did. Loved it. Have lunching one of the on site restaurants. Food is good and the location enchanting.
We booked the tour with hotel pick-up and drop off. The pick-up was by an open top bus, which gave us lovely views of the City on our way to Alhambra. Although it would have been better to have a covered bus for the way down, as it was the afternoon and the sun was pretty strong. The tour guide was excellent with a good knowledge of the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens, and was happy to answer any questions we had. The guide was also kind enough to have our tickets validated for the whole day (up to 8 pm) so we could stay on or visit later after the guided tour. We had a stroller with us, which was bit difficult on some of the cobblestone pathways and the steps, but manageable. Overall we enjoyed the tour and would recommend it, the morning tour is a better idea as it gets pretty hot in Granada in the afternoon.
Alhambra is beautiful and is a must see. If anything we felt a little rushed thru the gardens because it was so crowded. Guide was knowledgeable and friendly
Tour is informative and the Alhambra spectacular. However it's a bit slow going for the following reasons: bus picks everyone up at their different hotels, group stands around entrance receiving instructions about how it will be divided into sub groups, and the tour through gardens and Alhambra is very slow because there are other large tour groups. If we were to do it again, we'd buy our own tickets directly from Alhambra website, rent the audio tours and walk through the site on our own. There are specific hours in which your ticket allows you to enter the Alhambra (our tour went through Generalife gardens first), so keep an eye on that when you purchase the ticket. If possible, try doing Alhambra first and leave gardens for last.
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