A must-see wonder. The Alhambra and Generalife are a beautiful site to see, but to understand it's meaning and importance fully, I definitely recommend a guided tour. As we were a small group of friends we did it privately, that way we had a bit more flexibility to stop in one or other place for pictures etc. The guide was very knowleagable and gave us a very interesting overview not just about the Alhambra but about Granada as well. We learnt so much in such a short period of time! I would definitely visit the Alhambra again, and in the same way!
Doing what: Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife
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.
Well worth doing. The Alhambra Palace and the Generalife Gardens are beautiful. The Palace would be even better if at least some of the rooms were furnished to show what they would have looked like. Watch out for pick-pockets in the Albaycin, though - one of our group was targeted, but we managed to catch the offenders!
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 informative, gave us plenty of time to see the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Wonderful day. However, the trip to Morocco was unsettling. The wait for the ferry was long, the walk through the town was rushed. For many in the group, it was scary with too many pushy Moroccans trying to sell things. We were made to feel that the only reason we were there was to spend money. The camel stop and snake charmer were a tourist gig. The one good thing was the meal and the restaurant music. I had thought we would see a building and learn something about the culture that didn't happen. Overall, a disappointing day though I am glad I went.
Best $ I spent on our trip. We had a great tour guide who tremendously enhanced our visit to the Alhambra and Generalife. No way we would have enjoyed the visit or learned as much on our own.
Fantastic and most enjoyable tour - I'd highly recommend this especially for first time visitors to the Alhambra and Generalife. Our driver and tour guides were excellent.
Fantastic guide-Fernando- and great customer service from rest of staff on Granada too. Felt very welcomed as soon asthe bus picked me up right on time. Worth price for immediate access to all areas of Alhambra and Generalife and Fernando's knowledge as well as enthusiasm was greatly appreciated! Great tour!
We were lucky to be guided by Imaculada for our tour around the Alhambra and Generalife in Granada. The tour was informative and full of little interesting tips and informative titbits. There were four of us and we all thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a lot as well.
A lot of tourists come to Alhambra and skipping the line was a time-saver. Granada has a lot of gypsies and hills so I wouldn't want to go to Alhambra/Generalife on my own. Guide was great. Definitely worth the money!
Worth the day to go to Alhambra. Great trip, well orgainized; had a wonderful tour guide at Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens. Highly recommend.
The Alhambra and Generalife tour exceeded my expectations. We were gooing to do a self guiding tour but decided against it in favor of being in a tour group which I am glad we did. The place is so big that it would have been overwhelming. Viator tour did a great job moving us at a even pace though I would have prefered a little more picture time but with 8000 visitors I know that is impractical. Enrique did a great job and the group wasn't so big we couldn't stay together.
The Alhambra and Generalife tour exceeded my expectations. We were gooing to do a self guiding tour but decided against it in favor of being in a tour group which I am glad we did. The place is so big that it would have been overwhelming. Viator tour did a great job moving us at an even pace. I would have preferred a little more picture time but with 8000 visitors that was impractical. Enrique did a great job and the group wasn't so large we couldn't stay together.
booking online was fast and easy.. Pick up from hotel in Granada was good. Tour was led by Taarik and he was very knowledgable about the Alhambra and Generalife. Tour was definitely worth it vs going on own in our option.
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