I only had a few days in Seville, but felt like I couldn't miss out on the opportunity to see the Alhambra while I was "nearby". Ideally, one would spend a night in Granada and spend an entire day exploring the Alhambra and surrounding area, but I didn't have that luxury. So this day trip from Seville was the best alternative. I was picked up near my hotel at 6:30 am for a 3.5 hour ride to Granada. There were only 4 people on my tour and we took a small coach/van. We stopped halfway there at a rest stop for a quick break.
The guide, Grace, and driver, Marta, were both excellent. They let us rest/sleep until the break, then Grace spent some time familiarizing us with the region and what to expect when we got to Granada. We were dropped off at the Alhambra where a very knowledgeable guide took over our tour. We spent about 2.5 hours touring the Alhambra Palace and gardens, which were spectacular and well worth the long drive back and forth in a day to see.
Afterwards the Alhambra guide brought us back to Grace who took us on a 30 minute walking tour of Albaicin, a small village with stunning views of the Alhambra. In Albaicin we stopped for a late lunch before boarding the van again at 4:00 for our 3.5 hour ride home. Stopping again half way for a quick break.
This tour was exactly as advertised and I really enjoyed it. If your desire is to get a really thorough exerience at the Alhambra, this isn't the trip for you. Try to plan to spend a full day. But be sure to book your tickets in advance.
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