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Discover the imperial majesty of Granada’s Alhambra and its gorgeous Genralife Gardens on a 2.5-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Sail past long lines at the entrance hall with an exclusive priority access pass, and then embark upon an enriching exploration of the palace complex. See the magnificent Moorish architecture of the Nasrid palaces and a gain a glimpse into the decadent sultans who once inhabited the opulent structure. Admire panoramic city vistas from a hilltop perch; stroll through the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens and enjoy convenient round-trip hotel transportation during this exciting excursion.


  • 2.5-hour Alhambra and Generalife Gardens walking tour
  • Visit Alcazaba Fortress, the Nasrid Palaces and the Palace of Charles V
  • Learn about the sultans and Moorish kings who once made Alhambra their home
  • Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at a leisurely pace with your expert local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from your centrally located Granada hotel included
  • Secure your Alhambra ticket and jump the queues on this half-day trip

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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

Generalife Gardens, Granada

After hotel pickup in Granada, relax in your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan during the scenic ascent to Alhambra’s high hilltop perch. Gaze in wonder at the dramatic monument as you approach the entrance then sail straight past the long lines with your priority access ticket. 

Once inside, immerse yourself in the magnificent Moorish architecture and fascinating history of the palace complex; admire the ostentatious opulence of rooms within the Nasrid Palace, marveling at the Hall of Ambassadors (Salón de los Embajadores) and Myrtle Courtyard (Patio de los Arrayanes). Hear entertaining tales of the eccentric emperor Charles V as you admire the architecture of the eponymous palace.

Next, step inside the Hall of Abencerrajes and gaze at the star-shaped domed ceiling; listen to grisly tales of the 15th century massacre then visualize the soothing splendor of the Royal Baths. Delve into the complex’s 13th century origin and learn of the various rulers that customized the complex according to their own whims and wants.   

Awaken your senses to the green grandeur of the Generalife Gardens during a relaxed stroll of the grounds. Discover distinctive water features, exotic plants and decadent flowers as your guide provides captivating context. 

After your exploration, return to the minivan and relax during the smooth journey back to your hotel, where the tour concludes.  

Customer Reviews

Martin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Wir hatten einen kompetenten und unterhaltsamen Führer, welcher uns die Geschichte der Alhambra hervorragend vermitteln konnte.

gary c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016


Iliana P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very knowledgeable tour guides, great tour!

Anna R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very knowledgeable guide. Gave us time to stop and take pictures. Guide's accent interfered sometimes with communication transmitted, but that wasn't a big deal. Recommend to visit the Alhambra with a guide as this is a huge place to visit and tickets sell out rather quickly. Going with a tour allows you to skip the line and avoid the stress of standing in line for a good hour.

Ingrid D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very good. Good guide, interesting info.

Lindsay K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide helped us unlock the meaning of this magnificent place. HIs knowledge, storytelling and engagement were just fabulous and so greatly appreciated by our family of 6. 10/10 especially our guide would recommend :

Jaime G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excelente inversión! desde que te van a buscar al hotel hasta el final de la visita te ofrecen una muy buena atención. Emilio, el guia poliglota, con mucha simpatía ofreció una excelente guia por la Alhambra y el Generalife dando los contextos históricos, explicando cada lugar y siempre regaló una buena anecdota que alivianó las más de tres horas de visita. Recomendado 100

Jan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very interesting and indeed av very good guide - Guillermo!!

Margaret G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour-lots of info. Gus was a funny guide. We really enjoyed the Palace and gardens and Gus pointed out much that we would not have known about

Joybelle Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Wonderful tour, great guide, great historian, delivered in a respectful way to history and to his large group..recommend

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