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  • Location:Granada, Spain
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

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

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.

Highlights

  • 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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What You Can Expect

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

Volky G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very good tour. The company was able to accommodate us while no one else could. They were responded to our inquiries promptly. They were a little late picking us up, but provided accurate information when we called to ask for our pick up. The guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and able to answer all our questions. We had a few people on our group who did not followed instructions and ended up getting lost not the guide's fault at all. She managed the situation calmly and very professionally until we found out lost lambs. I would use this company again.

Ronit R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history and gave us a lot of information also about where else to visit in Granada and why.

Daniel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour guide

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fernando, was erudite and knowledgeable. 29 people in the group. Wireless earphones made listening and observing easy and enjoyable. Hotel pickup was cordial and on time.

Rossana S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the experience the highlight to our visit to Granada

Ranald L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A very interesting and informative tour, well worth the fee and far better than doing a self help tour.

Zubaidah P Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This place is so beautiful and peace. I really enjoy the tour here and will thinking to come back again to stay longer.

Peter C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I will return to Granada, so much to see in so little time...

Lucy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I highly recommend this tour. The guide was great. Very informative. Amazing value.

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Amazing site and well worth the trip. Our previous tour company cancelled our tour, so we were excited to be able to book this one at the last moment. The guide was knowledgeable and filled in the tour with interesting anecdotes and facts. We also appreciated the time to explore areas on our own after the guide explained what to look for.

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