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Our guide for this tour, Antonio, was amazing!
we went with Granavision and were picked up outside Plaza Nueva in centre granada by a lovely lady that put us three on a minibus and drove to the tourist centre.
There we were given ear pieces to listen to the guide while on the go, and then smaller groups were formed based on the language or country of origin.
As my parents spoke Italian only, the tour operator was so accommodating as to send us with a spanish group where the guide could speak both languages: Antonio.He was a blessing on this occasion, as the tour gives so much content and information that you want to understand it all to truly appreciate the magic of the place.
Antonio was always considerate to translate for us and I found the pace he kept perfect for not being stuck between too many other groups, as the morning time was pretty busy even in February.
We went to the Nassir palaces first, then had a break for toilets/snack/souvenirs half way through 2 hours in, and then followed to he Carlo V and alcazaba, to finish with the Generalife gardens.
Overall it takes 4 hours from in/out from the gate and given that might be taxing on some people, there are options for those needing a break or some respite. One example was the visit to the alcazaba where the ascent to the main tower was at the discretion of the people wiling to do it. The visit finished with a lovely overview of the gardens and a thorough explanation of the last 300 years of history marking its landmarks that conveys the deep and travailed evolutions of the Alhambra. Antonio was so nice as to give us three a private one on one recap/translation of it all, after the tour was finished, as we weren't in a hurry and were waiting for the minibus to go back down into town. One could tell how he respects and love the whole place. His passion and sentiments in giving little facts such as the meaning of arab verse carved in the marbles here and there, just those most significative, completely changed the whole experience for us. You want emotions and feelings to be there when visiting this place. It screams for them, and a bare indication of what is what while ambling around wouldn't cut it. For these reason I highly recommend Antonio and Granavision tours to anyone going to this magic place.
For general info, definitely choose the morning tour. I cannot even imagine what the afternoon is like, crowd wise. We went in low season, were blessed by the weather that split open to blue skies for the day, and had a comfortable day overall. Lots of people but not too bad. If you go during the hotter months you ABSOLUTELY do not want the afternoon slot.
Also book early in advance!
Because we were on a very early time tour time, we were the second group to go through the gardens. This made for a pleasant morning but soon the number of visitors increased making it crowded and diminishing our ability to explore the beautiful architecture and grounds.
I am not sure when to plan to go when it is less busy as thousands visit everyday. People who had not purchased tickets beforehand and showed up hoping to get in were turned away as it was sold out. This is in November.
The tour and the guide were all wonderful, but the description of the tour doesn't make clear what you are/aren't getting. My tour did not include access to the Nasrid Gardens, which I assumed it did as a part of Priority Access to Alhambra, as the Nasrid Gardrens are within the Alhambra. The tour was also not as exhaustive as I would've liked. We missed a few smaller, although still interesting, areas of the part, such as the water staircase in the Generalife and the ancient Arab bath house in the Alhambra. If the tour is not to be exhaustive, it should include details of what's be excluded for the benefit of tour-goers.
It was sooo worth it! Our tour guide was Juan J. Sanchez. He's really knowledgeable! I'm amazed by the amount of history he knows. He walked quite fast but at the same time, he waited for others too. Made sure we were there and asking whether we were fine and alright. Answered most of the questions well and even helped us with the photographing. I'm glad I took the guided tour as compared to roaming around the whole palace and gardens without really knowing and understanding the stories behind it. I wish the tour was longer and covered more place, but all in all, highly recommended.
This is an absolutely amazing visit. Even though it's late summer, the gardens are amazing. It's a must do in Granada. Eduardo is such a good guide. He is very knowledgeable and friendly and considerate of the slower members of the group. He made sure we had a drink and toilet break. I am confident to make this a highly recommended tour. Go do it!
The Alhambra and the gardens is a site to not be missed.
With this tour we were able to get into the site and start our tour by about 8:30 am and avoided some of the crowds. Our guide was good I don't remember the young lady's name and paced the tour well.
There is a lot of walking up and down stairs and inclines, so be prepared by wearing good walking shoes and even taking water with you. No flipflops or high heels which we did see on some younger women as the ground is often uneven due to cobblestones and wear and tear.
This site was awesome.
Our tour guide, Alberto, was excellent...very informative and easy to listen to. We briefly were got separated from the group It was crowded that day. and he came and found us. Amazing ceilings ...carvings looked like snow with blue highlights falling but stopped in mid flight. Beautiful gardens and surroundings.
Expected to see the palaces but saw mostly the Gardens had to book another tour to see the palaces
We booked a tour to experience Alhambra because there were no other tickets available when planning our trip. We thought the tour would include the entire complex, and were very disappointed when we found out we would not be able to access the palace. There were also 31 of us with one tour guide, for some reason we expected a more intimate experience. Our guide was congenial and did his best to keep us engaged, but some of his information, though interesting, was more about the Spanish culture and not focused on the actual environment we were visiting. At times, it was a challenge to hear and understand what he was saying. In addition, the woman who met the confused people at the meeting point was not obviously present. Once our taxi dropped us off at the meeting place, we had to search inside a café to inquire if we were in the correct place. She was inside having coffee, and not outside greeting confused guests. We were told to wait outside for the bus and so we did for over fifteen minutes and then realized the bus was across the street....she never ventured outside to organize or confirm the routine with instructions.
Once the group tour was finished, we decided to return to the gardens and different areas in order to get a better understanding of the area and to enjoy the moment, however, re entry into all areas accept the gardens was prohibited.
Ideally, we would have preferred to visit Alhambra independently, but the tour was our only choice to gain access.
Carol Ann United States of ...
You can't go to Granada without seeing the Alhambra. The tour company's meeting point is up the hill and a set of steps from the main entrance and the guards there can point you in the right direction. Our guide was pleasant and had many tales as you would expect. He was pleasant and considerate. My last visit was 44 years ago and the gardens are vastly improved.
Doing what: Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife
Tarek, our tour guide was amazing! He gave us so many info about Alhambra and all the places there, in a way that he made us live the experience! We booked the group tour, but we eventually were only4 persons with him so we had the chance to ask questions etc! It was like a private tour and that helped us see and understand more!
Alhambra, the gardens and generally the area up there is priceless! You can't miss it if you go to Granada!
Interesting and informative tour of the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Worth the extra money to skip the queues and learn the history from the informative guide.
To be honest, this was a little long. A lot was wandering around the gardens which I found a little underwhelming. Hot and tiring.
one of the great architectural wonders of Europe. pickup on time. our guide miguel was excellent, very knowledgeable about palaces and gardens, made this beautiful place more special. had dinner that night overlooking the alhambra. great experience.
The Alhambra is a beautiful and great place to visit if in Granada. The tour though, was very disappointing. The tour guide seemed new and inexperienced although she did have to speak in both Spanish and English through the entire tour which was done well. Unfortunately, the tour was very rushed. At times we had to run after the tour guide as she did not wait to allow people to take pictures, nor did she notice that 1/2 of her group was missing at times! This tour was also misleading. The tour included a ticket into the Alhambra city and the Gardens but it only gave us access to walk around outside. At the end of the tour, we were told we could pay extra money in order to visit the Nasrid Palaces but we would also miss the bus back to Granada in which we would have to find a different way back. The Palace was supposed to be a highlight of the tour but we didn't stay, as we had paid a lot of money for transportation and access to what we thought was all of the Alhambra. This was a bit of a rip off in our opinion and very misleading of a tour. I was under the impression that all of Alhambra was included in this, but it is not. We have done a few tours with Viator around the world and this was by far the most disappointing.
The gardens are fabulous but our guide Maria was dire. She managed to make it do boring .
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
The tour was comprehensive in terms of viewing each area of the site. It was not comprehensive in terms of history--the combination of Moors, Jews, and Catholics in Spain is both exciting and intriguing but little of this was given any attention in the tour. I think tours in Toledo do a much better job. I also think that Córdoba has much to offer in terms of gardens and Moorish architecture. I am glad that we went and if you haven't seen the Alhambra it is definitely a must in Granada.
We got picked up and dropped off by bus, completely stress free. The palace and gardens are absolutely beautiful and our tour guide was fantastic!
The tour was a waste. And the sign-up was deceptive. We thought we were having a private tour. Instead, we were part of a group of 30 their maximum that were herded through the buldings and gardens by an unenthusiastic guide. It would have been much less expensive and more informative to rent an audioguide and do it on our own. The subcontractor Granavision was unresponsive to emails and phone calls prior to our trip. Viatour let us down on this one.
We were picked up at our hotel in s timely manner and tour of thr Alhambra and Generalife Gardens was very thorough and interesting.
I'm so glad we selected this private tour even though the cost was high the value was well worth it. Our guide Eduardo was very familiar with the Gardens and the Palace, so we learned about everything. This historic site was incredible to see first hand, our tour lasted 3 hours with several breaks to rest and shop while inside the grounds. We thought that going at the beginning of the off season it would be less crowded but all the tours were booked for the day and the crowds were everywhere. We drove up from Malaga in the morning for our 2:00pm tour, we should have stayed the night in Granada so we could see more of the city.
Doing what: Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife
We are glad that we purchased this Viator tour as we would not seen half as much if we had attempted to tour on our own. The Alhambra and Gardens are huge and you need a minimum of 4 hours to do it justice. Our guide William was lovely and most informative. Would recommend this Tour.
Our guide Antonio was wonderful, informative and passionate about the Palace and gardens.
Super tour one not to miss, lots of history and interesting facts, we learnt lots.
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