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Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.

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Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.
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iconOffered in: English and 8 more

Overview

Sail past long lines and crowded entrance halls on a private tour of Granada’s Alhambra Palace. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site while enjoying priority access and insightful commentary. See historical highlights like the Alcazaba Fortress and the Nasrid Palaces, then stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens. Select the option of hotel pickup and drop-off to enjoy convenient round-trip transportation.
  • Private tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
  • Enjoy fast-track entrance to this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your skip-the-line Alhambra ticket
  • Tour top Alhambra attractions like the Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba Fortress and Palace of Charles V
  • Learn about the Moorish kings and sultans who once lived in the palace complex and admire its decadent architecture

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Add on a hotel pickup and drop-off with this private Alhambra tour that’s both flexible and convenient.
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Private Local guide (if it is option selected)
Skip the line for guaranteed entry the whole Alhambra complex including Nasrid Palaces.
Preventing service Covid-19: Social distancing in the walking tour and bus
Hand sanitizer
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

P.º de la Sabica, 15, 18009 Granada, Spain

In front of the Alhambra ticket office and next to the Guadalupe Hotel

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depart from your Granada hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan or meet at a central departure point depending on which option you selected. Ascend to the high hilltop perch of Alhambra Palace, disembark the minivan and sail past long lines at the crowded entrance hall. Set out with your experienced guide to discover the architectural allure of the UNESCO-listed fortress. 

Plunge into the opulent palaces, vast courtyards and lavish gardens as you delve into the captivating history of the 9th-century fortress; hear tales and trivia regarding decadent sultans, extravagant emirs and Moorish Kings who formerly inhabited the palace. Visit the complex’s most ancient enclave, the Alcazaba Fortress, in order to ascend the Torre de la Vela and admire spectacular views of the sprawling Spanish city. Stroll through opulent halls and expansive courtyards like the Patio de los Arrayanes and the Ambassador’s Hall; admire the architectural majesty of the Nasrid Palaces; and hear entertaining tales of eccentric emperor Charles V when you visit his eponymous palace. 

Wander the gorgeous Generalife Gardens and absorb the botanical beauty of the sculptured landscape; see the verdant splendor of the Patio de la Acequia and Patio de la Sultana, two beautiful courtyards; and gain insight into the exotic flowers and decadent shrubs that decorate the area. Return to the original departure point or enjoy convenient transportation back to your hotel when the tour concludes.  Advance bookings are strongly recommended, as access to the Alhambra is strictly limited to a certain number of visitors each day.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The Alhambra
On a rocky hill that is difficult to access, on the banks of the River Darro, protected by mountains and surrounded by woods, among the oldest quarters in the city, the Alhambra rises up like an imposing castle with reddish tones in its ramparts that prevent the outside world from seeing the delicate beauty they enclose. Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of royalty and of the court of Granada in the middle of the thirteenth century, after the establishment of the Nasrid kingdom and the construction of the first palace, by the founder king Mohammed ibn Yusuf ben Nasr, better known as Alhamar. The fortress became a citadel with high ramparts and defensive towers, which house two main areas: the military area, or Alcazaba, the barracks of the royal guard, and the medina or court city, the location of the famous Nasrid Palaces and the remains of the houses of noblemen and plebeians who lived there.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palace of Carlos V
A palace that met all the comforts of the time for the emperor and his family, as the Alcázar, next to the Alhambra, Construction of the palace began in 1527 and financed entirely in 1957.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nasrid Palaces
The habitual residence of the kings of Granada, their construction began at the beginning of the 14th century. The Nasrid Palaces are a palatial complex formed by three buildings: - The Mexuar is the oldest hall. It was employed for meetings between the ministers of the king and as a courtroom. - Next, we come to the Palace of Comares, which dates back to the era of Yusuf I. This dwelling was erected around the Patio de los Arrayanes (Courtyard of the Myrtles), and its side exits lead to the Sala de los Embajadores (Hall of Ambassadors) and the Sala de la Barca (Hall of the Boat). The Hall of Ambassadors is located inside the Tower of Comares. - The Palace of the Lions, dating back to the era of Muhammed V, is also a royal residence. It is composed of a central courtyard, the Courtyard of the Lions, and halls along each side, the Hall of the Mocarabes, the Hall of the Kings, the Hall of the Two Sisters, the Hall of the Ajimeces, leading on to the mirador Daraxa viewpoint, and the Hall of the Abencerrajes, along with the Harem.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Generalife
Beyond the walls of the Alhambra, in a mountain called Cerro del Sol, lies the Generalife, a country estate belonging to the Nasrid sultans that was also used for agricultural production. You´ll discover the summer Palace, a residence known as the Royal palace of Happiness, full of vast gardens with a huge range of flowers and vegetation.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please note: the Alhambra requires that all passengers provide the full name and passport details for each participant when booking. If not provided, the Alhambra may deny access to their premises.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY City Tour Alhambra Viajes, S.L (GRANAVISION)
  • If you cancel less than 10 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 10 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Any changes made less than 15 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 11–15 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "I can not recommend this tour and the guide any more highly than saying this is a must if you go to Granada." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Highly recommend to first time visitors!
Rahil_K
, Nov 2021
The entire experience from the knowledge and story telling of our tour guide Juan to the breath taking views of Alhambra, Generalife Gardens and Nasrid Palaces was completely worth it. Highly recommend to first time visitors!
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star-5
Great time and so beautiful! Don’t forget to bring physical identification with!!!
Angela_R
, Sep 2021
It was a great time and our tour was great! The only thing is that it should be noted how important it is to take your physical passport/id with in order to enter the visiting areas.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you very much, we are glad you enjoyed the guided tour so much! We always remember the importance of bringing an identification document with you. Thank you again!
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star-5
Fascinating!
Karel_V
, Aug 2021
Fascinating place. Very informative and ethusiastic guide Emilio. Some parts crowded. Lucky to have a great weather.
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star-1
Poor experience. Left halfway.
Francisco_P
, Jul 2021
Poor. Supposed to start at 10 (and they tell you to arrive 15 min early) started at 1030am. Supposed to be a max of 10 people was 16. Supposed to be an English tour and it wasnin Spanish and English. Stopped tour twice made people wait to add more people. Tour was then mediocre. Spent mlre time in buildings that werent even used than in the more important building. And descriptions that weren't interesting.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We are sorry to hear that your visit was not entirely satisfactory. In the voucher we indicated that occasionally, for operational reasons, the tour may be conducted simultaneously in two languages. Regarding the number of people, we apologize again. Best regards.
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Very, very disappointing
Sandra_I
, Jul 2021
We were very disappointed with our ‘Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nastrid Palaces. There were 15 people in our group, despite it being described as a group of ten people. The Guide was translating into three different languages instead of just English which we were expecting. We have booked with Viator several times before and always been very impressed. However, we would be reluctant to book with you again after this experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We are sorry to hear that your visit was not entirely satisfactory. In the voucher we indicated that occasionally, for operational reasons, the tour may be conducted simultaneously in different languages. Regarding the number of people, we apologize again. Best regards.
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star-5
great tour overall
Stefan_R
, Jun 2021
lovely tour guide. and very informative! 3 hours was also perfect to see it all. i would recomme d them for sure!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for recommending us! We are very pleased that your visit was satisfactory 🤩
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star-5
spectacular visit/ George is the best guide!
Lisa A
, Jan 2020
We had George (Jorge) as a guide. He spoke at least 5 languages and was so knowledgeable and interesting. He got us in to see everthing even though we were late due to flight cancelation. The tour was shortened due to our flights late arrival but Santia helped us arrange a version that suited our tight schedule at the last minute. With a great effort on the part of George and Santia we had a fantastic tour. Do not miss Alhambra!!
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star-5
Worth the price
Don R
, Dec 2019
Our tour leader, Gus (Gustavo) was very knowledgeable, personable, and lively. He gave us a very informative, enjoyable tour, and he was able to answer our many questions on a wide variety of topics. He's been guiding tours for 15 years, plus being a Granada native who was fascinated with the Alhambra even as a child. So his knowledge was extensive and his interest was genuine. We really enjoyed the two hours with him, and we learned a great deal.
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star-5
Outstanding Alhambra Private Tour
ItalianBella0206
, Nov 2019
Alberto was wonderful and we very much enjoyed this tour. He seemed to really enjoy his job and the location, and he was a wealth of knowledge. He was very accommodating to our questions. Be sure to bring photo ID. A highlight of our time in Spain!
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star-5
Great tour
Kim_F
, Jul 2019
Our guide, Gustavo, was excellent.incredibly well informed and made the tour feel special even though he does it day in day out. He highlighted parts of the buildings and the gardens that I am sure would not be noticed without such an expert guide. I can not recommend this tour and the guide any more highly than saying this is a must if you go to Granada.
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