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

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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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.
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

Welcome Visitor Center, Paseo de la Sabica, 15, 18009 Granada, Spain

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

If you cancel at least 16 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 20 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 10 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 11 and 15 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line..
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line..
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line..
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line..
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "There are many gardens to visit, some with fountains and long lengths of water reflecting the blooms on either side." See review
  • "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

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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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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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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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Great tour
Whynotsky
, 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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Private tour of Al Hambra
Excursion24744993396
, Jun 2019
Private tour with outstanding guide - friendly, extremely knowledgeable, fascinating cultural insights.
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Not impressed
Matt R
, Jun 2019
Not worth the money. Would not recommend. You could do better or just as good with free app tours by Rick Steves for example or just using a written guide. Viator had me scheduled for 9am but when I arrived I was told my tour was at 10am so I had to wait an hour and a half. Tour was mediocre. Viator was a disappointment. I had several questions they basically told me to call the local tour company who only had a voice mail response. They never called back. Unacceptable and fly by night if you ask me. Would not recommend Viator who leaves you on your own, they get your sale and basically do not care after that.
star-5
Great way to see these wonders
Marylizb1
, May 2019
Natalie was a terrific guide providing excellent information as we wandered through the site. She knew how to avoid the crowds allowing us to experience it all at a proper pace. By this time in our trip we were tired of group tours and crowded sites. This experience was a real treat!
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Excellent Guide
MerlionSingapore
, Apr 2019
My family and I arrived about 20 minutes before the scheduled time of 9am for the private tour of Alhambra and Generalife by Granavision, and the guide, Alberto was there and the tour started immediately. Very good first impression. He spoke in excellent English. And was very enthusiastic about sharing the history and the numerous architectural styles of the Alhambra complex. During the tour through the gardens, Generalife, his well-versed knowledge of the various plants clearly showed through. The services provided by Alberto was excellent!
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Private Tour of the Alhambra
katelr2018
, Jul 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of the Alhambra. Our tour guide, Beatriz A. I. was fluent in English and was very knowledgeable about the history and the myths of the beautiful Alhambra. With a private tour, Bea was able to engage directly with us and our teenagers, which kept their attention far better than any group activity we had tried. It was pricy but worth it. Well done.
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Incredible Experience!!!
Andrew A
, Jul 2018
At the top of our bucket list when we visited Spain in May was to see Alhambra (and Generalife). In reading some of the on-line comments from others who had visited those sites, it became clear that to maximize our time and the quality of the experience that a private tour was the way to go. In our entire two weeks in Spain, this was clearly the best spent money and experience we had. Our tour guide, Eduardo, was absolutely fantastic. In fact, ask for him when you book the private tour, because he was amazing. His English was flawless, his knowledge of the history, architecture, religions, cultures, plant-life was amazing. He is a professor when he isn't giving tours and it shows. He was patient, funny, and insightful. Having a private tour was ideal, because the Alhambra is massive and having someone who could answer every question and provide insights and information as we made our way around the site was almost essentiall. In fact, I can't imagine that the experience would have been remotely comparable without a private tour and without Eduardo. I would strongly encourage anyone going to the Alhambra to avoid the limitations of those pre-recorded headsets and the frustration of large tour groups, pay a few more dollars/euros, and do the private tour. And I would use Viator (their communication was outstanding) and Eduardo, because their tour and this experience was the highlight of our visit!

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