• Location: Granada, Spain
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Sail past long lines and crowded entrance halls on a private 2.5-hour tour of Granada’s astounding 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.

Highlights

  • Private 2.5-hour 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

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife

Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife

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.

Customer Reviews

Katherine R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.

Andrew A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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!

jsc421

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This is an amazing place and our tour guide was excellent!

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Fantastic tour of the Alhambra and Generalife gardens. Our guide was Guillermo Lopez and he was an interesting and knowledgeable guide, making the whole place come alive for our group of two adults and an 11year old.

missannoula

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We had an excellent tour through Viator. It would be virtually impossible for us to have gotten the same information on our own. The tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly, and his command of English was excellent. I will highly recommend to others.

John P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Very informative. Our great guide Melanie explained the history of Spain and the Alhambra very well, which made the experience so much more meaningful. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and came out of our half-day tour richer and more appreciative of the Alhambra, it's history and its beauty.

Kenneth C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

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Trevor M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We had a lovely tour guide called Conchi who made the tour interesting and fun. The Alhambra and Generlife is a must see and we are so glad we booked a private tour because as a party of 4 we were able to hear and see what was going on and it felt more personal. It is one of the few tours I would actually do again, the Alhambra itself is breath-taking.

Azmommadog

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Antonio provided insightful historic commentary for a delightful 4 hour tour. We learned so much while being mesmerized by one spectacular scene after another. He took photos of the four of us and we enjoyed seeing the shots he took himself. We appreciated visiting the Generalife in the cool morning and we enjoyed bypassing the lines as we moved from the gardens into the Alhambra. We all appreciated learning about the ingenuity of the design of the Alhambra and the significance of all of the water features. We all highly recommend taking the private tour as it gave us a very special memory of one of the most beautiful places in the world. We booked the tour over a month in advance we had heard that tickets sold out for any of the tours and it was true.

Susanne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

To really appreciate the history and symbolism of this remarkable place, the extravagance of a private tour with your own guide is truly justified. Our guide, Beatriz Arenas, met us at the office just outside the Alhambra and whisked us through into the Generalife and thence to the Alhambra complex. Bea told us it had been her childhood dream to work there and now she is living that dream and, through her passion for and knowledge of Spain's Moorish past, brings history to life for her visitors. She was very patient with our non-stop questions and had an answer for everything. A delightful companion on our tour, which was over all too soon.

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