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Discover the imperial majesty of Granada’s Alhambra and its gorgeous Genralife Gardens on a 3-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

Roberta Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

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!

julie.jordan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was the reason we came to Granada. We paid the entrance fee in advance and had a fabulous guide in Victor. Fascinating tour and very well organised with staggered timed entry so there were never too many people in any one place so easy to take unobstructed photographs. There are no antiquities, furniture or pictures in the Alhambra which I had expected but you experience the history and atmosphere of this fabulously romantic place.

Ana H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great experience

Reina E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

excellent.

Laurel W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very well organised tour with helpful staff. Tour guide was knowledgable and entertaining. Amazing place! Tour group was a good size, not too big. Highly recommend.

Elizabeth B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Alhambra tour was fantastic. Excellent guide and very enthusiastic about everything Alhambra .
Alberto was our guide ... wonderful job.Would highly recommend him.

Khaled A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Make sure to ask for 'Guilubrmo' as your guide. He made the tour a wonderful experience. well educated with Granada History and especially el Hambra palace. Had an amazing tour thanks to this guy.

Gaby A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

very informative, great tour

Anthony F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Just fantastic and our guide was both informative and fun !

El Nino

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour and worth every penny

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