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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

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Overview

Discover the imperial majesty of Granada’s Alhambra and its gorgeous Generalife Gardens on this walking tour. 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.
  • Alhambra and Generalife Gardens walking tour
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This Alhambra and Generalife tour not only includes priority entry, it includes Granada hotel transport, too.
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (if it is option selected)
Tickets for the Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba fortress and the Generalife gardens
Professional guide
Preventing service Covid-19: Social distancing in the walking tour and bus
Hand sanitizer
Single use headsets to hear the tour guide clearly
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Welcome Visitor Center , P.º de la Sabica, 15, 18009 Granada, Spain

Junto el Hotel Guadalupe, a 100 metros de la entrada de la Alhambra.

Alhambra , C. Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain

Salida de la Alhambra

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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The Alhambra
Your friendly local guide will pick you up from your Granada hotel by air-conditioned minibus and then whisk you away to La Sabica Hill to visit its most dramatic monument – Alhambra. Perched high on the hill overlooking the city, the incredible palace complex was first built as a fortress at the start of the 13th century. Successions of Spanish rulers made Alhambra their home, and the fortress grew into a medina (little hilltop city) with numerous palaces and lavish gardens. Skip past the long entrance lines with your priority access ticket and walk around inside with your guide, hearing all the history of this fascinating site. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alhambra is a treasure trove of Moorish architecture and you’ll see several of its wonders as you tour its highlights. Admire decadent rooms inside the Nasrid Palaces like the Hall of Ambassadors (Salón de los Embajadores) and Myrtle Courtyard (Patio of los Arrayanes), and marvel at the architecture of Pedro Machuca at the Palace of Charles V. Step inside the Hall of Abencerrajes to gaze up at its star-shaped domed ceiling, and hear the tale of the massacre that took place here during a 15th century banquet. You’ll also see Alhambra’s Royal Baths; plainly decorated, not ornate, in line with the belief that bathing was a religious requirement not a luxury. After exploring the palaces, head to the Generalife Gardens to discover where the sultans and Moorish kings of bygone days once relaxed. Featuring abundant flora and distinctive water features, the gardens also comprise two further courtyards, which you’ll see, the Patio de la Acequia and the Patio de la Sultana. At the end of your 2.5-hour Alhambra tour, your guide will drop you back at your Granada hotel by minibus.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palace of Carlos V
Palace of Carlos V
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Generalife
Generalife
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Alcazaba
Alcazaba
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • On occasion the Alhambra Trust may alter the order of the visit and restrict access to certain areas. In this case, the tour will be adapted accordingly without reducing the visiting time
  • If hotel pickup is not required please make a note in the Special Requirements box at the time of booking
  • Please note that groups regularly change in size and nationality. In order to facilitate these changes, your visit may be given in two different languages.
  • Please note: the Alhambra requires that all passengers provide the full name, date of birth and passport details for each participant when booking. If not provided, the Alhambra may deny access to their premises.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Tour Alhambra Viajes, S.L (GRANAVISION)
You can cancel up to 6 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • If you cancel less than 5 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 5 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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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 Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour?
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 Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour.

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  • "Make sure you take water with you on hot days." See review
  • "If you want to visit the Alhambra, do it with viator and more specific with Sergio." See review

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Right on mister
Michael_M
, Nov 2021
Spectacular palaces with 600 yr old plaster and tiles . Gardens are are kept to highest professional standards generally unobstructed
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star-5
Wonderful tour for history buff!
Timothy_W
, Nov 2021
Great guide and very through on the history. Definitely need a guide at this place because there isn’t a museum to learn about it’s history……
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Alambra in Granada
Gustavo_A
, Jul 2021
Consuelo is an excellent guide. She knows every step of the Alambra. She kept the interest of the group and was very nice as well
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star-5
Good Professional Tour
SukWahAnita_C
, Mar 2020
We joined the morning tour on 9 March( Monday). The guide was conducted in both Spanish and English through headphones which worked well. We were the only two among the some 30 group members who needed English guide service but our very knowledgeable and lively guide Sergio (hope we got the name right) took really good care of us. He made us feel we had a private tour sometimes ;). As we booked last minute we had to call the company direct to get the pick up details. But they sent us an email to confirm everything right afterwards. The tour was very well organised. We visited all major spots within the Alhambra without feeling rushed. Granavision is professional and trustworthy. Will gladly recommend it to other visitors.
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Amazing Architecture!
Shailja_S
, Dec 2019
Majestic complex and the Nasrid Palace is exquisite. However, the highlight was our guide who was informative, knowledgeable and really passionate about what she did
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Good guide, informative tour!
Zydre T
, Nov 2019
Guide for this tour was top notch, very informative, we had amasing time in Alhambra. One negative thing that company itself was very unresponsive, i sent them an email two days ago asking about meeting point and time and did not receive any responses, as our tour was on monday i called them on sunday as soon as i get to Granada,the office was closed, i paid money for the service so please follow day or two before with meeting info,why i have to call them, we had another tours in Spain and companies sent even text to confirm that we have all info for the next day tour, so only this negativity toward tour company, but guide was super good.
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Amazing day, Amazing Guide
David S
, Nov 2019
Visiting the Alhambra was perhaps our top tourist priority in 6 weeks in Spain - and it did not disappoint. This tour lasted 3.5 hours and was very thorough - we got to see everything we wanted to see. Emilio is an Amazing guide - so knowledgeable and easy going. His energy level and enthusiasm was strong even at the end. We learned a lot. His pacing was excellent. As some in our group began to tire a bit, Emilio moved us at a pace that was great for us - letting big groups pass so that we could linger and more properly enjoy the spaces. Very Strongly recommend
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Wait in Line!
Janice_M
, Nov 2019
I paid for four adults to take a tour in ENGLISH. Not only did we wait in line for adults to figure out the process....then in line to enter the grounds, only to discover that our 3 hour tour in ENGLISH was actually going to be in French also. Which meant for and hour and a half we heard the tour in English and for an hour and a half we heard it in French while we stood around. Basically we got an hour and a half not very good tour with an Italian guide who was as enthusiastic as a wet noodle. Total waste of time and money. I am done using Viator around the world.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Good morning! From Granavision Our apologize but we pre-advise to our customers sometimes because due the ticketing condintions we have to organize the same group in two differents languages but the hard work is always for our official guide, who has to speak all the time un both languages. But your family and you visited the entore Alhambra. We can´t evite the lines inside the complex because all the people who booked the ticket for a group or to visit the alhambra with the individual tickets have to check it at the differentes controls inside the Alhambra. Best Regards!
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A misrepresentation
Alessandro B
, Nov 2019
I was expecting a private tour like I had last spring, instead I found my self and my daughter in a very large group of people, some of which vere english speeking and other german speeking. The guide was managing both languages very poorly and most of the information was prerecorded; furthermore he was in a hurry and I know we skipped some interesting parts of the Generalife (Ihave been in the Alhambra a number of times). We woud have been much better of with a regular entrance ticket and the excellent recorded explanation proividend by the Alhambra foundation. I should add that we had to wait our turn like any other tourist.
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star-5
A must see tour!
cblp7
, Nov 2019
Jorge was a fabulous guide!! Not only was he dynamic and humorous, he had so much valuable information to share with us. As an English / French tour, Jorge did a great job quickly translating what he was saying!
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