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Discover the imperial majesty of Granada’s Alhambra and its gorgeous Genralife Gardens on a 2.5-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.


  • 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

Mariella L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

the tour was amazing!!!!! We always book with Viator and never had a disappointment. Is a little more expensive but worth every penny. Emilio was an open book. and not only knowledge that knows how to tell the History. Very recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent. The guide was fantastic. The highlight of our trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Trip was good as expected based on prior reviews. I generally try and avoid group tours but the headphone system where you are tuned into your specific guide was really good.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

one of the great architectural wonders of Europe. pickup on time. our guide miguel was excellent, very knowledgeable about palaces and gardens, made this beautiful place more special. had dinner that night overlooking the alhambra. great experience.

Carol M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent. Friendly,helpful, well informed guide who was very good at managing the group I would be happy to do it again. I thought I had sent a review at the time

Latha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was very good. We were staying very close to the hotel and there was initially a bit of misunderstanding on the pick up location. However eventually everything worked out fine. The tour guide was highly knowledgable and explained each venue quite well. Highly recommended trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really glad we did th morning tour as it was very hot by the time we completed it. A huge complex with so much history. Our guide Antonio was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and caring to the wide range of ages and levels of mobility on the tour. A stop for a drink and ice cream was welcome.

Antonio S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very knowledgeable guide, was personable and moved us through expertly. A great experience.

Paul H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had never taken a guided tour before, despite being a travel writer and a translator, respectively. But since the only tickets available were the Skip the Line tour of the Alhambra and Generalife, we reluctantly made a last-minute booking. What a delight!! Our guide, 'Gus', shared his knowledge and passion with the group. And we loved his musical voice and wamrth. Will definitely recommend this tour to our friends.

Hasan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The guide was knowledgeable and polite. The pace of the trip was just right, not too fast and not too slow. Good experience.

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