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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.

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

Janice M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour. All inclusive with pickup and drop off at hotel.
Our tour guide, Esther, was so full of information about the Alhambra. What a beautiful, historical place.

Antony B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I have visited the Alhambra a few times in the past, but this was the first time with a guide. The whole experience, from pick up at the hotel, the quality of our guide Antonio who was friendly knowledgeable and very efficient, was truly excellent and our whole party of 6 thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Would strongly recommend.

Gerard C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Pick-up and drop off just as stated. Very good. Guide to Alhambra Marina top class. Only disappointment was that we had to leave!

robin b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The young man who guided us round the Alhambra was excellent. He spent a long time explaing the palaces etc and we were happy to give him a substantial gratuity. We were dismayed by the parsimony of some of the other people forming our group and felt sad they evidently did not appreciate his worth.
The arrangement for Viator to collect and return us to our hotel worked efficiently. I commend this company to fellow visitors.

Caroline L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour

Neil A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Guide very knowledgeable, tour hotel pickup and and whole experience very positive

Ronya O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

very informative trip. Antonio, our guide, was friendly and knowledgeable, and coped easily with providing information in both Spanish and English, as we were a mixed group.

J Michael N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The trip was great and the tour guide was wonderful.

Ranganath N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Indeed a trip worth the while. The Alhambra is way beyond words. The tour operator was passionate and did a good job

Roxanne K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We found the tour to be well-organized and we had an excellent guide. Tarek was very knowledgeable, interesting and spoke very clearly. He skillfully paced us through the massive complex and shared many interesting facts with us. This tour surpassed my expectations - it was great.

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