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When your cruise ship sails in the port of Malaga, set out to explore the cultural majesty of Granada on a full-day shore excursion. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, immerse yourself in the regal extravagance of the Alhambra palace complex on a guided tour. Sail past the long lines at the crowded entrance hall with a priority access pass and immediately begin exploring vast courtyards, winding walkways and richly decorated chambers. Admire the architectural amalgamations inspired by Moorish and colonial styles then absorb the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens. An intimate experience is ensured with numbers limited to 18 people. 


  • Full-day shore excursion from Malaga to the Alhambra palace complex in Granada
  • Skip the lines and explore the UNESCO-listed complex with an expert guide
  • Visit top Alhambra sights such as Nasrid Palaces and the Palace of Charles V
  • Admire the exotic flowers and ornate water features in the beautiful Generalife Gardens
  • Enjoy free time to explore the city center of Granada on your own, subject to available time
  • Numbers limited to 18 on this small-group excursion, ensuring a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Malaga Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Tour in Granada

Discover the sights of Granada on this shore excursion from Malaga

Disembark your cruise ship at Malaga port then climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan to begin the scenic 2-hour journey to Granada. Ascend the incline of Sabikah Hill to reach the vertiginous perch of the palace and admire the rose-tinted walls before venturing within. 

Glide past long lines with your priority access pass and follow your guide on an enriching journey through lavish palatial suites and courtyards replete with elaborate arches and verdant gardens. Learn about the origin of the former 9th-century fortress and see the architectural tableau of Islamic and Renaissance styles. 

Marvel at the extravagant beauty of the Nasrid palaces; note the stylistic contrast of the Palace of Charles V; and awaken your senses to the smells and sights of the Generalife Gardens as you wander amid exotic flowers and distinctive water features. 

Time permitting, venture to the historical heart of Granada for a walking tour. Enjoy some relaxed free time to explore independently, choosing to sample local specialties in a restaurant or peruse shops for special souvenirs (own expense).

At a time pre-arranged with your guide, return to the minivan and arrive in Malaga well in advance of your cruise ship’s departure.  

Worry-Free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Malaga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

David P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had wanted to revisit the Alhambra since we had been there on our honeymoon 40 years earlier. The Viator price
was about 1/3 the cost of what the cruise ship fees were... and we got so much more - the guide was most informative and professional-
and our group was half the size of the cruise group tour. He answered every question and we received such personal attention.
Given this experience, we will choose Viator for all our future travel needs.

Francis K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

First class tour with excellent tour guides and driver. Highly recommended. Felt totally safe. Very comfortable, spotless bus. Maria, our Alhambra tour guide, were outstanding...very informative, personable and prompt. Our bus tour guide, Rafael, was informative with a great sense of humor and made our round trip interesting and relaxing.

joan m g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The guide was outstanding in his knowledge and information and the driver was excellent. The local guide at the Alhambra was excellent as well. This was a great excursion!

Rachelle V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved this tour. A bus picked up up in Malaga and took us to Granada. Our tour guide was exceptional. She brought the palace to life and was so enthused about her subject matter. She was excellent at keeping track of all 15 of us and was constantly counting to verify she did not leave anyone behind. The palace was gorgeous and she discussed the history of the place, which I appreciated. We had a long history lesson regarding both Granada but also Spain in general.

Peter K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour. Didn't need to stop for coffie and bsthroom break on way up. Tour guide was excellent.

Catherine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent guide pick up at port and all round service.

Evelyn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Well-run tour, with informative and helpful guides throughout. The site itself is remarkable and we were never concerned that we would not be returned to the ship in good time.

Cynthia W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Having been on several cruises, I now look for options other than the cruise ships shore excursion at ports. This tour seemed very similar to a shore excursion offered by the NCL, but cheaper and better quality. The only difference seemed to be the NCL shore excursion had a photo stop at the Albaycin district in Granada.
The tour guide met us as we got off the ship and exited the cruise terminal. She was originally from England and talked the whole coach ride to Granada, was really very informative and it made the 2 hours seem to go by quicker. I will say that we had 31 people on the coach, so contrary to the Viator tour description, this tour is not limited to 18. We did break into 2 groups of 17 and 14 for the actual tour inside the Alhambra, so that is what they are referring to. Although I am not sure if all group tours inside the Alhambra are limited to small groups.
At the Alhambra, our English tour guide handed us off to the Alhambra guides. Our groups guide was Daniel, and he was quite entertaining and we had a great tour. We did not have any wait to get inside the Alhambra, and had timed tickets for the main palace, so it is really skip-the line. After our tour of the Alhambra complex about 2.5 hours we met back up with our English guide and the coach and were dropped off in Granada for about an hours free time to grab lunch. Not really long enough for anything but tapas or another quick bite. We left Granada at 3:00 for the 2 hour ride back to Malaga. Our English guide was quiet so everyone could relax and nap. We made it back by 5:00, so a full 30 minutes before last call to be on board. I will say our guide was very conscientious of the time and is friends with the cruise ships shore excursion guides, so is aware of what time they leave Granada and made sure our coach departed Granada before they did. So even if we had run into traffic, the cruise ships coaches would have been behind us. So no worries about missing the ship.

Tasha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent. I highly recommend this tour. Our guides were outstanding and very knowledgeable!

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This is a very scenic tour and well worth the day spent. You could see the Moorish influence in the architecture. The guide was good and had lots of stories to tell. There was a stop along the way at a shop/restaurant/grocery so you could buy sandwiches and a cold drink for your lunch break on the tour.

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