• Location: Malaga, Spain
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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When your cruise ship sails into the picturesque Port of Malaga, venture to the glittering city of Granada to explore the ancient Alhambra palace complex. Accompanied by an insightful guide, sail past the long lines in the crowded entrance hall and set out to explore the opulent chambers of the complex. See legendary landmarks like the Alcazaba Fortress and the Nasrid Palaces, and stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Genralife Gardens. Enjoy a stress-free sojourn with a priority access pass.


  • 8-hour Malaga shore excursion to the Alhambra in Granada
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Learn about the sultans, kings and emirs who lived in the Alhambra since the 10th century
  • Visit Alcazaba Fortress, the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife Gardens
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

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

Visit Generalife Gardens on a shore excursion to the Alhambra!

Greet your guide at the picturesque Port of Malaga and climb aboard you air-conditioned luxury minivan. Relax during the scenic 2-hour journey to Granada and listen as your guide provides the historical backstory of the pristine Alhambra palace complex. Sail past the long entrance lines and commence your exploration of the 10th century UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. Venture straight to the most ancient part of the complex, the Alcazaba Fortress, a myriad of ramparts and towers. Explore the narrow walkways while hearing tales of treachery and torture from your interesting guide.

Next, admire the architectural opulence of the Nasrid Palaces and marvel at the decadent Islamic art that adorns the walls. Learn of the eccentric emirs and decadent sultans that inhabited the palace, then set out on a serene stroll of the Generalife Gardens.Wander amid exotic flowers, abundant plants and distinctive water features as your explore the verdant enclave with your guide. Return to your luxurious minivan when the tour concludes and rest during the return journey to the Port of Malaga.

Customer Reviews

Christopher B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Picked up on time by a friendly and knowledgeable driver and had a pleasant comfortable and scenic ride from Malaga to Granada about 1.5 hrs. Once at the Alhambra, the driver handed us off to a guide that took us through the Alhambra and provided an informative and interesting narration as we went through. All participants on the tour had an individual headset so we could hear the guide without having to be standing within 5 feet of him, which made the tour all the more comfortable. After a very thorough and complete tour of about 3 house we were given some time to eat or shop on our own before meeting the driver for the return trip to Malaga. All very well organized and seamless. Probably one of the best tours Ive ever been on.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent service! A beautiful experience! I will not hesitate to use Viator again in the future.

Julie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our guide was so good. We spent several hours in the Alhambra. He was very knowledgeable. He took great care to translate into English for us. We really appreciated the care taken by the company to get us from the ship in Malaga to Granada in time for the tour in the afternoon. Everyone was friendly

Dirk D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Very professionally conducted tour and a wonderful experience!

Kimberly A M

4 star rating: Recommended January 2018

The drive there was fine, he drove fast but not dangerous. He didn't speak English so couldn't ask him any questions about the surroundings.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable but we had problems hearing him a lot and he didn't seemed concerned that we couldn't hear him. He also never ask us if we had any questions which I thought was unusual. Palaces are really neat to tour, there is a lot of history in there!


4 star rating: Recommended March 2017

We had arranged for a group of 12 people to take this tour. There was some confusion on the pickup time and therefore we ending waiting for an hour for the driver to arrive. This was our fault and not the tour driver. The driver was very courteous but spoke little english. When we arrived at the Alhambra we were added to a group of people from Germany which meant we had to listen to everything in german and english. This caused much dismay and delay for our group as we stood around and waited for english. The guide at Alhambra was very rude and condescending to our group. We had one person with a wheel chair who got left behind and the guide didn't even know he was missing. The missing person had been asked to wait at a designated spot, which he did but the guide did not return for him. When he was finally found the guide told our friend this tour is not meant for old people. He was only 57 years old.
We did enjoy seeing Alhambra but it would have been much better with our own guide and not being put in with other group.


4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

Good tour, but the guide on the bus Maria? did not talk at ALL on the bus to tell us about the sights, etc. Simply said when you get to the Alhambra the Guide will tell you about it!! I would not rate her highly at all not would anyone else on the bus....but, the arrangements and transportation were good! barbara


4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

The driver did not speak English. He was a good driver - but fast. Didn't have much time in town even though we had time before we needed to return to the ship. He did take us up to a high point for a photo op.
The guide at the Alhambra and Garden was very good. Liked his pacing. Very informative.


4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

We did have a problem connecting with the start of the tour. Evidently we were the only ones on it from the port. Once we got on our way, it was a good tour. The guide was quite good. She had to do it first in Spanish and then English and 2 of us each spoke those languages. It was far better than the tour offered thru the ship was.


4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

We met the tour guide in Alhambra after taking the bus in Malaga. The driver was not very good and could not find the guide in Alhambra and left some tour member at the port. Alhambra is also very much over rated.

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