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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.     

Worry-Free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Port of Malaga 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

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!


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.

Richard D

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2016

Driver could not speak very good english. Long drive to get to tour area with confusion as to tickets pickup and tour arrangements. Tour guide at sight excellent

Tommy R

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2014

The Alhambra was worth seeing but our trip was very disorganized. We were told to meet by 8:00 am, others told 8:30-9:00, others never told. We waited for 45+ minutes to get started on our tour to Granada. We enjoyed our local guide and she was very knowledgeable. We did not appreciate the way the trip was organized.

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