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Granada, Spain
Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour
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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

Discover the imperial majesty of Granada’s Alhambra and its gorgeous Generalife Gardens on this walking tour. 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.
  • Alhambra and Generalife Gardens walking tour
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This Alhambra and Generalife tour not only includes priority entry, it includes Granada hotel transport, too.
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (if it is option selected)
Tickets for the Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba fortress and the Generalife gardens
Professional guide
Preventing service Covid-19: Social distancing in the walking tour and bus
Hand sanitizer
Single use headsets to hear the tour guide clearly
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Welcome Visitor Center , P.º de la Sabica, 15, 18009 Granada, Spain

Junto el Hotel Guadalupe, a 100 metros de la entrada de la Alhambra.

Alhambra , C. Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain

Salida de la Alhambra

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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The Alhambra
Your friendly local guide will pick you up from your Granada hotel by air-conditioned minibus and then whisk you away to La Sabica Hill to visit its most dramatic monument – Alhambra. Perched high on the hill overlooking the city, the incredible palace complex was first built as a fortress at the start of the 13th century. Successions of Spanish rulers made Alhambra their home, and the fortress grew into a medina (little hilltop city) with numerous palaces and lavish gardens. Skip past the long entrance lines with your priority access ticket and walk around inside with your guide, hearing all the history of this fascinating site. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alhambra is a treasure trove of Moorish architecture and you’ll see several of its wonders as you tour its highlights. Admire decadent rooms inside the Nasrid Palaces like the Hall of Ambassadors (Salón de los Embajadores) and Myrtle Courtyard (Patio of los Arrayanes), and marvel at the architecture of Pedro Machuca at the Palace of Charles V. Step inside the Hall of Abencerrajes to gaze up at its star-shaped domed ceiling, and hear the tale of the massacre that took place here during a 15th century banquet. You’ll also see Alhambra’s Royal Baths; plainly decorated, not ornate, in line with the belief that bathing was a religious requirement not a luxury. After exploring the palaces, head to the Generalife Gardens to discover where the sultans and Moorish kings of bygone days once relaxed. Featuring abundant flora and distinctive water features, the gardens also comprise two further courtyards, which you’ll see, the Patio de la Acequia and the Patio de la Sultana. At the end of your 2.5-hour Alhambra tour, your guide will drop you back at your Granada hotel by minibus.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palace of Carlos V
Palace of Carlos V
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Generalife
Generalife
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Alcazaba
Alcazaba
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • On occasion the Alhambra Trust may alter the order of the visit and restrict access to certain areas. In this case, the tour will be adapted accordingly without reducing the visiting time
  • If hotel pickup is not required please make a note in the Special Requirements box at the time of booking
  • Please note that groups regularly change in size and nationality. In order to facilitate these changes, your visit may be given in two different languages.
  • Please note: the Alhambra requires that all passengers provide the full name, date of birth and passport details for each participant when booking. If not provided, the Alhambra may deny access to their premises.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Tour Alhambra Viajes, S.L (GRANAVISION)
You can cancel up to 6 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 5 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 5 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour.

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  • "Make sure you take water with you on hot days." See review
  • "If you want to visit the Alhambra, do it with viator and more specific with Sergio." See review

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WORST TOUR EXPERIENCE EVER
Debra_K
, Aug 2022
We traveled thousands of miles to see the Nasrid palaces; we were duped by the local representative City Tour Alhambra Viajes, S.L (GRANAVISION)
star-5
Must-do in Granada
Holton_K
, Jul 2022
My girlfriend and I took a tour with Juan and it was so much fun! He was so knowledgeable and able to accommodate our tour group of 17 with ease in both Spanish and English. Highly recommend!
star-4
Informative
Claudia_L
, Jul 2022
Guillermo was great. We were a little late due to the fact that it tour description read pick-up/drop off and that did not happen. I clicked on the box and email but no response. Tour was 3 hrs but I believe it flew by. So much great info.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A good guide
Evelyn_G
, Jul 2022
Marco was a wonderful guide. He was very knowledgeable, experienced, and had an easy going sense of humor.
star-5
Highly recommended, Jeny was great !
Sebastiano_L
, Jun 2022
Great Tour, Jenny was very knowledgeable of the history and architecture of Alhambra. Highly recommended. (Consider the length if you have young children)
star-5
Stunning!
Kathryn_M
, Jun 2022
We traveled to Spain with our family with a couple of specific sites in mind to see. The Alhambra was one of them and it did not disappoint. Beautiful location and our tour guide was execptional.
star-5
Sensational Alhambra
Cathy_C
, May 2022
Really loved our time at Alhambra. Beautiful views, gorgeous roses everywhere, jaw dropping architecture, and a wonderful tour guide Alberto who explained the history.
star-5
Dont skip the guide!!!!
Dave_D
, May 2022
What a fantastic way to see the Alhambra. Our guide William(not his spanish name) was a wealth of knowledge that you cant get just walking around. Its a lot to see but well worth it.
star-4
Alhambra
Crystal_T
, May 2022
The tour of the Alhambra was very good. The group was small so that made it easy to get through all of the sights easily. Our guide was very thorough and gave us a lot of wonderful information.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Guide was excellent. ...
Graham_T
, May 2022
Guide was excellent. Good time to visit in the morning before it got too hot. One of the best tours you can do in Spain.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour with Guillermo
Kristi_S
, May 2022
Wonderful tour. Guillermo was an outstanding guide. Very knowledgeable and engaging. The tour was nearly 3 hours, but it was wonderful. The meeting place was a little hard to find. And bring your passport!
star-5
A very comprehensive learning experience
DANIEL_N
, May 2022
Phenomenal tour with more history and stories than one can readily absorb. Beautiful and complex architecture and gardens that tell much about the cultures that inhabited the Alhambra.
star-4
A journey back to Moorish Spain
Frank_B
, May 2022
A comprehensive potted history of Alhambra. Juan was knowledgeable and pleasant. Pity some British woman moaned about her hearing aid etc from beginning. She blocked everyone else from photo taking
star-5
A fantastic tour and well worth doing
Hendrik_F
, May 2022
Our guide, Carmen, was fantastic. She was SO knowledgeable and explained everything with such passion and enthusiasm. We were a small group of just six and she paced the tour to suit us . Definitely a ‘must see’ when in Granada
star-5
The guide was very...
Frank_L
, Mar 2022
The guide was very knowledgable and entertaining, good organisation, expectations were met, would recommend this event to friends
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
I had a lovely tour guide...
salimohammed_s
, Mar 2022
I had a lovely tour guide called Carmen. She was so knowledgeable and open to questions. It really made that extra difference having someone explain or the little details found in the beautiful place. Thanks Carmen!
star-5
Great trip
Joan_E
, Mar 2022
Guide was very informed, relaxed and helpful. I haven’t before without guide and feel a guide is worth the money.
star-5
Must see!!!!!
Candace_L
, Feb 2022
Alhambra blew our minds, the vastness, intricacy, intentionality…it’s beyond anything you can comprehend virtually. Eduardo was a fantastic guide, knowledgeable, funny and kind.
star-5
Stunning!
Kathy_M
, Jan 2022
This is well worth the visit. It is absolutely stunning! If you speak English, try to ask ahead of time for an English only tour because they mixed our tour with a Spanish one and it was twice as long although it works out fine because you have more time to absorb the views. You just need to be aware of the time addition. Our tour guide Alba did a phenomenal job juggling two groups and two languages! She was very professional and knowledgeable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Alhambra's visit
PedroMiguel
, Jan 2022
We had a great time on the tour, the guide was very knowledgeable on the Alhambra and it's history and the was very kind and polite and helped others on the tour when they had lost tickets and forgotten ID. The only downside that we had was that the tour we were booked onto was in English however the guide spent most of the time speaking French for other people on the tour which is great if you are in French however did mean that half the time we weren't aware what was going on. Also it would of helped if the guide would inform the group when he was moving onto the next area, many times we looked up to find he had walked off which came as a shock as we could still hear him through the headset. In all though we did have a great time and with the three hours given a lot of the Alhambra and information was covered and we would recommend this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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