Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour
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Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

Skip the Line: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Half-Day Tour

3 h
Skip The Line
Half Day
About this activity
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.
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  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 30 people)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
  • 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.
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Jeffrey M
5 | 2019-04-03

We enjoyed a fantastic three hours with Tarek, whose passion, genuine communication of his deep knowledge of life through the centuries of Alhambra history and willingness to answer all questions with a thoughtful response made our time fly by. He has a great voice and the sound system worked very well. Despite the crowds around us throughout it was still an intimate and unique experience there.

Jonathan T
3 | 2018-10-17

We arranged our visit to the amazing Alhambra months in advance through Viator, which ended up booking us with Granavision. Our overall experience was mixed; the actual tour of the Alhambra and gardens was wonderful. We were very fortunate to have Victor as our guide. His explanations of the history and architecture were excellent, and he managed to give a clear and interesting tour in both English and Spanish, without shortchanging anyone. He’s also got a terrific sense of humor. The difficult and frustrating part was our experience with Granavision. When I booked the tour, I chose the date that we wanted to visit, and was offered morning or afternoon options. I chose afternoon, and then received a confirmation from Granavision stating in writing that our hotel pickup would either be between 1:15 and 1:45, or 3:15 and 3:45. Already, this was not a good start, as we were hoping to plan other activities in Granada for the day, and needed to know when the tour would start. The confirmation voucher also said that we needed to confirm with Granavision several days before the tour date, or else our reservation could be cancelled. We telephoned them the Tuesday before our Saturday tour, and we were told that our pickup would be at our hotel at 1:50. Just to be sure, we called Granavision again upon arriving in Granada on Friday. This time, they told us that our pickup would be at our hotel at 4:15. We were surprised and frustrated by the time change, but figured we had no other options. At 4:15, while waiting in our hotel lobby, the concierge came to us and said that Granavision had just called them and said that they would not be picking us up at our hotel as planned, and that we should take a taxi (at their expense) to their offices near the Alhambra. (At this point, we were beginning to doubt that we were even going to get in to see the place). So we took a taxi, arrived, and finally things seemed organized, and we went on our wonderful tour with Victor.Still, the entire experience was quite frustrating, especially because we were only in Granada for a short time and had no margin for error. They offered no explanation for the time change. While it worked out in the end, I would never knowingly book through Granavision again.

5 | 2018-09-18

Consuela was an amazing guide, providing a comprehensive tour of the Alhambra. She was leading a group of both English and French speakers, effortlessly communicating in both languages and keeping us all together. It was a large group of 27 people, but the wireless audio system worked great to be able to hear our guide as we looked around. It was an excellent tour.

Noamanali M
5 | 2018-07-20

Amazing place to visit! Loved the tour and history behind this magnificent place.

1 | 2018-04-03

We did not get tickets for Alhambra so booked this instead. We were not picked up from the hotel so had to go to another hotel at 9:30 AM only to find out our tour will start at 11 AM! We were misinformed by customer service. Although there were only 11 people in our group, the tour guide failed to make it interesting or exciting with his very dry and casual commentary. Often rushed through not giving us enough time to enjoy the finer detail or take photos! He kept complaining about a large number of tourists coming to Alhambra! and weather instead of focusing on making the best out of the situation. I don't think they realise how much investment and effort people make reach here. We deserve better!! I highly recommend fellow tourist either book direct tickets or get a Granda Card. Avoid at all cost.

Christian M
4 | 2018-04-03

A really wonderful tour!! Our guide, Juan Antonio Diaz was very informative, knowledgeable and really nice. I will be honest, we were hesitant to book after reading some negative reviews about viator not this tour in particular and just decided to take the plunge anyway. SO, SO glad we did!! Thank you guys, you provided a great service and we got to see the amazing Alhambra which was one of the highlights of our entire trip to Spain. Advice to travellers - book at least two months ahead of time or you may be disappointed the Alhambra is just spectacular.

1 | 2018-03-31

Tour guide lacked needed qualifications.