Malaga Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Tour
Head past the Alhambra’s long entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket, and start with a look at the oldest part of the complex, Alcazaba Fortress with its myriad of ramparts and towers. Gaze out at the city of Granada from the fortress walls and explore its walkways with your guide.
Continue to the Nasrid Palaces, a set of magnificent Moorish buildings that you’ll admire in all their glory. Comprising of three different buildings, the palaces each boast elaborate function rooms and opulent Islamic art. Look out at the sky from the windows of Mexuar Palace and learn of the extravagant lives of the emirs and sultans who once lived here.
From the Nasrid Palaces, stroll outside to Generalife Gardens to check out where the 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.
After 3 hours enjoying the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, return to your minivan for the journey back to Malaga. Your shore excursion finishes with a drop-off at the port.
Please note: the order of this tour is subject to change and certain sights may be visited in a different order, depending on how busy the Alhambra is on the day of your tour.
- Port pickup and drop-off
- Professional guide
- Entry/Admission - The Alhambra
- 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
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
We were a private party of 12 persons. The driver of the private van was courteous but limited in English. At the Alhambra and GeneralLife and Gardens tour, we were shuffled in with a larger tour from Germany and were almost forgotten. Because of the 2 translations, the tour took longer than anticipated. Excellent guide. For the cost and length of this tour we thought a snack and drink should have been included. The driver was prompt and reliable in getting us back to the ship on time.
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.