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Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.

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Granada, Spain
Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.
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Overview

Sail past long lines and crowded entrance halls on a private tour of Granada’s Alhambra Palace. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site while enjoying priority access and insightful commentary. See historical highlights like the Alcazaba Fortress and the Nasrid Palaces, then stroll amid the botanical beauty of the Generalife Gardens. Select the option of hotel pickup and drop-off to enjoy convenient round-trip transportation.
  • Private tour of the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
  • Enjoy fast-track entrance to this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your skip-the-line Alhambra ticket
  • Tour top Alhambra attractions like the Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba Fortress and Palace of Charles V
  • Learn about the Moorish kings and sultans who once lived in the palace complex and admire its decadent architecture

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Add on a hotel pickup and drop-off with this private Alhambra tour that’s both flexible and convenient.
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Private Local guide (if it is option selected)
Skip the line for guaranteed entry the whole Alhambra complex including Nasrid Palaces.
Preventing service Covid-19: Social distancing in the walking tour and bus
Hand sanitizer
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Welcome Visitor Center , P.º de la Sabica, 15, 18009 Granada, Spain

In front of the Alhambra ticket office and next to the Guadalupe Hotel

This activity will end right where it started.
Depart from your Granada hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan or meet at a central departure point depending on which option you selected. Ascend to the high hilltop perch of Alhambra Palace, disembark the minivan and sail past long lines at the crowded entrance hall. Set out with your experienced guide to discover the architectural allure of the UNESCO-listed fortress. 

Plunge into the opulent palaces, vast courtyards and lavish gardens as you delve into the captivating history of the 9th-century fortress; hear tales and trivia regarding decadent sultans, extravagant emirs and Moorish Kings who formerly inhabited the palace. Visit the complex’s most ancient enclave, the Alcazaba Fortress, in order to ascend the Torre de la Vela and admire spectacular views of the sprawling Spanish city. Stroll through opulent halls and expansive courtyards like the Patio de los Arrayanes and the Ambassador’s Hall; admire the architectural majesty of the Nasrid Palaces; and hear entertaining tales of eccentric emperor Charles V when you visit his eponymous palace. 

Wander the gorgeous Generalife Gardens and absorb the botanical beauty of the sculptured landscape; see the verdant splendor of the Patio de la Acequia and Patio de la Sultana, two beautiful courtyards; and gain insight into the exotic flowers and decadent shrubs that decorate the area. Return to the original departure point or enjoy convenient transportation back to your hotel when the tour concludes.  Advance bookings are strongly recommended, as access to the Alhambra is strictly limited to a certain number of visitors each day.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The Alhambra
On a rocky hill that is difficult to access, on the banks of the River Darro, protected by mountains and surrounded by woods, among the oldest quarters in the city, the Alhambra rises up like an imposing castle with reddish tones in its ramparts that prevent the outside world from seeing the delicate beauty they enclose. Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of royalty and of the court of Granada in the middle of the thirteenth century, after the establishment of the Nasrid kingdom and the construction of the first palace, by the founder king Mohammed ibn Yusuf ben Nasr, better known as Alhamar. The fortress became a citadel with high ramparts and defensive towers, which house two main areas: the military area, or Alcazaba, the barracks of the royal guard, and the medina or court city, the location of the famous Nasrid Palaces and the remains of the houses of noblemen and plebeians who lived there.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palace of Carlos V
A palace that met all the comforts of the time for the emperor and his family, as the Alcázar, next to the Alhambra, Construction of the palace began in 1527 and financed entirely in 1957.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nasrid Palaces
The habitual residence of the kings of Granada, their construction began at the beginning of the 14th century. The Nasrid Palaces are a palatial complex formed by three buildings: - The Mexuar is the oldest hall. It was employed for meetings between the ministers of the king and as a courtroom. - Next, we come to the Palace of Comares, which dates back to the era of Yusuf I. This dwelling was erected around the Patio de los Arrayanes (Courtyard of the Myrtles), and its side exits lead to the Sala de los Embajadores (Hall of Ambassadors) and the Sala de la Barca (Hall of the Boat). The Hall of Ambassadors is located inside the Tower of Comares. - The Palace of the Lions, dating back to the era of Muhammed V, is also a royal residence. It is composed of a central courtyard, the Courtyard of the Lions, and halls along each side, the Hall of the Mocarabes, the Hall of the Kings, the Hall of the Two Sisters, the Hall of the Ajimeces, leading on to the mirador Daraxa viewpoint, and the Hall of the Abencerrajes, along with the Harem.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Generalife
Beyond the walls of the Alhambra, in a mountain called Cerro del Sol, lies the Generalife, a country estate belonging to the Nasrid sultans that was also used for agricultural production. You´ll discover the summer Palace, a residence known as the Royal palace of Happiness, full of vast gardens with a huge range of flowers and vegetation.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please note: the Alhambra requires that all passengers provide the full name and passport details for each participant when booking. If not provided, the Alhambra may deny access to their premises.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY City Tour Alhambra Viajes, S.L (GRANAVISION)
  • If you cancel less than 10 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 10 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Any changes made less than 15 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 11–15 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Nasrid Palaces, Skip the line.?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-1
Terrible guide
Indira_D
, Jul 2022
Our guide was terrible. He lacked passion, mumbled and just droned on. We paid a lot of money and this guy acted like he could be doing other things than being a guide. For the company that hires guides : please hire locals who are passionate about history and heritage
star-5
Breathtaking
Gabrielle_T
, Jul 2022
Eduardo was fabulous guide and knowledge exemplary and made the history come alive. The Alahambra is a must see.
star-5
Wonderful
David_T
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide, Hamdi, was excellent. Very knowledgeable and made the tour so interesting and memorable. Highly recommend seeing all the parts to the Alhambra and having a guide.
star-5
La Alhambra was wonderful!
Anjali_V
, Jun 2022
A fantastic tour. Jose Fuentes, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Three hours went by very quickly and we got to see a lot. I would highly recommend it. Do bring good walking shoes.
star-5
Best tour and guide we had on our trip!
Maria_V
, Jun 2022
We live in United States and were in Granada during our anniversary trip to Spain and Portugal. I did a lot of homework to pick the best activities, and this tour was a jackpot. Felipe was our guide and I can't say enough good things about him. Not only he was knowledgeable, but attentive and courteous, very easy to understand, he kept everyone engaged and nobody was tuning out as it often happens on a long tour. There were about 12 of us on this small group tour and it felt just right. We didn't stand in line anywhere and moved right along. Very informative tour, fascinating history, incredibly beautiful grounds. Highly recommend!!! P.S. Prepare to walk, a lot. There was no place to sit down, but we were fine with it. Just fyi.
star-5
Great experience
Binh_R
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide, Ramon, was very passionate and knowledgeable about the history of the Alhambra. It was fun to have him as our guide.
star-5
Our guide Andy was great....
Yarelis_T
, Jun 2022
Our guide Andy was great. He knew so much about the history about the Alhambra and about Spain in general. He was very responsive to the group's questions. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Tour the Alhambra with Gustavo!
Debra_S
, Jun 2022
Gustavo is a fantastic host! He’s prompt, friendly, kind to everyone on the tour and knows everything about the Alhambra. He gives facts, tells stories and does so in an engaging and friendly way. I give Gustavo and this tour 109% worth the time and price. Thank you!
star-5
A spectacular day at Alhambra
salliesheppard
, Jun 2022
We enjoyed the whole spectacular tour but the Lions Palace stands out. A 'small group skip the lines' tour was definitely worth the extra cost. Our tour guide Hamdi was excellent.
star-5
Excellent Alhambra
David_H
, Jun 2022
Fabulous tour and our guide Maryla was so knowledgeable. Skip to the front of the que wirjed well. More than 3hrs at over 40degrers was a litke too much so tour adjusted to suit.Well worth selecting a small group tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Take a hike to learn history
john_p
, Jun 2022
Great your guide. Lots of walking, its like hiking in the woods but in a castle with lots of history.
star-5
Fantastic tour
Amanda_C
, Jun 2022
We loved this tour. Our guide showed us many interesting aspects, including the fortress and the palaces, as well as the irrigation and cooling systems. We also loved that he could tell us about the plants.
star-5
Tour guide was great....
Deborah_S
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was great. Juan was very knowledgable and made the tour more enjoyable. Moved well through the spaces
star-5
Fantastico!
Georgia_F
, Jun 2022
Philippe was a very informative and helpful guide to an exceptional tour of Al Hambra! Get ready to walk around history and culture in front of you at every turn!!
star-5
Beautiful place
jamesrice1
, Jun 2022
Beautiful place with surprising history. Our guide brought the experience to life with with his knowledge. Very impressed.
star-5
Great Private Tour of La Alhambra & Generalife Gardens
Teodoro_S
, Jun 2022
Our Tour Guide of La Alhambra and El Generalife was Ángela. She was phenomenal! Met with us at the time of our reservation. Gave us the right amount of information, was pleasant, and offered a very relaxed tour of one of the most, if not the most, beautiful places in the world. Plus she helped us with our photos and suggested additional places to visit around La Alhambra. We highly recommend booking a private tour with her! If you are planning to visit the Generalife Gardens, May is the month to go. The roses are in full bloom and the climate is fantastic! ¡Gracias, Ángela!
star-5
Engaging and informative tour
John_S
, Jun 2022
The Alhambra is an amazing experience no matter what, but our guide made it a more manageable and enjoyable experience. It's a long tour, and he managed to keep us engaged and interested throughout, partly because of his genuine passion for his subject. He was knowledgable but also had a good sense of humor. The use of earbuds to listen to him was successful overall--we appreciated that we did not have to crowd together and strain to hear him--though it reduced our ability to speak spontaneously with each other, with the guide, or with other members of the tour.
star-5
Amazing tour with amazing guide
Muhannad_A
, Jun 2022
Amazing and must do activity.. and Guastavo was great guide indeed.. full of fun and information given and lovely tour
star-4
A must tour.
Rona_K
, May 2022
Our tour guide William was understanding of everything he presented. He was patient and very personable. We speak English and his English is excellent.
star-2
I have to say I was quite...
Sangeet_J
, May 2022
I have to say I was quite disappointed in the tour. You state in you description about the tour - "Learn about the Moorish kings and sultans who once lived in the palace complex" and "hear tales and trivia regarding decadent sultans, extravagant emirs and Moorish Kings who formerly inhabited the palace". I have to say I did not. The Guide was not that learned about the Alhambra. In fact you could hear other guides giving a lot more information to the tours that what we received. I have been on other tours and came away with a wealth on knowledge about the place I have visited but I did not feel I got that here. In your tour information you also state that time will be given to catch a bite to eat. Well we did not have that either. In face near the end of the tour due to the hunger pains I was almost collapsing but I knew if I had stopped to have a bite to eat I would have lost the tour guide. Considering how much I had paid I was disappointed with the tour and would not recommend it anyone
1 traveler found this review helpful

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