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Malaga Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Tour

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Málaga, Spain
Malaga Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Tour
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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
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Port pickup and drop-off
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
Lunch
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your driver will wait for you at your Cruise arrival, holding a sign with your cruise name

Ports

  • Málagaport, Muelle Cánovas, s/n, 29001 Málaga, Spain


Departure Time

8:00 AM
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Malaga
Malaga port: Pick up point
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Alhambra
The Alhambra is a city, fortress and palace built by the kings of the Nasrid dynasty of the Kingdom of Granada. A true masterpiece of Muslim art in Europe.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Alcazaba
Fortress that protected the residence of the sultans in the islamic era and the Nasrid Palace.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Generalife
Summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid rulers of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nasrid Palaces
The Nasrid Palaces are the jewel of the Islamic art of the Alhambra of Granada, the place of residence of sultans and kings and the treasure of the monument.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • 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
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Tour Alhambra Viajes, S.L (GRANAVISION)

If you cancel at least 16 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 20 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 10 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 11 and 15 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

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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 Malaga Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens 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 Malaga Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Malaga Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

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

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Malaga Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Malaga Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Malaga Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Malaga Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Malaga Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Tour.

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Picked up on time by a friendly and...
Christopher B
, Feb 2018
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.
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The drive there was fine, he drove...
Kimberly A M
, Jan 2018
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!
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Excellent service! A beautiful...
eapdes
, Jan 2018
Excellent service! A beautiful experience! I will not hesitate to use Viator again in the future.
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Alhambra is an amazing place and...
John H
, Mar 2017
Alhambra is an amazing place and well-worth a visit. Unfortunately, the later pickup time from our cruise ship meant that our visit was too rushed. When we arrived at our destination there was considerable confusion and after an almost one hour delay, our tour started. Apparently there was no tour guide for us. Our tour, which was supposed to be an English only tour, ended up being attached to a German speaking group consequently delivered in both English and German. Although our tour guide was knowledgeable, he was obviously not pleased with the situation and displayed a very questionable attitude. The experience did not warrant the high cost of the trip. The bus driver, for the almost 4 hour round trip from Malaga to Alhambra, was, however, very professional and helpful.
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We had arranged for a group of 12...
valerie_rodrigues
, Mar 2017
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.
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We were a private party of 12...
valerie_rodrigues
, Mar 2017
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.
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Our guide was so good. We spent...
Julie H
, Jan 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
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Good tour, but the guide on the bus...
barb
, Oct 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
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The driver did not speak English...
jshoelmer
, Aug 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.
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We did have a problem connecting...
leahnels42
, Aug 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.
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