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Private Tour: Alhambra and Generalife

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Spain, Andalucia and Costa del Sol, Granada
from/per person
5455

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Overview

Skip past the Alhambra’s long entrance lines with your private guide and explore this incredible palace complex! Including priority access, this private tour ensures you’ll see the best of Granada’s premier UNESCO World Heritage Site with ease. Tour all the must-visit Alhambra highlights like Alcazaba Fortress, the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife Gardens, while learning about its Moorish history.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Led by a local guide


What You Can Expect

Visit the Alhambra – Granada’s most famous monument – with your friendly private guide. Skip past the long entrance lines with your priority access ticket and head straight inside to start your tour.

The UNESCO-listed palace complex is thought to have originated as a fortress in the 9th century, and then expanded with opulent palaces, vast courtyards and lavish gardens added during the following centuries. Learn all the Alhambra’s intriguing history from your guide while exploring its delights, hearing tales and trivia about the Moorish Kings and sultans who once called the place their home.

Visit Alcazaba Fortress (the complex’s oldest part) and see Torre de la Vela – the tower that is most associated with Alhambra. Views from here are spectacular and on clear days you can easily pick out parts of Granada like Mirador de San Nicolas.

Walk through the Alhambra’s most important halls and courtyards including the Nasrid Palaces, Myrtle Courtyard (Patio de los Arrayanes), and the Ambassador’s Hall (Salon de Embajadores). Admire the contrasting Renaissance architecture of the Palace of Charles V with the rest of Alhambra’s rich Moorish architecture and décor, and take a peek at the Royal Baths.

Before your tour ends, your private guide will show you around Generalife Gardens, where the Spanish rulers of bygone days went to relax. Stroll through two of its beautiful courtyards – Patio de la Acequia and Patio de la Sultana – and admire the decadent flower beds and colorful plants that comprise these spectacular gardens. At the end of your tour, your private guide will drop you back at the original departure point.

Advance bookings are strongly recommended, as access to the Alhambra is strictly limited to a certain number of visitors each day.

Cancellation Policy

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.


Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

  • 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 or restrict access to certain areas. In this case, the tour will be adapted accordingly without reducing the visiting time
  • Book a transfer from your hotel to the departure point at an extra price

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Point

Central Granada. If you book the hotel pickup option, your tour will start from your centrally-located Granada hotel or nearest available pickup point

Departure Time

9am

Duration

2 hours 30 minutes

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Tour Options

Tour without transfer

Code: 3443CITALHVIANTRA

Alhambra and Generalife private tour, with no hotel pickup or drop-off. 9:00 AM
Tour with transfer

Code: Code: 3443CITALHVIATRA

Alhambra and Generalife private tour, including hotel pickup and drop-off 8:30 AM

User's Reviews

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Trevor M

We had a lovely tour guide called Conchi who made the tour interesting and fun. The Alhambra and Generlife is a must see and we are so glad we booked a private tour because as a party of 4 we were able to hear and see what was going on and it felt more personal. It is one of the few tours I would actually do again, the Alhambra itself is breath-taking.

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Azmommadog

Antonio provided insightful historic commentary for a delightful 4 hour tour. We learned so much while being mesmerized by one spectacular scene after another. He took photos of the four of us and we enjoyed seeing the shots he took himself. We appreciated visiting the Generalife in the cool morning and we enjoyed bypassing the lines as we moved from the gardens into the Alhambra. We all appreciated learning about the ingenuity of the design of the Alhambra and the significance of all of the water features. We all highly recommend taking the private tour as it gave us a very special memory of one of the most beautiful places in the world. We booked the tour over a month in advance we had heard that tickets sold out for any of the tours and it was true.

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Susanne H

To really appreciate the history and symbolism of this remarkable place, the extravagance of a private tour with your own guide is truly justified. Our guide, Beatriz Arenas, met us at the office just outside the Alhambra and whisked us through into the Generalife and thence to the Alhambra complex. Bea told us it had been her childhood dream to work there and now she is living that dream and, through her passion for and knowledge of Spain's Moorish past, brings history to life for her visitors. She was very patient with our non-stop questions and had an answer for everything. A delightful companion on our tour, which was over all too soon.

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Gerald S

We enjoyed an excellent guided tour of the Alhambra with Marie-Pax. She showed us every aspect of the Palace and explained every
detail of the decoration of each building. The tour took 5 hours and we covered 6 kms during that time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and willingly provided all the answers to our questions. We had booked a private tour for 4 people and with this there was no queue or waiting, we went straight in with our guide who was waiting for us at the visitor's entrance. Otherwise the queue waiting to buy entrance tickets was very long. The gardens which are part of the Alhambra grounds are kept well tended by 600 gardeners. There are many gardens to visit, some with fountains and long lengths of water reflecting the blooms on either side.
We had a memorable visit and are so glad to have had the opportunity to experience the Alhambra for ourselves.

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Jerzy R

Wow! Private tour was the way to see Alhambra. We booked through La Vacanza Travel in Canada and we didnt have any issues. Our knowledgeable and handsome guide, Asier, was an excellent story teller providing us with a wealth of information on history, architecture, and life in Alhambra. The tour was surprisingly very relaxing, not rushed, and super enjoyable. Thank you for making it an unforgettable experience!
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Jerry and Dorota from Canada and Iwona from Poland

User's Picture Gallery

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Antonio and the Mac Pack

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Court of Lions

Now all polished and shiny white.

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Best photo op at Alhambra!

Reflecting pool - Alhambra

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Alhambra panorama

Picture taken from San Nicolas - one of the bet views of Alhambra.

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