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

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Spain, Andalucía, Granada
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  • 3 hours
  • Granada
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Explore Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens on this 3-hour skip-the-line walking tour, led by a professional local guide. This tour guarantees you'll have an Alhambra ticket and allows you to visit UNESCO-listed Alhambra with minimum fuss. Admire stunning Moorish architecture in the Nasrid Palaces and gain a glimpse into the lavish lives of the sultans who once lived here.

Itinerary
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Stop At: The Alhambra, Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n Palacio de Carlos V, 18009 Granada Spain

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.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Palace of Carlos V, Alhambra, Granada Spain

Palace of Carlos V

Stop At: Generalife Realejo-San Matias, 18009 Granada Spain

Generalife

Stop At: Alcazaba, Calle Real de la Alhambra Conjunto Monumental de la Alhambra y el Generalife, 18009 Granada Spain

Alcazaba

Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if it is option selected)
  • Tickets for the Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba fortress and the Generalife gardens
  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - The Alhambra
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Carlos V
  • Entry/Admission - Generalife
  • Entry/Admission - Alcazaba

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Departure Point

Welcome Visitor Center, Paseo de la Sabica, 15, 18009 Granada, Spain


Return Details

Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain

Voucher info

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

Duration

3 hours

If you cancel at least 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 5 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews

Suk Wah Anita C

11 Mar, 2020

We joined the morning tour on 9 March( Monday). The guide was conducted in both Spanish and English through headphones which worked well. We were the only two among the some 30 group members who needed English guide service but our very knowledgeable and lively guide Sergio (hope we got the name right) took really good care of us. He made us feel we had a private tour sometimes ;).
As we booked last minute we had to call the company direct to get the pick up details. But they sent us an email to confirm everything right afterwards.
The tour was very well organised. We visited all major spots within the Alhambra without feeling rushed.
Granavision is professional and trustworthy. Will gladly recommend it to other visitors.

Shailja S

27 Dec, 2019

Majestic complex and the Nasrid Palace is exquisite. However, the highlight was our guide who was informative, knowledgeable and really passionate about what she did

David S

08 Nov, 2019

Visiting the Alhambra was perhaps our top tourist priority in 6 weeks in Spain - and it did not disappoint. This tour lasted 3.5 hours and was very thorough - we got to see everything we wanted to see. Emilio is an Amazing guide - so knowledgeable and easy going. His energy level and enthusiasm was strong even at the end. We learned a lot. His pacing was excellent. As some in our group began to tire a bit, Emilio moved us at a pace that was great for us - letting big groups pass so that we could linger and more properly enjoy the spaces. Very Strongly recommend

Carolyn P

01 Nov, 2019

Jorge was a fabulous guide!! Not only was he dynamic and humorous, he had so much valuable information to share with us. As an English / French tour, Jorge did a great job quickly translating what he was saying!

carol.jeffrey

14 Oct, 2019

Excellent tour which in a great part was due to our guide Victor. His depth of knowledge and approach turned the tour into something to remember. Would thoroughly recommend this tour especially after seeing the length of the queues.

User's Picture Gallery

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Fountain at the Generalife Gardens

Fountain at the Generalife Gardens.

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The Generalife Gardens

Water fountains in the gardens

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Beautiful masonry artwork, Amazing ceilings

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View of Albayzin and Sacromonte from the Alhambra

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Our tour guide, Sergio, explaining the path of our tour

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Nasi palace

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Alhambra

Så mycket arbete för att få det vackert!

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Vy från Generalife

En härlig sommardag med utsikt över Granada från Generalife-trädgårdarna.

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Vista desde el Generalife

después del tour, no se puede tener un mejor descanso regresando al Generalife :

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Jardins de Grenade

Grenade, l'Alhambra et le Generalife

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View from the Generalife

Lanscape in Granada

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Alhambra

Alhambra

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Alhambra at sunset as seen from the mirador St. Nicolas

Don't miss the Mirador St. Nicolas on the hill opposite the Alhambra for a fun atmosphere, great crafts and spectacular views.

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The alhambra

Taken on the half-day tour.

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What a view!

So many amazing views!

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Neverending beautiful sights!

Another beautiful area of the Alhambra.

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Wedding photos!

Couldn't think of a more beautiful place to have your wedding photos taken!

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Attention to detail!

The insides were just as beautiful with great attention to detail.

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Beautiful flowers breathtaking views!

Another fantastic view over Granada!

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What a View!

Looking down over Granada was absolutely breathtaking.

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One of many beautiful areas!

Just standing there in this beautiful place was so tranquil!

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Patio

Hermosisimo

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