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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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Q:
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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Q:
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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Fantastic simply the Best Tour
Ujwala_M
, May 2022
Alhambra Palace is a magical place We took the Viator guided tour of The Palace and General Life Gardens at 10 am Our tour guide Fernando was very knowledgeable , awesome , passionate and the best!!!! The tour was supposed to be 21/2 hours. He gave us 10 min break after Christian palace , and went over to almost 3 magical fun hours I would recommend this tour definitely !!!! Not a dull moment
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Private Alhambra tour
HILARY_S
, May 2022
Hamdi gave us a fabulous, informative tour of the Alhambra Palace. He went above and beyond to share his extensive knowledge and was able to answer all of our questions as well. He was happy to go at our pace, so that we could absorb all of the information and the beauty of the palace. He was friendly, personable and spoke excellent English. We would thoroughly recommend using Hamdi for your tour.
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Private Alhambra tour
Elizabeth_S
, May 2022
Fernando was exceptional! Knowledgeable, easy to understand and tolerant of our shopping and many questions. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour.
star-5
First visit to the Alhambra
Marianne_M
, May 2022
Our guide was terrific - warm, knowledgeable, and willing to engage with questions. I’m not sure that everyone in the group was quite prepared for how strenuous parts of the tour were, but he was kind and encouraging. I’d take the same tour again.
star-5
Alhambra
Amelia_R
, Apr 2022
Juan was amazing in conveying not just the history but the life in Alhambra. Also gave us tips on where to go after. Thank you so much.
star-5
Great experience
Julee_J
, Apr 2022
Very knowledgeable, personable guide. The palace is beautiful. Our guide answered all our questions and offered a lot of interesting history to the tour. Taking the private English speaking tour offered so much more to this experience.
star-5
Alhambra Small Group Tour
Zoe_P
, Apr 2022
Guillermo was an excellent guide - he gave us a rich historical perspective of the evolution of the palaces and grounds. Barely even noticed that the tour was approx 3 hrs long. Highly recommend
star-5
Our guide was wonderful,...
Lucy_H
, Apr 2022
Our guide was wonderful, very interesting and brilliant pace for the children. We learnt so much and had fun!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Beautiful place and excellent tour guide!
Yennifer_A
, Apr 2022
Emilio was an excellent tour guide. He is passionate about La Alhambra’s history and knows all about it. Tour seemed short although we spent almost four hours touring the place. La Alhambra is a must see for anyone and with Emilio by your side it you will appreciate not only its structural splendor but its historic value to the world. Thanks again Emilio! Gracias Emilio, te esperamos en Puerto Rico.
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Highly Informative
Dawn_A
, Mar 2022
Our tour guide, Alberto, was the best guide we’ve EVER had. He was full of information but still entertaining. His historical knowledge coupled with his horticulture facts made us feel like we were constantly learning while taking in the breathtaking sites. Would highly recommend! Also, skipping the lines was a huge plus. We would’ve never learned so much without him, and his knowledge of the site kept our family from fighting over the guide map! ;)

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