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Alhambra Palace Tour: Generalife, Alcazaba, Guide, Hotel Transfer

  • When does it run?
    Morning Tour: Daily
    Afternoon Tour: Daily except Sunday & Monday
  • Start time

    Morning Tour: Between 9:15am and 10:00am depending on your hotel location.

    Afternoon Tour: 

    1 April to 14 October : Hotel pick up between 1:15 pm and 4.15 pm (depending on the schedule provided by the Patronato de la Alhambra) in your hotel of Granada city centre. To confirm the exact time please call our local partner the day before the tour between 11am and 7pm (Saturday, Sunday, holiday, between 11am and 1pm) at +34 958 535 872.  

    15 October to 31 March : Hotel pick up from Granada city centre between 1:15pm and 1:45pm. Alternatively, at our Welcome Visitor Centre (Paseo de la Sabica, 15) at 1:50pm.

  • Duration
    4 hours approx.
Inclusions
  • Guaranteed reservations for admission to the Alhambra Palace
  • Multilingual Guide (Spanish, English)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off and transport to the Alhambra
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Key Highlights

  • The Alhambra Palace is one of the world’s most beautiful Palaces and Spain’s top tourist attraction
  • The number of people who can enter the Palace per day is strictly limited – book ahead to ensure your reservation
  • An expert guide will lead you on an in-depth tour of the Alhambra Palace and Gardens
  • For ultimate convenience you will be picked up and dropped off to your hotel in Granada
  • Smartphone voucher accepted – No need to print!

Overview

When booking the tour, please fill your full name, passport number, nationality, age and date of birth in the special requests section. You have to carry the same on the day of your visit for security check.

Be transported into the magical world of the Arabian Nights when you visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Alhambra Palace and Gardens. This hilltop royal residence is one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in the world. Marvel at the carved cedar-wood, cupolas, ornate ceilings, frothy stucco work, and exquisite mosaics. Enjoy the cool marble, tranquil pools, tinkling fountains, pavilions and promenades set against the stunning back-drop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains.

You have an option to choose from a morning tour and an afternoon tour for the Alhambra Palace. Both the tours take you inside the Alhambra Palace with a live expert guide and provide you with an in-depth view and history of this architectural marvel. You can ask any number of questions to your knowledgeable and friendly guide. You will visit all the main parts of the Alhambra Palace; The Royal Palace, the Gardens of Generalife and the Alcazaba.

Alhambra tickets are always high in demand and booking in advance is highly recommended. This tour has limited availability in the month of October, should the tour not be available on your chosen date, we have an alternative for you which includes an expert guide click here for more details>>

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Morning Tour: Daily
    Afternoon Tour: Daily except Sunday & Monday

  • Duration

    4 hours approx.

  • Start time

    Morning Tour: Between 9:15am and 10:00am depending on your hotel location.

    Afternoon Tour: 

    1 April to 14 October : Hotel pick up between 1:15 pm and 4.15 pm (depending on the schedule provided by the Patronato de la Alhambra) in your hotel of Granada city centre. To confirm the exact time please call our local partner the day before the tour between 11am and 7pm (Saturday, Sunday, holiday, between 11am and 1pm) at +34 958 535 872.  

    15 October to 31 March : Hotel pick up from Granada city centre between 1:15pm and 1:45pm. Alternatively, at our Welcome Visitor Centre (Paseo de la Sabica, 15) at 1:50pm.

  • Meeting Point

    Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)

  • Ending Point

    Your hotel in Granada City Centre.

Itinerary

  • You will be collected from your hotel in Granada to begin your The Alhambra Palace tour.

    You will tour the three main parts of the Alhambra Palace: The Royal Palace, the Gardens of Generalife and the fortress of Alcazaba.

    The Royal Palace:
    The Royal Palace interior is lavishly decorated. Surfaces are adorned with intricate geometric designs skillfully executed in marble, glazed tile and alabaster. The Palace is divided into three sections. The first is the Mexuar where business, government, and palace administration took place. This section includes the Oratory and the striking Golden Room.

    The second section is the Serrallo, where the sultans held court and entertained their ambassadors. In the heart of the Serrallo is the Court of the Myrtles with its long pool flanked by myrtle trees. The decorative tiles here are said to be some of the finest in the Alhambra. The Serrallo is also home to the Hall of the Ambassadors, which has a spectacular carved throne and a domed cedar-wood ceiling.

    The third section of the Palace is the Harem, which in its time was entered only by the sultan, his wives and concubines, young children and eunuchs. The delightful Court of the Lions lies at the harem’s heart. The courtyard is named for the 12 lions, thought to represent the months or signs of the zodiac, which support the fountain at the center.

    The Alcazaba:
    The Alcazaba is the Alhambra Palace’s original fortress. You will be able to walk up the steps to the watchtower for some splendid panoramas of Granada. You will also see the Royal Baths, where the sultans' favourite beauties once relaxed in brightly tiled pools, and the Renaissance palace of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

    The Generalife:
    The Generalife was the summer retreat for the Moorish kings. Here you will stroll through the spectacular gardens, said to have been inspired by the Koranic description of Paradise. You will see tall columnar cypress trees, roses, orange trees, oleanders and other flowers as well as tranquil pools and tinkling fountains.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Guaranteed reservations for admission to the Alhambra Palace
  • Multilingual Guide (Spanish, English)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off and transport to the Alhambra
  • Gratuities
  • Food/ Beverages

Please note

Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

Please carry your passport on the day of your visit for security check.

The group size will never be larger than 30 people. 

Customer Reviews

  • Most fun & interesting tour we've ever been on.
    Warren Stanley, Australia 04/16/2018
  • Tour guide made all the difference
    Gene Roelofs, United States 10/27/2017
  • Shelly meichenbaum, Canada 08/03/2017
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