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Alhambra Guided Tour & Historic Granada

US$ 114.28 Price per person from View price guide

Highlights

  • Ensure entry to the Alhambra – numbers are strictly limited and often entrance is unavailable on the day
  • Explore one of the world′s loveliest palaces
  • Wander through lovely gardens with stunning water features
  • Uncover layers of history in glorious Granada
  • See magnificent views of the Alhambra Palace from Albaycin
  • Enjoy a drink in one of the Sacromonte caves

Overview

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Alhambra Palace and the city of Granada on this two-part tour.

In the morning, explore the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens with an expert guide. More than 600 years old, the exquisite Alhambra is a magnificent expression of Islamic art, culture and history. Marvel at the carved cedar-wood, frothy stucco work, and gorgeous mosaics. Enjoy the tranquil pools, tinkling fountains, and sweet-scented garden flowers.

In the afternoon, explore Granada's past on an informative sightseeing tour. Visit the Cathedral and the Royal chapel, burial place of the Catholic Monarchs.

Explore the Albaycin and Sacromonte quarters, the oldest in the city, and admire breathtaking views of Alhambra, Granada and Sierra Nevada from St Nicolas Church.

Have a drink in one of the caves of Sacromonte before returning to your hotel at the end of an unforgettable experience.

Alhambra Palace tour is sold out for a number of dates from now until the end of October.

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Itinerary

The Alhambra Guided Tour & Historic Granada combo showcases the rich heritage of Granada, with a guided visit to the Alhambra and Generalife gardens in the morning followed by a late afternoon city sightseeing tour.

• Alhambra Guided Tour:

You’ll enjoy an informative guided tour of the Alhambra complex. Your professional guide is an expert on the fortress and will answer any questions you have about the monument.

Constructed during the mid 14th century by the Berber rulers of Granada, the Alhambra ranks among the world’s finest examples of Islamic art. The magnificent complex also contains a Renaissance palace built by Emperor Charles V.

A key attraction is the Alcazaba (fortress), the oldest part of the Alhambra and home to its former military precincts. You’ll also see the Mexuar Palace, where the Sultan dispensed justice.

Take time to wander in the Generalife, built as a place of leisure for the Moorish Kings of Granada in the 14th century. In addition to fragrant flowers and fine trees, the gardens have beautiful water features poetically described by one writer as “water that cries”.

After seeing the Alhambra, you will be driven back to your hotel in Granada, or, if you prefer, you can stay longer at the Alhambra and then stroll back downhill through a forest to the city center.

• Historic Granada:

In the afternoon, around 1615h (4:15pm) to 1645h (4:45pm), you will be picked up from your hotel and taken for a tour of the historic sights of the city of Granada or you can join the tour at Cathedral main entrance in Gran Via Street.

You’ll see the famous Granada cathedral, a Spanish Renaissance masterpiece built by Queen Isabella I on the site of an ancient mosque. One of its most famous features is the exquisite Capilla Real (Royal Chapel) where Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand II, and their children, Phillip "The Beautiful" and Joan "The Mad", are buried.

Your guide will lead you uphill to Albaycin, the old Arab quarter, constructed on a medieval town plan with cobbled streets and small squares. Stop in the plaza outside St Nicholas Church to enjoy magnificent views of the Alhambra backed by the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Next to Albaycin is the hill of Sacromonte, another old part of Granada and famous for its cave dwellings, gypsy community, and flamenco tradition. Stop to have a drink in one of the caves before being driven back to your hotel.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Duration

6 hours

Start time

Start time: Alhambra Palace Tour: Hotel pick-ups between 9:15am - 10:00am
Alternate pick up point: You can join the tour at Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Parking 1) between 9:30am and 10:00am.
Historic Granada: Hotel pick-ups 1615h (4:15pm) - 1645h (4:45pm)
Alternate pick up point: You can join the tour at Cathedral main entrance in Gran Via Street between 1645h (4:45pm) and 1700h (5:00pm)
Duration: 6 hours (Alhambra: 3 hours, Historic Granada: 3 hours)

Meeting point

Alhambra Palace Tour: Your hotel in Granada city center.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Alternative pick-up point: You can join the tour at Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Car Parking No. 1).
Historic Granada: Your hotel in Granada city center.
Alternative pick-up point: Cathedral main entrance in Gran Via Street.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

Ending point

Alhambra Palace Tour: Your hotel in Granada. Alternatively you can leave the tour at Alhambra and walk down to the city.
Historic Granada: Your hotel in Granada or Cathedral main entrance in Gran Via Street.

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off for both the Alhambra tour and the Historic Granada tour
  • Transportation in a mini-bus
  • Multilingual guides: Alhambra Palace – Spanish, English, French, Italian & German. Historic Granada – Spanish and English
  • Tickets for the Alhambra (Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba fortress, Generalife Gardens)
  • 1 Drink in a Sacromonte cave
  • Tickets for the Cathedral and Royal Chapel

Exclusions

  • Meals

Do/Dont's

There is a lot of walking at the Alhambra. Wear comfortable shoes and casual clothing. If visiting in the summer, bring a bottle of water, use sun block and wear a hat

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

Client must keep a copy of the voucher you will receive via e-mail at the end of the booking process. The copy will have to be shown to the guide before the start of the tour. The voucher is also considered as the payment receipt.

For the Alhambra Palace tour please specify the language you require when you make your booking.

Welcome Visitor Centre is open from 8:30am, so we will be pleased to receive you from that time.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, the Alhambra tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
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Cancellation policy

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