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Alhambra Palace Tour - With Expert Guide

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Duration: Alhambra Palace tour (Without Transport): 2.5 – 3 hours
Alhambra Palace tour (With Transport): 4 hours
Regular price per person
$50.29
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$48.82
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  • 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 we offer an option of this tour with hotel pick up and drop off

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.

This tour takes you inside the Alhambra Palace with a live expert guide and provides 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.

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Customer reviews

Excellent value for money. Even though we were late arriving, the flexibility of the guides ensured we were still accomodated...

Mrs. F V Runham United Kingdom
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well informed guide who explained the history very well. Well worth the money....

Deborah A Taylor Canada
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Itinerary

For those who have chosen the option with hotel pick up you will be collected from your hotel between 09:15am and 10:00am. For those who wish to make their own way you will meet your guide at the Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Parking 1) between 9:30am and 10:00am.

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.

The guided tour of the Alhambra Palace ends at 1:30pm. For those who have selected the option with hotel drop off you will then be taken back to your hotel.

Please note
Please present your isango booking voucher to the guide at the Alhambra

Groups regularly change in size and nationality. In order to facilitate these changes, your visit may be given in two different languages.

The group size will never be larger than 30 people.

You are advised to arrive early, the welcome centre is open from 8:30am, and the local partner 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.
Inclusions
  • Guaranteed reservations for admission to the Alhambra Palace
  • Spanish, English, French, Italian & German speaking guides available
  • Hotel pick up and drop off and transport to the Alhambra (if relevant option is selected).
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Daily
Duration
Alhambra Palace tour (Without Transport): 2.5 – 3 hours
Alhambra Palace tour (With Transport): 4 hours
Start time
Alhambra Palace tour (Without Transport): Between 09:30am and 10:00am
Alhambra Palace tour (With Transport): Between 9:15am and 10:00am depending on your hotel location
Meeting point
Alhambra & Generalife without Transfers (German Guide)
Meet your guide at the Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Parking 1) between 9:30am and 10:00am.
Alhambra & Generalife without Transfers(English Guide)
Meet your guide at the Welcome Visitor Centre (located just 200 meters from Alhambra Parking 1) between 9:30am and 10:00am.
Alhambra & Generalife with Transfers (English Guide)
Your hotel in Granada City Centre.
(Please provide your hotel details in the special requests field at the time of booking. If you do not have this information please contact the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the tour with these details.)
Alhambra & Generalife with Transfers (German Guide)
Your hotel in Granada City Centre.
(Please provide your hotel details in the special requests field at the time of booking. If you do not have this information please contact the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the tour with these details.)
Ending point
Alhambra & Generalife without Transfers (German Guide)
Tour ends inside the Alhambra Palace.
Alhambra & Generalife without Transfers(English Guide)
Tour ends inside the Alhambra Palace.
Alhambra & Generalife with Transfers (English Guide)
You will be returned to your hotel.
Alhambra & Generalife with Transfers (German Guide)
You will be returned to your hotel.
Sale price
$123.23
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Additional information
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.

The Alhambra is not suitable for those who are less mobile or confined to wheelchairs; a tour of the Alhambra Palace will involve a lot of walking
Dos & Don'ts
Granada is high up in the mountains and gets cold in winter and at the end of summer. You are advised to carry along some extra layers of warm clothing! Wear comfortable shoes for walking and don’t forget the camera!

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On most bookings

We will never charge you any administrative fees for cancellations. For most tours and activities, there is no penalty for bookings cancelled a week in advance.

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