Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Exclusive Tour
Discover the legacy of Spain’s powerful Nasrid dynasty on a private tour of the UNESCO-listed Alhambra citadel and Generalife gardens in Granada. From Moorish sultans to Catholic kings, hear stories from the centuries of rulers who occupied this stunning royal complex and adjacent gardens while an official guide reveals the secrets behind their multicultural history and design
Built on a hill overlooking Granada and set against a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra (Alhambra de Granada) is a sprawling complex of intricately decorated palaces, pristine gardens, and a once-mighty fortress. This UNESCO World Heritage site was constructed during the Nasrid Dynasty and later partially destroyed and rebuilt by King Charles V. With its mix of Renaissance and Moorish architecture, the Alhambra Palace is the most sought-after attraction for visitors to Granada, sitting high on most must-see lists for Andalucia and Spain as a whole.
The Alhambra is broken up into sections: the Generalife Gardens (a collection of courtyards, pools, and fountains). The 13th-century Generalife served as a summer retreat for Nasrid kings when they needed a break from palace affairs. From its perch on Cerro del Sol (Hill of the Sun), the series of terraces, promenades, and gardens spread across 74 landscaped acres (30 hectares) of the Alhambra complex afford some of the best views over Granada; and the Nasrid Palace (the main palace complex)
Confirm your preferred start time prior to the day of tour, and meet your official tour guide at the entrance of the Alhambra (confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability). Skip the long entrance lines at the Alhambra, one of Spain’s most visited monuments, and head directly inside this stunning example of Moorish architecture. As you explore the expansive Alhambra, learn about the sultans of the Nasrid dynasty—Spain’s last Muslim rulers, who reigned during the golden age of Granada
Explore many other aspects of the sprawling complex, including the Nasrid and Comares palaces, the Alhambra gardens, and the palace occupied by Charles V when Granada came under Christian rule. Hear your guide retell the history-shaping events that took place here, and see evidence of the changes wrought by Muslim, Christian, and Jewish influence. Walk in the footsteps of sultans, kings, and poets as you pass through ornate halls, royal apartments, and splendid gardens, where you can admire the well-preserved Arab architecture and decor
The tour also includes entrance to the adjacent Generalife gardens, an enticing series of Moorish-style landscapes that was enjoyed by the Nasrid rulers as a summer retreat. Soak up the peaceful ambience created by arcades, greenery, and fountains while your guide shares details of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Throughout the tour, feel free to ask all the questions you like and take advantage of your guide’s expertise and personalized attention
When? This tour is offered daily always with reservation in advance required. During your booking, please provide your preferred starting time and we’ll get back to you with different options depending tickets availability. Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Where is the tour? The whole tour takes place in the Alhambra of Granada, including Generalife Gardens, Alhambra Nasrid Palaces and Renaissance Charles the V unfinished palace. Please note that this tour requires a moderate level of physical requirement, you will walk around 2 miles unassisted, including stairs
Where do we meet? Our meeting place is right opposite the gift shop, in front of the bar. Further information will be provided after you submit your booking
How many people? This is an exclusive experience, meaning that the number of people is limited to your group. If the group is 7 or larger, the Alhambra requires the use of audioguides
How do we pay? We require a full payment before the tour. This sale is final and incur 100% cancellation penalty
What is included:
- Private tour of the Alhambra citadel and Generalife gardens in Granada
- Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a single day
- Explore the royal apartments, grand halls, and lush gardens of the Alhambra
- Learn about the history of Spain’s Nasrid dynasty and the area’s Muslim, Christian, and Jewish legacies
- Stroll through the luxurious Generalife gardens, a royal summer retreat
- Private guide for a more personalized experience
- All entrance fees included
Not included on the price:
- Drinks or food
- Gratuities, not request nor mandatory but appreciated
- Transportation to Granada, we meet in a central meeting point provided upon reservation
Where do we meet?
Our meeting place is right opposite the gift shop, in front of the bar. Further information will be provided after you submit your booking
I am not in very good physical condition, is this tour for me?
Walk 2 miles unassisted and participate in 2-3 hours of physical activities, including stairs. If you have problems walking we don’t recommend you this tour
Are the tickets included?