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Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces and Albaicin Tour

1. Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces and Albaicin Tour

In the morning, you'll visit the Alhambra, the most visited monument in Spain and one of the best examples of Islamic art in the world. Millions of visitors admire its palaces, gardens, and walls every year. Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site on a combination tour. The Nasrid dynasty complex, built on the Sabika Hill, is the most impressive fortified complex of Muslim Spain and its walls still stand as witnesses to the golden age of Granada. In the afternoon, you'll visit the Albaicín, Granada’s ancient quarter, and certainly at one time the most beautiful. Walk along its narrow, cobbled streets, and admire the flowering balconies and stunning views of the Moorish fortress. Discover mansions built as residences for the Nasrid nobles during the 14th and 15th centuries. You’ll explore both the monumental Alhambra and the secret and charming Albaicín with your expert guide, stopping for a break for lunch in between. On this tour, enjoy a full day full of Spanish history and art.

From Madrid: Andalucia & Toledo 5-Day Trip

2. From Madrid: Andalucia & Toledo 5-Day Trip

Spend 5 days exploring Andalucia, and enjoy tours of the area’s most historically important cities. Visit iconic monuments and take in views of the stunning scenery of the land of La Mancha along the way. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Madrid, Cordoba, Sevilla Depart from the bus terminal in Madrid at 08:00, heading south through the Land of La Mancha to Andalucia. On arrival in Cordoba you’ll enjoy a city sightseeing tour, visiting the great mosque that once was the spiritual center of the Islamic world. Note the Gothic cathedral that was built inside. Your tour also takes in the Jewish Quarter. After the visit, you’ll continue on to Sevilla. Dinner and overnight in Sevilla. Day 2: Sevilla In the morning you’ll venture out on a panoramic city sightseeing tour and visit the Barrio de Santa Cruz with its narrow streets, the Park of María Luisa, and Plaza de España. There’s an optional artistic tour that includes the Royal Alcazar Palace. Your afternoon is at leisure. Half board in the hotel and overnight in Sevilla. Day 3: Sevilla, Ronda, Marbella After breakfast at the hotel you’ll depart for the White Villages and Ronda, where you’ll have some free time. Take an optional excursion to Mijas or Gibraltar. Later the tour continues on to the Costa del Sol. Dinner and overnight in Marbella. Day 4: Marbella, Granada The tour leaves Marbella for Granada after breakfast. When you arrive in Granada you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes the impressive Alhambra with its beautiful Nazari Palaces and the Generalife Gardens. Optional activities include a visit to the caves of Sacromonte and attending a typical gipsy flamenco show. Dinner and overnight in Granada. Day 5: Granada, Toledo, Madrid Enjoy breakfast before heading to the Imperial City of Toledo, filled with historic monuments. You’ll have lunch and embark on a city sightseeing through Toledo’s narrow streets and alleys. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred back to Madrid. Hotels (4-Star)

Granada: Alhambra, Generalife & Albaicin Private Tour

3. Granada: Alhambra, Generalife & Albaicin Private Tour

Skip the lines to the most visited monument in Spain and discover one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in the world. Admire the palaces, gardens and walls of the Alhambra and hidden Nasrid Palaces in Granada on a 5.5-hour tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built on Sabika Hill for the Nasrid Dynasty, the Alhambra was the most impressive fortified complex of Muslim Spain. Its walls still stand as testimony to the city's golden age. Enter the glorious Albaicín district to explore Granada’s most ancient quarter. Walk along narrow, cobblestone streets and admire balconies of stunning floral displays. Get breathtaking views of the Alhambra and see the mansions built for the Nasrid nobles in the 14th and 15th centuries. Benefit from a lunch break and time to digest an extraordinary period in Spanish history and art. 

Granada: Gardens of Carmenes Guided Tour

4. Granada: Gardens of Carmenes Guided Tour

Take a walking tour of the Albaicin neighborhood to discover Granada’s heritage through its architecture. Visit 3 Cármenes, typical houses famous for their beautiful design and stunning gardens. Start your experience at Carmen de los Mártires, a 19th-century house built at the foot of the Alhambra. Admire the statues in its baroque garden and see swans in the English garden’s pond. Wander through the Nasrid courtyard before continuing to Carmen de la Victoria, to see its incredible water features. Finish your tour at Casa Museo Max Moreau, to learn the artist’s history at his former home.

Day Trip to Granada from Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín

5. Day Trip to Granada from Seville: Alhambra and Albaicín

Depart Seville and journey to the city of Granada to take a tour of the historic Alhambra, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural importance and architectural beauty. Benefit from the services of an official tour guide and expert interpreter of the heritage of the city and fortress, built for the Nasrid emirs who ruled Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. Marvel at the fortifications of the Alcazaba (citadel), built to protect the city's post-Roman districts, including the Moorish suburb of "El Albayzín." Admire the beauty of the Nasrid Palaces and Generalife, the summer pleasure gardens of the Emir. Next, drive to the center of Granada for lunch (own expense). Then, take a guided walk of the UNESCO-protected Albaicín district where the winding streets are reflective of its Medieval Moorish past. Stroll past whitewashed houses and encounter age-old churches and flower-filled balconies. Stop to take in the spectacular panoramas over the Alhambra fortress perched on its hill.  Return to Seville at the end of your historical adventure, and get dropped off at your original starting point.

From Seville: Alhambra & Albaicín Private Tour

6. From Seville: Alhambra & Albaicín Private Tour

Relax on the scenic drive to Granada at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Upon arrival, skip the lines to the Alhambra and explore one of the most impressive palaces in Spain. Get the chance to wander the chambers and gardens of the complex with an official guide and uncover the mysteries of the Nasrid dynasty. Enjoy lunch in the historic Albaicín neighborhood and sample some typical tapas with drinks. Learn more about the tradition and sample a special dessert from Granada that was originally made for the pope. Enter the city's gypsy neighborhood to experience the multicultural influence and catch the aroma of teas and spices from the houses and markets.

Granada: Alhambra and Generalife Tour

7. Granada: Alhambra and Generalife Tour

Journey back to the days of the Moors in Spain on a walking tour of Granada, and see the city’s two most iconic monuments in one of its most historic neighborhoods. Learn the history of the palatial city and Royal House, and why it was declared a National Monument in 1870. Enter the vast complex of the Alhambra and hear about its great influence and importance in the history of Spain. Get essential information about the architectural styles at the Alhambra, including the beautiful Gate of Pomegranates. See the monument to Washington Irving, who lived in the palace when he wrote Tales of the Alhambra. Walk past the Pillar of Charles V fountain, erected in 1554 along the route that leads to the main entrance of the Alhambra. Admire the diverse architectural styles inside the grounds of the palace, such as the Islamic motifs of the courtyards and the fountains and water features of the Generalife. The Generalife (Architect's Garden) was the summer palace of the Nasrid Emirs, and is one of the oldest surviving gardens of the Moors. Admire the Jardím de la Sultana (Courtyard of the Cypress) and Patio de la Acequia (Court of the Water Channel) with its long pool framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades and pavilions. Discover an exquisite example of the medieval Persian gardens of Al-Andalus.

Andalusia and Valencia 6-Day Tour from Barcelona

8. Andalusia and Valencia 6-Day Tour from Barcelona

Enjoy a 6-day guided tour of Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada, and Valencia, visiting impressive cultural and religious monuments. Enjoy accommodation in select hotels, daily breakfast, and guided tours in each location. Day 1 (Sunday) Barcelona – Zaragoza – Madrid Depart from Barcelona at 08:00, traveling through Lerida and Zaragoza on the way to Madrid. You’ll make some short stops along the way with some free time to explore. Overnight in Madrid. Day 2 (Monday) Madrid – Cordoba – Sevilla After breakfast you’ll take a drive through La Mancha country to Cordoba. Enjoy a sightseeing tour in Cordoba, and visit its famous mosque/cathedral and the old Jewish Quarter. Continue on to Sevilla, for dinner. Overnight in Sevilla. Day 3 (Tuesday) Sevilla Today you’ll enjoy half board at your Sevilla hotel. In the morning you’ll have a city tour, visiting the Park of María Luisa, Plaza de España, the exterior of the great cathedral and its tower, and the typical Barrio de Santa Cruz. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Sevilla. Day 4 (Wednesday) Sevilla – Granada After breakfast in the hotel you’ll depart for Granada. Enjoy a sightseeing tour with visits to the impressive Alhambra with its beautiful Nazari palaces and the Generalife gardens. Dinner and overnight in Granada. Optional: Visit the caves of Sacromonte and attend a typical gipsy flamenco show. Day 5 (Thursday) Granada – Valencia After breakfast you’ll head out on a drive to Valencia via Guadix, Baza, and Puerto Lumbreras. Overnight on the Mediterranean coast in Valencia. Day 6 (Friday) Valencia – Barcelona You’ll have free time after breakfast before a mid-morning departure for Barcelona. Tour departures are available on Sundays throughout the year.

Full Day in Granada Alhambra and "Dobla de Oro" Monuments

9. Full Day in Granada Alhambra and "Dobla de Oro" Monuments

The history of the Alhambra doesn’t make sense without the history of Granada. To appreciate the splendor of both histories even more, there’s nothing better than a full-day, combined visit accompanied by the best specialist guides in Granada. This experience includes a guided visit to the Alhambra, with tickets included and an itinerary specially designed to adapt the visit to the entry time for the Nasrid Palaces. You’ll be able to walk around the Court of the Lions and the Court of the Myrtles, following in the footsteps of the sultans and kings that once lived there. Wander through the stunning gardens of the Generalife and Partal and be taken aback by their beauty. There’s no better way to end the day than by visiting Granada, the city that beholds the Alhambra. The Dobla de Oro invites you to submerge yourself in a cultural landscape like no other, a dazzling itinerary which allows you to explore Granada’s great Hispanic Muslim monuments, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site: Casa Morisca de la Calle Horno de Oro, the Bañuelo, the Casa del Chapiz, the Palacio de Dar al-Horra and the Casa de Zafra. Benefit from a guided visit in a premium group that will leave you with the best memories of your visit to Granada.

Alhambra: Select Group Fast-Track Tour

10. Alhambra: Select Group Fast-Track Tour

The Alhambra is the most important and captivating monument of Muslim Spain and one of the most visited attractions in the country. This historic site brims with the wonderful heritage of the Nasrid dynasty, which you can uncover as you explore the Alcazaba, the Palace of Comares, and the Generalife Gardens. Take this opportunity to visit the palaces of the Alhambra in 3 hours, accompanied by an official guide who will explain to you all the secrets, stories, legends and artistic details of the site. Admire the impressive Moorish architecture of the Nasrid Palaces and discover how the sultans lived during the height of their reign. Avoid queuing up outside thanks to your fast-track entrance ticket and you'll be sure to enjoy the journey throughout this breathtaking monument. Your tour will take place in small groups of up to 10 people, making for a more personable and relaxing experience.

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The Alhambra is always busy, but our bus beat the others, making it better for us. You choose between 4 different pickup locations. The tour company contacted us with the exact pickup time the day before. The drive takes about 3 hours, but the bus has comfortable seats for sleeping and big windows for the views. Halfway through the drive, there's a stop for restrooms and breakfast. After the rest stop, the guide gave us info about Spain and the things we were passing. When we arrived at Alhambra, the bus guide gave us clear directions and her contact info, before sending us with a different guide through the complex. Be sure to ask this guide for a brief history of Granada. At the end of the Alhambra tour, we rejoined our bus guide for 1 hour free time in Albaicin and then a 20 minute guided tour of Albaicin, including the viewpoint for the Alhambra. Then we headed back to Seville. The driver gave us info about the 4 drop-off locations (the same as the pickup), so you can choose

The tour went smoothly. Our pick up time was changed from 5:30am to 7:20, a much more civilized time, which made me happy even before we started. Our guide, Petra was personable and spoke both English and Spanish clearly. We walked a total of 5 miles that day, and several people were not able to do this and stayed behind before we got to the Alhambra. What a shame, because the Alhambra is the biggest attraction in Spain. Please only book this tour if you can walk for 3 hours and climb a few stairs. The comfortable bus ride is 3 hours each way with a break half way so you can rest. The Alhambra is totally worth the long ride and walking. We had a guide, Pablo, for the Alhambra who was very knowledgeable and spoke in clear English. I would recommend this tour as long as walking is not a problem for you.

Very informative and well explained. Anastasia, our guide, spoke very good, accent-free German and was very considerate. She has good specialist knowledge and also responded to queries in a professional manner. This gave you a comprehensive overview. All in all a nice tour that we are happy to recommend.

The tour was well organized, we were immediately addressed at the "meeting point" and sent to our group. Our "guide" was very well trained, had extensive knowledge and was very nice. The entire tour was varied and interesting. THANK YOU!

Wonderful visit. The guide was very attentive and passionate.