Malaga Alhambra Palace and Gardens Excursion Reviews

Venture out from the stunning beaches of Malaga to the Alhambra Palace and Gardens, which date back to medieval times. Once a fortress, Alhambra has been turned into a monument surrounded by beautiful, scenic botanical gardens, making it a sight for both history- and nature-lovers.
The tour and drive inland were both very good.
The tour and drive inland were both very good. There was no free time because of the size of the Alhambra and the way the tickets work. We had an assigned entrance time that was rescheduled when our arrival was delayed. Tickets are ... Read More
The tour and drive inland were both very good. There was no free time because of the size of the Alhambra and the way the tickets work. We had an assigned entrance time that was rescheduled when our arrival was delayed. Tickets are specific to your name. The luncheon buffet we were given in an adjacent hotel was only okay in quality. The Palace and Gardens were worth the trip but the lunch could have been much better. There was a rest stop in the middle of the drive both ways. The guide was very good and provided a lot of history and color on the bus. The required Alhambra guide did a good job. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
This is the only ship's excursion we took and it was an excellent choice.
This is the only ship's excursion we took and it was an excellent choice. The guides were great and the Alhambra is a fantastic spot. It was quite cool the day we were there, so it may not have been as crowded as it can get in the ... Read More
This is the only ship's excursion we took and it was an excellent choice. The guides were great and the Alhambra is a fantastic spot. It was quite cool the day we were there, so it may not have been as crowded as it can get in the summer. The excursion included a very nice lunch at a lovely hotel in town. All together a great day. This was on a Sunday, so I understood from fellow travelers that most of Malaga was closed and they were disappointed as it seems to be a lovely city. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Crystal Cruises
Very impressive gardens & palace.
Very impressive gardens & palace. A lot of walking but cooler as more shade. Buffet lunch supplied.
Very impressive gardens & palace. A lot of walking but cooler as more shade. Buffet lunch supplied. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Our tour through ViaTour, with Top Day was disappointing.
Our tour through ViaTour, with Top Day was disappointing. Tour guide didn’t really speak English. At all. Would not suggest doing a tour at this site as it was very crowded even in the off season. Go solo some time.
Our tour through ViaTour, with Top Day was disappointing. Tour guide didn’t really speak English. At all. Would not suggest doing a tour at this site as it was very crowded even in the off season. Go solo some time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The tour was simple to book online and we received the necessary information well before our ...
The tour was simple to book online and we received the necessary information well before our excursion. We were met on time at the port and Debbie was effiencent and personable in sorting out the participants and seeing everyone loaded on ... Read More
The tour was simple to book online and we received the necessary information well before our excursion. We were met on time at the port and Debbie was effiencent and personable in sorting out the participants and seeing everyone loaded on the buses, Debbie was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area we were traveling through and offered fascinating bits of history and facts about the area of Andalusian for two hours. At the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens we met our guide Danny, who managed all of our tickets and bypassed extremely long lines there. Danny supplied us with headsets which we were a little skeptical about initially but proved valuable with multiple sound sources and languages being spoken all around us. Danny was a wonderful guide to introduce us to the beauty of this incredible maze of stately halls and ornate courtyards decorated by rows of elegant arches, bubbling fountains and splendidly carved decorations. We saw the Palace of Charles the 5th, an outstanding example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, and the Alcazaba fortress with its Torre de la Vela tower offering spectacular views of Granada. We had time for a quick lunch in Granada where on the advice of Danny we tried the local bean dish with the aged ham, so delicious! Most people slept on the two hour trip which returned us to the ship in plenty of time. We highly recommend this tour with Spain Day tours/TopDay tours Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We always book through the cruise line when taking an excursion that takes us away from the port ...
We always book through the cruise line when taking an excursion that takes us away from the port that way if there is a problem, we don't miss the ship. We were disappointed that the tour did not include the Alhambra Palace as ... Read More
We always book through the cruise line when taking an excursion that takes us away from the port that way if there is a problem, we don't miss the ship. We were disappointed that the tour did not include the Alhambra Palace as initially advertised when we booked. HAL did give us a partial refund and/or offer to cancel without penalty. We decided to continue with the tour and enjoyed the walk through the gardens. Having been at the Alhambra before I was anxious for my husband to see the palace and was disappointed when that portion was canceled. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Long bus ride but an excellent tour guide with full day at Palace and Gardens.
Long bus ride but an excellent tour guide with full day at Palace and Gardens. Excursion offered a basket lunch which we ate in one of hotels within complex. Even saw a wood tile demonstration!
Long bus ride but an excellent tour guide with full day at Palace and Gardens. Excursion offered a basket lunch which we ate in one of hotels within complex. Even saw a wood tile demonstration! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We took a car to Granada and met our tour guide at the entrance who gave us a very good tour of the ...
We took a car to Granada and met our tour guide at the entrance who gave us a very good tour of the Alhambra and the gardens. Truly an experience you must have in Spain! It is a "must see" event in your travels.
We took a car to Granada and met our tour guide at the entrance who gave us a very good tour of the Alhambra and the gardens. Truly an experience you must have in Spain! It is a "must see" event in your travels. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Alhambra Our day started early with a coach journey to the Alhambra from the port in Malaga (a ...
Alhambra Our day started early with a coach journey to the Alhambra from the port in Malaga (a drive of approx 2.5 hours). Even though we were three smaller groups we were all transported on an air conditioned coach together. The ... Read More
Alhambra Our day started early with a coach journey to the Alhambra from the port in Malaga (a drive of approx 2.5 hours). Even though we were three smaller groups we were all transported on an air conditioned coach together. The journey was broken up by a short stop at a very good services. Our guide Rafael was very knowledgeable and told us all about the highlights as we passed through the beautiful countryside. On arrival at the Alhambra we were split into our groups. The tickets were all organised for us which is essential as you cannot buy tickets in the day. Our tour guide Danny spoke wonderful English. He equipped us all with headsets and then guided us through the Alhambra. The tour was informative and interesting. An excellent day out and great value for money compared to the same tour being offered by the cruise companies. Before heading back to Port we stopped of in the town of Granada for a quick lunch (not included in the tour). All in all an excellent tour, we would recommend Spanish Day Tours. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Place was amazing.
Place was amazing. Not 5 stars because it was difficult for us to understand the guide. His accent was very think and he spoke way too quick. We didn't catch most of what he said.
Place was amazing. Not 5 stars because it was difficult for us to understand the guide. His accent was very think and he spoke way too quick. We didn't catch most of what he said. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The tour was excellent and the guides were very helpful.
The tour was excellent and the guides were very helpful. The big draw back on this was we tried to book this tour as soon as it became available but it was "fully booked" even though we had a supposed priority booking allowance. ... Read More
The tour was excellent and the guides were very helpful. The big draw back on this was we tried to book this tour as soon as it became available but it was "fully booked" even though we had a supposed priority booking allowance. The tour did become available later but that was found only because I kept checking. There was a limited amount of time given due to the distance we travelled. However, this could have been reduced by using the same route we took returning to the ship in order to give us more time within the Palace. Also the amount of time for lunch was way too long. We would have preferred a sandwich with the time given for eating turned into more time within the Palace and Gardens. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
If this is the only chance to get to Alhambra AND you're there in Spring, then go for it and deal ...
If this is the only chance to get to Alhambra AND you're there in Spring, then go for it and deal with the crowds. BUT another option would be hoping a high speed train up to Cordoba and visiting the Mosque/Cathederal-- easily done ... Read More
If this is the only chance to get to Alhambra AND you're there in Spring, then go for it and deal with the crowds. BUT another option would be hoping a high speed train up to Cordoba and visiting the Mosque/Cathederal-- easily done as a DYI (not really an option with Alhambra) and really much more suited to a cruise day visit than is the Alhambra. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The cruise ship didn't offer an alhambra visit so I booked this separately, and was very glad that ...
The cruise ship didn't offer an alhambra visit so I booked this separately, and was very glad that I did. We had a small group and saw every aspect of the beautiful palace. If you're doing anything in Malaga, do this.
The cruise ship didn't offer an alhambra visit so I booked this separately, and was very glad that I did. We had a small group and saw every aspect of the beautiful palace. If you're doing anything in Malaga, do this. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
All of the independent shore excursions to see the Alhambra were full.
All of the independent shore excursions to see the Alhambra were full. The ship's excursion did not go inside the Nasari Palace which is a must see. So I booked the Guided Tour of the Alhambra from Malaga through Get Your Guide that ... Read More
All of the independent shore excursions to see the Alhambra were full. The ship's excursion did not go inside the Nasari Palace which is a must see. So I booked the Guided Tour of the Alhambra from Malaga through Get Your Guide that is a 10 hour tour meant for people staying at a hotel. Then I contacted the tour operator, Mirabella tours, to see if we could make it work with the amount of time our ship was in port. Mirabella arranged for a private driver to pick us up at the port, Miguel drove us to the Alhambra where we were met by a private tour guide named Marta who was fantastic for a 3 hour Alhambra tour. Then our driver Miguel took us to Granada where we had some free time and shopped and ate lunch in the beautiful old city. Then back to the ship. Yes, it was expensive because we had a private tour. But I wouldn't have missed Alhambra, a huge highlight of our trip! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very long drive to Granada from Malaga that started very early in the morning.
Very long drive to Granada from Malaga that started very early in the morning. Nice guide on the bus for the journey. The Alhambra is one of those bucket list items that have to be done. Interesting and informative guided tour of the ... Read More
Very long drive to Granada from Malaga that started very early in the morning. Nice guide on the bus for the journey. The Alhambra is one of those bucket list items that have to be done. Interesting and informative guided tour of the palace and the gardens. If you try and do this on your own without a guide you will not get the full impact of the vast complex. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
tour was great but be aware it takes 2hrs to get ther
tour was great but be aware it takes 2hrs to get ther
tour was great but be aware it takes 2hrs to get ther Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Visiting the Alhambra was a once in a lifetime experience.
Visiting the Alhambra was a once in a lifetime experience. Tour guide at Grenada was excellent. Excusion is highly recommended.
Visiting the Alhambra was a once in a lifetime experience. Tour guide at Grenada was excellent. Excusion is highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Unfortunately, we weren't able to book an excursion to Alhambra (it was sold out), but we took the ...
Unfortunately, we weren't able to book an excursion to Alhambra (it was sold out), but we took the day trip to Granada and saw as much as we could get to at the castle. Still, it was a scenic, worthwhile trip through Spanish olive ... Read More
Unfortunately, we weren't able to book an excursion to Alhambra (it was sold out), but we took the day trip to Granada and saw as much as we could get to at the castle. Still, it was a scenic, worthwhile trip through Spanish olive groves there and back, and Granada itself was a charming mix of old and new. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The only downside to this tour was the long (2 hours +) commute from the port to Granada.
The only downside to this tour was the long (2 hours +) commute from the port to Granada. However, much of it is through beautiful mountains, so the scenery made up for the time involved. The Alhambra was one of the highlights of the trip ... Read More
The only downside to this tour was the long (2 hours +) commute from the port to Granada. However, much of it is through beautiful mountains, so the scenery made up for the time involved. The Alhambra was one of the highlights of the trip and was certainly worth the aggravation to get there. In fact, we would willingly have sacrificed the 45 minutes of free time to be able to spend more time in the gardens, which are spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Alhambra was wonderful, although it was a long day as it took about 2 hours to get there and back ...
Alhambra was wonderful, although it was a long day as it took about 2 hours to get there and back from Malaga. It was nice to have a stop in Grenada on the way home for Tapas, but I would have liked to get back to Malaga a bit earlier to ... Read More
Alhambra was wonderful, although it was a long day as it took about 2 hours to get there and back from Malaga. It was nice to have a stop in Grenada on the way home for Tapas, but I would have liked to get back to Malaga a bit earlier to enjoy the port town itself. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Long hot bus ride.
Long hot bus ride. Very hot day and walking in the sun. Expected to spend time inside the Alhambra thinking it was like a palace, but was only empty rooms and outdoor areas.
Long hot bus ride. Very hot day and walking in the sun. Expected to spend time inside the Alhambra thinking it was like a palace, but was only empty rooms and outdoor areas. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Traveled with a group to Granada where we were split into three groups, each of which had a local ...
Traveled with a group to Granada where we were split into three groups, each of which had a local guide. Very good trip.
Traveled with a group to Granada where we were split into three groups, each of which had a local guide. Very good trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Great excursion.
Great excursion. An excellent commentary on the way to Granada, and excellent (independent) guides in smaller groups at the Alhambra.
Great excursion. An excellent commentary on the way to Granada, and excellent (independent) guides in smaller groups at the Alhambra. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Used Spain Day Tours, a very long day and had a tour Guide that gave way too much history that no ...
Used Spain Day Tours, a very long day and had a tour Guide that gave way too much history that no one would remember.
Used Spain Day Tours, a very long day and had a tour Guide that gave way too much history that no one would remember. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises