Duration: 8 1/2 hours
Tour Code: ALM-005
Travel to enthralling Granada and tour the amazing Alhambra, a 14th-century fortress-palace considered to be the most spectacular example of Moorish architecture in Spain.
From the pier, it's a drive inland of over 2-hours to reach Granada, a high-altitude city nestled on a fertile plain at the base of the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains. While Granada is certainly charming with its narrow streets, serene plazas and exquisite cuisine, its highlight remains the incomparable Alhambra, a 14-century fortress-palace that you'll explore in great detail.
Even the approach is magnificent, as the Alhambra's red walls and towers rise imposingly from a forest of cypress and elm. Inside the huge complex, you'll find a fortified citadel known as the Alcazaba and the Palacios Nazaries, the palatial residences. The vast majority of the original architecture has been meticulously preserved, but you'll also see evidence of later additions by Christian conquers who built a church, convent and Renaissance palace.
Walking through the seemingly endless rooms and courtyards is an unforgettable experience, as the Alhambra complex is adorned with richly colored mosaics, ornamental columns and romantic archways.
Following your guided visit of the Palace, you'll next make your way through avenues of colorful bougainvillea, wisteria soaring cypress trees on your way to Generalife, the ancient summer palace of the Arab kings. Surrounded by splendid gardens, the Generalife is comprised of two pavilions separated by the enchanting "Acequia Patio". Its terraces and promenade offer up spectacular views of Granada's old Moorish quarter and the surrounding countryside. The gardens here are so phenomenal they are said to have inspired author Washington Irving, who wrote a collection of essays entitled "Tales of the Alhambra" after visiting in 1828.
Following your tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll be treated to a traditional Andalusian lunch at a local restaurant before rejoining your coach and making the drive back to the pier and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 4 1/2 hours of travel by coach, and 2-hours of moderate walking. The walking is at times over uneven surfaces and there is an incline and several steps to negotiate. The tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.