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Granada: 3-Hour Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

1. Granada: 3-Hour Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

An in depth insight into the Christian history of Granada, including the Encarnación Cathedral and the Royal Chapel. The tour also includes a trip to the Arabic Baths from the XI century, some the oldest in Granada. These baths hold great cultural significance due to their complete preservation, and their being one of the few places that were not destroyed by the Catholic Kings. The tour concludes by passing through the historical center, visiting 'La Madraza', the first university that was created by Yusuf I.

Granada: Cathedral and/or Royal Chapel Tour

2. Granada: Cathedral and/or Royal Chapel Tour

If the Alhambra is the highlight of the Muslim side of Granada, the Cathedral is the heart of the Christian city. On this 90-minute walking tour with a Spanish-speaking guide you’ll begin with a visit to the Cathedral, built on the site of a mosque by Queen Isabella after the conquest of Granada. Admire this masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance style, with its impressive façades and stunning interior that includes a grand altar and several chapels. Carlos V, always respectful of the memory of his ancestors, ensured that the Cathedral was built in accordance with the desires of the Catholic kings. Continue on to the Royal Chapel, which is surrounded by the Granada Cathedral, the Church of Sagrario and the Madraza Palace. Built between 1505 and 1517 in the Isabelline Gothic style, the Chapel was dedicated to St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist. You can pay your respects to those buried here, including Catholic monarchs, Joanna of Castile and her husband, Philip I of Castile.

Granada: City Center, Cathedral, Capilla, and Madraza Tour

3. Granada: City Center, Cathedral, Capilla, and Madraza Tour

You will start in Plaza Nueva, admiring one of the constructions that changed the physiognomy of the city the most. You will also astonish yourself with the Real Chancillería, which was the highest court of appeal of the Corona de Castilla. Follow that, admire the Plaza Nueva, the church of Santa Ana, and the Pilar del Toro, each of them being a part of one of the most important places of today’s Granada. You will walk down the Darro riverbed to see the old Al-Funduq (Corral del Carbón), one of the few Muslim buildings of commercial use that are still preserved. Following that, stroll through its streets, visiting the old silk market where thousands of stalls will intoxicate your senses with their colors and smells. Later on you will visit the Madraza, founded by Yusuf I in 1349. You will then proceed to enter inside the Capilla Real, where the Reyes Católicos chose to be buried in order to leave a permanent reminder of the hard work they had to do to win this city back. Towards the latter end of your tour you will visit the cathedral, which began to be built by Emperor Charles V.

Granada: Royal Chapel, Cathedral and Monastery of San Jerón

4. Granada: Royal Chapel, Cathedral and Monastery of San Jerón

With this combined tour, you can enjoy the three most characteristic monuments of Granada linked to the Catholic Monarchs and Emperor Carlos V. Start your tour at the Plaza Bib-Rambla where you will meet your friendly guide. From here, you'll enter the Royal Chapel, built for Isabel la Católica, who is buried next to Fernando de Aragón. After discovering its splendid marble tombs and the rich collection of Flemish paintings personally owned by the queen, you will visit the Cathedral of Granada, built by Emperor Carlos V. This Cathedral was erected by the hands of the architect Diego de Siloé on the Alhama mosque, making it one of the first Renaissance works in the country. Finally, complete your experience with a visit to the splendid Monastery of San Jerónimo, built by the Catholic Monarchs to extol the military and heroic greatness of the Grand Captain, Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba. Of particular note in this building is the main altar, where Gonzalo was buried, it is truly a sight to behold.

Granada: Private Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

5. Granada: Private Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

Your tour will begin as you meet your guide at a meeting place predetermined by you prior to the day. From there you will travel to the Royal Chapel of Granada, which is a final resting place of the magnificent kings of Spain, Queen Isabella, and her husband King Ferdinand. You will then advance towards Granada Cathedral, which is one of the biggest cathedrals in all of Spain and a significant representative symbol of the presence of Christianity in the country. Following this you travel to Alcaiceria, where you will be able to stroll around a Muslim Medieval market place for 15 minutes. Towards the end of your tour you will visit Plaza de Isabel La Catolica, a monument that commemorates the meeting of Queen Isabella with Cristopher Columbus.

From Madrid: Andalucia & Toledo 5-Day Trip

6. 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: Albaicín, Sacromonte & Museum of Caves Walking Tour

7. Granada: Albaicín, Sacromonte & Museum of Caves Walking Tour

Visit some of the most emblematic quarters of Granada. No trip to Granada is complete without having visited the Albaicín and Sacromonte. The tour will pass through Albaicín, protected as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. Also known as the old Muslim Quarter, it contains labyrinthine streets through which you will discover the fascinating world of Al-Andalus and enjoy the famous landscape of Granada from San Nicolás' viewpoint and more. You will then head to the Sacromonte Quarter, which contains more than 3,000 caves and panoramic views from hidden areas. Here you will get to know and understand gypsy culture in the Museo de las Cuevas, a place that demonstrates their history through legends and flamenco dancing. Your tour will also pass through principle Granada sites such as the Plaza Nueva, Placeta de San Gregorio and Casa Enrique Morente, all of which are prone for ideal photo opportunities.

Granada: Albayzin and Sacromonte Walking Tour

8. Granada: Albayzin and Sacromonte Walking Tour

Explore the Islamic quarter and historic Sacromonte neighborhood of Granada on a 2.5-hour walking tour. Walk between the narrow streets of the Albayzín, and admire the culture of the gypsies in the stunning caves of Sacromonte. Departing from the central Plaza Nueva, learn the history of Granada, a city which has been a hotbed of art and architecture since the 11th century. Explore Albayzín, considered one of the city’s most delightful neighborhoods. This is the part of the city where the Spanish-Muslim architecture is at its most spectacular, and the views of the Alhambra are stunning. Discover the essence of Islamic Granada along a labyrinth of narrow streets. Discover Sacromonte and admire one of the best-known gypsy neighborhoods in Spain, and see the traditional caves where people still live, surrounded by nature and the culture and art of Andalucia. Admire the views of the city from a place where art, nature and heritage are their most attractive.

Granada: 3 Cultures of Granada Walking Tour with City Map

9. Granada: 3 Cultures of Granada Walking Tour with City Map

Our tour begins in Plaza de Santa Ana, from where we go to the Albaicín neighborhood to start talking about the oldest part of Granada. Our tour of the lower Albaicín will take us to a viewpoint that is not very crowded and with a unique view of the Alhambra, it will show us an example of a traditional Nasrid house and will allow us to have a panoramic view of Muslim Granada. Then we will go to Realejo, the old Jewish neighborhood of the city that has changed remarkably and in which we will be able to observe first-hand the strong work of Christianization that took place in it. Finally, following a chronological order, we will visit the monumental Christian Granada, where the imposing cathedral takes all the attention. In the surroundings of the cathedral we will also find the Royal Chapel and the Madrasa, two jewels that cannot be overlooked.

From Madrid: Gems of Andalusia 5-Day Sightseeing Tour

10. From Madrid: Gems of Andalusia 5-Day Sightseeing Tour

This 5-day tour from Madrid takes you on a discovery of Andalusia. You can admire the famous sights and attractions as you explore Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, the Costa del Sol, Granada, and Toledo. Detailed Itinerary: Day 1 (Thursday): Madrid – Cordoba – Seville Depart from Madrid at 8 AM and drive along with the land of Don Quixote to Cordoba. Here you will see the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba and explore the Jewish Quarter on a city sightseeing tour. You will then continue on to Seville, where you will have dinner and stay overnight. Day 2 (Friday): Seville On a city sightseeing tour, you will visit the Seville Cathedral, explore the neighborhood of Santa Cruz, and visit Maria Luisa Park. In the afternoon you will have some free time to discover more of the city and have the option of taking an additional flamenco tour in Seville. In the evening you will have dinner and stay overnight. Day 3 (Saturday): Seville – Ronda – Costa del Sol After breakfast, you will depart from Seville and drive to Ronda. You will have some free time to explore the Celtic origins of the town and admire the marvelous views of the valley and the mountain range. You will then continue on to the Costa del Sol. You will spend the afternoon at your leisure before having dinner in the evening and staying overnight. Day 4 (Sunday): Costa del Sol – Granada After breakfast, you will depart from the Costa del Sol and drive to Granada. Here you will visit the Alhambra, an amazing monumental complex and the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms in 1492. You will also have the option of going to a flamenco show in the district of Sacromonte. In the evening you will have dinner and stay overnight. Day 5 (Monday): Granada – Toledo – Madrid After breakfast, you will depart from Granada and drive to the Imperial City of Toledo. Here the 3 cultures of Spain – Christian, Moorish, and Jewish – have lived together. You will take an interesting tour of the most important monuments in the city, walk down the narrow streets, and see the famous craftwork of damasquinado (gold and silver inlaying in iron). You will then continue on to Madrid, where the tour ends. Accommodation Class T Hotel Seville: Catalonia Santa Justa, Catalonia Giralda or similar Costa del Sol: Sol Principe/Don Marco o Sol Don Pablo Granada: Alixares Class A Hotel Seville: Melia Lebreros Costa del Sol: Sol Don Pablo/Don Marco/Sol Principe Granada: Melia Granada Please note, in the Winter season (November - January) all the guests will be accommodated at the hotel Sol Don Pablo/Don Marco/Sol Principe in Costa del Sol.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 244 reviews

There are many, many groups meeting at the "meeting point". I arrived 25 minutes early, looked for the group, asked personnel & other group guides but never did find my group. Turns out they met by where the buses are. I had trouble getting through to customer service until the nice fellow at the information booth gave me a different number. I got through on that number & thanks to Alicia of My Top Tours was able to get my ticket & meet up with the tour already underway. Alhambra is beautiful & our guide, Sherif, was extremely knowledgeable & a very nice guy.

I highly recommend visiting the Nasrid Palaces. Part of our group stopped at a 2 hour tour after the alhambra. But the palaces are absolutely beautiful, it's a shame to miss them. The visit to the Alhambra and the Generalife in May is magnificent because everything is in bloom. Best month for such a visit. Very knowledgeable guide. The guided tour is a real plus to fully understand the different parts of the Alhambra. I recommend this tour.

in general all good. The only drawback was that the meeting point was not clear. We arrived early to find it but it was not clear where it was and just like us there were several, which in the end turned out to be from the same group

a highly recommended visit, even if it is three hours it is very enjoyable thanks to the guide, Leticia explained everything very well to us and we even learned many things about history that we did not know

Cintia was an excellent guide! Educated, accomodating, and fun