Alhambra & Granada Day Trip from Malaga
4.3 (112 ratings)
"Malaga was last stop before heading to Granada. Other passengers said there were several stops before. There was a 20 minute bathroom/coffee break both ways at a gas stop. Other buses also pulled in and didnât have much time as there were long lines. Longer pit stops with reduced time at Alhambra might make trip more enjoyable. Many waited at the bus pick up a while before pick up time. The guide for this trip was very good and pointed out various points of interest along the trip as well as points about Alhambra. Also appreciated that he asked passengers to keep volume down for respect of fellow passengers. Would recommend this trip!"
"The guides were good. However, we were picked up after 1 hour of waiting in the rain. We almost gave up . It would have been proper to send an email about change in pickup time
Answer from Malaga Trips We are very sorry for the delayed pick up. Due to the rain, there was a traffic accident which delayed all the pick up times on that day. We should call you but we didn´t have time enough, sorry."
"We were picked up at 7.50am in Malaga and driven to a car park where we changed coaches. The drive to Granada is through the mountains and of course the weather is cooler so bring a rain mac and some warmer clothing. We stopped for a 20 minute break on route at a roadside Cafe which was clean but the Coffee was awful and expensive for a half filled paper cup. On arrival in Granada we were told that we had 3 hours to look around the City but to be perfectly honest 1 hour would be sufficient. We returned to the Coach at 2pm and headed for the Alhambra to be told our entry was at 4pm. The visit lasted around 2 hours with a walk around the Gardens an then the Palace, we were back on the Coach at 5pm with another 20 minute stop on route to Malaga. We arrived back in Malaga at 7.30pm. A very long day for just 2 hours at the Alhambra. The Guide on the Coach spoke 3 languages so itâs not just for English speaking. If I did the trip again it would be with a smaller group, the day was very tiring and long."
"Muy buen servicio. Tour para recomendar!!"
"Excelencia en todo momento. Muy cordiales y atentos ElizaBeth y Javier. VolverÃa sin dudarlo a tomar tour con ellos."
"The trip was well organized. We were picked up about 5 min later than the given time from our pick up point. We drove about 10 km and then were split into two buses, one going to Granada, the other to Seville. On the bus to Granada we met our guide for the day. She was great, very informative, nice and with a big smile. She meade sure everyone felt welcome. The information on the bus was given in 4 languages. Once we hot to Granada we started the visit with Alhambra. There we met out guide for the Alhambra tour. Also very nice person. We had the tickets for the palace for 12 pm so to not wasre the time we started with visiting the gardens, Generalife. Alhambra visit took about 2.5 h. After that we were given maps of Granada and drove closer to the city, left the bus and after walking for about 15 min we got to the center. There we had about 2.5 h of our own free time or we could walk with the guide to see more places. This walk was very relaxed. If you would like to see more things i would suggest to have a look at what you would like to see and then go on your own. It really depends on what you prefer. After that we walked about 20 min to the meeting point and from there left Granada. All in all, it was very interesting and well organized trip."
"Muy buena excursiÃ³n, hermosa La Alhambra , valiÃ³ el viaje"
"La excursiÃ³n es demasiado larga para lo que se llega a ver. PrÃ¡cticamente se visita la Alhambra en 2 horas (casi sin tiempo para sacar fotos) y luego te dejan a la hora del almuerzo en un centro comercial a las afueras de Granada, en vez de dejarte en el centro. Desde ahÃ es difÃcil conseguir taxis a esa hora (mucho calor) y prÃ¡cticamente no llegas a ver la ciudad. Hacen 2 paradas de 30 min en los la carretera que resultan innecesarias. Se nota que tienen convenios con las tiendas y te obligan a bajar para que consumas.
Respuesta de Malaga Trips Lamentamos mucho que la excursiÃ³n no cumpliera con sus expectativas. La ciudad de Granada estÃ¡ a 2h de distancia en carretera y este tiempo no lo podemos reducir. Sobre el tiempo en Granada, el autobus deja en el centro comercial Neptuno, ya que no es posible entrar con autobuses al centro historico de Granada, puesto que estÃ¡ restringido. No obstante, la Catedral se encuentra a 15 minutos a pie y hay una parada de taxis en este punto. Negamos la existencia de cualquier convenio con tiendas. Se hace una parada en el camino para facilitar a los viajeros ir a los aseos, tomar un cafe rÃ¡pido y estirar las piernas en base a lo solicitado por la mayorÃa de los usuarios."
"Well organised trip with excellent tour guides (David and Patricia). Perfect time allocations for each part of the day. We chose the option with lunch included and it was good value for money in a lovely restaurant. However, not an advisable trip for those with mobility problems. "
"Alhambra was great but trip to Granada Center was horibly organized"
"Der Ausflug nach Granada und insbesondere die Informationen in der Alhambra waren exquisit! Gerne mÃ¶chte ich ein extra Lob und DankeschÃ¶n an die FÃ¼hrerin der Besichtigungstour Alhambra etc., den Namen weiÃ ich leider nicht mehr, aussprechen: Sehr selten habe ich eine so kompetente wie spannende FÃ¼hrung - dazu mehr oder weniger simultan in 2 Sprachen - erlebt. Ihre Begeisterung an die Besucher weiterzugeben war wunderbar spÃ¼rbar! Bitte Ã¼bermitteln Sie Ihr meine WertschÃ¤tzung!"
"NOT a good tour! To start things off, the tour guide on the bus riding to our destination scolded us for talking to their seat mates while she was talking. She talked non stop, does this mean for an entire hour 1/2 we aren\'t allowed to speak to our friends that we\'re going on our tour with? Ridiculous. Secondly, we didn\'t even get to the ultimate destination (Alhambra) for SEVEN HOURS!!!! We first stopped in Granada, we got off the bus and proceeded to walk 20 minutes (20 or so blocks) to the City Municipal building, where the tour guide said she \"had to get maps\". We waited outside this building for another 20 minutes for her to get maps of the city. Are you kidding me? After waiting 20 minutes or so, my friend and I just asked some local people where the Cathedral was and went on our way (as did most everyone else) - the tour guide was absolutely NO HELP at all. And DO NOT purchase the \"included lunch\" We did purchase this and asked about it. The tour guide said \"i don\'t know where we are eating, meet me back here at 12:00 and I\'ll tell you then\" After waiting around for her to get the maps, that would have only left us with 1/2 hour to go see whatever we were going to see before we had to go back to meet her for lunch at WHERE EVER, because she refused to tell us, or didn\'t know. THEN!!! we get back to the bus to go to Alhambra.. finally after 7 hours and we\'re tired! Okay, we get there and are hearded (again) like cattle to an area where they separated us by who spoke what language. Waited there for 20 minutes, then were hearded to another area to go to the bathroom... then, we hearded to the line to present our tickets (45 MINUTES LATER! ridiculous!) Then, for whatever reason, as we were all waiting in line in the hot sun, one of the first people in line had trouble with his ticket. They had us STAND IN THIS LINE FOR 30 MINUTES waiting for them to try to figure out what was going on and how to resolve it. FINALLY, after waiting in the scalding hot sun for 30 minutes, (after several of the elderly people went and sat down in the shade), the decided to let the rest of us standing in line go through to wait. So, we all went through the ticket gate only to wait another 20 minutes for the tour guide. It was unreal. And THEN, she actually had the gall to say \"hurry up, we\'ve wasted enough time\" to US!! the group of people sitting there waiting for HER!!! I have travelled all over the world and I seriously have NEVER experienced anything so completely disorganized and frustrating and terrible. not only that, but we arrived back at our bus stop 12 hours later! So, we got on the bus at 8:00 am, and arrived back at our bus stop/pickup/drop off place at 8 PM!!! Not good, total waste of money."
Answer from Malaga Trips We are very sorry the trip didn't meet your expectations. Sometimes there are unexpected problems which not depend directly from the operator offering this trip. The companion guide solved the problem at Alhambra entrance in only 30 minutes thanks to its experience. Granada is 2 hours driving distance far away from Malaga city and more time in case the pick up is from Costa del Sol. These are fixed times which is impossible to reduce. This trip is guaranteed every Wednesday and Friday of the year for a large 55 group to the most visited monument in Spain. For a more personalized experience, we offer private and smaller group tours for a higher price."
"Had a wonderful day. Comfortable bus, great driver and and our guide Elizabeth was outstanding and very helpful."
"It was great! On time, very professional. I will sure recommend to my friends"
"It was a very nice trip, everything was perfect. Alhambra is a great monument. I can recommend."
"Well organized trip from beginning to end. Part of the tour as described did not happen, as follows: \"You will experience a sightseeing tour in Granada by bus in order to see the most interesting sites, including a stop at San Cristobal Viewpoint in the famous Quarter of Albayzin. From this point you will admire the best views of the city and of the Alhambra with Sierra Nevada in the background.\" We simply went to Granada and the guide walked us up a road into the old part of Granada where we had about 3 hours to wander around and eat lunch. Otherwise the Alhambra portion was great, our guide there was very knowledgeable."
Answer from Malaga Trips: "Due to the International Women's Day celebrated on March 8, there was a women strike on the streets of Granada which didn't allow to the bus to circulate to the San Cristobal Viewpoint as usually. This was explained by the tour guide to all travellers during the tour."
"Pasamos un buen dÃa en Granada. Durante el tiempo libre en la ciudad nos diÃ³ tiempo a visitar por nuestra cuenta el Parque de las Ciencias. La guÃa en Alhambra era muy agradable y muy profesional. ExcursiÃ³n muy recomendable!! "
"I can recommand this company, trips are very well organised"
"The Malaga Trip too Granada (10/09/18) was nice and perfect.We really enjoyed that day from all the best of Granada. "
"Very good guide and driver! "
"Thanks for a very well organized trip. Rosio helped us made an extra effort organize a separate pickup for our group. Recommend Malaga Trips!"
"Ottima escursione, vale tutti i soldi spesi. La guida nell\'alhambra parlava un ottimo italiano. Purtroppo perÃ² la guida sul bus parlava 4 lingue tra le quali non c\'era l\'italiano e dato l\'accento faticavo a capirla... "
"Very good experience, thanks"
"All the trip was very well organised and both the guides were amazing. Especially Josie, who entertained us all the way. Many thanks and I recommend to book trips anytime on this site."
"Trip was enjoyable and worthwhile. Would be improved if other members of the tour were asked not to attempt to have a double seat to themselves and to sit beside their family or friends, especially if the bus is full. Realise this is not the tour providers fault but did detract from our enjoyment."
"A very interesting tour, specially Alhambra with it\'s history and beautiful garden. I recommend this trip. Maybe it should be a guided tour in Granada as well."
"the tour itself was very good along with the guide. The included lunch was very bad, I would not pay a Euro for it. Also I needed to contact trip.organizer during trip but the phone number on the confirmation letter was not from the organizer,.they were not able to help me and told me to contact my organizer. i think this is not ok."
Answer from Malaga Trips: "We will communicate your disappointment about this lunch. The phone number provided is, indeed, of the company of the service booked. Unfortunately, we did not receive any communication from you, even after we spoke by phone 3 days before your tour."
"Good trip organisation, on time, very kind Elizabeth fluent in 4 languages guiding us throughout the day. Long drive from MÃ¡laga to Grenada 2:30hrs, useless stop to a view point of the Alhambra from the arabic district (too long of a ride in the busy streets for a quick photo). I would have prefered more time to roam around inside the fortress since the two and a half guided tour leaves no freetime inside the Alhambra, which is sad..."
"C\'Ã©tait magnifique. Nous avons beaucoup apprÃ©ciÃ© notre excursion. La guide Michelle Ã©tait excellente. La meilleure que nous ayons eue. Merci! "
"Very well organized smooth running operation with professional and punctual guides and drivers. All positive!"
"This was amazing! Well organised and efficient, lovely guide, we felt well taken care off and so impressed with the meal organised - half bottle wine each, three courses- 18 Euro each- high quality "
"We enjoyed very much our Trip but we dont expected to Drive too Long. The Guide is very Professional and Passion enough with our questions. "
"Granada is marvellous. Alhambra as well as the old city centre. The trip was well organized. The staff very competent. All went smoothly and also the meal was good."
"The coach was on time and the guide excellent.Although we were notified the evening before that we would not be able to visit The Nasrid Palaces as part of the Alhambra visit we were very disappointed. We were reimbursed a little for that. The generalife gardens at the Alhambra were still beautiful. The guide there was also excellent. A Well organised day and I would recommend them! "
"It was very good, informative, lots of walking, we enjoyed it."
"Well organised and great reps."
"I'm very disappointed and I feel cheated! I reserved a trip to me and my wife to see Alhambra. This famous Arabic castle and what did we get! One and a half an hour's walk in some garden! We didn't see even a glimpse of this main attraction! But we paid for this "Alhambra tour" 150 euros. The guides also gave misleading ideas to the passengers by speaking all the time about "visiting Alhambra" but we didn't see one brick of it. I demand to have 2/3of our money back and I assure you that we won't need Malaga Trips services ever again.
Comments from Malaga Trips: On this day, an unexpected inconvenience with Alahmbra tickets forced to switched Nasrid Palace for Royal Chapel at city center. "
"very well organized trip, good guides, enjoyed the whole trip."
"It was on time and interesting "
"We had a fantastic day to Granada and the Alhambra would 100% recommend! The tour guide on the bus was fantastic and very accommodating. The tour guide at the palace and Alhambra was very enthusiastic however one suggestion for improvement felt English was an after thought. Granted there were 40-50 Germans and 2 English speaking people on the tour but it always felt like a rush. This is only a small comment as we had a great day. Wish we had longer to expore the tapas in Granada will be back :-) "
"Should utilize commentary system much like the "hop on, hop off" city tour bus. Technology translates, no need to repeat in 2 or 3 languages same info.... Microphone / earpiece system scratchy at best.... Sights were amazing, website & purchase & reminder follow up - EXCELLENT"
"Amazing trip with excellent guide! We in love with Granada , so much to see"
"The coach was very comfortable and the guide Michelle was great. However the AlHambra guide was poor and the journey around the palace was rushed."
"To me unknown but perfectly reliable"
"Its not fair in using languages equally.I quit using earphones as I fed up hearing german,french,spanish so on."
"Great service from Malaga Trips. All travel arrangements were perfect and we had an excellent guide. "
"Guide in Alhambra very disappointing. She was permanently looking on her private phone, did not make any contact with visitors. "
"Well organized trip. The Alhambra tour was excellent."
"GrÃ©Ã¢t organisation with a polyglotte guide"
"It was an informative trip, the guide was knowledgeable. The buses were very well organised and on time. One minor criticism would be that I, plus others on the bus would have preferred not to stop for a break on the return journey. "
"very good with pickup and change, very godd guide borh in the bus and at Alhambra. The weather sucked - the rain poored down all day - but the guides did really their best."
"We had an amazing time. Everything was very well organized. Our guide was great. After we visited the Alhambra we also had enough time to wander around Granada. "
"Our local guide Christina at Alhambra was fantastic thank you. And Much gratitude to Malaga Trips who helped me hook up with my group in Granada after deciding to head to the city a day early."
"Very well organized. Leaves also spare time to participants for own interests."
"Instructions for the trip beforehand perfect, timetable of the trip perfect - guideÂ´s English very good but routinehurried, he did want everything to go on well, which it did, still - well, he did his job - but without giving - for at least those speaking English - a real welcome to be on this trip. In and out was kind of the mode. "
"A really worthwhile trip & both our guides,Michelle & Patricia did a first rate job of being both informative & interesting."
"Engaged guides. Very small space for the legs in the bus."
"I would appreciate it with more time at Alhambra and to stay a little longer in Granada. The start in the morning should be directly from Malaga (pick up only in Malage) so there would be more time. Thanks"
"It was a great trip and Michel, our guide, did her job very well. Unfortunately, it rained all day !! It may be a good reason to visit Alhambra once again. One critical remark: we were picked up in Malaga and after a short ride we had to wait half an hour(!) in the bus because some people had to transfer into another bus"
"excellent money worth lots of fun and knowledge good guide very help full thanks for all "
"We had a great day trip to Alhambra. Both guides Michele for bus trip with Granada excursion and Susana for Alhambra were very knowledgeable and made our trip and visit very interesting. --- P.S. On question two, do you want a grading of Malaga trips or your web site? I see the web site has responsive web design which is good, but I have not studied it enough to make a grading. So the "No, not really" tick is just to be able to send this feedback."
"Pickup place was not correct on google maps After my e-mail i received a link with the correct place"
"The visit to Alhambra was Perfect ! Patrizia the guide was in top ! But the visit to Granada too short ! It Will be better to stay Ã‚ more Long Time in Granada city the Morning "
"Sorry but in must reduce 1 Star for the bus (technical desaster) and 1 star for the bad Organisation of the Tickets and groops at the entrance of alhambra that costs at least half an hour "
"Thoroughly enjoyed our day trip. Bus tour guide very helpful & knowledgable. Alhambra magnificent but not good reception at times with headsets and also some difficulty understanding guide's English! Also 2.1/2 hours on our feet with no break was exhausting in the afternoon slot as the heat was intense. All that aside we thoroughly enjoyed the trip & would recommend your company. "
"VERY ENJOYABLE HOSPITABLE STAFF"
"Had a great day trip to Granada and the Alhambra, booked through malagatrips.com. Professional service & email communication. Awesome experience. Recommended. "