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Granada: Royal Chapel, Cathedral and Monastery of San Jerón

1. 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: 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.

From Malaga: Granada Full-Day Trip with Alhambra

3. From Malaga: Granada Full-Day Trip with Alhambra

Enjoy a guided tour of the Alhambra monument, including a visit to the Nazari Palaces, Visit the Alhambra and the lively city of Granada without having to worry about tickets or transportation. Travel from Malaga by bus with a professional, bilingual driver. Explore the world famous Alhambra Palace, Enjoy priority access with no queues and beat the long lines. including Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Alcazaba and Charles V Palace. Be amazed by the innovative water features and architecture of the Generalife gardens. Learn the unique history of the last outpost of Muslim Spain. Stroll through the historic city center of Granada. Admire the breathtaking views of the Granada region. Enjoy some free time in the city center to visit the cathedral, have lunch at a local restaurant or simply stroll through the streets and squares. Take a break in one of Granada's famous tapas bars before getting back on the bus for the return trip to Malaga.

Granada: 3-Hour Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

4. 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: City Center, Cathedral, Capilla, and Madraza Tour

5. 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: Albayzin and Sacromonte Walking Tour

6. 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: 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: Cathedral and Madrasah Guided Walking Tour

8. Granada: Cathedral and Madrasah Guided Walking Tour

Starting from outside the main entrance of the Madrasah of Granada, meet your tour guide and enjoy skip-the-line access to the Palacio de la Madraza, the first university or higher education school of the Arabs dating back to the 14th century. Explore the astonishing building with its incredible array of different colors and techniques, which are reminiscent of the famous Alhambra palace. Then it is time to visit the Cathedral of Granada, built over the Nasrid Great Mosque of Granada, it is a masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance style and is one of the biggest cathedrals in Spain. Enjoy a guided tour that is sure to surprise with the inside being completely white. See the altarpiece that is very different from other cathedrals and that was made to bury the Austrian royal family. Understand more of the local culture of this marvelous city from your expert guide on a tour that you are sure to love and take away fond memories from.

Andalucia and Toledo: 4-Day Tour from Madrid

9. Andalucia and Toledo: 4-Day Tour from Madrid

Tour the splendid destinations of Andalucia and Toledo and soak in the different cultures you encounter. This tour includes guided visits in Córdoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo. You will have a guide for your whole trip and will travel in an air-conditioned deluxe motor coach. Enjoy accommodations in selected class hotels. Daily breakfast and 3 dinners are also included. Itinerary: Day 1 (Monday) Madrid – Cordoba – Seville Depart from established hotels in Madrid at 8:00 AM. Drive along the land of Don Quixote “The Man from La Mancha” to Córdoba. Enjoy a city tour including the Mosque and Jewish Quarter. Continue to Seville for dinner and a night's rest in your hotel. Day 2 (Tuesday) Seville After breakfast take a panoramic city tour. Visit the cathedral, Santa Cruz Quarter, and Maria Luisa Gardens. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight in a hotel in Seville. In the evening you can take an optional Flamenco tour in Seville. Day 3 (Wednesday) Seville - Granada After breakfast depart to Granada via the Caliphate Road. Visit Alhambra, the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. These monuments will amaze you. Have dinner and stay overnight in Granada. Take an optional gypsy night tour in Granada. Day 4 (Thursday) Granada - Toledo - Madrid After breakfast depart towards the Imperial City of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the 3 cultures of Spain (Christians, Moorish, and Jewish) have lived together for centuries. Take a tour of the most important city monuments and its narrow streets. Observe the famous “Damasquinado” technique where gold and silver is inlaid in iron to create beautiful jewelry, then continue to Madrid to complete your tour. Accommodation: Class T Hotel: Seville: Catalonia Santa Justa/Catalonia Giralda  Granada: Los Angeles Class A Hotel: Seville: Melia Lebreros Granada: Melia Granada

Granada: Private Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

10. 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.

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Great tour. Caves are wonderful and our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate of the history and culture of the people who lived in them. Great to discover the origins of flamenco. Most of the walking is downhill and the views are some of the most incredible I’ve ever seen. Thanks Juanita

La guia fue muy amable, este tour no cuenta con la visita a la capilla donde estan los reyes cristianos, lo tuvimos que hacer asi por temas de tiempos, tengan en cuenta esto las personas que estan tomando este tour. La explicación es muy clara, el tour realmente vale la pena.

The tour with Juani was excellent! We learned all about the three cultures and gypsy life. Juani is very knowledgeable and knows everything about Frederico Garica Lorca. I highly recommend this tour!!!

The tour guide was very good. She spoke excellent English & was very knowledgeable . She was enthusiastic & really made the tour for us.

Julio was a fantastic guide. A deepest knowledge about cathedral and related history.