Contrasts of Valencia

Contrasts of Valencia

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Contrasts of Valencia

8 Days

Visiting: Valencia, Old Town, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Albufera de Valencia

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Titan Travel

Tour code:

TTVAL

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Moderate

From: $2018 including Flights from the UK

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Tour Overview

Valencia is a glorious cornucopia of Spanish sights, sounds and flavours. And with a whole week in the city, we’ll have plenty of time to take it all in, stepping back in time in the twisting alleys of the Old Town, striding into the future in the City of Arts and Science complex, breathing its essence in bustling food markets and relishing its spirit in zesty cocktails. We’ll cruise across the silent waters of Albufera lagoon, wonder at what may - or may not - be the original Holy Grail and master the art of paella making, so we can recreate the flavour of Valencia back home.

Highlights

  • VIP door-to-door travel service

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Day 1

Location: Valencia

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Valencia. On arrival, we transfer to our centrally located hotel where we’ll stay for the next seven nights. After checking-in, there’s time to freshen up before we gather for a welcome drink and our first meal together.

Day 2

Location: Old Town

This morning we head out to explore the narrow streets of Valencia’s Old Town. After taking in the medieval might of the Cathedral of Valencia with its famous Romanesque, baroque and Gothic doorways, the energetic among us might want to climb the 207 steps to the top of the bell tower for panoramic views over the streets below.
Next, it’s on to Central Market, which is as famous for its stained glass, ceramic tiles and high-domed ceiling as for its stalls piled high with fresh fruit, meat and cheese. You might find something tempting for lunch here, or you could order a small plate or two at one of Valencia’s many tapas bars. Leave room for a glass of horchata though, because after lunch we head to Alquería to learn how this famous Valencian drink is made.

Day 3

Location: Institut Valencià d'Art Modern

Today we see the flip side of the city as we witness some of its finest contemporary art, architecture and museums. Modern Valencia is a showcase of cutting-edge architecture, culminating in the ensemble of futuristic buildings that make up the City of Arts and Science complex. We’ll come face to face with L'Hemisfèric, a building shaped like a giant eye, and the Science Museum whose exterior resembles the skeleton of a whale.
Other attractions include an opera house, outdoor art gallery and huge oceanarium, which you’re free to explore independently this afternoon if you wish.

Day 4

Location: Valencia

Today is a free day, so you call the shots. Perhaps you’ll take a breather and relax at the hotel. Maybe you’ll grab a map and take off by yourself. Or why not join an optional excursion? Travel up the coast for an ice cream and guided tour in seaside Peniscola, before turning inland towards the medieval walled town of Morella. Here, after an orientation tour, you can choose to visit two monuments of your choice: the Gothic Renaissance Basilica, the medieval gates with their octagonal twin towers, the extraordinary rock-hewn Governor’s Palace or formidable Morella Castle with its vertiginous curtain walls.

Day 5

Location: Albufera de Valencia

The beauty and flavours of Valencia blend perfectly today as we make the short journey south to Albufera Natural Park and its freshwater lagoon. It’s a beautiful, tranquil place, a haven for migratory birds and waterfowl, and a mecca for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. We’ll enjoy a guided tour before boarding a traditional ‘albuferenc’ to explore the lagoon’s wetlands and canals, after which there’s lunch - and a paella making demonstration - at a local restaurant. Albufera is the home of paella, so where better to learn the secrets of this delicious, saffron-scented dish than here?

Day 6

Location: Valencia

We’ve left the whole day free, so you can do as you please. You might want to revisit the City of Arts and Sciences with its jaw-dropping modern architecture and mind-boggling museums. Or slow down completely in the Old Town with its medieval churches, resplendent basilicas and sun-splashed squares. With lunch and dinner free too, the hardest part will be deciding which fine old Valencian café, restaurant or tapas bar to visit first.

Day 7

Location: Valencia

Today we immerse ourselves in the colour, charisma and drama of Valencia’s Las Fallas festival, which takes place every year in March. Las Fallas culminates with the burning of the ‘fallas’, lavishly decorated floats that are paraded through the streets accompanied by lively parades, marching bands and crowds of festivalgoers.
The Museum of Artist Fallero celebrates Las Fallas through film, photographs and a display of surviving fallas dating back to 1934. After a guided walking tour, and in true festival spirit, we’ll be served a glass of Agua de Valencia, the city’s signature cocktail which mixes cava, vodka, gin and the juice of fresh Valencian oranges in one deliciously decadent glass.

Day 8

Location: Valencia

We transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

What's Included

  • 7 nights in hotel

  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow.

  • Titan tour manager

  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts 1 lunch 4 dinnersundefined excursions and visits

  • Tour of Valencia Old Town including the cathedral and Central Market

  • Visit to Alquería’s horchata factory with tour and tasting

  • Tour of Modern Valencia including the exteriors of L'Hemisfèric and Science Museum

  • Guided tour and boat trip in Albufera Natural Park

  • Museum of Artist Fallero with Agua de Valencia tastingPlus

  • Paella cookery class and demonstration

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