Introduction to Valencia, Spain
Valencia’s combination of culture and architecture from past and present makes it one of Europe’s most interesting and exciting destinations. From the city’s magnificent octagonal cathedral that showcases some of the finest architecture in Europe to the stunning modern designs of the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia has something for everyone.
Packed with plenty to see, do and explore, there is a never a dull day in this charming Spanish city. Wander through the beautiful city centre admiring the array of beautiful historic monuments; visit the myriad of museums and art galleries such as the Institute of Modern Art and Museum of Fine Arts or simply head to one of the city’s beaches to enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine and sample local cuisine in the many restaurants that line the promenades.
The Old Town district - like similar districts in other major European cities - is where you will find some of the oldest, most beautiful and most interesting sites in the city, including the UNESCO-Listed Lonja de la Seda, 13th century Santo Domingo Convent and Torres de Serranos - a 14th century gothic gateway that’s considered the oldest in Europe.
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- Partake in a panoramic drive of the city
- Visit one of Spain’s most beautiful botanical gardens
- Marvel at Valencia’s unique sunken park
Enjoy a tour to discover the beautiful botanical gardens of Valencia combine with a visit to Jardines Del Viejo Cauce Del Turia.
You will start with a short panoramic drive of the city enroute to the beautiful Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Gardens are located in the “Huerto de Tramoyers” and are some of the oldest gardens in the city. They were created by Antonio José Cavanilles, a Spanish taxonomic botanist who worked with different kinds of plants, searched for new species and adapted them. Currently the garden carries out research into plant diversity, conservation of rare, endemic or endangered species of Mediterranean flora and the conservation of natural habitats.
Following this, you will visit the “Jardines Del Viejo Cauce Del Turia”, located in the old bed of the River Turia, which was altered after the 1957 great flood. The old riverbed is now a verdant sunken park and is the lung of Valencia. Its gardens are divided in different sections by bridges. Each section has its own characteristics including the green section, the leisure section and the children’s park of Gulliver.
After this fascinating visit you will return to the pier and your awaiting ship.
Is this tour right for you?
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking some of which is over uneven and gravel surfaces. The visit to the gardens will be on foot and there is approximately 500 metres of walking involved at each venue and some steps to negotiate. Therefore is not suitable for wheelchair users.
- Admire one of the marina used for the famous America’s Cup
- Enjoy Valencia in the comfort of a coach
- Discover old and new Valencia
Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city’s most famous buildings.
Begin with a panoramic tour around the modern Marina Real Juan Carlos I. It was the port used for the America´s Cup when Valencia was the host city in 2007.
Continuing on you head towards the historic centre where you pass by many of Valencia’s sights including Columbus Market, briefly admiring the Plaza de la Virgin, North Station, City Hall and the city’s Bullring. A photo stop will be made at the Cathedral where you will have some free time to explore at leisure this amazing structure with its mixture of Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements, (external visit). Should you wish to see the cathedrals external façade your guide will be pleased to guide you to this amazing structure.
Back on your coach, enjoy a panoramic visit of the Lonja (old silk exchange), Central Market, and the impressive “City of the Arts of Science”, where a short photo opportunity will be had before returning to your awaiting ship.
Is this tour right for you?
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves little walking, therefore we do recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility and those in wheelchairs (all participants must be able to board the bus unaided). Please be advised that the walk from the coach drop off to the cathedral will be an approximate 10/20 minute walk (each way).
- Discover the contrasts of Valencia
- Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Quarter
- Admire the impressive modern buildings of the city
Few cities are, like Valencia, able to combine so harmoniously the remnants of the past eras, as far back as 138 B.C., with the modern, avant-garde buildings to be erected in the new millennium. Visit both the historical city centre and the most modern part of the city.
You start your tour by viewing the most outstanding monuments in the Medieval City by bus. The sites include The North Station, a modernist building designed by the architect Demetrio Ribes and inaugurated in 1917, which is emphasized by the mosaics on the ceilings, grounds and walls. The Serranos and Quart Towers where only two doors have been conserved, from the total of 12 doors that were in the old wall which protected Valencia for 500 years. Central Market and Lonja (the old silk exchange) which is one of the best examples of civic Gothic architecture a work of great beauty by Pere Compte declared a heritage of mankind by UNESCO and experience the market scene like a local at the central market (From the outside only).
Continuing you will reach the Round Square, which for years has used as a market and meeting place. Nowadays it is the scene of some fantastic handcraft stalls and souvenir shops. You will also pass by the Cathedral steeped in history in Valencia's Plaza de la Virgin. The Cathedral was erected on top of the site of a former Roman temple and Muslim mosque. You will also see the exterior of the Basilica and the Generalitat Palace, which is a flamboyant Gothic building, built in 1421 as the seat of the Valencian Autonomous Government.
Back on your coach you will now discover the most modern part of the city, a highlight being the new landmark of Valencia - the City of Arts & Sciences. This is the largest cultural-educational complex in Europe, combining science and learning in an entertaining way for people of all ages. It has been built over a three km stretch of the drained riverbed of the diverted River Turia and comprises five different buildings linked by a common design concept. L'Oceanogràfic (the largest marine park in Europe), Museu de les Ciènces Príncipe Felipe (a new concept of a science museum with present-day and future science and technology), L'Umbracle (a spectacular covered garden promenade with views of the entire complex), L'Hemisfèric (a breath-taking building taking the form of an enormous human eye, where visitors can enjoy three audio-visual presentations on one giant screen), and the Palau de les Arts (this majestic building has a dual role: that of acting as a multi-hall auditorium and also forming an urban landmark of a monumental nature for the city of Valencia).
After this fascinating tour of the city, you will head back to your awaiting ship.
Is this tour right for you?
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over uneven and cobbled streets. There are approximately 25 steps to negotiate throughout the tour. Therefore we do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. All visits will be external only.
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