Retreat to Spain: Excursion to Valencia

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Spain’s third largest city, Valencia harmoniously combines remnants of its historic past with some of Europe’s most innovative avant-garde architecture.

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We will have a private tour guide and transfer to Valencia and free time to Xplore too. You might start at the cathedral. You can climb the Miguelete, the cathedral’s unfinished spire, and take in spectacular views of the city. In the cathedral’s museum, you can see a cup reputed to be the Holy Grail. Nearby, you can visit the underground Cripta de San Vicente Martir. It contains excavated remains from the city’s early Christian and Moorish periods.

There are so many other things to see. We can visit the La Lonja, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This gorgeous 17th century building originally housed Valencia’s silk exchange. Adjacent is the modernista Mercado Central, one of Europe’s largest covered markets.

 

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We can also visit the La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. Pritzker-winning architect (and Valencia native) Santiago Calatrava’s spectacular museum complex has garnered international attention for Valencia.

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We have a very special afternoon planned. After sightseeing we will head to Valencia’s freshwater lagoon, or Albufera in Spanish. Upon arrival at the Albufera, we will embark on a private boat ride where we'll take in the vast biodiversity of the lagoon.

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Finally, the end of a perfect day will be a private cooking class where we'll learn to prepare traditional paella, the dish widely considered to be the symbol of Valencia. We'll get insights into the local ingredients and traditional techniques that produce the perfect paella (vegetarian style).

After preparing our meal, you we will enjoy this delicious traditional paella together.

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Retreat to Spain

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