Valencia full-day Tour with L'Albufera visit

Language English, Spanish
Price 700,00 EUR for excursion
Capacity Group of up to 10 people
Duration 8 hours

***This tour can be tailored to a smaller party, please inquire for prices. The mentioned price includes all stated below for 6 people.***

This is a full day tour of TOTAL VALENCIA inside-out, including an excursion to L'Albufera lagoon region just 8 km south of Valencia.

L'Albufera is famed for the origin of paella and we will make a lunch stop at a typical 'baraca' or old triangular country house of the farmers of Valencia. After lunch, we will see this micro-climate of rice paddies and lagoon up close with a boat ride through the protected lake and wild bird park with over 300 species of birds.

In the morning, we will see everything you need to know about Valencia just like in my Insider's Highlights Tour: the beautiful beach area, the New America's Cup Port, Formula 1 track, the Giant complex of the City of Arts and Sciences by Valencia's own Santiago Calatrava and our medieval gates, among other treats. We then see the monuments of the historical center by foot: the important Roman remains, our Cathedral with its 3 different architectural styles, our main plazas, the UNESCO Heritage site of the Silk Exchange, and the colorful market.

We start with a panoramic circle of Valencia seeing the new America's Cup Port and Formula 1 track area, Malvarosa beach stop, University areas, Football Club's Mestalla Stadium, Calle Colon with bull-ring and Plaza Ayuntamiento, Roman ruins and library (the oldest psychiatric hospital in Europe!), Torre de Quart and Serrano.

In the historical pedestrian center, we will see the most emblematic of monuments and then enter the Cathedral, La Lonja (the famed Silk Exchange of the 15th cent. ) and the Central Market where I treat you to a fresh squeezed juice.

Upon leaving the center, we stop at Calatrava's 'City of Arts and Sciences' with its 7 futuristic structures, en route to L'Albufera lagoon. We have lunch (not included in price) at a typical old Valencian farm house, a 'baraca', (or other typical rest. when closed). Finally we finish our day at the romantic lagoon picture stop and see the rice paddies and protected birds up close with a boat tour from a Valencian native expert of this area.

INCLUDED:

-Private car and pick-up with a Mercedes (1-3 passengers) or a Chrysler Grand Voyager (4-6 passengers) and bilingual driver/guide including all driving expenses (gas, parking, etc.). If you are more than 6, I hire a mini-bus with driver, aprox. 200€ more.

-Entrances to the 'Lonja' Silk Exchange or the Roman museum

-A snack invite (fresh-squeezed juice at market, horchata or another typical snack pertinent to our tour)

-Guided tour by a Spanish-American bilingual professional with more than 10 years in the European tourism industry and official Spanish guide.

-PRIVATE tour, catering only to you with no one included that is not your party.

-Complete flexibility where necessary and experienced suggestions with no personal interest, so you can get the best value wherever you might want to shop or eat.

-Energetic, passionate and involved descriptions to get you totally immersed in our history and culture.

-Commitment to total client satisfaction and American-style pre-tour, touring and post-tour service

EXTRA:

-Entrances to the monuments are not included as every group has slightly different interests and closure days can be fairly unpredictable in Spain. You may decide on the day with my suggestions. No entrance fee is more than 5€ and most are around 2-3€ with discounted prices for retirees.

-Our 2pm lunch meal is our largest meal of the day in Spain and the norm is a 3 course meal, costing around 15€, of excellent quality.

Please note that the city center can only be walked in, so you will be on your feet there for at least 2 hours.

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