Cheap Alternative Cruise Shore Excursions in Valencia, Spain (On Your Own)
The port city of Valencia lies on Spain's southeastern coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. Spain's third-largest city is a magnificent place, content for Madrid and Barcelona to grab the headlines while it gets on with being a wonderfully livable city with thriving cultural, eating and nightlife scenes. Never afraid to innovate, Valencia diverted its flood-prone river to the outskirts of town and converted the former riverbed into a superb green ribbon of park winding right through the city. On it are the strikingly futuristic buildings of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, designed by local boy Santiago Calatrava. Other brilliant contemporary buildings grace the city, which also has a fistful of fabulous Modernista architecture, great museums and a large, characterful old quarter. Valencia, surrounded by its huerta, a fertile fruit-and-veg farmland, is famous as the home of rice dishes such as paella, but its buzzy dining scene offers plenty more besides. Valencia also has several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake and walking trails. With so much to see, do, and taste, Valencia is a great place to experience, and there are several options for exciting shore excursions and tours to help you experience the city during a stop here.
Sail into Valencia's vibrant marina then make your way to Stop 7, El Puerto, the closest stop to the port. Climb aboard a distinctive double decker bus and set out on your explorative tour of the city. Travel between two routes consisting of 17 conveniently located stops. Admire the splendor of the Silk Exchange, an excellent example of Gothic grandeur considered one of Europe's best preserved; marvel at the futuristic architecture of the City of Arts and Scientists, disembarking to explore the Science Museum; and gaze at the colossal Serrano and Quart Towers while gaining insight into Valencia's fascinating history. Both routes take approximately 1.5-hours and depart regularly every 20-30 minutes from each stop. Tickets are valid for 24 hours after initial use. You can also choose to add an Aquarium ticket to your tour which would allow you entry to marvel at the variety of sea life there.
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Start this 4-hour experience walking through the different areas of the City of Arts and Science: the Hemiferic, the Oceanografic, the Agora, the Prince Philip Museum, the Arts Palace and the Opera House. Continue the tour enjoying a panoramic drive through Valencia's historical city center, passing by important monuments and landmarks such as the central market, the Plaza Redonda, Plaza la Reina where the emblematic Cathedral is located and known for containing the Holy Chalice. You will finish this tour walking to the Plaza de la Virgen, where the Holy Lady of Forsaken People Basilica is located. Visit its interior and learn cultural facts from your guide.
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Start this Valencia shore excursion by enjoying a panoramic tour to La Malvarrosa beach and the America's cup area. Continue by admiring the City of Arts and Science designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. Once in the city center, admire buildings like the Colon Market, the bullring or the town hall. Start the walking tour visiting the Silk Exchange building. It was one of the main buildings of Valencia during Spain's golden age. Walk to the Mercado Central, which, as well as being a masterpiece of Modernist design, is where you can see the city in full swing as shoppers stock up on fresh fish, meat, fruit, vegetables and more. This walking tour continues with Plaza Redonda, this particular circular "square". End with a panoramic view of the Cathedral. Admire its mixture of Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque styles, and finally you will arrive to the Virgin square the most important religious square where you'll find the Basilica of the patroness.
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Discover the highlights of Valencia during a 3-hour walking tour of this lovely city. When your ship pulls into port, board a shuttle from the cruise terminal to a bus stop where your guide awaits. Disembark the vehicle and follow on foot while your guide shows you must-see points of interest such us the Silk Exchange building, a gem of the Mediterranean Gothic style, and venture to the Valencia Cathedral, which features a mishmash of architectural styles. Walk to the Central Market, a masterpiece of Modernist design with more than 200 stores. Here, observe the city in full swing as shoppers stock up on fresh fish, meat, fruit, and vegetables. The unusual Plaza Redonda will be your next stop; marvel at the circular shape of this square leading off to surrounding narrow streets. It's a great place to find ceramic keepsakes. After you experience the Mediterranean ambiance of Valencia, you're returned to your original departure point.
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