A full day excursion from Valencia, 50min. west with private car
Come with me into Spain's Moorish and Medieval past!
Our main stop is the quaint medieval town of Requena, best known for the Spanish wine denomination 'Utiel-Requena'. There are dozens of wineries, but we will visit the best with a full tour of the winery and the production process, including tasting. In old Requena town, we will do one more tasting, sampling 3-5 different wines from this region at the 'Wine Club'.
Lunch will be at a beautiful 300 year old medieval home, choosing a 3 course meal to your liking. After we will climb the medieval castle for gorgeous views of the country-side and a step into the medieval past of Spain.
After a short walk around the small town, we will end in the main plaza where we will visit Moorish caves, underneath the old town, used also in medieval times, for wine storage, among other things. Step into the 8th century!!
On the way to Requena, or on the way home, we will stop at the famed medicinal waters of 'Siete Aguas'- so bring your ailments for healing!
We leave around 9:30 from your hotel and make a stop in the small town of 'Siete Aguas' or 7 Waters, about 45 min. outside VLC, that has a very famous water fountain that is said to heal all ailments- so ailments welcome.
We then proceed to our first bodega, on of the 'most elite' of Utiel-Requena region. A lovely old winery in business since 1808, where we get a full tour. We then try a red, a white and a cava, Spain's sparkling wine.
In the old medieval quarter, we will visit a 'wine club' that has a selection of all the Utiel-Requena and Valencia area wines that you may try. Each week they promote a different bodega and on any given day you can try 3-5 of the best.
By this time, you've worked up an appetitie and we go to a 300 year old Meson, to sit on the outdoor patio, weather permitting, and you'll choose your own 3 course meal (not included). Prices are between 12-18€ for a full and lovely meal.
Medieval castle tower, the Moorish and medieval caves will be visited before or after lunch, depending.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Hotel or Port, or other requested spot. Please note: If at port, I will be meeting you at 9am this Thurs. at the 'Acciona Transmediterranea Terminal', which your ship may directly dock at or it may dock a few minutes away. If it is not directly at that terminal, it is a restricted area that only authorized vehicles can go to, for security purposes, so the port provides shuttle buses to bring you the short distance to said terminal.
If you'd like me to make a courtesy phone call to your number, just in case you have any quesitons, then let me know a good time for you and I can do that.
End location: Hotel or port or at your requested destination.
Duration: 8 hours
I can shorten this tour if necessary. Please note, our stop in SIETE AGUAS, if you have to be back on the cruise ship, may not be possible.
Private car, driven by your experienced and fully licensed tour guide for the panoramice view of Valencia. However, occassionaly I do use a local driver instead of myself. I either use our Mercedes Class B (a small SUV) seating a total of 4 passengers (5 including driver). However, we also may use our 7 seater Opel Zafira, for a total of 6 passengers. Please let me know if you have a preference.
-Private car and bilingual driver/guide for up to 4-6 people including all driving expenses (car, gas, parking, etc.). For smaller or larger groups, price can be catered. Mercedes Class B for 1-3 pax, Chyrsler Grand Voyager with leather seats and tinted windows for 4-6 pax. For larger groups, send me a message and I'll customized the tour
--Entrances to medieval tower, Moorish caves, Wine estate tour with tasting, wine club tasting.
-Guided tour by a Spanish-American bilingual professional with more than 12 years in the European tourism industry.
-PRIVATE tour, catering only to you with no one included that is not your party.
-Private photographer (me!)
-Complete flexibility where necessary and experienced suggestions so you can get the best value wherever you want to shop or eat.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 Euros - You may want to buy wine, gifts and lunch is not included.
Lunch. I will make reservations at a place I love that has 3 course meals from 12-18€- very affordable.
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We greatly enjoyed our day with Kate, she is a wonderful guide and traveling companion. Her knowledge of the area and local customs was excellent, as was her knowledge of local wines. She also did a great job of pivoting seamlessly when elements of our itinerary had to be tweaked due to scheduling. Thank you, Kate, for a very enjoyable day.