8 hours with private car and rustic orange-picking Stop (when in season)
Today we travel to the North of Valencia where all 3 stops are located.
Sagunto is 25 min. north of the city and the largest Roman walled town left on the Iberian peninsula- an undiscovered gem by most! From a majestic hilltop see the best view of the Mediterranean and Rome's former province. The Roman fortified town is a steep walk of 10 min, but on paved roads.
The Caves of San Josep in the Vall D'Uixo is in the province of Castellon and only 45 min. north of Valencia (20 min from Sagunto). We will take a magical boat road through the longest underground navigable river in all of Europe. So special, it was inhabited 17, 000 years ago in the Paleolithic period! It is an easy, lit terrain with minimal walking, so suitable for all ages.
We also will visit one of Valencia's most famous businesses, the LLADRÓ factory-museum, where the world's most expensive Porcelain figurine collectables are made. We see the process and are amazed at the real artwork and steady hands that make these hand-made treasures.
We start around 9am at your Valencian pick-up stop. Usually we go to the furthest point first, the Vall D'Uixo, in the province of Castellon, 45 min. north of Valencia. We board small boats to tour the longest underground navigable river in all of Europe, through the ancient pre-historic caves, taking about 1 hour.
When in season (usually Nov-May), we canstop at a family orange-field where my Spanish cousin and orange farming expert shows us the ropes and lets us in on some surprising secrets of this ancient crop, brought to us by the Moors. And you may keep your oranges of course!
In Sagunto, 20 min. closer to Valencia, we climb the steep but paved terrain 10 min. to the walled fort/city of Sagunto to walk within ancient Roman remains and take in the beautiful 360º view.
After lunch, at one of 3 wonderful culinary suggestions, we tour the Lladró family-owned factory and museum of 60 years where everything is hand-painted and we get to witness this fascinating process.
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. The terminal is small and I will be waiting next to the tourist booth with a sign.
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: Return to port or hotel or your requested spot.
Duration: 8 hours
This tour can be shortened to a half day tour.
Up to 4 passengers: Private Car, Mercedes. Up to 6 people, Opel Zafira. For more passengers, rental van. Please inquire for more details.
-Private car, a Mercedes, and bilingual driver/guide for up to 3-4 people including all driving expenses (gas, parking, etc.). For 5-6 people, A Chyrsler Grand Voyager. If you are more than 6, I need to hire a mini-bus with driver, aprox. 300€ more.
-Guided tour by a Spanish-American bilingual professional with more than 10 years in the European tourism industry and ETOA and Spanish official license.
-PRIVATE tour, catering only to you with no one included that is not your party.
-All entrances in Sagunto: Roman Fort, Via Portico Musuem and 'Casa Berenguer', 2 Archeology museums
-Lladro factory/museum visit
-Boat Rides at Caves
-8 hour service
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 € - Depending on what you order. An excellent 3 course lunch, the norm here at 2pm, is around 10-20€/person, depending on your meal choices.
Vall d'Uixo Caves and boat ride entrances: 10€ per person. Retirees:7€, Children 4-13: 5€. Under 4: free.
5€/person if we do Orange-picking stop
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Great excursion!! First time user of Tours by Locals but definitely not the last time. Our guide, Vicente, meet us on time at the port in a clean & comfortable van to seat our party of 6. We toured Europes longest underground river inhabited in the Paleolithic period, a preserved Roman road/ruins under a modern building and and the Roman fort overlooking Sagunto. Vicente was knowledgeable, professional, spoke excellent English and strove to ensure our excursion was first rate. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!