Morning Tour or Shore Excursion with Private Vehicle
Sagunto is an off-the-beaten path visit about 25 minutes north of Valencia, and fabulous if you love Romand and/or Jewish history. This is the shortened version of my Northern Valencia Itinerary. Sagunto is the site of the instigation of the 2nd Punic war and has the largest Roman fort left on the Iberian peninsula- an undiscovered gem by most! This is also the only town nearby where Jewish sites can still be seen.
Aside from the impressive hill-top of Roman ruins and spectacular views of the Valencia region below, we will also visit a wonderfully excavated Roman street with its houses, water systems and shop remains, as well as a rich Roman merchant's home. As we stroll the quaint medieval streets of a once large Roman city in a bygone past, we will spot the old gate to the Jewish quarter, noble palaces, the Santa Maria church from 1334, started where the Moorish mosque once was, as well as a medieval mansion that now houses the remains of the Roman Temple of Diana and a Jewish bath or 'Mikveh'.
IMPORTANT NOTE: MONDAYS fort and Via Portico Museum are closed and itinerary can be supplemented with a visit to nearby caves, a portion of Valencia or another seasonal suggestion.
4-5 hours: After I pick you up, we travel 25 minutes north to Sagunto, passing orange groves and other farming lands on the way. We first vist the 'Via Portico' museum, only recently opened, where we see a fabulously excavated Roman road and side street with its great examples of the Roman way of life, its water systems, homes and shops as well as the nearby ruins of one rich Roman merchant's home.
We then drive briefly to the medieval quarter, passing the Roman circus remains amidst modern housing, and park. We then walk UP 10-15 min, to the spectacular Roman fort with remains of a forum as well as later Moorish Mudejar remains and Latin tombstones in the archeological museum. On the way down medieval 'Castle street', we stroll through the Jewish quarter and step into a 15th century mansion with mikveh and Diana Temple remains.
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: Same place as pick-up spot unless otherwise specified.
Duration: 5 hours
IMPORTANT NOTE: MONDAYS CAN ONLY INCLUDE MEDIEVAL JEWISH TOWN AND 15TH CENTURTY MANSION WITH MIKVEH AND JEWISH CEMETARY, AS ROMAN FORT AND 'VIA PORTICO' MUSUEM ARE CLOSED. I THEN SUPPLEMENT WITH EITHER NEARBY CAVES OR A PORTION OF VALENCIA, AS YOU WISH.
Mercedes Class B (like a small SUV) for 4 people or less. For 5-6 passengers, I use an Opel Zafira 7-seater and price increases slightly. For more people, please consult as I rent a vehicle.
-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 for an extra charge.
-All entrances: Via Portico Musuem, 'Casa Berenguer', Roman Castle/Fort site and archeology musuem.
-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.
-Commitment to total client satisfaction and American-style pre-tour, touring and post-tour service.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 € - There is a small ceramics store, typical of this area, that you may want to buy gifts or souvenirs at or if we will be stopping for lunch you will want local cash.
You may want extra for a likely coffee break or want to get sounvenirs at a local pottery shop.
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I initially picked Kate because I wanted an American without the need to interpret a thick accent. As it turns out, that was just a bonus as her vast knowledgeable of local history along with her infectious enthusiasm made the tour come alive and my choice could not have been better. Kate put together a custom tour for us as we wanted to see Sagunto (which I highly recommend) along with highlights of Valencia. I know there are many 5 star rated guides, but Kate is at the top of these.