Flavors of Spain Food Tour

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Tour Number

Activity Level

430714


Categories

Food and Wine, Local Experience, Shore Excursion

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. I have three young children myself and have worked on tours for teenagers for years, so I know how to make a tour fun for all age groups. Let me know if you have younger people traveling with you, as I may be able to prepare a fun activity for them (depending on tour type and availability).

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 6

Language(s)

explanation

Spanish (fluent), French (basic), English (fluent), Catalan (basic)

See Valencia Whilst Focusing On The Sensory Experiences Of Spain


Valencia is not just a city rich with cultural and historical sites, but also with excellent Mediterranean cuisine that is little known, compared to our northern counterparts. In this tour, we will focus on tastings in our beautiful Art Nouveau-style Central Market, including different varieties of olives, fresh fruit and juice, chocolate, cheese, dried vegetables and dehydrated fruit candy and some of the best Iberian ham in the world. I am happy to cater this tour to any dietary restrictions.

We will try at least 2 Spanish wines and a cava. During our time together, I will also point out cultural and historic sites in the city center, and I will be taking you to 2 important regions for Valencian food: our lagoon rice paddy region and the town of Alboraya for the famous horchata sweet drink to finish.

Please note, we are standing up and visiting several vendors in Central Market. If you would like a traditional, sit-down paella lunch, please feel free to select a full day tour.

Itinerary

Pick-up at the port or at your lodging, followed by a panoramic view of Valencia by car, whilst heading out to visit lagoon region, driving through rice paddies and have a picture stop on Spain's largest lake. I'll explain the interesting history of rice dishes and processes and of course our famous paella. We will park in the historical center and walk to our Central Market, the largest covered food market in Europe. There we will sample several typical and unique items to Spain and the Valencia area in the many vendors here, such as olives, nuts and dried vegetables and fruit, local cheese and get a sample of the best Iberian ham in the world. We will sample at least 1 wine and cava, as well and some Valencian chocolate and olive oils, all LOCAL. Depending on your wish, we will have a typical lunch (not included, and ONLY IF you want to) of paella with 2-3 more tapas. We will finish at a special place to try the sweet horchata drink, unique to the Valencia region made of 'tiger nuts'.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 4 hours

This is typically a 4 hour tour, with panoramic view of city by car, seeing fields where vegetables, fruit and tiger nuts grow, as well as a lagoon stop where the rice paddy region is. Walking in historical center to central market with a few tastings there and an horchata and farton stop.

Transportation

4 people or fewer: Mercedes Class B (like a small SUV).
4-6 people: Chrysler minivan with tinted windows, leather seats, and electric doors.
7+ people: Please consult.

IMPORTANT NOTE (for groups of 6): In my touring car, the middle two seats are very large and comfortable, and the back seat is a bench seat for 3 people. This may be a tight squeeze, so I need a confirmation that this is alright before I accept the booking. I can also book minibus at an additional charge.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Other: Private car with pick-up and drop-off in a Mercedes Class B or a Chrysler Grand Voyager and a bilingual driver/guide including all driving expenses (gas, parking, etc.). If you are more than 6, I can hire a mini-bus with driver for an extra charge.

All specified tastings in Central Market, 2 wines and 1 cava, horchata and farton stop

Panoramic tour of Valencia (by car) and short historical center walking tour to Central Market

Guided tour by a Spanish-American bilingual professional with more than 12 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

20 € - We will be exploring the Central Market, where travelers can purchase unique gifts and souvenirs from local vendors.

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs

Other: -A sit-down paella lunch IS NOT INCLUDED and if you would like to do that it can either be added with a surcharge for the timings and payment to restaurant directly.

A Recent Review of this tour

Kate was great, saw great things, did great things and ate great things. The art/ engineering part was especially fantastic as we had an architect in our little group and he was thrilled with it. Just wish the ship's schedule allowed us more time in Valencia. We would have loved more time in the market
Jack Seyfert

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  • Tour Number

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    Categories

    Food and Wine, Local Experience, Shore Excursion

    Details

    Kid Friendly: Yes. I have three young children myself and have worked on tours for teenagers for years, so I know how to make a tour fun for all age groups. Let me know if you have younger people traveling with you, as I may be able to prepare a fun activity for them (depending on tour type and availability).

    Friendly: Yes.

    Maximum travelers: 6

    Language(s)

    explanation

    Spanish (fluent), French (basic), English (fluent), Catalan (basic)

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