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Valencia, Spain-port

Valencia was established by the Greeks and later occupied by the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Arabs. A 15th century artistic movement here gave the world spectacular paintings, sculptures, and jewels. Today a “City of Arts and Sciences,” Valencia offers visitors remarkable samples of modern architecture, alongside such notable classics as the 13th century Cathedral and Chapel of the Holy Chalice. Built on the site of a mosque which was originally a Roman temple the Chapel contains the chalice which legend says was used by Christ at the Last Supper. For a more historic view, take in the Quart Towers, a former gate of the medieval wall, built in 1444; and Serranos Towers, a former prison surrounded by a moat and built around 1391.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Albufera Natural Park & Paella Cooking
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMealEvening Tour
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Explore Sagunto & Valencia
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Guided Bike Tour
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Panoramic Valencia
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Panoramic Valencia
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Panoramic Valencia & Roman Sagunto
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Splendors of Valencia - Panoramic Tour
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Lladró Factory and Valencia Panorama
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Valencia At a Glance & Wine Tasting
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Valencia At a Glance & Wine Tasting
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Valencia's Historical Center & Fallas Museum
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Valencia's Historical Center and Fallas Museum
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Valencia's L'oceanografic
    Light Activity /Walking

Albufera Natural Park & Paella Cooking

Light Activity /Walking Regent ChoiceMealEvening Tour

Duration: 6 hours

Tour Code: VLC-CH2

After an enlightening tour of Valencia, you'll venture into the countryside to enjoy the serene setting of Albufera Natural Park, where you'll sit in on a paella cooking demonstration.

Depart from the pier for a scenic drive through Valencia to its City of Arts and Sciences, a complex of ultra-modern buildings. The contrast between this futuristic cultural center and ancient Valencia, which the Romans founded more than 2,000 years ago, is eye opening. After stopping briefly for photos, you'll continue your panoramic drive around Valencia, passing such landmarks as the elegant, 14th-century Serrano Towers and the Roman Coliseum-style bullring.

Despite its wealth of historical architecture, Valencia is perhaps better known as the birthplace of paella, a dish that farm laborers created in the 19th century. Although paella originally contained humble meats such as rabbit and snails and whatever vegetables were available, the main ingredient was rice, which grew profusely.

A short drive to Albufera Natural Park takes you to one of Spain's primary centers of rice production. It's also a prime nesting area for migrating aquatic birds, which you'll most likely see while crossing the park's freshwater lagoon in a small boat.

Your destination is a traditional "barraca" house, where you'll be treated to a demonstration of how to prepare authentic paella by a local chef. It's the ultimate way to observe how the dish is made from scratch. You'll have a bird's-eye view of every step and learn which are the best ingredients to use when making your own paella. While the chef completes his preparation, you'll enjoy sampling local appetizers and wine before being served the fresh-cooked paella for lunch. Afterwards, you'll make your way back to the pier in Valencia.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking/standing and guests must be able to negotiate steps to enter and exit the tour boat with limited assistance. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. There are restroom facilities available at the barraca house.