3 nights starting from
Art Nouveau and Art Deco gems
Calatrava’s extraordinary City of Arts and Science
Delightful old town with impressive classical buildings and squares
Fabulous cuisine – the home of paella
Two talks from expert Mike Hope
Valencia is fast becoming the must-visit city in Spain and our wonderful new tour in the company of Mike Hope will show you exactly why its burgeoning reputation is well-founded. One of Europe’s best and least known collections of Art Nouveau is augmented by Calatrava’s stunning City of Arts and Science, added to a charming old town - right on the Mediterranean - it is a heady, sunny and attractive cocktail. Excellent art galleries open until late complete the picture.
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Departing: 12th December 2019 at 07:40
Returning: 15th December 2019 at 21:20
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Valencia.
On arrival transfer to hotel for check-in. Afternoon orientation walk of the main sights including the Cathedral, Plaza de la Reina and Plaza de la Virgen, amongst many beautiful, classical buildings. Welcome reception, lecture, ‘Valencia its Development and Art, Design and Architectural History’ and dinner with wine at the hotel.
Day 2: A full day exploring the city’s Art Nouveau and Art Deco heritage
On Foot tour including the Estacion del Norte, Mercado de Colon, Rialto Cinema and La Lonja, a stunning mediaeval building which has had a seminal influence on Calatrava. Welcome drink, lecture ‘Santiago Calatrava - Valencia’s most famous native architect’ and dinner with wine.
Day 3: Much of the day will be spent exploring Calatrava’s extraordinary futuristic City of Arts and Sciences,
including the Eyeball (IMAX cinema), Greenhouse, Science Museum, Oceanagraphic Marine Park and much more. Late afternoon visit to the Cabanal beach/port area. Return to the hotel with the rest of the evening at leisure. Valencia is the home of paella so a must to sample whilst here.
Day 4: Time to explore one of Valencia’s wonderful art galleries
this morning with a visit to the Museo Nacional de Ceramica. Afternoon free for leisurely lunch and more individual sightseeing before transferring to the airport for the return evening flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
AC Hotel Colón, Valencia
Contemporary four-star hotel located in the heart of the city close to most of the main sights. The hotel features a permanent art gallery with different works by Spanish artists, all from the Valencian Community. A beautiful outdoor terrace provides an ideal place to relax at the end of the day, with comfortable seating and a warm atmosphere. There is also an attractive bar area and fitness centre. Bedrooms are modern with all amenities, such as free wi-fi, LCD TV, air-conditioning, safe, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar and hairdryer.
AC Hotel Colón Valencia Hotel Website
Mike Hope author, lecturer, curator and designer, has spent more than twenty-fivwe years at four universities (Staffordshire, Portsmouth, Nottingham Trent and Plymouth) and nearly thirty years delivering Summer School Programmes. He has lectured around the world and was a founder board member of The European Academy of Design. Alongside an extensive publication list, he has researched, designed and curated many exhibitions, and advised on stained glass to the Diocese of Exeter. He specialises in Art and Design History, Stained Glass; Churches and Cathedrals; the English Country House and Garden
Review by anonymous who travelled 13-December-2018
Overall a very interesting and enjoyable short break. Valencia is a lovely city and the weather was good as well!
Review by Porter who travelled 13-December-2018
A wonderful visit to this amazingly beautiful city, we fitted in such a lot in 4 days thanks to the excellent leadership of Mike Hope - so knowledgeable and enthousiastic - blessed with beautiful weather, warm sunshine and blue skies
Review by Johnson who travelled 13-December-2018
Review by Anonymous who travelled 13-December-2018
Thank-you for arranging the warm December (shirt-sleeve) sunny weather ..!
Review by Anonymous who travelled 13-December-2018
We enjoyed it greatly. Mike was very knowledgeable and Sandra had everything well under control.
Review by Evans who travelled 14-December-2017
The tour exceeded all my expectations and has encouraged us to try other Travel Edition tours abroad (this was the first outside the UK).
Review by Raynsford who travelled 14-December-2017
This was an excellent tour and we couldn't have been better looked after by Sandra. Mike was wonderfully informative, from Romans to Calatrava. You might omit the IMAX visit, but it did give us a chance to have a snooze, and provided much hilarity as we tried to figure out the headsets.
Review by Impey who travelled 14-December-2017
We had an excellent holiday which was enhanced by the knowledgeable Mike Hope and the range of buildings in the city of Valencia will encourage us to make a return visit.
Review by who travelled 14-December-2017
Another wonderful tour from Mike. Valencia is a beautiful city and the pleasure was greatly enhanced by Mike's boundless enthusiasm and knowledge, imparted with his usual clarity and brilliant sense of humour. Thanks also to Sandra for her friendly and ever-helpful presence. As always a packed and exhilarating travel experience. Thank you.
Review by Mrs Ann Howe who travelled 08-December-2016
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