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 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: 10th December 2020 at 07:40
Returning: 13th December 2020 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
Today we spend on foot exploring the city 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. This evening enjoy a second lecture from Mike Hope ‘Santiago Calatrava - Valencia’s most famous native architect’ and dinner with wine.
Day 3: City of Arts and Sciences
Today we will explore 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 Cabanyal 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: Museo Nacional de Ceramica and free time
This morning we visit the Museo Nacional de Ceramica , housed in a palace dating from the 15th century it showcases a wonderful collection of ceramics and tiles. Afternoon free for leisurely lunch (not included) 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-five 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
A brilliant trip and one I thoroughly enjoyed- I had never been to Valencia before but found it a delightful town. It was perfect weather to wonder around and hear about the architecture from Mike Hope. All in all a very good trip indeed.
Review by Tong who travelled 12-December-2019
The trip was excellent. Sandra was very efficient and pleasant throughout. Mike was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and conveyed this to us very effectively. I'll be happy to travel with these two again.
Review by Lewis who travelled 12-December-2019
Easyjet flight late leaving then had emergency landing in the middle of France - not much explanation given - stewardess' garbled announcements didn't help and captain gave v little info. Water was offered and nothing else for free - a Spanish stewardess got v stroppy with the man behind us who was saying we should be offered something. We were already delayed due to air traffic strike in France - luckily the airodrome we landed in was working and fire engines were there (not commercial). Return journey - autistic young man was not controlled by stewards and he hit our tour manager - we moved seats and hand luggage was supposed to be transferred on landing by staff - but they didn't bother. This airline is not good and hope never to travel with them again. Valencia was lovely, tour manager brilliant - as always apart from flight - all good. Look forward to eurostar visit to Nancy in April!
Review by Platt who travelled 12-December-2019
Excellent tour enriched by Mike and Sandra who are at the top of their game. So informative. We were impressed with Sandra's support for the needs of different members in the group and always having tickets at the ready. Visits were well structured and the links between 'ancient' and modern were much in evidence. Mike's talks always an asset; we are enjoying his book.
Review by Taylor who travelled 12-December-2019
Outward flight was disrupted, first by the French ATC strike, and then by an emergency landing following a warning of an over-heating brake. The latter was dealt with as well as could be expected by the aircraft crew. We were particularly impressed by the fact that the Tour Manager made contact while we were on the ground after the emergency landing. She, and the Lecturer, were superb throughout.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 12-December-2019
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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