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New shore excursions from Valencia


Learn to cook paella, visit a La Liga football stadium or take a high-speed train to Madrid with three exciting new tours from vibrant Valencia

Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain

Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain

Paella Cooking Experience

Duration: 4.5 hours

Available on: All Valencia calls


Think Valencia, think paella ­– the famous rice dish is synonymous with the city, where it’s been eaten in various forms for centuries. Your day ashore will begin with a panoramic coach tour of the city’s splendours, taking in its Modernist, Moorish, Gothic and Baroque architecture and its leafy green spaces. Next, you’ll head to a paella school in nearby L’Horta to learn what goes into making this flavourful dish. With the guidance of a local chef, you’ll choose your fresh ingredients from an organic kitchen garden and learn how to prepare them before creating your own unique paella – outdoors, of course. While lunch is cooking, your chef will show you how to make another great Spanish classic: sangria. Soon it will be time to tuck in to your personal masterpieces – deliciously scented, garlicky, herby paella, accompanied by a jug of fresh sangria.



Discover Madrid by High-Speed Train

Duration: 9.25 hours

Available on: N734 Ventura 


Hop aboard a high-speed train from Valencia to Madrid and spend the day exploring Spain’s capital city. It takes less than two hours to reach central Madrid, where you’ll first be taken on a 90-minute orientation tour by coach. Highlights of this will include Plaza de Oriente, Plaza de España and the Paseo del Prado – the tree-lined boulevard that forms one arm of Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art. Next, you’ll get the chance to stretch your legs on a guided walking tour, which might include such gems as the magnificent Teatro Real opera house, the beautiful market of San Miguel, the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol. After the tour, enjoy some free time to explore on your own, have lunch or simply sit with a coffee and watch the world go by.



Mestalla Stadium Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Available on: All Valencia calls 


Spanish league football might be dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid, but as Spain’s third-largest football club, Valencia often gives the big guys a run for their money, winning two La Liga titles so far this century. Fans of the beautiful game will get a kick out of a visit to Mestalla, the 55,000-seat stadium that’s home to the Valencia Football Club. Your visit will take you on an access-all-areas tour including the trophy room, museum, VIP area, dressing rooms, press room and team benches. You’ll even be able to walk through the tunnel and feel what it’s like to emerge into the light as you head towards the pitch. This is an exciting chance for lovers of the game to view this important stadium from a never-before-seen perspective.


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