OVERVIEW: Compare Valencia's contrasting past and present in a guided half day tour.
HIGHLIGHTS: See the highlights of Valencia during a panoramic bus tour and walking tour. Enjoy a guided visit of Príncipe Felipe Science Museum in the fascinating City of Arts & Sciences. Covering over 40,000 square meters, the museum is a spectacular building and cutting-edge museum designed to allow visitors to get closer to science and technology with interactive exhibitions sharing the philosophy of "do touch, do think, do feel."
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over various surfaces with 20 to 50 steps.
Compare Valencia's contrasting past and present in a guided half day tour. Participate in a walking tour of the old city's gothic landmarks and visit the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences.
-Views from the coach include bullring, Carmen Quarter, Torre de Quart, Casa de Beneficencia, and the IVAM
-Walking Tour: Admire the Gothic style buildings of the Central Square Market and the Silk Exchange, Plaza de la Virgen, and the cathedral
- Príncipe Felipe Science Museum: Visit the museum in the fascinating City of Arts & Sciences
Begin your half day journey as you depart from the ship on a guided ride along Valencia's Avenida del Puerto. Cross the river and continue on Gran Via and Calle Jativa for views of the bullring and Central Square Market. Upon arrival at the Central Market, follow your guide on a walking tour of the square. Admire the Gothic style buildings of the Silk Exchange, an exhibition pavilion with an impressive façade constructed on helicoidal columns.
Reboard your coach for a panoramic ride to the Carmen Quarter, Torre de Quart, Casa de Beneficencia and the IVAM, a modern art museum. Proceed to the fascinating City of Arts & Sciences, a collection of museums in a futuristic setting founded in July 1996. Designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, the ten kilometer long park was constructed on the former bed of the Turia River, diverted after a catastrophic flood in 1957. Its opening signaled the national importance of this complex. Promoted entirely by the Generalitat Valenciana, the City of Arts & Sciences' flagship complex has become an international symbol of Valencia's commitment to cultural tourism and a dynamic gesture from Valencia to the world.
Along almost two kilometers of the old riverbed, its five major elements combine to bring culture to the people while encouraging public participation in a unique architectural setting. Covering over 40,000 square meters, the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum is a spectacular building and cutting-edge museum designed to allow visitors to get closer to science and technology with interactive exhibitions sharing the philosophy of "do touch, do think, do feel." The museum's programs and activities change regularly to cover different aspects of science and technology. The complex offers free public access to its many venues including an IMAX Cinema, Planetarium and Laserium, Promenade and Car Park, Aquarium, Opera House, and the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum. It also has recreation and catering on site. Follow your guide on a visit to the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum with its activities and initiatives relating to the evolution of life, scientific and technological education.
At the conclusion of the museum visit, proceed to Torres de Serrano to view the Plaza de la Virgen and the exterior of the cathedral. Enjoy limited free time before returning to the ship.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
What to Wear:
-Comfortable walking shoes.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over various surfaces with 20 to 50 steps.
-Time permitting; guests will have approximately 15 minutes for souvenir shopping.
-Due to logistics issues, the order of the tour may vary slightly.
-Crowds should be expected during the high season so participants should expect delays and long lines (queues) at venue entrances.
- This tour will be offered for the Adventure of the Seas - only for guests debarking in the port of Malaga.