Valencia is a proud city. During the Civil War, it was the last seat of the Republican Loyalist government (1935–36), holding out against Franco’s National forces until the country fell to 40 years of dictatorship. Today it represents the essence of contemporary Spain—daring design and architecture along with experimental cuisine—but remains deeply conservative and proud of its traditions. Though it faces the Mediterranean, Valencia's history and geography have been defined most significantly by the River Turia and the fertile floodplain (huerta) that surrounds it. View more
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Indulge your senses with the exquisite flavours of Valencia. Paella and wine are probably the two main attributes of Spain, take this is opportunity to learn how to combine the two by having a specialist in the rice sector and a sommelier explain their details and importance.
Raco de la Paella
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 25-minute drive to a typical Valecian restaurant, a converted traditional Valencian house over 100 years old. On arrival, you will be greeted by your chef who will be preparing your paella, and your sommelier, who will assist in pairing wines to accompany your paella.
Paella is still cooked on wood fire using orange wood, the original and traditional way to cook this traditional Valencian dish. During the demonstration, learn about the type of rice grown for paella and important tips for preparing this popular Spanish dish. See how the rice is prepared and the proper method for cooking la paella Valenciana.
Paella and Wine Tasting
Dine on three different types of paella you have participated in preparing. A sommelier will conduct a wine tasting on the excellent wines to accompany these paellas, mainly being white wines and a rosé, as clear wines are considered amongst professionals to be adequately the pallet agreement.
At the conclusion of this excursion, re-board your coach and commence the approximate 25-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 328 yards (about 300 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and a few steps at the venue. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. The chef and sommelier do not speak fluent English; your guide will help translate.
Experience the rich history of Requena and its winemaking traditions during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion and wine tasting. Requena was born during the Iberian age. Romans were here too, but the Arabs were who gave the name to the town, originally named "Rakana", the strong, the self-confident. Later called Requena, it has become one of the biggest towns of the province of Valencia and has an area specially dedicated to vineyards and wine production with "denominacion de origen" D.O., meaning a prestigious product classification which is awarded to products that are produced in designated Spanish regions according to stringent production criteria. D.O.
Pago de Tharsys Winery
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate one-hour drive to historic Requena, an area specially-dedicated to vineyards and wine production, for a visit to the Pago de Tharsys Winery. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the winery and explore its culture of wines and cava. Founded in 1808, the original winery has a beautiful setting where you are invited to a wine tasting accompanied by local 'embutidos' consisting of Spanish salami and cured ham. You can also browse the fine selection of wines and cava for sale.
Next, re-board your coach and drive to the Old Quarter of Requena. During your visit, take a guided stroll through the small town quarter of La Villa. Along the way, see a collection of historic buildings situated in a walled Muslim area known as the Alcazaba, Medina or Arrabales.
Underground Cellar and Caves
Your final stop is a visit to the region's oldest cellar. Situated in underground caves beneath the Old Quarter, it was used as a shelter, wine cellar and even as a silo. A guided tour of this cellar offers a unique insight into the rich history of Requena.
Afterward, re-board your coach and commence the approximate 75-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over cobblestone streets and steep inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 70 steps in the caves and winery. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary.
Discover why Valencia is known as the 'City of Porcelain' during this scenic tour of the renowned Lladró Factory. Three brothers Juan, José and Vicente established the company in 1953 in the village of Almàssera near Valencia. In the beginning, the brothers only designed vases; three years after the establishment of the company they started the porcelain figures. In 1958 the company moved to the village Tavernes Blanques and the factory started to expand, today there are more than 1000 artists working for Lladró.
Depart the port of Valencia for the approximate 30-minute drive to the 'City of Porcelain'. Upon arrival at theLladró Factory, take a tour through the production process, and learn about the Lladró porcelain history and family business. Included is a documentary about the origins of the company and the founding Lladró brothers.
After touring the factory, a stop is made to view the large display of Lladró figurines in the exhibition room. Before leaving, some free time is made available to browse the shop for a Lladró figure of your own.
Following your visit, re-board your coach for the panoramic, one-hour return drive to the pier. En route, proceed through Valencia's Old Town, and pass by the Quart Towers, Serrano Towers and the historical centre of the city.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over mostly paved surfaces at the factory for approximately 450 metres (492 yards). The production area is not adapted for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. It is prohibited to take photos inside the factory.
Explore Valencia at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.
Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.
Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.
Explore Valencia at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.
Explore Valencia at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.
Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.
Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.
Explore Valencia at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.
Explore the beautiful Old Town of Valencia, and its longstanding connection to the art of silk production, during this scenic and informative, half-day excursion to the 'City of Silk'.
Valencia, College of High Silk Art, Museum
Depart the pier for the short drive to the College of High Silk Art, which is located in the old seat of the Higher Art of Silk-Making Authority, an institution established in 1477 to set rules and standards of quality for Valencian silk-makers. During your guided visit to this 15th-century building, renovated in the 18th century, stop by the Museum to learn out about the history of silk in Valencia, hand-made process of weaving and rich artistic heritage of the building itself. In addition, your guide describes the arduous preparation of the Espolin characteristics of Valencian clothing.
Barri de Velluters, Silk Clothing Shop, Central Market, Tasting of Local Specialities
Next, take a short stroll through the Barri de Velluters, a neighbourhood established by velvet-makers in 1465. Along the way, visit a shop specialising in traditional Valencian attire made of silk, and run by silk-makers who are still active in the city. This type of attire exemplifies the rich heritage of this centuries-old art and is used during 'Fallas', the most important festival in Valencia. Your walking tour continues with a visit to the bustling Central Market. This early-20th-century building spans over 26,000 square feet (about 2,415 square metres), and hosts 400 stalls specialising in fresh products. During your visit, stop for a tasting of 'horchata', a typically sweet and refreshing drink made from tiger nuts, and 'fartons'.
Silk Exchange Building
Your last stop is at the cornerstone of UNESCO's Silk Road Project, the Silk Exchange building. A masterpiece of Mediterranean civil Gothic architecture, this building is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Valencia. The Silk Exchange was built between 1483-1548 to facilitate trade between the producers of the rich silk fabrics made in Valencia, and the merchants their silk products attracted from all over Europe. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves moderate amount of walking for approximately 448 yards (about 410 metres), at times over uneven, cobblestone and natural surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited; lifts are available, except at the Silk Market. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Photography/videography is not permitted inside the sites visited. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Spain's third-largest city is a magnificent place, content for Madrid and Barcelona to grab the headlines while it gets on with being a wonderfully live-able city with a thriving cultural. Never afraid to innovate, Valencia diverted its flood-prone river to the outskirts of town and converted the former riverbed into a wonderful green ribbon of park winding right through the city.
Depart the pier and enjoy a panoramic drive along the Avenida del Puerto to the Gran Via and Calle Jativa, past the Bullring and Central Station. See the Central Market, an enormous metal, ceramic tile and glass Art Nouveau building built in 1928, with its 1300 stalls of fresh fish, meat and fruits and other products from all over Spain.
Your walking tour begins at La Lonja, or The Silk Exchange, the main monument of the city and considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful examples of Gothic civil architecture. Built between 1482 and 1533, during Valencia's golden age, the building illustrates the power and wealth of one of the great Mediterranean mercantile cities. The building was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
City of Arts & Sciences
Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, this unique complex is devoted to science, technology, nature and house in five buildings: El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - opera house and performing arts centre; L'Hemisfèric - Imax Cinema, Planetarium and Laserium; L'Umbracle - a walkway and garden; El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe - a science museum; L'Oceanogràfic - an open-air oceanographic park; Ágora - a versatile space that can stage conventions, concerts and performances.
Enjoy a guided interior visit of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, considered the highlight of the City of Arts & Sciences.
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
With its impressive architecture, this spectacular building is dedicated to promoting the performing arts. It is an impressive theatre and opera house, with four venues for opera, music, ballet & theatre.
Your walking tour concludes at the coach that will return you to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately two hours in the city centre and at the Oceanographic Park. It is not suitable for guests utilising a wheelchair or those with limited mobility. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, walking shoes and sun protection.
Discover Valencia's old quarter in a unique way during this scenic half-day bicycle excursion. There are few cities like Valencia, able to harmoniously combine the remnants of its farthest past, dating to the year 138 BC, with the most innovative and avant-garde buildings from the new millennium.
Depart the pier via coach for a short panoramic drive through Valencia, Spain's third most important city. Valencia is known as the Flower City because of its vast number of parks and landscaped areas. Be introduced to your guide and then fitted with your bike and briefed with safety instructions. The city is virtually flat which makes viewing so enjoyable by bicycle.
Follow your guide as you slowly make your way to the old quarter and historic side of Valencia as your guide provides narrative on some of the sights.
Make your way to the market which is considered one of the oldest European markets in operation and located directly in the La Lonja area.
Miguelete Tower and Cathedral
Continue your ride and view one of the city's most emblematic monuments located beside the main door of the Cathedral and next to the Provincial Palace and the Torres de Serrano. The Miguelete Tower, from the top, offers outstanding views over Valencia and its fertile agricultural area.
The Serrano Towers mark the entrance to the old walls of Valencia City. They are considered one of the best-preserved monuments in Valencia.
Plaza de la Virgen
Ride by what was once the main square of Valencia, the Plaza de la Virgen, one of the prettiest of the many plazas in Valencia. Close by is also the Plaza de la Reina where you will stop in the area and enjoy light refreshments.
After having replenished your energies continue on seeing the beautiful building of the Marques de dos Aguas, El Parterre and more beautiful plazas with the warm Spanish ambiance.
Finishing at the Torres de Serrano you will rejoin your awaiting coach and drive back to the port and terminal building.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of bicycling for approximately 2.5 hours and approximately 10km (6.2 miles). This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition, and experienced and confident bicycle-riders. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear layered clothing and closed-toes walking shoes, and bring raingear, sunscreen a hat and sunglasses from the ship. Helmets are provided and must be worn through the riding portion of the tour.
Enjoy this Segway tour around the city of Valencia as you discover sights such as the City of the Arts and Science area as well as the Turia Gardens. The City of Arts and Sciences is an ensemble of six areas in the dry river bed of the now diverted River Turia in Valencia, Spain. Designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava and started in July 1996, it is an impressive example of modern architecture.
Begin your exciting Segway tour through the beautiful city of Valencia with a brief transfer to meet your guide and Segway's. After explaining how to use them, your guide will give you an opportunity to practice handling a Segway. The Segway uses technology called dynamic stabilization that allows you to maintain balance as you "drive" the Segway by simple body movements. Your guide will communicate via audio sets, to make it easy to hear the commentary as you zip through this stunning city.
Your tour will begin with a drive up the old riverbed of the Turia. Your guide will point out the highlights of this city and will give you information about the city of Valencia and the historic bridges along Turia. Photo stops abound, beginning with the Concert Hall and the Music Palace. Your tour will take a round trip through Valencia where you will pass by parks, beautiful gardens, the auditorium and some parts through the old quarter. Your tour will end at the spectacular modern buildings of the City of Arts and Science designed by Santiago Calatrava.
You will leave the Segways at this point. You can choose to either be taken directly to the ship or you may choose to continue exploring Valencia on your own and make your own way to the ship. Passengers who prefer to stay behind are advised to give their names and cabin numbers to the monitors.
Please note: Tour is only recommended to guests with a certain level of physical agility. Participants must stand for an extended period of time. Segway vehicles often navigate uneven terrain. This tour is NOT recommended for expectant mothers, guests with neck or back problems or prone to dizziness and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and. Guests must be over 13 and less than 70 years old to participate on this tour. Guest must weigh over 100 pounds (about 40 kilograms), and less than 260 pounds (about 120 kilograms) and not stand more than 195cm (6' 4") to participate on this tour. Guests must wear their safety helmet and elbow pads at all times during this tour. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. The Segway offers little storage space; guests should only bring items (camera, a few dollars, sunscreen, etc.) that can be put in a pocket, kept in a fanny pack or stored in a bag that can be slung over the body, or over the shoulder. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Take a journey through time to the captivating Iberian town of Xátiva during this panoramic, full-day sightseeing excursion.
Valencia, Xátiva, Train-Ride, Town Centre, Xátiva Castle, Museum, Gates of Hannibal, Battery
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Xátiva, birthplace of two popes and land of the Borgias. Upon arrival, board the trolley train for a picturesque ride through the town centre. Along the way, your guide points out sites of interest and their place in the town's history. From here, continue up the hill leading to the Xátiva Castle. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through this historic castle and its Museum of the Borgias, Gates of Hannibal and Battery.
Xátiva Cathedral, Old City, La Seu, Way of Saint James, Almuddin
Following your castle tour, re-board the train for the ride back to the Xátiva Cathedral. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll through the Old City of Xativa, and pass by notable landmarks that include La Seu, the Way of Saint James and Almuddin.
Montsant Restaurant, City of Arts and Sciences
Next, transfer for a Spanish lunch at the Montsant restaurant. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier. En route, ride through the City of Arts and Sciences, an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex, whilst your guide explains the different sites along the way.
Please note: This tour involves moderate amount of walking for approximately 547 yards (about 500 metres), at times over uneven, cobblestone and natural surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and trolley train, and at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with a fear of heights, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and local currency for purchases from the ship. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary.
The capital of Spain, Madrid is a city adorned with elegant boulevards and large, manicured parks, and renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum. Málaga, a modern port city on southern Spain's Costa del Sol, is home to inviting beaches lined with high-rise hotels and resorts, and a skyline featuring two expansive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro, remnants of Moorish rule. Celebrate the splendid architecture, landmarks, traditions, and flavours of Madrid and Málaga during this unforgettable, two-night overland excursion. Following a high-speed train-ride from Valencia to Madrid and lunch at La Botilleria, transfer to the Hotel Hospes for check-in. Afterward, depart for the world-renowned Prado Museum for a guided tour of its priceless art, coins, sculptures and paintings, then proceed for an evening of Flamenco dancing, lively music and Spanish cuisine at Tablao Las Carboneras. Following an overnight stay and breakfast at the Hotel Hospes, drive to Toledo for a tour of the city's main monuments, including the Santo Tomé Church, Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue, San Juan de Dios Monastery and Transito Synagogue. After lunch at a local restaurant and some free time at the hotel, depart for a fun-filled and flavourful paella and sangria workshop. Learn the secrets to preparing sangria, gazpacho and paella, then dine on the meal you have helped to prepare. Following an overnight stay and breakfast at the Hotel Hospes, check-out and transfer to the train station for your approximately 2.5-hour, AVE high-speed-train-ride to Malaga. Upon arrival, take a guided sightseeing tour of the city. Marvel at the beautiful architecture of the historic, 11th-century Alcazaba Palace, 14th-century Gibralfaro Castle, built on an old Phoenician enclosure in Granada City, and ruins of the former Roman Theatre, located at the foot of the Hill of the Fortress. Following your sightseeing drive, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant in Malaga City. After lunch, some free time is made available for independent shopping and exploration. Your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Three with transfer to the port of Malaga. Upon arrival, embark the ship.
The Vibrant Heart of Spain-Madrid & Toledo
Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
Departs from: Valencia
Re-join ship: Malaga
Reserve by: At least 90 days prior to sailing
This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.
Payment-in-full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. Booking made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme.
All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.
Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Spain. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.
The local currency is the Euro; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (a shopping stop is planned during the program-please note that being August 15th National Holidays, some shps may be closed).
Celebrate the magnificent architecture, landmarks, traditions, and flavours of Madrid and Malaga during this unforgettable, two-night overland excursion.
DAY ONE - Valencia/Madrid
Comfortable, high-speed train-ride from Valencia to Madrid
Upon disembarking the ship in Valencia, meet your guide and transfer to the train station for a scenic and comfortable, approximately two-hour high-speed train-ride to Madrid. The capital of Spain, Madrid is also the heart of business, headquarters of the Government and Local Administration, and the Spanish Royal Family's residence. This bustling young city is characterised by intense cultural, artistic and commercial production.
History of Madrid
The roots of Madrid date from the 9th century, when the Arab Emir Mohamed I built his defensive fortress on the left bank of the Manzanares River. Later on, the city became a bone of contention between Christians and Arabs. For centuries they fought for the control of the town and its treasures, and both left visible traces of their influences in the architecture and culture of the city. In the 18th century, under the reign of Carlos III, Madrid enjoyed a flourishing period of comfort which we can witness today in the magnificent monuments and landmarks to be seen during your visit to this cosmopolitan city.
Lunch at La Botilleria restaurant, and a transfer to the Hotel Hospes for check-in
Upon arrival in Madrid, transfer for lunch at La Botilleria. Located in the area known as 'El Madrid de las Austrias' by the Teatro Real Opera House, this original restaurant is decorated in the style of the old European cafés. After lunch, transfer to your hotel for check-in.
Guided tour of the Prado Museum, and a viewing of some of the museum's most famous works
Next, depart for the short drive to the Prado Museum. Upon arrival, marvel at the masterpieces of what is called the widest art gallery of the world. In addition to the museum's old coins, valuable sculptures and sketches by famous artists, The Prado boasts a collection of paintings that is unique in terms of the variety, quantity and value. The Treasure counts over 8,600 paintings, of which less than 2,000 are exposed to the public for spatial reasons. During a guided tour, view a selection of works from among the museum's most famous masterpieces and figurative art.
'Flamenco Night' at Tablao Las Carboneras
At the conclusion of your visit, transfer back to Madrid for a 'Flamenco Night' at Tablao Las Carboneras. Situated in the heart of Madrid's city centre and very close to the Plaza Mayor and San Miguel Market, Tablao Las Carboneras was created in the style of the old establishments known as café 'cantantes'. These intimate venues are dedicated to quality flamenco to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. To create the perfect flamenco atmosphere, the venue is dedicated to displaying photography, paintings, sketches, and other works from renowned national and international flamenco artists such as Candy Román, Ari Alexis Patacuás, Juan Herrera, and Shin Yamasawa.
Lively and captivating Flamenco show and Spanish cuisine
During your visit, enjoy a flamenco show accompanied by a dinner comprised of traditional Spanish dishes. The approximately hour-long performance includes guitarists, singers and dancers, as well as a featured artist which changes every fifteen days. Some of the performers who have been featured include Ángel Gabarre, Montse Cortés, Juan Soto, Arcadio Marín, José Antonio Suárez (El Canito), Ana Romero, and more. At the conclusion of this lively and captivating evening, transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight in a Dreamer Room at the Hotel Hospes - Madrid.
DAY TWO - Madrid/Toledo
Breakfast at the hotel, a scenic drive to Toledo and a sightseeing tour of her main monuments
After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Toledo. Upon arrival, take a guided sightseeing tour of the main monuments of this charming city.
Santo Tomé Church
Your first stop is at the Santo Tomé Church, with its 14th-century Mudéjar Tower and famous El Greco painting, the Burial of Count Orgaz, which is exhibited in a special room. Leaving the Santo Tomé Church, head to the Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue.
Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue
This Mudéjar construction was built in 1180, and has five naves separated by pillars supporting horseshoe arches. In the 15th century, the synagogue was converted into a church, although today it is simply a monument that is open to visitors. It features a coffered wooden ceiling, Plateresque altars and an altarpiece created by the school of Berruguete.
San Juan de Dios Monastery
Continue on to the San Juan de Dios Monastery. This monastery was sponsored by the Catholic Monarchs to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Toro (1476), which pitted Castilian-Aragonese troops against King Alfonso V of Portugal and Juana la Beltraneja. San Juan de Dios thus became a building of great symbolic value for Ferdinand and Isabella.
The Transito Synagogue is one of the most important examples of Spanish-Jewish art. Inside, visit the Sephardic Museum, which has important traces of Jewish culture. It is noteworthy that this building was constructed between 1355 and 1357, as a private chapel of the palace.
Lunch at a local restaurant in Toledo, and free time at your hotel
Next, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant in Toledo. After lunch, transfer back to your hotel in Madrid, with some free time at your leisure.
Fun-filled, interactive paella and sangria workshop
Later, head to a fun-filled, interactive paella and sangria workshop, during which dishes are prepared by couples under the guidance of the experienced chef. First, learn how to prepare sangria, a festive and fruity alcoholic beverage, and 'gazpacho', a refreshing, tomato-based soup, then begin cooking the paella.
History of paella
From its humble beginnings, paella evolved from a simple rice dish into a feast of rice with mixed meat and seafood. Traditionally it is cooked and eaten in an open-air setting, and served to a large group at family gatherings or fiestas. However, paella is not exclusive to experienced Spanish cooks or restaurants; you can make paella at home and this class shows you how. During the preparation of the paella, your chef recounts the origins of this typical Spanish dish and its place in Spanish culture, and handy tips to help you make paella you can be proud of.
Paella and sangria dinner, and a transfer back to the hotel
Your paella class is approximately three hours long; two hours for preparing your gazpacho and cooking the paella, and one hour to enjoy a dinner consisting of the sangria and meal you have helped to prepare. At the conclusion of your visit, transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight in a Dreamer Room at the Hotel Hospes - Madrid.
DAY THREE - Madrid/Malaga
Breakfast, check-out and a comfortable, high-speed train-ride from Madrid to Malaga
After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, transfer to the train station for your scenic and comfortable, approximately 2.5-hour, high-speed train-ride to Malaga.
Malaga City sightseeing drive, Alcazaba Palace, Gibralfaro Castle, Roman Theatre
Upon arrival, take a panoramic sightseeing drive through the city. Malaga is located in the centre of the Costa del Sol. Many ancient civilizations have left their marks, which are preserved in Malaga's rich archaeological remains and fascinating monuments. Marvel at the beautiful architecture of the historic, 11th-century Alcazaba Palace, originally built as a residence for ancient caliphs or kings. From here, pass by the 14th-century Gibralfaro Castle, built on an old Phoenician enclosure in Granada City, and ruins of the former Roman Theatre, located at the foot of the Hill of the Fortress.
Lunch at a local restaurant, and free time for independent shopping and exploration
Following your sightseeing drive, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant in Malaga City. After lunch, some free time is made available for independent shopping and exploration.
Transfer to the port of Malaga, and your ship
At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and transfer to the port of Malaga. Upon arrival, embark the ship.
Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and board/de-board the high-speed train, and many steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a sweater or light jacket, raingear, and a camera from the ship. Proper attire is required to enter the churches; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.