Food & Culture
Itinerary is available year round
You can also combine your trip with one of Valencia's many unique events:
Music: Festival de les Arts (June 5, 2020), Big Sound Festival (July 10, 2020)
Festival: La Tomatina (Aug 26, 2020)
Art: Valencia Manga Fair (Nov 28, 2020)
Marathon: Valencia Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP (Dec 6, 2020)
Fútbol: Valencia CF match (see schedule)
Jewish Holidays: Conservative Synagogue La Javurá (founded 1998)
Academic conferences: (see schedule)
Please also contact us for customized programs
Day 1 - Arrive
Arrive to Valencia, check-in to hotel, relax and adjust to jet lag. In the evening we will enjoy a Tapas dinner in the historic center of town.
Day 2 - Sightseeing
Today we will visit all the beautiful sites of Valencia, including: Torres de Serrano, La Lonja de la Seda, Cathedral, El Miguelete, Plaza de la Reina, Town Hall, as well as the City of Arts and Science. In the afternoon we will take a break to enjoy a horchata at Horchatería Santa Catalina. For the last 100 years, Santa Catalina has been the best place for horchata, churros, fartons, and hot chocolate in Valencia.
Day 3 - Culinary Class & Albufera
We will spend the morning with a real Valencian chef learning how to prepare the perfect Spanish tortilla (potato & onion omelet), how to carve an authentic Iberian ham like a professional, the secret to preparing sangría using only natural ingredients, and finally enjoy a tasting of a variety of the most delicious Spanish cheeses. For lunch we will travel to Albufera – the birthplace of the Paella followed by a boat ride through the rice paddies. You will have the opportunity to see for yourself where the medium-short grained paella rice is cultivated.
In the evening you will participate in a language class and learn the critical phrases needed to shop at the market or order at a local restaurant in both Spanish and Valencian.
Day 4 - Culinary Class & Central Market
We will spend the day again with a real Valencian Chef, but this time learning how to cook an authentic paella. You will have the choice of cooking the traditional Valencian paella, a Seafood paella or a Vegetarian paella. FIRST, you must go shopping! There is no better place to buy the ingredients than at the Mercado Central, which has the highest variety, quality and freshest products in Valencia. GET READY now the real experience begins in the kitchen. You will put on your Chef outfit and together with the staff prepare all the ingredients you just bought to have them on hand for cooking. Now you only have to pay attention, follow the Chef’s guidance and not lose track of the process. Lastly, ENJOY the finished and delicious paella. You will eat straight from the pan, as the Valencian tradition demands.
Day 5 - Javea
We will spend the day away from Valencia City at the tranquil beach town of Javea located on the Costa Blanca between Valencia and Alicante. We will explore the beautiful sand and rock beaches, the port, the historic old town, the 14th century old windmills and lighthouse with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. We will take a break for lunch at Restaurante Casa Salvador, a well-known family-run restaurant that offers some of the finest, traditional Valencian cooking with fantastic views.
Day 6 - Polytechnic & Serra
In the morning we will go to the Polytechnic University of Valencia to learn about the Science of Spanish Cooking from an expert in the field. In the afternoon we will travel to the historic village of Serra for our farewell celebration. We will explore the village, enjoy the peacefulness of the countryside and eat lunch at a traditional local restaurant. Serra is a quaint cobble stoned village nestled in the mountains with narrow roads and a single panaderia (bakery), carniceria (butcher) and pescaderia (fish market).
Day 7 - Lladro
In the morning we will visit the workshop of Lladro, the world renowned producer of porcelain figurines. The experience includes a tour of the handcrafted process used to create their pieces.
In the afternoon the program has come to an end and it is time for your flight home or to participate in an optional extension.