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Panoramic City Tour of Valencia with Paella Cooking Class

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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 9 more
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Overview

Get a taste for the sights and food of Valencia during this full-day excursion combining a paella cooking class with a city sightseeing tour. Shop for ingredients and learn the techniques necessary to make ‘paella,’ one of Valencia’s most famous dishes, during a cooking session and lunch. Then spend the second half of the day exploring the city on a flexible, 24-hour hop-on hop-off city bus trip.
  • Learn to cook paella and see Valencia during this combination cooking class and sightseeing bus trip
  • Shop for paella ingredients at Valencia's Central Market
  • Practice the cooking techniques necessary to make this famous Valencia dish
  • Get special cooking pointers from an expert chef
  • Take a panoramic city tour aboard a hop-on hop-off bus with a 24-hour ticket
  • Great introduction to Valencia's food, culture, and history
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Guided visit to the Ruzafa Market.
3:30-hour paella course with an expert chef
Tapas tasting with sangria
Lunch (complete full menu): Salad, your paella, dessert, sweet, mistela, coffee, beverages.
Panoramic City Tour by Bus. Ticket valid over 24 hr.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Sant Valero , Carrer del Pare Perera, 6, 46006 València, Valencia, Spain

Market visit / class: Stairs of San Valero church (Ruzafa neighborhood). Bus tour: You can board the Bus at any time and any bus stops, over 24 hours. The bus stop nearest to the school of Paellas is “Museo Fallero” (fallas museum).

11:00 AM
Bullring of Valencia , C/ de Xàtiva, 28, 46004 València, Valencia, Spain
Begin your trip at Valencia’s ‘School of Paellas,’ picking between both morning or evening start times. Kick off the day by heading to Valencia’s Central Market, where you pick up fresh ingredients for your cooking session.

Back at the cooking school, learn all the necessary steps and techniques behind this iconic Valencia dish from your expert chef instructor. You also gain new insight into the history behind this most famous of local cuisines. When you finish the preparation of your own paella, grab a seat to enjoy your food with other class participants, accompanied by an included glass of local wine, homemade beer, Valencian tomatoes, and Spanish-style omelet. Before concluding your cooking experience, receive a ‘Expert Paella Chef’ certificate recognizing your new abilities.

Begin the second half of your day (or the first half if you've chosen the evening paella class) with a flexible ‘Panoramic City Tour’ aboard a hop-on hop-off bus. The trip offers audio in several different languages, and you’re free to get on and off at any stop you wish. Two different options, including the ‘Maritime’ and ‘Historical’ route, offer the chance to explore different sides of the city.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ruzafa Market (Mercado de Ruzafa)
Meet your guide in the San Valero church to begin your guided visit to the renowned Ruzafa Market. You’ll buy all ingredients for the paella class while experience the real atmosphere of a local neighborhood market and learn about products used in the paella elaboration.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Barrio de Ruzafa
As you stroll the Ruzafa neighborhood towards the paella's school the guide will explain you the history of this district and the transformation it has undergone in recent decades to become a fashionable area in Valencia. Once arrived to the kitchen, your paella master will explain step by step how to prepare a genuine Valencian paella yourself. He will also talk about its history and many other interesting details. During the paella class, you will savor many delicious Spanish tapas, with sangria and soft drinks. Finally, the time to delight in a great Valencian menu has arrived. Starters, your paella as main course, dessert and then some typical cakes with Mistela wine and coffee. You will never forget this great experience, in the land of paella dish.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Valencia Bus Turistic
After the paella class, discover the old and modern city aboard a panoramic bus, that offers a 120 minutes route with 17 stops, Audio-guide in 9 languages and several departures throughout the day, from 10am to 8pm. You can hop on-hop off as many times as you want, over 24 hr. The bus stops are: Quart Towers, IVAM (Modern Art Valencian museum), Serranos Towers, Fine Arts Museum San Pío V, Dama Ibérica, Bioparc, Valencia History Museum, City Hall, Bullring, North Station, Fallas Museum, City of Arts and Sciences, Oceanogràfic, Port of Valencia, Marina Real (leissure port), Veles e Vents building, Las Arenas beach.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Both activities should be done on the same day. You must go on your own.
  • Paella class conducted in Spanish and English
  • The nearest bus stop from the paella's school is “Museo Fallero” (Fallas museum), 650 meters walking).
  • You can hop on/ hop off the bus at any of the 17 stops, as many times as you want, over 24 hours. Frequency: every 30 minutes approx. From 10am to 8pm.
  • City tour by bus includes an audio guide in 9 languages.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 7 years are not allowed.
  • Advice about any dietary restriction at time of booking.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY La mar de cerca. Tours in Spain.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Panoramic City Tour of Valencia with Paella Cooking Class?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Panoramic City Tour of Valencia with Paella Cooking Class?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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This was really a spectacular...
Vuyolwethu N
, Dec 2017
This was really a spectacular experience and our highlight of Valencia. We were a group of 5 and this was far less than what they usually get and this about 15 and above students during peak tourist time. So i think going in November was great due to less tourists. This was amazing from the moment we went to shop for the ingredients for our chicken and rabbit Paella. They tell us what one can use in case the ingredients cannot be found in your own country. The moment we stepped inside the school, they told us not to worry about pictures for they will take them themselves and this they did from when we left to shop right until our Paellas were done. We were couples from South Africa and south side of Italy and one woman from Uruguay but we all did not feel left out in terms of what to do and understanding instructions. The chef spoke mostly Spanish but Mary I might be getting the name wrong whom we went shopping with was also our interpreter and did very well. When the cooking began, my goodness so much fun it was with every little step explained. We thought the only time we will eat was when our Paellas were ready but boy did food and lots of wine keep coming. This was to the point that when the Paellas were done, we were feeling a bit full. So mind how much you eat, as you don't want to spoil your appetite. Even after the Paellas there was dessert. The chef was so hilarious, he made us sing in Spanish and dance around the stove as we instruct our paella to cook well and be delicious! This was theee best experience at this school ever!!! They certify you unprofessionally afterwards and send your pictures just a couple of days later. This is highly highly recommended!
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This was a blast. The chef made it...
pcmays
, Nov 2016
This was a blast. The chef made it really fun -- I was with kids ages 12, 17, 19 and they all loved it. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone as it was one of the highlights of our trip.
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The Chef is lovely,we had a great...
vourceyre
, Oct 2016
The Chef is lovely,we had a great time and the Paella was delicious, we have already cooked one upon our return.
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This was a great experience! We...
Polly G
, Oct 2016
This was a great experience! We thoroughly enjoyed our upbeat cooking class. Don't miss the market shopping trip for supplies which adds significantly to the overall experience.
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Great Tour. Chef and staff were...
jab5298
, Sep 2016
Great Tour. Chef and staff were amazing. Best Paella I eating and also cooked in my entire life. The experience was so great that if I ever go back to Valencia I will only eat Paella there.
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The class exceeded our expectations...
Steven J
, Sep 2016
The class exceeded our expectations in every possible way. The trip to the market to purchase the ingredients not only provided much needed knowledge on what to look for and substitutions, but also provided a cultural education. The Chef and his assistant were amazing. We took this class with my mother-in-law who is from Colombia and has been making Paella longer than I've been alive 60 birthday was this year. She loved it and learned quite a few items!
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Great fun! Nacho led us to the...
David G
, Sep 2016
Great fun! Nacho led us to the market where we bought our fresh ingredients for the class. Then Chef Beni took into the kitchen where our group of 7 prepared three large pans of paella. Both men had a great sense of humor. The self-made, authentic paella was delicious and served with appetizer, wine and rice! dessert. We're both very happy with the experience.
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I found Escuela de Arroces y Paella...
Jennifer Z
, Aug 2016
I found Escuela de Arroces y Paella and was a bit on the fence at first because of a small number of reviews but I can tell you with all sincerity that this was one of the best gambles I made on my month-long vacation and I highly, highly recommend this course. I was offered by my hotel concierge to book a paella course that was less than half the price but something in me didn't feel as confident about the one he was describing so I instead booked this class which came with the panoramic city tour and the only regret I have is that I made it for my last day in Valencia rather than my first. The school is situated very close to Placa de la Reina and, as other reviews stated, isn't super easy to find but Google Maps helps you out! The location of the school kitchen and associated restaurant are beautifully stylish, clean, and elegant. Even if I had not taken a cooking class there, I would have paid to eat there! Chef Jaime doesn't speak any English but it didn't end up being any problem at all because there was a lovely sous chef who served as my translator, and it made my experience more authentic! We learned great tips and techniques and the end result was absolutely amazing. I had a wonderful experience and would do it again!
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This is one of the greatest...
Spencer K
, Jul 2016
This is one of the greatest experiences that my wife and I have ever had. Chef Beni is awesome and we would absolutely take the class again.
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This class was fantastic. We had a...
Leanne
, Jul 2016
This class was fantastic. We had a smaller group 6, did the market tour and then the class. The set up is great, the team gave us really interesting stories about the history of Paella and the cooking of it. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone wanting to learn to cook authentic Paella.

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