Retrace the region's turbulent and fascinating history in the frequently conquered village of Sagunto and then in bustling Valencia, which was founded as a Roman colony in 138 B.C.
Depart from the pier and enjoy a scenic drive northeast to Sagunto, an ancient village founded by the Greeks and captured by both the Carthaginians under Hannibal and the Romans, who battled over it during the Second Punic War. Evidence of Sagunto's many conquerors still remains and history abounds wherever you look.
On your walking tour of the village, you'll wander through the narrow alleyways of the well-preserved Jewish Quarter, passing its whitewashed houses and through several stone lancet arches. You'll also visit a National Monument: a 6,000-seat Roman forum overlooking the sea. Further up on an adjoining hill lies a second National Monument, a castle complex whose buildings reflect numerous architectural styles. Divided into seven squares, the castle perches on a natural lookout point and contains an ancient cistern with nine pillars built during an Arab occupation. Feel free to explore the castle complex on your own during some free time.
Then, returning to Valencia, you'll stop briefly for photos at the City of Arts and Sciences, a wonderful cultural hub that includes a planetarium, science museum, open-air oceanographic park and stunning performing arts center. In contrast to this modern landmark, you'll also see Valencia's medieval Cathedral, built on a site El Cid dedicated to the blessed Virgin, and the Central Market, which incredibly has occupied the same location since the 13th century. A hearty traditional lunch follows before your return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of walking, that includes negotiating cobblestone surfaces and significant inclines in Sagunto, which is situated on hilly terrain. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.