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Valencia and Costa Blanca
8 Days - By Air

Price from £789.00 per person*
Departs 7th Jun 2017

Single person supplement : £300.00 per person

Please see Includes tab for flight times

For a high–season break you really can't go wrong with this much–loved favourite, Spain's 'Levante', an area rich with warm sunlight and turquoise ocean, boulevards of palm trees and thousand year–old Moorish architecture. It's a region famous for almonds and oranges, for rice dishes and wine, soaring sierras and sleepy villages full of whitewashed little houses festooned with flower pots. We'll take you on guided tours of the best the Levante has to offer, from Guadalest and Calpe to Valencia and a mountain expedition to find the world's greatest paella.

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return flight from your chosen airport to Alicante
  • Return transfers from the airport to the hotel
  • Seven nights stay at the 4 star Cap Negret Hotel, Altea with buffet dinner and breakfast
  • Walking tour of Altea
  • Half–day excursion to Guadalest
  • Full–day excursion to Valencia with half–day official guided tour
  • Excursion to Marina Alta, Calpe and Valle de Jalon, with paella in Tarbena
  • One piece of hold luggage (an allowance of at least 20kgs per person, to be confirmed on receipt of itinerary)
  • One piece of hand luggage
  • All airport taxes and security charges and the Government charge on air travel (APD)
  • VAT at 20%

* Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £200pp for the break.

Please note that this tour involves some walking and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility.


Flights ↔ Alicante
AirportOutboundReturnAirline
Belfast Int16:40 / 20:3521:10 / 23:10Ryanair
Birmingham06:40 / 10:2011:05 / 12:55Jet2
Bournemouth17:30 / 21:0021:35 / 23:00Ryanair
Bristol10:05 / 13:3514:10 / 15:45easyJet
East Midlands06:40 / 10:2511:10 / 13:05Jet2
Edinburgh16:55 / 21:0521:40 / 23:55Ryanair
Exeter18:25 / 21:5022:30 / 00:01Flybe
Gatwick07:40 / 11:1012:00 / 13:40Monarch
Glasgow09:25 / 13:3014:05 / 16:15easyJet
Leeds Bradford09:00 / 12:5513:55 / 15:55Jet2
Liverpool06:55 / 10:4011:15 / 13:05Ryanair
Luton07:35 / 11:2012:10 / 13:55Monarch
Manchester07:15 / 11:0511:40 / 13:35easyJet
Newcastle06:30 / 10:3511:20 / 13:25Jet2
Stansted06:35 / 10:1510:50 / 12:35Ryanair
Belfast Int16:40 / 20:3521:10 / 23:10Ryanair
These flight times are correct at the time of publishing but may not be available on all dates and are subject to change without notice

Wednesday Make your way to your chosen airport for the flight to Alicante, where on arrival we will transfer you to the 4 star Cap Negret Hotel, Altea for check in and free time before dinner and the first of seven nights stay (dinner may be a cold platter for late arrivals).

Thursday After breakfast feel free to join the tour manager for a walking tour of Altea (1 hour approx), known for its good beaches and its maze of narrow cobbled streets packed with museums, art galleries, jewellery boutiques and handicraft shops. It's only about a mile to the centre of the old town, but we'll be ambling quite slowly with plenty of stops for explanations and interesting sites. The last part is a bit steeper so we'll be going at an even more leisurely gait. After the tour you can either return to the hotel with the guide, or if you like, stay in the old town for a spot of lunch and stroll back later (or take one of the cheap buses or taxis back). The rest of the day is at leisure until dinner.

Friday Guadalest
After breakfast we drive up into the high sierras to the cool, clean air of Guadalest, set among fields of olive and almond trees and overlooking a large dam–lake fringed by 4,000 ft granite mountains. This ancient Moorish fortress town is now officially a 'Monument of Historical and Artistic Value' and is armed to the teeth with bizarre museums for torture instruments, miniatures (Picasso's Guernica painted on a seed, the Statue of Liberty in the eye of a needle...), micro–giants (tiny, scantily–clad carved figures only visible through magnifying glasses), motorcycles, dolls houses and even a collection of 20,000 salt and pepper shakers. If all that's not enough, you can also visit the castle, the dungeons, the baroque church and the nobles' houses.

Saturday Valencia
Today's full–day excursion takes us to Valencia. Famous abroad for orange juice, famous at home as the birthplace of paella, Valencia is also one of Spain's largest historic centres, full of gardens and parks and with an incomparable heritage of ancient monuments including the Cathedral, the medieval Serrano Towers and the Gothic Llotja de la Seda (Silk Exchange). While Saxon England was still struggling to come to terms with its new Norman overlords, Spain was already in the grip of an epic 400 year war between Moslems and Christians, and Valencia was the scene of huge battles fought by the legendary Christian warlord El Cid (played heroically in 1961 by Charlton Heston complete with broadsword, clanking armour and pouting Sophia Loren). Later on, Valencia became the capital of the Crown of Aragon (as in Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine of ...) and thus one of Spain's richest and most influential cities. It was Valencian bankers who put up the money for a dubious open–ended ocean excursion by one C. Columbus.

We enjoy a coach tour of the city taking in sights such as the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of the Arts and Science), the Palau de la Musical (the Music Palace), the Bullring and the Town Hall.Then there will be free time in the centre to walk through the old town, pausing to admire the covered art deco market and the Lonja (Silk or Merchants Guild), an excellent example of Gothic civil architecture. There are lots of places to stop for lunch, and afterwards you might choose to explore the cathedral and the Basilica, or pay a proper visit to the City of Arts and Sciences, an outstanding complex of modern buildings by Spain's Damien Hirst of architecture, Valencia's own Santiago Calatrava. Here you can find the Oceanographic, with the largest aquarium in Europe, the Hemisfèric, with the largest digital projector screen in Europe (900 m2) and the Principe Felipe Science Museum, a truly knock–out experience and one of the most visited destinations in the country. We return to the hotel in time for dinner.

Sunday If you're looking for an out–of–town adventure, you could take the tram to Benidorm in the south. There are lots of interesting places in the area, including the Cactus Garden Dinosaur Park (adult entry €15) or the Fonts del Algar Waterfalls (€4). The Llorente No 18 bus from Benidorm stops at both of these. To the north of Altea the tram takes you to Denia, which has a lovely marina, great beaches, a ruined castle and attractive old town. Montgo Nature Park is also close by and is wonderful for walking.

Monday Marina Alta, Valle de Jalon & Tarbena
On today's excursion we head north along the coast road into the Marina Alta region, stopping at historic Calpe for a stroll around the port and fish market, and a view of the gigantic limestone outcrop Peñon de Ifach, a 1000ft high rock and national park vaguely reminiscent of Gibraltar, and a postcard symbol of the Costa Blanca. From here we go inland through the Valle de Jalon and the western hills to Tarbena, a sleepy little village and the perfect place for our lunch stop to sample the region's famed speciality, paella. Afterwards we'll wend down the winding roads via the scenic route through the mountains back to the hotel, arriving at about 3.30pm.

Tuesday Today is at leisure, and as it happens, Tuesday is market day in Altea, so it's the perfect time to go souvenir–shopping!

Wednesday Breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight home

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

Hotel Cap Negret, Altea
Great 4 star hotel next to the beach, with pool, restaurant, reading room and free Wi-Fi...
 

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