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Bilbao: 3-Hour Guided Highlights Small Group Bike Tour

1. Bilbao: 3-Hour Guided Highlights Small Group Bike Tour

Explore Bilbao by bike like a local, on an easy 3-hour tour of all the city’s main sights, accompanied by a knowledgable guide who will tell you the history of the fascinating city and its old and new attractions. Departing from the central Calle de Villarias, follow your guide along bike lanes and pedestrianized streets to avoid the busy traffic. Follow the course of the river to learn why it was essential to the development of the city. Encompassing contemporary and historic sites, the tour will stop at the dramatic Guggenheim Museum, which opened on the banks of the Nervión River and was designed by the architect Frank Gehry in the 1990s. Marvel at the Euskalduna Conference Centre, built on the site of the old shipyards, and see the new San Mamés football stadium. Explore historic Bilbao at sites such as the Neo-baroque Teatro Arriaga. Cycle the narrow streets and wide plazas of the Casco Viejo (Old Town), and discover the site of the old city walls by the San Antón Bridge, linking Bilbao La Vieja and Casco Viejo.

Bilbao: Old Quarter Walking Guided Tour

2. Bilbao: Old Quarter Walking Guided Tour

Over 500 years of history will be explored on this walking tour. From the Cathedral of Santiago, Plaza Nueva, the Church of St. Anton and the ruins on which it stands, to the Mercado de la Ribera. This is where the town was born, this is where the port was, and from where the city opened to the world - serving as a bridge between northern Europe and the Hispanic kingdoms. You'll be guided by your professional tour guide in a small group. Learn the history that took place in the streets that Miguel de Unamuno once walked through. Your guide will also take you on a traditional “txikiteo” or “poteo” (bar crawl) to the area's most iconic bars.

Bilbao: Guided Tour of the Arriaga Theater

3. Bilbao: Guided Tour of the Arriaga Theater

Discover Bilbao's beating heart at the Arriaga Theater, a cultural icon of the city standing at the entrance of the Old Town. Look beyond the neo-baroque exterior that can be seen by anyone passing by and take a peek inside on a guided tour. During your tour, appreciate the interior of a building built in 1890 and designated as a historical monument. Hear interesting stories befitting the theater's 125-year history from your English-speaking guide. The tour begins in the hall and foyer, taking you to facilities that are usually closed to the public during shows, such as “The Orient Express” or “Isabella” rooms. You'll also see the Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga Staircase, the opera and zarzuela costume collection, the royal box, and, of course, the stunning stalls and auditorium.

Bilbao: Guided Txacoli Wine Tasting

4. Bilbao: Guided Txacoli Wine Tasting

Discover Txacoli wine on a guided cellar tour and tasting session departing from Bilbao. Explore a century-old cellar and learn more about viticulture in the Basque Country, with a selection of delicious local food products for lunch. Travel to the farmhouse located outside the city. Take a guided tour of the winery and learn about the rich wine tradition of the region, specifically the tradition of Txakoli wine. Learn about the process of making Txakoli with soft, young, fruity flavor characteristic of the region. Hear about the important place this wine has in local culture and regional history. The visit ends on the terrace of the winery, where you can admire impressive views of the vineyards and the slopes of the valley. Then, enjoy a glass of fresh Txakoli, with snacks of typical products from the area. After your tour and tasting, return to central Bilbao.

Bilbao: Personalized Guided Tour With a Local

5. Bilbao: Personalized Guided Tour With a Local

Create your dream tour of Bilbao with this customizable guided tour. Pick and choose the sights and attractions that interest you most and avoid wasting time on an organized tour. Choose a timeframe that suits your requirements. With 2,3,4 or 6-hour options available, there's a tour option for every group. Immerse yourself in Bilbao's renowned culture, gastronomy and way of life with a local guide who will show you the best places to shop, eat and explore.  For food lovers, visit the Ribera Market or go for a stroll through the restaurants and cafés of the Old Town. To discover the city's history, head to the imposing Guggenheim Museum or Santiago Cathedral. If you prefer to spend the day in nature, choose to visit the Bilbao estuary. Culture lovers will delight at the Arriaga Theater and Azkuna Zentroa. Whatever you're into, find it in Bilbao.

Bilbao: Cable Car Ride and Pintxos Tour

6. Bilbao: Cable Car Ride and Pintxos Tour

Explore Bilbao on this private half-day tour of the city. Begin by riding the Artxanda Funicular Railway, a cable that leaves every 15 minutes and travels up 770 meters in three minutes. At the top, take in beautiful panoramic views of Bilbao. After enjoying the unique view, return to the city center and begin the pintxos part of the tour. Start at the Arriaga Theater, an icon of times gone by. Discover highlights of the area while sampling pintxos, the soul of Basque cuisine. Continue to stroll through “Casco Viejo” (or Old Town), which is fondly known by its "Seven Streets." Pass by Santiago Cathedral and Plaza Mayor, the former site of the city council, and finish off the day by eating and drinking like a local.

From San Sebastian: Bilbao Tour with Guggenheim Museum

7. From San Sebastian: Bilbao Tour with Guggenheim Museum

Enjoy a perfect morning in Bilbao city, the economical capital of the Basque Country, in a small-group tour to avoid the crowds. You will receive an accurate view of this historic city guided by a local guide, who will explain all you need to know, from history to gastronomy and other details. Your tour begins with pick-up in your hotel. After driving for about an hour, you will arrive to Bilbao and go sightseeing, where your tour guide will explain to you all the details and history of the biggest city of the Basque country. You will see the Ria de Bilbao, the Casco Viejo area with the 7 streets, the Arriaga Theater and many more. Later you will enjoy the modern art at the Guggenheim Bilbao museum, where the building itself is pure art (total time located for museum visit is around 2-3 hours). Following this, you will head back to San Sebastian where your guide will drop you off at your hotel or any other place of your convenience, and you still have the afternoon to spend in town. This is a half-day trip perfect for art lovers or anyone who wants to expand their knowledge about the Basque Country history.

Bilbao : Private Walking Tour

8. Bilbao : Private Walking Tour

Go on this private tour for 2 or 4 hours and explore Bilbao with a local guide. The whole itinerary might vary as it depends on the rhythm of the group and the priorities that are set before the tour. The tour starts at the Old Town, the founding nucleus of the Villa de Bilbao. Among other places, you will see the Arenal promenade where the Arriaga Theater is located. Pass by the Church of San Nicolás, the Concordía station, and the imposing building of the Bilbaina Society.  Stroll through the Old Town and pass by the famous Plaza Nueva and Plaza de Miguel de Unamuno. Walk around the area of the seven streets and stroll along the Cathedral of Santiago.  If you choose the 4-hour tour, it is possible to go into the city center, La Gran Via, El Ensanche, Moyúa square, Doña Casilda Park, the Alhóndiga, or the Azkuna Center. Marvel at the imposing building that houses the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao built by the famous architect Frank Gehry.

From Logroño: Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Small-Group Tour

9. From Logroño: Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Small-Group Tour

Begin the tour with pick up from your hotel in Logroño. Then, board a comfortable vehicle and set off towards the historic city of Bilbao, the economic powerhouse of the Basque Country. Enjoy a small-group tour for a more intimate experience.  When you arrive in the city, set off on a guided walking tour to get acquainted with the city's historic past. Starting from Arriaga Theater, follow your guide to Ribiera Market along the Bilbao estuary. As you stroll, learn all about Bilbao's historical importance in the Basque Industrial revolution. See many of the main sights in the Old Town and downtown, listening to the informative commentary from your guide. After that, head over to the spectacular Guggenheim Museum to discover world-class modern art exhibits and architecture. Spend some time exploring the collections with your entrance ticket included in the tour price. Finally, return to the vehicle where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

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What people are saying about Arriaga Theater

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 159 reviews

Yuan made the bike tour very informative, entertaining and varied. We learned a lot about the culture of the Basque country, about Bilbao, its history and background. He drove very carefully, so that the tour was always safe despite many walkers. That was great! We can only recommend!

Very nice guide, Rianne, who was able to tell extensively. You can indicate yourself what you are interested in, so a tailor-made tour.

The perfect guide. It is not easy to take such a large group and make it enjoyable. Very well. Perfect command of the language.

Great guide, lots of local facts and stories that you would ever pick up on your own.

Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their city. was fun