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From Bilbao: Basque Country 5-Day Guided Tour

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Duration
5 days
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What You'll Do
  • Explore the towns along the Basque coast, including Getxo, Mungia, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, and Mundaka
  • Discover the sights in the city of Bilbao, including the Plaza Nueva, the Cathedral of Santiago, Mercado de la Ribera, Theatre Arriaga, and the Arenal
  • Visit the old port and the Virgin on the Rock in Biarritz
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the old quarter in San Sebastian and admire the panoramic views of Igeldo Mountain
  • Explore Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital city of the Basque Country
  • Sample the local wine at some of the wineries in the Rioja wine region
Overview
Explore the beautiful Basque Country on this 5-day excursion from Bilbao. Journey along the stunning coast, sample the local wine in the Rioja wine region, and explore the sights in the cities of Bilbao, Biarritz, San Sebastian, and Vitoria-Gasteiz.
What to Expect
This 5-day tour takes you on a discovery of the beautiful Basque Country. With accommodation in Bilbao, you will explore the stunning Basque coast, visit some of the wineries in the Rioja wine region, admire the magnificent scenery of the countryside, and explore the sights in the cities of Bilbao, Biarritz, San Sebastian, and Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bilbao
Arrive at Bilbao Airport and transfer to the selected hotel in Bilbao. You will be provided with a full dossier with information about the Basque Country and the tour program. Depending on your time of arrival, you will have some free time to visit the sights in Bilbao and dinner (our guide will be able to recommend you the best options for it). Lodging at the hotel.

Day 2: Basque coast and Bilbao city tour
After breakfast you will start a half-day excursion to the Basque coast, heading along the right bank of the river to the industrial towns of Barakaldo, Sestao, and Portugalete. In Getxo you will reach the famous Transporter Bridge of Biscay, where you will stop for a short visit. You will then travel through the imposing Castle of Butron and the town of Mungia before heading towards the coast. You will reach San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a beautiful chapel clinging to a rock surrounded by the sea, and continue along the coast with magnificent views up to the fishing village of Bermeo, where you will stop for a walking tour. Later on, you will travel to Mundaka, where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Urdaibai Reserve of Biosphere. You will then visit the Assembly House and the famous tree in the town of Guernica before returning to the hotel in Bilbao. Free time for lunch (our guide will be able to recommend you the best options for you). In the afternoon, you will begin the city tour of Bilbao around the Plaza Nueva, the Cathedral of Santiago, the famous Mercado de la Ribera, the Theatre Arriaga, and the Arenal. At the end of the tour you will return back to the hotel. Free time to enjoy the city and for dinner (our guide will be able to recommend you the best options for it). Lodging at hotel.

Day 3: Biarritz and San Sebastian
After breakfast you will start a full-day excursion by following the highway eastward through stunning natural landscape. In Biarritz you will walk through the streets, and visit the old port and the Virgin on the Rock. Following the rough coastal road you will continue on to Saint Jean De Luz, a small village located on the French Basque coast. Here you can see the unique house of Louis XIV and the Church of Saint Jean Baptist, surrounded by the typical narrow streets. You will then travel by boat from Hendaya to Hondarribia, where you will have free time for lunch (our guide will be able to recommend you the best options for you). . In the afternoon you will arrive in San Sebastian, where you will begin a panoramic tour of the city with magnificent views up Igeldo Mountain, and enjoy a walking tour of the historical old quarter. You will return directly back to Bilbao in the evening, free time for dinner (our guide will be able to recommend you the best options for it) and lodging at the hotel.

Day 4: Vitoria-Gasteiz and Rioja wine region
After breakfast you will depart on a full-day excursion to Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Basque Country, and to the Rioja wine region. You will head directly to Vitoria-Gasteiz on the highway, where you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city and a short walking tour in the city center. You will then head towards the Rioja wine region, passing by Labastida and the medieval village of Laguardia. Enjoy a walking tour and visit a traditional Rioja winery, where you can taste the delicious wines, Free time for lunch (our guide will be able to recommend you the best options for you). . Returning to Bilbao in the mid-afternoon, you will pass through Elciego, where you can admire the magnificent architecture of Frank Gehry at the Marques de Riscal Winery. Free time for dinner (our guide will be able to recommend you the best options for you) and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Departure from Bilbao
After breakfast you can enjoy some free time in the city before transferring to the airport.
What's Included
  • Arrival/departure transfers from Bilbao Airport at the beginning and the end of the tour
  • Transport and guide on each excursion
  • Lodging and breakfasts included in tour price
  • Dossier with extensive documentation/information/maps /fact sheet about the daily activities etc.
  • Information and telephone assistance prior to travel
  • Insurance for the program
  • Use of highways at all possible stages of the tour
  • Information on shopping and typical products during the program
  • Local taxes and fees
What's Not Included
  • Extra services not included in the program
  • Lunch and dinners not included in the program
  • Tips, portage, and other services not included
Meeting Point

The driver will waiting for you at the arrivals gate of Bilbao Airport, Bilbao Bus Station, or Bilbao Train Station to take you at your hotel. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Child policy:
- Children under 2 years old travel for free: Customers will pay the amount for the crib or roll-away bed or other hotel services required directly to the hotel as well as the possible lunch expenses during the full day excursions.
- From 2-11 years: 40% discount on basis of double price. It will be always considered that the child will have to be accompanied by 2 adults in the same room, and this way will be able to enjoy the rest of the circuit services.

Order of excursions:
- The order of the excursions could vary and it will be confirmed at the arrival, included into the details of the welcome dossier.

Transportation:
- The type of transport can vary depending on the number of customers on the selected tour dates. It could be a minivan with a driver guide, a minibus, or a regular bus.

Accommodation:
- We guarantee the hotel category. The specific selection of the hotel in each case will be informed at the time of confirmation. All the hotels are very well located.

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