Guided 7-Day Bilbao and Basque Country Tour from Bilbao

Bilbao and Basque Country Guided 7-Day Tour from Bilbao

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What You'll Do
  • Tour the Basque Country on a week-long experience of cultural immersion
  • Go on a comprehensive city tour of Bilbao, the capital of the Basque Country
  • Explore the Basque coast with trips to fishing villages and beaches
  • See the medieval old towns in Vitoria and Rioja
  • Visit the Sanctuary of Loyola and the Sanctuary of Arantzazu
  • Enjoy a personalized itinerary with your choice of lodging and food
Tour the Basque Country on a 7-day trip throughout the area. Enjoy 3-star or 4-star accommodation in Bilbao, and take part in planned excursions to the coast and to inland spots. Learn about the Basque culture as you visit important historical sites.
What to Expect
Explore the Basque Country on a week-long journey to the sites of historical and cultural importance. Using Bilbao as your base, enjoy half-day and full-day excursions to surrounding cities and towns. Travel along the coast to see fishing villages, old ports, and picturesque beaches. Spend time inland visiting mountains, wineries, and remote villages. Select 3-star or 4-star accommodation and choose from various meal plans which provide either some or all of your food.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Bilbao

After arriving in Bilbao, transfer to your hotel. Receive your dossier with information about the Basque Country and the program. Depending upon your time of arrival, there will be free time for exploring on your own. Lodging at the hotel in Bilbao.

Day 2: Urdaibai – Bermeo – Gernika - Bilbao

Breakfast, Depart for the coast on a half-day excursion, heading along the right bank of the river and by the industrial towns of Barakaldo, Sestao, and Portugalete. Travel past the famous Transporter Bridge of Biscay, through the imposing Castle of Butron, and to the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Visit Mungia, the fishing village of Bermeo, Mundaka and the Urdaibai Reserve of Biosphere, and Gernika.

Return to Bilbao and free time for lunch (your guide will recommend you the best options). Later, walking tour of Bilbao, visiting the old quarter and seeing the main squares, churches, and more. Lodging at the hotel.

Day 3: Biarritz – San Sebastian

Breakfast. Travel to Biarritz and tour the old port, the Virgin on the Rock, and the Beach of Kings. Continue along the coast to Saint Jean De Luz, and then stop in Hondarribia where you have some free time for lunch (your guide will recommend the bets options). In the afternoon, you will arrive in San Sebastian, for a panoramic tour of the city’s mountain and historical quarter, followed by free time. Then return back to Bilbao and accommodation.

Day 4: Vitoria – Rioja

Breakfast. Travel to Vitoria for a tour of the city and the best preserved Old Town in the Basque Country. Then follow the route toward the wine region, passing by Labastida, to arrive in the medieval village of Laguardia. Enjoy a walking tour and a visit to a traditional Rioja winery. By mid-afternoon you will return back to Bilbao by way of Elciego, where you will see the magnificent architectural work of Frank Gehry at the Marques de Riscal Winery. Accommodation in Bilbao.

Day 5: Sanctuary of Loyola – Getaria – Zarautz – San Sebastian Breakfast. Make your way to the Sanctuary of Loyola, then visit Getaria, a charming fishing village and the birthplace of Juan Sebastian Elcano. See Zarautz, home to the longest beach in Basque Country. Then go to San Sebastian for a city tour, followed by a walking tour in the historic center, before returning to Bilbao in the afternoon.

Day 6: Elorrio – Oñati – Sanctuary of Arantzazu

Breakfast. Spend the day exploring the traditional inner Basque Country. Head toward Durango, located near Gorbea Natural Parka and Urkiola Natural Park. Stop in Elorrio, an area characterized by the abundance and slenderness of its palaces and manor houses of stone and carved stonework. Continue to Oñati, home to the oldest university in the Basque Country. Travel up a road between cliffs to reach the Sanctuary of Arantzazu, where you can tour the grounds and enjoy the view, before returning to Bilbao in the afternoon.

Day 7: Bilbao

Breakfast. Enjoy free time in the city until it’s time to transfer to the airport, train station, or bus station.
What's Included
  • Transfers at beginning and end of tour
  • Transport and guide during the tour
  • Lodging and breakfasts included in tour price
  • Dossier with extensive documentation (information, maps, fact sheet, daily activities, etc.)
  • Insurance
  • Local taxes and fees
What's Not Included
  • Lunch and dinners not included in the program
  • Anything not specified
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Porter services
Meeting Point

The supplier will waiting for you at the arrivals gate of the Bilbao Airport, bus station, or train station to take you to your hotel.

What to Remember
Child Policy:
• Children under 2 years old are free. The customer must pay the cost of the crib or roll-away bed, or other services required for the child, directly to the hotel. The customer is also responsible for the extra cost of lunches on full-day excursions.

• From 2-11 years, there is a 40% discount on the basis of double price. The child must be accompanied by 2 adults in the same room.

The meals listed in the itinerary will vary depending upon what option you select.

Order of Excursions:
The order of the excursions could vary and will be confirmed at the arrival, with information included in the details of the welcome dossier.

The type of transport can vary depending on the number of clients for the selected dates and tour. It could be a minivan with a driver guide, or a minibus, or a regular bus.

The hotel category is guaranteed. The actual hotel information will be provided upon confirmation.

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