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Bilbao: 1- or 2-Hour Sightseeing Boat Tour

1. Bilbao: 1- or 2-Hour Sightseeing Boat Tour

Embark on a sailing tour through the heart of Bilbao. Get a new perspective of this beautiful city from the estuary. The boat has a capacity of 80 people and seating both outside and inside. On the one-hour tour, set off from the City Hall Bridge in Pio Baroja Square through the heart of the Villa. Head toward Zorrozaurre riverbank and finally to the entrance of the Deusto Canal. Conclude the tour where you began. On the two-hour route, begin from the same jetty in Pio Baroja Square. Cruise past Bilbao's most significant landmarks and buildings and then on a tour of the estuary to the Puente Bizkaia area.  Listen to an audioguide, available in Spanish, Basque, English, French, German, and Italian, to pick up insights into the particular route being sailed and the history of the city and its buildings, bridges, and other constructions.

Bilbao: San Sebastián & S. Juan de Gaztelugatxe Guided Tour

2. Bilbao: San Sebastián & S. Juan de Gaztelugatxe Guided Tour

Explore the Basque Country with a guided tour starting in San Sebastian around the old town to see San Vicente's Church and the Basilica of Santa María del Coro. Step back in time as you learn about the local history and visit important sites such as the Plaza Mayor, Plaza Gipuzkoa, and Town Hall.  Enjoy the atmosphere of San Sebastián as you stroll around Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Constitución. Arrive at the port, one of the most important places in the area. Learn about the fires that devastated a large part of the town. Get your camera ready for photos of La Concha Bay.  Walk around the Town Hall, one of the finest buildings in the city, until arriving in the Ensanche de San Sebastián. Visit the city's lungs, Plaza Gipuzkoa and Plaza Okendo, greenspaces that are surrounded by the Urumea River. After the guided tour is finished, you will have some free time to explore or purchase some of the typical pintxos, or small plates. The tour will end in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet that can only be accessed by a pedestrian path. Go on a panoramic tour of the area and discover the area’s dreamlike cliffs which were featured in the HBO series, Game of Thrones.

Bilbao: San Mamés Museum and Stadium Tour

3. Bilbao: San Mamés Museum and Stadium Tour

Access the Museum between gates 19 and 20 of the famous San Mamés stadium where the tour visit begins. Then experience a unique insight into the world of football at grass level. Live the experience of a real-life footballer as you run out onto the field from the tunnel, wander through the locker rooms, and imagine the buzz of excitement in the press room. Along with the stadium tour, visit the modern and innovative Athletic Club museum, home to a wide selection of fascinating football memorabilia. Explore the museum and marvel at its collection of 500 original football-related objects that have been collected over more than a century. See the past and present of the club come to life as you admire trophies, costumes, graphics and audiovisual material celebrating the Red and Whites. There’s plenty to see and do at the museum with 4 audiovisual productions, 13 interactive systems, 600 videos, an immersive video-wall, and a playroom equipped with entertainment for all ages.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

4. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Meet your guide outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to begin a guided tour of both the inside and the outside of the museum. Skip the ticket line and discover more about one of the foremost symbols of the city. Learn why Bilbao was chosen as the home for the stunning Frank Gehry-designed building, and discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum.  Then, get to know the most important works of the Guggenheim's permanent and rotating collections as you wander through its galleries, atrium, and terrace in the company of your guide. Admire its undulating, serpentine forms, among large-scale works of art that will surprise you due to the material used.

From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe, Gernika, and Mundaka Group Tour

5. From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe, Gernika, and Mundaka Group Tour

The estuary of the Urdaibai River has many attractions that can be enjoyed in a short trip from Bilbao. The hermitage of Gaztelugatxe, which was the set for Dragonstone in the Game of Thrones series, is a good starting point. Whilst there, enjoy the sea views in contrast to the towering nearby mountain. Take your time and climb up the 241 stairs which take you to the top of Gaztelugatxe, where you can ring the bell three times according to tradition. Following that, the coastal town of Mundaka allows you to see firsthand how old fishing traditions are still maintained in the present day. You then travel from Mundaka to reach Gernika, where rural and agricultural traditions are mixed with their varied histories. Gernika is an important reference town in Basque history, being home to the ancient tree where the medieval kings of Spain swore to respect local laws. It is also where the German bombing took place during the Spanish Civil War, destroying much of the city. At the conclusion of your experience, your driver returns you back to Bilbao.

From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour

6. From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour

A a trip to the amazing rock islet of Gaztelugatxe, located on the coast of Bizkaia just 35 kilometers from Bilbao city center. Arrive at the viewpoint and get 2 hours of free time to explore independently. Use the time to climb to the 10th-century hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, where you can touch the bell of the chapel three times and make a wish. Soak up the stunning views of the Bay of Biscay before traveling to Bermeo to take a walking tour of the charming fishing village. Continue to the historic town of Gernika, site of one of the first aerial bombings by Nazi Germany, and visit the Casa de Juntas (Assembly House) with the famous Tree of Guernica that symbolizes the traditional freedom of the people.

Bilbao: Basque Food Tour with Guide

7. Bilbao: Basque Food Tour with Guide

Join us on an unforgettable Bilbao pintxos tour that will take you on a culinary journey through the heart of the Basque Country. The Basque region is known for its exceptional cuisine, and pintxos are a unique part of that culinary tradition. These small, bite-sized dishes are typically served on a slice of bread and are often topped with seafood, cured meats, vegetables, and a variety of other flavorful ingredients. During our tour, you'll explore several neighborhoods of Bilbao and visit some of the city's most authentic pintxos bars and restaurants. Our knowledgeable guides will introduce you to the best places to try pintxos and will provide you with insider knowledge about the local food scene. You'll be able to taste a wide range of pintxos, each with its own distinct flavors and presentation. Our tour is not just about the food, however. It's also an opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Bilbao and the Basque Country. Our guides will share fascinating stories and insights into the local area, giving you a unique perspective on this incredible part of Spain. You'll gain a greater appreciation for the Basque people, their customs, and their way of life. In addition to pintxos, you'll also have the opportunity to sample local wines, which pair perfectly with the flavors of the Basque Country. Our guides will help you choose the right wine to complement your pintxos, and will provide you with insights into the wine-making process and the history of the region's vineyards. Our pintxos tour is a social experience, and you'll have the chance to meet other food lovers from around the world. It's a great way to make new friends and share your love of good food and drink. Our tour lasts for 3 hours, giving you plenty of time to savor the flavors of Bilbao's pintxos and to explore the city's vibrant atmosphere. Our guides will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience and that you leave with a full belly and a greater understanding of this remarkable region. In summary, our Bilbao pintxos tour is an exceptional opportunity to explore the best of Basque cuisine and culture. You'll taste the flavors of the region, learn about its history and customs, and make lasting memories with fellow food lovers. Join us on this unforgettable adventure and discover the magic of Bilbao's pintxos scene!

Bilbao: Pintxos and Wine Tasting Tour with Local Guide

8. Bilbao: Pintxos and Wine Tasting Tour with Local Guide

Our pintxo discovery experience begins with a briefing at our shop @TourneBilbao. We want you to understand the importance of food in how we relate to each other and the special little tricks to doing it like a local. The Ribera Market, the largest covered food market in Europe and where Michelin star bosses and ordinary citizens stock up on some of the best food the city has to offer Then it's time to dive into the old town and its hidden secrets, so our first stop would be one of the classic bars where the "txikiteros", the local wine drinkers, sing songs as they drink. If we are lucky, we have the option to share with them a wine and a classic aperitif discussing the traditions and symbols of the Basque Country. Next, we will go to the emblematic Plaza Nueva, to taste 2 pintxos and learn about the local Basque wine: Txakoli in one of its local bars. Once we have visited the old town, we will cross the river to enter the Ensanche, the economic center of the city. We will visit a very historic bar and we will have the opportunity to taste Rioja wines, as well as pintxos that mix the most advanced cuisine with the most traditional flavors of local products. Your tour ends here, where you will not only be filled with delicious pintxos, but also gain a new insight into the local culture and traditions. And most importantly, you will feel like an authentic Bilbaíno.

Bilbao: 3-Hour Guided Highlights Small Group Bike Tour

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

Explore Bilbao by bike like a local on a guided tour past all the city’s main sights like the magnificent Guggenheim Museum. Uncover the history of this fascinating city and learn about its stunning 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. Peddle by contemporary and historic sites and 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.  Learn the history of the narrow streets and wide plazas of the Casco Viejo (Old Town), and discover how the old city walls by the San Antón Bridge link Bilbao La Vieja and Casco Viejo.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Private Guided Visit

10. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Private Guided Visit

Enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Discover the temporary and permanent exhibitions in the museum during your 1.5 hour tour. Admire the work of artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Eduardo Chillida, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, and Fujiko Nakaya. Be greeted by a local guide at the entrance to the museum which is surrounded by promenades, parks, and recently-built squares. Since opening in 1997, the museum's acquisitions have focused on works from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. Uncover the main attractions is the ArcelorMittal gallery, which is a large space where eight works by sculptor Richard Serra are permanently displayed. Of the 24,000 square meters occupied by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 11,000 are reserved for exhibition spaces. Stroll through the architectural heart of the museum which is comprised of 20 galleries that make up the museum. Enter the atrium, a large open space of curved volumes, surrounded by large glass curtain walls and crowned by a large skylight. 

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What people are saying about Bilbao

It was worth every single euro for this private tour with Santiago. His explanations and tour made this wonderful museum come even more alive. Patient with our relentless questions we thoroughly enjoyed our 90 minutes with him. His knowledge and story telling was engaging and made our tour really special

Our guide (name?) was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. We engaged in stimulating conversation about the various pieces of art and the wonderful building. We knew very little about contemporary and pop art but came away with considerable knowledge and appreciation.

Gara was an excellent tour guide. She was very engaging and knowledgeable. She also gave us recommendations for other things to do around the city. I would highly recommend.

Excellent private guided tour - we enjoyed it a lot and learned a lot about the museum but also about the city of Bilbao

Javier was terrific, the tour experience was lovely.