Welcome to Bilbao

Architectural Allure

The great landmark perched over the Nervión played a pivotal role in transforming the fortunes of this once industrial city. More than two decades after its unveiling, Frank Gehry’s shimmering titanium-clad Guggenheim museum has lost none of its ability to captivate. Today though, this artfully designed icon stands among other great architectural works, like the nearby Zubizuri, a soaring bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava, and the Azkuna Zentroa, a wine storage warehouse turned cultural centre that bears the imaginative imprint of Philippe Starck. The city also has its share of beauties from the past, including a neo-baroque theatre, an art nouveau train station and several spectacular cathedrals.

Natural Beauty

Tucked into a lush corner of Northeast Spain, Bilbao is surrounded by rolling green hills, with breathtaking coastline an easy jaunt from town. Parks and plazas dot the city centre, including the Parque de Doña Casilda de Iturrizar with its tree-lined paths and ornamental pond, while riverside promenades give fine views of the cityscape. The heights of Artxanda offer an even more impressive panoramic sweep of the city, and is best reached by the funicular that lumbers its way to the top. Further out, Getxo's beaches and dramatic cliffs make for a spectacular day’s outing.

Basque Cuisine

The dining scene in Bilbao staggers the imagination. Here you’ll find Michelin-starred eateries, buzzing pintxo bars and long-running family-run restaurants all offering a different take on Basque cuisine. The cobblestone streets of the old town offer endless rewards for foodies, whether munching one’s way through the eateries lining the Plaza Nueva or taking in the glimmering food halls of the Mercado de la Ribera. Adding to the bounty is a new crop of appealing cafes and low-lit wine bars, fine spots for unwinding, catching up on local gossip and plotting the next great meal!

Vibrant Culture

Basque culture takes on many forms in this thriving waterfront city. Evocative museums like the Euskal Museoa and the Arkeologi Museo provide a glimpse into centuries past, with their collections of ancient Basque carvings, Middle Age treasures and everyday implements of the mariners, artisans and landowners of this age-old people. Leaping forward a few centuries, the Basque spirit is very much alive in performing arts halls like the Euskalduna Palace or on music-filled stages around town, with Kafe Antzokia serving up the city’s latest sounds. Then of course, there’s the hallowed Estadio San Mamés, where the 100% Basque team of Athletic Bilbao take the field. The team is a great symbol of Basque pride all across the region.

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Bilbao Day Trip with Guggenheim Visit from San Sebastian

Meet your guide and driver at your San Sebastian hotel at 9am for transfer by private vehicle to the nearby city of Bilbao. Start your morning with a guided walking tour of this Basque city, famous for its history and architecture. At the end of the walking tour, stop for a tasting of two pintxos and two drinks.Have lunch at your leisure (own expense) before meeting back up with your guide for a guided visit to the famous Guggenheim Museum, one of the city's most recognizable architectural landmarks.Enjoy private transfer back to your hotel at around 6pm, leaving you plenty of time to rest and refresh for an evening out in San Sebastian on your own. Please note: This tour requires a minimum of 2 people per booking (maximum is 8 people).

$1130.86 Multi-day & Extended Tours

North of Spain & Portugal, 8 days from Madrid

1st. Day (Sunday) MADRID-ZARAGOZA-SAN SEBASTIAN (590 kms) Departure from our bus terminal at 8:00 a.m. to Zaragoza. Short stop. Continuation to San Sebastian. Dinner and accommodations. 2nd. Day (Monday) SAN SEBASTIAN-BILBAO-SANTANDER (205 kms) Breakfast. Departure to Bilbao, capital of the province of Vizcaya. Short stop to admire the Guggenheim Museum building. Continuation to Santander. Free time. Dinner and accommodation. 3rd. Day (Tuesday) SANTANDER-SANTILLANA-COVADONGA-OVIEDO (235 kms) Breakfast. Departure to Santillana del Mar, medieval village considered as a National Monument. Through 4th. Day (Wednesday) OVIEDO-LA CORUÑA (295 kms) Breakfast. Departure to region of Galicia. Arrival to La Coruña. Short panoramic tour. In the afternoon optional excursion to the Rías Altas through typical villages as Pontedeume, Betanzos, etc. Dinner and accommodations. 5th. Day (Thursday) LA CORUÑA-SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (75 kms) Breakfast. Departure to Santiago de Compostela. City tour of this legendary pilgrimage town, Plaza del Obradoiro, Cathedral, etc. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and accommodations. 6th. Day (Friday) SANTIAGO-RIAS BAJAS-VIGO (90 kms) Breakfast and departure for the area of the Spanish Fjords (Rias Bajas), through splendid landscapes: La Toja Island, ría de Arosa and Pontevedra. Optional excursion to Santa Tecla and Valença do Miño across the Portuguese border. Continuation to Vigo. Dinner and accommodations. 7th. Day (Saturday) VIGO-VIANA DO CASTELO-BRAGA-PORTO (220 kms) Breakfast. Crossing the Portuguese border we arrive to Viana do Castelo, city located between the mouth of the river Miño and Porto. Free time to visit the old town with cobbled streets and emblazoned buildings. We continue to Braga known as the city of the archbishops and the third most populated city in Portugal. Free time. Departure to Porto, considered as World Heritage city. Panoramic tour to admire the cathedral, Stock Exchange building, St. Clara church... we will finalize at a local winecellar to enjoy a tasting of the famous “Port wine”. Dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodations. 8th. Day (Sunday) PORTO-SALAMANCA-MADRID (566 kms) Breakfast. Departure to the border with Spain and arrival to Salamanca. Free time to walk through this monumental city and its famous Plaza Mayor. Continue to Madrid. Arrival and end of our services.

$1168.75 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Spain Tour: Northern Spain and Galicia from Barcelona

1st Day (Wed.) BARCELONA – ZARAGOZA (train) – SAN SEBASTIAN    Call on Barcelona “Sants” train station to depart by AVE, high speed train to Zaragoza. Meet assistance. Transfer to the city center to join the tour. In the afternoon, we will continue to San Sebastian. Panoramic city tour of this marvel style bourgeois city, seeing the extraordinary landscape dominated by the bay and the magnificent La Concha beach. Accommodation at the hotel2nd Day (Thu.) SAN SEBASTIAN – BILBAO – CASTRO URDIALES – SANTANDER Breakfast. We will approach Mount Igueldo and then proceed towards Bilbao. Panoramic driver in Bilbao and free time Proceed to the old fishing village “Castro Urdiales”. Free time. Departure to Santander free time to stroll through this elegant city. Accommodation.3rd Day (Fri.) SANTANDER – SANTILLANA – COVADONGA – OVIEDO Breakfast. Departure to Santillana Continue to Covadonga, where you will have free time to see the Sanctuary and the Grotto. In the afternoon, departure to Oviedo. Free time to explore Oviedo. Accommodation.  4th Day (Sat.) OVIEDO - LUGO – A CORUÑA Breakfast. Drive to the Galician region. Arrive to Lugo. Free time. Continuation to La Coruña. Brief panoramic driver. Brief stop in one of the wonders of the world the oldest working lighthouse the “Tower of Hercules” dating back from the roman period. Afternoon at leisure. Accommodation.5th Day (Sun.) LA CORUÑA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Breakfast. Departure to Santiago de Compostela. City tour. Balance of the day at leisure to explore the narrow cobblestone streets and get the feel of the student atmosphere. Accommodation. 6th Day (Mon.) SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – RIAS BAJAS – LA TOJA – VIGO Breakfast. Departure towards one of the most marvelous areas of Galicia, the Rias Bajas (Spanish Fjords). Driving through this magnificent landscape arrive to La Toja Island. Free time and continue to the Ria de Arosa. Arrive to Vigo and accommodation.7th Day (Tue.) VIGO – VIANA DO CASTELO – BRAGABreakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Portuguese border. Arrive to Viana do Castelo, city located between the mouth of the river Miño and Porto. Free time and continue to Braga.  Accommodation.8th Day (Wed.) BRAGA – SALAMANCA - MADRIDBreakfast. Departure to the Spanish border to arrive to Salamanca. Short stop and free time in this University City (World Heritage) of great architectural and artistic wealth. Continue to Madrid. END OF OUR SERVICE.

$576.97 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 Basque Country Private Tours from San Sebastian

You can choose from these two amazing itineraries based on your preference. Visiting the main touristic places as well as off the track ones which only local people know.Option A consist of: 1st day: Visiting San Sebastian main sites and panoramic views, including private famous "pintxo" (basque tapas) tour and visiting my ancient private cooking club. About 6 hours. 2nd day Visiting Bilbao and Guggenheim museum, driving along the biscay coastline and stopping in local fishing picturesque towns like, Gernica, Urdaibai natural reserve, Bermeo, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, and Bakio. About 8 hours.Option B consist of 1st day Visiting Pamplona; During the year, the tour includes the walk along the same way the bulls run during the festival and visiting the city's the Castillo Square, the City Hall, the Ciudadella defensive walls and the historic places in the Old Quarter. 2nd day Visiting Bilbao or San Sebastian.Finally, option C will be the following.1st day, choose any place in the Basque Country. 2nd day: Choose visiting Rioja wine region, France, Basque Coast villages or Cities.

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Bilbao and Old Town Tour from San Sebastian including Lunch

After picking you up at your hotel/aparment,we will  face to  the island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, where a hermitage from the 10th century can be found on top of it. Climbing the 241 stairs that take us to the top is a Basque tradition worth doing, but it is not compulsory if we just want to enjoy the views of the sea and discover the Basque sailing traditions that surround this tiny island. We strongly recommend to bring sport shoes and a spare Tshirt if you are planning to climb all the stairs.  After having lunch in a restaurant nearby, we will drive to Bilbao to walk through the Old Town and the river banks that take us right next to the Guggenheim museum building. The huge differences between the rural and gentry origins of Bilbao will be shown to us while we walk through its streets. Please note that the entrance to Guggenheim museum in included in this tour.

$530.81 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Northern Spain Guided Tour from Madrid

1st. Day (Sunday) MADRID-ZARAGOZA-SAN SEBASTIAN (590 kms) Departure from our bus terminal at 8:00 a.m. to Zaragoza. Short stop. Continuation to San Sebastian. Dinner and accommodations. 2nd. Day (Monday) SAN SEBASTIAN-BILBAO (100 kms) Breakfast. Free time. At mid morning departure to Bilbao, capital of the province of Vizcaya. Short panoramic tour to admire the Guggenheim Museum building. Rest of the time free to walk through its old town or to taste its gastronomy. Dinner and accommodation. 3rd. Day (Tuesday) BILBAO-SANTANDER-SANTILLANA-COVADONGA-OVIEDO (320 kms) Breakfast. Departure to Santander. Free time. Continue to Santillana del Mar, medieval village considered as a National Monument. Through splendid landscapes we arrive to Covadonga with time at leisure to visit the Shrine and continuation to Oviedo. Dinner and accommodations. 4th. Day (Wednesday) OVIEDO-SALAMANCA-MADRID (531 kms) Breakfast. Departure to Salamanca. Short stop to admire its famous Plaza Mayor and old quarters. Continuation to Madrid. Arrival and end of our services.