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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.

    Must do activity! Perfect opportunity to take photos and videos of the Guggenheim. Very comfortable, friendly staff, and great onboard music.

  • 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.

    Javier did an excellent job. Good command of English, friendly, very enthusiastic about his city. Only two people - my wife and myself - on the walking tour of the Old Quarter.

  • From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast Tour

    3. From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast Tour

    Explore the stunning sights of San Sebastian, one of Europe’s most charming cities just an hour away from Bilbao, famous for its high quality food and pintxos, a traditional Spanish snack. Start the day with a wander around the city with your expert guide and learn about the area and the locals. Refuel your energy with a stop for some pintxos and a refreshing drink to keep you going throughout the day. Next, visit a number of small fishing villages on the coast, including Orio, Getaria, and San Telmo, and get to know the locals and their traditional way of life.

  • Bilbao: Personalized Guided Tour With a Local

    4. 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.

    Tour guide Javier was friendly, knowledgeable, passionate about Bilbao and working very hard to speak excellent English. He treated my grandma very nicely. I had communicated, however, that at 80 years old, my grandma would not be able to do a long walking tour. I even indicated I thought the tour would be partly by car, but no one corrected me in our communications prior. We met very far from Old Town Bilbao, which was the most interesting part, and by the time we got there (a lovely long walk along the river that was too much for my grandma and our small kids), they were out of energy. I wish we had started in Old Town and then we could have driven to the Guggenheim because the walk was too much for my grandma. Great for active folks who want someone to give details on the sights. Bilbao is just gorgeous!

  • Bilbao Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

    5. Bilbao Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

    Explore Bilbao with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make your visit even more enjoyable. Choose a 2, 3 or 4-hour duration for this customized tour. Meet your guide where you're staying so that you can start out getting familiar with the neighborhood. The local guide can provide loads of useful information about the easiest way to get around, the top things to see and do and the best places to eat and buy groceries. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your time in Bilbao.

    This is great way to get to know the area you are visiting before setting out on your own. We had the two hour tour on our first morning. Our guide was Inigo and he was wonderful. He showed us many places of interest and he gave us lots of information. He did this in a sensitive and intelligent way. We highly recommend this tour.

  • From San Sebastian: Flavors of French Basque Country Tour

    6. From San Sebastian: Flavors of French Basque Country Tour

    Embark on a guided gastronomic adventure through the French Basque Coast of Iparralde, one of the most picturesque regions on the Atlantic Coast. Explore the seaside villages of Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz & Guethary and sample its local specialties. Be introduced to the history of the area. Meet your guide in the morning. Enjoy a spectacular drive along the corniche basque to Saint Jean de Luz. Start your culinary journey with a visit to the local ‘affineur’, an expert who receives cheese from producers and holds it in their shop until it’s ready to eat. Sample a selection of ‘raised’ by affineur cheeses. Sip French Basque wine from Irulegui. Next up, take a stroll along the streets of the town listening to the thrilling stories of local pirates, corsairs, sailors and fisherman. Enjoy free time to visit the 13th-century church of St. John the Baptist with its remarkable hull-shaped w...

  • Bilbao: Guided Txacoli Wine Tasting and Basque Lunch Tour

    7. Bilbao: Guided Txacoli Wine Tasting and Basque Lunch Tour

    Bilbao's "casco Viejo" is known as the "Seven Streets", and has always been the heart of the city. The area was rehabilitated after some floods in 1983, and combines the old pedestrian streets and traditional Basque shops with the most innovative bars and restaurants where you can taste the very best of Basque cuisine. In its corners are the oldest churches and monuments of the city, including the Cathedral of Santiago, the Church of San Antón, the Mercado de la Ribera, the Municipal Library of Bidebarrieta and Plaza Nueva. Between the walls of this city lies a traditional wine from the area, titled "txakoli". You can discover how the wine is made, and experience the vineyards partnered with unbeatable views. You will be able to taste a txakoli wine whilst also tasting other typical products and observing the nearby mountains and San Mamé's arch. To better understand the traditional wa...

  • Bilbao: Classic & Modern Guided Walking Tour with Pintxos

    8. Bilbao: Classic & Modern Guided Walking Tour with Pintxos

    In a 3-hour guided tour, discover medieval Bilbao’s charming streets and squares along with the intense commercial and port activity that made this city into what it is today. Start by meeting your guide and delving into the city’s ancient past: see the city’s outer walls, the Gothic Cathedral of Santiago, the Plaza Nueva, and the emblematic Church of San Antón, totaling more than 500 years of history that seems to transcend time.   Then, continue your tour to the well-known Ensanche, a key sign of the progress of this city. See the urban development of Bilbao and its architectural wonders from the 19th through to the 21st century. It will be here that you’ll witness the pulsating heart of a city that exudes both tradition and avant-garde style.   Your visit ends with the opportunity to sample one of the most iconic Bilbao foods: pintxos. These are small snacks skewered with a toothpic...

  • San Sebastian: Private Pintxos Basque -Tapas Tour

    9. San Sebastian: Private Pintxos Basque -Tapas Tour

    Enjoy this guided tour in San Sebastian, visiting the most historical and the most representative points in the historic center of San Sebastian. Along with a dose of history, you will get a special treat: a pintxos tasting tour which will visit a couple of the nicest pintxos bars in the old part of San Sebastian. Never heard of a pintxo? You'll be trying to re-create this Basque speciality at home after trying them here.  This tour goes for the famous "bar hopping" along different local places while you smell, see and of course, taste all the essence of Basque gastronomy. You will also be guided along to the local market to see all the fresh products displayed before going into the restaurants bars where Pintxos are made daily using only seasonal products. Do you really want to feel like a local? Then, this is your tour. Gather local people on their daily lives in the Old Quarter of ...

  • Rioja Wine Private Tour: Best Wine Tasting Tour

    10. Rioja Wine Private Tour: Best Wine Tasting Tour

    This tour is designed to guide you into one of the oldest traditional "cave-cellars" in the area, dug 7-8 meters (23-26 feet) deep under the houses. This is a fabulous experience not to be missed! This activity also includes  tasting wines in one of the most famous local wineries. You can also tour 'Marques del Riscal' winery cellar/hotel, which was designed by Frank Gehry, the architect who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. You will also walk along the medieval streets of Laguardia, one of the most charming towns in La Rioja area, before discovering local home-made food for lunch in an off the beaten track, non touristy restaurant.

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What people are saying about Basque Country

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 147 reviews

Iker, our city guide was super personable and open-minded. He knew the city inside out. Was very well informed historically and culturally. Iker took us to special tapas bars with a lot of taste and good quality. I can only recommend this tour. Everything was very exciting and entertaining.

Worth to visit. A hostess who cooks well and gets the best out of the tour. Beautiful views and of course delicious wines tasted. The guide (Experia Norte) knew everything about the city. We got a lot of history.

Must do activity! Perfect opportunity to take photos and videos of the Guggenheim. Very comfortable, friendly staff, and great onboard music.

Javier did an outstanding job showing us around, it was a perfect 2 hours tour

Our guide Xavier was very interesting and adapted the visit to our desires.