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7-Day Basque Country 3 Capitals Tour by Coach From Bilbao

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7 days
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What You'll Do
  • Get a complete guided 7-day tour of the Basque countryside
  • Discover the towns between Bilbao and San Sebastian
  • See a traditional market in Ordizia
  • Guided tour of Vitoria, the capital of the Basque Country
  • Enjoy free time in Bilbao
  • Lodging and breakfasts included in tour price
Overview
Enjoy a guided 7-Day Basque Country Tour including lodging in Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria. This program runs every Monday for 2 people and up with visits to Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria and Rioja.
What to Expect
Overview
Enjoy a guided B7-Day Basque Country Tour including lodging in Bilbao, San Sebastian  (also known as Donostia) and Vitoria. This program runs every Monday for 2 people and up with visits to Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria and Rioja.
Day 01: Bilbao

Arrival at Bilbao Airport, Bilbao Bus Station, or Bilbao Train Station. Assistance and transfer to hotel. Guests will be given a full dossier with information about the Basque Country and the Program. Lodging at a hotel in Bilbao.

Day 02: Bilbao - San Sebastian

Breakfast. The route begins at 09:00 from the hotel in Bilbao and we will head towards San Sebastian. We will be able to admire the typical green and mountainous Basque landscape once we abandon the urban fabric of Bilbao. We will as well pass through Azkoitia, a town that retains the oldest tower houses in Gipuzkoa and after that arrive at the Sanctuary of Loyola.
In Loyola, we will stop and visit the shrine of harmonious proportions. After that we will follow the route that passes by Azpeitia and finally reach the coast at the coastal village of Zumaia.
We will continue the journey along the coastal road with its magnificent views over the Bay of Biscay to reach the charming fishing village of Getaria, the birthplace of Juan Sebastian Elcano. We will walk the medieval streets and the arc of Catrapona, catwalk below the church with Chapel of Sailors, the parish church of San Salvador, the fishing port, the monument to Elcano, and stroll through its narrow streets and its typical bars and restaurants.
Afterwards, we will pass by Zarautz, a traditional enclave and tourist reference since the 19th century. We will continue the route to San Sebastian and enter the area of Ondarreta Beach and the road that leads to the famous promenade of the shell and its magnificent beach and the fishing port, Mount Igeldo and Mount Urgull, which protect the Bay of La Concha.
We will start a Panoramic Tour from our seats on the bus with views of the walks, the fine avenues of impeccable style, and all the highlights of San Sebastian, beautiful, clean and attractive. Logically we will be able to appreciate the panoramic view of the Kursaal Palace, an outstanding work by the Architect Rafael Moneo, the Anoeta Stadium, Victoria Eugenia Theatre and the manor houses of limestone.
Next, we will have free time for lunch. Our guide will recommend selected restaurants and menus. After the free time for lunch, we will initiate a Walking Tour into the old part of town, which features a web of narrow streets, the old port, buildings, pubs and typical restaurants, "pintxos" (bars), the Dominican Convent (16th century), the Basilica of Santa Maria de Coro (18th century), and reach Constitution Square, one of the most characteristic places of the Old Town, whose main building was for years the City Council.
Later we will arrive at the hotel and have free time for the rest of the day. Our guide will provide a list of existing activities and complete information during the stay in the city, including information on museums such as San Telmo. Lodging at the selected hotel in San Sebastian.

Day 03: San Sebastian

Breakfast. Day at leisure in San Sebastian. Our guide will have provided information about possibilities and activities taken place during the day. Lodging at a hotel in San Sebastian.

Day 04: San Sebastian - Rioja - Vitoria

Breakfast. The route begins at 09:00 hours from San Sebastian, leaving the city to take the N1 highway towards Vitoria. We will pass by Tolosa, being one of the old towns with the largest abundance of public buildings. Little by little, we will enter Gipuzkoa and arrive at Ordizia. It is a typical village of Goierri area, with an ancient historical and monumental center. But the great attraction of Ordizia is the weekly market.
We will make a short stop to stroll through streets and then continue the route to Oñati. After viewing some of these monuments, we will head on a road with magnificent views over cliffs to reach the most important Sanctuary of Gipuzkoa, the Shrine of Our Lady of Arantzazu. Later, we travel near Salinas de Leniz, a town with its ancient salt and Salt Museum, which displays the various aspects of production of "White Gold" very important in the past.
Finally we will arrive to the Rioja Alavesa area. Pass by Labastida, a typical village in this area and then arrive at Laguardia, a town that is famous for its historic monuments and also its wineries. Enjoy free time to explore the town and lunch at one of its typical restaurants. Our guide will offer details of restaurants and available menus.
After lunch we will head to Vitoria and start a Panoramic Tour of this beautiful city, the capital of Basque Country. See the government buildings, headquarters of the Basque government, the residence of the Lehendakari (Basque President), the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the church of the White Virgin, the “Casco Viejo” and the city streets and avenues that make Vitoria a friendly, advanced and welcoming capital.
The entrance to the Artium Museum of Contemporary Art is included in the tour price, with its permanent and seasonal collections. The rest of the day will be free in order to explore this city on your own. Our guide will provide complete information about the activities that will be taking place during the stay in the city. Lodging at your hotel in Vitoria.

Day 05: Vitoria - Bilbao

Breakfast. Start the route heading towards the inner parts of Alava province through rural and natural landscapes. Arrive to Gesaltza (Salinas de Añana), where  you will enjoy a guided visit in order to learn more about its primitive system, documented since the 9th century for obtaining salt by evaporation of water in a series of terraces occupying 150 hectares. Continue the tour through the town of Orduña, located in a valley surrounded by the mountains of Sierra Salvada. Orduña is an island geographically located in Alava, where you will go on a guided walking tour. During this stretch, pass next to small villages and contemplate the magnificent natural life with its mountains and verdant landscapes. Following this route, you will arrive to Ayala, one of the few places where nature is so generous. 

Steep hills with strange shapes, green fields and vast forests of oaks, provide some of the most beautiful areas of the Basque country. The valley, which dominates the center and north, is complemented by the impressive towering Sierra Salvada, proud and defiant to the south. Stop at Balmaseda where you will lunch at typical restaurant with drinks included. After lunch, continue the route to reach the coast by Santurtzi. Enter this town located on the left bank of the estuary of Bilbao with its fishing port and seafaring tradition. Then, continue the journey along the edge of the sea to Portugalete, where you will be able to see The Transporter Bridge of Biscay, famous for its hanging bridge from 1893. It is the oldest transport hanging bridge in the world which still working.

Once on the other side of the bank, in Getxo, you will go to the famous marina with its quiet walks by the sea from where one has a magnificent view of Abra de Bilbao and the whole industrial zone located on the other superport side of the shore. Later, arrive to Bilbao and start a Panoramic Tour. Then, head to your selected hotel.

Day 06: Bilbao

Breakfast. Day at leisure in Bilbao. Our guide will provide information about activities that will be hold during the day. Lodging at the hotel in Bilbao.

Day 07: Bilbao

Breakfast. There will be free time in the city until the agreed time for the transfer to the airport.
What's Included
  • Arrival/Departure transfers to/from Bilbao Airport
  • Transport and guide during the tour
  • Accommodation based on selected hotel category
  • Dossier with Information/Maps/Fact Sheet/Program, etc.
  • Panoramic tour and guided walking tour at the Three Capitals
  • Entrance ticket to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
  • Entrance ticket to the Artium Museum of Vitoria (depending on availability, otherwise San Telmo Museum of San Sebastian)
  • Visit to the Sanctuary of Aranzazu
  • Visit to the Tower House and Basilica of San Ignacio de Loyola
  • Visit to the Monumental Quejana (depending on availability, otherwise Ethnographic Museum Artziniega)
  • Pass at the Transporter Bridge of Biscay
  • Guided Walking Tour in Getaria/Oñati/Laguardia
  • Service of information and telephone assistance prior to travel
What's Not Included
  • Dinners or lunches during the trip and stays
  • Tickets to museums or monuments which are not included above
  • Extra services not included in the program
  • Tips, porter and other services not included specifically
Meeting Point

Our driver will waiting for you at arrivals gate of the Bilbao Airport, Bilbao Bus Station, or Bilbao Train Station to take you to your hotel.

Know Before You Go
CHILDREN POLICY:
-Up to 2 years old are FREE: The client will pay to the hotel directly on the amount of the crib or other hotel services required and possible lunch expenses during the full day excursions.

-From 2 to 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.

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

LODGING
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 in the city centres and they are all of very good quality.

LANGUAGE
Tour available in English and Spanish. Consult other language options with customer service.

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