San Sebastián
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San Sebastian: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Train

1. San Sebastian: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Train

Come aboard this sightseeing train and you will discover everything that makes San Sebastian a unique and special place. The departure point is located in the heart of the historic city center next to the Cantabrian sea, on Paseo de Salamanca. The train route goes around the historic center, along the bay of La Concha to see the Santa Clara Island, Mount Urgull, the Miramar Palace, the Buen Pastor Cathedral, the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, and more. Hop on and off at your leisure. The vehicle, an articulated train with 2 carriages, has screens in case of rain, panoramic roofs in all carriages providing easy visibility for all passengers. They also have TFT screens with information about different places on the tour and the various excursions that you can purchase from the Donostia-San Sebastián City Tour office.

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From San Sebastian: Biarritz & French Basque Coast Day Tour

2. From San Sebastian: Biarritz & French Basque Coast Day Tour

Visit the towns along France’s Basque coast on this full-day tour from San Sebastian. Begin with stops in Bayonne and Biarritz, and an opportunity to experience both traditional and modern coastal lifestyles. See harbors with fishing boats as well as popular surfing spots. In Biarritz, enjoy watching the activity of the young surfers in front of the high-end casinos and traditional restaurants. The town appeals to all types of visitors and has been a popular seaside destination for many years. Enjoy a stop for lunch at a local restaurant along the way. The tour ends with a drop off at your hotel.

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San Sebastian: Hondarribia, San Pedro, and San Juan Tour

3. San Sebastian: Hondarribia, San Pedro, and San Juan Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, make a first stop is Hondarribia. On the border with France, Hondarribia is one of the most beautiful coastline villages in Gipuzkoa. Take a stroll around the port and famous Marina neighborhood which are well worth visiting. Later head to the old fishing village of San Juan (Pasaia), before you hop on the boat and cross the bay to San Pedro, the last stop. These 2 villages are part of Pasajes, which takes the name from the bay that separates them. After the tour ends, your guide will drop you off at your hotel or any other place of your convenience in San Sebastian. The short distance from the city makes this the perfect half day tour; escape from the hustle of Donostia in the morning and still have time to enjoy it in the afternoon.

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From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast Tour

4. 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.

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Bilbao, Guggenheim and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Tour

5. Bilbao, Guggenheim and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Tour

The province of Vizcaya has hundreds of charming places but it is difficult to find one that exceeds San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, located between Bermeo and Bakio. You will discover the history of the Hermitage of Gaztelugatxe while climbing the 241 stairs that lead to it, and get to know Bilbao, its old part, and the banks of the Nervión river, before finally visiting the Guggenheim Museum. Enjoy a pintxo meal along the way paired with Rioja wines and relax on the small group size tour with our expert guide who will show you the treasures of Vizcaya geography. Itinerary: Departure at 9:00 AMArrival at 10:30 AM to Gaztelugatxe and departure at 12:00-12:30PMFrom 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM head to Bilbao. You will have the chance to eat pintxos either before, during or after this visit (4 pintxos and 4 wines)Visit Guggenheim from 3:30 PM until 5:00 PM.6:00 PM: arrive in San Sebastián

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San Sebastian: Guernica, Mundaka, Urdaibai and Bermeo Tour

6. San Sebastian: Guernica, Mundaka, Urdaibai and Bermeo Tour

After being collected from your hotel, your tour kicks off and heads toward Gernika. Your first stop will be to the Guernica Peace Museum, where you will learn all about the tragic bombing that took place there during the Spanish civil war. Following this, you will advance towards Mundaka. Once there you will discover a quaint village on the coastline, famous for it's surfing waves that attract professional surfers from all over the world. Your final stop will be Bermeo, a traditional fishing village that showcases the Basque coastline lifestyle at it's best. Your tour will then end as you are dropped off at your hotel or other location of your convenience in San Sebastian.

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San Sebastian: Private Walking Tour w/ Panoramic Views

7. San Sebastian: Private Walking Tour w/ Panoramic Views

First, you will visit the entrance of the town hall of San Sebastian, a former casino, and one of the most important meeting places for the bourgeoisie during the Belle Epoque. Going inside, you will travel back in time. The oldest area will show you what it was like to live in a fortified city near the border with lives depending on the sea and waiting for the battles to come. You will visit the historical areas like Constitution Square, beautiful narrow streets and head to the magnificent Buen Pastor Cathedral, stopping along the way at Guipuzcoa Square. Afterwards, walk through the promenade of La Concha Bay stopping at the beautiful Miramar Palace. Ending this walk, you will find the sculpture of 'The Comb of the Winds' from where the tour will continue up to Igueldo's hill, taking the popular funicular to enjoy the best view of the city and the bay. Return to the meeting point.

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French Countryside Tour with Lunch from San Sebastian

8. French Countryside Tour with Lunch from San Sebastian

Kickstart your day with a convenient pick-up service from your accommodation in San Sebastian. Your friendly and informative guide will be waiting for you outside or in the lobby, and after a short meet and greet you will set off on your adventure.  Commence the sightseeing portion of the tour with a ride on The Petit train de la Rhune. Admire the stunning scenery and picturesque landscapes whilst on the train as you make the comfortable and gradual ascension to the top of La Rhune. Continue your tour with a trip to Sare, here, you will get to feast upon a delicious lunch consisting of local delicacies whilst continuing to admire the spectacular scenery. Once you've had enough to eat and enough time to rest, you will take a visit to a local village for a spot of perusing before visiting the famous caves of Sare.  To end the day, the tour will stop in Espelette, famous for its local peppers (you can purchase some if you wish) before heading back to San Sebastian.

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San Sebastian: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus

9. San Sebastian: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus

Explore the Belle Epoque resort town of San Sebastian at leisure with a 1-day ticket to the open-top double-decker sightseeing bus. Learn the history of the Basque city with the complimentary audio guide, available in 8 different languages. You are free to get on and off all day long with the same ticket, while a complimentary guide and map contains all stops on the route to plan your visit. The buses are adapted for people with reduced mobility and have a sliding roof in case of rain. See the sites of the Parte Vieja (Old Town) and the ancient area beyond the Miramar Palace. Admire the grandiose buildings of Constitution Square and marvel at the 19th-century San Sebastián Cathedral and the historic bridges across the Urumea River.  • Aquarium/Paseo Nuevo • San Telmo/Parte Vieja • Plaza Guipúzcoa • Estación de tren-bus/Tabakalera • Gros • Playa Zurriola/Kursal • La Concha • La Perla • Playa Ondarreta • Peine del Viento • Funicular Igueldo • Barrio del Antiguo • Palacio Miramar • Catedral Buen Pastor

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San Sebastián: City Tour with Pintxos and Wine

10. San Sebastián: City Tour with Pintxos and Wine

Discover the natural beauty of San Sebastián starting at the top of Mount Igueldo, finding the most amazing views of the city. Learn about the history of the Basque Country, the Bay of Biscay, and the role of San Sebastián in all this. Descend Igueldo aboard its wooden funicular, which is more than 100 years old. Get off next to the most photographed sculpture in the city, the Peine del Viento by Eduardo Chillida. Head to the other 'Finis Terrae' of the city, Sagüés and La Zurriola, the epicenter of the surfing scene in San Sebastián. Check out the main hallmarks of the city, its romantic nooks, the palace built for royal summers, the French-influenced, modernist, and rationalist buildings, or more recent architecture such as the Kursaal. Visit the gastronomic epicenter of San Sebastián; Old Town, home to the pintxo bars, the gastronomic Sociedades, and the seasoned locals enjoying the timeless 'Txikiteo' [a sort of uptempo bar-hopping]. Visit three of the most iconic bars to try their three most famous pintxos accompanied by cider, wine, or beer. End with a creamy, sweet artisanal ice cream.

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What people are saying about San Sebastián

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 27 reviews

We were collected from our hotel by Ainhoa, and from the outset she was chatty and very informative of the region and it’s history. We drove to the three destinations and had a really enjoyable time with plenty of photos and memories of a beautiful part of the world.

Beautiful scenery. interesting to know about the geo system. Excellent Guide well prepared and well informed. Speaks good English. Be prepared for ups and downs hills. Must wear good shoes for walking.

Angel is a great guide, his explanations are excellent and the visit to the geopark together with the views that there are are one of the things you must do in San Sebastián

Excellent!! They looked for us on time, and we located the excursion with all the information about the city and other details.

Fascinating tour with a very knowledgeable and interesting guide. Highly recommended.