Start a wonderful tour of seven days from Bilbao for the Daily Excursions of this amazing place. You will visit the important places, like Basque Coast, San Sebastián and Biarritz, Vitoria and La Rioja, Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Ellorio, Oñati and Sanctuary of Arantzuzu. You will be hooked up to see the amazing beauty of these wonderful places along with appreciating the opportunity to admire the historic monuments.
What you can expect
Enjoy 7 Days in Bilbao and daily excursions that gives you views to the best locations in the Basque Coast of Spain and France.
Day 1: Bilbao
Get assistance at the airport of Bilbao and reach to the hotel. Spend your time to explore the places, shop or in ultimate relaxation. Get back to soothing environment of the hotel.
Overnight: Tourist class - Abba Parque. First class - NH Villa Bilbao or Hesperia Bilbao or Holiday Inn Bilbao
Day 2: Bilbao - Excursion to the Basque Coast
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and start your journey from Bilbao to Basque Coast. Set off at 9am for the beautiful half day travel. You will get a chance to visit Barakaldo and enjoy the sight of Botanic Garden and The Bilbao Exhibition Center. This place also has happening night life. Don’t forget to explore Getxo town, it has enchanting beaches, impressive cliffs and several mind blowing shopping places. It’s also famous for it’s stunning, oldest transport Bridge of Biscay.
Next, you make your way to Great Castle of Butron, which gives a fairy tale look with it’s exotic parks for beautiful long walks. Afterwards, you visit to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. It presents a truly magnificient view of majestic water from a mighty mountain. Bermeo has a prominent fish port, rocks, cliffs along with the beauty and charm of the village. It presents the wonderful beach of Aritzatxu, Izaro Island. There is lot of magnetism in the houses of the fishermen, which are painted in the variety of the shades. Next place is Mundaka. It presents the seducing sea with green hills all around. It has been declared as a Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO.
Then, you will visit to Gernika village. It presents the symbolic paintings of the war victims. It also boasts of the paintings of the great Pablo Picasso. Here, you will admire Assembly House also. Get back to Bilbao about 2pm.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy the amazing sights of Bilbao. Walk to the lovely streets and old square. Visit to the old Gothic Cathedral of Santiago. Mercado de la Ribera is one of the largest markets. After that, enjoy Arriaga theatre and head back to your hotel.
Day 3: Bilbao - Excursion to San Sebastian and Biarritz
Enjoy your breakfast and depart from Bilbao to Biarritz at 9am. Biarritz is a cosmopolitan place that has charmed maximum of international jet setters. This place has gained lot of popularity and reputation as the queen of beaches and beaches of kings. This is such a mesmerizing place that European Royalty, such as Gary Cooper, Frank Sinatra and the great Napoleon, delightedly spent their summer vacation here.
The Journey will head towards the Old Port and Virgin on the Rock. This place is named after Virgin Mary. This will show the best sunset view along with breathtaking beaches.
Next, you will be taken to Saint Jean de Luz, an amazing small village. It’s cobbled streets tell the beautiful tales of farming and fishing. It’s popular for large moon shaped beach with fine golden sand.
Afterwards, the next spot will be Hondarribia, a village which takes you to the by gone medieval era of fortress. You will continue your journey by boat from Hendaye to Hondarribia across the Txingudi. Both these places possess fascinating beaches and has high ecological value.
By afternoon time, you will reach to the most beautiful San Sebastian city. It’s full of stunning natural landscape. You would fall in love with the wonderful view of Igueldo mountain and city tour with all the attractions. Walking tour to the old historical Quarter is also a great mention. Here you will have ample of time to enjoy all the lovely places.
Finally, you will head back to Bilbao directly from San Sebastian to relax at your awesome hotel.
Day 4: Bilbao - Excursion to Vitoria and La Rioja
Enjoy your breakfast and get ready to move to Vitoria at 9am. It will be a full day tour to the capital city of the Basque Country. Vitoria is the second largest Basque city. At first, you will begin with enjoying the panoramic tour of this beautiful place. It is undoubtedly the most pleasurable place to live in Spain. You would admire Cathedral of Santa Maria for it’s Gothic style architecture along with beautiful Renaissance buildings. You will also be delighted to see Plaza de la Virgen Blanca, Diocesan Museum of sacred art of Alava and many churches.
Afterwards, head towards La Rioja, which is considered as the most happening wine region of Spain. This place is really a feast to the travellers to relax and enjoy the most exotic flavours of wine.
Your lovely tour will take you to the medieval village of Laguardia, which is completely a blissful place for your wine trip. It has cobblestoned streets, ancient buildings, gorgeous palaces, great cafes and surely the wonderfully exotic wineries.
Mid afternoon will bring you back to Bilbao by passing through Elciego. This place is in the southern end of the province of Álava. You will surely praise the architectural work of Frank Gehry here.
Finally, you will get back to Bilbao after spending the amazing time all day long.
Day 5: Bilbao - Excursion to Santuario de Loyola, Getaria and San Sebastian
Have breakfast and get ready at 9am to go to for the full day trip to the province of Gipuzkoa. The journey will make you pass through the beautiful villages of Eibar, Elgoibar and Azkoitia, to make you reach to the Sanctuary of Loyola. It’s quite a popular place, as its a hometown of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, who is a founder of Jesuits. You will also enjoy to pay a holy visit to Harmonious Proportions.
Your lovely trip will give you a chance to pass through Azpeitia, to reach at the coast by Zumaia, which is a beautiful coastal village, famous for its amazing palaces and rich monuments.
From here you will reach Getaria, which is a birthplace of a distinguished figure Juan Sebastián Elcano. It is also a really wonderful fishing town with medieval houses. It is a place of great culture with the cathedral of Saint San Salvador.
Afterwards, you will be taken to Zarautz, which is located in the historical territory of Gipuzkoa. It has captivating beach with golden sand, which makes it one of the most awesome sandy areas. Old Quarter is known to have very creative and brilliant architecture. The Parish Church of Santa Maria de La Real is the most highlighted architectural construction. You would also love to visit the old part of the city for serene and tranquil streets with a cosmopolitan outlook.
In the end, go for the walking tour to explore San Sebastian for the most tempting food, white sandy beaches and tall, gorgeous buildings. Enjoy the independent lunch with mouth watering meal and get ready to head back to Bilbao to enjoy your wonderful stay.
Day 6: Bilbao - Excursion to Elorrio, Oñati and Sanctuary of Arantzazu
Enjoy your breakfast and set off for the half day tour to innermost part of Basque Country at 9am. The journey will lead you towards Durango, which is an amazing medieval village. You will enjoy also the beauty of green landscapes here. From here, you will make your way towards Gorbea Natural Park. It is one of the five “bocineros” mountains of Biscay. It is immensely popular for Basque mountaineer, who reach on the top from all the possible slopes. Tracking of this mountain has a great adventurous relevance.
Next, we will visit Urkiola natural park, with Wuthering heights, its known for promoting passion for climbing and hiking the mountain. You can enjoy breathtaking adventure here. It comprises of enormous limestone rocks, having steep slopes with gullies and cliffs.
After this, you will reach at the valley of Durango - Atxondo and will take halt at beautiful Elorrio, which is surrounded by mountains and stone architecture of 16th and 17th century. This place has got the popularity for having the amazing rural culture with surely a glass of red wine. It is also highlighted for having Saint Augustine Etxeberria church and awesome palaces. Then, we visit a lovely, monumental village i.e. Oñati, Which is quite famous for an ancient University of Oñati, which has got the reputation of one of the oldest universities.
Our trip will head towards Sanctuary of Gipuzkoa, which is absolutely a great place to give you a chance to visit the Basilica of Loiola along with the Sanctuary of Arantzazu. Its historical heritage is interestingly designed. Afterwards, you will be taken to the Shrine of Our Lady of Aranzazu. It is such a sacred place that pilgrims from far off places visit here. This building is a stunning work of art.
Finally, you are brought back to Bilbao at 2pm. Enjoy rest of the day, the way you want to. Have a relaxing time at your hotel.
Day 7: Bilbao
Enjoy your sumptuous breakfast at the hotel. Cab will be provided to take you back to the airport and it will mark the end of our services.
Hotels detailed above are subject to change