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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.

Bilbao: San Sebastián & S. Juan de Gaztelugatxe Guided Tour

2. Bilbao: San Sebastián & S. Juan de Gaztelugatxe Guided Tour

Explore the Basque Country with a guided tour starting in San Sebastian around the old town to see San Vicente's Church and the Basilica of Santa María del Coro. Step back in time as you learn about the local history and visit important sites such as the Plaza Mayor, Plaza Gipuzkoa, and Town Hall.  Enjoy the atmosphere of San Sebastián as you stroll around Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Constitución. Arrive at the port, one of the most important places in the area. Learn about the fires that devastated a large part of the town. Get your camera ready for photos of La Concha Bay.  Walk around the Town Hall, one of the finest buildings in the city, until arriving in the Ensanche de San Sebastián. Visit the city's lungs, Plaza Gipuzkoa and Plaza Okendo, greenspaces that are surrounded by the Urumea River. After the guided tour is finished, you will have some free time to explore or purchase some of the typical pintxos, or small plates. The tour will end in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet that can only be accessed by a pedestrian path. Go on a panoramic tour of the area and discover the area’s dreamlike cliffs which were featured in the HBO series, Game of Thrones.

Bilbao: San Mamés Museum and Stadium Tour

3. Bilbao: San Mamés Museum and Stadium Tour

Access the Museum between gates 19 and 20 of the famous San Mamés stadium where the tour visit begins. Then experience a unique insight into the world of football at grass level. Live the experience of a real-life footballer as you run out onto the field from the tunnel, wander through the locker rooms, and imagine the buzz of excitement in the press room. Along with the stadium tour, visit the modern and innovative Athletic Club museum, home to a wide selection of fascinating football memorabilia. Explore the museum and marvel at its collection of 500 original football-related objects that have been collected over more than a century. See the past and present of the club come to life as you admire trophies, costumes, graphics and audiovisual material celebrating the Red and Whites. There’s plenty to see and do at the museum with 4 audiovisual productions, 13 interactive systems, 600 videos, an immersive video-wall, and a playroom equipped with entertainment for all ages.

San Sebastian: Boat Tour with Stop at Santa Clara

4. San Sebastian: Boat Tour with Stop at Santa Clara

See amazing sights at La Concha Bay as you head to Santa Clara Island. Along the way, you'll be able to see beautiful views of the Town Hall, the famous La Perla Spa, Mount Urgull, the Miramar Palace, and the Peine del Viento. including free audio guide with information about the tour and the island (available in Spanish, Basque, English and French). The 30-minute journey will take you to Santa Clara Island. There, you'll be able can sunbathe, take a bath, enjoy the beach at low tide, visit the cliffs, the lighhouse which houses the sculpture Hondalea by Cristina Iglesias, (consult the visits available at hondalea.eus) and have a drink at the bar (from june to september). Return boats to San Sebastian from Santa Clara depart every 30 minutes or every hour depending on the weather and the season. If you do not wish to stop on the island for some free time the whole trip will take about 40 minutes in total.

San Sebastian: Sightseeing Catamaran Bay Tour

5. San Sebastian: Sightseeing Catamaran Bay Tour

Set sail from the enchanting fishing harbor of San Sebastián and embark on an extraordinary journey aboard our catamaran. Prepare to be captivated as you glide through the azure waters, immersing yourself in a mesmerizing experience along the stunning bay and picturesque coastline. Delight your senses with the invigorating sea breeze that caresses your face, while your eyes are treated to breathtaking panoramic views of unparalleled beauty. Discover iconic landmarks such as the awe-inspiring Oteiza sculpture, the dramatic Paseo Nuevo Sea Wall, and the enchanting mouth of the Urumea River. As we continue our voyage, be mesmerized by the striking Kursaal, the vibrant Zurriola Beach, and the majestic peaks of Mount Ulia and Mount Igeldo. Witness the magnificent Peine del Viento, a masterpiece of art and nature where wind and waves harmoniously dance. Returning to the coveted Bahía de la Concha, indulge your senses with the coastal charm of Ondarreta Beach, the regal elegance of Miramar Palace, and the panoramic vistas from the iconic Pico del Loro. Capture unforgettable moments and create lasting memories as you explore the wonders of the city from a unique perspective. Throughout the journey, seize the opportunity to take stunning photographs that showcase the allure of San Sebastián. Join us on this remarkable voyage, where adventure and beauty converge, and experience a truly unforgettable catamaran tour. Book your seat now and let your senses be enchanted by the allure of the sea and the splendor of San Sebastián.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

6. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Meet your guide outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to begin a guided tour of both the inside and the outside of the museum. Skip the ticket line and discover more about one of the foremost symbols of the city. Learn why Bilbao was chosen as the home for the stunning Frank Gehry-designed building, and discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum.  Then, get to know the most important works of the Guggenheim's permanent and rotating collections as you wander through its galleries, atrium, and terrace in the company of your guide. Admire its undulating, serpentine forms, among large-scale works of art that will surprise you due to the material used.

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

7. 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

From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe, Gernika, and Mundaka Group Tour

8. From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe, Gernika, and Mundaka Group Tour

Enjoy the best of Bizkaia region. First of all we will make the hike to the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, 241 steps of rock, sea and wind that will take us to enjoy spectacular views. After returning to the starting point and taking a well-deserved rest, we will go to the charming fishing village of Mundaka, on the west bank of the Urdaibai River estuary, where we can see how the modernity of surfers mixes with the tradition of fishermen. in a villa with a unique appeal. Finally we're going to take a deep dive into the heart of Basque history by visiting the legendary Gernika tree and the tragic bombing of the village during the Spanish civil war. Picasso´s Gernika portrayal will be visited along the way. Approximate itinerary: 9:00 Departure from Bilbao 9:45 Arrival at the route of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and hike to the hermitage 11:30 Departure from the area and arrival in Mundaka. Guided walk through the town (pier, church, viewpoint of the Urdaibai estuary). A 20 minutes stop will be provided in a local restaurant (food is not included in the tour price) 1:00 Gernika village guided tour 3:00 Drop off in Bilbao

Bilbao: Bilbao Estuary and Abra Bay Boat Tour

9. Bilbao: Bilbao Estuary and Abra Bay Boat Tour

Your boat route to the sea through the Bilbao estuary and the Bahía del Abra will begin in the Biscayan capital, a few meters from the town hall bridge. From there, board a traditional boat with indoor and outdoor seating and enjoy a panoramic route along the Ría del Nervión. This trip can take up to 2 hours and 45 minutes. During it, visit places such as the Deusto Canal, the Portugalete Hanging Bridge, the city of Getxo, or the fishing port of Santurtzi.

From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika Tour

10. From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika Tour

Departure from Bilbao and direct transfer to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, where we will have two free hours to make the journey across the stone bridge with 241 steps to the top. Gaztelugatxe was one of the places where Game of Thrones was filmed, so as we cross the bridge, it will seem as if we are ascending to Dragonstone. Next, we will leave Gaztelugatxe behind to visit the Biscayan town of Bermeo, a beautiful fishing village with a deep-rooted seafaring tradition, where we will take a walking tour. Our last stop will be Gernika, the Basque town that gives its name to the famous painting by Pablo Picasso, where we will visit its Assembly Hall, one of the few buildings that survived the bombing that took place during the civil war, and its famous Tree of Gernika, a symbol of Basque society.

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This was an amazing cooking class. Mikel was very passionate about his culture and cooking. The class was very personalised and the food was amazing. This class was more expensive than other classes we saw online but it is TOTALLY worth it as the experience and quality of the food exceeded expectations.

Simply fantastic. Oscar is knowledgeable, super friendly and shared a great history and perspective on Bilbao that I never could have found on my own. Such a great way to spend Sunday afternoon, eating & drinking and learning about the history and culture of Bilbao! thanks

Thanks to our guide Estefan, and the very skilled busdriver, we had a great day visiting wonderful cities, villages and landscapes. Our guide was very energetic and knowledgeable and could shift between Spanish and English very easily. We had a great day, thanks again!

The bike tour with Alba was amazing and I cannot sing her praises higher. This was a great value and she tailored the tour to some of my interests. We also saw things beyond the usual tourist areas. Bravo, this was a great tour with a great guide.

What's great is that the guide gave us advice at each bar on the best pintxos per establishment, ordered drinks and food for us. We also had a reserved table each time which was super nice!