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San Sebastian: Sightseeing Catamaran Bay Tour

1. San Sebastian: Sightseeing Catamaran Bay Tour

Depart from the beautiful fishing harbour of San Sebastián. Sail through the bay and along the coast of the city on a modern catamaran. Sail out of Bahía de la Concha (seashell bay) and discover various points of interest such as the Oteiza sculpture, Paseo Nuevo Sea Wall, the mouth of the Urumea River, Kursaal, Zurriola Beach, Mount Ulia, Mount Igeldo, and the Peine del Viento (Wind Comb sculpture).  Returning to Bahía de la Concha, see Ondarreta Beach, Miramar Palace, Pico del Loro (Parrot’s Beak), and City Hall. Enjoy beautiful views of the city from the ocean, and enjoy fantastic photo opportunities throughout the tour.

From Bilbao: Half or Full-Day Game of Thrones Guided Tour

2. From Bilbao: Half or Full-Day Game of Thrones Guided Tour

Dive into the real Game of Thrones experience during a tour of the incredible filming locations for Season 7. Walk in the footsteps of Tyrion, Daenerys, and Jon Snow as you explore incredible landscapes. First, walk along King's Landing beach, filmed at Muriola Beach in Barrika. Explore the location where Davos Tyrion and Gendry had to flee from the Gold Cloaks. After that, head to a medieval-like castle at Butron Castle. Take some photos with cloaks and swords and feel like a Lord or a Lady of Winterfell. Next, continue the tour with a visit to the Dragonstone Fortress at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo. Climb up 241 steps just like Daenerys and feel like a true Khaleesi. Take a lunch break in Bermeo where you can enjoy pintxos, tapas, and a local white wine called txakoli. Finally, make the last stop at Dragonstone beach where Daenerys first walked when she finally came back home. Filmed at Itzurun Beach in Zumaia, this 60million-year-old beach was the perfect choice to set Dragonstone.

From Bilbao: Basque Country Tour

3. From Bilbao: Basque Country Tour

Follow the river road of Bilbao towards the coast and admire the old industrial areas that once powered Bilbao. You will visit the Transporter Bridge of Bizkaia, the oldest bridge of this type in the world, still active and considered a beloved icon by locals. Afterwards, you will see the neighborhood of Neguri and its old mansions owned by rich industrial managers before you head towards the interior of the province. Admire the traditional local houses and farm house structures, and discover the imposing old Castle of Butron. Arrive at the coastal village of Bakio, a popular summer holiday destination among Basque natives, before you follow the beautiful and wild coastal road, eventually arriving at your second stop, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. This place is said to be one of the most beautiful locations along the Basque coastline. It is a huge rock on the top the old hermitage of San Juan, and it is connected to the mainland by means of a long stone stairway. Next, you will continue to the fishing town of Bermeo. Here, you will stop to visit the narrow streets, the Juradera Church, the Ercilla Tower, the old port, and the Town Hall, among other sites. There will be free time for lunch, and your guide will suggest a selection of recommended local restaurants. Later, you will stop at Mundaka, a beautiful site with magnificent views of the Urdaibai Biosphere, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Afterwards, you will arrive at the village of Gernika to visit the Basque Sacred Tree and Casa de Juntas, or old Law House. Finally, you will return to Bilbao around 14:00.

From Bilbao: Getaria & San Sebastián Guided Tour

4. From Bilbao: Getaria & San Sebastián Guided Tour

From Bilbao, leave for San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet that can only be accessed by a pedestrian path. Make a panoramic tour of the area and learn the area’s dreamlike cliffs, a feature of the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones. Continue to the Guipuzcoan town of Getaria, where we will enjoy a guided tour of its historic quarter, and where we can admire its traditional fishing port, the church of San Salvador, and the monument in honor of Juan Sebastián Elcano, a sailor who turned the world and that he was born in this small town. Take a moment to eat in one of its many restaurants at Getaria. Enjoy the gastronomy of grilling local fish and seafood. From here, leave for San Sebastián for a guided tour of the city. See the Church of San Vicente and the Basilica of Santa María del Coro before heading back to Bilbao.

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

5. 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.

From San Sebastian: Biarritz & French Basque Coast Day Tour

6. 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.

From Bilbao: Mountains and Sea Full-Day Tour

7. From Bilbao: Mountains and Sea Full-Day Tour

Depart Bilbao and head for Vitoria-Gasteiz to explore the capital city of the Basque Country. Take a guided walking tour through the center to see the cathedral, parliament and historical monuments of Plaza de la Virgen Blanca. Discover a medieval quarter in Plaza del Machete and admire the Church of San Miguel. Go to the Salinas de Añana salt flats and learn the history of the landscape. Continue to Orduña village and enjoy lunch at a typical restaurant in the medieval village of Balmaseda. Venture through the Ayala Valley and the mining area of ​​Bizkaia (Biscay) to reach the coast at Santurtzi and Portugalete, where you will cross the Vizcaya Bridge to Getxo.

Bilbao: Small-Group Gaztelugatxe, Gernika, and Bermeo Tour

8. Bilbao: Small-Group Gaztelugatxe, Gernika, and Bermeo Tour

The estuary of the Urdaibai River has many attractions that can be enjoyed in a short trip from Bilbao. The hermitage of Gaztelugatxe, which was the set for Dragonstone in the Game of Thrones series, is a good starting point. Whilst there, enjoy the sea views in contrast to the towering nearby mountain. Take your time and climb up the 241 stairs which take you to the top of Gaztelugatxe, where you can ring the bell three times according to tradition. Following that, the coastal town of Bermeo allows you to see firsthand how old fishing traditions are still maintained in the present day. You then travel from Bermeo to reach Gernika, where rural and agricultural traditions are mixed with their varied histories. Gernika is an important reference town in Basque history, being home to the ancient tree where the medieval kings of Spain swore to respect local laws. It is also where the German bombing took place during the Spanish Civil War, destroying much of the city. Finally, visit the Peace Museum in Gernika to receive a deep knowledge of Basque history. At the conclusion of your experience, your driver returns you back to Bilbao.

From San Sebastian: Camino de Santiago Hike to San Pedro

9. From San Sebastian: Camino de Santiago Hike to San Pedro

Hike a section of the legendary Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) and experience San Sebastian from a fresh perspective. Stroll along the seafront, and follow the path up through the woods of Mount Ulia. Walk in the footsteps of the medieval pilgrims who followed the path to the shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostela.  Marvel at the beautiful surroundings and get stunning views of the city from the mountain. Learn about the watchtower at the summit, from where whales can be seen in the Bay of Biscay. Make your way over the clifftops and through lush valleys and fill your lungs with the fresh sea air. Pass the remains of a Roman aqueduct, and see the 19th-century La Plata lighthouse that guided fishermen to port. Descend through pine forests to the fishing village of San Pedro, and stop to taste the local seafood tapas with wine, beer, soda, or water. Drive back to San Sebastian at the end of your amazing experience.

From Bilbao: Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian Tour

10. From Bilbao: Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian Tour

See villages trapped in between mountains like the villages of Durango, Eibar and Elgoibar! Arrive at the core of the province, and after the industrial village of Azkoitia, you will arrive at your first stop, the Sanctuary of Loyola, hometown of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Here you will visit the Basilica and the tower house where he was born and lived. Depending on the time, you may wish to attend a ceremony. Next you follow the route towards the coast on the north, passing through Azpeitia. You will also pass through Zestoa, a famous natural spa village with healing waters that attracted the royalty of Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Later you will arrive to the coast at Zumaia, a beautiful village very much appreciated by Basque summer tourists. Following the coastal road you will arrive at your next stop, Getaria. A unique medieval fishing village and hometown of famous figures like captain Juan Sebastian Elcano (the first man to travel around the world by sea), and Cristobal Balenciaga, the famous designer. Then you will pass by Zarauz, a beautiful tourist spot with the largest beach in the province of Gipuzkoa. You will arrive finally to San Sebastian (or Donostia) where you will do a panoramic tour of the city. After lunch, you will do a walking tour into the old quarter visiting the most interesting streets and locations before returning to Bilbao in the evening. Follow the highway towards the east, into the province of Gipuzkoa. On the way to the Sanctuary of Loyola, you will be able to admire the areas of inner Basque Country, combined with rural valleys and industrial

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What people are saying about Basque Country

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 213 reviews

I went to spend the day with my daughter in San Sebastián and wanted to do something different. I found the APP and chose the walk around the bay. What a success!!!!! All by mobile. Book, pay and show tickets. No paper and no waiting. It tells you if there are places (you choose the day and time), sends the tickets, the reminder and how to get there. The tour of the bay was a joy even though I would have stayed all morning. We stayed in the lower part, alone, very well. It has bathrooms, which are not bad at all, clean... It's much cheaper than some ice cream (ahem) and of course more interesting and relaxing for me. I will repeat

Definitely worth it! Loved our time with our tour guide who was very knowledgeable and fun to be with. She was there earlier than pick up time at our hotel and we finished slightly later than scheduled which wasn't a problem. She brought us to the loveliest areas and chose a restaurant with the best views! We wouldn't have been able to enjoy the Basque Country side without her!

Really good trip , it's a great high lights tour of the region . Well organised , great guide. Comfortable bus . Very pleasant day . Would recommend

Ernes møtte til avtalt tid. Utrolig hyggelig og kunnskapsrik. Har hatt en fantastisk dag, hvor jeg har lært mye om baskisk historie og kultur.

A worth trip to understand the tradition and culture of Basque country