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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.

San Sebastian: Boat Tour with Stop at Santa Clara

2. 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. 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, and have a drink at the bar. Return boats to San Sebastian from Santa Clara depart every 30 minutes or every hour depending on the weather. 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: 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.

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.

Bilbao: Portugalete, Getxo, & Santurtzi Panoramic Boat Tour

5. Bilbao: Portugalete, Getxo, & Santurtzi Panoramic Boat Tour

At the Portugalete dock, a few meters from the Hanging Bridge, board a boat designed according to traditional aesthetics. Sit comfortably inside to enjoy a drink or if you prefer, you can settle outside to enjoy the breeze of the Ria del Nervión.  During the approximately 40 minute journey, you will visit the Bahía del Abra and its three main towns of Portugalete, Getxo, and Santurtzi. This will be accompanied by an audio guide, available in Spanish, English, Basque, and French. This also includes old images of the most iconic points of these towns including the Hanging Bridge of Portugalete, the panoramic view of Getxo, and the marine life in the Port of Santurtzi. You can compare how these places have changed over the decades.  You can stop at any of the ports of these towns to freely explore the historic centers then return to board your boat when it suits you.

Bilbao: Boat and Walking Guided Tour with Pintxos

6. Bilbao: Boat and Walking Guided Tour with Pintxos

Enjoy a boat ride along the Bilbao River, pass important buildings including the Guggenheim Museum and the University of Deustro.  Stroll through the city on a walking tour, walk under the different bridges in Bilbao and to Casco Viejo. Finish the tour by tasting a  pintxo (tapa) and having a drink. 

San Sebastian: Highligh Self Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

7. San Sebastian: Highligh Self Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Get to know San Sebastian at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts. Walk through Maria Zubia bridge. Admire the cathedral of San Sebastian. Explore Gipuzkoa Plaza and it's monuments. Discover Alderdi Eder park! After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of San Sebastian's most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour.As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day.

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What people are saying about Basque Country

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 76 reviews

Highly Recommended! Great service, punctual pick-up at the hotel, competent and super nice support during the whole trip, which really only goes to destinations worth seeing. The tour guide also gave us great tips for the rest of our stay in San Sebastian.

We did a tour with localexpertstours and it was wonderful. Our guide Josu was super friendly and attentive. We really liked what we saw and its history. We get a good taste in our mouths. Thank you! Martha and Javier

Super economical. The Walk is very enjoyed. I had to change the date of the Tour at the last minute and they had no problems, very kind in the attention.

Very enjoyable and great to be able to spend time on Santa Clara island before returning to the harbour.

Pleasant trip with great views and the friendly and pleasant pilot explaining the area to us.