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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: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. 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.

Bilbao: Hop-on Hop-off Boat Trip

3. Bilbao: Hop-on Hop-off Boat Trip

Your boat route through the Bilbao estuary and the Bahía del Abra will start in the capital of Vizcaya, a few meters from the town hall bridge. From there, board a traditional boat with interior and exterior seats and enjoy a panoramic route along the Nervión Estuary. This trip can last up to 2 hours and 45 minutes. During it, see places like Canal Deusto, the Hanging Bridge of Portugalete, the city of Getxo or the fishing port of Santurtzi. In Bilbao, Getxo, Portugalete or Santurtzi, you can go down to the mainland to visit monuments freely and without haste with 24 hours to enjoy this pass.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

4. Bilbao: Guggenheim Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

Meet your guide outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to begin your 120-minute guided tour of both the inside and the outside of the museum. 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. Your museum entry is good for the day, so at the end of the tour, you may continue to explore the modern art collections at your own pace.

Guided Tour of the Exterior of the Guggenheim Museum

5. Guided Tour of the Exterior of the Guggenheim Museum

Meet your guide at 9 AM outside the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to begin a 90-minute guided tour of the museum's exterior. Find out why Bilbao was chosen as the site of the impressive building designed by Frank Gehry. Discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum. Explore the history of the museum, talk about the Guggenheim family, the museum's collection, as well as the Guggenheim Foundation. Let yourself be guided and enjoy the unique experience alone or with your family.

From San Sebastian: Bilbao Tour with Guggenheim Museum

6. From San Sebastian: Bilbao Tour with Guggenheim Museum

Enjoy a perfect morning in Bilbao city, the economical capital of the Basque Country, in a small-group tour to avoid the crowds. You will receive an accurate view of this historic city guided by a local guide, who will explain all you need to know, from history to gastronomy and other details. Your tour begins with pick-up in your hotel. After driving for about an hour, you will arrive to Bilbao and go sightseeing, where your tour guide will explain to you all the details and history of the biggest city of the Basque country. You will see the Ria de Bilbao, the Casco Viejo area with the 7 streets, the Arriaga Theater and many more. Later you will enjoy the modern art at the Guggenheim Bilbao museum, where the building itself is pure art (total time located for museum visit is around 2-3 hours). Following this, you will head back to San Sebastian where your guide will drop you off at your hotel or any other place of your convenience, and you still have the afternoon to spend in town. This is a half-day trip perfect for art lovers or anyone who wants to expand their knowledge about the Basque Country history.

Bilbao, Guggenheim and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Tour

7. 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

Bilbao: 3-Day Golfing Vacation

8. Bilbao: 3-Day Golfing Vacation

Enjoy a 2-night stay in the largest city in the Basque Country, Bilbao. Combine this with a day of golf at the Meaztegi Golf Course or Uraburu Golf Course, depending on availability. Choose your preferred travel dates and enjoy a day of golf, and 2 days of sightseeing in the city. Stay in a 4-star hotel and discover the city of Bilbao at your own pace. Benefit from an admission ticket to the Guggenheim Museum, and discover a world-class collection of modern and contemporary art. Admire the spectacular architecture of the building, a symbol of the significant urban renewal projects of the city in recent years. Discover more of one of the most vibrant cultural cities in Europe, with a unique culture which distinguishes itself from the rest of Spain.

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What people are saying about Bilbao

Then Guggenheim Museum is a must-see experience in Bilbao, and our tour guide, Javier, was an expert in its history and the art it showcased. We highly recommend you book this tour if you are visiting the city.

A very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide took us around the Guggenheim. Everything worked really well and I would not hesitate to recommend this - especially compared to walking round on your own.

Javier was a fabulous host! He went above and beyond, sending us photos and restaurant recommendations for our next journey. Thank you Javier!

It is a great way of experiencing Bilbao and its development over the last couple of decades.

Muy recomendable, además nos hizo un día estupendo.