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Bilbao: Art and Gastronomy Private Tour

1. Bilbao: Art and Gastronomy Private Tour

Discover the most important museums in Bilbao and taste the Basque country cuisine on this private half-day tour with a local guide. Begin your tour at the Fine Arts Museum and marvel at its collection of ancient, modern, and contemporary art. Continue on to the nearby and impressive Guggemheim Museum and admire contemporary Basque and Spanish art represented through a selection of works. After these museum visits, hop on the tram and enjoy a sightseeing tour around the city's modern area before arriving in the Old Town of Bilbao. Enjoy the Estuary of Bilbao, City Hall, the city center, commercial area and the Arriaga Theatre. While strolling, sample the typical pintxos at a few, carefully selected local bars.

Bilbao: Cable Car Ride and Pintxos Tour

2. Bilbao: Cable Car Ride and Pintxos Tour

Explore Bilbao on this private half-day tour of the city. Begin by riding the Artxanda Funicular Railway, a cable that leaves every 15 minutes and travels up 770 meters in three minutes. At the top, take in beautiful panoramic views of Bilbao. After enjoying the unique view, return to the city center and begin the pintxos part of the tour. Start at the Arriaga Theater, an icon of times gone by. Discover highlights of the area while sampling pintxos, the soul of Basque cuisine. Continue to stroll through “Casco Viejo” (or Old Town), which is fondly known by its "Seven Streets." Pass by Santiago Cathedral and Plaza Mayor, the former site of the city council, and finish off the day by eating and drinking like a local.

From San Sebastian: Bilbao Tour with Guggenheim Museum

3. 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 Museum and Pintxos Private Tour

4. Bilbao : Guggenheim Museum and Pintxos Private Tour

First, discover the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, where you will uncover the renowned attraction's most remarkable features. Includes an introduction to the origins and history of the Guggenheim Foundation, and a tour of selected works in the museum’s collection. Also with a great overview of the current exhibitions. Ideal for first-time visitors. Later, wend your way through the old quarter, embarking on a pintxos tour to turn you into an expert in Basque miniature cuisine. Savor 6 typical pintxos and 3 drinks per person in the most popular bars of Bilbao.

Bilbao: Private Night Walking Tour

5. Bilbao: Private Night Walking Tour

Meet your local guide near the cable car to the Artxanda Lookout. Ride the cable car to a fantastic vantage point from where you can admire the city of Bilbao illuminated at nighttime. After enjoying the panoramic views, discover Abandoibarra, the modernist area of the city. Admire the famous exterior design of the imposing Guggenheim Museum, surrounded by such famous sculptures as the Puppy and Mamam. Then, take the tram to the Old Town district of Bilbao, known for its “7 streets.” Stroll through these charming streets with your guide and learn more about the most historic area of the city.

Bilbao: Biscay Bridge and Pintxos Private Tour

6. Bilbao: Biscay Bridge and Pintxos Private Tour

Discover Basque gastronomy with our guide, who will meet you at the lobby of your city center hotel, whisking you away by metro for a visit to Biscay Bridge. This impressive 125-year-old structure links Las Arenas (Getxo) and Portugalete, and was declared a heritage monument by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. Designed by the architect Alberto Palacio, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, it opened in 1893. Cross the 45 meter high pedestrian walkway and return in a gondola. After scaling this breathtaking architectural wonder, return to Bilbao where you'll enjoy a pintxos tour round the old town. 6 typical pintxos and 3 drinks await you in the atmospheric bars of Bilbao.

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