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Not only does Bilbao have ample urban diversions, including the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum. It’s also just a short hop away from the scenic beauty and culinary riches of the Basque Country. Here are a few of the best day trips to take from Bilbao.

San Sebastian — 63 miles (101 km) away
Set along a spectacular stretch of the cliff-, cove-, and beach-bordered Basque coast, this elegant seaside resort is just over an hour’s drive from Bilbao. A gastronomic hotspot, the city is famed for its world-class culinary scene. Try pintxos (Basque Country tapas) and sip txakoli (a subtly effervescent dry white wine) in atmospheric bars in the historic old town. 

Other Basque Country Towns — distances vary
Other cities within day-tripping reach of Bilbao include Biarritz (92 miles or 148 kilometers away), a sophisticated surf town located just across the border in France, and Vitoria-Gasteiz (39 miles or 62 kilometers away), the inland Basque Country capital, which has a killer pintxos scene, pretty cobbled streets, and a 13th-century church-fortress. Meanwhile, 30 minutes east of Bilbao sits the small market town of Gernika (Guernica; 22 miles or 35 kilometers away). In 1937 the Luftwaffe famously bombed the town—a tragic event that inspired Pablo Picasso to create one of his best-known works, Guernica. While Picasso’s original painting now resides in the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, you can see a copy in the Gernika Peace Museum.

Rural Highlights of the Basque Country and Beyond — distances vary
If you want to swap the buzz of Bilbao for the tranquility of the countryside, Urdaibai Biosphere (about 25 miles or 40 kilometers away) is a convenient place to experience the Basque Country’s natural landscapes. The windswept San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (22 miles or 35 kilometers away), a tiny chapel-topped island connected to the mainland by a 240-step rock causeway, is a must-see for Game of Thrones fans, who may recognize it as Dragonstone from the successful series. Day tours also depart from Bilbao and head north to Spain’s acclaimed La Rioja wine-making region (90 miles or 145 kilometers away). 
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Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hondarribia and San Sebastian Full Day Tour

Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hondarribia and San Sebastian Full Day Tour

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Marvel at the scenic splendor of San Sebastian on a delightful day-trip from Bilbao. Wander the winding streets of the city’s Old Quarter to see antique architecture; pleasure your palate with Spanish specialties in the small fishing village of Hondarribia; and sink your toes into the silken sands of Biarritz, a sandy stretch declared the ‘Beach of Kings’ due to regular visits by European royalty. Convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel is included in this tour.   
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  • 10 hours
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We had a great day with our tour guide Stephan and our driver Florin. We saw many beautiful places in 1 day. Stephan explained a lot about the basque culture. I can recommed him and the driver. Thank you!

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Basque Coast Tour: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika

Basque Coast Tour: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika

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Cruise the curvaceous coastline of Bilbao in a luxurious minivan on a guided tour of the city and its sights. See the intriguing industrial areas that propelled Bilbao into prosperity and visit significant landmarks like the Transporter Bridge of Bizkaia and the San Juan de Gaztelugatxe hermitage. Visit the quaint coastal villages that pepper the Basque Coast and absorb the tranquil ambiance of picturesque marinas on this enriching excursion.
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  • 5 hours
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Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Ghernika Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup

Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Ghernika Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Visit iconic San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, aka the castle rock, during this full-day tour that includes stops in Bermeo and Gernika. Climb the narrow, winding steps connecting this castle built high on a rocky island to the mainland and overlook the sea and stunning landscape. Featured on the HBO show “Game of Thrones”, this tour lets you visit “Dragonstone” in real life.
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  • 6 hours
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San Sebastian and Basque Coast Private Tour from Bilbao

San Sebastian and Basque Coast Private Tour from Bilbao

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Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalized attention on this private tour of San Sebastian and the Basque coast. Departing from Bilbao with a private guide, you and your private party will explore San Sebastian to taste some traditional pintxo (tapas), stroll on the beach, and explore the quaint city center. Along the Basque coast, make stops in Zumaia as well as in Getaria for a seafood lunch.
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  • 7 hours
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The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

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Explore the spectacular and sacred sites of the Basque country on an enriching full-day excursion from Bilbao. Visit grand ecclesiastical structures like the Sanctuary of Loyola to attend an enlightening prayer ceremony; discover the quaint fishing villages that pepper the coastline to see why Bilbao residents favor them for their summer sojourns; and tour the stunning sights of the city of San Sebastian with an accomplished guide. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Bilbao hotel is included in this tour.       
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  • 9 hours
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Full day Game of Thrones Tour from Bilbao

Full day Game of Thrones Tour from Bilbao

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On this Game of Thrones tour, you will enjoy the most espectacular filming locations from Season 7 of the most famous HBO TV Show. Of you want to know more about these places and facts about the filming process in Dragonstone and King's Landing, you need to join our tour. We will walk on Dragonstone's beach and go up the stairs reaching Dragonstone Fortress. Moreover, you will learn about Basque Culture, Gastronomy and enjoy beautiful landscapes. If you are staying in Bilbao, there is no excuse. You need to join us and enjoy our Game of Thrones tour with Dragonstone Tours.
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  • 9 hours
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Elorrio, Oñati and Arantzazu

Elorrio, Oñati and Arantzazu

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Discover the secluded secrets of the Basque Country on an explorative excursion from Bilbao. Uncover rural villages, picturesque palaces and historical monument with an accomplished guide, visiting significant landmarks like the Sanctuary of Arantazazu and the Basque Country’s oldest university. Admire luscious landscapes and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel on this enriching adventure. 
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  • 5 hours
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San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast tour from Bilbao

San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast tour from Bilbao

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Discover San Sebastian, one of the most charming cities of Europe, famous also for it's high quality food and of course, 'pintxos'! Conveniently about an hour away from Bilbao, you will visit Donostia along with some small fishing villages on the coast, to make for the perfect day trip during your stay in the basque country. Truly one not to be missed. You will love the fishermen culture in coastal villages like Getaria and Orio. Enjoy a unique day along the Basque coastline in a small group tour guided by a local guide. All included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Basque Country Full Day Tour from Bilbao

Basque Country Full Day Tour from Bilbao

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The Basque country is one of Spain’s most popular vacation destinations, but with limited time to explore, it can be a challenge to cram in all the highlights. This full-day tour from Bilbao offers a jam-packed itinerary, visiting the towns of Vitoria, Orduña, Santurtzi, and Portugalete; the Salinas de Añana salt valley and the Vizcaya Bridge.
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  • 9 hours
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Luxury Basque Coast Private Tour

Luxury Basque Coast Private Tour

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On this full-day private tour, you’ll explore the stunning coastline of the Basque region in your own chauffeured, luxury vehicle. Build your own custom-made itinerary, without the rush of a group tour. Highlights along the way include San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (where scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed), the historic city center of San Sebastian, and the iconic "flysch" of Getaria and Zumaia.
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  • 8 hours
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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

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Discover the verdant vineyards and intriguing history of the Rioja wine region on a full-day tour from Bilbao. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit charming villages like Harn and Laguardia to see medieval monuments and admire spectacular views of the countryside. Venture to Vitoria in order to wander the sprawling vineyards and descend into atmospheric wine cellars to learn about complex manufacturing processes. Pleasure your palate with the refined taste of signature wines during a tasting session and enjoy a traditional lunch in a locally recommended restaurant (own expense).  
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  • 9 hours
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US$91.01
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Half Day Game of Thrones Tour from Bilbao

Half Day Game of Thrones Tour from Bilbao

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Join us on this Game of Thrones tour and enjoy the most spectacular filming locations from season seven. Visit the places that gave life to Dragonstone and King’s Landing and know everything about them and about the filming process. We’ll walk on Dragonstone’s sand and walk up the stairs to reach the castle. We’ll see castles and amazing landscapes while we learn about Basque culture and gastronomy. If you’re visiting Bilbao there is no excuse. You have to join Dragonstone Tours and visit Westeros!
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  • 5 hours
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US$70.98
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La Rioja Wine Tour with Two Winery Visits with Wine Tasting from Bilbao

La Rioja Wine Tour with Two Winery Visits with Wine Tasting from Bilbao

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Spain is widely famous for its wines' high quality, and the cradle of these wines, the land that provides its name to the apellation of La Rioja, is not far from Bilbao. Enjoy visiting two wineries, have a relaxing walk through the vineyards, learn the wine-making process from the grape harvest to the aging and finish the experience with a wine tasting in each winery to taste some of the best Rioja wines. Two different wineries will be visited in order to learn the difference from one winery to the other. Along the day we will also visit the charming medieval village of Laguardia were two pintxos and wines will be tasted to have a complete gastronomical day.
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  • 7 hours
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La Rioja Wine Tour with Gourmet lunch from Bilbao

La Rioja Wine Tour with Gourmet lunch from Bilbao

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The ultimate gastronomy experience, this bespoke tasting and sightseeing tour takes you into some of Rioja’s finest food and drink establishments. Enjoy first-rate wine samples in two local wine bars, plus a visit to a traditional winery where winemaking traditions date back five generations. Full-day tours also include a gourmet tasting lunch overlooking a Rioja vineyard and a walk through the walled medieval city of Laguardia.
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  • 8 hours
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Rioja Private Tour: Medieval Villages, Outdoor Activities, Wine Tasting & Lunch

Rioja Private Tour: Medieval Villages, Outdoor Activities, Wine Tasting & Lunch

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Discover Rioja Wine Region with best tailor-made, multi-activity tour (lunch and transport included). Designed as a 3-course menu, you will enjoy different experiences among a wide selection to choose: • Start with an outdoor / sport activity (2 hours): kayak, or hiking, with best customized routes. Changing room and shower facilities available. • Discover the history and ancient wine-making culture of the region, with a guided tour in a medieval village followed by a winery visit including wine tasting. Best local selection of medieval villages and nearby wineries. • End up with a gastronomical experience (1´5 hour): a local traditional menu in a family-run restaurant, a pintxos/tapas guided tour, or a gastro-picnic in a natural scenery. • Meeting point at Labastida, but also if required pick-up and round-trip transfer to your accommodation in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Logroño, Bilbao, San Sebastian or any other village of the region.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Cantabric Sea Experience: Food & Wine Tasting

Cantabric Sea Experience: Food & Wine Tasting

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Get a taste of the food and wine of the Basque region on this half-day tour. Taking place in a traditional Basque villa, the experience includes a wine tasting with aroma tests and blind tastings. Then, enjoy lunch or dinner (depending on option chosen) with Txuleta steak, the traditional t-bone steak of northern Spain.
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  • 5 hours
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San Sebastian Private Day Tour from Bilbao with Hotel or Cruise Port Pick-up

San Sebastian Private Day Tour from Bilbao with Hotel or Cruise Port Pick-up

San Sebastian is home to some of the best beaches of Spain’s Basque Country, but visiting on a group tour often means limited time for sightseeing and sunbathing. This private full-day tour from Bilbao offers plenty of time to explore the city or hit the beach, with private transport, a private guide, and an itinerary tailored to your preferences. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 8 hours
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US$599.80
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Game of Thrones Experience: Basque Country Coast Private Tour

Game of Thrones Experience: Basque Country Coast Private Tour

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Your driver and your private official tour guide, will pick you up in your private vehicle from your hotel or place of choice in San Sebastian or Bilbao. We will help you organize your completely personalized "Game of Thrones" unique experience in the Basque Coast This is the tour starting from San Sebastian (starting from Bilbao would be the same itinerary, but the other way round): Your first stop will be Getaria, a very attractive medieval fishing settlement located only 30 minutes away from San Sebastian. You will then continue to Zumaia, the entrance to Dragonstone Castle, where John Snow first meets The Mother of Dragons. Next stop will be San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. There is a chapel dedicated to St John baptist which is located in the high part of the rock, there is a manmade stair that lets you walk there. This is the place where Daenerys returns to dragonstone. The last 3 places you will visit will be the nature reserve of Urdaibai, Mundaka and Bermeo.
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  • 8 hours
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US$740.58
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Walking Route San Juan De Gaztelugatze And Bermeo

Walking Route San Juan De Gaztelugatze And Bermeo

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We will discover on the most charming corners of the Basque Coast, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. We will reach the top of the rock on foot and enjoy the magnificent views. Many are the stories surround this place along the centuries. Recently it has become an important filming location of the famous TV series "Game of Thrones". In Bermeo, a typical fishermen village, we will stop for a walking tour and enjoy its charms. Tastying of a typical pintxo included. During the route, we will pass along the Biosphere of Urdaibai.
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  • 5 hours
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Tour privado Juego de Tronos País Vasco

Tour privado Juego de Tronos País Vasco

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En este tour de Juego de Tronos disfrutarás de las localizaciones más espectaculares de la séptima temporada de la aclamada serie de HBO. Si quieres saber cada detalle de las localizaciones y del rodaje que dieron vida a Rocadragón y Desembarco del Rey, tienes que unirte a nuestro tour. Caminaremos por la arena de la isla de Rocadragón y subiremos las escaleras hasta la fortaleza. Veremos castillos y paisajes impresionantes y además conoceremos la cultura y gastronomía de Euskadi. Además podrás customizar tu itinerario al gusto pudiendo hacer un tour de medio día o visitando solamente las localizaciones que más te interesen durante el tiempo que quieras.
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  • 5 to 10 hours
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Private tour the Jewells of San Sebastián with lunch and full transport.

Private tour the Jewells of San Sebastián with lunch and full transport.

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All our tours will respect Spanish social distancing rules at all times and the guide will wear a mask at all times in closed spaces. In this experience we will enjoy all the best highlights San Sebastian has to offer by the hand of a passionate local guide. San sebastian is a city where every corner is full of culture and history, but also it is the world capital of pintxos and can also boast of the world's highest concentration of michelin star restaurant's. San Sebastian is also a historical and very glamorous town that hosts many interesting world famous events. We will walk all along the old quarter of town and hear about this city's background and the local culture while we enjoy some of the best pintxos in the whole world, as well as the comb of the winds art sculpture, the palace of miramar as well as many more pleasant surprises. This tour includes full transport and the pintxo lunch mentioned.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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US$221.93
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CERTAL SETS TOURS: Gulf of BIZKAIA Vip Experience (6 hours)

CERTAL SETS TOURS: Gulf of BIZKAIA Vip Experience (6 hours)

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GULF OF BIZKAIA Tour Vip: Private luxury car tour accompanied by a tour guide to a spectacular setting, such as San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo, where you will have a snack with fresh Basque products 1 pintxo-pot (1 Basque cover +1 drink). Then, you will taste a delicious menu in the restaurant of the Castle of Arteaga and finally, a tour of the Urdaibai Reserve with a stop in the town of Mundaka. Total duration about 8 hours of this wonderful and exclusive Tour of the Coast of Bizkaia, where you will discover three of its great treasures and enjoy a luxury for the treatment received.
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  • 6 hours
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US$685.56
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Bilbao: San Sebastian Gastronomic Day Trip

Bilbao: San Sebastian Gastronomic Day Trip

Visit beautiful San Sebastian and learn about its culture, history, and culinary traditions with this tour from Bilbao. You'll start with a walking tour though the old town, followed by the chance to sample "pintxtour" (the local answer to tapas) followed by a trip up to the top of beautiful Mount Igeldo, with plenty of time to explore the its small amusement park.
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  • 9 hours
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US$473.21
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Bilbao: Discover Añana Salt Valley and Vitoria

Bilbao: Discover Añana Salt Valley and Vitoria

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Explore the beauty of the Basque Country on this fascinating day tour. You’ll save hours researching highlights and planning transport by having a full itinerary and round-trip transport provided. Highlights include visiting Añana Salt Valley and learning about salt production, and exploring the many highlights of Vitoria, such as the Gothic style Cathedral of Santa Maria.
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  • 10 hours
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