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Experience your destination with peace of mind. Learn what steps operators are taking to keep you safe and search for activities with increased health and safety measures. Before you go, check local regulations for the latest information.

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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 tourDay Trips

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$80.37
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US$80.37
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The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San SebastianDay Trips

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$88.33
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US$88.33
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Gaztelugatxe: Reach the topDay Trips

Gaztelugatxe: Reach the top

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$76.55
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US$76.55
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San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast tour (from Bilbao)Day Trips

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$229.63
Price varies by group size
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US$229.63
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La Rioja wine tour with two winery visits with tastings from BilbaoDay Trips

La Rioja wine tour with two winery visits with tastings 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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$223.89
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US$223.89
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Elorrio, Oñati and ArantzazuDay Trips

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$68.89
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US$68.89
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San Sebastian and Basque Coast Private Tour from BilbaoDay Trips

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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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$253.19
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US$253.19

Vitoria and the Rioja Wine RegionDay Trips

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$88.33
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US$88.33
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Explore the Basque Coast (Vizcaya Bridge,Gaztelugatxe,Bermeo and Gernika)Day Trips

Explore the Basque Coast (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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$68.89
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US$68.89
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Luxury Basque Coast Private TourDay Trips

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$677.12
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US$677.12
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Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from BilbaoDay Trips

Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from Bilbao

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Discover what makes La Rioja Spain's premier winemaking region on this private, customizable wine tour from Bilbao. Visit two top wineries to taste the bold, fruity red blends that put Rioja on the wine lover’s map, and admire the architectural styles of other estates, including one designed by Frank Gehry. Stroll inside the city walls of the medieval Basque town of Laguardia on a guided walking tour, and enjoy the flexibility of a private tour that's tailored to your group’s interests.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$264.07
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US$264.07

Bilbao: San Sebastian Gastronomic Day TripDay Trips

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$459.26
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US$459.26
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Full-day Basque Country tour from BilbaoDay Trips

Full-day Basque Country 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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$105.99
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US$105.99
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Santoña & Santander: Cantabrian BreezeDay Trips

Santoña & Santander: Cantabrian Breeze

We will depart Bilbao early morning, direction Santoña to arrive at this little fishing village. There, we will visit a traditional canned anchovy’s company. We will learn about the manufacturing process of this high quality Cantabrian product while discovering the importance of the canning industry in the town and its evolution during the twentieth century. Then, we will go to Santander, capital of the autonomous community of Cantabria, a cozy and quiet coastal city, with a wide bay facing south whose beauty has made it considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. We will make a panoramic visit to the city and have free time to enjoy it. Return to Bilbao and finish about 2:30pm.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$76.55
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US$76.55
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Private tour the Jewells of San Sebastián with lunch and full transport. Day Trips

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$215.38
Price varies by group size
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US$215.38
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Full Day Private 4WD Tour from Bilbao to Picos de Europa. Fine meals.Day Trips

Full Day Private 4WD Tour from Bilbao to Picos de Europa. Fine meals.

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The Picos de Europa National Park offers some of Europe's most spectacular mountain scenery. Your guide and driver, Juan Fernandez Buelga is a knowledgeable person with a BSc in Geology but more important, lots of experience touring north Spain. He can design a customized full day tour starting in the city of Bilbao, driving into the Cantabria and Asturias provinces, enjoying time in the heart of the Picos de Europa. Important: included in the price are quality meals and drinks (lunch, dinner and snacks). While professionally I am focused in geology some people consider I am a true foodie so I always point to my customers to the type of food that they like for each moment. This is only a one day tour but it is enough to visit Cantabria and the Picos de Europa, starting from Bilbao.
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  • 8 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$311.00
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US$311.00
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The perfect menu to discover Rioja wine regionDay Trips

The perfect menu to discover Rioja wine region

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$113.67
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US$113.67
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Аbout Bilbao in russianDay Trips

Аbout Bilbao in russian

The tour will be held in Russian! You can see all the main sights of Bilbao in one single day. You will see the city from the top of the mountain and feel its special atmosphere from the inside, walking along the old part of the city and learning its amazing story. The story of cheerful hardworking people, kings and their subjects, great enterprising people, about the converters and reformers who surprised the whole world. You will ride the funicular that is 100 years old, as well as cross the Nervion River on the one-of-a-kind flying suspension bridge currently operating.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$29.45
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US$29.45
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Full-day San Sebastian tour from BilbaoDay Trips

Full-day San Sebastian tour from Bilbao

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San Sebastian is one of the star attractions of Spain’s Basque Country and this full-day day tour from Bilbao takes in all the highlights. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, stroll along the beautiful La Concha Beach, and take in the views from Igeldo Mountain.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$82.44
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US$82.44
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San Sebastian Private Day Tour from Bilbao with Hotel or Cruise Port Pick-upDay Trips

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$582.11
Price varies by group size
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US$582.11
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La Rioja two wineries visit with wine tasting and pintxos in small group tourDay Trips

La Rioja two wineries visit with wine tasting and pintxos in small group tour

Spain is widely famous for its wines' high quality, and the cradle of these wines, the land that provides its name to the DO La Rioja, is reachable from Vitoria. Enjoy visiting two wineries (bodegas), have a relaxing walk through the vineyards, learning the wine-making process from the grape harvest to the maturation 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 a charming medieval village, Laguardia.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$197.83
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US$197.83
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Full day Game of Thrones Tour from BilbaoDay Trips

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$86.11
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US$86.11
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Biscay coast with traditional foodDay Trips

Biscay coast with traditional food

We bring you over to the coast to enjoy his people, his conference and incredible places.
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  • 7 hours
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US$413.33
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US$413.33

Pamplona and Olite Royal Palace in small group tour, lunch includedDay Trips

Pamplona and Olite Royal Palace in small group tour, lunch included

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Explore the Basque Country beyond San Sebastian with this full-day tour to Pamplona and Vitoria. Stroll through Pamplona’s Old Town with a local guide and learn about the city’s architecture and history. Visit Vitoria, the Capital of the Basque Country, to see the modern side of this region. Lunch and round-trip transportation are included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$287.04
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US$287.04
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