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The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

Bilbao, Spain
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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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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.       
  • Visit Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian from Bilbao
  • Discover the basilica and the tower house in Sanctuary of Loyola, hometown of the founder of the Jesuits
  • Drink healing water in Zestoa - you never know!
  • Stop in the magnificent little fishing village Getaria
  • Relax at the beach of Zarauz
  • Explore San Sebastian on a panoramic tour and walking tour through the beautiful old quarter
Depart from your centrally located hotel in Bilbao and climb aboard a comfortable air-conditioned minivan. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you venture into the rural province of Gipuzkoa, noting the contrast industrial villages make with verdant valleys. Arrive at the picturesque Sanctuary of Loyola, a provincial gem home to the Saint Ignatius of Loyola; visit the beautiful Basilica and his former home before departing for the next destination. 

Follow the winding coastal road and pass through the village of Zestoa, an enclave famed for the medicinal qualities of its waters. Reach Getaria and disembark the minivan to explore the impressive monuments of the medieval fishing village, which was home to famous figures such as Juan Sebastian Elcano (the first man to travel the world by sea) and designer Cristobal Balendiaga. 

Next, admire the blissful beachfront views of Zarauz on the way to the city of San Sebastian. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, complete a panoramic tour of the city in order to gain insight into its culture and history; wander the charming old quarter and visit significant sights before returning to Bilbao in the early evening. 
Stop At:  
Santuario de Loyola
Audioguided tour
Duration: 45 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Getaria Fishing Port
Free time
Duration: 45 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Playa de Zarautz
Pass by Zarautz
Admission Ticket Free


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A Great Day
, Oct 2019
An excellent full day tour. Well balanced schedule, some free time. An very good guide , Stephan who is knowledgeable, courteous and efficient.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear client, thank you for your feedback. We will transfer your comments to our guide Mr. Stephane. See you next time!
San Ignacio
, Aug 2019
My grandson and I went to Basque country to visit the Sanctuary on San Ignacio. My grandson chose his name for his confirmation! It was a rainy, beautiful day! The tour of the Sanctuary was interesting and complete! My grandson loved it!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear client, we are very happy to read your feedback! We hope you had a wonderful time.
It was a full day, but our guide...
Kristen S
, Jun 2017
It was a full day, but our guide Stephane gave us tons of information and even taught us some words in Basque. Everything we saw was very picturesque - especially the drama of Loyola in the middle of these high hills, in the morning mist. San Sebastian old town had adorable narrow street after street. Stephane took us to lunch at La Fabrica price not included in tour, where we all had the menu of the day, which was incredible and very worth the price. Since it was good weather for it, we also got the bonus of visiting Chillida's public art piece Peine del Viento, which was awesome. Great day.
There truly isn't enough that we can...
Donald M
, Aug 2016
There truly isn't enough that we can say about this lovely excursion! Our guide, Stephan, our itinerary and our lovely companions on the way - all were fabulous! We travelled in great comfort and style and we went from a very tranquil and reflective place all the way up to the fast and furious San Sebastian. Every place we went was very special and this trip will stay in our hearts and minds for ever. Thank you!
Great tour. Very enjoyable and...
Mohammed E
, Aug 2016
Great tour. Very enjoyable and educational. First rate tour guide. Highly recommended
Our guide Unai was great and...
Nevena M
, Mar 2016
Our guide Unai was great and answered all of our many questions while driving expertly along some windy roads! The tour itself was nice and as we had good weather it made all the difference.
A very interesting tour. Our guide was...
Robert Y
, Sep 2015
A very interesting tour. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
Tour was great. Pedro was the most...
William I
, Aug 2015
Tour was great. Pedro was the most awesome, helpful, and friendly tour guide we've ever had. He made the tour fun and entertaining. He took the time to explain everything and gave us ample time to fully enjoy all the places we were visiting, and take plenty of photos. He answered all of our questions. The Basque Country is an amazing place. The landscape is breathtaking and the culture is unique. We learned a lot about the Basque history and culture, and its cuisine. Would highly recommend this tour.
This tour was a totally enjoyable...
, Jul 2015
This tour was a totally enjoyable day, made consistently intriguing by Pedro who's just a superb guide. Thanks!
Fantastic trip for anyone short on...
Greer G
, Jun 2015
Fantastic trip for anyone short on time. Our guide Pedro is very proud and passionate about the history, preserving the language and sharing the beauty of this area. Definitely would live to come back to see more!

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