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Discover the secluded secrets of the Basque Country on an explorative 5-hour 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. 

Highlights

  • Visit Elorrio, Oinati and Arantzaza
  • Be impressed by Sanctuary of Arantzazu, the oldest university of the Basque Country
  • Experience rural basque life in the small village of Elorrio
  • Take pictures of the beautiful, old streets and tower houses in Oinati
  • Local, knowledgeable guide

What You Can Expect

Elorrio, Oinati and Arantzazu

Witness the beautiful architecture of Oinati

Depart from your Bilbao hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and begin your journey to the secluded secrets of the Basque Country. Admire the scenic splendor of the landscape as you travel a winding road towards Biscany, scanning the horizon for dramatic mountains and industrial landmarks. 

Arrive at the traditional village of Elorrio, a quaint and quintessential place that exudes the essence of provincial life. Stroll the narrow streets and visit the impressive Church of Santa Maria de la Asuncion during your relaxed free time in the pueblo. 
Next, venture to Oinati to visit the Basque Country’s oldest university; admire the impressive grandeur of the university buildings and marvel at ancient medieval tower houses, the grand Town Hall and the serpentine streets. 

Ascend the steep side of a mountain towards the Sanctuary of Arantzazu, a distinctive architectural example designed by local sculptors. Absorb the panoramic vistas from its vertiginous perch and gain fascinating insight into the structure’s past before returning to the minivan and relaxing during the journey back to Bilbao.  

Customer Reviews

Patricia R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This trip was fabulous. My guide made a real effort to give lots of information and was happy to answer any questions. As we were a small group of three, the guide included an additional stop. The small towns of Elorrio and Oinati were beautiful. But the monastery and mountain surrounds of Arantazu were breathtakingly beautiful. A great day.

Judith M

4 star rating: Recommended October 2010

This was an excellent way to get out into the Basque country side. The church in Oinati was so beautiful to be in such a small town. Teresa, our guide was good.

Terri U France

4 star rating: Recommended July 2010

Many thanks to our guide. Arantzazu was the highlight! It would have been fantastic if the weather was clearer.

Janet L

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 2013

I wanted to give No Stars but the system would not allow it! I was extremely disappointed with this trip and the customer service. The transport was just a regular van which meant the guide had to turn around to talk to us and the road noise made it hard to hear. Not that it mattered as the guide's English was almost impossible to understand. The transport was late arriving and the whole trip was rushed. We were given FIVE minutes to buy and drink a coffee! We felt that driver and guide had to be back in Bilbao for another appointment in the afternoon. It is a shame as the places we visited looked interesting, but we had no time to see them. Very poor value for money . Not recommended.

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