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Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Meet your guide outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to begin a guided tour of both the inside and the outside of the museum. Skip the ticket line and discover more about one of the foremost symbols of the city. Learn why Bilbao was chosen as the home for the stunning Frank Gehry-designed building, and discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum.  Then, get to know the most important works of the Guggenheim's permanent and rotating collections as you wander through its galleries, atrium, and terrace in the company of your guide. Admire its undulating, serpentine forms, among large-scale works of art that will surprise you due to the material used.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

2. Bilbao: Guggenheim Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

Meet your guide outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to begin your 120-minute guided tour of both the inside and the outside of the museum. Learn why Bilbao was chosen as the home for the stunning Frank Gehry-designed building, and discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum. Then, get to know the most important works of the Guggenheim's permanent and rotating collections as you wander through its galleries, atrium, and terrace in the company of your guide. Your museum entry is good for the day, so at the end of the tour, you may continue to explore the modern art collections at your own pace.

Bilbao: Street Art Walking Tour with Local Craft Beer

3. Bilbao: Street Art Walking Tour with Local Craft Beer

Art, culture and craft beers are combined in a visit to the most creative side of Bilbao. The incorporation of the Guggenheim Museum may be an integral part of the Villa panorama, but the city already had an important cultural movement long before. The city is becoming increasingly well known in terms of its artistic output including an impressive street art and you will have the opportunity to discover these interventions up close the hand of our expert local guides. At the end enjoy a local craft beer with your new art-loving friends.

Bilbao: Alternative and Urban Art Small Group Bike Tour

4. Bilbao: Alternative and Urban Art Small Group Bike Tour

See another face of Bilbao, seen from the point of innovative art practices, exploring for about three hours neighborhoods such as Bilbao La Vieja, Zorrozaure or Bótica Vieja. During this bike tour about 3,5 hours you will encounter first hand the urban art scattered across the city, public art works, cultural centers, festivals and other emerging innovative initiatives. You will get to know reinvented spaces, old butcher´s transformed in cultural centers or obsolete industrial buildings turned into something else. It is a tour which invites you to be surprised, to enjoy, to learn and to look for details. A passionate and entertaining tour, narrated by a local guide and expert of the contemporary cultural life in Bilbao. 

Bilbao: Guided Tour of Guggenheim in Spanish with Ticket

5. Bilbao: Guided Tour of Guggenheim in Spanish with Ticket

Meet your guide at the Puppy monument and begin a fascinating 1.5-hour guided tour of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Before exploring the art, kick things off with an introduction to the impressive architecture of the building. Designed by Frank Gehry and opened in 1997, the museum changed the physiognomy of Bilbao forever, transforming it from an industrial city to a cosmopolitan one. After enjoying fast-track entrance to the museum, take a guided tour of the main works of contemporary art inside, including the "Crucifixion" by Antonio Saura, "The Great Blue Anthropometry" by Yves Klein, and Jeff Koons’ much-celebrated “Tulips".  Get to know two of the most renowned permanent exhibitions inside the museum: the spider-shaped sculpture called "Mom" by Louise Bourgeois, and Jeff Koons’ iconic “Puppy”, which has become no less than a symbol of Bilbao. Along the the way, benefit from a critique of other outstanding works at the museum from your expert guide. Once the tour is over, return to the starting point. If you wish, continue the visit at your leisure with an audioguide in one of 6 languages.

From Bilbao: Basque Country 3 Cities 6-Day Coach Tour

6. From Bilbao: Basque Country 3 Cities 6-Day Coach Tour

See the highlights of the Basque Country on a tour of the cities of Bilbao, Vitoria and San Sebastian. Benefit from guided panoramic tours and walking tours to get a complete picture of each destination. Journey through an amazing landscape of dramatic sea views, typical fishing villages and vast forests of oak trees. Day 1: Bilbao Benefit from pick-up and transfer to your hotel to get a full tour program about the Basque Country. Day 2: Bilbao - San Sebastian Depart Bilbao and journey through the mountains towards San Sebastian. See the old tower houses of Azkoitia and visit the shrine at the Sanctuary of Loyola before making your way to the coastal town of Zumaia. Get magnificent views of the Bay of Biscay and stop in the medieval fishing village of Getaria. Continue to San Sebastian via the resort town of Zarautz. Take a panoramic bus tour of San Sebastian and see highlights such as Kursaal Palace on arrival. Enjoy some free time for lunch before taking a walking tour of the Old Town, and stroll past typical pintxo bars and the 18th-century Basilica of Santa Maria de Coro. Get tips on what to do with the rest of the evening and the following day at leisure. Day 3: San Sebastian Enjoy a free day to explore San Sebastian at your own pace. Day 4: San Sebastian - Rioja - Vitoria Take the highway towards Vitoria, passing the old town of Tolosa. Arrive at the village of Ordizia and go for a stroll before going to Oñati and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu. Visit the former salt mining town of Salinas de Leniz, and then enter the wine producing area of Rioja Alavesa. Admire typical villages such as Labastida and Laguardia, where you will get some free time to explore the town and enjoy lunch independently. Continue to Vitoria for a panoramic tour of the capital of the Basque Country. Marvel at monuments such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria and Casco Viejo, and avail of free entry to the Artium Museum of Contemporary Art. Day 5: Vitoria - Bilbao Journey through the rural landscape of Alava en route to Salinas de Añana, where you will learn about the historic salt mining industry. Continue to the village of Orduña, surrounded by the mountains of the Sierra Salvada, and take a guided walking tour of the town. Get back to nature in Ayala and discover vast forests of oak trees. Stop for lunch in Balmaseda, and then go to the coastal town of Santurtzi, known for its seafaring traditions. Continue to Portugalete to cross the transporter bridge to Getxo, where you can go for a walk along the seafront and get a magnificent view of the Bay of Biscay. Continue to Bilbao and take a panoramic tour on arrival. Day 6: Bilbao Explore Bilbao at your own pace with a day at leisure. Get useful information from your guide to help you plan your day. Enjoy some free time in the city before your transfer to the airport.

From Bilbao: Day Trip to San Sebastián with Guided Tour

7. From Bilbao: Day Trip to San Sebastián with Guided Tour

Discover the town of San Sebastián on this full-day trip from Bilbao. Ride in a comfortable car, van, or bus that suits the size of your private group. Uncover why this area attracted the European high-class tourism during the Belle Epoque period on a guided tour. Enjoy being picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in the city of Bilbao. Kick back and relax on the scenic drive through the countryside on the way to San Sebastian in Basque Country. Meet your guide and begin your tour of the town. Capture pictures of the smooth curve of the bay of La Concha and of the island of Santa Clara. See Ondarreta beach which is located next to the Peine del Viento sculptural ensemble. View the modernist architectural development. Make your way to the city center to see the Gothic Revival architecture of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and appreciate the Eclecticism of City Hall. Travel through the Old Town to see the  baroque Roman Catholic parish of Santa Maria and the San Telmo Museum. Have the chance to savor local flavors with access to the bars in the Old Town where you can purchase some pintxos (small dishes) before heading back to your accommodation in Bilbao.

Bilbao: Private Night Walking Tour

8. 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.

From Logroño: Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Small-Group Tour

9. From Logroño: Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Small-Group Tour

Begin the tour with pick up from your hotel in Logroño. Then, board a comfortable vehicle and set off towards the historic city of Bilbao, the economic powerhouse of the Basque Country. Enjoy a small-group tour for a more intimate experience.  When you arrive in the city, set off on a guided walking tour to get acquainted with the city's historic past. Starting from Arriaga Theater, follow your guide to Ribiera Market along the Bilbao estuary. As you stroll, learn all about Bilbao's historical importance in the Basque Industrial revolution. See many of the main sights in the Old Town and downtown, listening to the informative commentary from your guide. After that, head over to the spectacular Guggenheim Museum to discover world-class modern art exhibits and architecture. Spend some time exploring the collections with your entrance ticket included in the tour price. Finally, return to the vehicle where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

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Very relaxed guide who knows how to convey his enthusiasm well. He has a lot of knowledge of art, culture, history of the city and social projects. The tour is very diverse: street art, buildings and cultural activities. He speaks English very good. The bike ride is at a pleasant pace and takes you to parts of the city that you might not otherwise visit.

Javier was my guide for the day. He grew up here and shared so much history and knowledge about both Bilbao, the museum history. The exterior and many important pieces in the inside of the museum. Well worth your time to have Javier at your side Vs the audio tour is my perspective. He was absolutely pleasant and I highly recommend him specifically!

The tour was very intersting. We went several places and saw a lot of spots you would normally not encounter... The guide was very friendly and had the best background possible to explain and give info first hand... Many thanks again and maybe till next time:)

Huge thanks to Javiar whose knowledge and experience as a local, as well as his art knowledge of key works at the Guggenheim Bilbao, made our experience so special. Love Bilbao as a city and the museum is a huge bonus.

Our visit was outstanding with Gara. She was very knowledgeable about the Guggenheim museum inside and outside. We truly enjoyed our visit.