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Our most recommended Basque Country Cruises & Boat Tours

Bilbao: 1- or 2-Hour Sightseeing Boat Tour

1. Bilbao: 1- or 2-Hour Sightseeing Boat Tour

Embark on a sailing tour through the heart of Bilbao. Get a new perspective of this beautiful city from the estuary. The boat has a capacity of 80 people and seating both outside and inside. On the one-hour tour, set off from the City Hall Bridge in Pio Baroja Square through the heart of the Villa. Head toward Zorrozaurre riverbank and finally to the entrance of the Deusto Canal. Conclude the tour where you began. On the two-hour route, begin from the same jetty in Pio Baroja Square. Cruise past Bilbao's most significant landmarks and buildings and then on a tour of the estuary to the Puente Bizkaia area.  Listen to an audioguide, available in Spanish, Basque, English, French, German, and Italian, to pick up insights into the particular route being sailed and the history of the city and its buildings, bridges, and other constructions.

Bilbao: S. Juan de Gaztelugatxe Getaria & San Sebastián Tour

2. Bilbao: S. Juan de Gaztelugatxe Getaria & San Sebastián Tour

From Bilbao, leave for San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet that can only be accessed by a pedestrian path. Make a panoramic tour of the area and discover the area’s dreamlike cliffs, a feature of the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones. Continue to the Guipuzcoan town of Getaria and enjoy a guided tour of its historic quarter. Admire the traditional fishing port, the church of San Salvador, and the monument in honor of Juan Sebastián Elcano, a sailor who changed the world and was born in this small town. Take a moment to eat in one of its many restaurants at Getaria. Enjoy the gastronomy of grilling local fish and seafood. From here, leave for San Sebastián for a guided tour of the city. See the Church of San Vicente and the Basilica of Santa María del Coro before heading back to Bilbao.

San Sebastian: Boat Tour with Stop at Santa Clara

3. San Sebastian: Boat Tour with Stop at Santa Clara

See amazing sights at La Concha Bay as you head to Santa Clara Island. Along the way, you'll be able to see beautiful views of the Town Hall, the famous La Perla Spa, Mount Urgull, the Miramar Palace, and the Peine del Viento. The 30-minute journey will take you to Santa Clara Island. There, you'll be able can sunbathe, take a bath, enjoy the beach at low tide, visit the cliffs, and have a drink at the bar. Return boats to San Sebastian from Santa Clara depart every 30 minutes or every hour depending on the weather. If you do not wish to stop on the island for some free time the whole trip will take about 40 minutes in total.

San Sebastian: Hondarribia, San Pedro, and San Juan Tour

4. San Sebastian: Hondarribia, San Pedro, and San Juan Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, make a first stop is Hondarribia. On the border with France, Hondarribia is one of the most beautiful coastline villages in Gipuzkoa. Take a stroll around the port and famous Marina neighborhood which are well worth visiting. Later head to the old fishing village of San Juan (Pasaia), before you hop on the boat and cross the bay to San Pedro, the last stop. These 2 villages are part of Pasajes, which takes the name from the bay that separates them. After the tour ends, your guide will drop you off at your hotel or any other place of your convenience in San Sebastian. The short distance from the city makes this the perfect half day tour; escape from the hustle of Donostia in the morning and still have time to enjoy it in the afternoon.

From Bilbao: Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, San Sebastian Tour

5. From Bilbao: Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, San Sebastian Tour

Explore Biarritz and the delightful coastal village of Saint Jean de Luz on this full-day guided tour from Bilbao. Feel a salty breeze as you drive with your windows down, marveling at the expanse of the blue ocean en route. Tuck into a tasty local treat before heading into Spain to visit San Sebastian's charming streets. After a pickup from your hotel in Bilbao, begin with a guided visit to Biarritz in the French Basque Country, a summer resort for the European Royalty. Discover the best views of the city and its most famous corners. Head to Saint Jean de Luz, a quaint coastal village where you'll taste a typical local sweet. Finally, stop in San Sebastian for a walking tour into the old town followed by a visit to Mount Igueldo with its spectacular panoramic views over the city.

San Sebastian: Guided E-Bike Tour

6. San Sebastian: Guided E-Bike Tour

Feel like a local as you pedal through San Sebastian on a guided e-bike tour. Traverse the city's extensive network of bidegorris (bicycle lanes) and see all the highlights before heading to the south of San Sebastian, a less touristy but equally interesting area. Meet your guide in town and get ready to explore Donostia in a sustainable and safe way thanks to the city's network of bicycle lanes, which spans over 30 kilometers. Learn about the local culture from your guide as you make your way around the picturesque resort town. Pedal through the vibrant Gros neighborhood and pass by La Concha Bay. Visit the city's oldest neighborhood, Antiguo, see Mount Igeldo, and more. The carefully planned route ends back where your cycling tour started, at the activity provider's office in heart of San Sebastian. 

San Sebastian: Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

7. San Sebastian: Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Get to know San Sebastian at your own pace with this interactive smartphone game and walking tour. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of San Sebastian's most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be at the specific location.  Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination on the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Start your tour from the much-photographed Bridge of Maria Cristina. Visit the San Sebastian Cathedral to admire its absolute architectural dominance over the city. Visit Plaza Cervantes and enjoy the statue of Don Quixote. Take a picture in the green city park with its ponds and lush vegetation. Go to Gipuzkoa plaza and be inspired by the unique architecture of the Town Hall. Visit the Church of Saint Bizente Eliza, the oldest church in the city.  Pass by the San Telmo Museum and soak up the vibe in Trinity Square. Be captivated by the Basilica Santa María del Coro. Feel the sea breeze as you view the seaside San Sebastián Aquarium.

From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Biarritz Full Day Tour

8. From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Biarritz Full Day Tour

Delight in the renowned beaches of Biarritz, meander through the narrow streets of Saint Jean De Luz, taste local cuisine at the fishing village of Hondarribia, and marvel at the architectural beauty of San Sebastian on this full day tour from Bilbao. Follow the highway towards the east, through stunning natural landscapes, to arrive at Biarritz. Known as the Beach of Kings, it was a magnet for famous and royalty such as Napoleon III, Gary Cooper, and Frank Sinatra, and is still nowadays a very important tourist destination. Stroll through the old port, the Virgin on the Rock, and the scenic streets of this sea-side village. Next, following the panoramic coastal road views, you will continue onto Saint Jean De Luz, a lovely small village located on the French Basque coast. The house of Louis XIV, the Church of Saint Jean Baptist, and charming narrow streets are tourist highlights. Onwards to the next stop, Hondarribia, a village full of history that holds a medieval fortress and the remnants of an area that in the past was a pirate and whaler port. There will be free time for lunch and your guide will suggest a selection of recommended local restaurants.  Continue the last leg of journey to San Sebastian, the most beautiful city in the Basque Country. Enjoy the magnificent views of the mountain Igeldo as you are led on a walking tour into the old historical quarter. Afterwards, take advantage of free time to explore the city at your leisure before returning back to Bilbao in the evening.

From Bilbao: Wine Tour of Rioja with Gourmet Lunch

9. From Bilbao: Wine Tour of Rioja with Gourmet Lunch

Visit two of Rioja’s finest wineries on this day trip from Bilbao. Sample some of the region's most exceptional wines and learn about the production methods. Relax with lunch at a gourmet restaurant and then tour the village of La Guardia.   Travel to the wineries of Ysios Cellar and Marques de Riscal with a guide. Taste at least nine types of wine from both wineries. Enjoy a full tour of one of the wineries to learn the unique production methods used in the area.   Capture photos of the Rioja vineyard landscape from secret vantage points. Admire the views of Rioja's vineyards against the mountainous backdrop. Continue the day with lunch at one of the region's finest restaurants. Try a tasting menu with local wines.  Finally, take a guided tour of the walled, medieval city of LaGuardia, complete with underground cellars and wineries.  Discover the fortified walls and winding cobblestone streets surrounded by vineyards and mountains. 

From San Sebastián: Getaria, Bilbao, and Gaztelugatxe Tour

10. From San Sebastián: Getaria, Bilbao, and Gaztelugatxe Tour

From San Sebastian, leave for to the Guipuzcoan town of Getaria, where we will enjoy a guided tour of its historic quarter, and where we can admire its traditional fishing port, the church of San Salvador or its marvellous beach. Continue to Bilbao, where before getting off the bus we will enjoy a panoramic view of the city, being able to enjoy a privileged view of some of the most important places of the Basque capital. Here we will have time to eat and to make another small visit to the capital. The Arriaga Theatre, the Arenal district, the Church of San Anton or the Ribera Market are some of the must-see sights in Bilbao. For lunch, we will have the information of our guide, who will not only tell us about the best places to eat in Bilbao, but also about all the options and prices that can be found in the city. Our last stop of the day is also one of the most special places in the Basque Country, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet that can only be accessed by a pedestrian path. Make a panoramic tour of the area and learn the area’s dreamlike cliffs, a feature of the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones.

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4.4 / 5

based on 76 reviews

Excellent bike tour incorporating the tourist areas along with cycle through the various residential areas, business area and university. Bikes are very comfortable and easy to use. Our guide, Higoi, gave us an entertaining tour explaining the history of the region right up to present day and made this an excellent way to spend 3-3.5 hours in getting to see a little bit of everything in San Sebastián and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who can ride a bike!!!

Seeing 3 destinations in one day is great when you don't have much time. San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is an unmissable destination despite not getting a ticket to climb the steps. The viewpoint gives you a perspective that you do not have if you are going up to the hermitage. Getaria is a typical town through which to stroll to its port and from San Sebastián we saw its entire historic center as well as its beaches. A very useful day.

It was an absolutely amazing experience, with the most friendly guide who was very knowledgable. This tour covered the majority of San Sebastián that you wouldn’t see on foot. The bikes are well maintained and very easy to use, would highly recommend this tour !

Great !!! Simple to exchange your voucher for a personal ticket, all pleasant, we had a great day, I recommend and we will return with great pleasure before the end of the holidays!!!

Very easy to book and allowed us to see the lovely bay and visit the island.