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From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour

1. From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Bilbao, and then get back to nature on a trip to the amazing rock islet of Gaztelugatxe, located on the coast of Bizkaia just 35 kilometers from Bilbao city center. Arrive at the viewpoint and get 2 hours of free time to explore independently. Use the time to climb to the 10th-century hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, where you can touch the bell of the chapel three times and make a wish. Soak up the stunning views of the Bay of Biscay before traveling to Bermeo to take a walking tour of the charming fishing village. Continue to the historic town of Gernika, site of one of the first aerial bombings by Nazi Germany, and visit the Casa de Juntas (Assembly House) with the famous Tree of Guernica that symbolizes the traditional freedom of the people.

From San Sebastian: Camino de Santiago Hike to San Pedro

2. From San Sebastian: Camino de Santiago Hike to San Pedro

Hike a section of the legendary Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) and experience San Sebastian from a fresh perspective. Stroll along the seafront, and follow the path up through the woods of Mount Ulia. Walk in the footsteps of the medieval pilgrims who followed the path to the shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostela.  Marvel at the beautiful surroundings and get stunning views of the city from the mountain. Learn about the watchtower at the summit, from where whales can be seen in the Bay of Biscay. Make your way over the clifftops and through lush valleys and fill your lungs with the fresh sea air. Pass the remains of a Roman aqueduct, and see the 19th-century La Plata lighthouse that guided fishermen to port. Descend through pine forests to the fishing village of San Pedro, and stop to taste the local seafood tapas with wine, beer, soda, or water. Drive back to San Sebastian at the end of your amazing experience.

From San Sebastian: French-Basque Countryside Private Tour

3. From San Sebastian: French-Basque Countryside Private Tour

The first stop on the tour is Saint Jean Pied De Port which is considered the start point on the famous St. James Way, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The Basque language is still spoken on both sides of the border of this stunning medieval town. Next, it's the town of Bidarray, an off the track town in the countryside. Drive along the famous Pass Du Roland to get to Espelette town. Labourd style houses make this town unique, as it's known for its dried red peppers hanging from their facades. Taste some of the typical products of the region. Ainhoa is known for its church, a cemetery full of the traditional disc-topped monuments and white and red houses - a very typical Basque village. Finally, it's Sare, one of the most beautiful villages. Placed at the base of the first mountain in the Pyrenees mountain range, La Rhune, Sare is a major prehistoric site and has carefully preserved.

Basque Country: Game of Thrones Private Sightseeing Tour

4. Basque Country: Game of Thrones Private Sightseeing Tour

Take a private tour of Basque Country with an English-speaking guide and see the award-winning Game of Thrones come to life. Explore the set locations, remarkable beaches, and extraordinary landscapes where Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen were filmed during the making of season 7. Departing from San Sebastian, your guide will drive along the impressive coastal road from Zarautz to Zumaia. You’ll likely know this as Dragonstone Beach, where, in the famous scene, Daenerys Targaryen returns to Westeros with her army.  After another drive through spectacular Basque Country, the next stop is Gaztelugatxe: Dragonstone Castle. It's a lengthy 45-minute hike to get to the Island – but if you prefer you can take photos from the scenic overlook. The final stop on the tour is in Barrika, where you will visit 2 spectacular beaches where scenes from King’s Landing were filmed. You’ll end the tour feeling like you’ve seen the glory and spectacle of Westeros for yourself.

San Sebastian: Hernio Mountain Small Group Hike

5. San Sebastian: Hernio Mountain Small Group Hike

Your guide will pick you up in your hotel and you will head to the base of the mountain. Arrive and start the hike crossing areas of many trees and small local farms where you will be able to see a new face of the Basque countryside first hand, with crop fields and cattle waiting for you behind every curve.   Once you passed through the forest area, start walking up through an open landscape with sheep herds and ancient huts where shepherds used to hide in the cold winter. Once you the reach the summit take a break to rest, take pictures, talk to local visitors and mostly enjoy the views of the valleys from the top. After getting back to the base of mountain, enjoy a transfer back to your accommodation or any other point in San Sebastian. Your guide will carry the water for the hike, however having your own bottle of water with you is highly recommended.

From San Sebastian: Guided Coastal Hike with Winery Visit

6. From San Sebastian: Guided Coastal Hike with Winery Visit

Meet your guide in San Sebastian and set out on a guided hike along the picturesque Basque coastline. Stop at a farmer’s market to taste local specialties, visit a winery, and end your tour in the village of Getaria. Start your hiking adventure with a scenic train ride from San Sebastian to Zarautz, admiring the striking landscapes along the way. A native of this coastal town, your guide will show you all the best sights of Zarautz. Walk along the beach promenade and visit the farmer’s market where you’ll taste homemade bread, local cheese, apple jelly, and cider. Then, set out on a hike along the Way of St. James and make your way to a txakoli winery. Sample 3 of the wines produced here along with some pintxos or small snacks of tasty tuna, cheese, and salted anchovies from the village. Finally, set out for the coastal town of Getaria, the hometown of Juan Sebastián Elcano, a seaman well-known for being the first man to circumnavigate the earth. It was also home to Spanish fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. Walk the narrow streets lined with medieval buildings and wooden balconies as your guide tells you about the fascinating lives of these two important figures. At the end of your tour, you can choose to board a bus back to San Sebastian with your guide or remain in Getaria to explore the village on your own. The cost of the return bus ticket is not included in the tour.

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What people are saying about Basque Country

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 49 reviews

¡Gran excursion de medio día! Curiosamente, los paisajes son maravillosos! El guía Estefan contó muchas cosas interesantes, ¡el auto se manejó bien! Las horas pasaron como 5 minutes ¡Gracias! Great half day excursion! Interesting, the scenery is amazing! Guide Estefan told a lot of interesting things the car drove well! The hours passed like 5 minutes. Without a tour it is very difficult to do everything. Suitable for families. Thank you!

This was such a cool experience, and I'm so happy I participated in this excursion. The guide, Stephan was very friendly and shared a wealth of knowledge. I recommend wearing good, comfortable walking shoes and bringing water! It was a little more physically challenging than I had assumed, but very much worth it!

This tour is an excellent combination of exercise in nature (climb to Gazlelugataxe) and history (Gernika).

Extraordinaria experiencia; nuestra guía Begonia muy conocedora, amable y considerada. Lo repito.

Stefan is a great tour guide! Timing and the tour itself was perfect! Highly recommended :)