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

1. Bilbao: San Sebastián & S. Juan de Gaztelugatxe Guided Tour

Explore the Basque Country with a guided tour starting in San Sebastian around the old town to see San Vicente's Church and the Basilica of Santa María del Coro. Step back in time as you learn about the local history and visit important sites such as the Plaza Mayor, Plaza Gipuzkoa, and Town Hall.  Enjoy the atmosphere of San Sebastián as you stroll around Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Constitución. Arrive at the port, one of the most important places in the area. Learn about the fires that devastated a large part of the town. Get your camera ready for photos of La Concha Bay.  Walk around the Town Hall, one of the finest buildings in the city, until arriving in the Ensanche de San Sebastián. Visit the city's lungs, Plaza Gipuzkoa and Plaza Okendo, greenspaces that are surrounded by the Urumea River. After the guided tour is finished, you will have some free time to explore or purchase some of the typical pintxos, or small plates. The tour will end in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet that can only be accessed by a pedestrian path. Go on a panoramic tour of the area and discover the area’s dreamlike cliffs which were featured in the HBO series, Game of Thrones.

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

2. 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: Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian Tour

3. From Bilbao: Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian Tour

See villages trapped in between mountains like the villages of Durango, Eibar and Elgoibar! Arrive at the core of the province, and after the industrial village of Azkoitia, you will arrive at your first stop, the Sanctuary of Loyola, hometown of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Here you will visit the Basilica and the tower house where he was born and lived. Depending on the time, you may wish to attend a ceremony. Next you follow the route towards the coast on the north, passing through Azpeitia. You will also pass through Zestoa, a famous natural spa village with healing waters that attracted the royalty of Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Later you will arrive to the coast at Zumaia, a beautiful village very much appreciated by Basque summer tourists. Following the coastal road you will arrive at your next stop, Getaria. A unique medieval fishing village and hometown of famous figures like captain Juan Sebastian Elcano (the first man to travel around the world by sea), and Cristobal Balenciaga, the famous designer. Then you will pass by Zarauz, a beautiful tourist spot with the largest beach in the province of Gipuzkoa. You will arrive finally to San Sebastian (or Donostia) where you will do a panoramic tour of the city. After lunch, you will do a walking tour into the old quarter visiting the most interesting streets and locations before returning to Bilbao in the evening. Follow the highway towards the east, into the province of Gipuzkoa. On the way to the Sanctuary of Loyola, you will be able to admire the areas of inner Basque Country, combined with rural valleys and industrial

From San Sebastián: Bilbao and Gaztelugatxe Tour

4. From San Sebastián: Bilbao and Gaztelugatxe Tour

From San Sebastian, leave for Bilbao where we will enjoy a guided tour of its historic quarter and some of the most important places of the Basque city. The Arriaga Theatre, the Arenal district, the Church of San Anton or the Ribera Market are some of the must-see sights in Bilbao. Here we will have time to eat. 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.

Zarautz, Getaria And Zumaia From San Sebastian

5. Zarautz, Getaria And Zumaia From San Sebastian

The delights of the coast of Gipuzkoa can be found beyond than the astonishing beaches of San Sebastian: nice villages on the beach such as Zarautz can be discovered, where tourists from all over the world spend their summer enjoying Basque culture, gastronomy and environment at its best. On the other hand, Getaria, with her tiny marina and txakoli vineyards, offers the visitor a wide variety of landscapes. The tour is topped by a stop at the top of Itzurun beach, at Zumaia, where the 7th season of Game of Thrones was shot as a location for Dragonstone.

Private Tour of the Basque Coast and Countryside

6. Private Tour of the Basque Coast and Countryside

This full-day tour combines the typical coastal villages like Zarautz, Getaria &and Zumaia and the lovely mountain roads and views. Zarautz boasts a strong marine tradition of whale hunting which lasted here until the 16th century. Getaria is a charming small fishing village and home of Juan Sebastian Elcano, the man who was first to sail around the world. Discover the famous "Txakoli" local white wine vineyards along the coast and their amazing views and landscapes. Zumaia town offers green mountains which crash into the wild Atlantic Ocean. Driving by old Basque farmhouses, narrow mountainous roads, small villages, sheep and cows, you'll discover the essence of the Basque Country. Explore Ernio and Izarraitz mountains, stunning 360-degree views from the top, with no effort as you will be driven almost to the summit.

From Bilbao: Getaria with Tasting and San Sebastian

7. From Bilbao: Getaria with Tasting and San Sebastian

Leave Bilbao and discover a charming fishing village, Getaria. Enjoy a sea products workshop, and a tasting, and learn about the traditional methods used to make them. Travel to San Sebastian and admire views of Mount Igeldo and enjoy some free time in San Sebastian on this day trip. Depart from Bilbao and travel to Getaria, one of the most charming coastal villages of the Basque Country. Enjoy a walking tour around the historical quarter. Stop to visit a workshop of excellent quality Cantabrian sea products, only captured with traditional methods. Enjoy a tasting of a pintxo with products from the workshop included. Pass by the famous summer resort of Zarautz. Move on to San Sebastian, and enjoy the views of Mount Igueldo, followed by a walking tour around the historic old town. Take free time in San Sebastian to explore the city at the end of the tour.

San Sebastian & Basque Coast Tour From Pamplona

8. San Sebastian & Basque Coast Tour From Pamplona

La Concha Bay is one of the pearls of the Cantabric Sea that bathes the North of Spain, and is located in San Sebastián. Strolling along its iconic railing is a dream for many visitors, who take the opportunity to enter its Old Town and immerse themselves in the cradle of pintxos, miniature gastronomic wonders. Every restaurant is a temple of gastronomy here! Take the opportunity that this tour offers you to visit San Sebastián, have pintxos for lunch, and then get to know the small fishing villages like Getaria that surround the city where time seems to have stopped and traditions flourish in every corner.

From San Sebastian: Guided Coastal Hike with Winery Visit

9. 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.

Basque Country: Mountains, Ocean, & Sanctuary of Loyola Trip

10. Basque Country: Mountains, Ocean, & Sanctuary of Loyola Trip

Experience panoramic mountain views, admire off-the-beaten-track sights, and learn about the Basque Country's fascinating past on this private tour with your own personal guide. Visit Mount Ernio, the Sanctuary of Loyola, Basque Coast Geopark, and more. Enjoy local snacks, lunch, and wine.  Travel to Tolosa to take in the Basque landscape before stopping at a fronton court to play Basque pelota. Continue to Mount Ernio and enjoy views of the mountains. Relax during the descent by car, passing through the idyllic town of Errezil. Learn about the Jesuits founder Saint Ignatius at the Sanctuary of Loyola in Azpeitia. Discover the medieval birthplace of the famous saint and marvel at the Baroque architecture. Take in rugged views of the Izarraitz mountains before heading to the small town of Zumaia. Hike around the scientifically captivating Basque Coast Geopark and walk along the edge of the cliffs. Continue to the coastal fishing village of Getaria to explore one of the best-preserved historical centers of Gipuzkoa before enjoying lunch.

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based on 103 reviews

We hit the road at 8.30 am exactly. Luckily we started in Gatzelugatxe, where there was enough time to walk the stairs to the top. Impressive view. Coffee kiosk opened around 10.30. Bus to San Sebastian was comfy . After the city walking tour we had the arvo for 'free' time. So we strolled through the oldtown, which was pretty amazing. Lovely restaurants and cafes. San Sebas is definitely worth visiting! We left at 5.30 pm. It was a great day- freezing cold though- guides were knowledgeable and fun. Highly recommended.

Lovely guide Lur was fabulous!! She spoke Spanish to the Spanish group first then repeated everything in English for the rest of us. She spoke very well and dropped in a few jokes so it was a really great insightful day. Lots of walking which we loved but some of the older group slowed down towards the end. Lots of steps to get to the church but so worth it. Plenty of time to wander around on our own time to see the sights. Muchas gracias Lur

Highly recommend this tour. San Sebastián is beautiful and if you’re planning a visit to northern Spain, should definitely include it with your visit.

Beautiful day. Perfect itinerary and timing. Friendly, knowledgeable and extremely helpful guide. Tour in 2 languages ing-esp, everything perfect.

The Spot was beautiful and Kevin is an amazing guide!