Sensations of the Basque Country

Sensations of the Basque Country

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Sensations of the Basque Country

7 Days Starting and ending in Bilbao, Biscay, Spain

Visiting: Bilbao, Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Donostia-San Sebastian, La Rioja, Vitoria-Gasteiz

Tour operator:

Omega Tours

Tour code:

1642

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low, All Ages / Not applicable

Age range:

4-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Walking

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Tour Overview

Begin your journey in Bilbao, home to the iconic Guggenheim Museum, a masterpiece of modern architecture. From there, venture to the coastal town of San Sebastian, known for its stunning beaches and world-renowned culinary scene. Indulge in pintxos, the Basque version of tapas, at the bustling old town. Venture to the Viscay Coast, renowned for its dramatic cliffs, picturesque fishing villages, and pristine beaches. Visit the famous La Rioja region, known for its world-class winemaking, stunning landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. This 7-day tour promises an unforgettable experience

Highlights

  • Gernika, where the Casa de Juntas and the renowned Tree of Gernika beckon with tales of Basque history.

  • A special pintxo tasting, a delightful culinary experience.

  • Mount Igueldo, treating you to breathtaking panoramic views of San Sebastian's coastal beauty.

  • Indulge in a tasting of local sweets paired with exquisite Basque chocolates.

  • Rioja wine region, where you'll be treated to stunning views of endless vineyards and encounters with charming wineries.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Bilbao

Location: Bilbao

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Hotel Ilunion, Bilbao, or similar

Meals Included: No Meals

Upon your arrival in Bilbao, you'll be greeted with seamless transportation to your hotel, ensuring a smooth start to your stay in this vibrant city. Take this opportunity to relish the rest of the day, allowing you to freely explore the wonders of Bilbao at your own pace.

Day 2 : Bilbao > Viscay Coast > Bilbao

Location: Bilbao

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Hotel Ilunion, Bilbao, or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore the rich heritage of Bilbao with a full-day itinerary packed with cultural and scenic delights. Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a journey through the city's industrial history along the Bilbao estuary.

As we reach the coast, marvel at the architectural marvel of the Bizkaia Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. En route, the imposing Butron Castle offers a glimpse into a bygone era. The Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve promises a rendezvous with nature, with a remote viewpoint revealing the captivating secrets of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, famously featured in the acclaimed series, Game of Thrones.

In the picturesque fishing village of Bermeo, we'll pause to uncover its hidden charms, accompanied by a special pintxo tasting, a delightful culinary experience. The day continues with a visit to Gernika, where the Casa de Juntas and the renowned Tree of Gernika beckon with tales of Basque history.

In the afternoon, we'll return to Bilbao, granting you ample free time to savor a leisurely lunch. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in a guided walking tour of Bilbao, meandering through its historic center and key districts. As the day concludes, retreat to the hotel for a well-deserved rest, eager to carry the day's memories with you.

Day 3 : Bilbao > Biarritz > St. Jean De Luz > San Sebastian

Location: Bilbao, Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Donostia-San Sebastian

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Sercotel Europa San Sebastián, San Sebastian, or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, embark on a captivating guided excursion to Biarritz in the enchanting French Basque Country. Once a favored summer retreat of European royalty, we'll uncover the city's most iconic viewpoints and renowned spots.

Next, our journey takes us to the picturesque town of St. Jean de Luz, where you'll have the pleasure of strolling through its charming coastal streets and savoring a special local delicacy. Continuing onwards, we'll arrive in the vibrant city of San Sebastian, where you'll have free time to relish lunch in the famous old town (please note, that lunch is not included).

Later in the day, immerse yourself in a guided walking tour, offering insight into the city's rich culture and history. The highlight of the day comes as we ascend Mount Igueldo, treating you to breathtaking panoramic views of San Sebastian's coastal beauty.

As the day winds down, retire to your comfortable accommodations in San Sebastian, eager to rest and rejuvenate for the adventures that lie ahead.

Day 4 : San Sebastian

Location: Donostia-San Sebastian

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Sercotel Europa San Sebastián, San Sebastian, or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

Indulge in a delightful breakfast at the hotel, setting the perfect tone for a day of leisure in this captivating city. The day is yours to explore and savor the charms of San Sebastian at your own pace. Take in the picturesque sights, relish in local cuisine, or simply unwind in the serene surroundings of the hotel.

After a day filled with your own unique experiences, return to the hotel for a comfortable night's rest, ready to embrace whatever adventures await you in the days ahead.

Day 5 : San Sebastian > Bilbao

Location: Donostia-San Sebastian, Bilbao

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Hotel Ilunion, Bilbao, or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

Savor a delightful breakfast at the hotel, setting the tone for a leisurely morning. Take your time to enjoy the amenities and surroundings at your own pace.

In the afternoon, we'll bid farewell to the charming city of San Sebastian as we embark on our journey towards Bilbao. Once we arrive, settle in and make yourself comfortable at the hotel.

Day 6 : Bilbao > La Rioja > Vitoria

Location: Bilbao, La Rioja, Vitoria-Gasteiz

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Hotel Silken Ciudad de Vitoria, Vitoria, or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, prepare for a day filled with cultural and culinary delights.

First, explore Vitoria, the capital of Euskadi, with a panoramic tour and leisurely stroll through its captivating center and historic quarter. Indulge in a tasting of local sweets paired with exquisite Basque chocolates.

Next, venture into the renowned Rioja wine region, where you'll be treated to stunning views of endless vineyards and encounters with charming wineries.

In the picturesque town of Laguardia, enjoy a guided walking tour of its historic heart and a visit to a traditional winery for a tasting. You'll also have some free time to explore at your own pace (lunch not included).

Return to Vitoria later in the day, where you can immerse yourself in the city's vibrant atmosphere or unwind in the comfort of your hotel.

Day 7 : Vitoria > Bilbao

Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Bilbao

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your schedule, you may have some free time to explore the city at your own pace. Later, transfer from the hotel to Bilbao for your onward journey.

What's Included

  • • Accommodation in standard-level hotels

  • • Daily breakfast

  • • Transportation in an air-conditioned luxury coach

  • • Bilingual tour director throughout the journey

  • • Round-trip transfers between the airport or train station and the hotel

  • • Tastings of Basque delights including Pintxos in Bermeo and Sweets in San Juan de Luz

  • • Guided visits and panoramic tours as per the itinerary

  • • Bilingual tour director throughout the journey (English & Spanish)

What's Not Included

  • • International or domestic airfare

  • • Gratuities to guides and drivers

  • • Travel insurance

  • • Additional meals when not mentioned on the itinerary

  • • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned on the itinerary

  • • Local city tax for overnight stays

  • • Visas required for entry into the country as necessary

  • • Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included

Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • What is the maximum group size?

    5 people maximum.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    No, solo travellers are required to book a Single (Private) room.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2005

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please enquire for details, we'll be happy to assist wherever we can.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Electronic Vouchers. These will be provided and attached to your booking (within the Documents section) aprox. 2 weeks prior to travel.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, unfortunately that is not possible on our trips.

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