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How to Spend 3 Days in Basque Country

How to Spend 3 Days in Basque Country

Its easy to forget that you’re in Spain when you visit the Basque Country (País Vasco). From Bilbao’s cutting-edge art scene to the Basque coastline, here’s how to experience the Basque Country’s rich culture over three days.

Day 1: Bilbao

Spend your first day in the Basque Country exploring one of its greatest treasures—Bilbao. In the morning, explore the Guggenheim, Spain’s largest art museum, with an art historian guide for insight into its collection of modern and contemporary art. 

After lunch, stroll the cobbled streets of the Old Town (Casco Viejo) as part of a walking tour, which typically cover highlights such as Plaza Nueva, La Ribera Market, the Cathedral of Santiago, and the Bidebarrieta (Central Library). Bilbao’s riverside is a perfect setting for a cycling excursion. In the evening, get your first taste of pintxos (the Basque version of tapas) during a food-and-wine tour of Bilbao’s best local spots.

Day 2: San Sebastian

Throughout Europe, San Sebastián is famous for its seafood-based and artfully-presented cuisine. Unanimously considered Spain’s finest tapas, pintxos would be reason enough to visit this elegant coastal resort, but you’ll also be enchanted by its beach and atmospheric Old Town. Start your day with a tour around town, either on foot or by bike, followed by an afternoon cooking class, most of which focus on the art of pintxo making. 

Then, take a break from eating by watching sunset at the beach before you join a local for a bar and restaurant hop through the Old Town, where you can dry the local delicacy of txakoli, a lightly sparkling wine often served with pintxos.

Day 3: Wine Country

Head south today on a day trip to La Rioja, Spain’s most-celebrated wine region. Explore its charming villages and revel in its scenic countryside while you sample the fruits of its countless bodegas (wineries). Leave the driving to someone else by opting for a tour of wine country; you’ll typically stop at several wineries to learn more about the wine making process, sample some of Rioja’s best wines, and enjoy views of the Basque Country’s scenic countryside. Most tours also include lunch.

The Basque region is one of the world’s best fine dining destinations, with some 40 Michelin starred restaurants. Take this evening as an opportunity to book a table at one of them for a dinner to remember.

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Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hondarribia and San Sebastian Full Day Tour

Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hondarribia and San Sebastian Full Day Tour

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Marvel at the scenic splendor of San Sebastian on a delightful day-trip from Bilbao. Wander the winding streets of the city’s Old Quarter to see antique architecture; pleasure your palate with Spanish specialties in the small fishing village of Hondarribia; and sink your toes into the silken sands of Biarritz, a sandy stretch declared the ‘Beach of Kings’ due to regular visits by European royalty. Convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel is included in this tour.   
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The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

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Explore the spectacular and sacred sites of the Basque country on an enriching full-day excursion from Bilbao. Visit grand ecclesiastical structures like the Sanctuary of Loyola to attend an enlightening prayer ceremony; discover the quaint fishing villages that pepper the coastline to see why Bilbao residents favor them for their summer sojourns; and tour the stunning sights of the city of San Sebastian with an accomplished guide. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Bilbao hotel is included in this tour.       
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Donostia - San Sebastián Hop On - Hop Off Sightseeing Tour

Donostia - San Sebastián Hop On - Hop Off Sightseeing Tour

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Enhance your sightseeing in San Sebastián with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel with ease between Playa de la Concha beach, Miramar Palace and other top attractions, and hop on and off at any of the city-wide stops. Alternatively, choose to stay on for the full loop and listen to the audio commentary to find out more about the Basque city.
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Basque Coast Tour: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika

Basque Coast Tour: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika

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Cruise the curvaceous coastline of Bilbao in a luxurious minivan on a guided tour of the city and its sights. See the intriguing industrial areas that propelled Bilbao into prosperity and visit significant landmarks like the Transporter Bridge of Bizkaia and the San Juan de Gaztelugatxe hermitage. Visit the quaint coastal villages that pepper the Basque Coast and absorb the tranquil ambiance of picturesque marinas on this enriching excursion.
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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

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Discover the verdant vineyards and intriguing history of the Rioja wine region on a full-day tour from Bilbao. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit charming villages like Harn and Laguardia to see medieval monuments and admire spectacular views of the countryside. Venture to Vitoria in order to wander the sprawling vineyards and descend into atmospheric wine cellars to learn about complex manufacturing processes. Pleasure your palate with the refined taste of signature wines during a tasting session and enjoy a traditional lunch in a locally recommended restaurant (own expense).  
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3-Day San Sebastián City Break

3-Day San Sebastián City Break

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Explore San Sebastian at your own pace with this independent 3-day tour that includes two nights of accommodations, snacks, drinks, a city map, vouchers, and an admission ticket to the Aquarium in the city. You’ll also receive an information booklet, so you can see top attractions you won’t want to miss during your stay.
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