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Not only does Bilbao have ample urban diversions, including the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum. It’s also just a short hop away from the scenic beauty and culinary riches of the Basque Country. Here are a few of the best day trips to take from Bilbao.

San Sebastian — 63 miles (101 km) away
Set along a spectacular stretch of the cliff-, cove-, and beach-bordered Basque coast, this elegant seaside resort is just over an hour’s drive from Bilbao. A gastronomic hotspot, the city is famed for its world-class culinary scene. Try pintxos (Basque Country tapas) and sip txakoli (a subtly effervescent dry white wine) in atmospheric bars in the historic old town. 

Other Basque Country Towns — distances vary
Other cities within day-tripping reach of Bilbao include Biarritz (92 miles or 148 kilometers away), a sophisticated surf town located just across the border in France, and Vitoria-Gasteiz (39 miles or 62 kilometers away), the inland Basque Country capital, which has a killer pintxos scene, pretty cobbled streets, and a 13th-century church-fortress. Meanwhile, 30 minutes east of Bilbao sits the small market town of Gernika (Guernica; 22 miles or 35 kilometers away). In 1937 the Luftwaffe famously bombed the town—a tragic event that inspired Pablo Picasso to create one of his best-known works, Guernica. While Picasso’s original painting now resides in the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, you can see a copy in the Gernika Peace Museum.

Rural Highlights of the Basque Country and Beyond — distances vary
If you want to swap the buzz of Bilbao for the tranquility of the countryside, Urdaibai Biosphere (about 25 miles or 40 kilometers away) is a convenient place to experience the Basque Country’s natural landscapes. The windswept San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (22 miles or 35 kilometers away), a tiny chapel-topped island connected to the mainland by a 240-step rock causeway, is a must-see for Game of Thrones fans, who may recognize it as Dragonstone from the successful series. Day tours also depart from Bilbao and head north to Spain’s acclaimed La Rioja wine-making region (90 miles or 145 kilometers away). 
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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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.22
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Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup

Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Visit iconic San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, aka the castle rock, during this full-day tour that includes stops in Bermeo and Gernika. Climb the narrow, winding steps connecting this castle built high on a rocky island to the mainland and overlook the sea and stunning landscape. Featured on the HBO show “Game of Thrones”, this tour lets you visit “Dragonstone” in real life.
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  • 6 hours
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$80.41
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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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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full day Game of Thrones Tour from Bilbao

Full day Game of Thrones Tour from Bilbao

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On this Game of Thrones tour, you will enjoy the most espectacular filming locations from Season 7 of the most famous HBO TV Show. Of you want to know more about these places and facts about the filming process in Dragonstone and King's Landing, you need to join our tour. We will walk on Dragonstone's beach and go up the stairs reaching Dragonstone Fortress. Moreover, you will learn about Basque Culture, Gastronomy and enjoy beautiful landscapes. If you are staying in Bilbao, there is no excuse. You need to join us and enjoy our Game of Thrones tour with Dragonstone Tours.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.78
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San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast tour from Bilbao

San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast tour from Bilbao

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Discover San Sebastian, one of the most charming cities of Europe, famous also for it's high quality food and of course, 'pintxos'! Conveniently about an hour away from Bilbao, you will visit Donostia along with some small fishing villages on the coast, to make for the perfect day trip during your stay in the basque country. Truly one not to be missed. You will love the fishermen culture in coastal villages like Getaria and Orio. Enjoy a unique day along the Basque coastline in a small group tour guided by a local guide. All included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$247.40
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San Sebastian and Basque Coast Private Tour from Bilbao

San Sebastian and Basque Coast Private Tour from Bilbao

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Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalized attention on this private tour of San Sebastian and the Basque coast. Departing from Bilbao with a private guide, you and your private party will explore San Sebastian to taste some traditional pintxo (tapas), stroll on the beach, and explore the quaint city center. Along the Basque coast, make stops in Zumaia as well as in Getaria for a seafood lunch.
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  • 7 hours
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$290.70
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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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.16
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Biarritz, Saint Jean De Luz, Hondarribia And San Sebastian

Biarritz, Saint Jean De Luz, Hondarribia And San Sebastian

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See many of the most charming areas of the Basque Coast with this day tour. You’ll start with chic Biarritz, once a summer getaway for European royals, followed by a stop at Saint Jean de Luz, where you can try out local treats. Then it’s on to the fishing area of Hondarribia, where you’ll have free time
 to explore or grab lunch, before embarking on a walking tour of San Sebastian followed by a visit to Mount Igueldo.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.59
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Basque Country Full Day Tour from Bilbao

Basque Country Full Day Tour from Bilbao

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The Basque country is one of Spain’s most popular vacation destinations, but with limited time to explore, it can be a challenge to cram in all the highlights. This full-day tour from Bilbao offers a jam-packed itinerary, visiting the towns of Vitoria, Orduña, Santurtzi, and Portugalete; the Salinas de Añana salt valley and the Vizcaya Bridge.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.33
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La Rioja Wine Tour with Gourmet lunch from Bilbao

La Rioja Wine Tour with Gourmet lunch from Bilbao

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The ultimate gastronomy experience, this bespoke tasting and sightseeing tour takes you into some of Rioja’s finest food and drink establishments. Enjoy first-rate wine samples in two local wine bars, plus a visit to a traditional winery where winemaking traditions date back five generations. Full-day tours also include a gourmet tasting lunch overlooking a Rioja vineyard and a walk through the walled medieval city of Laguardia.
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  • 8 hours
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$380.63
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Vizcaya Bridge, Urdaibai, San Juan De Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo And Gernika

Vizcaya Bridge, Urdaibai, San Juan De Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo And Gernika

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Discover the history of Bilbao on this half-day guided tour. Travel along the coast stopping at the Vizcaya Bridge before reaching the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. Following that, head to the charming fishing village of Berme then visit Gernika to see the Assembly House and the Tree of Gernika, a symbol of the Basque people.
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  • 5 hours
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Luxury Basque Coast Private Tour

Luxury Basque Coast Private Tour

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On this full-day private tour, you’ll explore the stunning coastline of the Basque region in your own chauffeured, luxury vehicle. Build your own custom-made itinerary, without the rush of a group tour. Highlights along the way include San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (where scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed), the historic city center of San Sebastian, and the iconic "flysch" of Getaria and Zumaia.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Elorrio, Oñati and Arantzazu

Elorrio, Oñati and Arantzazu

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Discover the secluded secrets of the Basque Country on an explorative excursion from Bilbao. Uncover rural villages, picturesque palaces and historical monument with an accomplished guide, visiting significant landmarks like the Sanctuary of Arantazazu and the Basque Country’s oldest university. Admire luscious landscapes and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel on this enriching adventure. 
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.78
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La Rioja and Vitoria Wine Tour with Winery Visit

La Rioja and Vitoria Wine Tour with Winery Visit

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Visitors to Basque Country can easily miss the charming capital city of Vitoria, opting to tour the smaller villages and wine regions. On this full-day tour across Basque Country, travelers don't need to choose—you'll visit both the city and countryside. Start your day walking through Vitoria's historic quarter, and then head to La Rioja for an afternoon in the vineyards and villages. Wrap up your day at a traditional winery for a wine tasting, included at no extra charge.
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  • 8 hours
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$86.59
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Rioja Private Tour: Medieval Villages, Outdoor Activities, Wine Tasting & Lunch

Rioja Private Tour: Medieval Villages, Outdoor Activities, Wine Tasting & Lunch

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Discover Rioja Wine Region with best tailor-made, multi-activity tour (lunch and transport included). Designed as a 3-course menu, you will enjoy different experiences among a wide selection to choose: • Start with an outdoor / sport activity (2 hours): kayak, or hiking, with best customized routes. Changing room and shower facilities available. • Discover the history and ancient wine-making culture of the region, with a guided tour in a medieval village followed by a winery visit including wine tasting. Best local selection of medieval villages and nearby wineries. • End up with a gastronomical experience (1´5 hour): a local traditional menu in a family-run restaurant, a pintxos/tapas guided tour, or a gastro-picnic in a natural scenery. • Meeting point at Labastida, but also if required pick-up and round-trip transfer to your accommodation in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Logroño, Bilbao, San Sebastian or any other village of the region.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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La Rioja Wine Tour with Two Winery Visits with Wine Tasting from Bilbao

La Rioja Wine Tour with Two Winery Visits with Wine Tasting from Bilbao

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Spain is widely famous for its wines' high quality, and the cradle of these wines, the land that provides its name to the apellation of La Rioja, is not far from Bilbao. Enjoy visiting two wineries, have a relaxing walk through the vineyards, learn the wine-making process from the grape harvest to the aging and finish the experience with a wine tasting in each winery to taste some of the best Rioja wines. Two different wineries will be visited in order to learn the difference from one winery to the other. Along the day we will also visit the charming medieval village of Laguardia were two pintxos and wines will be tasted to have a complete gastronomical day.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$241.22
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Elorrio, Oñati, Basque Shepherds And Sanctuary Of Arantzazu

Elorrio, Oñati, Basque Shepherds And Sanctuary Of Arantzazu

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Get to grips with the rural Basque Country, exploring hidden villages and one-of-a-kind destinations alongside a local guide. You’ll travel through Elorrio and Oñati, two charming villages hemmed in by mountains, stopping by the Basque Country’s oldest university, Europe’s only Shepherd School, and the Sanctuary of Arantzazu, along the way.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.22
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Cantabric Sea Experience: Food & Wine Tasting

Cantabric Sea Experience: Food & Wine Tasting

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Get a taste of the food and wine of the Basque region on this half-day tour. Taking place in a traditional Basque villa, the experience includes a wine tasting with aroma tests and blind tastings. Then, enjoy lunch or dinner (depending on option chosen) with Txuleta steak, the traditional t-bone steak of northern Spain.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$197.92
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Bilbao: Discover Añana Salt Valley and Vitoria

Bilbao: Discover Añana Salt Valley and Vitoria

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Explore the beauty of the Basque Country on this fascinating day tour. You’ll save hours researching highlights and planning transport by having a full itinerary and round-trip transport provided. Highlights include visiting Añana Salt Valley and learning about salt production, and exploring the many highlights of Vitoria, such as the Gothic style Cathedral of Santa Maria.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$599.96
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CERTAL SETS TOURS: Gulf of BIZKAIA Vip Experience (6 hours)

CERTAL SETS TOURS: Gulf of BIZKAIA Vip Experience (6 hours)

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GULF OF BIZKAIA Tour Vip: Private luxury car tour accompanied by a tour guide to a spectacular setting, such as San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo, where you will have a snack with fresh Basque products 1 pintxo-pot (1 Basque cover +1 drink). Then, you will taste a delicious menu in the restaurant of the Castle of Arteaga and finally, a tour of the Urdaibai Reserve with a stop in the town of Mundaka. Total duration about 8 hours of this wonderful and exclusive Tour of the Coast of Bizkaia, where you will discover three of its great treasures and enjoy a luxury for the treatment received.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$716.84
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Аbout Bilbao in russian

Аbout Bilbao in russian

The tour will be held in Russian! You can see all the main sights of Bilbao in one single day. You will see the city from the top of the mountain and feel its special atmosphere from the inside, walking along the old part of the city and learning its amazing story. The story of cheerful hardworking people, kings and their subjects, great enterprising people, about the converters and reformers who surprised the whole world. You will ride the funicular that is 100 years old, as well as cross the Nervion River on the one-of-a-kind flying suspension bridge currently operating.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$191.74
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Full-day San Sebastian tour from Bilbao

Full-day San Sebastian tour from Bilbao

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San Sebastian is one of the star attractions of Spain’s Basque Country and this full-day day tour from Bilbao takes in all the highlights. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, stroll along the beautiful La Concha Beach, and take in the views from Igeldo Mountain.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.82
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San Sebastian Private Day Tour from Bilbao with Hotel or Cruise Port Pick-up

San Sebastian Private Day Tour from Bilbao with Hotel or Cruise Port Pick-up

San Sebastian is home to some of the best beaches of Spain’s Basque Country, but visiting on a group tour often means limited time for sightseeing and sunbathing. This private full-day tour from Bilbao offers plenty of time to explore the city or hit the beach, with private transport, a private guide, and an itinerary tailored to your preferences. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$627.17
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