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Añana Salt Valley and Vitoria City Tour

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Tour Description

On this tour of Basque we will visit the millennia old Salt Valley of Añana in the tranquil Basque countryside. We will also visit the charming Basque capital of Vitoria-Gasteiz. The capital city of Basque Country has a medieval quarter that dates backs to the 12th century, and other interesting sites.

Itinerary

Añana Salt Valley

The Añana salt flats, 30 km from Vitoria are one of the oldest salt factories in the world, with more than 6,500 years of history. Its prized salt is completely pure, as it comes from an ancient sea of more than 200 million years. The Salt Valley in the town of Añana is currently one of the most spectacular and best-preserved cultural landscapes in Europe. Its value lies not only in its unique architecture or in its more than 6,500 years of documented of history, not even in its geological characteristics, its biodiversity or in its prized landscapes, but in the union in perfect harmony of all this in a privileged context. in the oldest town in Alava, and in what were waters of a vast sea 200 million years ago, stands the Salt Valley of Añana. A magnificent outdoor cultural landscape (monument) formed over more than 5,000 years. A unique and extensive network of wooden channels distribute the water to the most remote corners of the Salt Valley.

Vitoria City Tour

Vitoria-Gasteiz was awarded the European Green Capital by the European Commission in 2012. As a result, there are more parks and green spaces per capita than anywhere else in the European Union. We will stop at the Park of Florida that sits just outside the old quarter of the city. The tour includes a guided walk through the old quarter stopping at historic palaces and churches. One particular 13th century cathedral along our route inspired the novel World Without End by Ken Follet.

Pintxos and Tapas

On this guided tour of the Basque capital we take you on a leisurely stroll through the section of the old quarter that contains dozens of bars. Here we will stop and snack on some delectable pintxos & tapas while you take in the vibrant atmosphere of Vitoria.

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Añana Salt Valley and Vitoria City Tour Price

Included
  • Private tour
  • Entrances/tour of Añana Salt Valley and light lunch of pintxos in Vitoria
  • Basque local guide/driver
  • Private premium vehicle and all transportation costs (fuel, parking and tolls)
Not Included
  • Other food and drinks
  • Entrances to venues, museums, etc...
  • Any other not specified items in the tour description
Price
  • 435€ (total) for groups of 2
  • 485€ (total) for groups of 3-4
  • For larger groups please contact us for a price quote
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Details
  • Start time: 9:00am
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Tour starts and finishes at your hotel/port of Bilbao
  • Fully insured and licensed by the Basque Government

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Sightsee791036
Sightsee791036
27 June 2024
Brilliant food tour! A great experience, we discovered places and dishes we wouldn't have found by ourselves. Olaia was a very fun and informative guide, highly recommend this food tour!
Jack M
Jack M
26 June 2024
Delightful Really lovely experience. Olaia the guide was amazing and the food and drink was super tasty also. Recommend if you want some local spots of Blibao
Paradise783206
Paradise783206
26 June 2024
Excellent tour guide and food recommendations I was so glad I booked this. It was really great value and we got to try so many different pinxtos and local drinks that I would have never known about. Our guide, Olaia, was fantastic and made sure everyone felt looked after. She was able to give us so many hints and tips about what to check out around the city. Would recommend to anyone as one of your first stops in Bilbao.
Lauren F
Lauren F
25 June 2024
Beautiful and fascinating trip A wonderful trip! Jani was an amazing guide and told us about the area’s history as well as guiding us on the beautiful hike! Jani adjusted the pace of the hike to match our needs so we all had a great experience! Thank you!
Mike1903
Mike1903
25 June 2024
Highly recommended!! This tour was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates food and wine; and wants to experience this important aspect of Basque culture. Our guide, Olaia, was charming, helpful and very accommodating, she went out of her way to ensure the whole group had a good time.
Anna F
Anna F
24 June 2024
Heerlijk eten en drinken, zeker aan te raden! We hebben een hele leuke avond gehad tijdens deze culinaire tour door Bilbao. Olaia was heel enthousiast en nam ons mee naar de beste pintxo plekjes in old town. Ook vertelde over de geschiedenis van de stad en het eten. Zeker aan te raden!
StarletScarlet
StarletScarlet
23 June 2024
Just book!! Fabulous foodie experience with an enthusiastic and friendly guide. We had a fabulous time and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend! This was such a great way to experience Bilbao and learn about Basque culture. Definitely our Bilbao highlight!
Kwoo75
Kwoo75
23 June 2024
Superb 5 star Experience! This experience was the highlight of our time in Bilbao, amazing 5star guide, stunning food, gorgeous wine (and cider) plus we were so lucky as our group consisted of all different nationalities and what a fantastic group it was! Highly recommend.
John T
John T
22 June 2024
A Perfect Evening of Pinchos and Wine. Started in Bilbao’s Old Town with a selection of pinchos paired with wine, Spanish of course. Local guide irena was festive, patient and knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm was infectious, I came from a similar tapas tour in Madrid and this one was more substantial and more interesting.
Pathfinder284
Pathfinder284
22 June 2024
Amazing food tour, worth every penny. Great food tour, informative, fun and good value for money. Olaia was a wonderful guide, enthusiastic and passionate about her country.
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