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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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john f
29 October 2023
Amazing gourmet pintxos tour in Bilbao Our guide Olaia was amazing. So much local knowledge and enthusiasm. Everyone in the group loved the experience. Perfectly arranged in both the locations and food and drink progression.
Mitch Z
Mitch Z
29 October 2023
New experience very fun experience the wine was incredible and the food was completely new to us. Olaia the guide was very friendly and made us feel welcome
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Theresa M
27 October 2023
Great night We had the best night with Olaia! Delicious food that we would have not otherwise tried and lots of laughs. Thank you!
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RichardS
25 October 2023
Don’t miss this Don’t miss this experience. Olaia is an absolute delight. She will educate you, feed you, buy drinks for you and charm you. I think this is my favorite experience of the dozens I have enjoyed over the years.
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Geraldine T
24 October 2023
A wonderful experience Our guide Olaia was fantastic, very knowledgeable about the wine and food. We went to 5 fabulous bars, each one a gem. Thank you Olaia!
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Vacation700200
24 October 2023
Bilbao pintxos and local drinks tour Olaia was a great host,friendly and knowledgeable about the food, wine and Basque culture, thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Originally we thought it was expensive per person but as it turned out it was good value for money and would highly recommend it.
Heather C
Heather C
23 October 2023
Absolutely a 10/10 Jani was an amazingly friendly and passionate guide. I loved that she and her family are Basque. She was able to authentically share with us her experience growing up in Bilbao and efforts to preserve the culture and language today. We also learned a lot about La Rioja and visited three wonderful, intimate wineries as well as LaGuardia. And absolute 10 out of 10. She even gave us great recommendations for the rest of our trip. Thank you, Jani!!!
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Rigmor Helen A
22 October 2023
Morsom og veldig hyggelig kveld 😊 Morsom opplevelse sammen med hyggelige mennesker, og en fantastisk guide. Olaia anbefales på det varmeste. Maten og drikken hadde noen uvante smaker, men likevel en flott opplevelse.
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Vegar
20 October 2023
Great experience - A must do in Bilbao This tour is a "must do" and a wonderful intro to Bilbao. We had the pleasure of having Olaia as our guide. An energetic, charming, and knowledgeable Bilbaína. Along with enjoying delicious pintxos, cider and wine, we also learned about basque culture & history. Highly recommended.
watpar
watpar
20 October 2023
Joyous introduction to Basque food and drink led by exceptional host Olaia. Fabulous well constructed tour led by wonderful, vibrant host Olaia. Convivial company and great selection of bars with award wining wines and food. The tour is centred on the old town, so it’s compact and accessible. Great introduction to basque culture and food. Good value for money.
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