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Bilbao River Tour

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Bilbao Tour for Cruise Ship Guests

When docking in the port of Bilbao in Getxo on your European cruise we know your time is valuable as you may only have a half-day to see the city. For our cruise ship guests we know that your time in the Basque Country may be limited and you desire to see Bilbao, the Guggenheim Museum, Getxo and the surrounding area! Thus, we design tours and shore excursions that show you the best of the region in a way that maximizes your time ashore! We can take you on private guided tour that highlights the best of Bilbao and the beautiful coastline of the Basque Country. However, if you have a specific interest we can absolutely accommodate your wishes while considering time constraints.

What to do in Bilbao from cruise ship?

Private Group & Customized

Pick-up at Port of Bilbao in a luxury and spacious Mercedes-Benz van or Audi sedan depending on your group size. We will then make the short drive to the scenic old port city of Algorta where we take you on a guided walking tour through the centuries old fishing village.

The Bizkaia Bridge: A Technological Marvel

On our second stop we will make another short drive over to the Puente Colgante Hanging Bridge in the city of Getxo, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. This is one of the most famous sites in the Basque Country!

Bilbao Cruise Port to Guggenheim

Bilbao is our next stop on the tour. We will take you on a guided walking tour of the city which includes stops at the famed Guggenheim Museum (entrance tickets not included), the old quarter of Bilbao, and numerous medieval churches, and other notable sights… Take a trip back in time as we walk through Bilbao’s scenic Casco Viejo or Old Part, which highlights the 700 year old buildings and architecture that make this area so unique. Points of interest on our Bilbao guided tour include century old Cathedrals, City Hall, local Basque food markets, and other interesting anecdotes associated with the history of the city. In Bilbao you will have the opportunity to taste the delicious Basque pintxos (tapas) at the numerous bars that line the streets. We will stop for at a local bar for 2 pintxos (tapas) and 1 drink (included)

Spectacular Views from Mt. Artxanda

We finish this private Basque tour with a short drive to the peak of Mt. Artxanda, which offers absolutely stunning views of the entire city.

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Bilbao Tour for Cruise Ship Guests Price

  • Private tour
  • 2 pintxos (tapas) and 1 drink at a local bar
  • Basque local guide/driver
  • Private premium vehicle and all transportation costs (fuel, parking and tolls)
Not included
  • Other food and drinks
  • We can add a food and wine component to this tour for a surcharge
  • Entrances to venues, museums, etc...
  • Any other not specified items in the tour description
  • 450€ (total) for groups of 2
  • 525€ (total) for groups of 3-4
  • For larger groups please contact us for a price quote
  • Start time: 9:30am
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Tour starts and finishes at your hotel/port of Bilbao
  • Fully insured and licensed by the Basque Government

Also Asked...

If you enjoy a cruise in the Basque Country, these are some of the plans that you can write down in your route. 

Planning Bilbao cruises 

Day 1. Explore Basque culture: Visit the iconic Guggenheim Museum, a spectacular building that houses an impressive collection of contemporary art. You can also explore the Casco Viejo, with its historical architecture, the Cathedral of Santiago and the Plaza Nueva.

Day 2. Walk along the Ría de Bilbao: Enjoy a quiet walk along the Ría de Bilbao, where you can admire the modern architecture and emblematic bridges, such as the Zubizuri Bridge. You can also take a boat trip along the estuary to enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Day 3. Visit the Vizcaya Hanging Bridge: Considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this impressive suspension bridge joins the banks of the Nervión River. You can cross it in the gondola to enjoy panoramic views and explore the surrounding area.

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john f
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
Theresa M
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!
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.
Geraldine T
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!
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!!!
Rigmor Helen A
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.
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.
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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