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Bilbao Tour for Cruise Ship Guests

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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

Included
  • 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
Price
  • 450€ (total) for groups of 2
  • 525€ (total) for groups of 3-4
  • For larger groups please contact us for a price quote
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Details
  • 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

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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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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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