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Bizkaia Coast, Countryside and Gernika Tour

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Tour Description

We will take you directly north along the beautiful tree-lined roads towards the rugged, green coast and countryside of the Basque Country. This tour is the best for nature and history lovers, and is also one of our top tours!

Itinerary

Gernika

Our first stop on this private tour will be in the historic town of Gernika. This city holds immense political importance for the Basque people. Local politicians have made important national decisions here for nearly 1000 years.The city has historical significance as the sight of a horrific aerial bombing in 1937. This day in history was the inspiration for Pablo Picasso’s famous Guernica painting that portrays this infamous day. Additionally, we will also visit the Tree of Gernika, where the Basque democracy originates and still has tremendous importance to this day. The provincial government of Bizkaia has their parliament building here as well.

Mundaka

Our next stop is the quaint village of Mundaka right at the mouth the scenic Oka River overlooking Bay of Biscay. From Mundaka, you will be afforded amazing views of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This estuary is one of the most naturally beautiful sites in the entire Basque Country. The small fishing port is also home to a world-class surf break known the world over amongst surfers.

Bermeo

Bermeo, with its beautiful multi-colored buildings, is just a short drive west of Mundaka. The old town is lined with centuries old multi-colored houses that make for a unique photo opportunity. This town also has an active fishing fleet, and was once an important whaling port for the Basques.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Our next stop on the Basque coast is at the 10th-century hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, which is an incredible feat of structural engineering. This small church sits at the pinnacle of a small island connected to the coast only via a small stone bridge. Gaztelugatze was also predominately featured in season 7 of the acclaimed television show Game of Thrones. There are many sites in Basque Country where the series was filmed. We will also stop in the nearby town of Bakio for nice local lunch or pintxos if you prefer. On the way back to your hotel we will take you along the scenic route through the Basque mountains and small towns that dot the countryside.

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Bizkaia Coast, Countryside and Gernika Tour Price

Included
  • Private tour
  • Basque local guide/driver
  • Private premium vehicle and alll transportation costs (fuel, parking and tolls)
Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrances to venues, museums, etc...
  • Any other not specified items in the tour description
Price
  • 425€ (total) for groups of 2
  • 450€ (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: 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.
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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.
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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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