The Best of Basque

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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Ross C
Ross C
15 June 2024
Great fun food and wine tour! Had a great food tour with Olaia. She was so informative, not just about the food and wine, but the history of the region and the local culture too. Great fun! 😊
Robert C
Robert C
15 June 2024
A Moveable Feast Had a great experience tasting ~2 award-winning appetizers and paired wines (+ one cider) from 5 different bars in (old & new) Bilbao. Led by a very knowledgeable local guide and enjoyed getting to know the other visitors during this “extended “ meal. Highly recommended!
Roy C
Roy C
15 June 2024
An exceptional La Rioja premium wine tour We had an amazing day visiting La Rioja region and the 3 premium wineries. From start to finish Jani, the tour guide, was extremely informative about the different regions, wineries and culture. We enjoyed the visit to each of the unique wineries, and the wine tasting for all of them was exceptional. The experience of the winery with subterranean wine cellars is one we will never forget. The visit to the town of Laguardia finished the day off nicely before the drive back to Bilbao. Many thanks to all our guides who went the extra mile to accommodate all of our needs and wishes. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the region. Roy & Christine
Cath H
Cath H
13 June 2024
Best of the Basque Best of the Basque We (my husband and another couple) loved this tour with Jani. Not only did we get to taste some wonderful food and wine, but we also saw some fun local bars/restaurants and enjoyed the company of fellow travellers. Best of all was Jani’s knowledge and enthusiasm for all things Basque. Jani is warm and engaging and we all thoroughly enjoyed our insights into the local history and culture. Big thumbs up from us all.
LeeshH66
LeeshH66
12 June 2024
Brilliant tour, don't hesitate and go in it! A brilliant tour and way to enjoy pintxos. Irene was really friendly, knwoledgable and passionate about her city and the basque country and culture. She took is us 5 different bars and had 2 local pintxos at each, and paired it all with different local wines and ciders - so you definitely got your money and belly's worth. I loved how Irene mixed the more traditional bars and pintxos with the more contemporary/fusion ones too. It was a great way to meet other people and I liked that the tour had around 10 people max. I would highly reccomend the tour and would do so at the beginning of your stay if you can, so you can return to your favourite ones during your stay!
Walter
Walter
11 June 2024
Food tour The food tour was really interesting and our guide, Olaia, was nice. Great food and selection Of wines. I will definitely recommend this tour👍
Kara S
Kara S
11 June 2024
Amazing food and wine tour with a great group!! Irene was such an incredible tour guide!! The food and wine was wonderful, and she was so much fun to spend the evening with. We went to five bars and truly had such a memorable evening!
Andrew K
Andrew K
10 June 2024
Great night! Irene was a wonderful guide. Such a fun and entertaining night with great food, drinks and laughs! Recommend everyone goes on a tour so you can get the best out of your visit to Bilbao.
Sean M
Sean M
10 June 2024
A must do in Bilbao Irene did a fantastic job showing us around the old & new town in Bilbao - great food & drinks - with a small group which were good company!
Hannah G
Hannah G
10 June 2024
The highlight of our trip I highly recommend this tour if you are visiting Bilbao! Irene was an amazing guide, taking us to pinxos bars we never would have found on our own, and giving us recommendations of other places to eat and drink for the rest of our trip. The food was delicious and the wine was flowing! Accomodations were made to people’s dietary requirements and food preferences. We all left full and very happy. Thank you so much!
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