Welcome to Bilbao, Northern Spain

Nestled amongst rolling green hills and built on the banks of the Nervion River, the city of Bilbao is the crowning jewel of the Basque Country. The city is brimming with culture and celebrates its own rich history with fascinating museums around every corner. Whether you’re into fine-art, Basque culture or maritime history Bilbao boasts excellent points of homage, with its most famous in ode to Modern Art. The Guggenheim museum is a unique structure, its shimmering contorted shape resembling the ships that once docked in the city. We will get exclusive access to its fine collection of modern-art with the museum closed to the public. Away from the museums, Bilbao boasts a juxtaposition of charming and pedestrianised modern plazas and parks with 14th century Gothic architecture thrown in there too; all to be enjoyed from a riverside terrace sampling locally produced wine and delectable pintxos, the elaborate Basque tapas.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Guggenheim Museum while it is closed to the public
  • Discover Bilbao’s rich and proud history on a historic walking tour
  • Sample fine wine lovingly produced in a picturesque Basque vineyard
  • Try pintxos, the authentic Basque tapas in one of the city's many traditional bars and restaurants
  • Dates & Prices

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    April 6 - April 10, 2018 (5 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £749 Book Now

    Discounted Sighted Price: £399 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 649 GBP Book Now

    Discounted Sighted Price: 329 GBP Contact us for availability

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    Bilbao riverside with buildings stretching up a hill, including an ornate church with spire
  • A selection of pintxos, including, cheese, olives and cured meats. Two glasses of dark red wine stand behind the platter

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 4 nights accommodation at Hotel Zenit in Bilbao
    • All breakfasts
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Guided walking tour of Bilbao with small pintxos tasting
    • Private guided tour of the Guggenheim museum
    • Vineyard tour and wine tasting (optional) £35
    A cathedral surrounded by trees with a narrow tower with a crucifix on top

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Friday 6th April

Today we meet at the airport at 11.20am to travel to Bilbao. The afternoon and evening will be at leisure to wander Bilbao’s streets and soak up traditional Basque culture.

Tonight will be our first opportunity to venture out into the city and sample the local cuisine. The Basque country has a rich gastronomic tradition and Bilbao’s is punctuated by delicious fresh seafood and pintxos – small sumptuous bites of tapas. These tasty morsels can be made up of various cured meats, octopus, anchovies, potato omelette with alioli sauce, mushroom croquettes, cheese, and a huge variety of different flavours and seasoning.

Overnight in Bilbao.

Saturday 7th April

On our guided walking tour we will explore Bilbao’s streets and discover the stories that lie behind a town steeped in history dating back as early as 1300. Bilbao has transformed from a grey port town to a flourishing and cosmopolitan city. We will explore the winding cobbled streets of the old town surrounded by boutique shops, pintxos bars and artisan cafes. We will also get to promenade along the banks of the river before visiting the Catedral de Santiago, a Gothic revival cathedral, a beautiful building first built as the city’s parish church in the 14th century. The cathedral is nestled in Bilbao’s old town adjacent to the Plaza de Santiago which contains beautiful fountains designed by Luis Paret. Yet perhaps the most symbolic building is the Basilica de Begona, which towers high above the city, and was built in the 16th century by Sancho Martinez de Arego.

On our way, we will take a break to relax with coffee and cake – the most celebrated of these is the pastel vasco, a cross between a tart and a cake stuffed with almond cream. Alternatively, perhaps sample a local wine from the Rioja region or a pintxos if you choose.

On Saturday nights the town comes alive with revellers of all ages out in the huge number of restaurants and bars, all having a nibble on delightful small dishes, carefully prepared in the Basque tradition of elaborate gastronomy.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Bilbao.

Sunday 8th April

The city’s quaint pedestrianised old town is perfect for aimlessly strolling and bumping into shops, cafes, restaurants and bakeries. While in this part of the city it is impossible to not want to delve deeper into the city’s past. Today you can explore one of the many fascinating museums. Art is celebrated in excellent museums of both fine and sacred art. The city has a rich maritime past too, or you may wish to engross yourself in more political debates in the Bullfighting museum, or the museum of the Basque Country.

Bilbao is much more than just history. The city has modernised into a truly cosmopolitan city with an excellent public transport system that makes getting around quick and easy.  You could visit the Azkuna building, an old complex which has been modernized to contain a library, bars, restaurants, cinema and a roof top swimming pool with glass floor.

Today you also have the option to escape the city into the lush green countryside. Bilbao enjoys a moderate climate with plenty of rain that keep its surrounding countryside verdant and excellent for producing wine. On our excursion you can head to a family run authentic Basque vineyard and sample some wines lovingly-produced in the time-honoured fashion. We will try to pause from the sampling to learn a little of this family’s methods, before resuming the tasting while nibbling away on some supplementary pintxos, as we breathe in the fresh country air.  Transfers are included.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Bilbao.

Monday 9th April

The exterior of the Guggenheim is extremely unique – its vast, grey shimmering twisted walls resemble one of the ships from the city’s bygone maritime glory days. Huge silver panels appear to form scales on the museum’s exterior with the skylights in the roof forming fin-like shapes.

Inside, the interior of the museum continues in this spectacular and bizarre vein with consistently trailblazing exhibits and an extensive collection of modern art. Our guide will bring the museum to life for our group with a tailor-made tactile and sensory tour, all to be enjoyed without queues or hassle as the museum will be closed to the general public.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Bilbao.

Tuesday 10th April

Today we will have one final morning at leisure before checking out and returning to the airport for our international departure.

Breakfast included.