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Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Meet your guide outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to begin a guided tour of both the inside and the outside of the museum. Skip the ticket line and discover more about one of the foremost symbols of the city. Learn why Bilbao was chosen as the home for the stunning Frank Gehry-designed building, and discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum.  Then, get to know the most important works of the Guggenheim's permanent and rotating collections as you wander through its galleries, atrium, and terrace in the company of your guide. Admire its undulating, serpentine forms, among large-scale works of art that will surprise you due to the material used.

Bilbao: San Mamés Museum and Stadium Tour

2. Bilbao: San Mamés Museum and Stadium Tour

Access the Museum between gates 19 and 20 of the famous San Mamés stadium where the tour visit begins. Then experience a unique insight into the world of football at grass level. Live the experience of a real-life footballer as you run out onto the field from the tunnel, wander through the locker rooms, and imagine the buzz of excitement in the press room. Along with the stadium tour, visit the modern and innovative Athletic Club museum, home to a wide selection of fascinating football memorabilia. Explore the museum and marvel at its collection of 500 original football-related objects that have been collected over more than a century. See the past and present of the club come to life as you admire trophies, costumes, graphics and audiovisual material celebrating the Red and Whites. There’s plenty to see and do at the museum with 4 audiovisual productions, 13 interactive systems, 600 videos, an immersive video-wall, and a playroom equipped with entertainment for all ages.

San Sebastian: Ultimate Pintxos & Wine Evening Tour

3. San Sebastian: Ultimate Pintxos & Wine Evening Tour

Join a curated San Sebastian pintxos tour to discover the city’s best pintxos bars in the old town while you learn the local ways of dining out and how to enjoy the Basque way of eating (and drinking).  Along the way, learn the fascinating history of the region’s complex and unique cuisine and culture, as you weave in and out of its mystery-filled streets. Begin the evening in true local style with some crisp local cider and delicious seafood pintxos. Move on to acorn-fed Iberian ham, as well as the local variety. Taste the best anchovies in the country, the most delicious local beef, seared local cod, suckling pig, and more.  Dive into hand-picked hidden taverns serving delicious and unique house specialties– from traditional local favorites to gourmet modern creations - you’ll try them all. Wash the pintxos down with excellent local wines, ciders, and more. Gain an understanding of the local culture and history – which is plentiful in the Basque Country and San Sebastian as you fill your mind as well as your belly.  Receive a free mini-guide, which is packed with all of the guide's favorite places to eat and drink in the city, so you’ll be eating well for the rest of your stay.

Bilbao: S. Juan de Gaztelugatxe Getaria & San Sebastián Tour

4. Bilbao: S. Juan de Gaztelugatxe Getaria & San Sebastián Tour

From Bilbao, leave for San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet that can only be accessed by a pedestrian path. Make a panoramic tour of the area and discover the area’s dreamlike cliffs, a feature of the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones. Continue to the Guipuzcoan town of Getaria and enjoy a guided tour of its historic quarter. Admire the traditional fishing port, the church of San Salvador, and the monument in honor of Juan Sebastián Elcano, a sailor who changed the world and was born in this small town. Take a moment to eat in one of its many restaurants at Getaria. Enjoy the gastronomy of grilling local fish and seafood. From here, leave for San Sebastián for a guided tour of the city. See the Church of San Vicente and the Basilica of Santa María del Coro before heading back to Bilbao.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Private Guided Visit

5. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Private Guided Visit

Enjoy a guided tour of the world-famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Discover the temporary and permanent exhibitions in the museum during your 1.5 hour tour. Admire the work of artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Eduardo Chillida, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, and Fujiko Nakaya. Be greeted by a local guide at the entrance to the museum which is surrounded by promenades, parks, and recently-built squares. Since opening in 1997, the museum's acquisitions have focused on works from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. Uncover the main attractions is the ArcelorMittal gallery, which is a large space where eight works by sculptor Richard Serra are permanently displayed. Of the 24,000 square meters occupied by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 11,000 are reserved for exhibition spaces. Stroll through the architectural heart of the museum which is comprised of 20 galleries that make up the museum. Enter the atrium, a large open space of curved volumes, surrounded by large glass curtain walls and crowned by a large skylight. 

From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour

6. From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Bilbao, and then get back to nature on a trip to the amazing rock islet of Gaztelugatxe, located on the coast of Bizkaia just 35 kilometers from Bilbao city center. Arrive at the viewpoint and get 2 hours of free time to explore independently. Use the time to climb to the 10th-century hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, where you can touch the bell of the chapel three times and make a wish. Soak up the stunning views of the Bay of Biscay before traveling to Bermeo to take a walking tour of the charming fishing village. Continue to the historic town of Gernika, site of one of the first aerial bombings by Nazi Germany, and visit the Casa de Juntas (Assembly House) with the famous Tree of Guernica that symbolizes the traditional freedom of the people.

Bilbao: Hop-on Hop-off Boat Trip

7. Bilbao: Hop-on Hop-off Boat Trip

Your boat route through the Bilbao estuary and the Bahía del Abra will start in the capital of Vizcaya, a few meters from the town hall bridge. From there, board a traditional boat with interior and exterior seats and enjoy a panoramic route along the Nervión Estuary. This trip can last up to 2 hours and 45 minutes. During it, see places like Canal Deusto, the Hanging Bridge of Portugalete, the city of Getxo or the fishing port of Santurtzi. In Bilbao, Getxo, Portugalete or Santurtzi, you can go down to the mainland to visit monuments freely and without haste with 24 hours to enjoy this pass.

Bilbao: Pinchos and Wine Tasting Tour with Local Guide

8. Bilbao: Pinchos and Wine Tasting Tour with Local Guide

Our pintxo discovery experience begins at Ribera Market, the largest covered food market in Europe and where Michelin star bosses and ordinary citizens stock up on some of the best food the city has to offer. We want you to understand the importance of food in how we relate to each other and the special little tricks to doing it like a local. Then it's time to dive into the old town and its hidden secrets, so our first stop would be one of the classic bars where the "txikiteros", the local wine drinkers, sing songs as they drink. If we are lucky, we have the option to share with them a wine and a classic aperitif discussing the traditions and symbols of the Basque Country. Next, we will go to the emblematic Plaza Nueva, to taste 2 pintxos and learn about the local Basque wine: Txakoli in one of its local bars. Once we have visited the old town, we will cross the river to enter the Ensanche, the economic center of the city. We will visit a very historic bar and we will have the opportunity to taste Rioja wines, as well as pintxos that mix the most advanced cuisine with the most traditional flavors of local products. Your tour ends here, where you will not only be filled with delicious pintxos, but also gain a new insight into the local culture and traditions. And most importantly, you will feel like an authentic Bilbao.

San Sebastian: Guided E-Bike Tour

9. San Sebastian: Guided E-Bike Tour

Feel like a local as you pedal through San Sebastian on a guided e-bike tour. Traverse the city's extensive network of bidegorris (bicycle lanes) and see all the highlights before heading to the south of San Sebastian, a less touristy but equally interesting area. Meet your guide in town and get ready to explore Donostia in a sustainable and safe way thanks to the city's network of bicycle lanes, which spans over 30 kilometers. Learn about the local culture from your guide as you make your way around the picturesque resort town. Pedal through the vibrant Gros neighborhood and pass by La Concha Bay. Visit the city's oldest neighborhood, Antiguo, see Mount Igeldo, and more. The carefully planned route ends back where your cycling tour started, at the activity provider's office in heart of San Sebastian. 

Bilbao: Portugalete, Getxo, & Santurtzi Panoramic Boat Tour

10. Bilbao: Portugalete, Getxo, & Santurtzi Panoramic Boat Tour

At the Portugalete dock, a few meters from the Hanging Bridge, board a boat designed according to traditional aesthetics. Sit comfortably inside to enjoy a drink or if you prefer, you can settle outside to enjoy the breeze of the Ria del Nervión.  During the approximately 40 minute journey, you will visit the Bahía del Abra and its three main towns of Portugalete, Getxo, and Santurtzi. This will be accompanied by an audio guide, available in Spanish, English, Basque, and French. This also includes old images of the most iconic points of these towns including the Hanging Bridge of Portugalete, the panoramic view of Getxo, and the marine life in the Port of Santurtzi. You can compare how these places have changed over the decades.  You can stop at any of the ports of these towns to freely explore the historic centers then return to board your boat when it suits you.

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We had a great time with John. He had come highly recommended through our contacts at London Restaurant Festival, who used him on a tour to San Sebastián with a celebrity chef. Communication was excellent via WhatsApp and the meeting point so easy to find. We normally try to book a food tour on our first night but John was only able offer the following evening. This meant we revisited 2 places we had stopped by already. However this was not an issue, as in the first place we had something we would never had thought to order and the second (the most famous place to get cheesecake) he served in a way that changed the flavour and boosted the experience - the perfect way to finish the tour. The tour starts in the underground market for snacks, before moving to a few Pintxos bars to try various local delicacies. Some more challenging than others but our group was happy to try everything and it was all delicious. Food was paired with cider or wine and not a single bad dish.

Our guide Javier was excellent. Very polite and informative. Unfortunately the museum was undergoing a renovation and a lot of the exhibits were not available but what we did see was great. And the building is indeed a piece of art.

Oscar was a fantastic guide. Great conversationalist and his enthusiasm was infectious! Highly recommend his tour!

I received one-to-one guide who Was very knowledgeable and friendly.

We had a great time, our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful