Guided tour

From Bilbao: Basque Country Tour

From Bilbao: Basque Country Tour

From US$ 65.46 per person

This half-day tour takes place each Saturday and gives you the opportunity to explore the stunning Basque coastline from Bilbao.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup is available from central Bilbao hotels.


2.5 hours
  • Bilbao

  • 20 minutes
  • Photo stop

  • 50 minutes
  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (view)

  • 25 minutes
  • Bermeo (guided tour)

  • 25 minutes
  • Gernika (guided tour)

  • 35 minutes
  • Bilbao

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
  • Admire the Vizcaya Bridge and take some photos
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe from the viewpoint
  • Know more about the history of the Basque people by the Gernika Assembly house and tree
Full description

Follow the river road of Bilbao towards the coast and admire the old industrial areas that once powered Bilbao. You will visit the Transporter Bridge of Bizkaia, the oldest bridge of this type in the world, still active and considered a beloved icon by locals.

Afterward, you will see the neighborhood of Neguri and its old mansions owned by rich industrial managers before you head towards the interior of the province. Admire the traditional local houses and farmhouse structures, and discover the imposing old Castle of Butron.

Arrive at the coastal village of Bakio, a popular summer holiday destination among Basque natives, before you follow the beautiful and wild coastal road, eventually arriving at your second stop, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. 

This place is said to be one of the most beautiful locations along the Basque coastline. It is a huge rock on the top of the old hermitage of San Juan, and it is connected to the mainland by means of a long stone stairway.

Next, you will continue to the fishing town of Bermeo. Here, you will stop to visit the narrow streets, the Juradera Church, the Ercilla Tower, the old port, and the Town Hall, among other sites. Enjoy free time for lunch, and your guide will recommend a selection of local restaurants.

Later, you will stop at Mundaka, a beautiful site with magnificent views of the Urdaibai Biosphere, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Afterward, you will arrive at the village of Gernika to visit the Basque Sacred Tree and Casa de Juntas, or old Law House.

Finally, you will return to Bilbao around 2:00 PM.

  • Entry tickets & places visited
    • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe visit

  • Who you’ll be with
    • Live tour guide: English, Spanish

  • Transport
    • Transport by van, bus / coach

    • Pickup & drop-off

  • Food & drink
    • Not included: food & drink

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Important information

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  •  Children from 2 to 12 years will have a discount of 50%; they must be accompanied at least by 2 adults
Customer reviews

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4.4 /5

based on 163 reviews

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It was a pleasant half-day tour which was understandably somewhat rushed given the time constraints applying. There is room for this excursion to be converted into a full-day one. That would allow more free time during stops, particularly in Gernika which definitely merits a longer stay. Stephan, our guide was very good, doubling up in English and Spanish and providing interesting anecdotes along the way.

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September 29, 2022

Great tour with lots of interesting and amusing information from Stefan the guide. May have been better to collect everyone from single central location at start of day rather than a tour of lots of hotels but I don’t knof if feasible with parking restrictions. We were nearly 40 people. But made friends on way so very enjoyable.

September 11, 2022

Really nice! Normally I organize everything by myself and I don't use pre-made packages, but this time not having a car was the only way to visit these places. So I was a bit skeptical, but the tour was really a surprise! Stephan our guide was very knowledgeable and kind. He spoke in both Spanish and English giving us time for everything. We were picked up a stone's throw from the hotel and then brought back to the center. The places visited are wonderful and unmissable. Personally I think it would only be more interesting to reduce the visit to Birmeo by giving more space to Guernica. Super recommended experience! Appropriate price

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August 20, 2022

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