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Bilbao: San Mamés Museum and Stadium Tour

1. 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.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. 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: Guggenheim Museum Private Guided Visit

3. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Private Guided Visit

A professional local guide will meet you at the entrance to the museum. Discover the temporary and permanent exhibitions in the museum during your 1.5 hour tour. This spectacular building adds to an area where the Nervión makes its marks with pleasant riverside walks. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is surrounded by promenades, parks and recently-built squares, where you can see the work of artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Eduardo Chillida, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, and Fujiko Nakaya. Since opening in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao's acquisitions have focused on works from the mid-twentieth century to the present day, thus complementing the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and forging a unique identity at the same time. Visited by about one million people every year, one of its 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 metres occupied by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 11,000 are reserved for exhibition spaces. The architectural heart of the 20 galleries that make up the museum is the atrium, a large open space of curved volumes, surrounded by large glass curtain walls and crowned by a large skylight. 

Bilbao: Guggenheim Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

4. Bilbao: Guggenheim Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

Meet your guide outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to begin your 120-minute guided tour of both the inside and the outside of the museum. 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. Your museum entry is good for the day, so at the end of the tour, you may continue to explore the modern art collections at your own pace.

From Bilbao: Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, San Sebastian Tour

5. From Bilbao: Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, San Sebastian Tour

Explore Biarritz and the delightful coastal village of Saint Jean de Luz on this full-day guided tour from Bilbao. Feel a salty breeze as you drive with your windows down, marveling at the expanse of the blue ocean en route. Tuck into a tasty local treat before heading into Spain to visit San Sebastian's charming streets. After a pickup from your hotel in Bilbao, begin with a guided visit to Biarritz in the French Basque Country, a summer resort for the European Royalty. Discover the best views of the city and its most famous corners. Head to Saint Jean de Luz, a quaint coastal village where you'll taste a typical local sweet. Finally, stop in San Sebastian for a walking tour into the old town followed by a visit to Mount Igueldo with its spectacular panoramic views over the city.

Guided Tour of the Exterior of the Guggenheim Museum

6. Guided Tour of the Exterior of the Guggenheim Museum

Meet your guide at 9 AM outside the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to begin a 90-minute guided tour of the museum's exterior. Find out why Bilbao was chosen as the site of the impressive building designed by Frank Gehry. Discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum. Explore the history of the museum, talk about the Guggenheim family, the museum's collection, as well as the Guggenheim Foundation. Let yourself be guided and enjoy the unique experience alone or with your family.

Bilbao 3-Day Package: Guggenheim, Hotel Stay and Bike Tour

7. Bilbao 3-Day Package: Guggenheim, Hotel Stay and Bike Tour

This 3-day Bilbao welcome package offers a variety of items to make your stay a memorable one. It includes accommodation at a centrally-located 4-star hotel, with plenty of pintxo bars, shops and lively streets in the area. You’ll also receive a ticket to the Guggenheim Museum and a guided tour of the city by bicycle. The Guggenheim is a renowned modern art museum that hosts expositions of works by national and international artists along with its permanent collection. You can use your museum ticket whenever you like during your stay, during the opening times of the museum. You’ll also get to know the city better on a guided bicycle tour. In additional, you’ll have enough time to explore the city by foot, including the old town, the Abandoibarra district and the shopping streets.

Bilbao, Guggenheim and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Tour

8. Bilbao, Guggenheim and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Tour

The province of Vizcaya has hundreds of charming places but it is difficult to find one that exceeds San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, located between Bermeo and Bakio. You will discover the history of the Hermitage of Gaztelugatxe while climbing the 241 stairs that lead to it, and get to know Bilbao, its old part, and the banks of the Nervión river, before finally visiting the Guggenheim Museum. Enjoy a pintxo meal along the way paired with Rioja wines and relax on the small group size tour with our expert guide who will show you the treasures of Vizcaya geography. Itinerary: Departure at 9:00 AMArrival at 10:30 AM to Gaztelugatxe and departure at 12:00-12:30PMFrom 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM head to Bilbao. You will have the chance to eat pintxos either before, during or after this visit (4 pintxos and 4 wines)Visit Guggenheim from 3:30 PM until 5:00 PM.6:00 PM: arrive in San Sebastián

Bilbao: Old Town Walking Tour and Cable Car Ride

9. Bilbao: Old Town Walking Tour and Cable Car Ride

Discover the best of Bilbao on this small-group walking tour. Meet your guide in Plaza del Funicular, where you will board this famous means of transport to reach the Mount Artxanda viewpoint. From here, admire panoramic views of the city, overlooking the estuary, the Guggenheim Museum, the New San Mamés Stadium, the Iberdrola Tower and other iconic sights. After learning some more curiosities and historical data about the buildings and monuments that you will observe from the viewpoint, take the funicular back to the city and start a tour of one of the banks of the estuary to the Town Hall, where you will enter the Old Town. Enjoy a stroll through the oldest area of the city to reach Plaza Nueva, where you can admire emblematic churches and discover the famous 7 streets. Finish at the renowned Mercado de la Ribera and sample some traditional Basque delicacies.

Bilbao: Small-Group Gaztelugatxe, Gernika, and Bermeo Tour

10. Bilbao: Small-Group Gaztelugatxe, Gernika, and Bermeo Tour

The estuary of the Urdaibai River has many attractions that can be enjoyed in a short trip from Bilbao. The hermitage of Gaztelugatxe, which was the set for Dragonstone in the Game of Thrones series, is a good starting point. Whilst there, enjoy the sea views in contrast to the towering nearby mountain. Take your time and climb up the 241 stairs which take you to the top of Gaztelugatxe, where you can ring the bell three times according to tradition. Following that, the coastal town of Bermeo allows you to see firsthand how old fishing traditions are still maintained in the present day. You then travel from Bermeo to reach Gernika, where rural and agricultural traditions are mixed with their varied histories. Gernika is an important reference town in Basque history, being home to the ancient tree where the medieval kings of Spain swore to respect local laws. It is also where the German bombing took place during the Spanish Civil War, destroying much of the city. At the conclusion of your experience, your driver returns you back to Bilbao.

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What people are saying about Bilbao

Fascinating exploration of an absolutely wonderful building. Richard Serra installation an eye opener, but the building itself is the star. We over 60s started to tire after 2 hours, but for the under 60s I’m sure it will not be a problem!

Then Guggenheim Museum is a must-see experience in Bilbao, and our tour guide, Javier, was an expert in its history and the art it showcased. We highly recommend you book this tour if you are visiting the city.

A very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide took us around the Guggenheim. Everything worked really well and I would not hesitate to recommend this - especially compared to walking round on your own.

Javier was a fabulous host! He went above and beyond, sending us photos and restaurant recommendations for our next journey. Thank you Javier!

Matteo was very chill and flexible. He adjusted to our needs and preferences. We had a great time! Thanks!