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Not only does Bilbao have ample urban diversions, including the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum. It’s also just a short hop away from the scenic beauty and culinary riches of the Basque Country. Here are a few of the best day trips to take from Bilbao.

San Sebastian — 63 miles (101 km) away
Set along a spectacular stretch of the cliff-, cove-, and beach-bordered Basque coast, this elegant seaside resort is just over an hour’s drive from Bilbao. A gastronomic hotspot, the city is famed for its world-class culinary scene. Try pintxos (Basque Country tapas) and sip txakoli (a subtly effervescent dry white wine) in atmospheric bars in the historic old town. 

Other Basque Country Towns — distances vary
Other cities within day-tripping reach of Bilbao include Biarritz (92 miles or 148 kilometers away), a sophisticated surf town located just across the border in France, and Vitoria-Gasteiz (39 miles or 62 kilometers away), the inland Basque Country capital, which has a killer pintxos scene, pretty cobbled streets, and a 13th-century church-fortress. Meanwhile, 30 minutes east of Bilbao sits the small market town of Gernika (Guernica; 22 miles or 35 kilometers away). In 1937 the Luftwaffe famously bombed the town—a tragic event that inspired Pablo Picasso to create one of his best-known works, Guernica. While Picasso’s original painting now resides in the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, you can see a copy in the Gernika Peace Museum.

Rural Highlights of the Basque Country and Beyond — distances vary
If you want to swap the buzz of Bilbao for the tranquility of the countryside, Urdaibai Biosphere (about 25 miles or 40 kilometers away) is a convenient place to experience the Basque Country’s natural landscapes. The windswept San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (22 miles or 35 kilometers away), a tiny chapel-topped island connected to the mainland by a 240-step rock causeway, is a must-see for Game of Thrones fans, who may recognize it as Dragonstone from the successful series. Day tours also depart from Bilbao and head north to Spain’s acclaimed La Rioja wine-making region (90 miles or 145 kilometers away). 
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Biarritz, Saint Jean De Luz & San Sebastian
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Biarritz, Saint Jean De Luz & San Sebastian

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See many of the most charming areas of the Basque Coast with this day tour. You’ll start with chic Biarritz, once a summer getaway for European royals, followed by a stop at Saint Jean de Luz, where you can try out local treats. Then it’s San Sebastian, where you’ll have free time to explore or grab lunch into the famous old town, before embarking on a walking tour followed by a visit to Mount Igueldo.
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  • 9 hours
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Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup

Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Visit iconic San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, aka the castle rock, during this full-day tour that includes stops in Bermeo and Gernika. Climb the narrow, winding steps connecting this castle built high on a rocky island to the mainland and overlook the sea and stunning landscape. Featured on the HBO show “Game of Thrones”, this tour lets you visit “Dragonstone” in real life.
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  • 6 hours
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Basque Coast Tour: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika

Basque Coast Tour: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika

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Cruise the curvaceous coastline of Bilbao in a luxurious minivan on a guided tour of the city and its sights. See the intriguing industrial areas that propelled Bilbao into prosperity and visit significant landmarks like the Transporter Bridge of Bizkaia and the San Juan de Gaztelugatxe hermitage. Visit the quaint coastal villages that pepper the Basque Coast and absorb the tranquil ambiance of picturesque marinas on this enriching excursion.
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  • 5 hours
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The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

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Explore the spectacular and sacred sites of the Basque country on an enriching full-day excursion from Bilbao. Visit grand ecclesiastical structures like the Sanctuary of Loyola to attend an enlightening prayer ceremony; discover the quaint fishing villages that pepper the coastline to see why Bilbao residents favor them for their summer sojourns; and tour the stunning sights of the city of San Sebastian with an accomplished guide. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Bilbao hotel is included in this tour.       
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  • 9 hours
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Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hondarribia and San Sebastian Full Day Tour

Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hondarribia and San Sebastian Full Day Tour

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Marvel at the scenic splendor of San Sebastian on a delightful day-trip from Bilbao. Wander the winding streets of the city’s Old Quarter to see antique architecture; pleasure your palate with Spanish specialties in the small fishing village of Hondarribia; and sink your toes into the silken sands of Biarritz, a sandy stretch declared the ‘Beach of Kings’ due to regular visits by European royalty. Convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel is included in this tour.   
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  • 10 hours
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Vizcaya Bridge, Urdaibai, San Juan De Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo And Gernika

Vizcaya Bridge, Urdaibai, San Juan De Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo And Gernika

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Discover the history of Bilbao on this half-day guided tour. Travel along the coast stopping at the Vizcaya Bridge before reaching the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. Following that, head to the charming fishing village of Berme then visit Gernika to see the Assembly House and the Tree of Gernika, a symbol of the Basque people.
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  • 5 hours
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The High End Food Tour Of Bilbao
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The High End Food Tour Of Bilbao

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Foodies will want to join this guided walking tour of Bilbao to learn about the gastronomy of Northern Spain. Indulge in Basque tapas, pintxos, and miniature cuisine, as well as wine pairings, Basque craft beers, and other traditional local drinks. Discover the roots of each dish and drink, its ingredients, and how you can recreate it at home. Experience Bilbao like the Basque people.
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  • 3 hours
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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region
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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

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Discover the verdant vineyards and intriguing history of the Rioja wine region on a full-day tour from Bilbao. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit charming villages like Harn and Laguardia to see medieval monuments and admire spectacular views of the countryside. Venture to Vitoria in order to wander the sprawling vineyards and descend into atmospheric wine cellars to learn about complex manufacturing processes. Pleasure your palate with the refined taste of signature wines during a tasting session and enjoy a traditional lunch in a locally recommended restaurant (own expense).  
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  • 9 hours
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Architectural Rioja Wine Tour from Bilbao (small group & lunch included)
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Architectural Rioja Wine Tour from Bilbao (small group & lunch included)

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Take an exclusive look at the Rioja region’s most beautiful wineries, Marques de Riscal and Ysios. Both are architectural gems that produce delicious Spanish Rioja wines. This small-group tour allows you to experience the wine, the vineyards, and architectural highlights from Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava, plus a stop in Laguardia for lunch. The experience is semi-private so that you can explore the space and enjoy the wines without the crowds.
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  • 9 hours
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Bilbao Historical Tour

Bilbao Historical Tour

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Discover the history of Bilbao on this guided walking tour. Learn about the city’s gastronomy, culture, architecture, and traditions while you explore the streets and feel like a local. Tour highlights include the Plaza Nueva in Casco Viejo, La Ribera market, Catedral de Santiago, Bidebarrieta (the central library), and more.
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  • 2 hours
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La Rioja Wine Tour with Two Winery Visits with Wine Tasting from Bilbao
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La Rioja Wine Tour with Two Winery Visits with Wine Tasting from Bilbao

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Learn more about Spanish wine on this fun small-group day tour of two wineries near Bilbao. Get the chance to sample the Rioja wine that comes from this northern Spanish region. Walk through the vineyards and learn how wine is made. A fun way to indulge in a glass or three without worrying about driving back to your hotel after.
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  • 7 hours
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The Premier Bilbao Gourmet Food Tour

The Premier Bilbao Gourmet Food Tour

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Learn all about traditional pintxos (the Basque version of Spanish tapas) on a guided walking tour of Bilbao's bars. At each stop, sample one or two of these delightful little bar snacks accompanied with a glass of wine, beer, or hard cider. Get an insider's perspective of the ancient part of the city that dates back to 1300. Consider booking this tour at the beginning of your Bilbao vacation so you can return to your favorite hotspots for more pintxo sampling.
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  • 3 hours
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Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Private Tour

Guggenheim Bilbao Museum Private Tour

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Immerse yourself in the artistic wonder of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum with a private guide on this cultural tour. Accompanied by your accomplished guide, explore the enthralling exhibitions of the museum in order to discover contemporary and modern art masterpieces; see timeless masterworks like Joseph Beuy’s ‘Lightning with Stag in its Glare’ and gaze at Jeff Koons’ colossal sculpture ‘Puppy’. Gain fascinating insight into different art movements and hear tales of the intriguing lives of some of the artists during this culturally enriching exploration.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Bilbao Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Bilbao Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Get to know Bilbao through the eyes of a local on a custom tour that's tailored to your unique interests. Before your tour begins, you'll chat with your Bilbao local guide (Lokafyer) and work out an itinerary that suits your passions and their perspective. By the end of the tour, you'll feel confident navigating the city and have a full suite of recommendations for the rest of your trip.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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Enjoy the Coast of Biscay

Enjoy the Coast of Biscay

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You´ll visit the most beautiful places of the Biscay coast calmly, enyoing all the places. All tours are private, the costumers travel without other people, only you and the guide. I'll take you at your accommodation and we'll return when the tour has finished.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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La Rioja and Vitoria Wine Tour with Winery Visit
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La Rioja and Vitoria Wine Tour with Winery Visit

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Visitors to Basque Country can easily miss the charming capital city of Vitoria, opting to tour the smaller villages and wine regions. On this full-day tour across Basque Country, travelers don't need to choose—you'll visit both the city and countryside. Start your day walking through Vitoria's historic quarter, and then head to La Rioja for an afternoon in the vineyards and villages. Wrap up your day at a traditional winery for a wine tasting, included at no extra charge.
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  • 8 hours
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Full day Game of Thrones Tour from Bilbao

Full day Game of Thrones Tour from Bilbao

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Visit various Game of Thrones filming locations along Bilbao’s coastline without having to scout them out yourself on this full-day tour. Aboard a climate-controlled bus, absorb the wild and rugged scenery as you travel to beaches and cliffside spots that doubled as Dragonstone and King’s Landing in Season 7 of the HBO TV series. Don the provided capes and swords for Instagram-worthy shots, hear GOT trivia you might not know otherwise, and see other scenic places along the way.
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  • 9 hours
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PRIVATE San Sebastian and Basque Coast Tour from Bilbao

PRIVATE San Sebastian and Basque Coast Tour from Bilbao

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Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalized attention on this private tour of San Sebastian and the Basque coast. Departing from Bilbao with a private guide, you and your private party will explore San Sebastian to taste some traditional pintxo (tapas), stroll on the beach, and explore the quaint city center. Along the Basque coast, make stops in Zumaia as well as in Getaria for a seafood lunch.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Basque Country Full Day Tour from Bilbao
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Basque Country Full Day Tour from Bilbao

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The Basque country is one of Spain’s most popular vacation destinations, but with limited time to explore, it can be a challenge to cram in all the highlights. This full-day tour from Bilbao offers a jam-packed itinerary, visiting the towns of Vitoria, Orduña, Santurtzi, and Portugalete; the Salinas de Añana salt valley and the Vizcaya Bridge.
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  • 9 hours
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La Rioja Boutique Wine Tour - 2 Wineries & Picnic Lunch (From Bilbao)

La Rioja Boutique Wine Tour - 2 Wineries & Picnic Lunch (From Bilbao)

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The ultimate gastronomy experience, this bespoke tasting and sightseeing tour takes you into some of Rioja’s finest food and drink establishments. Enjoy first-rate wine samples in two local wine bars, plus a visit to a traditional winery where winemaking traditions date back five generations. Full-day tour also include a picnic lunch overlooking the Rioja vineyards and a walk through the walled medieval city of Laguardia.
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  • 9 hours
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Elorrio, Oñati and Arantzazu

Elorrio, Oñati and Arantzazu

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Discover the secluded secrets of the Basque Country on an explorative excursion from Bilbao. Uncover rural villages, picturesque palaces and historical monument with an accomplished guide, visiting significant landmarks like the Sanctuary of Arantazazu and the Basque Country’s oldest university. Admire luscious landscapes and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel on this enriching adventure. 
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  • 5 hours
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Rioja Private Tour: Medieval Villages, Outdoor Activities, Wine Tasting & Lunch

Rioja Private Tour: Medieval Villages, Outdoor Activities, Wine Tasting & Lunch

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Discover the heart of Spain’s best-known wine region—and enjoy a fully immersive and personalized way to explore—on this private, half-day tour of Rioja. In the morning, meet your guide in Labastida (or upgrade for transit from the Basque Country or the surrounding area). You’ll explore the region’s vineyards and ancient villages, will head to a local winery for a tour and tasting, will indulge in a traditional meal at a family-run restaurant, and much more.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Luxury Basque Coast Private Tour

Luxury Basque Coast Private Tour

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On this full-day private tour, you’ll explore the stunning coastline of the Basque region in your own chauffeured, luxury vehicle. Build your own custom-made itinerary, without the rush of a group tour. Highlights along the way include San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (where scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed), the historic city center of San Sebastian, and the iconic "flysch" of Getaria and Zumaia.
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  • 8 hours
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Private tour of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and the three wonders of Bilbao

Private tour of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and the three wonders of Bilbao

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On this experience we will enjoy all the very best highlights of Bilbao, taste some local pintxos and visit the fabulous gugghenheim museum, All included in the price. We also visit the popular Game of thrones filming location, San Juan de gaztelugatxe. Bilbao has a vibrant, avantgarde feel to it... You’ll see for yourself straight away that it exudes modernity. From it’s origins as an industrial hub, it has evolved into an international reference point for urban design and has set the standard as a model of urban regeneration. if we had to stand out one regeneration that has secured Bilbao's place on the international stage that would have to be the Guggenheim. It can’t be denied that since it’s construction it has become a great highlight. In this tour we will visit Bilbao's casco viejo with a stop for some pintxos Important: to access Gaztelugatxe we need tikets. So last minute bookings will depend on availability to access Gaztelugatxe. Other options will be offered.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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