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7 night Basque Country Private Tour of Vitoria, Rioja, San Sebastian & Bilbao

7 night Basque Country Private Tour of Vitoria, Rioja, San Sebastian & Bilbao

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Discover the delights of the Basque Country on this 7 nights private self drive tour.  Start with 2 nights in one of the European Green Capitals and also the capital of the Basque Country - Vitoria. It's a very pleasant city with a delightful Old Quarter and a great restaurant scene.  Then head a little further south to one of the mos...

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Trip Summary:

VITORIA (2 nights) - LAGUARDIA (1 night) - SAN SEBASTIAN (2 nights) - BILBAO (2 nights) ...

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Daily Departures.

Flying into Bilbao International Airport. Departure from Bilbao.

Totally Spain does not arrange flights so you have the flexibility to book the flights you prefer. We can recommend a travel agent with whom you can book your flights if required. Otherwise a website such as Skyscanner is very useful for checking up-to-date flight schedules and prices.

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Itinerary

Vitoria, Spain

Arrive in Bilbao where your rental car will await you. Enjoy a short 50 minute drive through spectacular, mountainous countryside to the Basque Capital; Vitoria, and check in at your centrally located 4 star hotel.

Spend the remainder of the day relaxing.

 

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • 7/8 days car rental. Standard size (Opel insignia or similar) Manual transmission
  • Basic CDW/LDW, unlimited mileage and theft waiver
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room. Upgrade options available on request.

Vitoria, Spain

Today after breakfast meet your expert local Vitoria guide and enjoy a panoramic walking tour of the city including the medieval quarter. See the Virgin Blanca Plaza. See Stately homes and Renaissance palaces such as Villa Suso, Casa del Cordón, Escoriaza-Esquival, Portalón and Montehermoso. Visit also the unique Fournier Playing Card Museum, which holds one of the most important collections of playing cards in the world. See also parts of the medieval wall that once surrounded the original village of Gasteiz.

Tour the Santa María Cathedral where a very important restoration and excavation project is taking place. See also the Church of San Miguel, the Plaza del Machete, the Plaza de Esoaña.

Afterwards enjoy any of the fine restaurants and bars serving delicious Basque cuisine and local beverages such as Rioja wine, Txakolí (a young white wine) and traditional cider. Your guide will be happy to make a suggestion.

Later today you might enjoy shopping along fashionable Calle Dato or perhaps you may choose to visit the Museum of Fine Arts or Museum of Modern Art, the Artium.

 

Activities & Services Included today

  • Car Rental as described previously
  • Private guided visit of Vitoria with expert, English speaking guide
  • Pre-Booked entrance tickets for Santa Maria Cathedral
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in a standard room.
     

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Laguardia, Spain

Today drive south to the Rioja region and head first to San Millan de la Cogolla where the Yuso and Suso Monasteries can be visited. These UNESCO World Heritage sites contain the first manuscripts written in the Castillian and Basque (Euskera) languages. You will travel through the typical landscape of vineyards, where the region´s internationally renowned wines, are produced. Visit en-route the Balcon de la Rioja, a viewing area in the Sierra de Cantabria which offers magnificent panoramic views of the Riojan plain.

Next proceed to Laguardia, capital of Rioja Alavesa, a splendid walled town that has carefully preserved its medieval characteristics. Walk through its narrow streets and be sure to visit one of the underground wine cellars; there are over 300 in the village. Stop at the Church of San Juan and afterwards see the extraordinary portico of the Santa María de los Reyes church.

Following a traditional Riojan lunch, head over to the Villa Lucia Wine Centre where you´ll have the opportunity to learn interactively about wine culture and production methods in Rioja Alavesa. From here you can tour other medieval villages in the area, visit the ancient ruins at La Hoya or you could, if the weather is good, spend the day relaxing by the swimming pools situated on the edge of the town. Accommodation in Rioja Alavesa.

San Sebastian, Spain

Depart for San Sebastian, a splendid city with one of the most beautiful bays in Europe known as La Concha. There are several scenic routes one can take to San Sebastian.  On the way you might choose to stop in Hernani to see the Chillida Leku Museum where many sculptures by the internationally renowned Basque artist, Eduardo Chillida, can be viewed.  You could also stop in the delightful maritime town of Hondarribia which is just east of San Sebastian.  Hemingway fans may enjoy visiting Pamplona where the infamous Running of the Bulls festival takes place every July and which the writer wrote passionately about.

Arrive in San Sebastian and this evening soak up the local atmosphere in the Old Quarter sampling pinchos (tasty gourmet tapas San Sebastian style!) washed down with locally produced wines or cider. Accommodation in San Sebastian.

San Sebastian, Spain

Out and about in elegant San Sebastian. Explore the Old Quarter by day which is picturesquely situated at the foot of Mount Urgull. Visit the San Telmo Museum, stroll along La Concha Promenade with the Isle of Santa Clara in the distance.  See Miramar Palace and at the end of the bay the distinctive Peine de los Vientos (wind comb)sculpture by Eduardo Chillida.

Afterwards make your way by funicular up Mount Igueldo which affords magnificent views over the city and bay.

Following lunch you might enjoy a stroll along the tree-lined Urumea River where you can see the Maria Cristina bridge and the Victoria Eugenia Theatre which, until recently, hosted the International Film Festival. Later you might treat yourself to a few hours at the La Perla Spa on La Concha beach.  This evening why not dine in the one of San Sebastian´s many fine restaurants such as Restaurante Arzak, one of several in the city with a 3 star Michelin grade. Accommodation in San Sebastian.

Bilbao, Spain

Today make your way along the coast towards Bilbao visiting en-route the coastal towns of Zarautz, Getaria and onto the historical town of Gernika where you can visit the Casa de Juntas, Europe Park and see the Gernika Tree, a spiritual symbol for all Basques.

Then, take the coastal route along by the Urdaibai Reserve stopping on the way at the headland known as San Juan de Gaztelugatxe where you may enjoy spectacular coastal views. Later continue to Bilbao.

Bilbao, Spain

A full day in cosmopolitan Bilbao where you can enjoy visiting the Guggenheim Museum and later one of the most recent works by the architect Santiago Calatrava, the Zubi-Zuri Bridge, which crosses the Bilbao River near to the museum. From near here you can take the popular funicular and ascend Monte Archanda, from where you can appreciate a magnificent panoramic view of the city .

After decending, continue along the river walkway to the Plaza del Arenal, passing on the way many historic buildings including the splendid Town Hall. Next head to the Casco Viejo (Old Town) where many of the city’s most emblematic building can be found including the Teatro Arriaga, Plaza Neuva, Catedral de Santiago, Mercado de la Ribera, San Antón bridge and the Bidebarrieta library. The Plaza and the surrounding streets are full of bars, café´s and restaurants.
This evening enjoy a traditional Basque meal at any one of the many fine restaurants in the city such as La Vieja Zortzi or the superb Zortziko, where Basque cuisine is taken to a new level. Accommodation in Bilbao.

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If you like the look of the above Suggested Tour we will gladly prepare a quote for you. The itinerary is not rigid and can be modified to suit your needs. The services we can provide include:

  • Accommodation in quality hotels
  • Transport as required including car hire, private transfers and chauffeur drive
  • Pre-Booked visits to cultural sights, wineries, etcetera
  • Private expert guides to accompany you
  • Private food tour and cooking classes
  • Pre-Booking of special meals and more...

 

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Aloha Olaia, We just got back from out trip to Spain and I wanted to take a moment to thank you once again for all of your help and your recommendations. Picking up the rental car was a breeze, and google maps worked just fine. We absolutely ad...

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2018-07-19

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