This seven day tour is guaranteed to re-energize you! Enjoy the nature, architecture, and wine of Basque Country.
Basque Country is a home to breathtaking architecture, blending the historical and modern, all the while being a haven for landscape and nature lovers. Your tour will include a diverse number of activities, designed to help you relax, enjoy yourself, and learn about this beautiful Spanish region. Start your journey with an exploration of Bilbao and its surroundings, then continue onto the La Rioja region for Spain's most exclusive wine tasting, and finish off with visits to San Sebastian and Getaria.
Upon arrival to the Bilbao airport, you will be transferred to your hotel, where you will enjoy a relaxing glass of wine at the terrace. The rest of your day is then filled with activities bound to make you fall in love with the city, including a visit to the Guggenheim Museum and a walking tour of the Old Quarters, a home to the perfect blend of Renaissance, Baroque, and Modernism. See the marvelous Cathedral of Santiago, the arcaded square Plaza Nueva, as well as the Bridge and the Church of San Anton.
In the evening, our guides will introduce you to Poteo, the long-standing Basque tradition, which involves drinking small glasses of wine, known as txikitos and munching on a variety of tapas, or "pintxos", miniature versions of Basque delicacies. Enjoy the rest of the evening relaxing at the hotel, or continue your Bilbao exploration.
We will start the day with a visit to Urdaibai, one of the most diverse landscapes in the region. Its combination of intriguing forest and sandy areas, which are a shelter to many flora and fauna species, makes it one of the most diverse landscapes in the region. Then we pay a visit to Guernica, where you will visit Casa de Juntas and the petrified trunk of the symbolic oak tree which survived the bombing raid during the Spanish Civil War.
We will also go on a guided tour of Bermeo, the charming fishing port on the Cantabrian coast. Then, we will make a photo stop at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, the 10-century-old chapel at the top of a small rocky island, which gained popularity through the HBO series "Game of Thrones". In the early afternoon, see the Bizkaia Bridge, and take a chance to capture some photos - the view here is absolutely spectacular. Go back to Bilbao, where you're free to rest or walk around town one more time before you leave next morning.
In the morning we bid farewell to Bilbao, and continue our journey with a guided visit to Vitoria, where you can admire the medieval city layout, the historical buildings, temples, and mansions. Our Vitoria visit will end with a tour of Cathedral Santa Maria, a marvel of Gothic architecture.
In the early afternoon, we will head to the Rioja wine region and check in at the hotel in Laguardia, where you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the spa facilities. Overnight in Laguardia.
After a morning tour of Laguardia and its walls, ramparts, towers, and fortified gateways, we continue our exploration of the Rioja region. First stop is the Baigorri winery, whose whole production programme is hidden underground the zinc and glass surface building. After wine tasting, we continue on to Amezola de Mora winery, a French château-style winery surrounded by vineyards with cellars dating from 1816. Engage in vineyard activities and enjoy a picnic in nature.
Upon return to the hotel, rest and take a complementary relaxing massage.
Our day will start with a tour of San Sebastian, after which we will enjoy lunch at a traditional Cider House, surrounded by apple orchards. Some of the delicacies served include T-bone steak, cod-fish omelette, cheese with quince preserve and walnuts. Naturally, you can drink all the cider you want - directly from the barrel. You are free to enjoy the rest of your day in San Sebastian, where you will spend the night.
In the morning we will head to Getaria, a georgeous fishing port and marina, also famous for its wine produced in vineyards grown on the arbores which line the green slopes of the entire territory, swaying gently in the sea breeze. You will be taken on a Txakoli winery tour, where you will taste different txakolis - slightly sparkling, dry white wines which Getaria prides in. We then head back to San Sebastian, where you can spend the final day of your tour exploring and relaxing.
In the morning, you will be transferred out to the Bilbao airport, leaving behind the beautiful San Sebastian and Basque Country.
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Four star hotel right in the center of Bilbao, next to restaurants and trendy shops in town. Classic or trendy and designful rooms to fit every budget. All of them tastefully decorated, stylish and equipped with air conditioning, minibar, hairdryers, safety boxes, marble bathrooms, flat screen TVs, free wifi.A whole range of services complete the broadest accommodation possibilities in Bilbao, like complimentary Gym, one of the most reputed gastronomic offers in town and exclusive in house shop windows and extensive carte of in room massage and beauty treatments.
The Villa de Laguardia hotel is a 4 star hotel located in Rioja Alavesa. Situated among vineyards, this hotel was specially designed to offer you a relaxing stay in an unbeatable natural setting. The hotel has 84 rooms and a delightful spa with wine and olive oil treatments.
The Hotel San Sebastián is located in the exceptional area of Ondarreta, just a few metres from the beach. This recently-refurbished hotel offers guests all the latest conveniences. The City Hall and Old Town are just 15 minutes away along the beach front promenade of La Concha. The hotel has 90 spacious, exterior-facing rooms, fully equipped.
What is the weather like?
Northern Spain experiences a mild oceanic climate, with not too many extreme temperatures. Please bring along a jacket or coat for chilly evenings, and sun protection for warm afternoons.
How much should I expect to tip?
Tipping is not mandatory, and is left to the sole discretion of the traveler. This is a decision that should be made based on your enjoyment of the journey and the service.
What are the passport/visa requirements for travel to Spain?
Please ensure that your passport has at least three blank pages and that it is valid for at least six months beyond your departure date from Spain. Please check with your local embassy regarding visa requirements.
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