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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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La Rioja winery visit with tasting and traditional lunch in small group tour
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La Rioja winery visit with tasting and traditional lunch in small group tour

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Discover Spain’s La Rioja wine region and visit a local winery, or bodega, during this full-day excursion from Bilbao. Stop at the medieval village of Laguardia to explore within its walls and discover underground family wineries. Then, head to a vineyard for an in-depth look at the winemaking process, from grape to bottle, as well as a wine tasting.
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  • 8 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 10 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 authentic Bilbao food tour
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The authentic Bilbao food tour

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Enjoy a dinner to remember—and discover the highlights of Bilbao’s vibrant food scene—during this small-group food tour. Meet your guide in central Bilbao, and be sure to come hungry: you’ll taste the best of the city’s many pintxos (tapas) bars. Try a number of local bites, learn all about what sets the Basque Country’s culinary offerings apart, enjoy drinks with your nibbles, and follow your guide to locals-frequented favorites.
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  • 3 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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Private Friendly Bilbao Tour

Private Friendly Bilbao Tour

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Because every trip is an adventure our tour is private and done in friendly way by our Locals if you want to discover all the secrets of Bilbao like the history ,culture and gastronomy. As soon as you book, our guide will contact you directly via message or phone so you can choose your stating time and the meeting point that suit you, while you can benefit also from a free Hotel pickup for your comfort. Tickets are free for infant and child under 14.
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  • 2 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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Full-day San Sebastian tour from Bilbao

Full-day San Sebastian tour from Bilbao

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San Sebastian is one of the star attractions of Spain’s Basque Country and this full-day day tour from Bilbao takes in all the highlights. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, stroll along the beautiful La Concha Beach, and take in the views from Igeldo Mountain.
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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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San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast tour from Bilbao
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San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast tour from Bilbao

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Discover San Sebastian, one of the most charming cities of Europe, famous also for it's high quality food and of course, 'pintxos'! Conveniently about an hour away from Bilbao, you will visit Donostia along with some small fishing villages on the coast, to make for the perfect day trip during your stay in the basque country. Truly one not to be missed. You will love the fishermen culture in coastal villages like Getaria and Orio. Enjoy a unique day along the Basque coastline in a small group tour guided by a local guide. All included.
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  • 8 to 9 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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On this Game of Thrones tour, you will enjoy the most espectacular filming locations from Season 7 of the most famous HBO TV Show. Of you want to know more about these places and facts about the filming process in Dragonstone and King's Landing, you need to join our tour. We will walk on Dragonstone's beach and go up the stairs reaching Dragonstone Fortress. Moreover, you will learn about Basque Culture, Gastronomy and enjoy beautiful landscapes. If you are staying in Bilbao, there is no excuse. You need to join us and enjoy our Game of Thrones tour with Dragonstone Tours.
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  • 9 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 La Rioja Tour of 3 wineries from your hotel in Bilbao

⭐PRIVATE La Rioja Tour of 3 wineries from your hotel in Bilbao

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Discover what makes La Rioja Spain's premier winemaking region on this private, customizable wine tour from Bilbao. Visit two top wineries to taste the bold, fruity red blends that put Rioja on the wine lover’s map, and admire the architectural styles of other estates, including one designed by Frank Gehry. Stroll inside the city walls of the medieval Basque town of Laguardia on a guided walking tour, and enjoy the flexibility of a private tour that's tailored to your group’s interests.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

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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La Rioja Boutique Wine Tour - 2 Wineries & Picnic Lunch (From Bilbao)
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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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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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Semi-private tour for fun and exclusivity! Visit Marques de Riscal and Ysios, the two most prestigious wineries that produce excellent wines but also boast world-renowned architecture. In this tour you will be able to discover the magnificence of Rioja through a perfect fusion of vineyards, excellent wines and renowned architects such as Franck Gehry or Santiago Calatrava. Enjoy at least 6 wines. Have a wonderful lunch. Visit Laguardia and take the best pictures form our secret spots. In case any of these wineries (Marques de Riscal or Ysios) were fully booked we will make sure we take you to winery to take pictures from the outside and in addition we will take you to another architectural winery for a full winery visit. This winery will be either the Viña real winery (oak barrel shape) or the Baigorri winery with a 35 meters underground structure covered in glass! *Please be aware that the visits to these wineries are semi-private as the cellars generally experience high-demand
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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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Half Day Game of Thrones Tour from Bilbao
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Half Day Game of Thrones Tour from Bilbao

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Join us on this Game of Thrones tour and enjoy the most spectacular filming locations from season seven. Visit the places that gave life to Dragonstone and King’s Landing and know everything about them and about the filming process. We’ll walk on Dragonstone’s sand and walk up the stairs to reach the castle. We’ll see castles and amazing landscapes while we learn about Basque culture and gastronomy. If you’re visiting Bilbao there is no excuse. You have to join Dragonstone Tours and visit Westeros!
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  • 5 hours
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