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Spain: A Walking Tour of Basque Country

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Experience French and Spanish cultures together as you journey through the region where their homelands meet.

  • Duration: 10 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 2 - 5|
  • Walking: 2 - 5 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
4.9 out of 5 stars.
Activity Easy
Easy
Walking Tour
Walking Tour
Airplane
Air Package Available
People
Guided Group Tour

Starting From

Walking Vacation + Air Package

$4,245

Walking Vacation Only

$3,045

(per person, double occupancy)

Spain: A Walking Tour of Basque Country

Experience French and Spanish cultures together as you journey through the region where their homelands meet. You’ll amble along an ancient pilgrimage trail with sweeping bay views and meander past stunning cliffs, scenic coves and quaint villages. You’ll also walk in the footsteps of Louis XIV in St. Jean-de-Luz and discover a royal retreat in San Sebastián with its beachfront promenade. And feel like royalty yourself as you stay at a restored palace and savor gourmet dining, including dinner at a private gastronomic society and an exclusive cooking demonstration.

What to Expect

This tour features a combination of easy terrain and paved roads mixed with moderate hills. We walk primarily in the open countryside and small cities and on a variety of surfaces, including uneven footpaths over grass and soil, and cobbled streets. We plan longer, optional walks for those who wish to spend more time on their own exploring the small towns and surrounding areas. We also provide short and easy options for those who prefer to spend more time relaxing in Basque Country. Our VBT on-tour support vehicle is available at specific meeting points for those who need assistance. This tour is ideal for both enthusiastic beginners and experienced walkers. Several of the walks require a transfer from our hotel to the start of the walk. Our Trip Leaders often use this time in the van for our morning route review, so we can enjoy a more leisurely morning at breakfast.

  • Duration: 10 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 2 - 5|
  • Walking: 2 - 5 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
Activity Easy Easy
Walking
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Walkers
Bus Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Join a private gastronomic club, or txoko, for a cultural and flavorful meal
  • Live like royalty in a setting beautiful enough to earn the honor of hosting Louis XIV and Maria Theresa’s wedding in St. Jean de Luz
  • Experience the vibrant nightlife in a Basque wine bar
  • Stroll the same seaside paths in San Sebastian as Spanish aristocracy once wandered in the summers
  • Learn about one of the largest museums and architectural phenomenon, the Guggenheim Museum, during a guided tour
  • Satisfy your cravings in an area with more Michel-star rated restaurants than Paris
  • Rest your mind and body in a restored 17th-century palace, or auregia
  • Participate in a cooking demonstration of traditional Basque cuisine
  • Follow trails on the Way of St. James, an 800-km stretch of path used by pilgrims

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

May68º/50º

Jun73º/55º

Jul77º/59º

Aug78º/59º

Sep76º/56º

Oct69º/51º

Average
Precipitation:

May3.0 in

Jun2.0 in

Jul1.0 in

Aug2.0 in

Sep2.0 in

Oct3.0 in

What's Included

Walking Vacation + Air Package

Walking Vacation Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Transfers to and from international airport Check
One night in Bilbao and one night in San Sebastián in conveniently located hotels with breakfasts included Check
6 nights in historic 3- and 4-star hotels and 1 rural Basque jauregia (palace) Check Check
13 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Check Check

Walking Packages Include:

Pair of Trekking Poles

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Thu, Sep 12 to Sat, Sep 21 - 2019

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Depart from home for Bilbao, Spain. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at the Bilbao airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. Please make certain your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you. As you enter the arrival hall, look for your VBT representative holding a VBT sign. Please wait here while your representative helps make arrangements for your transfer to your hotel in Bilbao (a drive of approximately 20 – 30 minutes).

Take the rest of the day to explore the city and have dinner on your own.

Hotel: NH Collection Villa de Bilbao

Meet your VBT Trip Leaders in the hotel lobby at 9:00 a.m.

Following introductions and a welcome briefing you will walk to the world-renowned Guggenheim Museum, designed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry. You will enjoy a 90-minute informative tour given by one of the museum guides regarding the building’s architecture and the current works on display. At the end of the tour, your guide will escort you on a city tram with your leaders to Bilbao’s old town where you will have an opportunity to have lunch on your own.

Later this afternoon, join your local guide and Trip Leaders on a walk and discover how this city has reinvented itself, with its host of modern sites designed by world-renowned architects. The metro is a combination of architectural craft and engineering prowess by Britain’s famed architect Sir Norman Foster, and you will readily see his dramatic, curved-glass metro entrances, which are locally known as fosteritos, or “little Fosters.” Other masterpieces include Philippe Stark’s La Alhandiga, which is an old wine warehouse converted into a multicultural center; and Iberdrola Tower, the tallest tower in the Basque country, designed by Cesar Pelli.

This evening, get to know your fellow travelers and Trip Leaders during a welcome reception and dinner.

Hotel: NH Collection Villa de Bilbao
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: Morning: 1mile (1.6 km) warm-up walk on flat, paved sidewalks. Afternoon: 2 miles (3.2 km) on paved sidewalks.
Afternoon: 2.8 miles (4.5 km) on paved sidewalks.

After breakfast, your transfer (approximately 90 minutes) will take you to the start of today’s historic walk along the “Way of St. James.” The coastal route that you follow today is considered to be the oldest of the paths leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where many believe St. James is buried. Our path dates back more than 1,000 years and is believed to be the first institutionalized route used by religious pilgrims. The natural beauty of today’s walk—featuring vistas of the Bay of Biscay and small rugged coves—will become even more spectacular as you reach the summit of Mount Jaizkibel. Continuing downhill you will reach the Sanctuary of Guadalupe, where a 15th-century Black Madonna is kept. Our trek continues towards local vineyards to the Restaurante Oilurta Azpi where you will sample the region’s white wine – txakoli.

After the visit you may shuttle to the hotel or continue through the vineyards and then on a path through the Rio Bidasoa marshlands and gardens before entering Hondarribia and your hotel.

After free time on your own in Hondarribia, you will explore the town with a local guide, who will acquaint you with the history of your home for the next three nights. Hondarribia is a town with two identities: one belonging to the lower port town and the other to the 800-year-old medieval walled town above, with its balcony-lined cobblestone streets and magnificent vistas of the sea, the Bidasoa River and neighboring France.

This evening, you can choose from among Hondarribia’s many gourmet restaurants for dinner on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Obispo
Meals: B
Daily Options: Morning: 5.7 miles (9.2 km) on a mostly downhill “Way of St. James” dirt path overlooking the Atlantic Coast to Sanctuary of Guadalupe and then further downhill to Restaurante Oilurta Azpi.
Afternoon: 3.5 miles (5.6 km) on a combination of dirt paths through the vineyards and Rio Bidasoa marshlands and paved sidewalks to the hotel; 1 mile (1.6 km) Hondarribia walking tour on flat, paved, and cobblestone streets.

After breakfast, walk to Hondarribia’s marina and fishing port to see the many holiday boats and fishing trawlers. You will continue your exploration of Hondarribia following Calle San Pedro and the city wall before ending your day’s journey at the hotel. Later in the afternoon, you may explore the town’s restaurants and shops or simply relax in the hotel’s lovely terrace.

This evening, you will have the special privilege of being a guest at a members-only, private gastronomic society, or txoko, as it is known in Basque. Txoko members tend to be mostly men who have shared interests in cooking creative meals for their guests. When Basque culture was suppressed under the reign of Francisco Franco, txokos became safe havens where members could share their language and traditions as well as their love of cooking. Women used to be banned from the society; today, however, they are welcome to dine with the men.

Hotel: Hotel Obispo
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 5.7 miles (9.2 km) on flat, paved walking paths, as well as urban streets.

Today, you’ll shuttle to St. Jean-de-Luz, one of the most attractive towns on the French Basque coast. There are many sites to visit in this idyllic town, such as the Maison Louis XIV, a temporary residence of the Sun King, who came here in 1660 for his marriage to Maria Theresa. You can also visit the nearby church where the pair was married, the largest Basque church in France. Or simply enjoy exploring the town’s picturesque harbor, open-air market, and pedestrian-friendly streets. Enjoy lunch on your own in one of the many outdoor cafés.

Later begin your walk back to Hondarribia by joining a narrow dirt path meandering past stunning cliffs, scenic coves, and finally the seaside resort town of Hendaye with its long stretch of beach. Saying au revoir to France, you will take a five-minute ferry ride across the Bidasoa River back to Spain and then a short walk to your hotel in Hondarribia.

Tonight, you’ll learn how to replicate the flavors of Basque Country in our own hotel kitchen during an exclusive cooking demonstration, followed by a dinner in the hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Obispo
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 4.2 to 8.8 miles (6.7–14.1 km) on rolling dirt paths along coastal cliffs and coves and city sidewalks with support for shorter options.

After breakfast, you’ll transfer 45 minutes to the town of Tolosa, located on the Oria River. After a brief tour of Tolosa, you’ll have a short shuttle ride into the surrounding hills to the quaint village of Bidania. Today, your path will be a mostly steady incline through lovely forested hills and valleys. Stopping for lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to feast on a Basque specialty: alubias de Tolosa, or Tolosa beans—purple-black legumes that turn red when cooked and are celebrated for their rich, buttery flavor. You’ll also have a chance to sample the local sidra (hard apple cider). Following lunch, you have the option to continue walking through the lovely countryside to our accommodations—a hotel within a restored, 17th-century jauregia (palace).

This evening, meet the jauregia’s owners and learn about the history of and future plans for this unique property. Enjoydinner on your own at the hotel, or perhaps walk into the local village for a simpler meal at the local pub.

Hotel: Iriarte Jauregia Hotel
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: Morning: 4.3 miles (6.9 km) on flat paved sidewalks in Tolosa and gradually ascending paved country roads through forests.
Afternoon: 3.9 miles (6.3 km) on paved country roads and gradually ascending and descending dirt paths through forests.

Today’s walk immerses you in Basque country life as you meander through a series of hamlets on lesser-traveled (but paved) roads, past peaceful pastures nestled in the valleys. You’ll hear tinkling cowbells and see sheep grazing as you walk beneath the shade of apple trees. A charming stone farmhouse will be the setting for today’s lunch. Our hostess is Maite, wife of Pello Urdapilleta, whose family has raised Euskal txerria—a breed of pig found only in the Basque region—for generations. Maite will introduce us to the rural culinary delights of this region of Spain. After an included lunch, return by foot retracing your morning path.

Tonight, enjoy your farewell dinner at the jauregia. You will be treated to a delicious dinner created by the palace’s renowned chef.

Hotel: Iriarte Jauregia Hotel
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: Morning: 2.6 miles (4.2 km) on rolling, paved country roads.
Afternoon: 2.6 miles (4.2 km) on rolling, paved country roads.

This morning, you’ll transfer to San Sebastián. Upon arrival to this beautiful seaside town we will enjoy an easy stroll along the town’s two-mile-long beachfront promenade, which offers views of beautiful La Concha Bay. You will soon discover why Queen Isabella II and other wealthy aristocrats would spend their summer holidays in this scenic corner of Spain. To help get your bearings, you’ll ride the funicular to the lookout atop Monte Igueldo, which will give us a great perspective on this scenic seaside resort. After saying goodbye to your leaders you may want to continue exploring on your own to the Casco Viejo (Old Town), which dates back to the 12th century. Here you’ll enjoy lunch on your own in one of the many restaurants. You may want to sample local pintxos, the Basque form of tapas. Given the Basque passion for cuisine, these delectable small plate morsels are usually more substantive and complex than their Spanish tapas counterparts.

The remainder of the day is free for you to explore this vibrant city at leisure. Perhaps enjoy an afternoon walk to the summit of Monte Urgull, where you will find Castillo de la Mota. The castle was built to defend the city from attackers and allowed San Sebastián to prosper during the Middle Ages. Later, check-in at your seaside hotel (official check-in time is 3:00 p.m. so rooms may not be ready until that time). VBT provides you with City Information that includes information and recommendations about what to see and do in San Sebastián. Dinner tonight is on your own in this gastronomic city. Based on the number of Michelin stars per capita, San Sebastián ranks number two among the world’s best dining cities.

Hotel: Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
Meals: B
Daily Options: Morning: 3 miles (4.9 km) on city sidewalks and beach promenade.

After breakfast, transfer (approximately 90 minutes) to the Bilbao airport for your flight home.

Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, full breakfast at the hotel may not be available, but a light continental breakfast may be. Please check with the Front Desk to verify the times and locations where breakfast is served.

VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport is at your own expense.

Meals: B

Sat, Sep 14 to Fri, Sep 20 - 2019

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After breakfast on your own, meet your VBT Trip Leaders at the NH Collection Villa de Bilbao at 9:00 a.m. (Address: Gran Via 87, Bilbao, Spain; telephone: +34 94 441 6000). To reach the hotel, you can take a taxi from Bilbao airport (approximately 25 euros). If your arrival in Bilbao is scheduled for later than 9:00 a.m., or if you are delayed, please contact the Bilbao hotel to advise them of any travel delays or changes so the hotel staff can pass the message on to your VBT Trip Leaders.

Following introductions and a welcome briefing you will walk to the world-renowned Guggenheim Museum, designed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry. You will enjoy a 90-minute informative tour given by one of the museum guides regarding the building’s architecture and the current works on display. At the end of the tour, your guide will escort you on a city tram with your leaders to Bilbao’s old town where you will have an opportunity to have lunch on your own.

Later this afternoon, join your local guide and Trip Leaders on a walk and discover how this city has reinvented itself, with its host of modern sites designed by world-renowned architects. The metro is a combination of architectural craft and engineering prowess by Britain’s famed architect Sir Norman Foster, and you will readily see his dramatic, curved-glass metro entrances, which are locally known as fosteritos, or “little Fosters.” Other masterpieces include Philippe Stark’s La Alhandiga, which is an old wine warehouse converted into a multicultural center; and Iberdrola Tower, the tallest tower in the Basque country, designed by Cesar Pelli.

This evening, get to know your fellow travelers and Trip Leaders during a welcome reception and dinner.

Hotel: NH Collection Villa de Bilbao
Meals: D
Daily Options: Morning: 1mile (1.6 km) warm-up walk on flat, paved sidewalks. Afternoon: 2 miles (3.2 km) on paved sidewalks.
Afternoon: 2.8 miles (4.5 km) on paved sidewalks.

After breakfast, your transfer (approximately 90 minutes) will take you to the start of today’s historic walk along the “Way of St. James.” The coastal route that you follow today is considered to be the oldest of the paths leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where many believe St. James is buried. Our path dates back more than 1,000 years and is believed to be the first institutionalized route used by religious pilgrims. The natural beauty of today’s walk—featuring vistas of the Bay of Biscay and small rugged coves—will become even more spectacular as you reach the summit of Mount Jaizkibel. Continuing downhill you will reach the Sanctuary of Guadalupe, where a 15th-century Black Madonna is kept. Our trek continues towards local vineyards to the Restaurante Oilurta Azpi where you will sample the region’s white wine – txakoli.

After the visit you may shuttle to the hotel or continue through the vineyards and then on a path through the Rio Bidasoa marshlands and gardens before entering Hondarribia and your hotel.

After free time on your own in Hondarribia, you will explore the town with a local guide, who will acquaint you with the history of your home for the next three nights. Hondarribia is a town with two identities: one belonging to the lower port town and the other to the 800-year-old medieval walled town above, with its balcony-lined cobblestone streets and magnificent vistas of the sea, the Bidasoa River and neighboring France.

This evening, you can choose from among Hondarribia’s many gourmet restaurants for dinner on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Obispo
Meals: B
Daily Options: Morning: 5.7 miles (9.2 km) on a mostly downhill “Way of St. James” dirt path overlooking the Atlantic Coast to Sanctuary of Guadalupe and then further downhill to Restaurante Oilurta Azpi.
Afternoon: 3.5 miles (5.6 km) on a combination of dirt paths through the vineyards and Rio Bidasoa marshlands and paved sidewalks to the hotel; 1 mile (1.6 km) Hondarribia walking tour on flat, paved, and cobblestone streets.

After breakfast, walk to Hondarribia’s marina and fishing port to see the many holiday boats and fishing trawlers. You will continue your exploration of Hondarribia following Calle San Pedro and the city wall before ending your day’s journey at the hotel. Later in the afternoon, you may explore the town’s restaurants and shops or simply relax in the hotel’s lovely terrace.

This evening, you will have the special privilege of being a guest at a members-only, private gastronomic society, or txoko, as it is known in Basque. Txoko members tend to be mostly men who have shared interests in cooking creative meals for their guests. When Basque culture was suppressed under the reign of Francisco Franco, txokos became safe havens where members could share their language and traditions as well as their love of cooking. Women used to be banned from the society; today, however, they are welcome to dine with the men.

Hotel: Hotel Obispo
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 5.7 miles (9.2 km) on flat, paved walking paths, as well as urban streets.

Today, you’ll shuttle to St. Jean-de-Luz, one of the most attractive towns on the French Basque coast. There are many sites to visit in this idyllic town, such as the Maison Louis XIV, a temporary residence of the Sun King, who came here in 1660 for his marriage to Maria Theresa. You can also visit the nearby church where the pair was married, the largest Basque church in France. Or simply enjoy exploring the town’s picturesque harbor, open-air market, and pedestrian-friendly streets. Enjoy lunch on your own in one of the many outdoor cafés.

Later begin your walk back to Hondarribia by joining a narrow dirt path meandering past stunning cliffs, scenic coves, and finally the seaside resort town of Hendaye with its long stretch of beach. Saying au revoir to France, you will take a five-minute ferry ride across the Bidasoa River back to Spain and then a short walk to your hotel in Hondarribia.

Tonight, you’ll learn how to replicate the flavors of Basque Country in our own hotel kitchen during an exclusive cooking demonstration, followed by a dinner in the hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Obispo
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 4.2 to 8.8 miles (6.7–14.1 km) on rolling dirt paths along coastal cliffs and coves and city sidewalks with support for shorter options.

After breakfast, you’ll transfer 45 minutes to the town of Tolosa, located on the Oria River. After a brief tour of Tolosa, you’ll have a short shuttle ride into the surrounding hills to the quaint village of Bidania. Today, your path will be a mostly steady incline through lovely forested hills and valleys. Stopping for lunch, you’ll have the opportunity to feast on a Basque specialty: alubias de Tolosa, or Tolosa beans—purple-black legumes that turn red when cooked and are celebrated for their rich, buttery flavor. You’ll also have a chance to sample the local sidra (hard apple cider). Following lunch, you have the option to continue walking through the lovely countryside to our accommodations—a hotel within a restored, 17th-century jauregia (palace).

This evening, meet the jauregia’s owners and learn about the history of and future plans for this unique property. Enjoydinner on your own at the hotel, or perhaps walk into the local village for a simpler meal at the local pub.

Hotel: Iriarte Jauregia Hotel
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: Morning: 4.3 miles (6.9 km) on flat paved sidewalks in Tolosa and gradually ascending paved country roads through forests.
Afternoon: 3.9 miles (6.3 km) on paved country roads and gradually ascending and descending dirt paths through forests.

Today’s walk immerses you in Basque country life as you meander through a series of hamlets on lesser-traveled (but paved) roads, past peaceful pastures nestled in the valleys. You’ll hear tinkling cowbells and see sheep grazing as you walk beneath the shade of apple trees. A charming stone farmhouse will be the setting for today’s lunch. Our hostess is Maite, wife of Pello Urdapilleta, whose family has raised Euskal txerria—a breed of pig found only in the Basque region—for generations. Maite will introduce us to the rural culinary delights of this region of Spain. After an included lunch, return by foot retracing your morning path.

Tonight, enjoy your farewell dinner at the jauregia. You will be treated to a delicious dinner created by the palace’s renowned chef.

Hotel: Iriarte Jauregia Hotel
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: Morning: 2.6 miles (4.2 km) on rolling, paved country roads.
Afternoon: 2.6 miles (4.2 km) on rolling, paved country roads.

This morning, you’ll transfer to San Sebastián. Upon arrival to this beautiful seaside town we will enjoy an easy stroll along the town’s two-mile-long beachfront promenade, which offers views of beautiful La Concha Bay. You will soon discover why Queen Isabella II and other wealthy aristocrats would spend their summer holidays in this scenic corner of Spain. To help get your bearings, you’ll ride the funicular to the lookout atop Monte Igueldo, which will give us a great perspective on this scenic seaside resort. After saying goodbye to your leaders you may want to continue exploring on your own to the Casco Viejo (Old Town), which dates back to the 12th century. Here you’ll enjoy lunch on your own in one of the many restaurants. You may want to sample local pintxos, the Basque form of tapas. Given the Basque passion for cuisine, these delectable small plate morsels are usually more substantive and complex than their Spanish tapas counterparts.

Your luggage will be stored for your pick-up at the nearby Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra where your walking tour will end at 1:00 p.m. Please note: The hotel will help you book a taxi at your own expense to your next hotel, train station, or airport.

Meals: B
Daily Options: Morning: 3 miles (4.9 km) on city sidewalks and beach promenade.

Enjoy Your Vacation Longer With Low-Cost Trip Extensions

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Pre-Trip Extension - Madrid

2 Nights From $445 per person, double occupancy

  • Two nights at the NH Paseo del Prado Hotel
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers

Depart from home for Madrid, Spain. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at Madrid’s airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, fill in a PIR form before leaving the customs area: VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Please make certain that your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you. After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative who will be holding a VBT sign and will make arrangements for your transfer via taxi or van to your Madrid hotel (transfer time is approximately 30–45 minutes, depending on traffic).

You have the rest of the day to relax or begin exploring the city on your own.

Hotel: NH Paseo del Prado

Enjoy your first full day of independent exploration in Spain’s capital. Your hotel is conveniently located on the Paseo del Prado, within the “Golden Triangle of Art” comprising three art museums: the Prado Museum, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (a modern art museum) and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which is housed in the renovated Villahermosa Palace.

After visiting the museums in your neighborhood, you may wish to continue walking to the Royal Palace (Palacio Real), the official residence of the Spanish royal family, or the nearby Teatro Real, featuring a restored Opera House. Tonight, try one of the many renowned restaurants in this gastronomic capital.

Hotel: NH Paseo del Prado
Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Madrid’s airport today for your hour-long flight to Bilbao. Upon arrival at the Bilbao airport, claim your luggage. Please make certain your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you. As you enter the arrival hall, look for your VBT representative holding a VBT sign. Please wait here while your representative helps make arrangements for your transfer to your hotel in Bilbao (a drive of approximately 20 – 30 minutes).

VBT provides you with City Information that includes information and recommendations about what to see and do in Bilbao. Take the rest of the day to explore Bilbao and have dinner on your own.

VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.

Hotel: NH Collection Villa de Bilbao
Meals: Breakfast

Airplane

Air Package Only

Post-Trip Extension - San Sebastian

2 Nights From $345 per person, double occupancy

  • Two nights at the Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers

Our hotel’s location allows multiple options for exploring San Sebastián on foot. You may want to venture inland to what is considered the “romantic area” of San Sebastián. Cross the Santa Catalina Bridge, walk along the Paseo de Francia with its stately French-style mansions and enjoy the elegant Cristina-Enea Park. You may also enjoy the Bilbao Square, with its circular shape breaking away from the more rationalistic side streets. No matter which neighborhood you choose to wander around, you will not be disappointed by San Sebastián architecture. Lunch and dinner are on your own tonight.

Hotel: Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra
Meals: Breakfast

Continue your exploration of San Sebastián with a tour of its museums. The San Telmo Museum located in the Old Town is housed in a 16th-century convent. This building has been transformed into the current Museum of Basque Society and Citizenship with a look at the Basque culture through its archaeological, ethnographic and artistic collections along with audiovisual features of today’s top Basque creators. The Palacio del Mar or Aquarium is one of the most modern in Europe and may be of interest for marine enthusiasts.

This evening enjoy your last night in the Basque Country with a celebratory dinner at one of San Sebastián’s superb gastronomic restaurants.

Hotel: Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer (approximately 90 minutes) to the Bilbao airport for your flight home.

Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, full breakfast at the hotel may not be available but a light continental breakfast may be available. Please check with the Front Desk to verify the times that breakfast is served and location.

VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport is at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast

Reviews

Guest Reviews 49 out of 50 (98%) of reviewers recommend this tour

4.9 out of 5 stars.

Dates & Prices

Walking Vacation + Air Package

10 days, includes round-trip international airfare, airport shuttle, and additional hotel nights with included breakfast.

Single Supplement: $845

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7 Days. Includes walking vacation only.

Single Supplement: $445

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