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A BITE OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY

A culinary expedition to Spanish foodie capitals Bilbao and San Sebastián
Starts AtBilbao
Ends AtBilbao
Duration4 days
Group SizeMaximum 18
Physical Rating
Easy
Style
Food and Drink
Starts AtBilbao
Ends AtBilbao
Duration4 days
Group SizeMaximum 18
Physical Rating
Easy
Style
Food and Drink
Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
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About Your Trip

Fiercely independent, fanatical about food: Spain’s Basque Country is one of Europe’s most exciting cultural and gastronomic destinations. This four-day escape puts you in the heart of the action, starting with a tour of the region’s de facto capital, Bilbao, sampling bite-sized pintxos along the way. You’ll discover the Game-of-Thrones-famous islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (otherwise known as Dragonstone), Picasso-portrayed Guernica, and San Sebastián, the city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants per square metre in Europe. So, as the Basque say, "on egin!" All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.

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Trip Highlights

  • 1
    Dash and dine on a Pintxos tour of Bilbao
  • 2
    Visit the breathtaking islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
  • 3
    Stroll the history-heavy streets of Guernica
  • 4
    See the sights in starry San Sebastián

Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • Three nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Three breakfasts
  • Welcome dinner and drinks
  • Local Insider and driver
  • Pintxos tour of Bilbao
  • Visit of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
  • Visit of Guernica
  • Visit of San Sebastian, with a funicular ride up Monte Igueldo
  • Shared ground transport

What's Not Included

  • Visas
    • Travel insurance
      • Flights to and from the destination

        CUSTOMER REVIEWS

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        My first ever out-of-the-United States international trip, to Iceland with Culture Trip, was the best organized itinerary. Even with Iceland's weather being a bit unpredictable, and with only one slight change in plans, our small intimate group of ladies made the trip an experience I will never forget. Snowmobiling on a glacier, chasing waterfalls, feeling and seeing the black beach, eating geothermal rye bread, bathing in a geothermal hot tub, and ending the trip with the Blue Lagoon was exciting and breathtaking. 
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        John (US)
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        Lori (US)
        I don’t normally “do” tours so was dubious but the expertise of the local expert (& his back up at base) combined with the range of the itinerary really impressed me. I really went for the food element but the locations visited were spectacular and, as an independent traveler,I know it would have taken me weeks to cover a visit as varied as this.
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        Accommodation

        Hotel Illunion Bilbao (or similar)

        City-centre hotels don’t get much slicker than this – think razor-sharp room decor, with LED-backlit headboards, Scandi-neutral tones, and designer-y furniture. You’ll have breakfast in the light- and plant-filled restaurant, and if you’ve got time, there’s even a proper fitness centre. The Guggenheim Museum is just 15 minutes’ walk away, along the banks of the Nervion.

        Hotel Ilunion San Sebastián

        On the east side of the bay, Ondaretta beach is a deep, blonde swathe of the finest Mediterranean sand. And staying at this smart four-star, you’ll be a brisk five-minute walk away. Back at base, you’ll find cool mid-Century-style furniture, breezy travel-inspired rooms and a restaurant dining terrace with sparkling sea views.

        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com