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5-Day Basque Country Tour

5-Day Basque Country Tour

5 Days/4 Nights From
AU$2,118 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Escorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Duration
    5 Days/4 Nights
  • Tour Code
    JUT-18-4739
  • Operating Days
    Wed
5 Days/4 Nights From
AU$2,118 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Type
    Escorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Duration
    5 Days/4 Nights
  • Tour Code
    JUT-18-4739
  • Operating Days
    Wed
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Accommodation includedEscorted tourEscorted tour Tour guide MealMeal Daily breakfastTourTour Guided tour of the Basque region from BarcelonaTrainTrain Train tickets from Barcelona-Zaragoza and Bilbao-Madrid (tourist class) TransfersTransfers Transfers from/to station and your hotelTransportationTransportation Air-conditioned luxury coach

Summary

If you love food, wine and history you can't miss this escorted tour to La Rioja Alavesa. Walled fortresses and churches dating from the Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic periods, ancient Roman roads, centuries old olive groves, caves, vineyards and both rustic and modern wineries this area is brimming with local culture. Starting this Basque Circuit in San Sebastian and finishing in Bilbao. This tour departs on Wednesday.

2018 Departure Dates

April 11, 18 & 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
June 6, 13, 20 & 27
August 8 & 22
September 5, 12, 19 & 26
October 3, 10 & 17

Itinerary

Day 1, Barcelona - Zaragoza (train) - San Sebastian
Call on Barcelona “Sants” train station to depart by AVE, high speed train to Zaragoza. Meet assistance. Transfer to the city center to join the tour. Accommodation at the hotel. In the afternoon, we will continue to San Sebastian, it’s one of the most famous tourist destinations where they hold the International Film Festival. Panoramic city tour of this marvel style bourgeois city, seeing the extraordinary landscape dominated by the bay and the magnificent La Concha beach. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 2, San Sebastian - La Rioja Alavesa - Vitoria
Breakfast at the hotel, 09:00 hrs. Drive towards Vitoria via Lasarte, Andoain, Villabona and Tolosa, where in its historical center are conserved public buildings of the XVI and XVII C. Then, we will arrive at Ordizia. Short stop, with its old historical center and nucleus of the town declared Joint Monumental-Historic. Afterwards, we will go to Oñati, Guipúzcoa's most noble village for its artistic grandeur, and we will go up to the most important Sanctuary of Guipúzcoa, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aránzazu, in charge of the Franciscan Order. Continuation to the Rioja Alavesa to arrive at Laguardia, famous town for its historical monumental set and mainly for its cellars. Guided walking tour. In the afternoon, departure to Vitoria. Panoramic tour for its main attractions. Accommodation.

Day 3, Vitoria - Bilbao
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Salinas de Añana, one of the most surprising corners of the Basque Country. Here, we will enjoy an interesting guided tour to learn the history, architecture, archelogy and biodiversity of the salt. We follow the route to Orduña, ancient customs, and start a guided visit to this historical village. We continue the route through the Valley of Ayala to arrive in Balmaseda in order to make a walking tour. Free time for lunch and afterwards, we follow the route through the mining area of Bizkaia to reach the coast; Santurtzi and Portugalete. From here, we cross the Transporter Bridge Bizkaia (world heritage by UNESCO) to reach Getxo and then finish back in Bilbao. There, we start a sightseeing including the ascend to the Artxanda Mountain and continue with a walking tour around the Old Quarter. We have included as well the entrance to the Guggenheim Museum with its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions; we will be able to visit freely (guide is not included just the entrance fee). Accommodation.

Day 4, Bilbao - Loyala Sanctuary - Getaria - Zarauz - Bilbao
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the green and mountainous typical Basque landscape to the province of Gipuzkoa, pass Eibar, Elgoibar, Azkoitia, and reach the Sanctuary of Loyola. Visit the shrine of harmonious proportions, built in XVII & XVIII C. Continue via Azpeitia, to the coast by Zumaia, reach Getaria, birthplace of Juan Sebastian Elcano with its arch Catrapona, Parish Church of San Salvador (XV C.), a Gothic gem, fishing port and village. Afterwards, continue passing by Zarautz, tourist reference since the XIX C. Its 2500 meters long magnificent beach, the longest of Gipuzkoa, and the old town with its picturesque streets of cosmopolitan ambiance. Later, arrive to San Sebastian. Walking tour into the historic old city and port, Dominican Convent (XVI C.), the Basilica of Santa Maria de Coro (XVIII C.) and the Constitution Square. Return to Bilbao. Accommodation.

Day 5, Bilbao - Madrid (train)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning free and in the afternoon, transfer to rail station to depart by train to Madrid (please expect a later arrival in Madrid). Arrival and end of services.

Inclusions

  • Guided visits and panoramic city sightseeing as per the itinerary 
  • Entrance fee for free visit (no guide included) to the Guggenheim Museum
  • Tour escort during the tour 
  • Air conditioned deluxe motor-coach
  • Train ticket Barcelona-Zaragoza and Bilbao-Madrid (tourist class) 
  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast 
  • Transfer from/to rail station

Exclusions

  • Any other service not specified

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