Day 1, (Mon.) BILBAO
Meet and assistance at the airport, transfer to the hotel. The balance of the day at leisure. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 2, (Tue.) BILBAO –SANCTUARY OF LOYOLA – SAN SEBASTIAN
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart at 09:00 a.m. drive eastward through the green and mountainous typical Basque landscape to the province of Gipuzkoa, pass Eibar, Elgoibar, Azkoitia, 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 for a panoramic city tour, Kursaal Palace, Monte Igueldo with magnificent views of the city, etc. Free time for independent lunch. 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. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 3, (Wed.) SAN SEBASTIAN
Breakfast and accommodation at the hotel. Whole day at leisure for you to discover the wonders that this elegant city has to offer and to enjoy its excellent gastronomy.
Day 4, (Thu.) SAN SEBASTIAN – LA RIOJA ALAVESA – VITORIA
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive southward towards Vitoria via Lasarte, Andoain and Villabona municipalities with historic-artistic and archaeological values. Continue via Tolosa, Ordizia, typical village of Goierri area, historical and monumental centre. Through Beasain, Ormaiztegi, Zumarraga, arrival to Oñati, the most elegant village of Gipuzkoa province. After viewing some of the monuments, head on a road with magnificent views over cliffs to reach the most important Sanctuary of Gipuzkoa, the Shrine of Our Lady of Arantzazu, compendium of the best contemporary Basque art, by the Franciscan order. Continue the journey, arrive to the Rioja Alavesa area. Pass by Labastida to Laguardia, famous town for its historic monuments and also its wineries. Free time to explore the town. Independent lunch. Departure to Vitoria, capital of the Basque Country rich in heritage, Panoramic City Tour, its very well preserved medieval Old Town, declared Monumental Complex, its gothic design and its narrow streets, as well as important medieval and Renaissance buildings. Artium Museum (entrance ticket included) the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the church of the White Virgin, the “Casco Viejo. Balance of the day at leisure for you to explore the centre and the old quarter of the city. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 5, (Fri.) 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, archeology 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 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 also included the entrance to the Guggenheim Museum with its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, which we will be able to visit freely (the guide is not included, just the entrance fee). The guide will provide comprehensive information on all available activities, museums, culture, folklore and social or sporting events taking place in Bilbao. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 6, (Sat.) BILBAO
Breakfast and accommodation at the hotel. Full day at leisure for independent activities and to enjoy the typical “tapas” that the different taverns have to offer.
Day 7, (Sun.) BILBAO
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. END OF OUR SERVICE.