Basque Country Signature Drive

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Combine beautiful landscapes and grand views...

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... With the vibrant cultures and cuisines of the Basque Country

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Explore from Bilbao and its famous Guggenheim...

laga beach in the basque country

Along a coastline of quiet golden beaches...

red wine and vineyard in rioja

Down to the vineyards and villages of Rioja...

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... And back up to the timeless grandeur of San Sebastián

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Stay in memorable hotels...

traditional basque cod dinner

Indulge on Basque food and wine...

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Explore more locally with our lovely guides...

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... And slow down things down in quieter moments

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Wind your way from the twisting alleyways of Bilbao's medieval old town to the elegant Victorian seafront of San Sebastián via lush green hills, sunny vineyards, golden beaches and traditional fishing harbours.

  • Guggenheim visit
  • Bilbao like a local
  • Coastal hikes
  • Fresh sea air
  • Ancient salt pans
  • Rioja vineyards
  • Basque food & wine
  • Packed with culture
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What's Included

Key Inclusions

11 nights in first-class hotels

Hire vehicle

All breakfasts

Special tasting menu lunch

1 x dinner

Guided activities as described

GPS tracks for self-guided walks

Guided Activities

Shared Bilbao pintxos tour

Shared Bilbao bike tour

Guggenheim Museum entrances

Private half-day tour on coast

Shared salt pans tour

Shared winery visit

5* Service

We have personally experienced & loved every aspect of this trip

Travel Guide App with advice, background information and recommendations

ABTOT / ATOL Financial protection

Local support throughout

24/7 emergency support

Industry-leading 160% carbon capture

Please note: International travel not included.


Day 1

Meet your guide to explore Bilbao

You begin in Bilbao, reached by train, plane or ferry. Bilbao is the Basque Country's biggest city and home to Frank Gehry's famous titanium-clad Guggenheim. The best way to get to know the city, and to set you up for your travels, is to explore the pintxos bars of the old town with our lovely local guide. Pintxos are small works of bread-based culinary art, a Basque version of tapas if you will.

Day 2

Discover Bilbao by bike and on foot

Day 3

Explore en route to the coast

Day 4

Peek at cave art and walk in a painted forest

Day 5

Get to know the coast with your guide

Day 6

Hike on the way to the highlands

Day 7

Follow shepherd trails in the hills

Day 8

Visit a salt pan en route to Rioja

Day 9

Immerse yourself in Rioja's wine culture

Day 10

Potter in Pamplona; settle into San Sebastián

Memorable moments you can look forward to...

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Sit back...

With some pintxos in the sun

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The flowers on Bilbao's puppy

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Hear the stories...

Of your local guides

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To Bilbao's hidden treasures

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Gorgeous stained-glass windows

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Soak in...

Views over the city

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Along Camino trails

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Make footprints...

In quiet golden beaches

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Breathe in...

Fresh sea air

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Potter around...

In traditional fishing towns

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Tuck in...

To breakfast with a view

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Go for a walk...

In the painted forest

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Mingle with locals...

At weekly produce markets

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Spain's oldest salt pans

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On a special tasting menu lunch

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Through grape-laden vineyards

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Catch a glimpse...

Of grape harvesters at work

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Say yes...

To another glass of Rioja

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Rioja's expert winemakers

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Have a giggle...

At Haro's street art

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Drink in...

Views of vineyards, villages & castles

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Go to sleep...

In an architectural wonder

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Over delicious local cuisine

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Feel small...

In the shadow of Pamplona cathedral

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Take your pick...

From the best Basque pintxos

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Gaze out...

Over San Sebastián's bay

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Stroll out...

In golden evening light

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Wine the Basque way

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