País Vasco #1 – Bilbao, Vitoria & San Sebastian

The Basque Country, also known as País Vasco in Spanish, is known for its majestic, natural beauty. It’s a place that demands exploration as well as appreciation. And on this trip, not only do we take you to the delightful and cosmopolitan main cities of Bilbao and San Sebastián. But also to Vitoria, a city filled with history.

With an eclectic mix of antique and modern architecture, Bilbao is the economic as well as the cultural center of País Vasco. This is where we will spend our first day.  An official local guide will take us through both the old town and new town of Bilbao. You will also witness how tradition blends with modernity to give this city a truly remarkable feel. During your free time, don’t forget to visit the world famous Guggenheim museum. Relax by the lush coastlines. And taste the mouthwatering pintxos!

Next, we will continue to the summer capital of Spain, also known as San Sebastian. Our official local guided tour will take us through the beautiful streets of San Sebastian and all along the coastline to see everything from the Miramar Palace to the baroque church of Santa María. You will fall in love with this diverse city! Sweet cafés in the old quarter, gothic-style architecture, modernist seaside sculptures, soft beaches along the Playa de la Concha and Michelin-Star pintxos!

Finally, on Sunday, our last stop will be at Vitoria-Gasteiz – often shortened to simply Vitoria. The city has a habit of falling off the radar. But it’s actually the capital of not just the southern Basque province of Álava (Basque: Araba) but also the entire País Vasco. Maybe it was given this honour precisely because it is so forgotten, but if that’s the case, prepare for a pleasant surprise. Additionally, the city has an art gallery whose contents frequently surpass those of the more famous Bilbao galleries. A delightful old quarter, as well as dozens of great pintxo bars and restaurants, a large student contingent and a friendly local population.

Trip Breakdown:

  • Meeting point in Paseo Moret (Metro: Moncloa): 7:45 (Friday)
  • Departure from Madrid: 8:00 (Friday) / Arrival to Bilbao: 13:00 (Friday)
  • Departure from Bilbao: 14:30 (Sunday) / Arrival to Madrid: 23:30 (Sunday)

Trip Price:

  • Standard Price – 139€
  • City Card Price – 129€

Included in Price:

  • Transportation by private bus
  • 2 night hostel accommodation with breakfast in Bilbao
  • Official guided tour of Bilbao
  • Official guided tour of San Sebastián
  • Visit to Vitoria
  • Visit to Burgos
  • Representative throughout the trip
  • Trip photographer
  • Travel insurance*
  • All taxes included

* In accordance to Spanish Law, our insurance takes Madrid as departure city. If you are not a Madrid resident and would like an insurance that would extend the coverage to your home city, do not hesitate to contact us for further info. 

Not included in Price:

  • Towels and locks (Hostel)
  • Anything not mentioned in “trip includes”

Booking Information:

You can either book now at the bottom of this page or in our office on Calle Gran Vía 22, 2nd floor. If you have any questions please get in touch with us at trips@citylifemadrid.com or +34 915 296 673

*Please be advised that in accordance with our terms and conditions the City Card membership cannot be used to obtain discounts for anyone but the card holder.

SPECIAL PRICE FOR CITY CARD HOLDERS: Log in here to save money when buying your ticket(s) online or reserve your spot(s) presenting your personal City Card at the Citylife Madrid office in Calle Gran Vía, 22 Dpdo, 2nd D. (Metro: Gran Vía / Opening hours: 10:00 to 19:00).

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Hello everyone, I am Nico and I am originally from Germany. Since 2013 I am living and working in Madrid. My job consists in assisting internationals in their integration in the city of Madrid. If you need any help, please feel free to stop by our office.

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