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Things to Do in Bilbao

Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Bilbao and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Bilbao activities? We have 36 tour ideas.


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Bus & Minivan Tours

Full Day Basque Cities Tour from Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 110.63


Visit all highlights of the Spanish Basque country. Visit Vitoria, Salinas de Añana, Orduña, Santurtzi, Portugalete, Transporter Bridge Bizkaia, and Getxo in just one day.

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Day Trips

San Sebastian and Biarritz

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 10 hours
Priced From: USD 98.98


Admire the beauty of San Sebastian on a walking tour of the Old Quarter, before enjoying the food at the typical fishing village of Hondarribia. Delight yourself with Biarritz, The Beach of Kings, a place chosen to spend their summer vacations by European royalty and famous figures such as Napoleon III and Frank Sinatra.

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Day Trips

Elorrio, Oinati and Arantzazu

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 87.34


Discover the most inner areas of the Basque Country - rural villages, palaces, historical buildings and a breathtaking landscape. The essence of the unique land with old Basque family palaces, the oldest university of the Basque Country, the Sanctuary of Arantzazu, are among some of the locations that are yet to be discovered.

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Day Trips

The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 98.98


Follow the highway towards the east, into the province of Gipuzkoa. On the way to the Sanctuary of Loyola, you will be able to admire the areas of inner Basque Country, combined with rural valleys and industrial villages trapped in between mountains like the villages of Durango, Eibar and... Read More

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Day Trips

Explore the Basque Coast

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 87.34


Follow the river road of Bilbao towards the coast and admire the old industrial areas that once powered Bilbao. You will visit the Transporter Bridge of Bizkaia, the oldest bridge of this type in the world, still active and a very much loved icon for the locals.

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Day Trips

San Sebastian and Basque Coast Day Trip From Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 221.25


The San Sebastian City and Coastal Tour gives you the opportunity to experience the amazing Basque city of San Sebastain. San Sebastian is one of the most beautiful and elegant cities in Europe. The city has some of the best gourmet pintxo (tapas) bars in the the region, a quaint old quarter, and... Read More

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Day Trips

Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum Private tour

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 623.00


Visit all the must see sights of Bilbao, narrated by a Private Guide. With free pick up and drop off included, all you need to do is enjoy this private tour along the center of Bilbao City and the famous Guggenheim museum.

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Day Trips

San Sebastian Private Day Tour from Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 301.60


Enjoy this completely personalized private tour of San Sebastian and enjoy their most important monuments and sights. Take this opportunity to get to know the San Sebastian in this experience with your own private official tour guide and private vehicle with chauffeur. Get to personalize your own experience.

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Day Trips

San Sebastian Day Trip from Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 87.34


Visit the main sights of San Sebastian in this convenient day trip from Bilbao. See: San Sebastian city, Old Town, Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium, Igeldo Mountain.

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Food Tours

Old Quarter of Bilbao Food Tour

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 102.47


Visit the Old Town of Bilbao in a totally new way. While you eat the typical Basque cuisine, you discover the wonders of the city.

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Food Tours

Bilbao Casco Viejo Tour with Pintxos

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 68.70


Come in Casco Viejo de Bilbao sitting quietly on a table. A selection of our best traditional tapas await you in an exclusive development with environment throughout the year.

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Historical & Heritage Tours

Bilbao Architecture & History Tour

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 68.70


After demolishing the walls of the villa, the bourgeoisie begins to expand , crosses the bridge and built in the central Via of the modern city . Meet the families who lived in the great palaces of the Gran Via . The progress of the villa seen from we pass the bridge to the new buildings of the twentieth century. Meet the traditional txikiteo or poteo hand. Explore the most traditional bars in the area.

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Historical & Heritage Tours

Guggenheim Bilbao Inside and Outside Tour

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 86.17


Learn about the history of the Guggenheim Museum and explore the modern artwork it houses–inside and outside the building–during this 90-minute guided tour. Admire the stunning architecture of the Frank Gehry-designed building, and learn from your guide why Bilbao was chosen as its home. Walk through the museum galleries, atrium, and terrace as you get to know the most important works of the... Read More

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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Bilbao City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 16.30


Look at Bilbao from a different point of view. Hop on a double-decker bus and discover the highlights of the city.

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Multi-day Tours

2-Night Bilbao Experience Including Guggenheim Museum Admission

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 3 days
Priced From: USD 213.10


Eat your way through Basque Country`s most populous city on a 2-night stay in Bilbao. Explore the history of the thriving Spanish community during a self-guided culinary tour of Bilboa`s renowned ‘pintxos` restaurant routes; visit the architectural marvel... Read More

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Museum Tickets & Passes

Half-Day Guggenheim Museum Personalized Private Tour

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 126.93


Enjoy this completely personalized 4-hour private tour of Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum and enjoy their most important works of art. Take this opportunity to get to know Bilbao in this experience with your own private official tour guide.

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Ports of Call Tours

Scenic Bilbao Shore Small-Group Excursion with Basque Lunch

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 756.92


Bilbao is a modern day version of the tale about the ugly duckling that became a beautiful swan. When you now see the modern and ground breaking architecture perfectly matched with the renovated historical buildings it's hard to believe that Bilbao just some 20 years ago was a rundown industrial... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Basque Towns Private Trip from Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 196.80


Enjoy this personalized 8-hour private tour of Bilbao's surroundings with visits to some of the most important monuments and sights. Take this opportunity to get to know the towns surrounding Bilbao with your own tour guide and private vehicle. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Bilbao Private Walking Tour

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 91.99


Enjoy this completely personalized private tour of Bilbao and enjoy their most important monuments and sights. Take this opportunity to get to know Bilbao in this experience with your own private official tour guide. Get to personalize your own experience.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Guggenheim Bilbao Museum

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 34.28


Explore the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum with a private guide, and spend 1.5 hours admiring exciting art and architecture from around the world with an official guide -- an expert on modern art. Marvel at the exterior of the iconic building, including Jeff Koons' famous 'Puppy,' and then head inside to discover contemporary and modern art galore. See timeless masterpieces like Joseph Beuy's 'Lightening with Stag in its Glare' and... Read More

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Running Tours

Premium Running Tour at Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 64.05


Enjoy sightseeing with a different in the city of Bilbao whilst running. This way you can combine your training with a visit to Bilbao. Tours can be customized - this way you can jog or run at your own pace with time to enjoy the sights that interest you.

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Sailing Trips

Basque Coast Half Day Sailing Excursion

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 748.77


Became a Basque sailor for a few hours and enjoy the unique natural landscape of the region on the Basque Coast Half Day Sailing Excursion. You will discover the most interesting spots of the wild Basque coastline like Aizkorri, Barinatxe, Sopelana, Menacoz and Plentzia Gorliz, onboard a modern sailing boat.

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Sailing Trips

Bilbao Estuary Sailing Trip

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 110.63


Capture Bilbao's urban revitalization on this scenic 2-hour sailboat cruise in its estuary, or Ría de Bilbao. Starting at the Maritime Museum, your knowledgeable skipper takes you north toward the Bay of Biscay. Admire Vizcaya Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and learn about its innovative construction. On board, sip Rioja wine as you pass by former industrial settlements like the peninsula of Zorrozaurre,... Read More

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Sailing Trips

Deep-Sea Fishing or Whale-Watching Full-Day Excursion from Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 256.19


Spend a wonderful day on the choppy blue waters of Bay of Biscay in Basque Country. Toss a light-tackle rod into the deep sea and kick back as you wait for a tug at your bait, or fish while the boat motors on. Or, hop aboard for whale watching and look out for pilot whales and razorbacks during a... Read More

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Tours around Basque Country

Vitoria and Rioja Wine Area

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (starts at 09:00)
Priced From: USD 115.47


Explore the picturesque city of Vitoria and go on a wine tasting in the famous Rioja wine area.

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Tours around Basque Country

San Sebastian and Biarritz

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (starts at 09:00)
Priced From: USD 115.47


Visit Biarritz and admire its historical buildings and beaches. Then explore San Sebastian and visit the Church of the Virgen del Coro City Hall Puerto Viejo and much more.

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Tours around Basque Country

Sanctuary of Loyola Getaria Zarauz and San Sebastian

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (starts at 09:00)
Priced From: USD 115.47


Enjoy the most rural and industrial views of the Basque country including the unique Basilica of Loyola and the tower house of Saint Ignatius of Loyola the founder of the Jesuits. Feel the spirit of sailors that go back hundreds of years at Getaria. Enjoy the gastronomy at Zarauz one of the most... Read More

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Tours in the Basque Coast from Bilbao

The Basque Coast

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (starts at 09:00)
Priced From: USD 100.35


Discover the Basque coast! Visit the biosphere reserve of Urdabai the typical fishing village of Bermeo and the historical town of Gernika.

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Walking Tours

Bilbao Private Walking Tour with Guggenheim Museum

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 128.09


Make the most of your visit to Bilbao and discover the secrets of the most important Basque city with a professional local guide on a private tour. You will walk through the most representative places and charming streets in two hours. Afterwards, visit the first icon of modern Bilbao, a worldwide known building with an impressive architecture made by one of the most talented architects today, with works of artists from all... Read More

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Walking Tours

Old Quarter of Bilbao Walking Tour

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 68.70


Discover the medieval Bilbao, affectionately called the Casco Viejo or the Seven Streets, squares and other charming places. Witness the intense trading and port activity that made the village grow. With an expert guide, travel back in time to the 6th century and visit ancient landmarks like the Cathedral of Santiago and Plaza Nueva.

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Walking Tours

Tour Old Quarter of Bilbao Walking and Modern Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 93.16


<br />Enjoy a quiet walk knowing the most emblematic buildings of the new part of Bilbao, which began widening in the nineteenth century. Learn about  the old part, Casco Viejo. Halfway through, enjoy a stop to rest and eat. See the center of the Milky modern city. Meet the families who... Read More

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Walking Tours

Bilbao Private City Tour

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 138.57


Enjoy this completely personalized private tour of Bilbao and enjoy their most important monuments and sights. Take this opportunity to get to know Bilbao in this experience with your own private official tour guide and private vehicle with chauffeur. Get to personalize your own experience.

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 98.98


The famous Rioja Wine region is a must for wine lovers visiting Spain. Located in the south of the Basque country, you will visit the village of Haro, the unique medieval village of Laguardia. Of course, you will visit a traditional wine cellar for a wine tasting, and a guided walking tour of Vitoria.

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Private Essential Rioja Wine Tour From Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 256.19


The Essential Rioja Wine Tour Experience is a completely private, customizable wine tour to the famous La Rioja wine-making region. Transport in a comfortable private vehicle to the beautiful wine country. Experience two winery visits with accompanying tastings, sightseeing, beautiful photo opportunities of a Frank Gehry designed winery, and a private guided tour of the medieval city of LaGuardia.

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Bilbao Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 31.44


Me puede llamar un taxi’ That's Spanish for can you call me a taxi! Get ready for the battle at Bilbao Airport with hundreds of other holidaymakers trying to find a taxi to take them to their Bilbao city, San Sebastian, Vitoria city, Rioja area or Pamplona city hotel.

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Bilbao Airport Private Departure Transfer

Bilbao, Spain
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 31.44


Need to get to Bilbao Airport’ Staying at a Bilbao city, San Sebastian, Vitoria city, Rioja area or Pamplona city hotel. Plan your trip ahead of time, and book your airport transfers right here. Arrive at the airport on time, relaxed and with money in your pocket!

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