Basque Country Adventure Self-drive: Bilbao, Pamplona, San Sebastian
- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 835
MODERATE | SELF-DRIVE: Get off the beaten path in Spain's Basque Country on a 6 day self-drive experience! Discover a unique culture, rich in history, modern architecture and wonderful gastronomy. See the famous Guggenheim, the beaches of San Sebastian, the legendary Pamplona, try the pintxos and fall in love with the dramatic landscape, language and famous wines.
This six day, first-class, self drive vacation gets you off the beaten path in Spain and into the heart of Basque country. Enjoy the art and culture of Bilbao before escaping to Spain’s less explored northern coast on the Bay of Biscay
The city of Bilbao is a popular getaway for both locals and tourists. The highlight here is the Guggenheim Museum. Even those who lack enthusiasm for modern architecture will be impressed by the unique and contemporary design of this building that hosts some of Europe’s most striking modern art. Evening brings the chance to stroll through the old town at your own pace and sample local food and pubs.
The village of Vitoria is an hour drive outside of Bilbao. Once you arrive in this medieval town you can opt to enjoy a guided city tour or simply wander around this basque capital, famous for its Rioja wine.
Head inland for two nights in Pamplona. This city is of course popular with thrill seekers for the annual running of the bulls but it also offers a rich nightlife and atmospheric narrow streets to lose yourself in. A quick jaunt to San Sebastian takes in fantastic sea views and the chance to dine at one of 11 Michelin Star restaurants
Your final day will be a return to Bilbao airport for your flight home or to continue your journey.
- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 835
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Upon arrival at Bilbao Airport, pick up your car and make your way to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Design, technology, art, nature, modernity and sustainability join forces in the eco-urban concept of the Barcelo Bilbao Nervion hotel. It is situated in the heart of Bilbao, next to the Town Hall and a 10-minute walk from the Guggenheim Museum, surrounded by the best areas …
Design, technology, art, nature, modernity and sustainability join forces in the eco-urban concept of the Barcelo Bilbao Nervion hotel. It is situated in the heart of Bilbao, next to the Town Hall and a 10-minute walk from the Guggenheim Museum, surrounded by the best areas for shopping and tasting the famous "pintxos". Perfectly connected to the train station, Termibus station and the airport, it is the perfect hotel for business trips or urban tourism.
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After breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure. Be sure to visit the iconic Guggenheim museum, Frank Gehry's masterpiece. This world-renowned museum has become the most influential building of modern times for its innovative, contemporary design and architecture. The building is also responsible for transforming the city of Bilbao into one of Spain's most popular destinations. After visiting the museum, do not forget to check out local bars and restaurants in the '7 streets' Old Quarter district and try some traditional pintxos!
Bilbao - Vitoria - Bilbao
Today take a drive to the nearby city of Vitoria. Approximately 1 hour away from Bilbao, Vitoria is the capital city of the Basque region and known for its exceptional urban design and medieval city centre. Be sure to visit the Santa Maria Cathedral located at the top of the hill in the old town. This stunning example of medieval architecture can be visited independently or taken on a guided tour. While you are there, taste some of Spain's most famous wine, Rioja!
Bilbao - Vizcaya Bridge - Pamplona
Say goodbye to Bilbao and head towards the Bay of Biscay to discover beautiful coastal towns and the Vizcaya Bridge, a UNESCO Heritage site. The Vizcaya or Bizkaia Bridge opened in 1893, designed by architect, Alberto Palacio, an apprentice of Gustav Eiffel. Commonly referred to as the Hanging Bridge, it was a transporter bridge connected two banks of the Nervion Estuaray. Today, there are three ways to visit the bridge and cross the estuary: pedestrian walkway, gondola and boat. Head further north to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a picturesque islet on the coast of Biscay, also the setting for the series, Game of Thrones. Walk along the stone bridge and the 241-set staircase for spectacular views. Next stop is the town of Guernica, made famous by Pablo Picasso's painting. At the end of the day, drive to Pamplona, the place of the world-renowned running of the bulls festival!
Nh Iruna Park
Nh Iruna Park
The hotel is 20-minute walk to the center, for the famous bullring, cathedral and old city walls. Hotel is close to tapas bars, terraces and movie theaters Hotel have meeting rooms and all the accompanying services you need. For relaxation, there?s a restaurant and cafeteria. …
The hotel is 20-minute walk to the center, for the famous bullring, cathedral and old city walls. Hotel is close to tapas bars, terraces and movie theaters Hotel have meeting rooms and all the accompanying services you need. For relaxation, there?s a restaurant and cafeteria. Hotel is located next to Yamaguchi Park in the San Juan neighbourhood, close to a Japanese-style park. And if you love green spaces, you?ll really enjoy the walk to the center, which takes you through pretty Taconera Park. Pamplona city centre takes a 5 minutes drive from hotel. The Hospital and University districts are around 600 m away. Rooms are approximately 23 square meter. They have large windows with exterior views, and feature a pillow menu, free WiFi and a flat-screen TV
Pamplona - San Sebastian - Pamplona
After breakfast, spend some time exploring the small city of Pamplona. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Navarre, it is a bustling university city, rich is history and culture. Stroll through the old town, discover its medieval wall fortifications, elegant squares, beautiful buildings and well-kept gardens. In the afternoon, drive to San Sebastian, once a popular vacation destination for Spanish Kings in the 20th century. San Sebastian is known for its elegant French-inspired architecture, fine beaches and a top destination for foodies, boasting 11 Michelin starred restaurants! Enjoy the day at your own pace.
Pamplona - Bilbao
After breakfast, drive back to the Bilbao airport, return your car rental and depart home or continue your journey in Spain.
- 6 day car rental with automatic transmission with insurance
- 3 nights first-class accommodation in Bilbao
- 2 nights first-class accommodation in Pamplona
- Breakfast daily (excluding day 1)
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
- Items of a personal nature
- Visa fees if applicable
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.
16 Dec 2023