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Spotlight on the Basque Country

Group Tour | Spotlight tour 7 Days & 6 Nights Lead-in price: £1545 Current prices from: £1545

The Basque Country is proudly unique - this northern region differs from the rest of Spain in almost every regard. From the soaring peaks of the Pyrenees and the rugged Atlantic coastline to the ancient Basque language and traditional cuisine, it's a hugely rewarding destination. Based in vibrant Bilbao, this tour guides visitors through this often-overlooked corner of the Iberian Peninsula. Experience fine cities like San Sebastián and Burgos, as well as remarkable excursions, such as a cheese tasting at a remote farm and a pintxos tour through Bilbao's twisting Old Town.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Single centre tour based in Bilbao
  • Day tours including San Sebastian & Pamplona
  • Full day tour of Bilbao with pintxos experience
  • Private tour of the Guggenheim
  • Tour of rural Basque with cheese tasting
  • Day excursion to Pamplona
  • No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Bilbao

Morning flight from London (regional connections available) to Bilbao. Transfer to the Aranzazu Abando Hotel (or similar) for the duration of the tour. (N)

Day 2: Half-day tour of Bilbao's Old Town & afternoon pintxos tour

Enjoy a half-day walking tour of historic Bilbao, including the original seven streets – Las Siete Calles – and the renowned Guggenheim Museum. After time at the world-famous gallery, round off your day with a walking tour making numerous stops to sample pintxos. (B)

Day 3: City tour of San Sebastian

Embark on a full-day tour to the coastal town of San Sebastián, including a ride via funicular railway to the charming amusement park dating back to 1912. Back on low ground, explore the sweeping Playa de la Concha – one of the best city beaches in Europe. Return to Bilbao mid-afternoon. (B)

Day 4: Full-day tour of rural Basque with cheese tasting

Spend a full day touring Basque country, taking in the smaller towns and villages of Barakaldo, Sestao and Bermeo, where you’ll pause at a remote farm to sample some of its delicious cheese. Finish your day at the Biosphere Reserve of Urdaibai, a wetland habitat renowned for its birdlife. (B)

Day 5: Day at leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure in Bilbao, exploring the city at your own pace. (B)

Day 6: Burgos

Explore ancient Burgos in all its glory during a three-hour tour with a local expert guide. Highlights include the monumental Arco de Santa María, the Paseo del Espolon and Casa del Cordon. The city is also famous for the wonderful UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos. Return to Bilbao early evening. (B)

Day 7: Fly to London

Transfer to Bilbao airport and transfer to London. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Hotel Abando
    Hotel Abando

    The 143-room, 4-star Abando Hotel is located in Bilbao's vibrant heart. It sits in front of the Court of Justice, next to the Jardines de Albia, and is parallel to Ledesma Street. This location affords easy access to the city's famed pintxos bars and some of its best sights. At the property, the accommodation is bright, spacious and modern, and the in-house dining is typically Basque in style, with the breakfast drawing particular praise from guests. Features: 143 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, lounge, fitness centre, Turkish bath/hammam Room amenities: Wi-Fi throughout, air conditioning, mini bar, tea/coffee maker, TV, luxury toiletries

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Dates & prices


Main Costs

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • What's Included
    • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
    • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

Destinations on this tour

  • Bilbao

    Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque region and its principal industrial centre. Wit...

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