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Spotlight on the Basque Country

Group Tour | Spotlight 7 Days & 6 Nights Lead-in price: £1595

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
  • Full day tour of Bilbao with pintxos experience
  • Private tour of the Guggenheim
  • Tour of rural Basque with cheese tasting
  • Day excursion to Burgos
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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: 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
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
3 Sep 2022 - 9 Sep 2022 £1,595 £0 £325 Yes Reserve
8 Oct 2022 - 14 Oct 2022 £1,495 £0 £0 Reserve

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

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

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

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.

  • * Direct flights from London (regional connections available)
  • * 4- and 5-star accommodation
  • * Small groups - maximum of 14
  • * Guided excursions and entrance fees
  • * Local transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • * Experienced local tour manager or the best local guides
  • * Flexibility - extensions, room and flight upgrades available

Destinations on this tour

  • Bilbao

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

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  • Bilbao

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

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  • Bilbao

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

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  • Bilbao

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

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  • Bilbao

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

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  • Bilbao

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

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