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Basque Country 5 day tour (Bus and Train)

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A tour that runs through the Basque Country through its three provinces; visiting wineries, sanctuaries, cities of important cultural life and small traditional villages. A mix of landscapes of green mountains and the coast of the Cantabrian Sea

Highlights

  • Visit the most important cities of the Basque Country and cultural center of the north, including the Guggenheim Museum.
  • Get to know La Rioja Alavesa where excellent quality wines are produced in villages of charm.
  • Tour along the green Cantabrian coast. Typical villages and the majestic Sanctuary of Loyola.
  • Capture the captivating Basque gastronomy and the elegance of San Sebastián, capital of Guipuzcoa.

Included

  • Guided visits and panoramic city sightseeing tours as per the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee for free visit (no guide included) to the Guggenheim Museum.
  • Tour escort during the tour.
  • Air conditioned deluxe motor-coach.
  • Train Barcelona - Bilbao - Madrid (tourist class).
  • Accommodation at selected class.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Arrival & departure transfers from/to Bilbao rail station.
  • Travel insurance.

Excluded

  • Any other service not specified.

Please Note

  • Due to the insurance included on this tour, all bookings must include for each passenger, without exception, the following data at the moment of reservation: Name / Surname / Passport / ID / Nationality / Age / Sex. Reservations cannot be formalized without providing all the required information.
  • This tour can be operated in English and Spanish
  • Accommodation in Superior Plus A Class are as detailed below:
    • Bilbao: Holiday Inn Bilbao / Barceló Nervion / Hesperia Bilbao / Sercotel Gran Bilbao or similar.
    • San Sebastián: NH Aranzazu / Barceló Costa Vasca / Silken Amara Plaza or similar
    • Vitoria: Silken Ciudad Vitoria / Sercotel Boulevard Vitoria or similar
  • Accommodation in Superior T Class are as detailed below:
    • Bilbao: Ilunion Bilbao or similar.
    • San Sebastián: NH Aranzazu / Barceló Costa Vasca / Silken Amara Plaza or similar
    • Vitoria: AC General Alava or similar
    • During your stay in Bilbao and train journey from Barcelona and to Madrid, tour escort service will not be available.
    • This tour might be a combination of different programs. If applies there might be a change in the tour escort and passengers between the programs.

    Restrictions

    • Cancellation policy:
      • 15% penalty if the cancellation occurs between 10 and 21 days before the departure of the circuit.
      • 25% penalty if the cancellation occurs between 5 and 9 days before the departure of the circuit.
      • 100% penalty if cancellation takes place less than 5 days before the departure of the circuit or in case of No-Show.
      • Minimum 2 people per departure is required. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.

      Essential Information

      • Departure from Barcelona Sants station. You must present yourself at the station at least 30 minutes prior departure time.
      • Please print your train tickets, look for the train platforms and board the train on your own.
      • Please print three copies of this voucher, one copy for the driver of the private arrival transfer service in Bilbao, second copy for the private departure transfer service in Bilbao and the third one is your confirmation for the remaining services.
      • 1 regular suitcase and 1 handbag per person. Luggage is responsability of the customer.
      • Contact information:
      • From 1st April to 31st October

      - Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 18:00 at 0034 917 580 642

      - Saturday 09:30 to 20:00 at 0034 917 580 642 / 0034 915 599 605

      - Sunday from 8:00 to 18:00 at 0034 917 580 642 / 0034 915 599 605

      • From 1st November to 31st March

      - Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 18:00 at 0034 917 580 642

      - Saturday from 09:30 to 13:30 at 0034 917 580 642

      • Barcelona office (Monday to Sunday from 8:00 to 20:00) at 0034 933 176 454
      • Emergencies in Bilbao (only during the tour): 0034 946 071 707
      • By e-mail: escortedtours@julia.net

    1st Day (Tue.) BARCELONA – BILBAO (Train)

    Call on Barcelona “Sants” train station to depart by train to Bilbao. Arrival to Bilbao train station and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.

    2nd Day (Wed.) BILBAO – LOYOLA SANCTUARY – GETARIA – ZARAUZ – SAN SEBASTIAN

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the green and mountainous typical Basque landscape to the province of Gipuzkoa, pass Eibar, Elgoibar, Azkoitia, and reach the Sanctuary of Loyola. Visit the shrine of harmonious proportions, built in XVII & XVIII C. Continue via Azpeitia, to the coast by Zumaia, reach Getaria, birthplace of Juan Sebastian Elcano with its arch Catrapona, Parish Church of San Salvador (XV C.), a Gothic gem, fishing port and village. Afterwards, continue passing by Zarautz, tourist reference since the XIX C. Its 2500 meters long magnificent beach, the longest of Gipuzkoa, and the old town with its picturesque streets of cosmopolitan ambiance. Later, arrive to San Sebastian. Walking tour into the historic old city and port, Dominican Convent (XVI C.), the Basilica of Santa Maria de Coro (XVIII C.) and the Constitution Square. Accommodation.

    3rd Day (Thu.) SAN SEBASTIAN – LA RIOJA ALAVESA – VITORIA

    Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00 AM drive towards Vitoria via Lasarte, Andoain, Villabona and Tolosa, where in its historical center are conserved public buildings of the XVI and XVII C. Then, we will arrive at Ordizia. Short stop, with its old historical center and nucleus of the town declared Joint Monumental-Historic. Afterwards, we will go to Oñati, Guipúzcoa’s most noble village for its artistic grandeur, and we will go up to the most important Sanctuary of Guipúzcoa, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aránzazu, in charge of the Franciscan Order. Continuation to the Rioja Alavesa to arrive at Laguardia, famous town for its historical monumental set and mainly for its cellars. Guided walking tour. In the afternoon, departure to Vitoria. Panoramic tour for its main attractions. Accommodation.

    4th Day (Fri.) VITORIA – BILBAO

    Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Salinas de Añana, one of the most surprising corners of the Basque Country. Here, we will enjoy an interesting guided tour to learn the history, architecture, archeology and biodiversity of the salt. We follow the route to Orduña, ancient customs, and start a guided visit to this historical village. We continue the route through the Valley of Ayala to arrive in Balmaseda in order to make a walking tour. Free time for lunch and afterwards, we follow the route through the mining area of Bizkaia to reach the coast; Santurtzi and Portugalete. From here we cross the Transporter Bridge Bizkaia (world heritage by UNESCO) to reach Getxo and then finish back in Bilbao. There, we start a sightseeing including the ascendation to the Artxanda Mountain and continue with a walking tour around the Old Quarter. We have included as well the entrance to the Guggenheim Museum with its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions; we will be able to visit freely (guide is not included just the entrance fee). Accommodation.

    5th Day (Sat.) BILBAO – MADRID (Train)

    Breakfast at the hotel. Morning free and in the afternoon, transfer to rail station to depart by train to Madrid (please expect a later arrival in Madrid). Arrival and END OF OUR SERVICE.

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