Pais Vasco: Bilbao, San Sebastián, Vitoria
Meeting point & Time
December 3, 2021, 11:30:00 PM
About the trip
First day: San Sebastián – Free time
San Sebastián, is the largest city and the administrative centre of the province of Guipuzoca and in Basque it is called Donostia. The city was founded in the 12th century and was for a long time a small fishing village near the port that handled the wine and oil trade with France and England.
It is called “the pearl of the Cantabrian coast” and it gained its fame as one of the most elegant and luxurious resorts in Spain. Its apogee occurred in the First World War in which Spain did not participate. During this period, San Sebastián became the most fashionable place for vacations during the reign of Alfonso XII and Franco.
You can’t talk about the city without mentioning the coast because it is completely unforgettable!
San Sebastián is located in a beautiful bay surrounded by mountains on both sides. On one side is the castle of La Mota, where you can find a statue of Jesus Christ, and on the other side of the park there is a cable car and a promenade, and the views are impressive.
In the evening, we will go to Bilbao, where we will spend 2 nights!!
Second day: Bilbao – Guided tour – Free time
In this beautiful city we will have a guided tour with our official guide through the city where we will visit the old town and have time to eat the famous Basque food!
Bilbao, is the administrative centre of the province of Vizcaya and is the largest city in the País Vasco. The city is located along the banks of the Nervión River with its unique tides. This place used to be a fishing village. The founding date of the city was July 15, 1300. In 1511, Queen Juana de Castilla ordered the creation of the Consulate of Bilbao, which determined the destiny of the city as the most important port of routes in northern Spain in later centuries.
The city is very green and there are many beautiful parks and gardens. The walk along the banks of the river is lovely. In the city there are a lot of old and modern attractions. The old city is located on the right bank of the river. In the central part of the old city is the Basilica of Santiago, built in the 15th century, and the seven oldest streets in the city. In this area you can also find the Doña Casilda Iturrisa park.
The most important landmark is the Guggenheim Museum.
The architecture of the building is unique and was designed by one of the most famous contemporary architects. It looks like a huge bird, looking up at the sky. The museum houses many various works of art from the 20th century.
An interesting attraction for visitors is the glass bridge that crosses the river to the Guggenheim Museum. The main attractions of the city include the ancient Church of San Nicolás de Bari, the Cathedral of Santiago built in the 14th century, the Basilica Cathedral of Santiago, and the Church of San Antonio. In the old town there are beautiful old mansions in the Negura area. And, of course, it is interesting to visit one of the largest markets in Europe, the modernist Mercado de la Ribiera. The people here are very hospitable and cheerful. Visitors can admire not only history, but modernity, architecturally interesting buildings, beautiful museums, and famous local cuisine.
Interesting fact: the Bilbao soccer team has always played and still plays in the main league and has never fallen to the second. Also, only Basque players are in the team.
Third day: Vitoria – Free time
Vitoria, is the most modest of the Basque cities. It does not have an elegant beach like San Sebastián or a Guggenheim Museum like Bilbao and for that reason it is often overlooked, but, Vitoria offers visitors many of the same things as other Basque cities and also many others that you will only find here.
A good example is the medieval centre of Vitoria. Many buildings date from the 15th century and even earlier and are very well preserved. The old town is shaped like an almond and is partially surrounded by an 11th century wall and several impressive watchtowers.
The old town is also home to several palaces. The Bendaña and Escoriaza-Esquivel palaces are two excellent examples of Renaissance architecture that should not be missed. The Bendaña Palace houses a museum dedicated to playing cards. It is quite a peculiar subject for a museum, but it is no less interesting. Outside of the old town there are some “newer” palaces that also deserve a mention, such as the Palacio de Agustín-Zulueta, which now houses the Museum of Fine Arts. Located just opposite, is the Ajuria Enea Palace, where the Lehendakari (President of the Spanish Basque Country) resides. This building is off limits for visitors but can still be glimpsed from the outside.
Are you ready to get to know the north of Spain with us?
- Private bus to the San Sebastián city
- Free time in the San Sebastián city
- Private bus to Bilbao city
- 2 nights accommodation with breakfast included
- Visit with an official guide around the city
- Free time in the Bilbao city
- Private bus to the Vitoria city
- Free time in Vitoria city
- Private bus to Valencia
- Identification Bracelet
- Soy Erasmus coordination
- Soy Erasmus STAFF
- Road insurance
- Everything that is not mentioned in "Included"
- Meals and dinners
- Public transport ticket in the city: Taxi / Bus, etc.
00:00h Meeting point 00:30h Bus departure to the San Sebastián city 09:00h Arrival in the San Sebastián city 11:00h - 12:30h Free time in the San Sebastián city 19:00h - 21:00h Bus departure to Bilbao city 21:00 - 22:00h Check in Bilbao's hostel 11:00h - 13:00h Visit with an official guide around the city 13:00h Free time in the Bilbao city 09:00h Check out Bilbao's hostel 10:00h Bus departure to Vitoria city 12:00h - 17:00 Free time in the Vitoria city 17:00h Bus departure to Valencia city 23:55h Arrival in Valencia