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Bilbao

El Botxo - a city of art and culture

Stroll the narrow alleyways of the “Seven Streets” or “Siete Calles” passing bustling pintxos bars and the busy, colourful market, and admire the colonnade and Roman arches of the Plaza Nuevo. This is the beating heart of the city, the city the beating heart of the Basque Country.

 

Bilbao’s determination to succeed has made the city what it is today. Reconstruction after the Spanish civil war, its pivotal role in the iron industry in the 19th and 20th centuries and being the seat of the Basque government has allowed the city to grow into a leading example of the Basque spirit.

 

From the arrival of the Guggenheim Museum in 1997, the Norman Foster-designed Metro stations, and the old wine warehouse that now houses a leisure/cultural centre with a glass bottomed swimming pool, to the rejuvenation of the city’s parks and waterfront. The numerous cycle paths that criss-cross the city make sightseeing by bike a lot of fun. All these, and more make Bilbao a wonderful destination to suit all tastes.

 

The beautiful Basque countryside sits right on Bilbao’s doorstep. The pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago winds its way along the coast, passing the fishing village of Getaria which overlooks the Bay of Biscay and alongside the vineyards of the Txakoli wine region which stretch endlessly into the distance.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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    18 Sep 2017
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    4
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    Level A
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    London (Heathrow)
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  • Itinerary & Map
    18 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017

    Day 1 - Bilbao
    Fly from London Heathrow to Bilbao and transfer (30 minutes) by coach to our hotel in the heart of Bilbao for 4 nights’ accommodation. There will be time for lunch before we meet our local guide and enjoy a visit of the Old Town seeing the neo-classical architecture, impressive plazas, and famous “Siete Calles”. We’ll have a pre-dinner drink before a Pintxos dinner at a local restaurant.

    Day 2 - Bilbao
    Our day starts with a guided cycle tour of Bilbao. There are numerous cycle paths around the city, making it a fun and safe way to explore. We’ll discover many of the neighbourhoods and learn about the history of the city. After time for lunch, we’ll take the funicular to Mt Artxanda, which gives fantastic views over the city and the mountains beyond. There is a lovely park, a small church and cafes to enjoy.

    Day 3 - Bilbao
    We'll leave Bilbao behind today as we head into the Basque Countryside, where green hills meet the Atlantic ocean. We'll take a coastal walk along part of the northern Camino de Santiago and explore the seaside town of Getaria. We'll have lunch here too and there may also be time to visit the impressive Cristobal Balenciaga Museum dedicated to the designer, who was born in the town, and houses some of his fabulous creations. Lunch is included today rather than dinner.

    Day 4 - Bilbao
    We cruise on the Nervion River today from Bilbao towards the Atlantic Ocean as far as Portugalete, which is famous for the “Hanging Bridge”. The cruise takes us through Bilbao’s different neighbourhoods. Back in the city, we have time for lunch, followed by a guided visit of the Guggenheim Museum after which you can stay and visit some more, or perhaps do some shopping. Dinner will be at a restaurant in the Old Town.

    Day 5 - -
    Saying our goodbyes today, we leave our hotel after breakfast for the short journey to Bilbao airport for our flight to London


  • Accommodation

    The four-star Mercure Jardines de Albia is ideally located in central Bilbao close to the Guggenheim Museum and the Old Town. The hotel offers a coffee shop, bar and restaurant as well as free wi-fi and there is also a spa within the hotel. The rooms are decorated in a contemporary style with all needed facilities

  • What's Included

    Holiday Price Includes:

    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • En-suite accommodation and breakfasts.
    • Dinners taken at local restaurants on three evenings.
    • Guided cycling tour of Bilbao.
    • Guided walking tour of Bilbao and guided visit of the Guggenheim Museum.
    • Excursion into the Basque Countryside with lunch.
    • All local transport costs.

  • Holiday Highlights

    Holiday Highlights:

    • Guided visit of the Impressive Guggenheim museum.
    • Pretty seaside town of Getaria in the Txakoli wine region.
    • Cycling along Bilbao’s numerous cycle paths.
    • Basque food and wines.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
    • Flights: Heathrow-Bilbao (c2hrs), British Airways.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: Business class available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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