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From Bilbao: Elorrio, Oñati, and Sanctuary of Arantzazu Tour

1. From Bilbao: Elorrio, Oñati, and Sanctuary of Arantzazu Tour

Discover the heart of the Basque Country - rural villages, palaces, historical buildings and a breathtaking landscape. Old Basque family palaces, the oldest university of the Basque Country and the Sanctuary of Arantzazu are among some of the sights that are yet to be discovered. After being picked up at your hotel you will begin the tour along the road towards the center of the province of Biscay. You will be able to see a beautiful landscape full of mountains and the industrialized area of Durango. Later you will arrive at the traditional village of Elorrio. With the largest collection of family crests in the Basque Country, this small village holds the real essence of rural life. You can stroll through the small streets to the traditional palaces and the magnificent church of Santa Maria de la Asuncion. Afterwards you will head towards the village of Oinati. Here you will be able to visit the oldest University of the Basque Country, the University of the Sancti Spiritu, and see the medieval tower houses, the beautiful town hall, Fueros square and more. You will then continue towards the Sanctuary of Arantzazu. Located on top of a nearby mountain, it is a unique building designed by famous local architects and sculptors. With breathtaking surroundings it is a place full of history. At the end of the visit you will return back to your hotel.

From Bilbao: Basque Country 3 Cities 6-Day Coach Tour

2. From Bilbao: Basque Country 3 Cities 6-Day Coach Tour

See the highlights of the Basque Country on a tour of the cities of Bilbao, Vitoria and San Sebastian. Benefit from guided panoramic tours and walking tours to get a complete picture of each destination. Journey through an amazing landscape of dramatic sea views, typical fishing villages and vast forests of oak trees. Day 1: Bilbao Benefit from pick-up and transfer to your hotel to get a full tour program about the Basque Country. Day 2: Bilbao - San Sebastian Depart Bilbao and journey through the mountains towards San Sebastian. See the old tower houses of Azkoitia and visit the shrine at the Sanctuary of Loyola before making your way to the coastal town of Zumaia. Get magnificent views of the Bay of Biscay and stop in the medieval fishing village of Getaria. Continue to San Sebastian via the resort town of Zarautz. Take a panoramic bus tour of San Sebastian and see highlights such as Kursaal Palace on arrival. Enjoy some free time for lunch before taking a walking tour of the Old Town, and stroll past typical pintxo bars and the 18th-century Basilica of Santa Maria de Coro. Get tips on what to do with the rest of the evening and the following day at leisure. Day 3: San Sebastian Enjoy a free day to explore San Sebastian at your own pace. Day 4: San Sebastian - Rioja - Vitoria Take the highway towards Vitoria, passing the old town of Tolosa. Arrive at the village of Ordizia and go for a stroll before going to Oñati and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu. Visit the former salt mining town of Salinas de Leniz, and then enter the wine producing area of Rioja Alavesa. Admire typical villages such as Labastida and Laguardia, where you will get some free time to explore the town and enjoy lunch independently. Continue to Vitoria for a panoramic tour of the capital of the Basque Country. Marvel at monuments such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria and Casco Viejo, and avail of free entry to the Artium Museum of Contemporary Art. Day 5: Vitoria - Bilbao Journey through the rural landscape of Alava en route to Salinas de Añana, where you will learn about the historic salt mining industry. Continue to the village of Orduña, surrounded by the mountains of the Sierra Salvada, and take a guided walking tour of the town. Get back to nature in Ayala and discover vast forests of oak trees. Stop for lunch in Balmaseda, and then go to the coastal town of Santurtzi, known for its seafaring traditions. Continue to Portugalete to cross the transporter bridge to Getxo, where you can go for a walk along the seafront and get a magnificent view of the Bay of Biscay. Continue to Bilbao and take a panoramic tour on arrival. Day 6: Bilbao Explore Bilbao at your own pace with a day at leisure. Get useful information from your guide to help you plan your day. Enjoy some free time in the city before your transfer to the airport.

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What people are saying about Sanctuary of Arantzazu

Wonderful trip!

We were picked up at our hotel very punctually. Sebastian was a great guide, funny and well-informed. His English is very good. The scenery en route was gorgeous (road is curvy, don't overeat before getting on the bus!). Oñati has a great little place to buy local chocolate, and the sanctuary of Arantzazu is totally different from any other basilica you have seen, look it up to see photos and the work of famous Basque artists like Chillida and Basterretxea. We were a group of 10, plus two others. The minibus was very clean and comfortable.

Nice city and history

The tour was also inspiring, but the guide was fun. On the English tour, I had a meaningful time interacting with people from other four countries.