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We were picked up promptly by the guide and we started out of the city of Bilbao with a total of 14 passengers. Pedro was amazing -- so kind and so knowledgeable about the culture and history of the Basque region. He talked in Spanish and in English throughout the trip. Our first stop was Gaztelugatxe, the site of a 10th century chapel perched high on a rocky inlet. We hiked down to the beach level and then up 241 steps to reach the church. It's a very strenuous hike and not for beginners. We had two hours to complete the hike. Next stop was Bermeo, a cute port and village where we had 25 minutes to enjoy a pinxto at a bar or wander the village. Our last stop was Gernika where we visited the Parliament. Again Pedro was with us the entire trip providing commentary and answering questions. A nearly 6 hr trip. We got back to the city at about 3pm. Excellent value and fascinating excursion.
Well organized tour in a new bus, hotel pick-up and drop-off perfectly in time. First stop in scenic Gaztelugatxe (visit is a must if you are in Bilbao) with enough free time to walk and explore. Brief visit to the important fishing town of Bermeo, then stop in Gernika with visit of the Bizkaian Parliament. The tour brings much information about the history of the Basque country and language, and is highly recommended if you want to learn more about this unique region. Mercifully, the hype about "Game of Thrones" (Gaztelugatxe was used as background in shooting Dragonstone in the TV series) is kept rather low. Special thanks to our guide Stefan who did a really great job and was the perfect guide, explaining everything twice, in Spanish as well as in English! We enjoyed the tour very much!
This was a combined English/Spanish tour, with 3 English speakers (including us), and around 15 Spanish speakers. The guide (Stephane) was good and spoke a lot about Basque culture and the region. The Vitoria portion was okay - but not that special. The Rioja portion took us to Laguardia, which was a nice place to visit. However, the timing of our winery tour plus lunch (not included) took us into siesta time (2:30 - 3:30), where everything seemed to be closed. The guide had recommended visiting a particular church, but when we got there, it was closed, re-opening at the time our bus left the town. Nice scenery on the bus ride down the mountains, and we stopped at a good picture location. Some nice picture spots around Laguardia as well.
This is a well organized tour. We went first to the coast, before the crowds arrived so that the walk to Gaztelugatxe was pleasant and we had enough time to enjoy it. The brief Basque language lesson was much appreciated. Stefan did a nice job of explaining things, enough but not too much. The visit to Guernica was also great, surprising to see such a beautiful seat of government. And we thank him for the recommendation for pintxos in the Plaza Nueva, they really were the best.
This was a really fun tour. We had a wonderful guide who gave us good information and made it very enjoyable. The wine tour they provided of a small boutique winery was exceptional. We also loved having some time on our own to explore these two marvelous towns and enjoy a very delicious lunch. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get a general feel for the area in a one day span. It made us all want to return to the region and explore more.