No visit to Bilbao is complete without strolling along the Casco Viejo–seven 15th-century streets that formed the original medieval town. The heart of the city, these narrow pedestrian-only streets are lined with taverns and pintxos bars, shops and colorful homes with plant-laden balconies, as well as the Gothic Catedral de Santiago with its breathtaking interior. You will stroll through this area and learn more about its history, plus have time to photograph the cathedral, as part of your included tours in Bilbao.
Originally created to stop people from slipping on rainy days, Bilbao’s flagstone pavements have their own unique rosette style. You’ll find this trademark design beneath your feet in many areas of the city. In fact, it has become a proud symbol of Bilbao and appears on the design of many souvenirs, local awards and even pastries!
Why Reserve Our Optional Land Package in Spain’s Basque Country
Add a bonus country to your Taste of Bordeaux river cruise: Spain! Make the most of your international airfare and indulge your wanderlust by exploring this intriguing, culture-rich region. Whether you’re a self-described foodie, exploring your Spanish heritage or are simply interested in extending your journey, our 4-night Basque Country land package, which includes visits to Bilbao and San Sebastián, is sure to inspire you.
What’s Included in Your Optional Land Package
- 2 nights in Bilbao at the Hesperia Bilbao (or similar)
- 2 nights in San Sebastián at the NH Collection Aránzazu (or similar)
- Daily breakfast at the hotel
- Convenient transfers between your hotel and ship
- Guided tours, including a visit to the Guggenheim, an excursion to Guernica, the Casco Viejo and pintxos tasting
- The services of one of our wonderful Cruise Managers – unique in the industry
Enjoy this wonderful land package for free on select sailings reserved before March 31, 2023. To learn more about this special, limited-time offer, see our Complimentary Land Package Offer page.
Contact your preferred travel advisor to extend your Taste of Bordeaux journey into Basque Country today!