Silversea Luxury Cruises To Bilbao

Bilbao

Time in Bilbao (Bilbo, in Euskera) may be recorded as BG or AG (Before Guggenheim or After Guggenheim). Never has a single monument of art and architecture so radically changed a city. Frank Gehry's stunning museum, Norman Foster's sleek subway system, the Santiago Calatrava glass footbridge and airport, the leafy César Pelli Abandoibarra park and commercial complex next to the Guggenheim, and the Philippe Starck AlhóndigaBilbao cultural center have contributed to an unprecedented cultural revolution in what was once the industry capital of the Basque Country. View more

Greater Bilbao contains almost 1 million inhabitants, nearly half the total population of the Basque Country. Founded in 1300 by Vizcayan noble Diego López de Haro, Bilbao became an industrial center in the mid-19th century, largely because of the abundance of minerals in the surrounding hills. An affluent industrial class grew up here, as did the working class in suburbs that line the Margen Izquierda (Left Bank) of the Nervión estuary.Bilbao's new attractions get more press, but the city's old treasures still quietly line the banks of the rust-color Nervión River. The Casco Viejo (Old Quarter)—also known as Siete Calles (Seven Streets)—is a charming jumble of shops, bars, and restaurants on the river's Right Bank, near the Puente del Arenal bridge. This elegant proto-Bilbao nucleus was carefully restored after devastating floods in 1983. Throughout the Casco Viejo are ancient mansions emblazoned with family coats of arms, wooden doors, and fine ironwork balconies. The most interesting square is the 64-arch Plaza Nueva, where an outdoor market is pitched every Sunday morning.Walking the banks of the Nervión is a satisfying jaunt. After all, this was how—while out on a morning jog—Guggenheim director Thomas Krens first discovered the perfect spot for his project, nearly opposite the right bank's Deusto University. From the Palacio de Euskalduna upstream to the colossal Mercado de la Ribera, parks and green zones line the river. César Pelli's Abandoibarra project fills in the half mile between the Guggenheim and the Euskalduna bridge with a series of parks, the Deusto University library, the Meliá Bilbao Hotel, and a major shopping center.On the left bank, the wide, late-19th-century boulevards of the Ensanche neighborhood, such as Gran Vía (the main shopping artery) and Alameda de Mazarredo, are the city's more formal face. Bilbao's cultural institutions include, along with the Guggenheim, a major museum of fine arts (the Museo de Bellas Artes) and an opera society (Asociación Bilbaína de Amigos de la Ópera, or ABAO) with 7,000 members from Spain and southern France. In addition, epicureans have long ranked Bilbao's culinary offerings among the best in Spain. Don't miss a chance to ride the trolley line, the Euskotram, for a trip along the river from Atxuri Station to Basurto's San Mamés soccer stadium, reverently dubbed "la Catedral del Fútbol" (the Cathedral of Football).

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Excursions in Bilbao

Balmaseda and Castro Urdiales

This Cantabria region in northern Spain belongs to "Green Spain", named because of its lush pastures and mountainous forest covered landscape. From Galicia in the east and all the way along the northern coast of Spain to the French border in the west, the coastal area is full of beaches, some relatively untouched, all with golden sands. Further inland Cantabria boasts two mountain ranges: the Cantabrian Mountains to the south and the Picos de Europa to the west.


Board your motor coach for an approximately 45-minute scenic drive to Balmaseda.


Balmaseda

Located in a beautiful but unknown landscape for the people of Bizkaia, places like its Puente Viejo (Old Bridge), built in the 12th century, leads to the San Lorenzo neighbourhood which was home to the old Jewish District. Evidence of Roman influence is the road with a milestone dated 238 that connects to present-day Castro Urdiales. Historic buildings include Santa Clara, San Juan del Moral Church, Homositas Palace and Urrutia Palace as well as the Plaza de San Severino, with its church of the same name.


Castro Urdiales

Continue with a drive to Castro Urdiales, approximately 45 minutes away. The town centre of the village is filled with characteristic houses and rows of balconies, medieval in origin and earning the town recognition as an historic site in 1978. Wander the narrow streets and admire the varying styles and periods of monuments that can be found in this charming old fishing village. The buildings of the church of Santa María, from the 13th to the 15th centuries, the most significant example of Cantabria's Gothic architecture, and the castle-lighthouse, visible from all parts of town, are the most representative sights.


An approximate 30-minute drive back by coach returns you to the port and pier.



Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 2.5 hours in total. Some surfaces are uneven and also cobblestones with some incline. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes and lightweight clothing along with sun protection is recommended. No interior visits to the religious sites are included.

Basque Hiking

Become one with nature on this scenic and cultural hike and discover the heritage of this region preserved in an exceptional environment. Climb between coastal slopes towards the Gorliz Lighthouse and take the path between coastal oaks, heading east going up to the summit of Mount Ermua at 289m (948 feet).


Depart the pier in your motor coach for the scenic, 45-minute drive to Gorliz.


Gorliz

This community in the Basque Country of northern Spain provides many attractions such as the beach and nearby pine forest. Churches such as the Church of the Immaculate Conception, founded in the 10th century and remodeled in 1781, and the church of Santa María (Andra Mari) also attract tourists.


The hiking route starts at the end of the beach near the Gorliz Astondo area. Here you can see a unique phenomenon in the Basque coast, a wide range of fossil dunes, formed by different overlays of the wind, which have dragged on for centuries. Continue to marvel the entire itinerary at different points of elements of a sculptural installation called "IBILBIDE", the work of artist Ibon Garagarza. Continue to climb between coastal slopes towards the protagonist element of this tour: the lighthouse Gorliz. Its white tower, with modern design, is 21m (69 feet) tall and is located on a stunning cliff of 165m (541 feet), making it the tallest lighthouse in the Cantabrian coast, with a range of nearly 47km (29 miles).

Down the road near the lighthouse see the entire hillside is pierced by an old coastal battery, which was installed in the 1930s, later used in the Civil War. From the lighthouse the tour continues taking the path between coastal oaks, heading east going up to the summit of Mount Ermua 289m (948 feet). Stop here to take in the amazing landscape that is before you and gaze upon the Island Billano.


Re-board your coach and return to the pier, approximately 45 minutes away.



Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 6.5km (4 miles) and is recommended for those guests who are physically fit. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility. Duration of the hike may vary depending on the walking speed of group and weather conditions. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended, as well as sun protection.

Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum

Explore the history, art and architecture of Bilbao during this picturesque excursion to the Guggenheim Museum, and a walking tour through the Old Quarter.


Scenic Drive

Depart the pier early for the scenic, approximate one-hour drive along the estuary, then pass through the industrial outskirts of Bilbao and take in the splendid view from Mount Artxanda. From here, continue down the city's main thoroughfare, Gran Via, which reflects Bilbao's 19th-century mining and industrial prosperity.


Guggenheim Museum

Upon arrival in the heart of the city, proceed for a visit to the Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art. Built by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, this masterpiece in flowing titanium and limestone reflects Bilbao's heritage with its suggestion of maritime shapes and sails. The building is covered with over 35,000 titanium tiles and pieces of glass strategically placed to catch the natural light. After your guided tour, some free time is provided to explore the museum at your leisure.


Old Quarter

Next, re-board your coach for the drive to the Old Quarter, or 'Casco Viejo', located on the right-bank of the Nervion River, an area which has undergone huge reconstruction following a devastating flood in 1983 and where many of the streets are now pedestrian. During your walking tour, see the 14th-century Gothic Cathedral, Arriaga Theatre, Plaza Nueva and the Bilbao Ria, which separates the old and new cities.


Some free time is also made available to browse the chic boutiques, perfume stores, cafes and restaurants at your leisure before commencing the approximate 45-minute drive back to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.75 miles (1.2 kilometres), and is suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair, able to embark/disembark the coach via steps. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility. Tour sequence may vary. Lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended, as well as sun protection.

Cellars at la Rioja Alavesa

Founded in the 10th century as a defense town for the kingdom of Navarra, the beautiful walled town of Laguardia is located on a hill overlooking vineyards with the Cantabrian Mountains in the background. It is without a doubt the most known and also the most attractive town of the region.


Depart from the pier to Laguardia, the capital of La Rioja Alavesa, for the approximate 1.5 hour panoramic drive.


Laguardia

Bounded by the mountains of Cantabria to the north and by the left bank of the Ebro to the south, be introduced to this beautiful area of Spain. The San Ginés River splits the districts of Elvillar and Laguardia in the east, and it is bounded by Navaridas to the west. These geographic nuances provide this area with its particular landscapes and climate, which have clearly made a mark both in its history and in the villagers' character. Its name derives from Navarra´s "La Guarda" (The Guardian) due to the strategic position it holds against Castilla. To this day, Laguardia holds true to a medieval atmosphere, and still counts with the presence of high surrounding walls built during the 13th Century with cobblestone.

Laguardia is a completely pedestrian town because underground houses a multitude of wine cellars built only a few feet below. The main activity is viticulture and as a result of the area's microclimate and deep-rooted wine tradition, the highest quality Rioja Designation of Origin wines are found here. In addition, the most important Rioja Alavesa wine cellars are located in the surrounding area.


Make stops at two different cellars, one in the village and the other two in the surrounding area. Enjoy a wine tasting with tapas at each cellar so you can discover the different tastes and flavours of the region. You will taste and discover there is something distinctive about the wines that come from this soil; there is an energy with depth and cool minerality that makes these bodegas unique.


Return to Bilbao via your motor coach, approximately 1.5 hours away.



Please note: This tour involves an extreme amount of activity, walking over uneven surfaces and cobblestones. Walking is also involved at the wineries and in the cellars. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend comfortable, lightweight clothing and walking shoes as well as sun protection. Guests must be 18 years old to consume alcohol.

Guernica & Basque Coast

Explore the picturesque beauty, history and architecture of the Basque Coast during this half-day excursion to Guernica. Along the way view the villages of Bakio and Bermeo, both colourful, coastal villages.


Scenic Drive and Bakio

Depart the pier for the approximate one-hour scenic drive along the coast of Vizcaya, which is highlighted by steep cliffs and isolated beaches. From here, pass through the beautiful Basque countryside dotted with secluded farmhouses en route to Bermeo, the provincial capital until 1602 and a charming fishing port. Along the way, pass by Bakio, a charming residential town that was once a popular resort for wealthy merchant families. This picturesque beach town is surrounded by country lanes and is where the sound of traditional Basque music plays.


Bermeo

Approximately 45 minutes away you will arrive in Bermeo; proceed to the Old Quarter for a guided walking tour. Pass by the Gothic Church of San Francisco, the 18th-century Town Hall and the Neoclassical Church of Santa Maria. This picture-postcard village is famous for its fishing tradition, enjoy some pintxos at the marina and view the beautiful nearby beaches.


Guernica

Next, your drive continues for approximately 1 hour to Guernica. The town was founded by Count Tello in 1366 on a major river estuary where vessels could dock at the port of Suso. Best known to the people of this region as the scene of the April 26, 1937, bombing of Guernica by Germany which inspired Picasso's painting Guernica. During your guided tour, see an historic villa, the Casa de Juntas, Vizcaya's House of Parliament, a symbolic oak tree, and the Park of Peace.

Your tour concludes with refreshments before commencing the approximate 45-minute drive back to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1,640 yards (about 1,500 metres), with 10 steps to negotiate. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. The tour sequence may vary. We recommend lightweight clothing, comfortable walking shoes and sun protection.In case of Parliament reunion at Casa de Juntas inside visit might be forbidden.

San Sebastian

Experience the splendid beauty architecture of San Sebastian during this picturesque, half-day excursion to the historic Old Town.


Scenic Drive and Mount Igeldo

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to San Sebastian, a charming, Belle Epoque resort built around a crescent-shaped bay. San Sebastian's inviting beaches and splendid architecture have been attracting visitors from all over the world since the mid-19th century, and this glamourous jewel of the Basque country still retains all of its splendour from an era when it served as a summer destination for royals. Upon arrival, a photo stop is made at Mount Igeldo for breath-taking panoramic views overlooking Bahía de la Concha, and the surrounding coastline and mountains.


San Sebastian and Old Town

Upon arrival in San Sebastian, begin your guided walking tour of the Old Town. Highlights of the Old Town include the Plaza de la Constitution, Gothic-style San Vicente Church, the oldest in the city, Baroque-style Basilica of Santa Maria, Museo San Telmo, and more. Following your tour, ample free time is made available for shopping, independent exploration and lunch at your own expense at one of the Old Town's many wonderful bars and restaurants. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.1 miles (about 1.8 kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at Mount Igeldo. Walking in the Old Town is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Silver Shore Privato - Bilbao by Private Car with Guide - Full-Day

Explore Bilbao at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Bilbao by Private Car with Guide - Half Day

Explore Bilbao at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Bilbao by Private Van with Guide - Full-Day

Explore Bilbao at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Bilbao by Private Van with Guide - Half-Day

Explore Bilbao at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.