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Basque country by car & ferry: Bilbao, La Rioja & San Sebastián

7 days from £2,300pp

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Tour highlights

  • Journey to northern Spain by ferry in the comfort of your car.

  • Spend time in the Spanish wine region of La Rioja.

  • Explore the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

  • Stroll the streets of San Sebastián on a food tasting tour.

7 days from £2,300pp

Price includes:

  • All accommodation
  • Cross Channel transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Travel that's shaped around you

We know that travel has the most meaning when it's created individually for you. Our specialists will only start designing your trip once they understand exactly what you want it to be. So, consider this idea simply as inspiration for your own experience.

Itinerary idea in detail

Using your own vehicle for self-drive touring

  • Travel to Portsmouth and board your overnight ferry to Bilbao.

  • Arrive in Bilbao and drive to your hotel to settle in. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum, known for its distinctive twisted titanium and glass façade.

  • This morning, drive into La Rioja wine region and to your hotel in the heart of the wine country. The rest of the day is yours to explore. We suggest a leisurely hike through the countryside or a visit to a local winery.

  • Leaving La Rioja, you’ll make your way north to San Sebastián, stop at local wineries for a shared tour, learning about the wine making process, followed by lunch and some tastings.

  • Spend the morning on a guided tour of San Sebastián, exploring its historical heart. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a walking tour of the city as you sample pintxos, Basque small plates.

  • Spend today at leisure in San Sebastián, exploring some of the city’s beautiful outdoor spaces or driving to surrounding towns.

  • Drive to Bilbao and catch the overnight ferry to Portsmouth.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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