Tue 23 May

Early evening arrival in Bilbao and transfer to your hotel, the 5-star Hotel Ercilla Lopez de Haro, a boutique hotel located in the city centre close to the Fine Arts and Guggenheim Museums. Welcome dinner in a local restaurant.

Wed 24 May

Join your guide for a walking tour of Bilbao. We see the Old Town including the Gothic Cathedral of Santiago, the New Square and the emblematic San Antón Church. During the visit we will stop at two bars for tapas and drinks. Afternoon at leisure; we recommend a visit to the Fine Arts Museum which houses a collection of Basque, Spanish and European art from the Middle Ages to contemporary times, including paintings by old masters including El Greco, Cranach, Murillo, Goya, Van Dyck, Ruisdael and Bellotto, together with 19th century and modern artists. Transfer to the evening performance at the Palacio Euskalduna.

Thu 25 May

Today we take a half-day visit to the town of Guernica, which was bombed in 1937, and which inspired Picasso’s most famous piece of art – Guernica. We take a tour of the most important sites including the Casa de la Juntas, the Peace Museum and Santa Maria Church, learning about the Spanish Civil War and Picasso along the way. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant after the tour. Return to Bilbao for the rest of the day at leisure.

Fri 26 May

This morning we visit the world-renowned Guggenheim Museum, one of the most important examples of contemporary architecture in the city, where we see modern masterpieces from the Museum’s collection. Free afternoon. In the evening we transfer to the opera performance, after which we will attend a short tour of the backstage area, followed by dinner in a local restaurant with members of the cast.

Sat 27 May

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.


Programme at the Palacio Euskalduna

24 May 20:00


Programme: Works by Guridi, Mendelssohn and Strauss

26 May 20:00


D: Alfonso Romero

C: Stefano Ranzani

Cast: Gregory Kunde, Anna Pirozzi, Ambrogio Maestri, Elene Zilio, Manel Esteve, Francisco Vas, Mireia Pintó, Fernando Latorre, Jose Manuel Díaz, Gexan Etxabe


British Airways

23 May London Heathrow – Bilbao dep: 15.40 arr: 18.45

27 May Bilbao - London Heathrow dep: 12.25 arr: 13.25

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1875
Single room supplement £220
Club Europe flight upgrade from £350
Land-only tour price £1750
Deposit required £350
Tour code BIO1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, one lunch, one tapas lunch, two dinners, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.