Itinerary

Mon 20 May

Late afternoon arrival in Bilbao and a short transfer to the 5-star boutique Hotel Ercilla López de Haro, which is close to the city’s white Zubizuri bridge and just a 10-minute walk to the Guggenheim Museum. Welcome dinner in a local restaurant.

Tue 21 May

Join your guide in the morning for a walking tour of Bilbao. Visit the Old Town with its Gothic-style Cathedral dedicated to St James, the patron saint of Bilbao, the 19th-century New Square and San Antón Church which is featured, along with the San Antón Bridge, in the city's coat
of arms. There will be an opportunity to sample some tapas and drinks before the afternoon at leisure. Transfer to the evening performance.

Wed 22 May

Spend the morning at the Guggenheim Museum enjoying a guided visit of some of the contemporary masterpieces on display. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure before the evening’s Zarzuela performance which will be followed by dinner in a local restaurant close to the hotel.

Thu 23 May

A half-day excursion to the Basque town of Gernika, best-known through Picasso’s fabled painting created in response to the bombing of the town by Nazi planes in 1937. Gernika is home to the Museum of Peace, Peace Park and the Church of Santa María, all of which will be visited on the tour. Lunch will then be served in one of the town’s gourmet restaurants before returning to Bilbao.

Fri 24 May

Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight home.

Programme

21 May 19.30

LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES BizetInc

D: Pier Luigi Pizzi

C: Francesco Ivan Ciampa

Cast includes: Javier Camarena, Mariusz Kwiecień, Maria-José Moreno

Venue: Palacio Euskalduna

22 May 19.30

IL FINTO SORDO GarcíaInc

D: Paco Azorín

C: Rubén Fernández Aguirre

Cast includes: Cristina Toledo, Gerardo Bullón, César San Martín, Carol García, Damián del Castillo

Venue: Sala BBK

Flights

British Airways

20 May London Gatwick - Bilbao dep: 14.05 arr: 17.20

24 May Sofia – London Heathrow dep: 15.20 arr: 16.40

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1695
Single room supplement £200
Club Europe flight upgrade from £250
Land-only tour price £1550
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, two dinners, one lunch, tapas and drinks, 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.