Routes Europe 2018

The route development forum for Europe

Bilbao, Basque Country
22 - 24 April 2018

Complimentary Tours

To help delegates get the most out of their time when visiting the Basque Country, our hosts will be providing the following complimentary tours. Booking information will be available in due course.

Basque History through the sea

DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIÁN

The Basque Country has always had a close relationship with the sea. Bizkaia Bridge, declared a World Heritage by the UNESCO, connects the municipality of Getxo with Portugalete, offering magnificent panoramic views. Following the coast, delegates will visit the Old Port of Algorta, Sopelana and Barrika. The tour will finish at the picturesque villages of Plentzia and Gorliz.

Lunch not included. Free time in Plentzia for lunch.

  • 09:00 Departure from Plaza Moyua (Bilbao)
  • 15:00 Departure from Plentzia to Plaza Moyua (Bilbao)

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Basque Mountains

Basque Mountains

The tour will begin at a country house in Urikola, where delegates will be able milk sheep and make their own fresh cheese or curd. The tour will then continue onto the Kurutzesantu Museum, which houses the Cross of Kurutziaga. Delegates will then be able to explore the magnificent Old Town of Ellorio, where the streets are packed with stately palaces and manor houses made of carved ashlar and stonework.  

Lunch not included. Free time in Elorrio for lunch.

  • 09:00 Departure from Plaza Moyua (Bilbao)
  • 15:00 Departure from Elorrio to Plaza Moyua (Bilbao)

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Donostia-San Sebastian

DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIÁN

One of the most elegant towns on the Iberian peninsula, San Sebastian is framed by golden beaches and surrounded by breathtaking coastal landscapes. Boasting the second highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants per capita in the world and impressive Art Nouveau architecture, San Sebastian will be a perfect tour for delegates looking to sample some of the region's finest Pinchos.

Lunch not included. Free time in Donostia-San Sebastian for lunch.

  • 9:30 Departure from Plaza Moyua (Bilbao)
  • 15:00 Departure from Donostia-San Sebastian to Plaza Moyua (Bilbao)

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Vitoria Gasteiz

VITORIA-GASTEIZ

Capital of the southern Basque province of Álava, Vitoria Gasteiz is one of the Basque Country's forgotten gems. Noble 15th and 16th palaces and beautiful examples of Belle Epoque architecture are apparent throughout the city. Delegates will be able to visit the old part of Vitoria-Gasteiz which has preserved its original almond shaped medieval plan. 

Lunch not included. Free time in Vitoria-Gasteiz for lunch.

  • 09:30 Departure from Plaza Moyua (Bilbao)
  • 15:00 Departure from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Plaza Moyua (Bilbao)

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Bilbao City Tour

Guggenheim - Museum

From its origins as an industrial hub, Bilbao has evolved into an international reference point for urban design and has set the standard as a model of urban regeneration. Set on the edge of the Nervión River, the Guggenheim Museum houses modern and contemporary masterpieces by Anish Kapoor, Motherwell and Jenny Holzer. Delegates will be able to explore the museum credited with the dramatically boosting Bilbao's economy. 

  • 9:30 Departure from Plaza Moyua/TBC
  • 12:30 Tour finishes at the Old Town
  • 15:00 Departure from Plaza Moyua
  • 18:30 Tour finishes at the Old Town

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