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Bilbao Historical Tour

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Bilbo, Spain
Bilbao Historical Tour

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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Discover the history of Bilbao on this guided walking tour. Learn about the city’s gastronomy, culture, architecture, and traditions while you explore the streets and feel like a local. Tour highlights include the Plaza Nueva in Casco Viejo, La Ribera market, Catedral de Santiago, Bidebarrieta (the central library), and more.
  • Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour gives a quick overview of the city
  • Explore Bilbao like a local on foot
  • Easily fit this tour into a day of sightseeing
  • Entrance fees are included in the tour price
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Teatro Arriaga , Arriaga Plaza, 1, 48005 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain

In front of Arriaga Theatre, wearing a grey hat it will be easy to find your guide. You can contact your guide in advance for more information +34 631 42 55 86 .

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sam Lefkir
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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star-3
Short and quick summary of the city.
Jason_A
, Aug 2022
Some good sights around the old town, and great food recommendations. I think we may have missed the opportunity to cover a bit more history and other gems.
star-5
Fun tour at an easy pace
Kirsten_C
, Aug 2022
Amazing experience! Very easy going walking tour learning about local culture and history. Definitely recommend. Great value and Sam was so knowledgeable!! At the end he sent us recommendations for additional sightseeing and food!
star-3
To be avoided if u have only 1 day in bilbao
KARTHIK_M
, Jul 2022
First of all the guide Sam was a nice gentleman and made all of us comfortable. The review is not on him but the tour. There was nothing to warrant 2 hours on this itenary and we were spending time on unwanted stuff. Whatever little is shown xan be made to fit in 50mins. Seeing grocery stores, cafes is not an ideal historical tour.
star-4
Great tour, well worth the money
VALERIE_M
, Jul 2022
A very informative walking tour around the old town of Bilbao. The guide had excellent historical knowledge; he was enthusiastic and entertaining.
star-5
Friendly, top value for money
Joachim_N
, Jul 2022
Sam is very knowledgeable and friendly and we had a good time together. In my view, two hours is sufficient for a first impression of the center of Bilbao and I would not spend more for a more extensive tour- unless you really want to go beyond the city center. We also went to the market where Pintxos are really cheap. So I doubt there is any need to go for a significantly more expensive Pintxo tour.
star-4
Eh, it’s alright
Heather_D
, Jul 2022
It was a decent tour. Good to do at the beginning of your trip if you want to get your bearings in the city and get some background. The tour guide is nice, but honestly this is the least entertaining tour I’ve done through Viator.
star-5
BILBOA WALKING TOUR 2022
Dawn_B
, Jul 2022
Walking tour of Bilbao was excellent. I highly recommend visiting this Basque region of Espana. The food is also divine.
star-5
History!!
Andi_C
, Jul 2022
Sam took us around the old town area and was very knowledgeable in sharing his history of the town. A nice way to experience the historical side of Bilbao!
star-4
Interesting walk around Bilbao
David_H
, Jul 2022
Interesting walk around Bilbao, wasn’t a long walk or up any hills so quite easy except for it being hot and humid. Host knew a good level of detail.
star-5
Excellent initiation to Bilbao
anthony_y
, Jul 2022
Very knowledgeable guide. Gave us great recommendations on what to do next. This is an excellent initiation for visiting Bilbao. Do this short tour first and plan your next several days after.
star-5
Great way to get a sense of the history of Bilbao
Roula_D
, Jul 2022
The guide, Sam, was very informative, and showed us some fascinating historical parts of Bilbao's old town. He also had good suggestions for other places to visit in and around Bilbao.
star-5
Great tour
David_C
, Jun 2022
Thank you to Sam for a wonderful tour. He was knowledgeable and really liked his job. Really feel like we know Bilbao better.
star-5
Great insight and lovely...
Janet_S
, May 2022
Great insight and lovely to have discovered the little hidden gems in town. Thanks also for your extra time!
star-5
Great intro to Bilbao history
Valerie_M
, May 2022
Sam was great. He took time to answer all kinds of questions about history & the present in Basque Country. In addition to the history, he had good recommendations for museums & restaurants. Strongly recommend.
star-4
Very worthwhile tour. Try to go early during your visit.
John_W
, May 2022
The history of growth of commerce along the river. The age of the city and its importance as early as the middle ages. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. Walk was a comfortable one for older people.
star-5
Worthwhile tour
Sarah_K
, Apr 2022
Lovely tour of the historic old quarter of Bilbao with Sam who pointed out lots of easily missed historical features & provided lots of interesting information.
star-4
Excellent Tour Guide
Shannon_O
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide Sam was very knowledgable of the history of Basque Country so we got a lot more than a tour of Bilbao. We also learned so much about the region and its incredible history. These tours are well worth the money especially if you get a tour guide like Sam.
star-5
Authentic walking tour!
Janice_H
, Mar 2022
Great time strolling through the old town section of Bilbao with native, Sam. GOod stories and history told from a local’s perspective. Wonderful (leisurely) walking tour!
star-4
Highly recommended
Melodie_K
, Nov 2021
I came during low season and was the only one who signed up to this tour. Thankfully they didn’t cancel the tour. Sam my guide provided insights into the city and it’s history which was very useful to a first time visitor. Sam also continued to give me tips even after the tour has ended. I definitely recommend going on this tour especially if you don’t speak Spanish
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great intro to Bilbao
Michael_S
, Oct 2021
Sam was amazing. Luckily it was just my husband and I on this tour. We did this tour on the day of our arrival after being awake for almost 26 hours. My husband had to use his cane and Sam took his time and didn’t rush us. He is a very knowledgeable young man and answered all of my husbands questions. It was a great introduction to the beautiful city of Bilbao. 6 ⭐️ out of 5 👍🏻👍🏻
1 traveler found this review helpful

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