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The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

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Bilbao, Spain
The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

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icon9 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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Overview

Explore the spectacular and sacred sites of the Basque country on an enriching full-day excursion from Bilbao. Visit grand ecclesiastical structures like the Sanctuary of Loyola to attend an enlightening prayer ceremony; discover the quaint fishing villages that pepper the coastline to see why Bilbao residents favor them for their summer sojourns; and tour the stunning sights of the city of San Sebastian with an accomplished guide. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Bilbao hotel is included in this tour.       
  • Visit Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian from Bilbao
  • Discover the basilica and the tower house in Sanctuary of Loyola, hometown of the founder of the Jesuits
  • Stop in the magnificent little fishing village Getaria
  • Relax at the beach of Zarauz
  • Explore San Sebastian on a panoramic tour and walking tour through the beautiful old quarter
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Professional guide
Transport by air-conditioned coach or minivan
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

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9:00 AM
Please call the provider 48h before tour date in order to confirm the meeting point and time
Depart from your centrally located hotel in Bilbao and climb aboard a comfortable air-conditioned minivan. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you venture into the rural province of Gipuzkoa, noting the contrast industrial villages make with verdant valleys. Arrive at the picturesque Sanctuary of Loyola, a provincial gem home to the Saint Ignatius of Loyola; visit the beautiful Basilica and his former home before departing for the next destination. 

Reach Getaria and disembark the minivan to explore the impressive monuments of the medieval fishing village, which was home to famous figures such as Juan Sebastian Elcano (the first man to travel the world by sea) and designer Cristobal Balendiaga. 

Next, admire the blissful beachfront views of Zarauz on the way to the city of San Sebastian. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, complete a panoramic tour of the city in order to gain insight into its culture and history; wander the charming old quarter and visit significant sights before returning to Bilbao in the early evening. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Santuario de Loyola
Audioguided tour
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Getaria Fishing Port
Free time
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Playa de Zarautz
Pass by Zarautz
Stop At:  
San Sebastian - Donostia
Free time for lunch, guided tour and ascend to Mount Igeldo
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Chldren will have 50% discount if accompained by 2 adults, from 2 to 12 years old.
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Servicios Turisticos Integrales
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 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian.

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star-5
Enjoyable. Our guide was very knowledgeable and engaging.
Janet_M
, Sep 2021
Learning the history and being able to ask questions. The enthusiasm of the guide. Everything is timed very well.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A Great Day
Francois_B
, Oct 2019
An excellent full day tour. Well balanced schedule, some free time. An very good guide , Stephan who is knowledgeable, courteous and efficient.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear client, thank you for your feedback. We will transfer your comments to our guide Mr. Stephane. See you next time!
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San Ignacio
Loonfam
, Aug 2019
My grandson and I went to Basque country to visit the Sanctuary on San Ignacio. My grandson chose his name for his confirmation! It was a rainy, beautiful day! The tour of the Sanctuary was interesting and complete! My grandson loved it!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear client, we are very happy to read your feedback! We hope you had a wonderful time.
star-5
It was a full day, but our guide...
Kristen S
, Jun 2017
It was a full day, but our guide Stephane gave us tons of information and even taught us some words in Basque. Everything we saw was very picturesque - especially the drama of Loyola in the middle of these high hills, in the morning mist. San Sebastian old town had adorable narrow street after street. Stephane took us to lunch at La Fabrica price not included in tour, where we all had the menu of the day, which was incredible and very worth the price. Since it was good weather for it, we also got the bonus of visiting Chillida's public art piece Peine del Viento, which was awesome. Great day.
star-5
There truly isn't enough that we can...
Donald M
, Aug 2016
There truly isn't enough that we can say about this lovely excursion! Our guide, Stephan, our itinerary and our lovely companions on the way - all were fabulous! We travelled in great comfort and style and we went from a very tranquil and reflective place all the way up to the fast and furious San Sebastian. Every place we went was very special and this trip will stay in our hearts and minds for ever. Thank you!
star-5
Great tour. Very enjoyable and...
Mohammed E
, Aug 2016
Great tour. Very enjoyable and educational. First rate tour guide. Highly recommended
star-4
Our guide Unai was great and...
Nevena M
, Mar 2016
Our guide Unai was great and answered all of our many questions while driving expertly along some windy roads! The tour itself was nice and as we had good weather it made all the difference.
star-4
A very interesting tour. Our guide was...
Robert Y
, Sep 2015
A very interesting tour. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
star-5
Tour was great. Pedro was the most...
William I
, Aug 2015
Tour was great. Pedro was the most awesome, helpful, and friendly tour guide we've ever had. He made the tour fun and entertaining. He took the time to explain everything and gave us ample time to fully enjoy all the places we were visiting, and take plenty of photos. He answered all of our questions. The Basque Country is an amazing place. The landscape is breathtaking and the culture is unique. We learned a lot about the Basque history and culture, and its cuisine. Would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
This tour was a totally enjoyable...
kitblake
, Jul 2015
This tour was a totally enjoyable day, made consistently intriguing by Pedro who's just a superb guide. Thanks!
star-5
Fantastic trip for anyone short on...
Greer G
, Jun 2015
Fantastic trip for anyone short on time. Our guide Pedro is very proud and passionate about the history, preserving the language and sharing the beauty of this area. Definitely would live to come back to see more!
star-5
excellent, tour was very good . Pedro...
irene_m
, Jun 2015
excellent, tour was very good . Pedro the guide made the trip incredible,
star-5
We had a splendid day with our...
Lisbeth P
, Feb 2015
We had a splendid day with our young, very informative and amusing guide! Nice to see some different parts of the Basque country and the lovely city San Sebastian!
star-5
The tour was great. We saw things...
Peter V
, Nov 2014
The tour was great. We saw things we never would have seen during a limited time in northern Spain, and the tour guide, Gary, was fantastic. I would recommend this tour for anyone seeking to leverage a lot of experiences into a single day.
star-5
Excellent Tour! Enjoyed it very...
izzie
, Oct 2014
Excellent Tour! Enjoyed it very much since it was a great overview of that part of the Basque country. Our guide Garai is worth his weight in gold. Professional, knowledgeable and also ready to answer any and all questions. My 85 year old mother loved it too! Would do it again!
star-5
Fantastic, far exceeded our...
Josefina R
, Oct 2014
Fantastic, far exceeded our expectation. Our tour guide Garry was super, highly knowlegeable. It was interesting listening how he described each sites so well. We highly recommend this tour. We will do it again. As for our tour guide Gary. on the scale of 1 to 5 we give him a 6
star-5
My husband and I very much enjoyed...
Michael S
, Jun 2014
My husband and I very much enjoyed our tour of San Sebastian and surrounding areas. It was lovely only being 3 of us on this tour and being driven around in a BMW wagon. Our tour guide Garry really made it a very special and personal day for us. he was so knowledgeable and warm and friendly. We particularly loved San Sebastian and the beautiful beach there. Mu husband really enjoyed seeing all the history live he has studied. Thank you so very much.
star-4
we had a wonderful experience ,would...
Josette Y
, Apr 2014
we had a wonderful experience ,would recommend this tour, our guide was charming , full of information. loved the small tour van-bus, being picked up at our hotel, having time for photos stops . Would take Viator tours again
star-2
The trip was advertised as in...
Norman O
, Oct 2012
The trip was advertised as in English but it turned out to be half English and half Spanish and the English portion was barely understandable. The itinerary was good and so was the restaurant suggestion. The driver was a careful one but should not be doing It in English. We did not get value and missed a lot.
star-5
Our group of seven people thoroughly...
John B
, Sep 2010
Our group of seven people thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. The guide was very knowledgeable and spoke reasonably good English. She was very helpful.

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