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Basque Country Vacation Packages

Tour the home of the Basque people, a region of culinary delights, coastal towns, historical gems and myriad landscapes ready to be explored.

The sunny beaches, traditional cuisine, spectacular modern architecture and green rolling hills of the Basque Country make a visit here a richly rewarding experience. Explore its long coastline, appreciate famous works of art and go bar hopping to savor a variety of tapas dishes.

One of the most popular destinations in Spain's Basque Country is Donostia-San Sebastian, an ancient city with a seaside setting. Stretch out on the beautiful Playa La Concha and people-watch in the Plaza de la Constitución in the heart of the old town, which used to host bullfights. Look up at the buildings that line the square to see numbers from when the balconies were used for seating. Visit the coastal town of Zarautz and Getxo for more beaches and to try local seafood dishes.

Head inland to tour Bilbao, once a gritty industrial city and now a destination filled with cultural attractions. The city’s transformation started with the construction of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, a stunning gallery clad in shimmering titanium.

Less than an hour’s drive east of Bilbao is Guernica, a town that was almost destroyed in a bombing raid by German and Italian forces in 1937. The destruction was immortalized in one of Pablo Picasso’s most famous works, Guernica, which you can see in a ceramic reproduction on Pedro de Elejalde Street. Only a few buildings survived the attack, including the Biscayan Assembly House, which can still be visited today.

Guernica lies within the Urdaibai Nature Reserve, a protected area at the mouth of the Oka River. Hike along its trails to look for wildlife by the wetlands and take part in water sports on the river.

Throughout the region you’ll be tempted by pintxos, snacks similar to tapas that are served in many bars.

Fly into Bilbao or San Sebastián to experience the Basque Country’s cuisine, culture, history and architecture. Rent a car to explore the region or travel by bus or rail.

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in Basque Country?

A: Rent a car and travel about like a local, not a tourist. Slide behind the wheel and find out what Bilbao and San Sebastian have to offer, from star attractions to hidden treasures. Your own set of wheels is also a must if your plan is to travel around the region of Bilboaldea or farther afield. Cheap Car Hire in Basque Country? We're here to help.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to Basque Country?

A: Start working on that travel itinerary. Odds are you'll touchdown at one of these major international airports in Basque Country:

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to Basque Country?

A: From luxurious options to those that are a bit cheaper, there's ample choice. Many travelers base themselves in apartments. Other common places are hotels, pensions and hostels.

Q: What does a vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: You can start by picking your hotel, car and flight. Lock in as much or as little as you like. Next comes the exciting stuff — booking fun activities and unforgettable adventures. With plenty of amazing options to choose from, organizing your upcoming getaway will be simple.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to Basque Country?

A: We'll let you in on a little secret — it's with our package deals. By locking in your Flights, Hotels and Activities at the same time with Expedia, you'll nab deals that'll make your bank balance happy. It's as easy as that. Not ready to finalize that hotel room or car just yet? No problem. You'll be able to add them to an existing booking later on and still get access to impressive discounts. For example, how does up to 42% off selected hotels sound to you?

Q: What are the best things to do in Basque Country?

A: There's no doubt about it — if Bilbao is where you're heading, Ensanche should be on your sightseeing list.

San Sebastián Turismo is a superb choice if you're traveling to San Sebastian.

Last but not least, Santa Maria de Uribarri Church is one attraction that's high on the to-do list of many travelers to Durango.



*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.com from January through December 2020, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.


Best Lodging Options Near Basque Country

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Holiday Inn Express Bilbao $94
Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020
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Holiday Inn Express Bilbao

Holiday Inn Express Bilbao

Zarandoa Kalea, 5, Derio, Vizcaya
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Proximity to Bilbao airport, and free shuttle. Restaurant next to the hotel was reasonable. Both for food and price

    Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra $84
    Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019
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    Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra

    Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra

    Zubieta Kalea, 2, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa
       
      4.6 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Fabulous hotel in a wonderful location - we had a picture perfect view of the beach from our veranda. Great location and very accommodating staff.

      Axel Hotel San Sebastián - Adults Only $140
      Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020
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      Axel Hotel San Sebastián - Adults Only

      Axel Hotel San Sebastián - Adults Only

      Calle Amara 26, San Sebastian
         
        4.3 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        A pleasant and relaxing hotel in a quiet area of the town. The staff at the front desk were always helpful and courteous. I would recommend the hotel but caution: at the time of our stay the Wi-fi was slower than drying paint!

        Hotel Carlton $276
        Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020
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        Hotel Carlton

        Hotel Carlton

        Plaza Federico Moyua 2, Bilbao, Vizcaya
           
          4.4 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Property is really nice and very well located able to walk to all mayor attractions

          Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao $140
          Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020
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          Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao

          Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao

          Alameda de Mazarredo, 61, Bilbao, Vizcaya
             
            4.8 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Location location location. Got a free upgrade, by far my favorite hotel in the whole world service wise. There are great restaurants within 5 minutes walking distance. Hands down best choice in Bilbao.

            Hotel Melia Bilbao $150
            Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020
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            Hotel Melia Bilbao

            Hotel Melia Bilbao

            Lehendakari Leizaola, 29, Bilbao, Vizcaya
               
              4.4 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Liked the pool, was lovely to swim and look at the view. Also, the view from my room was particularly lovely of the a little park and people walking their dogs.

              Barceló Bilbao Nervión $100
              Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020
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              Barceló Bilbao Nervión

              Barceló Bilbao Nervión

              Paseo Campo Volantin 11, Bilbao, Vizcaya
                 
                4.3 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Stylish room with a very comfortable bed. Really happy we were able to open the windows for fresh air, a rarity in a US hotel!

                NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu $85
                Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020
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                NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu

                NH Collection San Sebastián Aránzazu

                Vitoria-Gasteiz 1, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  A lovely hotel. And a great bar next door. Nice to stay in an area slightly outside of central San Sebastián, in order to get a feel of where the locals drinks and eat, and also to walk off all that pintxos!

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