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Bilbao, Spain-port

Bilbao straddles the Bilbao or Nervión River some 15 miles from the Cantabrian Seacoast. An industrial city, the metropolitan area ranks among Spain's most important commercial and financial centers. Proximity to the sea and early discovery of vast mineral deposits led to the development of the port. The modern city center is El Ensanche (literally "the expansion"). Possibly the newest source of great local pride is the remarkable Guggenheim Museum-Bilbao.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Bilbao and Getxo
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Guernica and the Biscaine Coast
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Guggenheim Museum and Bilbao
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Panoramic Bilbao
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • San Sebastian and Independent Exploration
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Torre Loizaga & Old Quarter
    Light Activity /Walking

Bilbao and Getxo

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: BIO-002

The historic beauty of Bilbao is yours to discover during a visit to Getxo, ride above the Hanging Bridge and tour of the Old Quarter.

Depart the pier for the drive to Getxo, an elegant residential town on the bank of the Nervion River featuring large, English-style homes. Upon arrival, you will proceed for a visit to the nearby Hanging Bridge, or Bizkaia Bridge. It joins the riverbanks at Portugalete and Las Arenas, thus enabling free-flowing maritime traffic. Reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower due to its iron structure, this 109-year old masterpiece of engineering is now the oldest transporter bridge in the world. During your visit, you will have an opportunity to ride one of the lifts to a height of 145 feet above sea level, and take in spectacular views of Getxo, the Nervion River and Abra Port.

Next, you will re-board your coach for the drive to the heart of Bilbao, followed a 1-hour guided walking tour through the historic Old Quarter. As you stroll along the narrow streets lined Renaissance, Baroque and Modernist buildings, your guide will point out sites that include the Cathedral of Santiago, a Gothic church built at the end of the 14th century, the Bridge and Church of San Anton, and Plaza Nueva.

Your visit will conclude with a drive up Artxanda Hill for spectacular views of the city and Guggenheim Museum.

Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour, which involves approximately 1 hour of moderate walking in the Old Quarter on mostly flat surfaces. However, this tour is wheelchair-accessible.