8 days in San Sebastian - Donostia, La Rioja & Bilbao Itinerary

8 days in San Sebastian - Donostia, La Rioja & Bilbao Itinerary

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San Sebastian - Donostia
— 2 nights
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Briones
— 1 night
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Bilbao
— 4 nights

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San Sebastian - Donostia

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Igueldo, thenwander the streets of Parte Vieja, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Concha Beach. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Urgull.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia driving holiday planner.

Izmir, Turkey to San Sebastian - Donostia is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Izmir to San Sebastian - Donostia is minus 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Briones.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Outdoors Tours
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Monte Igueldo ©
Monte Igueldo

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Briones

Briones ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Bodegas Lecea, do a tasting at Bodegas Muga, thendo a tasting at Bodega La Rioja Alta S.A., and finally do a tasting at Bodegas Tritium.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our Briones trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Briones by car takes about 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Briones when traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in August, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bilbao.

Things to do in Briones

Wineries

Side Trips

Haro, Bodegas Lecea, Bodegas Tritium
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Bodegas Tritium ©
Bodegas Tritium
Bodega La Rioja Alta S.A. ©
Bodega La Rioja Alta S.A.
Bodegas Lecea ©
Bodegas Lecea

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Bilbao

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Step out of the city life by going to Peninsula of Magdalena and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Let the collections at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Casco Viejo, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, and make a trip to Museum of Sacred Art (Museo de Arte Sacro).

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Bilbao journey maker tool.

You can drive from Briones to Bilbao in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Briones in August since evenings lows in Bilbao dip to °C. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Peninsula of Magdalena
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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Peninsula of Magdalena ©
Peninsula of Magdalena
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe ©
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

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