Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
Begin with a tour of Bilbao's Old Quarter, the heart of the city where the narrow streets are lined with Renaissance, Baroque and Modernist buildings. Debark the coach and begin a brief walking tour through the area. Your guide will point out the main sights including the Cathedral of Santiago, a Gothic Church of San Anton and the Plaza Nueva, an arcaded square. Afterwards, continue to Castro Urdiales, the town center with its characteristic houses with wooden rows of balconies. Then reboard the coach for the return trip to the pier.
Travel into the heart of Bilbao to explore the Old Quarter. See the famous Seven Streets' area, interesting Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and St. Nicholas Church. Afterwards, visit the jewel of the city, the popular Guggenheim Museum. Join your guide for a tour of the modern facility with its galleries of permanent and temporary exhibitions. Note: Due to increased security, bags are not permitted inside the Guggenheim Museum and must be checked at the entrance. The drive to/from Bilbao is approximately 45 minutes each way, dependent upon traffic conditions.
Begin your gastronomical adventure with an overview of the city. Travel to Archanda, a viewpoint, which offers excellent photo opportunities of Bilbao. Next, explore the Old Town with its narrow streets lined with Rennaisance, Baroque and Modernist buildings. Your guide will point out the main sights including the Cathedral of Santiago, a Gothic church built at the end of the 14th century, the Bridge and Church of San Anton and the Plaza Nueva, an arcaded square, and then proceed to the famous Seven Streets' area with its many Tapas bars. Note: Guests must walk approx 0.75 mile over various various uneven surfaces with a few steps at each venue. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
This tour will be a wonderful journey in search of an exclusive wine in the Basque Country: Txakoli. You will travel to Bermeo for a walking tour and to Urdaibai for a Photo stop at Mundaka viewpoint, Then, you will go to the cellars for a visit and wine tasting.
Enjoy panoramic view of Bilbao from hill that surrounds city. See from exterior two architectural highlights, Guggenheim Museum & transporter bridge -Puente de Bizkaia. Note: for guests w/ walking difficulties, not able to handle steps or extended walking/standing, are full-time wheelchair users. Vehicle adapted with ramp to accept limited # of wheelchairs. Must go to Shorex Desk on board ship to review availability, departure times & book tour. Guests wanting to use w/chair must provide Desk with total dimensions: height, length width & weight of electric scooter or w/chair at booking. Use of scooter not guaranteed. Info subject to change & space limited but min. required.
You will go to dinner to a typical Basque farmhouse where you will taste the most exotic dishes of the region. It'll start with 2 snacks and txakoli white wine (typical basque wine), then it'll start the dinner with wine pairing (3 quality wines), and the dessert with a liquor. You'll be glad to have a wine expert during the dinner.
Join this charming tour in search of an exclusive wine called Rioja. Rioja is a wine, with Denominación de Origen Calificada (D.O.C. Qualified designation of origin) named after La Rioja, in Spain. Then you will travel to Laguardia for a walking tour of the town located in the province of Álava, in the Basque Country, northern Spain. Continue your tour with a visit to a local wine cellar for a taste of the Rioja wine. Before departing back to the pier, visit a Rioja winery for lunch.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.