Bilbao is my favorite city in the Basque Country. With the Guggenheim, a nice old town and some great food, this is an ideal place to base yourself for exploring the region. It is better connected to the rest of the Basque Country than San Sebastian.
The tours on this page show you around the beautiful Basque countryside by land, air and sea. Do all the tours on this page and you'll be able to see you've seen the Basque Country from all angles!
This tour takes you to some of the most impressive cities in the region, though you do miss out arguably San Sebastian's biggest attractions - the beach and the pintxos (tapas). However, there is great tapas throughout the region, and there are good beaches everywhere, right?
Vitoria isn't my favorite city in Spain but it is pretty enough. But visiting the wine growing region of La Rioja is essential if you're in the north of Spain. The visit to Laguardia is a bonus.
You may never have heard of any of these places, but that is the beauty of the Basque country - lots of beautiful little anonymous towns and villages littered over the countryside. You would never be able to see so much of the region in such a short time without taking a tour. The price is very fair too.
This tour also gives you some time to check out San Sebastian too. As with most of these tours, you'd be lucky to cover all this ground in a day by yourself.
If you'd rather see the Basque coastline from sea level, this sailing excursion might be up your street (or river). Setting off from Getxo, near Bilbao, you take in the coast around Aizkorri, Barinatxe, Sopelana, Menacoz, Plentzia Gorliz, Arminza, Matxitxako, Bakio and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe with the rock of Aketxe - which are as beautiful as they are hard to spel.
If a full day at sea is too much for your pocket (or your stomach!), try a half day instead: Basque Coast Half-Day Sailing Excursion