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Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Meet your guide outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to begin a guided tour of both the inside and the outside of the museum. Skip the ticket line and discover more about one of the foremost symbols of the city. Learn why Bilbao was chosen as the home for the stunning Frank Gehry-designed building, and discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum.  Then, get to know the most important works of the Guggenheim's permanent and rotating collections as you wander through its galleries, atrium, and terrace in the company of your guide. Admire its undulating, serpentine forms, among large-scale works of art that will surprise you due to the material used.

Bilbao: 3-Hour Guided Highlights Small Group Bike Tour

2. Bilbao: 3-Hour Guided Highlights Small Group Bike Tour

Explore Bilbao by bike like a local, on an easy 3-hour tour of all the city’s main sights, accompanied by a knowledgable guide who will tell you the history of the fascinating city and its old and new attractions. Departing from the central Calle de Villarias, follow your guide along bike lanes and pedestrianized streets to avoid the busy traffic. Follow the course of the river to learn why it was essential to the development of the city. Encompassing contemporary and historic sites, the tour will stop at the dramatic Guggenheim Museum, which opened on the banks of the Nervión River and was designed by the architect Frank Gehry in the 1990s. Marvel at the Euskalduna Conference Centre, built on the site of the old shipyards, and see the new San Mamés football stadium. Explore historic Bilbao at sites such as the Neo-baroque Teatro Arriaga. Cycle the narrow streets and wide plazas of the Casco Viejo (Old Town), and discover the site of the old city walls by the San Antón Bridge, linking Bilbao La Vieja and Casco Viejo.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Private Guided Visit

3. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Private Guided Visit

A professional local guide will meet you at the entrance to the museum. Discover the temporary and permanent exhibitions in the museum during your 1.5 hour tour. This spectacular building adds to an area where the Nervión makes its marks with pleasant riverside walks. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is surrounded by promenades, parks and recently-built squares, where you can see the work of artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Eduardo Chillida, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, and Fujiko Nakaya. Since opening in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao's acquisitions have focused on works from the mid-twentieth century to the present day, thus complementing the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and forging a unique identity at the same time. Visited by about one million people every year, one of its main attractions is the ArcelorMittal gallery, which is a large space where eight works by sculptor Richard Serra are permanently displayed. Of the 24,000 square metres occupied by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 11,000 are reserved for exhibition spaces. The architectural heart of the 20 galleries that make up the museum is the atrium, a large open space of curved volumes, surrounded by large glass curtain walls and crowned by a large skylight. 

Bilbao: Guggenheim Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

4. Bilbao: Guggenheim Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line

Meet your guide outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to begin your 120-minute guided tour of both the inside and the outside of the museum. Learn why Bilbao was chosen as the home for the stunning Frank Gehry-designed building, and discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum. Then, get to know the most important works of the Guggenheim's permanent and rotating collections as you wander through its galleries, atrium, and terrace in the company of your guide. Your museum entry is good for the day, so at the end of the tour, you may continue to explore the modern art collections at your own pace.

Bilbao: Classic & Modern Guided Walking Tour with Pintxos

5. Bilbao: Classic & Modern Guided Walking Tour with Pintxos

In a 3-hour guided tour, discover medieval Bilbao’s charming streets and squares along with the intense commercial and port activity that made this city into what it is today. Start by meeting your guide and delving into the city’s ancient past: see the city’s outer walls, the Gothic Cathedral of Santiago, the Plaza Nueva, and the emblematic Church of San Antón, totaling more than 500 years of history that seems to transcend time.   Then, continue your tour to the well-known Ensanche, a key sign of the progress of this city. See the urban development of Bilbao and its architectural wonders from the 19th through to the 21st century. It will be here that you’ll witness the pulsating heart of a city that exudes both tradition and avant-garde style.   Your visit ends with the opportunity to sample one of the most iconic Bilbao foods: pintxos. These are small snacks skewered with a toothpick, usually eaten socially in bars, which makes them the perfect way to end this small group tour with your new friends.

Guided Tour of the Exterior of the Guggenheim Museum

6. Guided Tour of the Exterior of the Guggenheim Museum

Meet your guide at 9 AM outside the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to begin a 90-minute guided tour of the museum's exterior. Find out why Bilbao was chosen as the site of the impressive building designed by Frank Gehry. Discover the structure of the building and the outdoor sculptures that surround the museum. Explore the history of the museum, talk about the Guggenheim family, the museum's collection, as well as the Guggenheim Foundation. Let yourself be guided and enjoy the unique experience alone or with your family.

Bilbao 3-Day Package: Guggenheim, Hotel Stay and Bike Tour

7. Bilbao 3-Day Package: Guggenheim, Hotel Stay and Bike Tour

This 3-day Bilbao welcome package offers a variety of items to make your stay a memorable one. It includes accommodation at a centrally-located 4-star hotel, with plenty of pintxo bars, shops and lively streets in the area. You’ll also receive a ticket to the Guggenheim Museum and a guided tour of the city by bicycle. The Guggenheim is a renowned modern art museum that hosts expositions of works by national and international artists along with its permanent collection. You can use your museum ticket whenever you like during your stay, during the opening times of the museum. You’ll also get to know the city better on a guided bicycle tour. In additional, you’ll have enough time to explore the city by foot, including the old town, the Abandoibarra district and the shopping streets.

Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

8. Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

This tour is designed to guide you into one of the oldest traditional "cave-cellars" in the area, dug 7-8 meters (23-26 feet) deep under the houses. This is a fabulous experience not to be missed! This activity also includes  tasting wines in one of the most famous local wineries. You can also tour 'Marques del Riscal' winery cellar/hotel, which was designed by Frank Gehry, the architect who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. You will also walk along the medieval streets of Laguardia, one of the most charming towns in La Rioja area, before discovering local home-made food for lunch in an off the beaten track, non touristy restaurant.

Bilbao: Personalized Guided Tour With a Local

9. Bilbao: Personalized Guided Tour With a Local

Create your dream tour of Bilbao with this customizable guided tour. Pick and choose the sights and attractions that interest you most and avoid wasting time on an organized tour. Choose a timeframe that suits your requirements. With 2,3,4 or 6-hour options available, there's a tour option for every group. Immerse yourself in Bilbao's renowned culture, gastronomy and way of life with a local guide who will show you the best places to shop, eat and explore.  For food lovers, visit the Ribera Market or go for a stroll through the restaurants and cafés of the Old Town. To discover the city's history, head to the imposing Guggenheim Museum or Santiago Cathedral. If you prefer to spend the day in nature, choose to visit the Bilbao estuary. Culture lovers will delight at the Arriaga Theater and Azkuna Zentroa. Whatever you're into, find it in Bilbao.

From San Sebastian: Bilbao Tour with Guggenheim Museum

10. From San Sebastian: Bilbao Tour with Guggenheim Museum

Enjoy a perfect morning in Bilbao city, the economical capital of the Basque Country, in a small-group tour to avoid the crowds. You will receive an accurate view of this historic city guided by a local guide, who will explain all you need to know, from history to gastronomy and other details. Your tour begins with pick-up in your hotel. After driving for about an hour, you will arrive to Bilbao and go sightseeing, where your tour guide will explain to you all the details and history of the biggest city of the Basque country. You will see the Ria de Bilbao, the Casco Viejo area with the 7 streets, the Arriaga Theater and many more. Later you will enjoy the modern art at the Guggenheim Bilbao museum, where the building itself is pure art (total time located for museum visit is around 2-3 hours). Following this, you will head back to San Sebastian where your guide will drop you off at your hotel or any other place of your convenience, and you still have the afternoon to spend in town. This is a half-day trip perfect for art lovers or anyone who wants to expand their knowledge about the Basque Country history.

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What people are saying about Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 335 reviews

Superb wonderful experience turning in complete safety and ease that allowed me to get to know Bilbao from a completely different point of view from what you might imagine. The simply fantastic guide explained to us the origins and the cultural, social and economic development of the city. Spectacular

Iker is a superb guide and an excellent driver. He has great knowledge of both the history of the region, the architecture and contents of the Guggenheim museum and the nooks and crannies of Bilbao. I would heartily recommend him and hope to travel back to San Sebastián and use his services again!

Then Guggenheim Museum is a must-see experience in Bilbao, and our tour guide, Javier, was an expert in its history and the art it showcased. We highly recommend you book this tour if you are visiting the city.

A very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide took us around the Guggenheim. Everything worked really well and I would not hesitate to recommend this - especially compared to walking round on your own.

Wonderful experience! Without a doubt, Chema has been a great guide. He has a lot of disposition and knows the city very well. 100% recommended