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Join us for a faculty-led Study Abroad program and explore a culture preserved in time. View world-class art and sample exquisite cuisine in this Basque Country trip of a lifetime!

Beach at San Sabastian

May 20-29, 2023

Explore the long-held traditions of the Basque Country with your guides, Allison Smith, Professor and Chair of Art History, and Kerri Lesh, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology.

Eat at restaurants ranked among the top 50 in the world. Discover early examples of prehistoric art all the way to contemporary pieces. As you explore the culture, you will develop a better understanding of the minoritized Basques in reference to the dominant Spanish culture and compare them with minoritized cultures in the U.S. 

Program Highlights

  • Walk through the prehistoric Altamira Cave Paintings
  • Visit the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum
  • View the Bilbao Archaeological Museum (Neolithic, Roman, and Medieval artifacts)
  • Gorka Izagirre Winery Tour
  • Getaria Txomin Etxaniz Winery Tour
  • Enjoy historic cathedrals
  • Eat at award-winning restaurants
  • See beautiful beaches on the Atlantic Ocean


  • Must be 18 years old
  • Complete program application and interview
  • Enroll in 1-credit Study Abroad course
  • Make all payments on time
  • Attend pre-trip orientation meetings
  • Submit all assignments as outlined in Canvas


  • $3,765*

Cost includes: airfare, hotels, local transportation, admission fees, tips and local guides.

Not included: meals, tuition for one credit, transportation to and from the airport and cost to get a passport.

*$500 study abroad scholarships available for degree-seeking students.


Apply for a Study Abroad scholarship of $500. Stop by the International Education Office in COM 220 or email us at to learn about the application process.

To Apply

Limited spots available. Application deadline is Dec 5, 2022.

Sign up today!


Stop by the International Education Office in COM 220 or faculty trip leaders:

Allison Smith
Professor and Chair Art History

Kerri Lesh
Adjunct Professor of Anthropology


Depart Home for Bilbao, Spain
  • Arrive in Bilbao, Spain
  • Airport Transfer
  • Bilbao Walking Tour in Hotel Area
  • Archaeological Museum: Set inside a former train station, view examples of Neolithic, Roman, Medieval history.
  • Welcome Dinner: Pintxos (included)
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Fine Arts Museum: Enjoy the classic collections inside the second largest and most visited museum in the Basque Country.
  • Santiago Cathedral: Built during the 14th-15th centuries on the site of an old shrine, the cathedral’s stunning Gothic architecture welcomes visitors daily.
  • Tour of Bilbao Old Town (7 Streets of Bilbao): Walk back in time through the heart of the city and explore its evolution through the centuries.
  • Boat Cruise (2 hrs): Sit back and relax on a route to the Bizkaia Bridge and the Port of Bilbao.
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Guggenheim Museum: The legendary modern and contemporary art museum was designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. Enjoy touring through an exhibition of 250 contemporary works of art.
  • Private Transfer to Cave of Altamira (approx. 1.5 hrs)
  • Cave of Altamira: Step inside a cave complex renowned for prehistoric cave art with charcoal drawings and polychrome paintings of contemporary local fauna and human hands.
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Private Transportation to Azurmendi
  • Gorka Izagirre Winery Tour and Tasting
  • Hamaiketako Experience: At the Gorka Izagirre winery, enjoy the traditional hamaiketako, with classic gilda, ham and delicious Idiazabal cheese alongside the range of txakolis, from the youngest wine to special elaborations.
  • Lunch at Azurmendi (Not Included): Ranked 26th in the world by “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”
  • Private Transportation to San Sebastian with stop en route at Marqués de Riscal Winery
  • Marqués de Riscal Facilities and Vineyard Tour: Taste wines such as Marqués de Riscal Rueda Verdejo, Arienzo de Marqués de Riscal Crianza and Marqués de Riscal Reserva, along with tapas of salchichón and chorizo from Rioja.
  • Continue to San Sebastian
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Walking Tour of Old City Center: Your visit to San Sebastian begins with a tour of one of the two major markets, the beach area, Promenade, Port and Old Town.
  • San Telmo Museum: Old meets new in this celebration of Basque culture, arts and history.
  • Cider House Tour, Cider Tasting and Lunch: Get a comprehensive look at the Basque Cider House in action. Walk the apple orchards, tour the cellars, view the production process and discover the history that links cider with the Basque Country.
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Day trip to Getaria with Private Transportation
  • Getaria Txomin Etxaniz Winery Tour: Continue your tour of different txakoli wines accompanied with anchovies and white tuna from Getaria.
  • Balenciaga Museum: Learn the ins and outs of haute couture through displays by the famed designer, with an included course on the concepts and languages of fashion.
  • Lunch at Elkano (Not Included): Ranked 16th in the world by “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”
  • San Salvador Church
  • Afternoon Beach Time
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Day trip to France - Bayonne and Biarritz: Take a day to soak in the beauty of these two legendary port cities.
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Free Day in San Sebastian
  • Late Afternoon Private Transfer to Bilbao
  • Farewell Dinner at Nerua (included)
  • Program Closing
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Airport Transfer
  • Depart Bilbao, Spain, for Home