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Basque Country, Spain Small group activities

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San Sebastian: Guided Food Tour with Pintxo Tasting & Wines

1. San Sebastian: Guided Food Tour with Pintxo Tasting & Wines

Immerse yourself in the charming Parte Vieja (Old Town) of San Sebastian on a guided food tour. Discover the best pintxos in town, paired with 5 Spanish wines from different regions and local cider. Taste the best gastronomic creations combined with delicious Spanish wines. Learn the history behind each turn of the picturesque Old Town as you stroll to the five eateries with your guide. Choose between a shared or private option, and feel free to ask your guide for any recommendations on where to eat or drink during your stay.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. 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.

From San Sebastian: Hondarribia, San Pedro & San Juan Tour

3. From San Sebastian: Hondarribia, San Pedro & San Juan Tour

Visit some of the most beautiful and charming coastal towns on the Basque coast from San Sebastian. Venture to Hondarribia, San Juan, and San Pedro, take in panormic views from Mount Jaizkibel, and discover the Bay of Pasaia on this tour. Depart San Sebastian and first stop at Hondarribia, a medieval town where the sobriety of its old town contrasts with the joy felt the fishermen's quarter. Then, make your way to Mount Jaizkibel for panoramic views of the area. See the Bidasoa River that separates France and Spain. Finally, make your way to the Bay of Pasaia, with San Juan on one side and San Pedro on the other. Enjoy time exploring these villages before returning to San Sebastian.

San Sebastian: Ultimate Pintxos & Wine Evening Tour

4. San Sebastian: Ultimate Pintxos & Wine Evening Tour

Join a curated San Sebastian pintxos tour to discover the city’s best pintxos bars in the old town while you learn the local ways of dining out and how to enjoy the Basque way of eating (and drinking).  Along the way, learn the fascinating history of the region’s complex and unique cuisine and culture, as you weave in and out of its mystery-filled streets. Begin the evening in true local style with some crisp local cider and delicious seafood pintxos. Move on to acorn-fed Iberian ham, as well as the local variety. Taste the best anchovies in the country, the most delicious local beef, seared local cod, suckling pig, and more.  Dive into hand-picked hidden taverns serving delicious and unique house specialties– from traditional local favorites to gourmet modern creations - you’ll try them all. Wash the pintxos down with excellent local wines, ciders, and more. Gain an understanding of the local culture and history – which is plentiful in the Basque Country and San Sebastian as you fill your mind as well as your belly.  Receive a free mini-guide, which is packed with all of the guide's favorite places to eat and drink in the city, so you’ll be eating well for the rest of your stay.

San Sebastian: Guided E-Bike Tour

5. San Sebastian: Guided E-Bike Tour

Feel like a local as you pedal through San Sebastian on a guided e-bike tour. Cross the city's extensive network of bidegorris (bicycle lanes) and see all the highlights before heading to the south of San Sebastian, a less touristy but equally interesting area. Meet your guide in town and get ready to explore Donostia in a sustainable and safe way thanks to the city's network of bicycle lanes, which spans over 30 kilometers. Learn about the local culture and history from your guide as you make your way around this picturesque resort town. Pedal through the vibrant Gros neighborhood and pass by La Concha Bay. Visit the city's less known neighborhoods as El Antiguo or Egia, climb Mount Igeldo and much more. The carefully planned route ends back where your cycling tour started, at the activity provider's office in the heart of San Sebastian. 

San Sebastian: Amazing Guided Market & Food Pintxo Tour

6. San Sebastian: Amazing Guided Market & Food Pintxo Tour

Take a guided tour through the old town of San Sebastián and see why it’s known for having some of the world’s best pintxos, the local word for small snacks. Witness the spectacle of pintxos being served in a selection of bars, each in their own special way alongside Local cider and wine.Begin with a stroll through the market full of delectable local produce and stop for a ham tasting. Visit an olive shop to taste the best olives, gilda and oil while you hear the history behind La Gilda, one of the oldest known pintxos, and meet a local vendor who is in the world’s top 4 olive oil shops.Next, head to the old quarter and go bar-hopping like a Basque native. See some landmark buildings and learn about private cooking clubs as you make more stops to taste the most avant-garde pintxos, Rioja Wine, and natural apple cider.Enjoy stories about Basque’s fascinating dishes, language, and heritage as you meet locals in the market and bars.

San Sebastian: Highlights Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink

7. San Sebastian: Highlights Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink

Meet San Sebastian's most interesting spots by walking across its historic area. Join your local guide on a walking tour and do not miss any of the secrets that this emblematic city hides. Learn every detail of its ancient buildings and its people. Depart from the border of Old and New Towns, where the 19th-century city walls were built. Be taken through the serpentine Old Town streets, visiting the two main churches and the pintxo streets. Later on, observe the expansion of the city during the early 20th century. Gaze at the influence of the Spanish Queen Maria Cristina in the construction of many of San Sebastian's most characteristic buildings, such as Hotel de Londres and Maria Cristina, the Buen Pastor Cathedral, the Tabakalera Museum, and Victoria Eugenia Auditorium. Enjoy a delicious round of pintxos and a drink in a traditional bar in the Old Town.

From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe, Gernika, and Bermeo Group Tour

8. From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe, Gernika, and Bermeo Group Tour

The estuary of the Urdaibai River has many attractions that can be enjoyed in a short trip from Bilbao. The hermitage of Gaztelugatxe, which was the set for Dragonstone in the Game of Thrones series, is a good starting point. Whilst there, enjoy the sea views in contrast to the towering nearby mountain. Take your time and climb up the 241 stairs which take you to the top of Gaztelugatxe, where you can ring the bell three times according to tradition. Following that, the coastal town of Bermeo allows you to see firsthand how old fishing traditions are still maintained in the present day. You then travel from Bermeo to reach Gernika, where rural and agricultural traditions are mixed with their varied histories. Gernika is an important reference town in Basque history, being home to the ancient tree where the medieval kings of Spain swore to respect local laws. It is also where the German bombing took place during the Spanish Civil War, destroying much of the city. At the conclusion of your experience, your driver returns you back to Bilbao.

Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

9. Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

Take a journey to mix with the locals. Take a tour through the bars of the old town of Bilbao with a local guide, who was born in Bilbao. This unique gastronomic experience is a must when visiting the Basque Country. Delve into the lifestyle and traditions of the inhabitants of Bilbao, explore the old part of the city and taste the most traditional pintxos.  Learn about the origin and development of the city by visiting four traditional places to taste typical pintxos, one of the specialties of the exquisite Basque cuisine. The pintxo is the Basque version of the Spanish tapa and is taken with a typical drink, usually wine or txakoli. They are delicious gourmet sandwiches that you can find everywhere.

From San Sebastian: Rioja Winery Tour with Tasting and Lunch

10. From San Sebastian: Rioja Winery Tour with Tasting and Lunch

Enjoy a complete winery experience in the famous La Rioja. Be picked up your hotel and drive to La Rioja Alavesa wine area, surrounded by beautiful scenery. Learn how wine is made, explore a beautiful vineyard and take a tour through a bodega. Refine your palette with a wine tasting session, then indulge in a delicious lunch with local produce, desserts and a range of wines carefully selected from the vineyard's cellar. Relax as you are driven  back to your accommodation later in the afternoon, gastronomically satisfied and equipped with your newly found connoisseur's knowledge.

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What people are saying about Basque Country, Spain

Our guide (name?) was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. We engaged in stimulating conversation about the various pieces of art and the wonderful building. We knew very little about contemporary and pop art but came away with considerable knowledge and appreciation.

Gara was an excellent tour guide. She was very engaging and knowledgeable. She also gave us recommendations for other things to do around the city. I would highly recommend.

The guide was helpful and informative. We were better prepared to enjoy pintxo throughout the rest of our stay after starting with the tour and understanding the culture.

So grateful we didn't decide to drive ourselves, the wine region was beautiful. The village of Laguardia was an unexpected treat. Thank you for our experience.

Javier was terrific, the tour experience was lovely.