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San Sebastian: Ultimate Pintxos & Wine Evening Tour

1. 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!

Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

2. 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.

From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast Tour

3. From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast Tour

Explore the stunning sights of San Sebastian, one of Europe’s most charming cities just an hour away from Bilbao, famous for its high quality food and pintxos, a traditional Spanish snack. Start the day with a wander around the city with your expert guide and learn about the area and the locals. Refuel your energy with a stop for some pintxos and a refreshing drink to keep you going throughout the day. Next, visit a number of small fishing villages on the coast, including Orio, Getaria, and San Telmo, and get to know the locals and their traditional way of life.

San Sebastian: Private Pintxos Basque -Tapas Tour

4. San Sebastian: Private Pintxos Basque -Tapas Tour

Enjoy this guided tour in San Sebastian, visiting the most historical and the most representative points in the historic center of San Sebastian. Along with a dose of history, you will get a special treat: a pintxos tasting tour which will visit a couple of the nicest pintxos bars in the old part of San Sebastian. Never heard of a pintxo? You'll be trying to re-create this Basque speciality at home after trying them here.  This tour goes for the famous "bar hopping" along different local places while you smell, see and of course, taste all the essence of Basque gastronomy. You will also be guided along to the local market to see all the fresh products displayed before going into the restaurants bars where Pintxos are made daily using only seasonal products. Do you really want to feel like a local? Then, this is your tour. Gather local people on their daily lives in the Old Quarter of San Sebastian.

From San Sebastian: Flavors of French Basque Country Tour

5. From San Sebastian: Flavors of French Basque Country Tour

Embark on a guided gastronomic adventure through the French Basque Coast of Iparralde, one of the most picturesque regions on the Atlantic Coast. Explore the seaside villages of Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz & Guethary and sample its local specialties. Meet your guide in the morning and be introduced to the history of the area. Enjoy a spectacular drive along the corniche basque to Saint Jean de Luz. Start your culinary journey with a visit to the local ‘affineur’, an expert who receives cheese from producers and holds it in their shop until it’s ready to eat. Sample a selection of ‘raised’ by affineur cheeses. Sip French Basque wine from Irulegui. Next up, take a stroll along the streets of the town listening to the thrilling stories of local pirates, corsairs, sailors, and fishermen. Enjoy free time to visit the 13th-century church of St. John the Baptist with its remarkable hull-shaped wood-paneled vault. If you'd like to try local foie gras, be taken to a farm store stocked with this French delicacy.  To complete your trip to Saint Juan de Luz, visit the pastry shop where macarons were first created in 1660. Buy these confections and head to the surfing and food paradise of Biarritz. After having a glimpse of the Biarritz lighthouse, continue to Les Halles neighborhood and its vibrant food market.  Visit the market’s most-loved bar where locals stop for a seafood aperitif while shopping. Explore the area like a local by trying oysters, shrimps, and snails from Arcachon. Pair your meal with a glass of great white wine from Bordeaux.  Then, discover the truffle heaven, a bar specializing in truffle-flavored charcuterie and gourmet products from the region. Next, make some room for pintxos.  From Biarritz, go back to the other side and explore the picturesque fishing village of Hondarribia. Taste some of the best pintxos in an award-winning restaurant. Learn about modern Basque cuisine and discuss the differences between French Basque and Spanish Basque food. At the end of the day, return to San Sebastian with a full belly and lots of memories.

San Sebastian: Private Gastronomy Tour and Cooking Class

6. San Sebastian: Private Gastronomy Tour and Cooking Class

Immerse yourself in the Basque Country's world-famous gastronomy scene in a cooking class with a local chef. The experience begins with a private guided tour along the Old Quarter of San Sebastian. Explore the main sites as well as some hidden gems often missed by visitors. Learn about Basque history, culture, and traditions while picking out the best seasonal products at a local market. Once the shopping is complete, walk to the private cooking area where the class will take place. Learn the main elements of a Basque meal and how to prepare them according to local tradition. At the end of the course, sit down to enjoy your culinary creation with a glass of local Basque wine.

Ultimate San Sebastian Pintxos & Wine Tour (Daytime)

7. Ultimate San Sebastian Pintxos & Wine Tour (Daytime)

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). Learn the fascinating history of this region’s complex and unique cuisine culture.  Your morning will begin 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—extremely hard to find elsewhere. Then, dive into a few more hand-picked hidden taverns serving delicious and unique house specialties. From the traditional local favorites to gourmet modern creations, you’ll try them all, finishing with San Sebastian’s award-winning cheesecake for dessert.

Pamplona: Best of the City Private Tour

8. Pamplona: Best of the City Private Tour

During the year, the tour includes the walk along the same way where runners do during the festival. You will be visiting the city's Castillo Square, the City Hall, the Ciudadella defensive walls and the historic places in the Old Quarter like San Saturnino Church, San Lorenzo church, the local market, Hemingway's places. Come to discover it and participate with the local Get a guided visit of the old town of Pamplona, the defensive citadel, so you learn about the history and traditions

From San Sebastian: French-Basque Countryside Private Tour

9. From San Sebastian: French-Basque Countryside Private Tour

The first stop on the tour is Saint Jean Pied De Port which is considered the start point on the famous St. James Way, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The Basque language is still spoken on both sides of the border of this stunning medieval town. Next, it's the town of Bidarray, an off the track town in the countryside. Drive along the famous Pass Du Roland to get to Espelette town. Labourd style houses make this town unique, as it's known for its dried red peppers hanging from their facades. Taste some of the typical products of the region. Ainhoa is known for its church, a cemetery full of the traditional disc-topped monuments and white and red houses - a very typical Basque village. Finally, it's Sare, one of the most beautiful villages. Placed at the base of the first mountain in the Pyrenees mountain range, La Rhune, Sare is a major prehistoric site and has carefully preserved.

San Sebastián: Guided Food Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

10. San Sebastián: Guided Food Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

Immerse yourself in Basque culture as you sample pintxos and light drinks around San Sebastián. Learn how to eat pintxos like a native as you tour some of the best local spots. A Basque Gastrodictionary Txikiteo: An approximate definition of ‘txikiteo’ could be: going from bar to bar, eating a pintxo and drinking a glass of something (the usual is a low-alcohol beverage, not cocktails!) in each. The txikiteo is done standing up, in front of the bar full of pintxos and surrounded by people you don't know (but that you could end up meeting.) And this is precisely what you’ll do with us: pure txikiteo, flying from bar to bar, tasting the most renowned specialty of each in a genuinely Basque environment and surrounded by locals that, y’know, you don't know...but that you could end up meeting. Pintxo: A piece of miniature cuisine that started off as something simple (a portion of potato omelette, a slice of ham on bread...) and that the bars of the Basque Country improved upon over time, making it more complex in order to attract more customers. The story is exciting and there are as many versions as there are historians. On our tour you’ll get to know some of them, as well as many other curiosities about the cult of the stomach that exists in the Basque Country. Drinking: This is the other great religion (along with Eating) in the Basque Country. Wine and cider have been favorite drinks of the Basque people for the last five centuries, although beer has been prevailing in recent years. Did you know that in the 16th century, Basque sailors hardly suffered scurvy on long sea voyages, thanks to the cider they drank? Txakoli: Typically Basque dry and sparkling white wine whose grapes are grown in vineyards near the Cantabrian Sea. It is ideal to accompany fish dishes...or pintxos. Nothing more to add. Cider: Low-alcohol beverage obtained from fermented apple juice. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, it has only one danger: it is drunk as easily as water. Zurito: Short drink of beer (about 20-25 cl.) Ideal to accompany pintxos. The term ‘zurito’ is exclusive to the Basque Country. If you go to Madrid and ask for a 'zurito' no one will understand you (unless the bartender is Basque, of course). San Sebastián Cheesecake: If God were a cake, He would be a San Sebastián Cheesecake. Did you know that San Sebastián Cheesecake is global cheesecake royalty, right up there with New York Cheesecake? Did you know that, as a result of this success, the Thermomix kitchen robot includes the recipe for 'San Sebastián Cheesecake' in its programs? Okay. Today you’ll taste the authentic, the mother of everything, the origin, the Big Bang.

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based on 3 reviews

Hector was an amazing guide. As he’s a local to San Sebastián he gave us just the right amount of history and daily life & culture to really get to grips with this fabulous city. The food on the tour was excellent , super fresh and varied. We wouldn’t have had the ability to experience these little unknown family run restaurants unless you had a guide. Also as we don’t have Spanish never mind Basque (local dialect) it made it all effortless. Hector guided us through the warren of beautiful and fascinating little streets while pointing out hidden places and of course we had lots of food and drinks along the way. This tour is a must while in San Sebastián ........ thanks Hector

We did this tour on our first night in San Sebastián. It should be the first thing anyone does! It taught us so much about the food/wine and Basque culture. Our tour guide, Natalia was bubbly, interesting and had grown up in San Sebastián. I’m sending my daughter and her friend on the same tour when they arrive on Friday!

Hector was a wonderful guide who is passionate about San Sebastian. He was able to mix in the history of the city as we went on our pinxto tour. I can feel Hector's passion about the city and the people there, this is one of the best things I have done in Spain.

Natalie was the best tour guide my mom and I could have asked for. Such a fun experience and we even went back to one of the bars for food in the evening!

Daniel our guide was very nice, the day was beautiful and the wine fabulous