.5 DAY FULL BASQUE EXPERIENCE TOUR

DETAILS

  • START TIME: 9:30 AM
  • DURATION OF EACH TOUR: 8 to 10 HOURS
  • ALL TOURS WILL START AND FINISH IN YOUR HOTEL
  • AN EXTRA FEE IS APPLIED FOR TOURS FROM BILBAO

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Private Group
  • Basque Local Driver/Guide
  • All transportation costs (fuel, parking and tolls)
  • TICKETS FOR WINERIES IN RIOJA
  • 5 PINTXOS + 5 DRINKS in up to 5 different bars

WHAT'S EXCLUDED

  • Food & drinks
  • Any other not specified items

ADAPTING TO YOU:

  • Our tours are private, so we could add / remove / change anything on them to meet your preferences
  • The order of the tours could be modified to fit with your flight/train schedule
  • This tour could also be done from Bilbao, please check conditions.

5 days to become a temporary Basque Citizen!

A combination sightseeing, wine tasting, pintxo crawl...

    SAN SEBASTIAN CITY + PINTXOS TASTING TOUR

    Explore the city, enjoy its food

    This is a half day tour that starts as a city tour but once we get into the old town turns into a Pintxo tasting tour

    You will have the chance to admire San Sebastian from its best viewpoint, Mount Igueldo, that will give you the full perspective of the city

    a Short stop in the "Peine de los Vientos" to visit the most symbolic place of the city, and then a complete walk throught the city, with multiple stories and tales that happened in San Sebastian during the history.

    This tour will allow you to enjoy the region’s famous miniature food in the old town of San Sebastian, in the way that locals do. We will take you to the best 5 places in town and will introduce you to this fantastic local custom

    A special selection of 5 pintxos (Basque tapas) paired with 5 Spanish wines(or water or softdrinks) in up to 5 bars.

    It is a very nice way to have an informal dinner, learning about the local customs and tasting the best specialities in our favourite bars!

    BASQUE COAST & COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

    The best "Off The Beaten Path" Basque tour

    Explore the rural Basque countryside and charming coastal villages, all in one day!

    Driving near to the summit of this rocky mountain, we will make a short walk out in the fields to admire both, the inland green valleys, and the Atlantic ocean.

    An impressive religious monument, built between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries around the Casa Torre is the birthplace of the founder of the Jesuites, St. Ignatius of Loyola.

    Drive through narrow mountain roads, villages, sheep and cows … we will discover the essence of the Basque Country! Stop at the foothills of Mount Izarraitz to have beautiful views of the mountainous interior as well as the coastline.

    The place where the green mountains, suddenly meet the Atlantic Ocean! Take a walk of 30 minutes for a nice spot to discover an amazing place! At this point of the coast, the mountains drop steeply to sea level, with wonderful views and let us look at the raw rock formations formed over millions of years.

    The charming little fishing village of Getaria. Home of Juan Sebastian Elcano (Getaria 1487-1526) the man who was first to sail around the world. It is probably one of the most treasured medieval centers which best reflects the passing of time.

    RIOJA WINE TASTING TOUR

    Taste, Taste & Taste Rioja

    We will take you to up to 5 wineries during this day and will never be under 90 Parker Points! Hopping from winery to winery, tasting their best wines(1 glass of their best wine, always over 90 Parker Points, per winery is included in the price) and we will serve you a iberian ham plate in one of them.

    For lunchtime, we will head to a fantastic Chateaux style winery where we will after visiting their facilities and learning about their winemaking process, you will be served a tapas based light meal paired with 3 of their wines in the outdoor terrace, overlooking their vineyards!.

    After lunch, we will explore the iconic medieval style village of Laguardia and also will take you to get external views of the unique architecture wineries as Marques del Riscal & Ysios .

    We will visit 4 wineries, considered as the clasical Rioja Wineries, hopping in to their wine bars, to taste the best wine of each winery.

    All the 4 wines you will taste in up to 4 different wineries, will always be over 90 Parker Points

    This Chateaux style winery comes to life in the most privileged area of Rioja Alavesa. In the best of its estates, where grapevines collect the essence of a unique land: an authentic, innovative, and actual wine, like no other.

    After learning about their wine making process, you will be served a tapas based light meal paired with 3 of their wines in the outdoor terrace, overlooking their vineyards!.

    Situated on a hill and surrounded by a 13th century wall, it is a natural balcony towards the wine region. Its streets and corners preserved medieval taste great and economy is based on the wine industry with many subterranean cave-wine-cellars.

    GUGGENHEIM, BILBAO & GUERNICA TOUR

    Basque Country's past and present

    Gugghenheim, a modern world class museum combined with Guernica, a historical Basque heritage site

    Designed by the North American architect Frank O. Gehry, this unique Museum built on a 32,500 square meter site in the center of Bilbao.The building itself is an extraordinary combination of interconnecting shapes. Impressive limestone blocks contrast with curved architectural forms covered in titanium. Glass curtain walling provides the building with the light and transparency it needs. Explore the museum by yourself, an audio guide is included in the ticket price.

    We will make a short city tour of Bilbao covering its most atractive parts and will have lunch in the old town of the city

    Last stop in Guernica. On April 26th 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, the town was razed to the ground by German aircrafts,sent by Hitler to support Franco’s troops. When Picasso painted the Guernika in 1937, could not imagine that its vision of the bombing would become antiwarlike symbol.

    If you are an art lover, we could organize the day visiting the Guggenheim museum in the morning and then come back near to San Sebastian to visit the open air sculpture museum of the famous local artist Eduardo Chillida, called Chillida-Leku in the afternoon.

    Chillida-Leku is the culmination of one of the artist's lifelong dreams: to create a space for his work where it could be on permanent display. This monographic museum is a faithful representation of the sculptor's fifty year long artistic career.

    Chillida-Leku is the perfect setting to enjoy the full magnitude of this internationally-known artist. The museum is divided into three areas: A 12-hectare hillside (nearly 30 acres) with beech trees, oaks and magnolias studded with over 40 sculptures. A service area featuring an auditorium, with images of the artist at work projected continuously, a rest area, and a gift shop. And finally, the centrepiece of the museum is the Zabalaga farmhouse, which houses the smaller format pieces in corten steel, alabaster, granite, terracotta, plaster, wood and paper.

    Chillida-Leku is a sculpture in itself - another work of art in which the sculptor perfectly captures and renders his vision of shape, space and the passing of time. Chillida’s questions become answers as visitors make their way through the museum grounds.

    BIARRITZ & FRENCH BASQUE COAST TOUR

    Crossing to The French Basque area

    The French Basque region has got its own identity, posh Biarritz was the European royalty's favourite summer holiday spot and St. Jean de Luz is an enchanting fishing village! Come with us to discover them!

    The longest beach of the Basque Country! After a short stroll along the beach promenade, we will depart to Saint Jean de Luz through the beautiful coastal “La Corniche Road”

    Former Basque Corsairs’ capital, this small fishing village became rich in the 16th century from fishing and whaling. Piracy, added brought wealth to the town. The ‘finest moment’ for the town was in 1660, when Louis XIV married Marie-Thérèse of Spain in the town church – the Basque church of St John the Baptist

    One of the most posh beach resorts of the Basque Coast. It is a luxurious seaside town and is popular with tourists and surfers. Biarritz also boasts some of the best beaches in Europe. Biarritz’s became more renowned in 1854 when Empress Eugenie (the wife of Napoleon III) built a palace on the beach (now the Hôtel du Palais). The British royal family and European royalty regularly took vacations in Biarritz.

    One of the most beautiful towns of the Basque Country, it’s medieval old part, is one of the few fortified towns in the Basque Country. Its walls, most of which are still standing and are constantly being restored, give it a special appearance by evoking an epic past and by impregnating every corner, alley and square with aromas, flavors and sounds that take us back to other times. We could also find the typical Basque fishermen houses, with colorful balconies filled up with heaps of flowers.