Our in-house team of professional guides and our network of small, artisan providers will ensure you get the best professional service.

Jon Galdos Founder & CEO

Hi there!

Born and grew up in an inland town of the Basque Country, since I was a child, I was fascinated by foreign travelers that I could see every time I was in San Sebastian

As an adult, I traveled extensively throughout the 5 continents, to acquire a first hand knowledge about the needs and preferences of travelers and coming back from one of those trips I took the decision to try to make a living from his two great passions, travel and photography. I started delivering the first tours on weekends and on vacation, while still working as an engineer at a software company.

Basque Tours was born in 2007, offering private tours in the Basque Country making my dreams come true.

For the last 17 years I showed people this wonderful and unique area, home of Europe’s oldest culture and where every day brings a new experience. Over that time I had built up a first class knowledge of a lot of different places of interest both on and off the beaten track and it will be my plesure to guide you to the sights and experiences that you most want from your holiday, as our star qualities are the connections and keys we have in the region, making it possible to organise events and special occasions, in ways others can’t...

Cycling the Basque Countryside backroads, improving my golf swing and enjoying great food & wine with my family & friends is what I love to do in my free time

Jani Larrañaga Founder & COO


I have been fortunate to be able live in and visit many countries that have shaped me as a person, broaden my horizons and taught me so much about the people in this, our beautiful world.

So like all basques, I decided to come back home and start my real adventure here, and that’s how Basque Tours came to life in 2007. Since then I have been immersed in creating experiences, moments for travellers to enjoy here, in our beautiful corner of Europe.

Lide Lopetegi Travel Planner & Tour Guide


I'm originally from San Sebastian, and have always been eager to see the world.

I've lived in Germany, Australia, Mallorca, and lastly in Barcelona, where I studied a Master's degree in Gastronomic Tourism. After all this traveling, I've decided to return to my home city, and I just love to share it with others!

Since I was a child, gastronomy and nature has been present in my life. My great- grandmother, my grandmother, and my mum have been chefs, and on the other side, my father comes from a small town in the mountains of Navarre, so I'm very excited to share all the secrets about the local gastronomy with you.

Andrew Little Expert Tour Guide

Kaixo, G'day, Hello

Yes I am Australian, and before you ask, yes we are all over the world. But how did I join Basque tours?? Well I suppose I could say I was born into the travel industry. My parents worked for major airlines before starting their own travel agency. You could say I learnt to fly before I could walk.

Ok, let's fast forward 19 years and like all good Aussies, I left for a year of travel. Except mine turned into many more. After visiting and working in many countries around the world, it all came down to working in a bar in Scotland. My first introduction to the "Beautiful Basque". She talked me into coming over to see her country, this was 2001. Let's just say with a combination of her beauty and the magic of this country, I am still here. She is now my wife and we have two amazing kids ( half Basque half Aussie).

So I hear you ask, 20 years in the Basque country, are you a local? Of course not, I still have 30 years to go (haha). Do I know the Basque Country like a local? Definitely. I have spent many a day in the mountains, sat and enjoyed countless pintxos and who can forget the unique experience of sitting for the first time in a traditional cider house, eating, drinking, and playing mus (ask me about this). The Basque like to think they are hard mountain people, but to be honest, they love nothing more than showing their special part of the world. And who can blame them, it's one of, if not the oldest "peoples/ cultures of Europe" Here they work hard and know how to relax. Relax I hear you say!

Nowhere in the world do the people know how to eat and drink to the same quality as the Basque ( come with an appetite). The landscape is rough rugged, amazing and mesmerizing, just like it's inhabitants. Come and join me to explore the spectacular country.

You may end up like me and fall in love with one, if not, I guarantee you will fall in love with this special little part of the world . ( warning you will come back).

Veronica Vieites Food & Wine Expert Tour Guide & Social Media Manager


Veronica is a remarkable individual hailing from the picturesque city of San Sebastian. She has deep roots in the culinary world thanks to her parents, who once owned and operated a charming restaurant in the heart of the city. Growing up surrounded by delicious flavors and warm hospitality, Veronica developed a profound appreciation for food and wine.

Combining her passion for gastronomy with her love for sharing knowledge, Veronica has become an expert food and wine guide. With her extensive knowledge of local cuisine and an innate ability to pair the perfect wine with each dish, she has become a trusted source for both locals and tourists seeking memorable culinary experiences.

However, Veronica's talents and interests extend beyond the culinary realm. She also dedicates her time to teaching at a school for adults, focusing on spin-off projects that address the social challenges faced by young people due to new technology addictions. Through her compassionate approach and innovative teaching methods, Veronica strives to create a supportive environment where individuals can overcome their dependence on technology and rediscover the joys of face-to-face social interaction.

When Veronica is not touring the city, showcasing its gastronomic wonders or guiding her students, she indulges in her own personal pursuits. She finds solace and balance in playing tennis and practicing yoga, both of which help her stay physically fit and mentally focused. Always on the lookout for new culinary experiences, Veronica loves exploring the vibrant restaurant scene and discovering cozy breakfast places tucked away in the corners of the city.

Veronica's vibrant spirit, coupled with her deep appreciation for food, dedication to teaching, and commitment to personal wellness, make her a cherished figure in San Sebastian. Her infectious enthusiasm for life and her genuine desire to help others create a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to cross paths with her

Ane Tour guide in San Sebastian basque tours Ane Baztarrika Food & Wine Guide


Ane is a creative soul with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bilbao University. While her artistic talents have shaped her foundation, her true passion lies in curating unforgettable travel experiences in San Sebastián and its picturesque surroundings.

Ane's expertise as a guide is unrivaled. Her in-depth knowledge of the area's hidden gems, rich history, and local culture make every journey under her guidance a captivating adventure. From strolling along the sun-kissed beaches to exploring quaint villages nestled in the hills.

But Ane's interests don't end with travel. During her off-duty moments, you'll find her immersed in the tranquility of nature as she embarks on hiking trails that lead to breathtaking vistas. Her connection to the outdoors is further complemented by her role as a Yoga instructor, spreading balance and mindfulness to those around her.

A true artist at heart, Ane also shares her passion through Orizomegami workshops. With patient hands and a creative spirit, she teaches the intricate art of folding and dyeing paper, turning simple sheets into vibrant, intricate designs – a reflection of her multifaceted personality.

Whether guiding explorers through the vibrant streets of San Sebastián, leading a serene yoga session, or fostering creativity through Orizomegami, Ane's presence adds a touch of magic to everything she does, making her a cherished figure in both the travel and artistic communities.

Kai Larrañaga Food & Wine Guide

Ongi Etorri to Donostia

Born into a multicultural Basque and German family in San Sebastian, he was raised amidst the flavors of three languages

After graduating in Literature and Languages, Kai felt the call of wanderlust tugging at his soul. He embarked on a journey across Europe, immersing himself in the simple pleasures of farm life as a volunteer. But it was in Panama, beneath the swaying palms and vibrant sunsets, that Kai discovered his true passion. Guiding travelers through the lush landscapes and hidden gems of the country, he found solace in sharing his love for exploration and adventure.

Upon returning to his beloved San Sebastián, Kai found himself drawn to the world of gastronomy. With a natural flair for hospitality and a palate refined by his travels, he joined the ranks of a the famous three Michelin-starred restaurant Akelarre as a maître. Here, amidst the clinking of glasses and the symphony of flavors, Kai honed his hosting skills and deepened his gastronomical knowledge.

With boundless enthusiasm and a thirst for discovery, he set out to lead Food and Wine tours through the winding streets of his city. Infusing each excursion with passion, great vibes, and a wealth of knowledge.

But when the bustling streets grew quiet and the tour groups dispersed, Kai found solace in the pages of history, fantasy, and self-educative books. And amidst the chessboard's intricate dance of strategy and intellect, he found a sanctuary for his restless mind.

Guillermo Boned Food & Wine + Hiking Guide

Hi There!

Guillermo, a man of adventure and exploration, was born on the picturesque Mediterranean island of Mallorca. From a young age, he developed a deep love for the outdoors, fascinated by the rugged beauty of nature. As he grew older, Guillermo's thirst for knowledge led him to the charming city of San Sebastian, where he enrolled in university.

San Sebastian captivated Guillermo with its vibrant culture, rich history, and breathtaking landscapes. He soon realized that this was where he belonged, and after completing his studies, he decided to make it his permanent home. The city's lively atmosphere and proximity to both mountains and the sea offered him endless opportunities for adventure.

Guillermo's passion for hiking and exploring led him to become an expert in guiding others through the stunning trails and mountains of San Sebastian. His knowledge of the local terrain and hidden gems made him a sought-after guide for those seeking an immersive experience. Alongside hiking, Guillermo developed a deep appreciation for the region's culinary delights, particularly the famous pintxos. He became a connoisseur of these delectable bite-sized creations, guiding curious food enthusiasts through the city's best pintxo bars.

When not immersed in his hiking and pintxo adventures, Guillermo found solace and serenity on the open waters. Sailing became his escape, a way to disconnect from the bustling city life and connect with the vastness of the ocean. He explored different oceans and seas, chasing the wind and following his dreams. The rhythmic sway of the boat and the soothing sound of the waves allowed him to recharge his spirit and find inspiration for his next escapade.

But Guillermo's love for the outdoors extended beyond his professional and maritime pursuits. He shared his life with a loyal and playful canine companion named Cuzco. They embarked on countless walks together, exploring the hidden corners of San Sebastian and beyond. Cuzco's joyful presence brought a sense of companionship and unconditional love to Guillermo's life, reminding him to cherish the simple moments and find beauty in the everyday.

In Guillermo's world, adventure, nature, and the love for his furry friend intertwined harmoniously. From hiking the rugged trails of San Sebastian to indulging in pintxos, sailing across vast waters, and taking leisurely walks with Cuzco, he found fulfillment in embracing the wonders of life. Guillermo's story serves as a reminder to us all to embrace our passions, explore the world around us, and find joy in the simplest of pleasures.

Martin de Majo Bookkeeper & Tour Coordinator

Hi There!

Martin was born and raised in the vibrant country of Argentina, where he grew up surrounded by the rich culture and warmth of his homeland. As he reached adulthood, Martin's desire to explore new horizons led him to embark on an exciting adventure. He packed his bags and set off to the picturesque city of San Sebastian, Spain, to pursue his studies in Tourism at the renowned university.

San Sebastian welcomed Martin with open arms, captivating his heart from the very beginning. The city's stunning beaches, breathtaking landscapes, and exquisite cuisine left an indelible mark on his soul. He was smitten by the vibrant energy and the deep-rooted traditions of the Basque Country, and he knew he had found a new home.

After completing his studies, Martin's love for San Sebastian propelled him to seek a career that would allow him to share his passion for the city with others. He joined Basque Tours where he took on the roles of a tour coordinator and a bookkeeper.

When Martin wasn't immersed in his tour coordinator duties, he reveled in his personal quest to uncover the city's best-kept secrets. He tirelessly searched for alternative dining spots, seeking out local restaurants that offered authentic Basque cuisine with a twist. The blend of traditional flavors and innovative culinary techniques fascinated him, and he eagerly shared his discoveries with friends and fellow food enthusiasts.

Another passion that ran deep in Martin's veins was rugby. He had grown up watching the intense matches with his family, and the sport had become a bond that connected them. Even in San Sebastian, Martin found solace in the camaraderie of friends and loved ones, gathering together to cheer on their favorite teams. Whether it was a local match or an international tournament, rugby provided a sense of unity and excitement that transcended borders.

Martin's life in San Sebastian had blossomed into a vibrant tapestry of exploration, culture, and friendship. He had found his place in the world, where his love for the city and its traditions intertwined with his professional pursuits and personal interests.

Sandra Surio Food & Wine Tour Guide

Hi There!

Sandra grew up In San Sebastian surrounded by its vibrant culture and history, After graduating from the University of Paris with a degree in Social Science and Human Resources, the allure of Paris lingered, and she spent several years soaking in the romance and sophistication of the city of lights before she returned back to her beloved San Sebastian.

But it was her love for travel and her desire to share the beauty of her hometown that eventually led Sandra down a new path. Embracing her knack for connecting with people from all walks of life, she delved into the world of tourism, becoming an expert food and wine tour guide in San Sebastian.

With her easygoing nature and warm smile, Sandra's pintxo tours became legendary among locals and travelers alike. She effortlessly wove tales of Basque traditions and culinary delights, painting vivid pictures of her homeland's rich tapestry with each savory bite.

In her free time, you would often find her gracefully flowing through yoga poses or twirling across the dance floor, her mind wandering to distant lands and new adventures.


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We specialize in quality gourmet food & wine tours, adventure and nature tours, festivals and culture tours related to the authentic Basque Country & Rioja

One of the primary goals of BASQUE TOURS is to offer itineraries that enable you to become a temporarily basque citizen instead of a tourist, creating educational- exciting tours that highlight the uniqueness and the culture of this fascinating corner of Europe called the BASQUE COUNTRY.


Creating lifetime memories for worldwide travelers since 2007, our knowledge of our homeland, our contacts, provider network and experience make us undoubtedly your choice if you decide to travel to the Basque Country & Rioja.


Spectacular landscape, the culture of food and mixing with the locals, are the key components of our tours, as are face-to-face visits with producers, artisans cheese and wine-makers.Foodie-Active and healthy lifestyle, our ideal tour should include spectacular walks as a means of sight-seeing, experiencing the countryside and the local way of life.


BASQUE TOURS is a private tours organization providing unique travel experiences in the Basque Country & Rioja with our private tours and personalized itineraries

BASQUE TOURS sets out to create a new dimension to travel: one that is specifically aimed at individual interests and priorities of each customer – a dimension that provides you with a personal guide, allows you to get the most out of your limited time, and gives you the chance to experience the extraordinary



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