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San Sebastian and Basque Coast Private Tour from Bilbao provided by The Best of Basque

San Sebastian and Basque Coast Private Tour from Bilbao

San Sebastian and Basque Coast Private Tour from Bilbao
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from RM 1,202.09 per adult (price varies by group size)
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travellers
About
San Sebastian and the Basque Coast are known for their history and beauty, but experiencing all they have to offer in one day can be difficult. With a private tour, enjoy the undivided attention of your guide as they navigate you around the region’s highlights, including the Old Town of San Sebastián, La Concha Bay, Getaria, and Zumaia, with an itinerary that can be customized to suit your interests.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Gain insight into Basque culture via your guide’s food recommendations
With a private tour, customize your itinerary to suit your interests
Save time with hassle-free round-trip transport included
Travel the region with ease by private vehicle
What to expect
After pickup from your Bilbao hotel or port, board your private vehicle and set off for San Sebastian. Discuss any personal points of interest with your guide, who is able to customize your day’s itinerary to your taste. Take a stroll on La Concha Beach, before heading into Old Town to discover landmarks, such as the Plaza de la Constitución, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd (Catedral de Buen Pastor), and Basilica de Santa Maria. Visit Monte Igueldo at the end of the bay to enjoy views of the sea and city, before continuing to Getaria, a fishing port that features delicious, authentic Basque cuisine. Drive on to Zumaia, a village known for its ancient fossil formations, to admire dramatic coastal views. Along the way, stop for pintxos/snacks (own expense) and regular picture opportunities. At the end of your tour, relax with drop-off to your choice of location in Bilbao.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 23938P2
Call +60 392125427
Important information
Inclusions
All taxes, fees and handling charges • Driver/guide • Local guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Port pickup and drop-off • Round-trip private transfer • Transport by private luxury vehicle • Fully insured and licensed by the Basque government
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities
Duration
7h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Please provide accommodation information for pickup.
Ports:
Port of Bilbao
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
All taxes, fees and handling charges • Driver/guide • Local guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Port pickup and drop-off • Round-trip private transfer • Transport by private luxury vehicle • Fully insured and licensed by the Basque government
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Please provide accommodation information for pickup.
Ports:
Port of Bilbao
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Most travellers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro
  • 1
    La Concha Beach
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Getaria Fishing Port
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Playa de Itzurun
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Iglesia de San Vicente
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Zurriola Beach
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
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Eloise T
Glastonbury, CT22 contributions
Beautiful
Aug 2019
Well worth it, but book early because the hotels book out fast. Rest a car and drive around the residential areas and just go anywhere you want and you'll see a beautiful city by the sea. Of course, go eat "pinchios" or something like that, they are the famous open-faced little sandwiches right downtown. The place is famous. It's pronounced "PINCHOS" Drive up the coast to Hendaya and cross into France to Hendaye.
Written 28 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ross G
Anchorage, AK13 contributions
Fun, educational, and completely satisfying.
Aug 2019
We had visited both Bilbao and San Sebastian (Donostia) in the País Vasco (Euskadi) several times in the past and were looking to get something more this time.
Zach and Irene (who led our tour) were extremely helpful and flexible in helping us plan a full day tour that met all of our needs. Being "Game of Thrones" fans, we stopped at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Itzurun Beach (Dragon Stone). Irene was very knowledgeable and helped us learn about the history and customs at each stop. She was even very accommodating as my wife took some extra time to do some GOT cosplay. We also stopped in Getaria (a fishing village featured in the film "Ocho Apellidos Vascos") for lunch. Irene knew all the best places and gave us valuable suggestions while still letting us make our own choices. It also was great that she seemed to know many people in town and helped us get a great meal at a great restaurant.

Long story short, their help and assistance was easily worth every euro and helped make this a perfect part of our trip. Their knowledge, friendliness and flexibility made their services invaluable. Even as someone who almost always prefers to travel and experience things on my own, I will undoubtedly go with "Best of Basque" on my next trip (hopefully the cheese farm tour!) and strongly recommend them to anyone who wants to make the most out of their trip to northern Spain.
Written 17 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Ross and Yoko, Thanks for taking the time to post a review for us! It is always super enjoyable for us to show people the Basque Country that are so enthusiastic and interested in the culture here. It was a great pleasure to show you around and we hope to see you again! Best regards from Euskal Herria! Zach and Irene
Written 22 July 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

send2heidita
Rockport, MA12 contributions
Donostia y Sagardotegi Petritegi de Astgarraga
Feb 2020 • Family
Thank you, Zach! You gave us a really good sense of the uniqueness of San Sebastián: the freshest products at the market, the beautiful Old Quarter, the bustling harbor scene and reknowned beach panorama. Our trip to Petritegi helped us open a new chapter in our appreciation of regional specialties. The tour and tasting of their cider were well worth it, and that traditional sagardotegi lunch was super. Our stop n Zumaia on the way back to Bilbao was a spectacular treat - hard to believe those stunning cliffs were once hidden under the sea...

We had a fantastic day! Thanks for your hospitality, your patience with the teen part of our contingent, and your enthusiasm about all things Basque. ¡Hasta la próxima!

~ Heidi and Powell
Written 18 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Heidi and Powell, Thank you so much for the kind words, and so happy you enjoyed your tour of San Sebastian and the cider house with us. Your review is greatly appreciated. We would be so grateful to see you back in the Basque Country in the future! Thanks again! Zach and Irene
Written 18 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nabrah
New York, New York2 contributions
Best Way to See The Basque Coast
Dec 2019
We (my husband, two teenagers, and myself) took a 3-day private tour of San Sebastian and the Basque Coast, without Bilbao, and an evening touring the pintxo bars. We had a wonderful time. The coast is beautiful. Irene and Zach provided wonderful historic and cultural texture. They arranged the most wonderful tasting lunches each day, and I cannot say enough great things about the pintxo tour that Zach led us through!

I have already recommended this tour to others that are thinking of going to the region. I don't believe trying to see this region without a tour like this will allow you to really get a thorough view of the area. These are very small towns, with tight parking, and many are quite insular and off the beaten path. This tour is the way to see the area.
Written 21 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for the kind words, and so happy you enjoyed your 3 day tour with us. Your review is greatly appreciated. We would be so grateful to see you back in the Basque Country in the future! Thanks again! Zach and Irene
Written 18 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jay B
Bentonville, AR11 contributions
Great Day in San Sebastián!
Irene picked us up from our hotel in Bilbao in a nice luxury car and showed us all the best spots in San Sebastián. We felt like old friends reunited, and Irene kept our 4-year-old in mind as we wound around the walking streets in the old town, timing hot cocoa & pinxas stops perfectly. We highly recommend The Best of Basque to anyone that has a short time in the area but still wants to experience all the magic of San Sebastián!
Written 10 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for the kind words, and so happy you enjoyed your tour with us. Your review is greatly appreciated. We would be so grateful to see you back in the Basque Country in the future! Thanks again! Zach and Irene
Written 17 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Stefanie
2 contributions
An amazing day in Basque Country
It’s impossible not to fall in love with Basque Country after this tour. Irene, our host, is a local who showed us everything we could have hoped for and more. Game of thrones fan? She’s your woman who knows all the best spots to go (and the top secret locals only ones). Food fan? She’s got you covered with the best fish in the area with the best view (see pic). She was fantastic and was totally fine with going at our pace. As she put it, the secret to a long life is red wine, olive oil, and no stress. And we got all three today. Thanks Irene and thanks Zach (who fielded allllll of our many emails). We will be back!
Written 30 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you for posting a review for us Adam! It was a great day, and the weather was perfect to see the coast. I am so happy that it was fun for you. Thank you again!!! Irene
Written 31 July 2019
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pboatti
Johns Island, SC1 contribution
This is THE BEST
Jul 2019 • Couples
We ( 3 senior couples)have nothing but high praises for our husband and wife team, guides and owners Zach (Michigan born)and Irene( Basque born). They handled our trip from the first email to the last minute of our trip as if we were members of their family. Throughout our year of planning Zach helped us choose 3 day trips out of about 15 they offer with much patience as we changed our plans many times. Each day we traveled in their comfortable 9 passenger Mercedes van listening to the history of the country ( Irene is extremely passionate about her country),seeing gorgeous vistas, visiting towns, and having awesome lunches at their favorite places, ( not included in the price).
If you are planning a trip to the Basque Country, and you should, place yourselves in the hands of theses two beautiful people.... you won't regret it. Thank you Zach and Irene
Written 28 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Peter, So very much appreciate you taking the time to write a review for us. It was a pleasure to meet you all and show you the region. We are so pleased you enjoyed it. Take care, Zach and Irene
Written 31 July 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jelly und Peter
1 contribution
Great and interesting tour
Jun 2019 • Friends
We were picked up on time and Zach's car was big and comfortable. Our tour to the French Basque Country was very interesting and lovely. Zach has a very good Knowledge of the Basque culture and People. With his friendly and calm nature, he has made the trip an unforgettable experience.
We can highly recommend him as a tour guide and thank him for the great tour.
Written 1 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for the review! It was a great day up in France and so pleased you enjoyed the day. Take care and thanks again! Zach
Written 11 July 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jeffrey O
1 contribution
San Sebastián and Bilbo
Jun 2019 • Couples
Zach and Irene were waiting for us at the guard gate. Items had another group so our day was spent with Zach. After a walk to his very comfortable Mercedes Van, which had great AC and held our party of 6 very comfortably, we were off for San Sebastián. Zach gave us a very informative tour of the from the heights above the city to walking along the beautiful beaches of La Concha. He made sure that the pace of the day was good for us old folks and took time to take us to the city square to see some traditional dancing and singing. Of course one of our favorite stops was for wine and Pintxos.
On the return to the ship Zach drove us through a couple of beautiful ocean front towns. It was a great day.....Thank you Zach
Written 4 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Jeff and friends, Really a great day with you all. It was a pleasure to meet you and show you San Sebastian and the Basque coast. We had a good time... especially the pintxos in San Sebastian! So glad you enjoyed it. All the best, Zach and Irene
Written 4 June 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

jacksmum4
Australia64 contributions
Best of Basque truly was the best
Our high expectations were surpassed on this wonderful experience with Best of Basque. Zach was an excellent driver, tour guide and conversationalist with great knowledge of historical, geological and cultural events and issues.

The itinerary was well paced, carefully planned and very interesting. We enjoyed seeing some ‘secret’ places and the flexibility of being able to include Guernica.

Highlights for us included lunch at Mayflower Cafe and eating superb Red Sea Bream cooked over charcoal and having a peek at some of the sites from Game of Thrones.

We feel like our San Sebastián holiday has been enhanced by his excellent food recommendations and follow up after he dropped us off. We really appreciated the emailed list of favourite pintxo places and have already started working our way through them.

All communication was excellent and prompt. We strongly recommend Best of Basque Tours if you want a safe, friendly and personalised experience.
Written 26 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so very much for taking the time to post a review! It was a pleasure to show you around. I enjoyed sharing a fantastic meal in Getaria with you both as well! Thanks again and take care, Zach
Written 27 May 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Tedoi
Tedoi
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First rate 4 day tour
I did the 4 day tour - first rate stuff. Zach and Irene were tremendous and super- friendly. I was picked up at m
AngelaZaher
AngelaZaher
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Great way to start our holiday
Our family (with two boys aged 12 and 10), embarked on a tour with Irene during the first full day of our visit to
CY830
CY830
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Super guide
Irene is a perfect Pintxos tour guide. She's travelled around the world. She's knowledgeable both in food and wines
HULLBORNANDBRED
HULLBORNANDBRED
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An excellent evening in Bilbao
We booked this tour for the first night of a five day trip to Bilbao and we were not disappointed. It was an excell
W7554DYjamess
W7554DYjamess
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Best tour of our trip so far!
Best tour of our trip so far! Irene was friendly and knowledgeable. She took us to 6 of the best pintxos bars in ol
ibens126
ibens126
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Excellent experience, highly recommended
We went on a wine tasting tour with Irene and Zac today and have only good things to say. The wineries they took us
Go823378
Go823378
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Outstanding Customer Service
I chose Best of Basque because of its positive traveller reviews and interesting itineraries. From start to finish
OnAir108144
OnAir108144
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Delightful, informative & fun!
For our first evening in Bilbao, this was the perfect way to be introduced to life as it is lived in the Basque reg
X4724ANanas
X4724ANanas
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An excellent way to learn about Basque country
Irene was an amazing host. She took us to five different bar and our taste buds were sent on roller coaster journey
james g
james g
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Full day wine tour
We travelled as a group of 7 friends and took the full day la rioja wine tour. Zach picked us up in a very comforta
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nancylQ6509FF
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The best of basque
Great tour great guide, lots of great food. This tour group was easy to work with supper reliable and extremely kn
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nancylQ6509FF
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New Friend vs. tour guide
Coming to the Basque region was always on our bucket list. Having Irene as our tour guide was like touring your bes
808nicholasd
808nicholasd
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So enthusiastic and informative!
We had a lovely 3+ hour tour of the best pintxos and wine bars in the middle of Bilbao, guided by Irene. She was gr
koettikor
koettikor
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Great Pintxo Tour with more than competent Tour Guide
Dear Irene, thank you so much for that beautiful evening with so delicious pintxos, tasty local wine and yummy cide
stepheno891
stepheno891
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Great Experience - Made the Weekend !
We booked an evening tour with Zach in October 2019. My wife and I had a great night ! Zach showed knew all the "lo
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