San Sebastián
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  • From Bilbao: Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian Tour

    1. From Bilbao: Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian Tour

    See villages trapped in between mountains like the villages of Durango, Eibar and Elgoibar! Arrive at the core of the province, and after the industrial village of Azkoitia, you will arrive at your first stop, the Sanctuary of Loyola, hometown of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Here you will visit the Basilica and the tower house where he was born and lived. Depending on the time, you may wish to attend a ceremony. Next you follow the route towards the coast on the north, passing through Azpeitia. You will also pass through Zestoa, a famous natural spa village with healing waters that attracted the royalty of Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Later you will arrive to the coast at Zumaia, a beautiful village very much appreciated by Basque summer tourists. Following the coastal road you will arrive at your next stop, Getaria. A unique medieval fishing vil...

    It was a great experience, learned a lot about the culture , history, and language of north Spain. The views were gorgeous. Would highly recommend. The guide was brilliant.

  • From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast Tour

    2. 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.

  • From San Sebastian: Flavors of French Basque Country Tour

    3. 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. Be introduced to the history of the area. Meet your guide in the morning. 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 fisherman. Enjoy free time to visit the 13th-century church of St. John the Baptist with its remarkable hull-shaped w...

  • San Sebastián: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink

    4. San Sebastián: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink

    Explore San Sebastián like a local on a 2-hour walking tour with a local guide. Meet at the kiosk on Alameda del Boulevard in the morning or late afternoon, depending on your preferred departure time. See 15 of the most significant sites in the romantic Old Town area, and learn more about the people and culture of the Basque Country and the beautiful city along the way. End with a tasting of a typical snack from the Basque Country and experience the pintxo tradition of eating small dishes with a drink.

    Guide very helpful and knowledgeablegible so excellent introduction to San Sebastian

  • From San Sebastian: Zumaia and Basque Coast Geopark Walk

    5. From San Sebastian: Zumaia and Basque Coast Geopark Walk

    After gathering with your group and guide in San Sebastian, take the train to Zumaia where your tour will begin as you move between the narrow medieval streets and buildings of the little village. This area is famous for having the most incredible cliffs of the Basque coast, and whilst there you will not only learn about the history of the unique place but also the geology of the region. You will also be able to observe hidden fossils as you walk through them. The next stop on your tour will be Itzurun beach at the UNESCO Geopark. Receive a first-hand experience of the many rocks and unique layers. This stop will be followed by a walk around the iconic "Ermita de San Telmo” for sightseeing, and last but not least, you will visit the rocky cove of Algorri, where secrets of dinosaurs and biodiversity that have evolved through millions of years will be revealed To finish your experience, ...

    Beautiful scenery. interesting to know about the geo system. Excellent Guide well prepared and well informed. Speaks good English. Be prepared for ups and downs hills. Must wear good shoes for walking.

  • Bilbao, Guggenheim and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Tour

    6. Bilbao, Guggenheim and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Tour

    The province of Vizcaya has hundreds of charming places but it is difficult to find one that exceeds San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, located between Bermeo and Bakio. You will discover the history of the Hermitage of Gaztelugatxe while climbing the 241 stairs that lead to it, and get to know Bilbao, its old part, and the banks of the Nervión river, before finally visiting the Guggenheim Museum. Enjoy a pintxo meal along the way paired with Rioja wines and relax on the small group size tour with our expert guide who will show you the treasures of Vizcaya geography. Itinerary:

    • Departure at 9:00 AM
    • Arrival at 10:30 AM to Gaztelugatxe and departure at 12:00-12:30PM
    • From 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM head to Bilbao. You will have the chance to eat pintxos either before, during or after this visit (4 pintxos and 4 wines)
    • Visit Guggenheim from 3:30 PM ...

  • From San Sebastian: Pamplona & Olite Royal Palace Tour

    7. From San Sebastian: Pamplona & Olite Royal Palace Tour

    Your tour begins with pickup at your hotel in San Sebastian. After a short 1.5-hour drive, you will arrive at the Royal Palace of Olite, where you will have 2 hours to explore this fascinating site. Following the castle visit, you will head to Pamplona where you will first sit down for a 2-course meal for lunch. Following this, you will begin sightseeing to some of the most famous spots of the city, including the running of the bulls path (where the world wide famous San Fermin festivities take place, the city hall square and the cathedral. After a day full of activities, your tour will return back to San Sebastian where you will be dropped off at your hotel or any other spot of your convenience.

  • San Sebastian: Private Pintxos Basque -Tapas Tour

    8. 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 ...

  • From San Sebastian: Lourdes Private Full-Day Tour

    9. From San Sebastian: Lourdes Private Full-Day Tour

    Departing from Donostia-San Sebastian, you'll visit the Sanctuary of Lourdes in France. You'll have time for the principal mass in the basilica, time to pray, go to see the cave, get some water, walk around the sanctuary and visit Bernadette's house. It will be an exclusive and complete private guided tour and you will be the only people on the tour. Thr driving time is roughly 2 hours in each drection and you'll have around 4.5 hours to spend exploring Lourdes. Departure times can be arranged and adjusted as you wish due to this being a private tour.

  • Rioja Wine Private Tour: Best Wine Tasting Tour

    10. Rioja Wine Private Tour: Best 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.

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What people are saying about San Sebastián

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Iker, our city guide was super personable and open-minded. He knew the city inside out. Was very well informed historically and culturally. Iker took us to special tapas bars with a lot of taste and good quality. I can only recommend this tour. Everything was very exciting and entertaining.

The tour far exceeded our expectations. In addition to the wines and the pinxtos, our guide Iker taught us a lot about the history of the city and the Basques. We had a wonderful evening in San Sebastian. This tour is definitely to be recommended!

Beautiful scenery. interesting to know about the geo system. Excellent Guide well prepared and well informed. Speaks good English. Be prepared for ups and downs hills. Must wear good shoes for walking.

Angel is a great guide, his explanations are excellent and the visit to the geopark together with the views that there are are one of the things you must do in San Sebastián

It was a great experience, learned a lot about the culture , history, and language of north Spain. The views were gorgeous. Would highly recommend. The guide was brilliant.