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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.

San Sebastian: Gourmet Pintxo Tour

2. San Sebastian: Gourmet Pintxo Tour

The activity starts at the Alameda del Boulevard and takes place in San Sebastián's Old Town. You can choose to take part at around lunchtime (12:00 PM) or dinner time 7:00 PM). Enjoy a flexible 2-hour tour (or however long you prefer) and visit traditional places to try delicious pintxos. You will get to try around 4 different kinds, carefully selected by culinary experts and will also get 4 drinks to accompany each one. In between you will have the chance to discover the whereabouts of this amazing area full of history, getting mixed with the local people through the route that our guides will take you.

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

3. 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.

San Sebastian: Amazing Guided Market & Food Pintxo Tour

4. San Sebastian: Amazing Guided Market & Food Pintxo Tour

Take a guided tour through the old town of San Sebastián and see why it’s known for having some of the world’s best pintxos, the local word for small snacks. Witness the spectacle of pintxos being served in a selection of bars, each in their own special way alongside Local cider and wine.Begin with a stroll through the market full of delectable local produce and stop for a ham tasting. Visit an olive shop to taste the best olives, gilda and oil while you hear the history behind La Gilda, one of the oldest known pintxos, and meet a local vendor who is in the world’s top 4 olive oil shops.Next, head to the old quarter and go bar-hopping like a Basque native. See some landmark buildings and learn about private cooking clubs as you make more stops to taste the most avant-garde pintxos, Rioja Wine, and natural apple cider.Enjoy stories about Basque’s fascinating dishes, language, and heritage as you meet locals in the market and bars.

San Sebastian: Private Pintxos Basque -Tapas Tour

5. 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.

San Sebastián Small Group Bike Tour

6. San Sebastián Small Group Bike Tour

The activity takes place in San Sebastián's romantic area and departs in late morning or afternoon from the Good Shepherd Cathedral. Depending on the time spent at every spot, which depends on the interests of the visitors, the total length of the activity may vary. From the Cathedral you will visit up to 15 spots in total, including 3 beaches, the Comb of the Wind and more.

Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

7. 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 San Sebastian: La Rioja Wineries & Wine Tasting Tour

8. From San Sebastian: La Rioja Wineries & Wine Tasting Tour

You will be picked up at your hotel or preferred location and taken to La Rioja, located around 100 miles (160 kilometers) from San Sebastian. Once there, you will visit 2 wine cellars that have been carefully selected by wine experts and take a walk around the vineyards to see the grape plants.  You will learn about wine processing, from choosing the grapes to producing the final product. You will also taste some wine and try some local products. 

From San Sebastián: Cider House Tasting Session with Lunch

9. From San Sebastián: Cider House Tasting Session with Lunch

Cider is the most traditional and everlasting Basque drink there is. Join this unique gastronomical experience in the Hernani-Astigarraga region. Do not miss the opportunity to meet this unique cultural and gastronomical place were history, culture, and gastronomy dance together to delight our senses. A typical cider house lunch/dinner menu with unlimited cider is included.  Menu details: Cod omeletteFried cod with peppersPremium Rib meatNuts, quince, and cheese for dessertUnlimited cider from the barrels Get picked up at your hotel and your driver will drive you back to the pickup point. A visit to Hernani village, famous for its cider production, is also included.

From San Sebastian: Camino de Santiago Hike to San Pedro

10. From San Sebastian: Camino de Santiago Hike to San Pedro

Hike a section of the legendary Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) and experience San Sebastian from a fresh perspective. Stroll along the seafront, and follow the path up through the woods of Mount Ulia. Walk in the footsteps of the medieval pilgrims who followed the path to the shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostela.  Marvel at the beautiful surroundings and get stunning views of the city from the mountain. Learn about the watchtower at the summit, from where whales can be seen in the Bay of Biscay. Make your way over the clifftops and through lush valleys and fill your lungs with the fresh sea air. Pass the remains of a Roman aqueduct, and see the 19th-century La Plata lighthouse that guided fishermen to port. Descend through pine forests to the fishing village of San Pedro, and stop to taste the local seafood tapas with wine, beer, soda, or water. Drive back to San Sebastian at the end of your amazing experience.

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What people are saying about San Sebastián

A fantastic tour of San Sebastián old town with traditional drinks and Pintxos. Jon was full of historical and interesting facts about the area and chose some fantastic Pintxos and drinks to share with us. The cheesecake and raisin liquor was my absolute favourite! Delicious!! We did this on our final evening and we thought it would actually be more useful to do it at the beginning so you can revisit some of the restaurants to sample the amazing food again!

Highly recommend joining this Pintxos & Wine tour when travelling to San Sebastián for the first time! Our local guide, Natalie, was very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. The tour was very organized and well-paced. It was absolutely hassle-free (we literally skip-the-line at every stop!), and the local food and drinks were phenomenal!

Great experience, definitely recommended for new visitors to this area. We went back to a few of the restaurants that were introduced to us during the tour. Our guide really did pick the best ones!

Myself and my 3 teenage daughters had wonderful time on the Pinxtos Tasting Tour. We had a fun time whilst enjoying the delicacies of San Sebastian.

We were so lucky to have Alex as a guide. Very knowledgeable, punctual and friendly!