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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: Guided Food Tour with Pintxo Tasting & Wines

2. San Sebastian: Guided Food Tour with Pintxo Tasting & Wines

Immerse yourself in the charming Parte Vieja (Old Town) of San Sebastian on a guided food tour. Discover the best pintxos in town, paired with 5 Spanish wines from different regions and local cider. Taste the best gastronomic creations combined with delicious Spanish wines. Learn the history behind each turn of the picturesque Old Town as you stroll to the five eateries with your guide. Choose between a shared or private option, and feel free to ask your guide for any recommendations on where to eat or drink during your stay.

San Sebastian: Highlights Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink

3. San Sebastian: Highlights Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink

Meet San Sebastian's most interesting spots by walking across its historic area. Join your local guide on a walking tour and do not miss any of the secrets that this emblematic city hides. Learn every detail of its ancient buildings and its people. Depart from the border of Old and New Towns, where the 19th-century city walls were built. Be taken through the serpentine Old Town streets, visiting the two main churches and the pintxo streets. Later on, observe the expansion of the city during the early 20th century. Gaze at the influence of the Spanish Queen Maria Cristina in the construction of many of San Sebastian's most characteristic buildings, such as Hotel de Londres and Maria Cristina, the Buen Pastor Cathedral, the Tabakalera Museum, and Victoria Eugenia Auditorium. Enjoy a delicious round of pintxos and a drink in a traditional bar in the Old Town.

From San Sebastian/Bilbao/Vitoria: Rioja Wine Tour w/ lunch

4. From San Sebastian/Bilbao/Vitoria: Rioja Wine Tour w/ lunch

Enjoy a complete winery experience in the famous La Rioja. Be picked up your hotel and drive to La Rioja Alavesa wine area, surrounded by beautiful scenery. Learn how wine is made, explore a beautiful vineyard and take a tour through a bodega. Refine your palette with a wine tasting session, then indulge in a delicious lunch with local produce, desserts and a range of wines carefully selected from the vineyard's cellar. Relax as you are driven back to your accommodation later in the afternoon, gastronomically satisfied and equipped with your newly found connoisseur's knowledge.

San Sebastian: Guided E-Bike Tour

5. San Sebastian: Guided E-Bike Tour

Feel like a local as you pedal through San Sebastian on a guided e-bike tour. Cross the city's extensive network of bidegorris (bicycle lanes) and see all the highlights before heading to the south of San Sebastian, a less touristy but equally interesting area. Meet your guide in town and get ready to explore Donostia in a sustainable and safe way thanks to the city's network of bicycle lanes, which spans over 30 kilometers. Learn about the local culture and history from your guide as you make your way around this picturesque resort town. Pedal through the vibrant Gros neighborhood and pass by La Concha Bay. Visit the city's less known neighborhoods as El Antiguo or Egia, climb Mount Igeldo and much more. The carefully planned route ends back where your cycling tour started, at the activity provider's office in the heart of San Sebastian. 

San Sebastian: Amazing Guided Market & Food Pintxo Tour

6. 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.

From San Sebastian: Hondarribia, San Pedro & San Juan Tour

7. From San Sebastian: Hondarribia, San Pedro & San Juan Tour

Visit some of the most beautiful and charming coastal towns on the Basque coast from San Sebastian. Venture to Hondarribia, San Juan, and San Pedro, take in panormic views from Mount Jaizkibel, and discover the Bay of Pasaia on this tour. Depart San Sebastian and first stop at Hondarribia, a medieval town where the sobriety of its old town contrasts with the joy felt the fishermen's quarter. Then, make your way to Mount Jaizkibel for panoramic views of the area. See the Bidasoa River that separates France and Spain. Finally, make your way to the Bay of Pasaia, with San Juan on one side and San Pedro on the other. Enjoy time exploring these villages before returning to San Sebastian.

From San Sebastian/Bilbao/Vitoria: La Rioja Wineries Tour

8. From San Sebastian/Bilbao/Vitoria: La Rioja Wineries Tour

Explore two beautiful wineries of the La Rioja region from San Sebastian on a guided tour. Enjoy the Rioja wines, walk through the vineyards, and learn about the wine-making process on a guided tour. After being picked up from your accommodation enjoy a drive through the beautiful landscapes. Have a relaxing walk through the vineyards, learning the wine-making process from the grape harvest to the maturation, and finish the experience with Rioja wine tasting in each winery. During the tour, you will also visit a charming medieval village, Laguardia.

San Sebastian: Pintxos and Wine Tour with 5 Tastings

9. San Sebastian: Pintxos and Wine Tour with 5 Tastings

Experience San Sebastian’s everyday life on this pintxos and wine tour and learn about the city's history, culture, and gastronomy. Taste the best pintxos (the Basque country's equivalent of tapas) and learn how to navigate the local food scene. Enjoy up to six food tastings paired with wine or cider. Meet your guide near the Good Shepherd of San Sebastian Cathedral and set out on your journey of exploration. Visit two of the city's most emblematic neighborhoods with stops at five hand-picked taverns serving unique house specialties. At each stop, sample traditional and modern pintxos including anchovies, local beef, seared local cod, and suckling pig. Each dish is washed down with your choice of local wine, cider, or non-alcoholic drink. With each food tour you book, a meal is donated to a person in need in San Sebastian.

San Sebastian: Small Group Bike Tour

10. San Sebastian: Small Group Bike Tour

Discover San Sebastian by bike and visit its hotspots together with your local guide. See San Sebastian's famous beaches and admire its art and architecture as you discover this vibrant coastal city. Depart from Downtown and cycle by 3 of the city's beaches. Make your way past Ondarreta, La Concha, and Zurriola Beaches and see the Comb of the Wind sculptures on the western end of Ondarreta Beach. Next, ride by the magnificent buildings that Spanish Queen Maria Cristina built during her reign in the late 19th century. Cycle along until you make your way to the eastern end of Zurriola Beach to see the Dove of Peace sculpture before riding back to your meeting point.

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What people are saying about San Sebastián

Our tour guide Ania was amazing! Very informative, friendly & animated. Her ancedotes made our tour very enjoyable. It was a very comfortable & nicely paced Day Trip to Biarritz, Saint Jean De Luz, Hondarribia etc. on a private, spacious vehicle. Ania took us to so many picturesque spots where we were given enough time to look around, enjoy & take snapshots. She took amazing photos, like a professional photographer, which is a huge plus. We had succulent seafood in the market & a great start of the tour. She showed us the fish we often see on the menus & local produce & explained their origin & what dishes they're used for. She gave us delicious macarons to sample & even bought us some cheese she recommends for us to take home, which we highly appreciated. She was able to book us lunch in a restaurant on a Sunday last minute, when everything was full & closed. I think she catered the tour to our personal taste very well. Definitely a tour worth getting. Get Ania, she's the best!

This was a great tour. Our guide was lovely and informative and it was a fun way to discover the local area and try the local food. Would definitely recommend this. Worth every penny

The guide was helpful and informative. We were better prepared to enjoy pintxo throughout the rest of our stay after starting with the tour and understanding the culture.

This tour was amazing! Jon was very enthusiastic about his country, food and history! Pintox we're all delicious, took us to the best places!!

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