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Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

1. Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

Take a journey to mix with the locals. Take a tour through the bars of the old town of Bilbao with a local guide, who was born in Bilbao. This unique gastronomic experience is a must when visiting the Basque Country. Delve into the lifestyle and traditions of the inhabitants of Bilbao, explore the old part of the city and taste the most traditional pintxos.  Learn about the origin and development of the city by visiting four traditional places to taste typical pintxos, one of the specialties of the exquisite Basque cuisine. The pintxo is the Basque version of the Spanish tapa and is taken with a typical drink, usually wine or txakoli. They are delicious gourmet sandwiches that you can find everywhere.

Bilbao: Guided Group Tour with Tapas and Drinks Included

2. Bilbao: Guided Group Tour with Tapas and Drinks Included

The gastronomy in the Basque Country is known for its quality all over the world, although we know that nowadays internet overwhelms us with information, and get to the appropriate place to taste the best recipes and products can be a matter of luck. That’s why we designed a tasting menu of “pintxos” and pairing with local wines, to guarantee that you enjoy of the best quality. Our local guides will take you into a culinary trip by the gastronomical traditions that make us stand out, a cuisine focused on the quality products and the know-how that gave the success to the Basque chefs, from the bars to the Michelin-starred restaurants. In Bilbao stands out the cuisine rooted to tradition and in San Sebastián a more creative cuisine, both of them a delight for the five senses. Besides tasting with us the best gastronomy and giving you personalized suggestions following your preferences, we have some surprises for you… Come with us and discover them! What are the “pintxos”? They are the most popular miniature cuisine in the Basque Country. This name comes from the verb “pinchar” (prick) in Spanish, but in the Basque Language we write it with “tx” instead of “ch”. That’s because originally we pricked with a toothpick the product or tiny dish upon a basis of bread. But nowadays the cuisine evolved and there are just some pintxos that looks this way. Nowadays we find a world of flavours in small size… from a simple quality product to a complex cooking. When we eat pintxos we take one or two of them and we do bar hopping to taste the best pintxos in every bar. That’s how we will do it in the tour!

Bilbao: Guided Txacoli Wine Tasting

3. Bilbao: Guided Txacoli Wine Tasting

Discover Txacoli wine on a guided cellar tour and tasting session departing from Bilbao. Explore a century-old cellar and learn more about viticulture in the Basque Country, with a selection of delicious local food products for lunch. Travel to the farmhouse located outside the city. Take a guided tour of the winery and learn about the rich wine tradition of the region, specifically the tradition of Txakoli wine. Learn about the process of making Txakoli with soft, young, fruity flavor characteristic of the region. Hear about the important place this wine has in local culture and regional history. The visit ends on the terrace of the winery, where you can admire impressive views of the vineyards and the slopes of the valley. Then, enjoy a glass of fresh Txakoli, with snacks of typical products from the area. After your tour and tasting, return to central Bilbao.

From San Sebastián: Cider House Tasting Session with Lunch

4. 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.

Bilbao: The High End Food Walking Tour

5. Bilbao: The High End Food Walking Tour

Bilbao has evolved into a true gastronomic and architectural hotspot. It's a city with hundreds of bars, each with their own set of traditions and specialties. On this Bilbao food tour, one of our guides will accompany you, taking you to the unique places in town, away from the tourist traps. During our Bilbao Food Tour, you'll learn which pintxos (Basque tapas) to order in each location, how the Basques serve their dishes, and, of course, the most traditional plates and drinks. Your Bilbao food tour will be led by an expert culinary guide, allowing you to sample the best Basque cuisine. You will sample high-end Basque cuisine, including the number one pintxo, the gilda, the best cod, and the super tasty Cantabric crab, among many others. Your guide will also help you understand the origins and ingredients of each dish you try. We will recommend various local drinks to pair with your food in each location, ranging from red wine and Basque cider to Txakoli white wine and craft beers. If you prefer, you can always substitute non-alcoholic beverages for the drinks recommended in each bar. Bilbao is a very walkable city, and our Bilbao food tour will allow you to explore the city's hidden corners on foot. Depending on the day, the itinerary may include visits to the Old Town, markets, or the expansion's newer areas. We will stop in bars and cafés along the way as you learn about the city's history, culture, and customs.

San Sebastian: Guided Group Tour with Tapas and Drinks

6. San Sebastian: Guided Group Tour with Tapas and Drinks

The gastronomy in the Basque Country is known for its quality all over the world, although we know that nowadays internet overwhelms us with information, and get to the appropriate place to taste the best recipes and products can be a matter of luck. That’s why we designed a tasting menu of “pintxos” and pairing with local wines, to guarantee that you enjoy of the best quality. Our local guides will take you into a culinary trip by the gastronomical traditions that make us stand out, a cuisine focused on the quality products and the know-how that gave the success to the Basque chefs, from the bars to the Michelin-starred restaurants. In Bilbao stands out the cuisine rooted to tradition and in San Sebastián a more creative cuisine, both of them a delight for the five senses. Besides tasting with us the best gastronomy and giving you personalized suggestions following your preferences, we have some surprises for you… Come with us and discover them! What are the “pintxos”? They are the most popular miniature cuisine in the Basque Country. This name comes from the verb “pinchar” (prick) in Spanish, but in the Basque Language we write it with “tx” instead of “ch”. That’s because originally we pricked with a toothpick the product or tiny dish upon a basis of bread. But nowadays the cuisine evolved and there are just some pintxos that looks this way. Nowadays we find a world of flavours in small size… from a simple quality product to a complex cooking. When we eat pintxos we take one or two of them and we do bar hopping to taste the best pintxos in every bar. That’s how we will do it in the tour! MENU PINTXOS AND SUGGESTED PAIRING Appetizer Lobster pintxo or scallop with chilled garlic and almond dressing pintxo* Pairing: Txakoli Txomin Etxaniz D.O. Getariako txakolina or Cascarela Verdejo D.O. Rueda (white wine) *In season from December to April you can choose also artichoke and pairing with young red wine Luberri D.O. La Rioja Starters Anchovy with a basis of crab cream pintxo Half pintxo of anchovy with a basis of sea urchin cream Half pintxo of anchovy with a basis of olive cream Pairing: Txakoli Gañeta D.O. Getariako txakolina Main course Talo (corn flat bread) with fried fresh squid and tempura vegetables Pairing: Viña Mayor Verdejo D.O. Rueda (White wine) More main course Brown crab pintxo Chicken (hen) croquette Pairing: Young red wine Luberri D.O. La Rioja or Txakoli Ameztoy D.O. Getariako Txakolina To end Veal cheeks slow braised in red wine Pairing: Barrel ageing red wine Benito Rodrigo 12 tablas D.O. Ribera del Duero Dessert La Viña Cheesecake

San Sebastián: Guided Food Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

7. San Sebastián: Guided Food Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

Immerse yourself in Basque culture as you sample pintxos and light drinks around San Sebastián. Learn how to eat pintxos like a native as you tour some of the best local spots. A Basque Gastrodictionary Txikiteo: An approximate definition of ‘txikiteo’ could be: going from bar to bar, eating a pintxo and drinking a glass of something (the usual is a low-alcohol beverage, not cocktails!) in each. The txikiteo is done standing up, in front of the bar full of pintxos and surrounded by people you don't know (but that you could end up meeting.) And this is precisely what you’ll do with us: pure txikiteo, flying from bar to bar, tasting the most renowned specialty of each in a genuinely Basque environment and surrounded by locals that, y’know, you don't know...but that you could end up meeting. Pintxo: A piece of miniature cuisine that started off as something simple (a portion of potato omelette, a slice of ham on bread...) and that the bars of the Basque Country improved upon over time, making it more complex in order to attract more customers. The story is exciting and there are as many versions as there are historians. On our tour you’ll get to know some of them, as well as many other curiosities about the cult of the stomach that exists in the Basque Country. Drinking: This is the other great religion (along with Eating) in the Basque Country. Wine and cider have been favorite drinks of the Basque people for the last five centuries, although beer has been prevailing in recent years. Did you know that in the 16th century, Basque sailors hardly suffered scurvy on long sea voyages, thanks to the cider they drank? Txakoli: Typically Basque dry and sparkling white wine whose grapes are grown in vineyards near the Cantabrian Sea. It is ideal to accompany fish dishes...or pintxos. Nothing more to add. Cider: Low-alcohol beverage obtained from fermented apple juice. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, it has only one danger: it is drunk as easily as water. Zurito: Short drink of beer (about 20-25 cl.) Ideal to accompany pintxos. The term ‘zurito’ is exclusive to the Basque Country. If you go to Madrid and ask for a 'zurito' no one will understand you (unless the bartender is Basque, of course). San Sebastián Cheesecake: If God were a cake, He would be a San Sebastián Cheesecake. Did you know that San Sebastián Cheesecake is global cheesecake royalty, right up there with New York Cheesecake? Did you know that, as a result of this success, the Thermomix kitchen robot includes the recipe for 'San Sebastián Cheesecake' in its programs? Okay. Today you’ll taste the authentic, the mother of everything, the origin, the Big Bang.

San Sebastián: Basque Craft Beer & Food Walking Tour

8. San Sebastián: Basque Craft Beer & Food Walking Tour

For some years now, beer making has been a powerful trend in San Sebastián. Learn about the city’s beer culture as you taste 10 or more local craft beers paired with local food. Walk to local bars and discover the best-kept secrets of the beer-making process. Start the evening out at one of the most unique spaces in San Sebastián that combines a Basque bar, modern restaurant, and brewery. Taste three different homemade beers and visit the closed-to-public elaboration area to learn insider secrets behind beer making. Next, stroll down the streets of the relaxed surfing district, Gros, to reach the next stop: a small, family-run bar that has been open for over thirty years. This is the only place in San Sebastián where you can try the best local and imported artisan beers and lambics. Sample recommendations are carefully chosen by Gorka, beer freak and the family-run bar’s proud owner. Enjoy your drinks alongside hot pintxo. Then, head to the third bar on the agenda. Though this bar is a new addition to the city’s craft beer scene, the initiative behind it dates back to 2014 when a couple of American expats decided to challenge Basque breweries with their West Coast style pales and India pale ales (IPAs). Discover one of the most recognizable Spanish breweries in the European craft community that was founded by Americans. Taste three of their flagship beers including pale ale, session IPA, and IPA. Continue along Zurriola Beach to round out your evening at the “sea and wind” flavored bar that has around 150 beers on their menu including the owner’s own brews. Enjoy this simple, minimalistic space that’s always filled with a hip clientele. Finish your tour with tasting four carefully selected beers paired with local selections of cheese and ham, a 100% Basque beef burger, and chocolate.

Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Visit & Private Walking Food Tour

9. Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum Visit & Private Walking Food Tour

Enjoy a Bilbao adventure that combines two of life's greatest pleasures: food and art. Become mesmerized by the asymmetrical shapes of the Guggenheim Museum's titanium facade and visit its diverse modern art exhibits. Join a guided walking tour through local hotspots to try some traditional pintxos. Step into the Guggenheim with your included admission ticket and browse through the iconic masterpieces of Andy Warhol, Anselm Kiefer, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Get to know the work of Basque artists, such as sculptors Eduardo Chillida and Jorge Oteiza. As you walk through a selection of Impressionist, Modern, and contemporary art pieces, learn why the museum was constructed and how it has impacted Bilbao's prosperity in recent decades. Learn some more about the city's history on a leisurely stroll around the Old Town after your museum visit. Visit Europe's largest covered food market to see the ingredients used in typical cuisine. Stop at a couple of popular bars to taste local craft beers and 'pintxos'. Finally, head over to Plaza Nueva for lunch and have a glimpse into the lifestyle and culture of the city.

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What people are saying about Basque Country

The tour was great our guide Javi was very sweet and super personable. He even loaned me some cash because I didn’t have enough for the wine that I purchased The txacoli winemakers were a very nice married couple, we felt like family by the end of the tour. The only thing that could’ve been better was the “ lunch” we were expecting a full lunch but just had a anchovy tapa. For the price of the tour I was expecting more food. But overall I enjoyed the tour I would just recommend bringing cash and eating before you come. Thanks again Javi he is the best!

Worth to visit. A hostess who cooks well and gets the best out of the tour. Beautiful views and of course delicious wines tasted. The guide (Experia Norte) knew everything about the city. We got a lot of history.

We were 2 groups of 8 people and meet at the end of the tour in the same bar. The price per person is relatively high, but the convenience of not having to arrange anything and pay is counter to this.

Super knowledgeable and fun host, great selection of bars, great English. Did not expect that much background about the history, city and dishes: great tour, thank you Rita, well done!

very nice tour in the old town

We were just a small group, it was very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable - great pinchos