The Best of Basque

Basque Artisanal Cheese Farm & Coast

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Tour Description

Food enthusiasts visiting the Basque Country soon discover that Idiazabal cheese is one of our great gastronomic treasures. On this tour we will visit a small artisanal cheese farm in the rural countryside, and make a stop on the stunning Basque coast at one of our favorite fishing villages!

Itinerary

Cheese Farm

We will visit a small farm in the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria mountain range for a tour and tasting. Idiazabal cheese is a hard cheese made from unpasteurized sheep’s milk that has been aged for at least two months. Visitors often first sample the buttery cheese at one of many of the pintxo bars that line the streets of Bilbao and San Sebastian, but they are just as likely to savor it on a dessert plate (often served with quince and walnuts) at one of the fine dining establishments in the Basque Country.

Cheese Tasting

After the tour of the cheese-making facilities, we will have a tasting of 3 different cheeses along with cider or local wine, fresh bread, honey and jam. The farmhouse has beautiful views of the Basque Mountains and verdant green pastures. The family epitomizes the pride and heritage found in the Basque Country.

Getaria

One of the most beautiful towns on the coast of Gipuzkoa province is final next stop of the day. Getaria is an active commercially fishing village with medieval old quarter overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Today the town is the center of Txakoli white wine and excellent grilled fish. We will have the opportunity to have lunch (not included) in one of the many fantastic restaurants of this famed town.

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Idiazabal Cheese Tour Price

Included
  • Private tour
  • Cheese farm tour, tasting, cider and water
  • Basque local guide/driver
  • Private premium vehicle and all transportation costs (fuel, parking and tolls)
Not Included
  • Other food and drinks
  • Entrances to venues, museums, etc...
  • Any other not specified items in the tour description
Price
  • 525€ (total) for groups of 2
  • 585€ (total) for groups of 3-4
  • For larger groups please contact us for a price quote
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Details
  • Start time: 9:00am
  • Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Tour starts and finishes at your hotel/port of Bilbao
  • Fully insured and licensed by the Basque Government

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Ross C
Ross C
15 June 2024
Great fun food and wine tour! Had a great food tour with Olaia. She was so informative, not just about the food and wine, but the history of the region and the local culture too. Great fun! 😊
Robert C
Robert C
15 June 2024
A Moveable Feast Had a great experience tasting ~2 award-winning appetizers and paired wines (+ one cider) from 5 different bars in (old & new) Bilbao. Led by a very knowledgeable local guide and enjoyed getting to know the other visitors during this “extended “ meal. Highly recommended!
Roy C
Roy C
15 June 2024
An exceptional La Rioja premium wine tour We had an amazing day visiting La Rioja region and the 3 premium wineries. From start to finish Jani, the tour guide, was extremely informative about the different regions, wineries and culture. We enjoyed the visit to each of the unique wineries, and the wine tasting for all of them was exceptional. The experience of the winery with subterranean wine cellars is one we will never forget. The visit to the town of Laguardia finished the day off nicely before the drive back to Bilbao. Many thanks to all our guides who went the extra mile to accommodate all of our needs and wishes. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the region. Roy & Christine
Cath H
Cath H
13 June 2024
Best of the Basque Best of the Basque We (my husband and another couple) loved this tour with Jani. Not only did we get to taste some wonderful food and wine, but we also saw some fun local bars/restaurants and enjoyed the company of fellow travellers. Best of all was Jani’s knowledge and enthusiasm for all things Basque. Jani is warm and engaging and we all thoroughly enjoyed our insights into the local history and culture. Big thumbs up from us all.
LeeshH66
LeeshH66
12 June 2024
Brilliant tour, don't hesitate and go in it! A brilliant tour and way to enjoy pintxos. Irene was really friendly, knwoledgable and passionate about her city and the basque country and culture. She took is us 5 different bars and had 2 local pintxos at each, and paired it all with different local wines and ciders - so you definitely got your money and belly's worth. I loved how Irene mixed the more traditional bars and pintxos with the more contemporary/fusion ones too. It was a great way to meet other people and I liked that the tour had around 10 people max. I would highly reccomend the tour and would do so at the beginning of your stay if you can, so you can return to your favourite ones during your stay!
Walter
Walter
11 June 2024
Food tour The food tour was really interesting and our guide, Olaia, was nice. Great food and selection Of wines. I will definitely recommend this tour👍
Kara S
Kara S
11 June 2024
Amazing food and wine tour with a great group!! Irene was such an incredible tour guide!! The food and wine was wonderful, and she was so much fun to spend the evening with. We went to five bars and truly had such a memorable evening!
Andrew K
Andrew K
10 June 2024
Great night! Irene was a wonderful guide. Such a fun and entertaining night with great food, drinks and laughs! Recommend everyone goes on a tour so you can get the best out of your visit to Bilbao.
Sean M
Sean M
10 June 2024
A must do in Bilbao Irene did a fantastic job showing us around the old & new town in Bilbao - great food & drinks - with a small group which were good company!
Hannah G
Hannah G
10 June 2024
The highlight of our trip I highly recommend this tour if you are visiting Bilbao! Irene was an amazing guide, taking us to pinxos bars we never would have found on our own, and giving us recommendations of other places to eat and drink for the rest of our trip. The food was delicious and the wine was flowing! Accomodations were made to people’s dietary requirements and food preferences. We all left full and very happy. Thank you so much!
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