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Basque Cider House Experience

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Tour Description

We will visit an 500 year old Basque cider house for a short tour and traditional lunch. Visiting a Basque Cider House will give you the opportunity to discover a cozy environment where locals meet to enjoy some of the most traditional dishes of the Basque Country, paired with natural Basque apple cider directly from the oak barrels! We will also visit Hondarribia, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in the entire Basque Country!

Itinerary

Hondarribia

Hondarribia has so many historic sites that makes this medieval fishing village a must-see for any visitor to the region. This quaint village is located directly on the Bidasoa River separating the country from France. In the old part of the town we will enjoy its stone-paved streets and the walls surrounding it, its houses with coats of arms and emblematic buildings such as the Castle of the Emperor Carlos V. We will also visit the old fishing port which has the colourful houses, restaurants, and pintxo bars. Bidasoa River and into France.

Basque Cider House

After Hondarribia, we will make our way into the Basque foothills to a traditional Basque cider house where we will go for a tour of the facilities. The family has been producing cider for over 500 years! After the tour we will have delicious family-style lunch of cod, peppers, steak, cheese, nuts, fresh bread and all you can drink cider from the massive oak barrels!

Apple Cider

Dry, tart, and barely carbonated, this fermented apple cider has a history that dates to pre-Roman times. It’s a staple among the Basques, who are a unique ethnic group living within an autonomous community in northern Spain. Basque cider is best enjoyed at a sagardotegi—cider house—where a traditional menu of cod, steak, omelette, fresh bread, nuts, cheese and fresh jam pairs with all-you-can-drink cider poured straight from massive oak barrels.

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Basque Cider House Tour Price

Included
  • Private tour
  • Basque cider house tour, full lunch of cod omelette, fish, steak, cheese, nuts, fresh bread and all you can drink cider!
  • 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
  • 550€ (total) for groups of 2
  • 650€ (total) for groups of 3
  • 750€ (total) for groups of 4
  • For larger groups please contact us for a price quote
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Details
  • Start time: 9:00am
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Tour starts and finishes at your hotel/port of Bilbao
  • Fully insured and licensed by the Basque Government

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john f
29 October 2023
Amazing gourmet pintxos tour in Bilbao Our guide Olaia was amazing. So much local knowledge and enthusiasm. Everyone in the group loved the experience. Perfectly arranged in both the locations and food and drink progression.
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Mitch Z
29 October 2023
New experience very fun experience the wine was incredible and the food was completely new to us. Olaia the guide was very friendly and made us feel welcome
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Theresa M
27 October 2023
Great night We had the best night with Olaia! Delicious food that we would have not otherwise tried and lots of laughs. Thank you!
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RichardS
25 October 2023
Don’t miss this Don’t miss this experience. Olaia is an absolute delight. She will educate you, feed you, buy drinks for you and charm you. I think this is my favorite experience of the dozens I have enjoyed over the years.
Geraldine T
Geraldine T
24 October 2023
A wonderful experience Our guide Olaia was fantastic, very knowledgeable about the wine and food. We went to 5 fabulous bars, each one a gem. Thank you Olaia!
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Vacation700200
24 October 2023
Bilbao pintxos and local drinks tour Olaia was a great host,friendly and knowledgeable about the food, wine and Basque culture, thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Originally we thought it was expensive per person but as it turned out it was good value for money and would highly recommend it.
Heather C
Heather C
23 October 2023
Absolutely a 10/10 Jani was an amazingly friendly and passionate guide. I loved that she and her family are Basque. She was able to authentically share with us her experience growing up in Bilbao and efforts to preserve the culture and language today. We also learned a lot about La Rioja and visited three wonderful, intimate wineries as well as LaGuardia. And absolute 10 out of 10. She even gave us great recommendations for the rest of our trip. Thank you, Jani!!!
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Rigmor Helen A
22 October 2023
Morsom og veldig hyggelig kveld 😊 Morsom opplevelse sammen med hyggelige mennesker, og en fantastisk guide. Olaia anbefales på det varmeste. Maten og drikken hadde noen uvante smaker, men likevel en flott opplevelse.
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Vegar
20 October 2023
Great experience - A must do in Bilbao This tour is a "must do" and a wonderful intro to Bilbao. We had the pleasure of having Olaia as our guide. An energetic, charming, and knowledgeable Bilbaína. Along with enjoying delicious pintxos, cider and wine, we also learned about basque culture & history. Highly recommended.
watpar
watpar
20 October 2023
Joyous introduction to Basque food and drink led by exceptional host Olaia. Fabulous well constructed tour led by wonderful, vibrant host Olaia. Convivial company and great selection of bars with award wining wines and food. The tour is centred on the old town, so it’s compact and accessible. Great introduction to basque culture and food. Good value for money.
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