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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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Sightsee791036
Sightsee791036
27 June 2024
Brilliant food tour! A great experience, we discovered places and dishes we wouldn't have found by ourselves. Olaia was a very fun and informative guide, highly recommend this food tour!
Jack M
Jack M
26 June 2024
Delightful Really lovely experience. Olaia the guide was amazing and the food and drink was super tasty also. Recommend if you want some local spots of Blibao
Paradise783206
Paradise783206
26 June 2024
Excellent tour guide and food recommendations I was so glad I booked this. It was really great value and we got to try so many different pinxtos and local drinks that I would have never known about. Our guide, Olaia, was fantastic and made sure everyone felt looked after. She was able to give us so many hints and tips about what to check out around the city. Would recommend to anyone as one of your first stops in Bilbao.
Lauren F
Lauren F
25 June 2024
Beautiful and fascinating trip A wonderful trip! Jani was an amazing guide and told us about the area’s history as well as guiding us on the beautiful hike! Jani adjusted the pace of the hike to match our needs so we all had a great experience! Thank you!
Mike1903
Mike1903
25 June 2024
Highly recommended!! This tour was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates food and wine; and wants to experience this important aspect of Basque culture. Our guide, Olaia, was charming, helpful and very accommodating, she went out of her way to ensure the whole group had a good time.
Anna F
Anna F
24 June 2024
Heerlijk eten en drinken, zeker aan te raden! We hebben een hele leuke avond gehad tijdens deze culinaire tour door Bilbao. Olaia was heel enthousiast en nam ons mee naar de beste pintxo plekjes in old town. Ook vertelde over de geschiedenis van de stad en het eten. Zeker aan te raden!
StarletScarlet
StarletScarlet
23 June 2024
Just book!! Fabulous foodie experience with an enthusiastic and friendly guide. We had a fabulous time and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend! This was such a great way to experience Bilbao and learn about Basque culture. Definitely our Bilbao highlight!
Kwoo75
Kwoo75
23 June 2024
Superb 5 star Experience! This experience was the highlight of our time in Bilbao, amazing 5star guide, stunning food, gorgeous wine (and cider) plus we were so lucky as our group consisted of all different nationalities and what a fantastic group it was! Highly recommend.
John T
John T
22 June 2024
A Perfect Evening of Pinchos and Wine. Started in Bilbao’s Old Town with a selection of pinchos paired with wine, Spanish of course. Local guide irena was festive, patient and knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm was infectious, I came from a similar tapas tour in Madrid and this one was more substantial and more interesting.
Pathfinder284
Pathfinder284
22 June 2024
Amazing food tour, worth every penny. Great food tour, informative, fun and good value for money. Olaia was a wonderful guide, enthusiastic and passionate about her country.
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