The Best of Basque

The Wild Coast of Basque Country

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Tour Description

If you want a true ¨off the beaten path¨ experience then this is your tour. You will experience the true essence of the Basque culture, rural towns and impressive terrain. Visiting these truly authentic areas on this private and customizable tour we will leave a lasting impression.

Itinerary

Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve

Your first stop on this Basque tour will be in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. This area is a natural estuary sheltered by a beautiful green mountain landscape, with the Oka River running through the center leading to the Bay of Biscay. This is one of our most treasured natural environments in the Basque Country. If you have any interest in birds, there is a world-renowned bird center located within the reserve that we can absolutely make a stop at. Just let us know!

Laida and Laga

We then head to Laida Beach, where the Oka River empties into the ocean. This is a dramatic landscape with a picturesque Basque pintxo bar overlooking the Urdaibai estuary. For food lovers, this cafe offers some of the best pintxos in the Basque Country with views to match! From Laida we make the short trip along the windy roads of the coast to the cliffs of Ogoño and the beach of Laga. (This is Irene’s and Zachary’s favorite beach in all of the Basque Country).

Quaint Village of Elantxobe

The picturesque seaside town of Elantxobe is our next stop. This unique town looks as if it was built directly into a cliff wall. Also one of Irene´s and Zachary´s favorite places in the Basque Country!

Lekeitio

For our final stop we will venture to Lekeitio; an authentic Basque fishing village situated at the base of green pastoral mountain slopes. Here we find a town that still has an active fishing fleet as they have had for more than 500 years. Not many people visiting the Basque Country get to see this town, and we guarantee it will be on the highlights of the tour. We will take our on a walking tour of the old town and the historic port pointing out sites of interest, and some unique stories. On the way back we will take you the scenic route through the Basque mountains and small towns that dot the countryside.

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Coast of Basque Country Tour Price

Included
  • Private tour
  • Basque local guide/driver
  • Private premium vehicle and all transportation costs (fuel, parking and tolls)
Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrances to venues, museums, etc...
  • Any other not specified items in the tour description
Price
  • 425€ (total) for groups of 2
  • 450€ (total) for groups of 3-4
  • For larger groups please contact us for a price quote
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Details
  • Start time: 9:30am
  • Duration: 6.5 hours
  • Tour starts and finishes at your hotel/accommodation/port
  • 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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