BASQUE CHEESE and TXAKOLI WINE - Private Gastronomic Adventure

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From $306.89

9 reviews   (5.00)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 8 hours

Departs: spain, spain

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.


We Basques maintain a very strong bond with our surroundings and, as children, many of us develop a very special connection with the sea or the mountains. Throughout the day, we’ll explain the reasons for this idyll and how it relates to the other great Basque passion: product-based cuisine.

What's Included

All transportation costs (petrol, parking and toll)

Cheese farm guided visit and tasting

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Private group

Private guide and driver

Traditional lunch in Getaria

Winery guided visit with wine tasting

What's Not Included


Meals, drinks and tickets that are not listed above

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 9
  • CHILD: Age: 10 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 100

Additional Info

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Our vehicles and offices are cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the cleaning and disinfection protocol certified by the Institute for Spanish Tourism Quality (ICTE). We also use an ozone air purification treatment in our vehicles before every tour
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessibility is extra paid - contact for details

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

We’ll leave the ‘big city’and travel to rural Gipuzkoa to learn the secrets of Idiazabal cheese production in a traditional farmhouse. A kilo of this cheese usually goes for around 20 euros, although a competition is held every year to select the best cheese of the season, sometimes reaching up to 14,000 euros per ½ kilo! We’ll do a tasting, and you’ll hear the secrets of Basque cheeses. You’ll taste smoked cheeses, young cheeses, and cured cheeses, all made with unpasteurized sheep's milk. This is the Real Thing, the Real Cheese.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Gaintza Txakolina
There’s a Spanish expression that roughly translates as, ‘With bread and wine you walk the road’. We’ve already eaten the bread and cheese. We’ll find the wine on the coast, in the hills overlooking the Cantabrian Sea, the ideal place for growing the grapes from which txakoli is born - a typical Basque white wine with a slight acidity, ideal to pair with fish. We’ll visit a small sustainable winery that uses traditional methods and grapes called Hondarrabi Zuri and Hondarrabi Beltza. Thus you’ll learn the intricacies and power of txakoli.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Basque Country
All this will take place near Getaria, the coastal town through which we’ll take a short walk before eating. Getaria is not only the home of a mountain with a mouse-shaped profile, but it’s the hometown of two of the most well-known Basques: Juan Sebastián Elcano (the first to go around the world) and Cristóbal Balenciaga (the international designer known as the Prince of Fashion). More: our coast is famous for its charcoal-grilled fish, omnipresent in the streets closest to the port…so it makes sense to have lunch here. Do you need a more compelling reason?

1 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Monte Igueldo
It’s a dream road for two reasons: you can take a good nap after lunch and dream of sheep (latxas, of course), but we don’t recommend it. The road back to San Sebastián is one of the most beautiful on the Basque Coast. It would be a pity to miss these winding roads (splashed by waves during heavy storms), or the cows grazing alongside quiet farmhouses on Mount Igeldo. You've been warned.

• Admission Ticket Free


Fantastic day in Basque country!
Llasa02, 26-07-2022
My husband and I so enjoyed our day trip with Ania! Meeting Eneko (and his sheep!) and learning both about the cheese-making process and what it's like being a 4th generation farmer was an experience I'll never forget. The winery was a lovely oasis, and the grilled fish in Getaria was a culinary high point of our trip. We hope to return to Basque country and another tour soon!
Fantastica experiencia
javiermE4219NS, 14-08-2021
Recomendaría esta experiencia cien por cien. La visita a la quesería fue muy interesante e instructiva: nos enseñaron paso a paso la elaboración del queso y de su cuajada, y también pudimos ver las ovejas en su medio natural y hacer una degustación de sus productos de alta calidad.

La visita a las bodegas nos permitió visitar un paraje precioso donde se veía el mar y las poblaciones cercanas desde las viñas. Pudimos hacer una cata de varios de sus vinos.

El guía nos ayudó a ponernos en contexto en la zona, con información de primera mano sobre la historia, cultura y gastronomía de la zona, de forma muy amena y divertida.

Sin duda, repetiríamos la visita.
yubakenn, 25-04-2018
Everything about this tour was perfect! My husband and I are usually very independent travelers, but decided to do this tour with my parents. Ernesto has traveled and guided all over the world and this experience leads to a great tour. The tour ran on time and was very well organized. He is very passionate and informed about his home country and culture, Basque. What we most appreciated about our day is that we went to small authentic craftsmen who provided quality cheese and wine for us to sample...with generous portions. Lunch was included and it was in a very charming fishing village at a quaint and marvelous restaurant. All of Ernesto’s suggestions were just right as he really tries to make the tour about what the clients enjoy, not just a scripted itinerary and fixed menu. We would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone who would like a relaxing informative day trip from San Sebastián. Based on our experience, I’m sure any tours from this company would meet anyone’s expectations.
A must do in San Sebastián
BackPacker616920, 04-08-2022
Ania was an incredible tour guide and so knowledgeable about basque culture and the history of the area. The tour exceeded our expectations. From a tour of the small towns to the Incredible meal in Getaira, we could not have done this experience on our own. As a bonus Ania gave us great recommendations for the remainder of our stay too which was appreciated. Ania is also an incredible photographer and captured memories that we will cherish. Highly recommend this tour and this company. Thank you!!
Fantastic Day Trip out of San Sebastián
Julie M, 17-06-2022
Ernest, our tour guide, was so engaging and taught so much about the Basque region and culture. The tour was fantastic from the cheese making farm to the Txaloli vineyard tour which included of course the wine tastings but also the most delicious Tuna and other local foods. This area was absolutely breathtaking on the mountains overlooking the coast. And to top it off lunch in the seaside village of Getaria was just amazing and so traditional. The white asparagus were a complete treat! My 22 year old daughter and I had the best day. 8 hours just flew by!!! Thank you Ernest!!

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