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.
All transportation costs (petrol, parking and toll)
Cheese farm guided visit and tasting
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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
INFANT: Age: 0 - 9
CHILD: Age: 10 - 17
ADULT: Age: 18 - 100
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
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
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.
Admission Ticket Free
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.
Admission Ticket Included
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?
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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!
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!
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.
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
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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