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San Sebastian SIGHTSEEING and PINTXOS - Private Cultural & Gastronomic Adventure

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San Sebastian - Donostia, ES
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San Sebastian SIGHTSEEING and PINTXOS - Private Cultural & Gastronomic Adventure

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San Sebastian - Donostia, ES
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Embark on a private cultural and gastronomic adventure through the beautiful city of San Sebastian. This tour will take you on a journey from East to West, allowing you to explore the city's architecture, geography, and rich history. But that's not all - you'll also get to experience the beloved Basque bars and indulge in the famous pintxos. Learn how to roll like a local as you navigate the vibrant pintxo bars, order the perfect drinks, and immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere. With a private tour and a knowledgeable driver/guide, you'll have the opportunity to truly soak in the essence of San Sebastian. The tour includes five drinks of your choice, hotel pickup, and five delicious pintxos. Don't miss out on this unforgettable adventure that will leave you with a Master's Degree in miniature cuisine and High Honors in Basque bars.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 2-7 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Private Cultural & Gastronomic Adventure
  • Explore the gastronomic epicenter of San Sebastián
  • Learn how to order and enjoy pintxos like a local
  • Visit iconic bars and try famous pintxos
  • End the tour with a delicious artisanal ice cream
  • Private tour
  • Driver/guide
  • Five drinks to choose from: wine, beer, cider or soft drinks
  • Hotel pickup
  • Five pintxos
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

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Introduction:

San Sebastian SIGHTSEEING and PINTXOS - Private Cultural & Gastronomic Adventure is the ultimate tour for those seeking an unforgettable experience in the vibrant city of San Sebastian. This tour takes you on a journey through the heart of the city, offering a unique blend of sightseeing, culture, and gastronomy. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a food lover, or simply looking for a fun and memorable adventure, this tour has something for everyone.

What to expect?

During this tour, you can expect to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of San Sebastian while indulging in its famous pintxos. You will explore the city from East to West, discovering its stunning architecture, picturesque landscapes, and hidden gems along the way. As you wander through the charming streets, your knowledgeable guide will share the secrets of the city's history and its authentic charm. The highlight of the tour is the in-depth course on how to roll like a local in the beloved Basque bars, where you will learn the art of ordering pintxos and experience the vibrant atmosphere of these gastronomic hotspots.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to fully experience the essence of San Sebastian. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a group of friends, this tour is designed to cater to a wide range of interests and preferences. From history buffs who want to delve into the city's past to food enthusiasts who want to indulge in the local cuisine, this tour offers something for everyone. It is also suitable for travelers of all ages, making it a family-friendly experience that can be enjoyed by all.

Why book this?

What sets this tour apart is its unique combination of sightseeing, culture, and gastronomy. By joining this tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the city like a local, discovering its hidden corners and experiencing its vibrant atmosphere firsthand. The in-depth course on how to order and enjoy pintxos like a local is a truly immersive experience that allows you to fully embrace the local culture and culinary traditions. With a knowledgeable guide by your side, you can be sure to gain a deep understanding of the city's history, architecture, and gastronomy.

Good to know

It's important to note that food and drinks are not included in the tour, unless specified. However, your guide will provide recommendations and suggestions for the best places to try pintxos and local delicacies. Additionally, gratuities are not included, so it's customary to tip your guide if you enjoyed the tour. The itinerary includes a visit to the Old Town, which is the gastronomic epicenter of San Sebastian, where you'll find the famous pintxo bars and experience the lively bar-hopping culture. You'll also have the opportunity to try the city's most iconic pintxos accompanied by cider, wine, or beer, and end the tour with a delightful artisanal ice cream.

Reviews

Previous participants of this tour have raved about their experiences, praising the knowledgeable and friendly guides who made the tour both informative and enjoyable. Travelers have highlighted the unique opportunity to explore the city's hidden corners and indulge in its culinary delights, describing it as a truly immersive and unforgettable experience. Many have also mentioned the in-depth course on ordering pintxos, which they found to be informative and useful for navigating the local food scene. Overall, customers have expressed high levels of satisfaction with this tour, recommending it to anyone looking for an authentic and enriching experience in San Sebastian.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Monte Igueldo

They say that God made a model of paradise and that once it was built, he kept the model… thus, San Sebastián was born. To understand (and enjoy) the natural beauty of San Sebastián, we’ll start at the top of Mount Igueldo where you’ll find the most amazing views of the city. There we’ll learn about the history of the Basque Country, the Bay of Biscay and the role of San Sebastián in all this. Can you get rich trading wool? Were boats of a quality and reputation similar to that of Ferraris and Porsches manufactured in sixteenth century Euskadi? Yes, and yes.

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Peine del Viento

The best way to descend Igueldo is aboard its wooden funicular, which is more than 100 years old. We get off next to the most photographed sculpture in the city: the Peine del Viento by Eduardo Chillida, made of corten steel (hence its deliberate rust color.) To scratch the winds and frequent waves of this place.

Zurriola Beach

We’ll head over to the other 'Finis Terrae' of the city, Sagüés and La Zurriola, the epicenter of the surfing scene in San Sebastián. But first we’ll check out the main hallmarks of the city: its 'posh' side, its romantic nooks, the palace built for royal summers at the end of the 19th century (Miramar Palace), the French-influenced, modernist and rationalist buildings (with the odd nod to the Bauhaus), or more recent architecture such as the Kursaal, two buildings that seem to be beached rocks by the sea.

Parte Vieja

The Old Town is the gastronomic epicenter of San Sebastián (yes, here are the pintxo bars, the gastronomic sociedades ‘ [think private eating clubs], seasoned locals enjoying the timeless 'txikiteo' [a sort of uptempo bar-hopping] – ordering 'zuritos' or 'cañas'. Here is the gluttonous, indulgent San Sebastián you’ve heard tell of), and the site of the city’s oldest buildings. You’ll come away with a Master's Degree in navigating “miniature cuisine” (how do you order a pintxo? When do you pay?), and High Honors in Basque bars. Okay. Let's talk about serious things. Everything we’ve told you about pintxos wouldn’t make sense if we didn’t visit the most iconic bars to try their most famous pintxos accompanied by cider, wine or beer. The snack will end with the sweet dessert that locals love to eat while walking down the street: a creamy, sweet and stunning artisanal ice cream. Now you can go to bed satisfied.

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Reviews

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5 (23)

SOMAdvisor

Such an efficient way to learn the city. Really do this on day one. Ania, our guide, was fantastic. We highly recommend her and ikushani.com. In just 4 hours we covered most of the main areas and even rode the funicular to the summit of Igueldo. Very informative and many local insights that you won’t find in your own.

joanctct

We are four friends from the United States visiting Donostia-San Sebastian for the first time. The early September weather was warm, the skies sunny, and we had a perfect day for a tour of the city with our guide Ania of Ikusnahi Tours. Ania was a joy to be with. Her disposition was upbeat, friendly and her knowledge of the area and history was both wide and deep. She was particularly helpful in our understanding of the Basque culture and traditions, very much alive in San Sebastián. Ania also frequently asked for our interests and customized the tour accordingly. A high point of the tour was the walk through Old Town where Ania brought us to a pintxos bar, a must have experience here, and helped us order some delicious small plates and wine while mixing in with a local crowd. She later gave us a list of her favorite pintxos bars which we availed ourselves of a few nights later when we went unaccompanied for a night on the town of bar and food hopping. Her recommendations were great. Below is an itinerary of our 3.5 hours with Ania so you can see how much she delivered in a relatively short time, leaving us feeling familiar with and ready to explore the city on our own for the rest of our stay. She arrived promptly at 10:00 am with a Mercedes van large enough for all four of us including one, very tall gentleman who had plenty of legroom. She was an excellent driver which is important in both the urban center where there is a lot of traffic and pedestrians as well as on our journey up some of the hills that surround La Concha beach. Our first stop was at the west end of the crescent to view the Combs of the Wind sculptures. They jut out from the steep cliffs at that end of the harbor to interact with the wind and surf. It was a great place to take photos and get a feel for the outer harbor. Ania then took us up the steep, hillside road to the amusement park atop Monte Igeldo where we had a fabulous view of the city and the boat regatta underway with much fanfare in the bay below. I wouldn’t want to drive up that road so was glad we had Ania at the wheel. Then we drove to the other end of the city to the Gros neighborhood and Zurriola beach. Ania parked near the modern conference center and then took us the rest of the tour on foot through the historic old town that was crowded with fans of the regattas. In summary, we highly recommend Ania for any tour!

MickthePick

What a fabulous time Markle showed us. Firstly we were collected directly from our hotel in a very comfortable car. Then Markle drove all around San Sebastián showing us many magnificent views, historic homes and important sights while explaining the colourful history of the beautiful San Sebastián. We then walked the beachfront to the Old Town where we sampled many yummy Pintxos matched with drinks and Markel explained/showed more wonderful sights within the area. Markle was knowledgeable, funny and entertaining, it was a pleasure to spend time with him, we highly recommend him….thanks Marklel :)

Michelle_B

What a fabulous time Mark showed us. Firstly we where collected directly from our hotel in a very comfortable car. Then Mark drove all around San Sebastián showing us many magnificent views, historic homes and important sights while explaining the colourful history of the beautiful San Sebastián. We then walked the beachfront to the Old Town where we sampled many yummy Pintxos matched with drinks and Mark explained/showed more wonderful sights within the area. Mark was knowledgeable, funny and entertaining, it was a pleasure to spend time with him, we highly recommend him….thanks Mark :)

jooliecb

We had a terrific experience with Telmo and visited many areas of San Sebastián we likely wouldn’t have seen on our own. He had good knowledge of the history and culture of Basque Country (being Basque himself!), and shared with us easily. We also appreciated that he was prepared in case of rain, and considerate of our kids’ preferences on the pintxo part of the tour. The pintxos he selected for us were definitely a highlight, and it was really great being guided by a pro!

878saritaw

Had a fabulous Pinxtos and tour of San Sebastián this evening with Markel. This is a beautiful walking city and having a fun and knowledgeable tour guide like Markel was a great way to spend our first day here and get an introduction to the city and culture here. I highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting the city for the first time!

R4322ICsusanneh

The tour was amazing!! And our tour guide, Telmo was exceptional!! My husband and I took a private tour and we were very impressed at everything we learned about San Sebastián and how knowledgeable Telmo was. We gave him and the tour a 10 out of 10! Well worth it!

wadeb343

Had a electric bike tour with an AMAZING guide, Ania, on our first full day in San Sebastian. Really got feel for the city and its history and once off the bikes, we were introduced to Pintxos and the art of ordering. Ania knew the best spots and we collectively thought it was the best tour in our 2 week visit to Spain.

203mitchellt

This tour was fantastic ! Our tour guide, Claudia was so much fun and very knowledgeable! She made the whole experience great for me and my family. We ate lots of delicious food, drank lots of delicious wine and by the end of the night had full bellies and new appreciation for the rich basque culture. Highly recommend this tour and request for Claudia !

Mobile425655

We did four tours with these awesome folks. Every one was a great insider view. I’m typically skeptical of tours. As a chef I thought for sure I could figure out a pinxto tour on my own. Boy was I wrong. These guy knew where to find the best of everything!
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-17 18:51