San Sebastian - Donostia Tours
San Sebastian Market Visit and Private Gastronomic Club Lunch Experience
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San Sebastian Market Visit and Private Gastronomic Club Lunch Experience

By Basque Tours
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Ages 18-99
Duration: 4–6 hours
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Live guide: English, Spanish
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  • Local guide
  • Private tour
  • Market visit
  • Gastronomic club visit
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Okendo Kalea, 3P, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Pickup details
  • We can meet you in your Hotel or Apartment to start the tour.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21729P2

      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
      • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough travelers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

      • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21729P2

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      emont124
      Scarsdale, NY11 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2023 • Friends
      One of the most enjoyable experiences we have had on our travels. What a fun day and a great way to end our time in Basque Country! Jani, an awesome woman, began our day with a trip to the local market explaining all the marvelous products to choose from. She provided choices for what we would like to prepare for our meal based on our group of 5 and to ensure we had a good variety. From there we headed to the gastronomic club where we prepared our food, ate and drank a delicious and joyous feast! Truly an amazing day and highlight of our trip. Again, highly, highly recommend.
      Written June 30, 2023
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      Pete
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2022
      This was such a wonderful day. We (two couples) loved having the opportunity to experience a unique part of the Basque culture, enjoying a great meal in one of the members-only gastro clubs. Jani was our guide and chef. She led us on a tour of the market, where we chose the ingredients for our meal. On our walk from the market to the club, Jani told us about the city, giving us a local’s perspective. Working with Jani to prepare our meal was so much fun. We had the best time!
      Written October 9, 2022
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      Globaljoan
      Hawaii617 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2023
      Extraordinary tour! I cannot recommend this more highly. With dozens and dozens of pintxos bars to choose from, going with this tour company means you will be taken to THE best places along with the history and backstories of the area. Lide was our guide who was a total delight, completely knowledgeable, very open, and smart. The 4 of us could not have been happier. It is worth the investment for sure . . .
      Written April 30, 2023
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      dan h
      Denver, CO37 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Such a fun night! We went with Jani and purchased all sorts of foods at the market for making a delicious dinner in a private eating club. Truthfully, the house chef did all the cooking while we observed and enjoyed the various appetizers we had picked up- cheese, amazingly delicious olives, wine etc. the whole evening was wonderful! and Jani was a great guide and company for our dinner. What a treat. Would do it again no doubt about it!
      Written May 26, 2024
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      Andy E
      Baltimore, MD8 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2018 • Family
      Our family of four (including two teenagers) was supposed to do the Way of St James Hike. However, lots of rain was forecasted and a hike seemed like a bad idea. Basque Tours suggested switching to the San Sebastian Market Visit and Private Gastronomic Club Lunch Experience. I'm so glad they did. Jon, one of the owners, picked us up from our hotel and drove us to a few scenic spots for sightseeing and pics. We then toured the market and picked up ingredients for our very Basque lunch. Jon then proceeded to cook lunch for us while we helped a little bit and ate appetizers/drank wine. It was a delicious lunch and such a great way to get immersed in the culture at a local and private Gastronomic Club.

      We happened to do the Pintxos tour with Jon's wife, Jani, the previous night. It was just as good. The food was amazing. You will feel like you are hanging out with friends. I would definitely do a tour with Basque Tours again.
      Written July 25, 2018
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      DavidWanders
      Chicago, IL28 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2017 • Friends
      Great gastronomic day! We were searching for a cooking class that provided a true local feel - not a cookie cutter, everything prepared for you class. We also wanted the local insight to the history and the current trends here in the heart of Basque Country. Jon was amazing - full of energy and insight and a zeal to provide fantastic customer service. We explored the local market (not that big) but Jon knows the vendors. Then we went to one of the Gastronoimc Clubs to cook with Pepe (the chef - who was also full of energy. The menu was customized for us. Wine, cooking, eating, laughing - what could be better. A true local experience.
      Written October 28, 2017
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      Jen
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2019 • Couples
      I can't say enough about the quality of the tours and Jon, Jani, Andy, tour guides. Jon and Jani the owners are so caring, authentic , knowledgeable and fun
      our trip would NOT have been even 1/100th as good without them. we did the pintxo, city, market and gastronomic club, french countryside with Andy, and basque countryside.Every tour was spectacular --do not miss any of them. do not miss the best fish of your life in Getaria fishing village. also the best tuna canned onsite--buy some! also the site from game of thrones, the coffee on top of the mountain, the private club cooking and dining experience on the terrace--I need 10 pages to write how perfect the trip was due to basque tours. We LOVED every minute! we can't wait to come back -they did custom timing for our tours-we really appreciated that
      Written July 4, 2019
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      Catherine L
      Springfield, VA17 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2023 • Family
      We had three days of private tours for our group. Our favorite by far was the market stroll and gastronomical lunch with Jani. It was fabulous. Our favorite meal of our whole trip.
      Written June 2, 2023
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      Ellen Z
      9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2021
      My girlfriend and I had the great pleasure of joining Jani for shopping at the San Sebastian Market and visiting her private gastronomic club for cooking and lunch! What a unique experience for us to see the local market with a local resident and then to participate with her in preparing our authentic Basque lunch! We were a little apprehensive prior to this outing as neither of us like to cook although we are both foodies and most certainly enjoy food and restaurants! Well, Jani quickly laid our fears to rest! We so enjoyed our time with her and learning from her about Basque cuisine and helping and watching her whip up a gourmet lunch in short order and then leisurely dining in a beautiful spot on the terrace at the private gastronomic club! It is an experience neither one of us will ever forget!
      Written August 22, 2021
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      Jason S.
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2019 • Couples
      My wife and I did the pinxtos tour through Jon and Jani's company a couple years ago, and we had such a great time that we reached out to them again when we were in San Sebastian this year. The last time we were in San Sebastian we heard about the famous cooking clubs, and Jon and Jani offered a "tour" and opportunity to cook at their club. When we read about it, we jumped at the opportunity to cook a traditional basque meal at their club. We went shopping with Jani and spent a couple hours cooking, talking, and enjoying great food and wine. We also learned how to cook a couple dishes that we still make at home. Jon and Jani are great hosts, and I would highly recommend connecting with them to get an unforgettable Basque experience.
      Written August 4, 2019
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