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About The Best of Basque
THE BEST OF BASQUE is a boutique, family-run tour company located in the Basque Country, Spain. We are a Basque-American team who specialize in custom PRIVATE DAY TOURS, and multi-day tour packages. Specifically, we offer food, wine, sightseeing and cultural experiences in the Basque Country & La Rioja wine country. A tour of Basque Country is a journey into the undiscovered. Naturally beautiful, and culturally rich, this region of northern Spain and southwest France offers a taste of Europe unlike any other.
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The Premier Bilbao Food & Wine Walking Tour

Learn all about traditional pintxos (the Basque version of Spanish tapas) on a guided walking tour of Bilbao's bars. At each stop, sample one or two of these delightful little bar snacks accompanied with a glass of wine, beer, or hard cider. Get an insider's perspective of the ancient part of the city that dates back to 1300. Consider booking this tour at the beginning of your Bilbao vacation so you can return to your favorite hotspots for more pintxo sampling.
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3 hours
from $120.64

Essential Rioja Private Wine Tour from Bilbao

Discover what makes La Rioja Spain's premier winemaking region on this private, customizable wine tour from Bilbao. Visit two top wineries to taste the bold, fruity red blends that put Rioja on the wine lover’s map, and admire the architectural styles of other estates, including one designed by Frank Gehry. Stroll inside the city walls of the medieval Basque town of Laguardia on a guided walking tour, and enjoy the flexibility of a private tour that's tailored to your group’s interests.
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8 hours
from $301.59

San Sebastian and Basque Coast Private Tour from Bilbao

San Sebastian and the Basque Coast are known for their history and beauty, but experiencing all they have to offer in one day can be difficult. With a private tour, enjoy the undivided attention of your guide as they navigate you around the region’s highlights, including the Old Town of San Sebastián, La Concha Bay, Getaria, and Zumaia, with an itinerary that can be customized to suit your interests.
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7 hours
from $283.49
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Tedoi wrote a review Aug 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom35 contributions6 helpful votes
I did the 4 day tour - first rate stuff. Zach and Irene were tremendous and super- friendly. I was picked up at my hotel daily and driven round the Basque country in great style. Whilst I was expecting Guernica/Gernika to be special, ( which it was) there were a few other gems which I wouldn't have found on my own, the fishing town of Bermeo the salt mine and the sheep farm to name but 3 unexpected high-lights. They gave good recommendations on restaurants, and the few I tried did not disappoint. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Zachary2986, Owner at The Best of Basque
Responded Aug 22, 2020
Ted, Thanks for the kind words. It was great to show you around the Basque Country. So pleased you enjoyed it. We really appreciate your business, and you taking the time to post a review for us! All the best, Zach and Irene
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Angela H wrote a review Aug 2020
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Our family (with two boys aged 12 and 10), embarked on a tour with Irene during the first full day of our visit to Bilbao at lunchtime. Our first Pintxos bar was a great eye-opener. The food showed inventiveness beyond the traditional food which we also liked, over the three hours we were treated to pintxos which rated highly in particular bars. We really took to the Txakoli and Rosado wines, which we ordered repeatedly through our holiday. Local knowledge really showed through. During this we were able to learn about local history; the languages (including the alphabets!) and nearby places to visit. By the end, we were ready for siesta! Also we asked if we could do an additional tour/ walk where we focused on learning the language. Especially for our son who was learning Spanish at school. Thank you! Our family then moved onto San Sebastián. Zach and Irene were kind enough to give us tips on which bars to visit and their specialities. In all, a great trip, vastly enhanced by the local knowledge given by Best of Basque.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Zachary2986, Owner at The Best of Basque
Responded Aug 22, 2020
Hola Angela! Thank you so much for your nice review. It was my great pleasure to show you around Bilbao! It was so nice to meet you and your family! Best regards, Irene
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Eloise T wrote a review Jul 2020
Glastonbury, Connecticut22 contributions4 helpful votes
Well worth it, but book early because the hotels book out fast. Rest a car and drive around the residential areas and just go anywhere you want and you'll see a beautiful city by the sea. Of course, go eat "pinchios" or something like that, they are the famous open-faced little sandwiches right downtown. The place is famous. It's pronounced "PINCHOS" Drive up the coast to Hendaya and cross into France to Hendaye.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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plumflower99 wrote a review Jul 2020
Toulouse, France5 contributions1 helpful vote
Irene is a perfect Pintxos tour guide. She's travelled around the world. She's knowledgeable both in food and wines. You can see her passions of both through her gestures and her eyes and they become contagious. She'll also tell you good places of fine dining. Choose Irene and you'll never regret it.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Zachary2986, Owner at The Best of Basque
Responded Jul 22, 2020
Hola Cathereine! Thank you for the nice review. It so appreciated during this tough time! I am so glad you enjoyed my tour. All the best to you both! Irene
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HULLBORNANDBRED wrote a review Jul 2020
Kingston Upon Hull3 contributions
We booked this tour for the first night of a five day trip to Bilbao and we were not disappointed. It was an excellent start to our holiday and gave us a real Insight into Basque culture, food and drink. Irene was our guide for the night and did a brilliant job. We sampled some amazing food that we would not have known to order ourselves - all washed down down with some delicious wines. All in all a really enjoyable evening that we would thoroughly recommend. One tip would be to turn up hungry as the food just doesn’t stop coming!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Zachary2986, Owner at The Best of Basque
Responded Jul 22, 2020
Thank you so much for the review HULLBORNANDBRED! It was my great pleasure to show you my city and of course the great pintxos and wine! Thanks again and take care, Irene
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