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To Be Basque

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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About To Be Basque
To Be Basque offers private tours in the Basque country operating out of San Sebastian, the tour company understands the essence of travel, that feeling of immersing yourself in a new culture and to live the experience. They have tours that are designed to expand the senses through local food, wine, history and architecture. The philosophy of Nathan and Amaia is that their visitors are on an adventure not only with a tour guide but a friend who wants to share the Basque country’s rich and diverse culture and of its towns and cities. Their strong held belief is that all who come are not only guests but are fellow Basques if only for a short time.
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Ernie K wrote a review Jun 2018
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My girlfriend and I signed up for To Be Basque's "La Rioja Wine Lover's Tour", a whole day experience in the Basque country’s part of the Rioja wine valley. Among the 14 fantastic days we spent travelling across Spain this day stands apart. On the day of our tour Nathan, To Be Basque’s owner, operator and tour guide, picked us up from our apartment in San Sebastian. During the drive Nathan told us about Basque culture, history and the language. He shared his experiences of moving from Australia to San Sebastian and immersing into Basque country. Between the conversation and the beautiful passing scenery the trip seemed much shorter than the hour and a half it took. Prior to our trip, Nathan had asked if we had certain wineries in mind but, since we were not familiar with Spanish wines, we left it up to him. He took us to two wineries, Ostatu and Casa Primicia. Ostatu sat out in the country while Casa Primicia was fortified in the walled town of Guardia. Both wineries offered fantastic tours, and of course great wines! Apart from the wineries, Nathan arranged a fantastic lunch for us at Real Fortuna which include salad, entree, dessert and, of course, wine! Nathan gave us a tour of the Basque part of the Rioja Valley. We saw ancient stone formations and modern architectural marvels all while being surrounded by the stunning landscapes. He also took us to a scenic overlook where he told us we’d enjoy the views while sitting and sipping a glass of wine he had brought along. While there, standing over this amazing valley, I asked Nathan to take a few pictures. Then, I got down on one knee and proposed to my girlfriend. Nathan, without being told this would be happening, kept taking photos and captured this unforgettable moment for us which we’ve been able to share with our family and friends ever since. My fiancé and I couldn’t be happier with the day we spent in Rioja, and, for many reasons, it’s a day we’ll never forget! If you are planning a trip to Rioja, take this tour.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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SOCDublin wrote a review Nov 2017
Dublin22 contributions23 helpful votes
Had an amazing tour with To be basque tours and Nathan as our guide. Highly recommended. Nathan is very knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend a full day with. A couple of lovely surprises on this tour also. He even got the weather right :)) He tailors it to your requirements and just gets it right ! This trip was the highlight of our week trip.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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Amy Z wrote a review Oct 2017
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We had an amazing time on our tour! Nathan was more like a friend than a tour guide and he knowledge and sense of humour really made the trip. We have had guided tours before, but Nathan went above and beyond to make this a truly unique and memorable experience. Worth every cent!
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Kelly E wrote a review Sep 2017
Jacksonville Beach, Florida6 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I had an absolutely wonderful day exploring Rioja with Nathan. The tour well exceeded our expectations. Nathan goes above and beyond to make the experience truly unforgettable. It is evident he is passionate about his work. This tour was the highlight of our two week trip. We highly recommend booking a tour with To-Be-Basque!!
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Ashridge282 wrote a review Aug 2017
Auckland Central, New Zealand15 contributions11 helpful votes
Nathan just couldn't have been more helpful. He tailored a 3 day itinerary for us to fit totally around our travel plans. He is very knowledgeable and good company. His enthusiasm for the region is infectious. Thanks Nathan. we would thoroughly recommend your service to anyone.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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