Txakoli Vineyards walk, Zumaia and Getaria.
- San Sebastián
An excursion to walk, among forests and cliffs, to a lighthouse done up like a medieval castle. What else? Some crazy people who are building a 16th century ship with traditional techniques, a fjord that must be crossed by boat, a Venetian town that the writer of Les Miserables fell in love with, and a reasonably high mountain by the sea. More? A half-fishing and half-medieval town that whetted the appetite of the New York Times itself.Reserve maintenant
2 à 7 persones
2 people: 545€
Extra person: +155€
Child (10-17): +85€
For groups bigger than 6 people contact us
7h à 8h
Private guide, private transport, visit to a Txakoli winery and wine tasting, snacks, traditional menu and water.
Food, drinks or tickets not listed above.
Zumaia and Getaria.
Departure at 9:00h
From the center of San Sebastián we’ll head off toward the neighborhood Gros and, from there, begin the ascent to Mount Ulia from Sagües. We’ll travel the Camino de Santiago del Norte (or the Coast) in reverse, so don’t be surprised if you run into pilgrims who have chosen this route, so different and green from that of the Castilian fields of the French Way.
This route is known by many names. The most frequent name is “Ruta del Faro de la Plata,” as it ends next to the lighthouse (1855) at the entrance to the port and the fjord (yes, a fjord like those in Norway) of Pasajes. The trail in general isn’t so demanding, though it starts with a decent incline until reaching average elevation. It’ll treat you to a whole repertoire of coves, cliffs, sandstone rock formations, the remains of an old aqueduct and old fortresses.
After five kilometers of travel, we’ll arrive in Pasajes San Pedro (located opposite Pasajes San Juan, which has that Venetian air), and visit Albaola, a traditional shipyard that builds wooden replicas of old Basque boats. The visit to Albaola is optional, but we think it may blow your mind how a handful of engineers and carpenters use antiquated tools to build a 16th century whaling ship!
As we know that Pasajes San Juan is very inviting, we’ll approach this one-street town (we’re not exaggerating!) the fastest way: aboard a small motor boat that serves the locals. In a few minutes we’ll immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of this town with medieval roots, alleys and tunnels that brim with stories of sailors, pirates and whale hunters. Did you know that Victor Hugo, author of Les Miserables, lived in Pasajes San Juan? And that the Marquis de La Fayette embarked in Pasajes, bound for the United States, to participate in the American Revolution? Once in Pasajes San Juan, we’ll do what locals do: have a pintxo with a glass of refreshing Basque cider, poured as God intended: from a meter above the glass. Then comes the simplest thing: toasting (we say 'topa!') And drinking it in one gulp to take advantage of the bubbles. We know it’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it ;-)
Our little Everest
In Pasajes San Juan we’ll get in the van and take you to our next stop...but by the longest (and most spectacular) road: along the mountain and coastal road of Jaizkibel, the third highest coastal mountain in Spain. And so, after a climb and descent we’ll arrive in the last town before the French border, next to the the Bidasoa river (the natural border with France).
New York Times was here
The advantage that Hondarribia has is that it’s a single town that seems like two: one a medieval fortress located on the highest ground (with thick, high walls, cobblestone streets, slopes, wooden balconies full of flowers, a former palace of Emperor Carlos V that hides tapestries based on paintings by Rubens...), and the other a typically Basque fishing village (white houses, colored windows, a large tree-lined esplanade where fish used to be sold, tiny bars with dreamy pintxos...), today a gastronomic destination. Because of the former (for being fortified) Hondarribia has witnessed dozens of battles; because of the latter (its fishing port), Hondarribia has witnessed something much better: how its bars and restaurants have become a world gastronomic reference, praised even by the New York Times.
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Ernes is a wonderful tour guide! He is multi-lingual and very proficient with English. That was helpful for us as our Spanish is a bit rusty. Ernes really went out of his way to make sure that our tour was perfect. At every step of the way he was willing to make last minute changes according to our wishes. We spent a most wonderful day visiting a Txakoli vineyard in the Getaria area, including a tasting. We had a delicious lunch of BBQ fish at a local restaurant, and finished with a hike along a portion of the St. James Trail to see the geological rock formations along the water that can only be seen at low tide. I do not think we could possibly have squeezed one more thing into the day. As a guide, we found Ernes to be very informative, helpful, accomodating, and energetic.Thank you Ernes! I can definitely say that if I am fortunate to return to this area of Spain, I will be touring with Ernes and Ikusnahi. We got to see and do things that we otherwise would never have found on our own. I highly recommend!
Cynthia L —
We contacted Ernes last minute for a day trip. We were lucky he was available. Our day tour took us to a local winery which was excellent with amazing views and delicious sparkling white wine, then we went to a geological site with stunning cliffs and a charming historic fisherman's chapel, followed by an outstanding lunch near a popular port. We finished the day with a sampling of anchovies and sardines that were amazing. Had we not been tired, we would have done a coastal hike which Ernes offered as well. What I loved most was learning about the region and the Basque people. There is nothing like being introduced to a country by a local resident who is intelligent, genuine, and engaging. If you hire Ernes, you will not be disappointed.
We had an awesome trip doing the cheese and wine tour. The tour includes a visit in the countryside to discover a sheep farm where we could have a look at how the typical cheese Idiazábal is made. Then we move to the Txakoli Vineyard close to Getaria, one lovely fishing village! It was beautiful and the tour not only interesting but also fun. I would recommend this tour to anyone. The knowledgeable friendly guide, Ernes, the amazing sights, the incredible food and wine... It was everything we could have expected and more. Certainly a tour to remember that fullfilled all our expectations!
Ernest was the best tour guide around San Sebastian area. We spent a day doing the Countryside & the Basque Coast tour, which was awesome, because he took us to some interior regions in the Basque mountain area, that we simply would not have seen without him. We also took time to enjoy an incredible picnic on the way and a fantastic lunch in Getaria. Ernest was really knowledgeable and passionate about the area and the Basque history and he was there for us all the time ! In this day, not only we gained a friend in Ernest, but we also felt part of the amazing Basque culture. I would definitely use Ikusnahi tours again and recommend Ernest for anyone needing tours in the area. Thanks!
Gary L —