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San Sebastián

This Spanish coastal town offers sunny beaches, a charming old town, and scores of Michelin-starred food.

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San Sebastian: Sightseeing Catamaran Bay Tour

1. San Sebastian: Sightseeing Catamaran Bay Tour

Depart from the beautiful fishing harbour of San Sebastián. Sail through the bay and along the coast of the city on a modern catamaran. Sail out of Bahía de la Concha (seashell bay) and discover various points of interest such as the Oteiza sculpture, Paseo Nuevo Sea Wall, the mouth of the Urumea River, Kursaal, Zurriola Beach, Mount Ulia, Mount Igeldo, and the Peine del Viento (Wind Comb sculpture).  Returning to Bahía de la Concha, see Ondarreta Beach, Miramar Palace, Pico del Loro (Parrot’s Beak), and City Hall. Enjoy beautiful views of the city from the ocean, and enjoy fantastic photo opportunities throughout the tour.

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San Sebastian: Gourmet Pintxo Tour

2. San Sebastian: Gourmet Pintxo Tour

The activity starts at the Alameda del Boulevard and takes place in San Sebastián's Old Town. You can choose to take part at around lunchtime (12:00 PM) or dinner time 7:00 PM). Enjoy a flexible 2-hour tour (or however long you prefer) and visit traditional places to try delicious pintxos. You will get to try around 4 different kinds, carefully selected by culinary experts and will also get 4 drinks to accompany each one. In between you will have the chance to discover the whereabouts of this amazing area full of history, getting mixed with the local people through the route that our guides will take you.

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San Sebastian: Hondarribia, San Pedro, and San Juan Tour

3. San Sebastian: Hondarribia, San Pedro, and San Juan Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, make a first stop is Hondarribia. On the border with France, Hondarribia is one of the most beautiful coastline villages in Gipuzkoa. Take a stroll around the port and famous Marina neighborhood which are well worth visiting. Later head to the old fishing village of San Juan (Pasaia), before you hop on the boat and cross the bay to San Pedro, the last stop. These 2 villages are part of Pasajes, which takes the name from the bay that separates them. After the tour ends, your guide will drop you off at your hotel or any other place of your convenience in San Sebastian. The short distance from the city makes this the perfect half day tour; escape from the hustle of Donostia in the morning and still have time to enjoy it in the afternoon.

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San Sebastian: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Train

4. San Sebastian: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Train

Come aboard this sightseeing train and you will discover everything that makes San Sebastian a unique and special place. The departure point is located in the heart of the historic city center next to the Cantabrian sea, on Paseo de Salamanca. The train route goes around the historic center, along the bay of La Concha to see the Santa Clara Island, Mount Urgull, the Miramar Palace, the Buen Pastor Cathedral, the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, and more. Hop on and off at your leisure. The vehicle, an articulated train with 2 carriages, has screens in case of rain, panoramic roofs in all carriages providing easy visibility for all passengers. They also have TFT screens with information about different places on the tour and the various excursions that you can purchase from the Donostia-San Sebastián City Tour office.

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From Bilbao: Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian Tour

5. From Bilbao: Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian Tour

See villages trapped in between mountains like the villages of Durango, Eibar and Elgoibar! Arrive at the core of the province, and after the industrial village of Azkoitia, you will arrive at your first stop, the Sanctuary of Loyola, hometown of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Here you will visit the Basilica and the tower house where he was born and lived. Depending on the time, you may wish to attend a ceremony. Next you follow the route towards the coast on the north, passing through Azpeitia. You will also pass through Zestoa, a famous natural spa village with healing waters that attracted the royalty of Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Later you will arrive to the coast at Zumaia, a beautiful village very much appreciated by Basque summer tourists. Following the coastal road you will arrive at your next stop, Getaria. A unique medieval fishing village and hometown of famous figures like captain Juan Sebastian Elcano (the first man to travel around the world by sea), and Cristobal Balenciaga, the famous designer. Then you will pass by Zarauz, a beautiful tourist spot with the largest beach in the province of Gipuzkoa. You will arrive finally to San Sebastian (or Donostia) where you will do a panoramic tour of the city. After lunch, you will do a walking tour into the old quarter visiting the most interesting streets and locations before returning to Bilbao in the evening. Follow the highway towards the east, into the province of Gipuzkoa. On the way to the Sanctuary of Loyola, you will be able to admire the areas of inner Basque Country, combined with rural valleys and industrial

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From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Biarritz Full Day Tour

6. From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Biarritz Full Day Tour

Delight in the renowned beaches of Biarritz, meander through the narrow streets of Saint Jean De Luz, taste local cuisine at the fishing village of Hondarribia, and marvel at the architectural beauty of San Sebastian on this full day tour from Bilbao. Follow the highway towards the east, through stunning natural landscapes, to arrive at Biarritz. Known as the Beach of Kings, it was a magnet for famous and royalty such as Napoleon III, Gary Cooper, and Frank Sinatra, and is still nowadays a very important tourist destination. Stroll through the old port, the Virgin on the Rock, and the scenic streets of this sea-side village. Next, following the panoramic coastal road views, you will continue onto Saint Jean De Luz, a lovely small village located on the French Basque coast. The house of Louis XIV, the Church of Saint Jean Baptist, and charming narrow streets are tourist highlights. Onwards to the next stop, Hondarribia, a village full of history that holds a medieval fortress and the remnants of an area that in the past was a pirate and whaler port. There will be free time for lunch and your guide will suggest a selection of recommended local restaurants.  Continue the last leg of journey to San Sebastian, the most beautiful city in the Basque Country. Enjoy the magnificent views of the mountain Igeldo as you are led on a walking tour into the old historical quarter. Afterwards, take advantage of free time to explore the city at your leisure before returning back to Bilbao in the evening.

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From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast Tour

7. From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast Tour

Explore the stunning sights of San Sebastian, one of Europe’s most charming cities just an hour away from Bilbao, famous for its high quality food and pintxos, a traditional Spanish snack. Start the day with a wander around the city with your expert guide and learn about the area and the locals. Refuel your energy with a stop for some pintxos and a refreshing drink to keep you going throughout the day. Next, visit a number of small fishing villages on the coast, including Orio, Getaria, and San Telmo, and get to know the locals and their traditional way of life.

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San Sebastián: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink

8. San Sebastián: 2-Hour Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink

Explore San Sebastián like a local on a 2-hour walking tour with a local guide. Meet at the kiosk on Alameda del Boulevard in the morning or late afternoon, depending on your preferred departure time. See 15 of the most significant sites in the romantic Old Town area, and learn more about the people and culture of the Basque Country and the beautiful city along the way. End with a tasting of a typical snack from the Basque Country and experience the pintxo tradition of eating small dishes with a drink.

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From San Sebastian: Lourdes Private Full-Day Tour

9. From San Sebastian: Lourdes Private Full-Day Tour

Departing from Donostia-San Sebastian, you'll visit the Sanctuary of Lourdes in France. You'll have time for the principal mass in the basilica, time to pray, go to see the cave, get some water, walk around the sanctuary and visit Bernadette's house. It will be an exclusive and complete private guided tour and you will be the only people on the tour. Thr driving time is roughly 2 hours in each drection and you'll have around 4.5 hours to spend exploring Lourdes. Departure times can be arranged and adjusted as you wish due to this being a private tour.

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From San Sebastian: La Rioja Wine Cellar & Tasting Tour

10. From San Sebastian: La Rioja Wine Cellar & Tasting Tour

You will be picked up at your hotel or preferred location and taken to La Rioja, located around 100 miles (160 kilometers) from San Sebastian. Once there, you will visit 2 wine cellars that have been carefully selected by wine experts and take a walk around the vineyards to see the grape plants.  You will learn about wine processing, from choosing the grapes to producing the final product. You will also taste some wine and try some local products. 

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What people are saying about San Sebastián

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 344 reviews

Hector was an amazing guide. As he’s a local to San Sebastián he gave us just the right amount of history and daily life & culture to really get to grips with this fabulous city. The food on the tour was excellent , super fresh and varied. We wouldn’t have had the ability to experience these little unknown family run restaurants unless you had a guide. Also as we don’t have Spanish never mind Basque (local dialect) it made it all effortless. Hector guided us through the warren of beautiful and fascinating little streets while pointing out hidden places and of course we had lots of food and drinks along the way. This tour is a must while in San Sebastián ........ thanks Hector

Beautiful scenery. interesting to know about the geo system. Excellent Guide well prepared and well informed. Speaks good English. Be prepared for ups and downs hills. Must wear good shoes for walking.

Our guide (Stefan) was extremely pleasant and informative. We felt the tour was very good value and a great introduction to Basque culture.

Fascinating tour with a very knowledgeable and interesting guide. Highly recommended.

Very good trip, in time, comfortable bus, nice places, informative. Very nice guide.