Wonderful tour with all expectations surpassed!! Thank you, Gontxu!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Konsta !!! you are a wonderful familly full of joy. I hope you are fully recovered after a few pintxos in San Sebastian :)
Sheila LewisUnited States
We enjoyed his choices & excellent descriptions. As we are two older women he was very thoughtful about the pace of our activities. We would recommend him to our friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You were young to me Sheila, as what matters is the actitud and you had a very positive one. We did a fantastic tour together and I am very happy that you enjoyed it. I hope you will enjoy Barcelona now :)
Michael AlperUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot :-)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Arturo :)
Lisa ZizzoUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!!!
Lisa ZizzoUnited States
Great pinxtos we would not have found on our own . Gontxu very patient and flexible to what his tour wants to do.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Lisa!!! it was a pleasure :)
Cynthia MurphyUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your commentaries !!! It was so easy to be with you. The group seemed to be super unified, all of you were different but you had such a good understanding with each other and it really looked you were having a great time together. I wish you all the best ! I may see you again if your daughter comes someday to San Sebastian to a horse competition.
Mona CousensUnited States
What a charming young man. We felt like we were seeing beautiful San Sebastian with an old friend. We walked the old and new towns and took several pintxos together. It was perfect that we learned how to eat the pintxos properly. Only one or two per bar, and then on to the next one! We highly recommend this guide and hope we are able to see him again soon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much!!! it really was like if we had met before. I hope you enjoyed the rest of the time and Mona did go to the Igueldo mountain ;-) Hopefully we see each other again, maybe some diving here in San Sebastian!!!
Lynn JacobsonUnited States
We spent an unforgettable day with Gontxu meandering through seaside and mountain towns between Bilbao and San Sebastián. He seemed to sense exactly what interested us most and the whole day flowed from one special moment to the next — exploring remarkable rock formations (flysh) on the coast; sampling Txakoli in a small-town tavern; and visiting the sacred heart of the Basque Country, the magnificent Sanctuary of Arantzazu. Gontxu is a warm, perceptive, knowledgeable guide — highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hellooo!!! This is the best review I ever received. Thanks a lot guys. It was an amazing tour. Only 2 couples with whom I have a very special connexion have been in the heart of Spiritual Basque Country (Aranzazu) with me, you and my first tour when I started in 2017 ;-) Thanks for the invitation and I hope to see you again. The movie in English is called Spanish Affair https://www.netflix.com/es-en/title/80067929 Big Hug, Gontxu.
Steven HoganUnited States
Very good tour. Knowledgeable guide. With a bit more experience he will soon be 5 stars
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Steve!!! I apretiate your commets !!! I wish you all the best !!! Have a safe trip back home.
Barbara LeeUnited States
My sister and I loved our day of hiking with Gontxu. He catered to our needs very carefully, since we aren't the most athletic individuals. Gontxu was so kind and considerate by carrying extra supplies for us. He was also happy to take many photos of us along the way. We stopped to eat at a great seaside restaurant in Mundaka, Spain on the drive back to San Sebastian. Gontxu made our day so fun. He is an excellent tour guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Barbara :-) I hope you had a wonderful trip back home. We may see each other around some day. I will think of you always that I pass close to the Jesuschrist church.
Dave BeemUnited States
Gontxhu was a fantastic guide who gave us a great tour. A native of the region with keen insight into Basque heritage, Gontxhu had a great ability to “connect the dots” between cultural events and the fantastic landscapes and towns that he showed us. He was very receptive to our request to tour a number of the smaller villages and sights along the coast. Relaxed, easy going and yet highly knowledgeable, we would highly recommend Gontxhu for your touring needs - 5 STAR
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: wooooowwww Daveeeee!!! thanks a lottt. You know how to make nice reviews ;-) I hope you are having a nice starting there after your wonderful holidays. Next time San Sebastian, maybe after the next Tarantino movie? ;-)
Bobby LapinUnited States
Gontxu was superb! His warmth and enthusiasm are infectious and are exceeded only by his desire to ensure that you enjoy the time you have in San Sebastian. He was knowledgeable, friendly and delightful. We are happy to rank him among the very best guides we have had.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: woooowwww!!! Terrrific reviewww ;-)))) Thanks a lot!!! You are a wonderful group!!! I enjoyed very much today
Charles ColumbusUnited States
Gontxu guided the four of us skillfully through the amazing Guggenheim Museum and then Bilbao and then drove us to the coast to see Gaztelugatxe Island - of Game of Thrones fame- a great way of enjoying the region and taking a beautiful hike. We had a great day together and wonderful memories.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Charles!!! It was a great pleasure to spend with you guys the day :) Thanks a lot for your pictures, they were really good. I put them on my web of courseee. I hope you finished very well the cruise. Best, Gontxu.
Carrie H.United States
Fantastic day trip from San Sebastian to Biarritz, St Jean de Luz and Hondarribia. Beautiful seaside towns. Good pace throughout day. Gontxu was very informative and friendly. Lunch was amazing at Danontzat in Hondarribia. Just a pleasant day all around. Thank you Gontxu.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Carrie for your great commentaries. I had a wonderful time with Jim and you. Hugs for both of you. Best,
This tour is a must for visitors to San Sebastian. Gontxu took us on a fascinating historical journey around the new and old city, describing clearly the primary points of interest. He quickly adapted to our request for a focus on culture and history, which made the tour particularly interesting and enjoyable. Gontxu took care to to take us to the more traditional Pintxo bars and they were all delicious!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The pleasure was mine. Thanks a lot Tina & Malcolm . I am sure you are going to get fascinated by the South of Spain :) Keep on enjoying that much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Karen :)
David BeyerUnited States
Gontxu was terrific. He is personable and very knowledgeable, a true local guide who loves his homeland. He not only knows where to go but when for the best experience. There were 4 of us in our little group from 50's to late 80's and we all had the most amazing time. I would highly recommend Gontxu he is an wonderful guide who takes exceptional care of his travelers. Thank you Gontxu.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: David!!! I am still keeping with me a great feeling from our time together. The group was in such great mood that everything was easy. I keep in instagram a great memory of the guggenheim museum with you and me and the fog bellow as I have never seen it before: quiet and mistic :)
Bill SeamanNorthford, CT, United States
I'm a travel agent who sells Tours By Locals very often — this was my first personal experience with one of the guides, and it was absolutely unforgettable; the highlight of our trip to Spain. He's extremely knowledgeable, not only about the Basque region but the world at large. He's very flexible in terms of customizing the itinerary, and I discovered so many hidden gems that I never would have known about. He even helped me track down my credit card after leaving it in a taxi the night prior! 10/10!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Billll!!! thank you so much !!! your review is owesome. I am the lucky one for being able to know such a great people like your girlfriend and you. I wish you an excellent summer :)
Alice FornariUnited States
we enjoyed our morning with Gontxu in san sebastian and he was knowledgeable and so pleasant and easy to be with -we saw the highlights and he was also informative of our future days plans too He brought good weather and a great intro to this region
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank youuu so much!!! It was fantastic yesterday!!! I hope you enjoyed Mount Igueldo and the comb of the winds. Have a great day!!!!
Very happy with our local tour guide, Gontxu. He made our tour very enjoyable. He customized our tour to our liking while also suggesting good spots. I will highly recommend him to my friends!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks sweet Olvee! it has been a pleasure to meet you and your familly :)
Dale VoylesUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Dale! I had so much fun with you guys. Though you got the most typical San Sebastian's weather ever, I am sure you will have a fantastic time in San Sebastian :-)
We were a group of 4 arriving on a ship with only one day in Bilboa...When we discovered the ship was docking quite a distance from Bilboa we decided to book a tour and explore the countryside of Spain...ie Sans Sebastian and some wonderful surf spots...ie Mundaka. Scenery was wonderful...mountains and ocean all in one...Had a light lunch sharing Pinxtos, beer and cider at some local bars which were delicious! Gontxu was really great. His english was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed our day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! I had so much fun with you :) We had a wonderful day together, next time come for a few days for surfing and eating!!! All the best, Gontxu.
Michael AllahverdiUnited States
Our tours with Gontxu were a great experience on many levels. The tour of San Sebastian was very enjoyable as we leisurely strolled through the city and ended with a round of the pintxo bars. The road trip to France (Gontxu is an excellent driver) was wonderful. I'll always remember sitting at an outdoor café sipping wine with Gontxu while my wife shopped for shoes. The late dinner somewhere in the hills outside of San Sebastian was a superb ending for a perfect day. Thank Gontxu mi amigo.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Yes, I remember also that moment in Biarritz and of course the dinner in the hills on the same style as I do with very good friends. I am so happy that you let me guide you as if we were friends for many years. Thank you for inviting me to spend also the last night together in Bilbao, it was again a great experience. Have a wonderful autumn amigos :-)
Michael AllahverdiUnited States
John ZahnRossmoor, CA, United States
Gontxu was an amazing tour guide. I knew when we were going to the town of San Sebastian, the place he was born, we were in for a great time. He was polite, full of knowledge of the area and very willing to accommodate our requests. Tours by Locals is the best way to explore a new city in a special way not as one stuck on a bus!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks John! I hope you had a great trip! You had a great aptitude to have a great day in San Sebastian and I think that was the key point to have so much fun together. Hasta la vista amigo :)
Ellen P.Westport, CT, United States
Gontxu was a superb guide - enthusiastic about the Basque region, very flexible about how we spent our time following our email exchange - helped us climbing up/down San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, stopped for refreshments, went on to Manduka for a view of the biosphere then on to see land art in response to my interest in art (he'd downloaded the explanatory app in advance!). Charming, funny, kind, good English, excellent at finding a parking space. His passion is mountain trekking in the Pyrenees by the way.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ellen! Ellen and Susan are exceptional people! We had so much fun together. They were completely opened to my suggestions and enjoying every of them even if they were physically demanding like the Gaztelugatxe steeped slopes or the Oma ones. A fantastic experience full of positive energy!
Jessica MillerUnited States
Gontxu gave us a great tour! He was very accommodating and modified the tour based on our wishes. He was informative and went above and beyond even making us a dinner reservation for the following evening. He was a pleasure to be with and has a great love of the Basque Country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks alot Jess! It has a great pleasure to meet you! I was speaking today to my friend about what a surprise it was to discover that kalimotxo has potencial in USA :-))) Enjoy the rest of your trip :-)
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Leah RummelUnited States
We were staying in San Sebastian but needed to go to Bilboa for a flight out. We wanted to see a few sites on the way to the airport as our flight left in the afternoon. We were once again very lucky to get Gontxu as our guide. Gontxu is a sweet, very knowledgeable local guide from San Sebastian who spoke English. He took us through several coastal towns and then to Zumaia where we got out to see the rock formations on the coast. On to the Guggenheim, Bilboa. Both amazing. Highly recommend Gontxu.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure! Thanks to you :-)
Leah RummelUnited States
We decided at the last minute while in San Sebastian to take a tour of the Basque towns on the coast. We were very lucky to get Gontxu as our guide. Gontxu is a sweet, funny, and very knowledgeable local guide from San Sebastian who spoke english. He was very flexible on what we wanted to see in each town. We saw Biarritz, St Jean De Lux and Hondarribi seeing all the highlights where we ended our day with local Basque music and dance with pinxos/wine. Wow. Highly recommend the tour and Gontxu.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Leah, the pleasure was mine to meet Toni and you and have a couple of wonderful days in the Basquelands. See you again anytime :)