Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Bilbao Spain by Tour Guide Aitor D. (Guide #4093)


Anne MacDonald

United States
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Tour: #28134, Bilbao & San Sebastian starting in Pamplona and ending in San Sebastian., Pamplona, Navarra, Spain    view tour
Date: Jul 9/18

Aitor was a fun, knowledgeable, and awesomely attentive guide for my trip to San Sebastián and Bilbao. From helping to make recommendations before I arrived, to picking the perfect spots for me to add that I never would have known about, I am very grateful for the ways he made my visit out of this world good!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. It was really great meeting you... it was so rewarding for me seeing you enjoying in the Guggenheim Museum and in our coast as we were stopping by...

Caroline Vickers-willis

Australia
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim Museum Shore Excursion Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: May 29/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much indeed!

Leah Rummel

United States
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Tour: #28807, Rioja Wine Private Tour. Best wines, food and historical villages. Best kept secrets of Rioja, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: May 26/18

Loved Aitor (I tour). We decided to go to the wine region above San Sebastian to see Roja Wine. It was pouring rain when we left, Aitor made the drive pleasant. When we arrived at our first wineries the rain stopped and we had a great time trying wine, meeting people in the wineries (who all knew Aitor). We stopped for lunch in La Guardia (in the caves) where we had local food and wine. We saw a few other sites ending at Bodegas Marques de Riscal (Frank Gehry winery/hotel). Amazing. Highly recommend.

Susan Lair

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Basque Museum Half Day Walking Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: May 9/18

We toured the Bilbao City Center, the Old Town, and the Basque Museum with Aitor. He was a great guide, who provided us with a wonderful walking tour. He was very informative, patient, and sensitive to the needs of each member of our group. We learned so much from Aitor and really appreciate all the extra little things he did for us!

Susan Brown

Australia
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Tour: #28808, The Surprising Coast close to Bilbao Private Tour., Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Apr 2/18

David Witte

United States
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Tour: #28807, Rioja Wine Private Tour. Best wines, food and historical villages. Best kept secrets of Rioja, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Mar 9/18

I booked Aitor for a tour of the Riojo wine region with some private tastings. We were a party of 4 adults and planned to be in Bilbao for several days. I wanted a local guide with a vehicle and a custom tour. I discussed the general plan with Aitor in advance and he did the rest. We had a marvelous time. He took us to some small boutique wineries where we tasted some fabulous Riojo wines. I would book Aitor again for another tour in a heart beat.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much David! It was a true pleasure meeting you all and I was proud to introduce some of my friends making wine in Rioja! Thanks for the help you have offered to them as well!

David Witte

United States
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Tour: #28134, San Sebastian & the coast from Bilbao - The Pearl of the Basque Country in your tailored Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Mar 8/18

We had a great time with Aitor. He did a fabulous job for us. We were a group of 4 adults with several days in Bilbao. I told Aitor we wanted to visit San Sebastián for a day and he took care of the rest. He met us at the hotel. He had a nice van with plenty of room for all of us. He put a nice day tour together with several stops along the coast. We arrived in San Sebastián in time to tour the old town and sample some of the best pintxos in town. I would book Aitor again in a heart beat.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! I love that area because it mixes best of the ocean, the mountains and the food. So glad that I could share it with you!

Peter Berkery

United States
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Tour: Private Tour to Original Prehistoric Painted Caves & an incredible Medieval village near Santander & Bilbao., Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain
Date: Oct 18/17

Aitor was a FANTASTIC guide ... his knowledge is exhaustive, and his enthusiasm is contagious. He "read" us well (not souvenir shoppers, pretty fast walkers) and adjusted the pace accordingly. His service was comprehensive and courteous. Truly a wonderful experience.

Frances Hallonquist

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim Museum Shore Excursion Private Tour, Santander, Cantabria, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 29/17

We had a wonderful day with Aitor. He picked us up an hour away at the cruise terminal in Santander and we headed to Bilbao. The highlight was The Guggenheim but along the way Aitor described Bilbao history and we viewed other stunning Bilbao architecture. We went to a local eatery that Aitor selected for us and it was perfect! Wonderful local wine, bread, fish and cheeses. Thanks for a memorable day!

David Goldstein

United States
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Tour: #83867, French Basque Country Coast Private Tour, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 21/17

Touring with Aitor has been the highlight of our honeymoon. He is not only very knowledgeable about the history and sights but he also knows all the great food spots along the way. We toured from Biarritz down the coast back to San Sebastian. Aitor customized our tour on the fly based on our interests so each tour is unique. Traveling with Aitor is like having a great local friend who knows all the good spots. I would highly recommend Aitor if you want to take a tour anywhere in northeastern Spain.

Andrew Fishleder

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim Museum Shore Excursion Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 14/17

Our guide, Aitor, was just wonderful, and we had a very fun and educational day with him from beginning to end. We highly recommend Aitor!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much indeed Andrew! It was such a pleasure for me meeting you as well! Hope that you will have some incredible time here and wish to see you back! Aitor D.

Frank Boller

Switzerland
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim Museum Shore Excursion Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 13/17

Aitor delivered a very competent and personal tour through the city. We enjoyed his guidance a lot.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to give you a first view of our city. And very proud to see the that you enjoyed it. Hope that next time we will have time to show you other areas nearby! Enjoy! Aitor D.

Herbert Price

United States
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Tour: Private Tour to Original Prehistoric Painted Caves near Santander & Bilbao., Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain
Date: Sep 8/17

He had a wealth of knowledge of Spain and the region, had a great sense of humor and most of all was genuinely considerate and helpful in getting us in and around to see the spectacular caves around Bilbao and Santander. We had a great time with Aitor and would highly recommend him for anyone looking for a top notch guide in Northern Spain."

Herbert Price

United States
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Tour: Private Tour to Original Prehistoric Painted Caves, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain
Date: Sep 7/17

He had a wealth of knowledge of Spain and the region, had a great sense of humor and most of all was genuinely considerate and helpful in getting us in and around to see the spectacular caves around Bilbao and Santander. We had a great time with Aitor and would highly recommend him for anyone looking for a top notch guide in Northern Spain."

Bradley Muro

United States
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Tour: #28808, The Surprising Coast close to Isuskiza Private Tour., Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Aug 25/17

Aitor was excellent. Informative, flexible, personable.... We all (adults and kids alike) enjoyed our day with him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Bradley! I was so happy to show you this area of the coast, so close to Bilbao, but so different! Hope that next time we have time to see other things!

Yohei Sosa

Japan
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Tour: #28808, The Surprising Coast close to Bilbao Private Tour., Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Jul 3/17

Robert Uzcategui

United States
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Tour: #38324, Basque Countryside Private Tour from San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Jul 1/17

The tour was customized for us and was great. Our guide Aitor was knowledgeable and a gracious host. Many thanks.

Sarann Kraushaar

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim Museum Shore Excursion Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Apr 21/17

Aitor is an incredible guide. He knows everything about Bilbao and the Basque region and shares it in a very understandable way. He is charming and intelligent and customizes his tour to his clients' interests. I cannot recommend him more highly!!!! After touring with Aitor, you will want to return to Bilbao again so that he can show you even more!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much indeed Sarann! Hope to see you back soon here!!!

Tom H.

United States
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Tour: #28808, The Surprising Coast close to Bilbao Private Tour., Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Apr 19/17

Aitor is a great guide -- very flexible and attentive to his guests' desires as his tour progresses. Really enjoyed our time with him!

Brian Singer

United States
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Tour: #28807, Rioja Wine Private Half Day Tour. Best wines, food and historical villages. Best kept secrets of Rioja, Villabuena de Álava, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Apr 18/17

Aitor provided us with a wide-ranging tour and perspective on the Rioja. We had the opportunity to visit sites we would have driven right past and to visit a few wineries that we might have missed. We chose the right guide for our visit!

Jonathan Powers

United States
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Tour: #83867, French Basque Country Coast Private Tour, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Apr 10/17

Aitor was amazing, I would give him 10 stars if I could. He was friendly, knowledgeable, on time and his English was great. I would definitely recommend any tour with Aitor. He taught us so much, brought us to great places, and had great recommendations for after. Aitor was one of the best local tour guides we have ever had!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Thank you so much indeed, I really loved meeting you two too and so happy to know that you enjoyed my advises as well. Hope that we can meet back to show you more things in our region. Aitor D.

Linda S.

United States
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Tour: Private Tour to Original Prehistoric Painted Caves & an incredible Medieval village near Santander & Bilbao., Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain
Date: Dec 22/16

This was our third tour with Aitor and by this time he is like family. We went to visit two prehistoric caves with cave paintings, the oldest is dated at 40,000 years ago. After a wonderful lunch at a local tavern, we visited the museum associated with the "mother" of all prehistoric caves. Finally we visited a medieval village and enjoyed a glass of local milk and pastries and a walk through the streets. Aitor has an amazing breath of knowledge about everything he showed us on our three tours.

Linda S.

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center Private Tour., Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Dec 19/16

This was our second tour with Aitor and it was as impressive as our first one. We visited the hanging bridge - viewing and using it. Aitor knew not only the history of the bridge but of the area. After this we drove around the coastal areas, visiting the marvelous Butron Castle, Bermeo and other wonderful places. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch of fish pintxos in Bermeo. It was a great day. Aitor is a wonderful guide. We have used many Tours-by-Locals guides and he is in the top three ever in 15 years.

Linda S.

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center Private Tour., Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Dec 17/16

On our first full day in Bilbao, Aitor gave us a wonderful orientation to Bilbao and a guided tour of the Guggenheim. He checked in with us the evening before and arrived promptly for our walking tour. He showed us not only the highlights of the city but also some special places, such as the gentleman's club that became a library. He was very personable and friendly and quickly figured out our likes and dislikes. A wonderful guide.

Richard B.

United States
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Tour: #28807, Rioja Wine Private Tour. Best wines, food and historical villages. Best kept secrets of Rioja, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Oct 7/16

Aitor is personable, knowledgeable, and a great deal of fun. If you want a great tour of the Rioja wine region, Aitor should be your first choice.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Richard! I loved to meeting you two. Loved to see your enjoyment faces when we were walking by Laguardia!!!

Christopher Quarello

United States
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Tour: #38324, Bilbao Basque Countryside Private Tour, Vitoria, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 17/16

Aitor is simply the best guide we have ever had, anywhere. Our trip to Spain would not have been the same without him. He knows the best hidden spots to eat amazing foods. Aitor went out of his way to take us to a village festival on this tour, which was a nice surprise. FIVE STAR RECOMMENDATION!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much indeed for selecting my services again in this second trip to Spain. It has been a true pleasure and hope that your son come back with you next time!

Christopher Quarello

United States
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Tour: #28134, San Sebastian - The Pearl of the Basque Country Private Tour, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 16/16

Aitor is simply the best guide we have ever had, anywhere. Our trip to Spain would not have been the same without him. We are Game of Thrones fans and he took us to a possible future scene location. He knows the best hidden spots to eat amazing foods. FIVE STAR RECOMMENDATION!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much indeed! I was really honoured to meet you back in this second trip to Spain. There are so many interesting places here!

Dayna Landry

United States
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Tour: #83867, French Basque Country Coast Private Tour, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Aug 15/16

We had a great day with Aitor! So much fun spending the day in Basque Country with him. He is very knowledgeable and made us feel like we were seeing the city with a friend! We would highly recommend Aitor!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Dayna! I really felt the same. Hope that we can meet back soon! So many things to see!

Sophie Kan

West Orange, NEW JERSEY, United States
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Tour: #83867, Saint Jean de Luz Private Tour, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Jul 14/16

Sophie Kan

West Orange, NEW JERSEY, United States
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Tour: #83867, Biarritz Private Tour, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Jul 12/16

Our guide, Aitor D, was just perfect! We use Tours by Locals for many years, and we were always satisfied, but Aitor is one of the best guides we have ever had. He is knowledgable, friendly, helpful in all possible ways, he has a great personality, and he is just fun to be around. We will recommend Aitor to our daughter and to all people interested in a really good tour guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your review! I enjoyed so much with you! Looking forward to meeting your daughter!

Harvey Gold

United States
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Tour: Private Tour to Altamira Museum with a copy of this Prehistoric Painted Cave & Santillana del Mar., Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain
Date: May 5/16

We rate Aitor as a 5 out of 5. He was prompt, delivered as promised and more, flexible, knowledgeable, and fun to be with. We would gladly book a tour with him in the future.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much indeed! I was very proud to show you this surprising area. Hope that next time we can meet to see other different regions closeby. Regards, Aitor D.

Susan Cohen

United States
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Tour: #28134, San Sebastian - The Pearl of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 26/15

This tour to St Sebastian is reviewed with Aitor's other tour -- he privatized the tour just for us, so we went to St Sebastian, and did not spend time together in Bilbao as we had planned.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks. I am happy to tailor my services according to your interests, and I am very happy that you loved the change your idea to see San Sebastian together. Love that you liked it! Hope that next time we will have time to see Bilbao and other parts of the Basque Country!

Susan Cohen

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim Shore Excursion Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 26/15

We had a late-afternoon, early-evening tour leaving from Bilbao and going to St Sebastian. Aitor was a terrific guide -- knowledgeable, friendly, well-informed and very helpful in showing us all sorts of wonderful aspects of city life that we never could have discovered on our own. We recommend him highly!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your review. San Sebastian is really a unique place and I really love it. Very happy that you did as well!

Kate K.

United States
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Tour: #83867, French Basque Country Coast Private Tour, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France    view tour
Date: Sep 25/15

Altor perfectly anticipated our needs for a tour that would let us see as much as possible without taxing my 91 year old mother's stamina. He was very knowledgeable about the area and enthusiastic about showing it to us. And the pintxo bars are not to be missed! Altor had me trying and liking dishes I would never have tried on my own. This tour is a wonderful mixture of scenery and food!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! I loved to meet your mother and enjoyed so much meeting you! Hope that we can meet again so that I can take you to small villages to see the producers of some of our delicacies!

Joann Johnson

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim tour starting in San Sebastian and ending in Bilbao airport, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 11/15

Can't remember a more wonderful experience. Aitor and his driver Paco were excellent. Solid vehicle that was most comfortable, 'On time' service, selected a local restaurant with an delicious traditional basque seafood luncheon located on the river, provided a thorough tour of the Guggenheim Museum with skip the line tickets, strong historical background of the area, panoramic drive from San Sebastian to Bilbao, Excellent command of English. Tour was higher price,but worth it!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! My true interest is that you have the most rewarding experience in our region, including our incredible food, but also our different, and sometimes complicate history and way of live. And I am so happy to see when you appreciate it. Warm regards, Aitor D.

Lawrence Mason

United States
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Tour: #28808, The coast of Biscay designed for shore cruise stops, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 8/15

We liked Aitor very much and he gave us a wonderful tour of the Bilbao area, the sea, Guernica, the Guggenheim museum. We also learned a lot about the Basque culture and language. He then sent us pictures he took of our small group.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you very much for your review! I was really proud to show you some corners of the Basque Country. Hope that next time we have more time and we can go to other areas, like Rioja wine production area!

Richard Rementeria

United States
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Tour: #83867, French Basque Country Coast Private Tour, Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France    view tour
Date: Jul 6/15

This is the best tour ever. The guide took us to sights that were unexpected, and stayed with us for extra hours to cover additional sights. He is most highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much Richard. Hope that next time we will have more time as there are many things to see. The French Basque Country is like part of us, but also has his characteristics, and I have loved to share it with you. Thanks.

Richard Rementeria

United States
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Tour: #83867, tailored Basque Country Coast Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Jul 6/15

Altor brought the country alive with his insights into the country's history and it's people. This was the best tour ever. We need to come back so that he can finish the story.. Our thanks...

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much Richard. Hope that next time we will have more time as there are many things to see. I will always remember your face when you saw the surname of our new president, Mr Rementeria!

Christopher Quarello

United States
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Tour: Cantabria Hidden Corners - Caves, Mountains and Sea, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain
Date: May 30/15

We really enjoyed our tour in Cantabria with Aitor. The cave visits were very interesting, without the information being overwhelming. Santillana del Mar was amazing. He was very knowledgeable and patiently answered all of questions about the Basque Country and Spain. Aitor was very flexible with the schedule. He even had our son interested in history for a while, which is next to impossible. Even the restaurant Aitor picked was great. We strongly recommend Aitor as a guide. - Chris and Kari Lynn Q.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Chris & Kari Lynn, for me was a big pleasure to meet you. I am very glad as well that your son had fun as well. Maybe with this impulse and his father's he starts to love history. Aitor D.

Michael Arredondo

United States
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Tour: Prehistoric Cave paintings in Cantabria, Santander, Cantabria, Spain
Date: May 13/15

My wife and I just returned from our trip to Spain. One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to the beautiful Ason Valley in Cantabria with our guide Aitor. Aitor's knowledge of the area and his easy going personality made for a wonderful tour. We enjoyed visiting some of the prehistoric caves in the area as well as some small villages. We also enjoyed a delicious traditional meal in one of the villages. I higly recommend Aitor and would use his services again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your review Michael! I was proud to show you best of this hidden valley of our ancestors and to show you the hidden village of Arredondo also called "Center of the world". Hope to see you back soon. Kind regards, Aitor D.

Richard Jones

United States
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Tour: Short walk near Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain
Date: Dec 27/14

When it rains, it pours. In Bilbao, Spain, for our second tour with superguide Aitor, we were scheduled to visit the Forest of Oma. However, days of rain made the path too difficult. Without hesitation, Aitor swiftly came up with Plan B. This plan had us hiking down a scenic, windswept cliff to the seashore, before climbing up a long series of steps to a remote church. Some of the most stunning scenery ever. Aitor is amazing. Friendly, open and full of fun facts and anecdotes, he gave great guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Richard, I want to be very professional and this includes having alternatives to make the experience most enjoyable for you. I am very happy to be very flexible at all times of my tours and I really appreciate to see that you enjoyed it as I did the time we share together. Thanks again. Aitor D.

Richard Jones

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center by bike, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Dec 26/14

If I could, I'd give Aitor even more stars. Despite a dreary, rainy day, Aitor took my family of four in hand and gave us a marvelous tour of Bilbao's Casco Viejo (Old Town) and some of the newer areas of the city. Informative, friendly and amazingly knowledgeable, Aitor was the perfect tour guide for us. He was able to get in depth when we wanted, or simply give us just enough information for context on what we were seeing. We could not have been happier.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard so much! I really enjoyed meeting your family and I am very glad to have shared my knowledge and love to this surprising city of Bilbao.

Barbara Powell

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao Guggenheim Museum tour and way from San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 11/14

i had three tours with Aitor, and I will comment on them as a whole. He was the perfect guide...highly informed about Spanish history and the countryside, charming and helpful on all occasions. Additonally, he was very knowledgeable about art, a particular interest of mine. This was especially useful when he took us to the Guggenheim. I recommend him highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Barbara for this wonderful review. I really loved to meet you and was very proud to show you best of our region. Hope to see you back again. Very warm regards!

Norman Klein

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao Guggenheim and Guernica Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Aug 30/14

Aitor met us in Bilbao for our third day with him. We toured Bilbao and he guided us through the Guggenheim (for which he is licensed). We went to a local restaurant for a pintxos lunch. We then went to Guernica where we learned more about the Basque history. We considered ourselves lucky that we had three wonderful and informative days with Aitor. He is a terrific guide who quickly understood our interests.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I really want to make your day most enjoyable at all times, and I am so happy when I see the gratitude that you share with future travellers. Thanks so much.

Norman Klein

United States
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Tour: #28134, San Sebastian -Wine and Pintxos, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Aug 29/14

Despite an unscheduled overnight move of our ship from Saint Jean de Luz to a commercial dock in Bayonne, Aitor was able to meet us on time and our day in San Sebastian went as scheduled. We also had a wine tour and tasting of the local wine. Aitor guided us with a sampling of the local pintxos (tapas). A second long, but great day with Aitor.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your comment. I really enjoyed showing those hidden gems to you. The moment when the locals asked you about how did you get to that hard to find winery was funny!

Norman Klein

United States
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Tour: #83867, Bayonne and Biarritz Private Tour, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France    view tour
Date: Aug 28/14

Aitor met us when our tender docked in Saint Jean de Luz and provided a great tour of Bayonne and Biarritz. He was able to provide a lot of local history and information, both as we drove and walked through the cities. He did a great job of selecting the notable things to see in both cities; and we got to sample the great chocolate in Bayonne. While we had no problems walking, Aitor was very attentive to retrieving the car to save us steps. We was very willing to give his time and not watch the clock.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Norman, A lot of people see just Biarritz, but Bayonne is a bit unknown and it is really a nice city with many things to offer. And I was very glad that I could show them to you.

Maria Burns

United States
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Tour: #83867, French Basque Country Coast Private Tour, Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France    view tour
Date: Aug 5/14

Maria Burns

United States
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Tour: #83867, French Basque Country Coast Private Tour adapted, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France    view tour
Date: Aug 5/14

Fabulous is the only word to describe the day. Aitor is a guide like no other.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Maria. I really appreciate your words, Hope to see you soon!

Laurel Mead

United States
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Tour: #28134, San Sebastian - The Pearl of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Jul 9/14

I highly recommend Aitor! My husband and I had 3 tours with him during a 2 week period which included Pamplona, Bilbao, and San Sebastian. We were so impressed with his extensive knowledge of history, culture, and even geology! He enjoys his job and is patient and pleasant. He continually customized our tours for us based on our interests and the weather. He tried to make sure that we were able to do as much as possible during our 3 tours and made suggestions for things we could do/see on our own as well.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Laurel! I really love to tailor my tours to whatever it is more interesting and enjoyable for my guests, and I am really glad that you noticed it.

Laurel Mead

United States
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Tour: #28808, The coast of Biscay designed for shore cruise stops, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Jul 4/14

I highly recommend Aitor! My husband and I had 3 tours with him during a 2 week period which included Pamplona, Bilbao, and San Sebastian. We were so impressed with his extensive knowledge of history, culture, and even geology! He enjoys his job and is patient and pleasant. He continually customized our tours for us based on our interests and the weather. He tried to make sure that we were able to do as much as possible during our 3 tours and made suggestions for things we could do/see on our own as well.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Laurel, the coast of Biscay is often overlooked by many travellers coming to Bilbao and I really believe that it is a pity. I am glad that you liked it!

Laurel Mead

United States
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Tour: #40489, Pamplona tour, a city with running of the bulls in their streets, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain    view tour
Date: Jun 30/14

I highly recommend Aitor! My husband and I had 3 tours with him during a 2 week period which included Pamplona, Bilbao, and San Sebastian. We were so impressed with his extensive knowledge of history, culture, and even geology! He enjoys his job and is patient and pleasant. He continually customized our tours for us based on our interests and the weather. He tried to make sure that we were able to do as much as possible during our 3 tours and made suggestions for things we could do/see on our own as well.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Laurel! I really love this job as it allows me to transmit my love to this small corner of the world. I am so happy that we could share this.

Tim Santana

United States
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Tour: Van for up to 6 persons, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain
Date: Jun 27/14

The van as more than adequate for us.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks, I will let him know!

Tim Santana

United States
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Tour: #28808, The coast of Biscay designed for shore cruise stops, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Jun 27/14

Aitor is wonderful. He is very knowledgeable and willing to share it with his clients. He kept everything very laid back and was willing to do whatever we wanted during our travels. If we wanted to stop somewhere or linger a little longer it was no problem. He was anxious to please, even suggesting some additions to the tour that we enjoyed and sending some pictures after the tour so we could remember the names of the villages. Thanks Aitor.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review. It is my pleasure to really make you feel comfortable and I feel very happy when I know that I am successful on making you enjoy best your time in Bilbao and the Basque Country. Thanks. Aitor D.

Miriam Harrington

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim Shore Excursion Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Apr 24/14

Aitor gave a great city tour. He has a huge fund of knowledge about Bilbao, Basque culture,Basque history, and many other topics. Everyone in our group has travelled extensively, but we all agreed he is one of the best and most knowledgeable guides we had ever seen. He also has a delightful personality and we all enjoyed our time with him very much. He took care of many details and clearly wanted us to have a good tour. We recommend him very highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Miriam, it was a big pleasure for me to meet you and your friends and I have been very happy to show you the must-sees of Bilbao, but also other parts that locals enjoy.

Elaine Hutchinson

United States
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Tour: #28808, The coast of Biscay designed for shore cruise stops, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Apr 23/14

Aitor was a wonderful guide, both during the Biscay coast tour my husband and I took with him and also in Bilbao, where we joined six friends on a walking tour of the city. He's very knowledgble, patient, personable and thoughtful; in satisfying our curiosity and accommodating our interests, especially in Gernika, he seemed as much good friend as professional guide. We highly recommend him and, given the opportunity, would gladly tour with him again.

Gary Marcus

Eugene, OREGON, United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim Shore Excursion Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 18/13

Aitor is one of the best guides I have ever had. I have hired over 30 private guides in countries such as China, France, Italy, Germany and the USA. Aitor took my wife and I through Bilbao one day and the Basque Countryside the next. The countryside is a must! Aitor's is fluent in English and has a thorough command of Spanish history. He explained the history of the Basques, Navarre, agriculture, industry, the civil war..Plus he knows the best restaurants. Easy to be with. Helpful, not intrusive.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. The Basque Countryside is often not considered in the shadow of Guggenheim Museum but it is really a surprising part of our region and I am very proud to have the opportunity to show it to you. Specially as you came only for an evening originally and, once you tried my services here, you decided to make the booking for the following morning.

Susan Hughes

United States
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Tour: #28134, Rioja and San Sebastian - Best wine and food of Spain, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 12/13

We had a fabulous day and tour with Aitor! His winery and food selections were great, his driving was superb and his knowledge of the area was unbeatable! We were able to be flexible making an itinerary change when we realized that going to San Sebastion wasn't going to be feasible. Instead he took us all through Bilbao and left nothing unseen. We had such a great day that we'd like to return to the area, stay there and hire Aitor for the entire time!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susan for your review. It was a real pleasure to show you the best highlights of Rioja and Bilbao. My tours are cautiously designed but I am always happy to tailor them, even on our way, if you want to stop longer in any of the surprising points I show you in my tours. And very happy to see that you loved them. Hope to meet you and your friends soon! Regards, Aitor D.

Jacqui Bellini

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim Shore Excursion Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Aug 25/13

This tour was amazing. Aitor was an amazing guide answering all our questions. I would definitely recommend him to all my friends and family who travel to Bilbao.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! Very happy to meet you and hope that we will have a chance to see the wineries of Rioja and Vitoria, the Spanish Gastronomy Capital 2104 in a next visit.

Boris Martinez

United States
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Tour: West Pyrenees day tour, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain
Date: Jul 22/13

We were initially hesitant to sign up for this tour because we just found it online but the process was so easy to sign up and receive confirmation. When we met our guide Aitor, he was on time, courteous, and so knowledgeable, our whole family had a great time and learned a great deal! He even went above and beyond, and toured us to places we hadn't planned on but was absolutely worth it. We would recommend Tours By Locals to anyone and especially our guide Aitor D. Thank you for a memorable tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Really happy that you enjoyed the tour with me. Thanks for acknowledging one of the values of our work, which is the fast answer to clients and the adaptability to the knowledge and time of our clients.

Robert Brenner

United States
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Tour: #40489, Pamplona tour, a city with running of the bulls in their streets, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain    view tour
Date: Jul 9/13

Aitor tailored the tour to my unusual requests which were numerous. He even provided me with his personal contact information just in case I had any questions after our tour was over! I had researched Pamplona online, but Aitor took me to locations I had not even read about that were simply spectacular. He is very personable and made it feel like an old friend were giving me a tour of the city. I had a lot of fun. With his help I fell in love with the city and cannot wait to return. Thank you Aitor!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review. It was a real pleasure to help you. I am happy to do everything I can to make you feel relaxed and comfortable whilst in Spain. And now I am very proud to have a good new-old friend now and I hope to meet you back soon.

Lyda Lindell

United States
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Tour: Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim short afternoon private tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain
Date: Jun 21/13

Aitor is such a nice person and a great tour guide! Our friends and I enjoyed our tour and his company!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review. I really love to meet people like you and your friends. All the best.

Jean Oconnell

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim Shore Excursion Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Jun 16/13

Our guide, Aitor was an enthusiastic young man who knows and loves his city. It was a pleasure to spend time with him in Bilbao and especially at the Guggenheim Museum. This way of touring is so much better than a large group tour because the guide can adjust the tour to the interests and pace of the clients. Our group of 4 was very very satisfied.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review! I am really happy that you enjoyed the tour in Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum. I am happy to give the local insider point of view to make the visit unique.

Peter Faber

United States
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Tour: #28133, Vitoria Basque Country Capital Private Tour, Vitoria, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: May 22/13

We came to the Basque country and had originally planned to visit Vittoria. The day of our arrival in Bilbao we were told that San Sebastian is far more beautiful than Vittoria and we called Aitor to ask him to change our trip. He did so without any issues. Aitor knew his material, was charming and friendly. We learned a great deal from him and enjoyed the day that he spent with us. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks. I really love to adjust my tours to your desires so that you will enjoy best our Country. Hope that next visit you have more time and I can show you also Vitoria and its very well preserved medieval city center. I really had a great time with you and your friends and I am glad that you also enjoyed it! Hope to see you soon!

Penelope Warga

United States
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Tour: #28807, Rioja Wine and Village Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Dec 30/12

Five stars for Aitor. He is wonderful. We all had a great time. Thank you!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. I am very proud that you enjoy Rioja and the winery selected for you and your family on this special day.

Penelope Warga

United States
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Tour: #28800, Special Christmas Bilbao City Center Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Dec 29/12

Aitor is the best!!!! Smart,funny, knowledgeable. Would highly recommend him to anyone!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. I also enjoyed a lot showing you and your family about Bilbao and the events of Christmas time in Spain and the Basque Country.

John Olano

Federal Way, WASHINGTON, United States
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Tour: #28800, Drive through Algorta and Bilbao and Rioja wineries Tour for Olano family, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Nov 12/12

My wife and I enjoyed the most amazing 2 day tour with Aitor. He picked us from our cruise ship and drove us to the cities we had requested months before. One was near Bilbao where I lived 45 years ago. Aitor went out of his way to ask strangers about a distant relative and we found her! It was incredible. We insisted on having Aitor join us with our meals. His presence enhanced our dining experiences and we feel Aitor is now a friend. We will be using him again when we return to the Basque country.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the the time you shared with me. I enjoyed a lot meeting you and showing some beautiful parts of your country in your limited time. Looking forward to see you back soon.

Stephen Heller

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim Shore Excursion Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 25/12

Aitor did an amazing job on our tour of Bilbao! He was friendly, knowledgeable & could not do enough to make our tour special & customized. He made sure that we did not have to wait in the queue for tickets to the Guggenheim and even took photos of us and our friends which he emailed to us. His tour was the perfect combination of letting us experience the art and providing us in sight. Aitor also offered to mail our postcards for us & sent a confirming email that he had done so. We HIGHLY recommend him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It makes me happy to know that you enjoyed the tour as I did. It is my willing to make your experience in Bilbao unforgettable and I am very glad on helping you in all the ways I can. Hope that we have other chance to meet longer next time to show you also other interesting cities and villages around.

Martine Du Sault

Canada
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Tour: #28134, San Sebastian - The Pearl of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 24/12

Barry Traynor

Melbourne, FL, United States
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Tour: #28808, The coast of Biscay designed for shore cruise stops, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Sep 19/12

aitor was wonderful guide, he followed exactly what we asked him to do and took us to s sheep cheese farm in the country(fabulous). he went beyond what was required of him. my wife and i would definitely recommend him to other customers going to bilbao or pomplona. barry

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review. I want to give a first hand view of the Basque Country and I am always very happy to adapt to your desires, this is what I love, giving you a fully personal experience!

David Slaght

Canada
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim Shore Excursion Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Aug 19/12

Aitor went beyond our expectations! His knowledge, enthusiasm along with customizing the tour our wants was more than we could have asked for. His grasp of the history, culture, architecture and hidden gems of the Basque area provided a fabulous day. His mastery of multiple languages and great communication skills made the day easy and fun for us. We would highly recommend him as a guide. Well done!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review. I always try to make your Basque experience the most personalised and memorable. I am very happy to see that you had a fabulous day.

Bennie Lowery

United States
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Tour: #28800, Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim Flight stop Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Aug 7/12

Aitor was our tour guide in Bilbao to the Guggenheim and surrounding area . He was waiting at the airport when we arrived and immediately began the tour. He was very knowledgeable about the city and its historical beginnings. He also offered many details about the museum & explained and answered all our questions. He spoke very good English and was easily understandable. He was courteous, amicable & flexible about our requests as the day progressed. We would highly recommend his services!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments. I am happy you have enjoyed the day we have together in Bilbao and neighbourhoods. I felt proud to share with you the history, situation and characteristics of this not so well known, and often surprising, corner of Europe.

Chip Goodman

United States
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Tour: #28800, Extended Shore Excursion: Bilbao City Center and Guggenheim Private Tour, Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Jul 31/12

Fabulous guide. Helped us arrange special plans for our anniversary and gave us a fabulous tour. Extremely knowledgable and very personable. We highly recommend him

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks. I always do my best to make your stay the most enjoyable. I am happy to see that my objective of making your stay in the Basque Country special and memorable was achieved.

Patricia Hartnett

Australia
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Tour: West Pyrenees day tour, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain
Date: Jul 12/12

Aitor was perfect guide. He made my husband and I feel relaxed and did his best to cater to our requests. Actually he excelled and went out of his way to show us places he thought may be of interest to us. He was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and we finished off the day feeling a little wiser about the Basque countryside and culture. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and have some lovely memories. Thanks Aitor.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Patricia, thans to you. My interest is to make the experience on my tours the most enjoyable for my guests and I happy to adapt fast to all the interests of my guests. It was really a pleasure for me to meet you and I hope that we have the chance to meet back. All the best for you both.

Leslie Schaefer

United States
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Tour: #28134, Special Shore tour of San Sebastian & Bilbao - Two gems of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Pais Vasco, Spain    view tour
Date: Jun 2/12

WOW - Aitor was so full of knowledge about his town, country and so enthusiastic it was a pleasure to tour San Sebastion, Bilbao Spain with him. We got to see so much and eat pintxos at a local eatery - there were 8 of us on this tour and I am sure that I can speak for everyone that we would all recommend him highly as a tour guide - we all were on the Oceania, Marina Rome to London sailing on May 22-June 6, 2012 - Leslie & Dennis Schaefer - cruise critics - Dakotariley

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. The efforts I make on preparation, study and enjoy of the cities and towns of the Basque Country are wonderfully rewarded when I achieve that my guests enjoy the Basque Country as much as I do.