Our Tours

Hand-crafted experiences for small groups

What Customers Say

  • “There are not enough words to describe how special and wonderful this trip has been! Thanks to Javy, Margaret, Jamie and Nuria for the special care and attention to all our needs. AMAZING. Until the next time!...”
    Jose Luis M
    (Manila, Philippines)
  • “Javier and Margaret. You guys are amazing! Thank you so much for taking care of us all. I really appreciate all the attention you guys took into consideration. From "Javi cab" to the amazing dinners and everything in between. I will remember this trip forever. Thank you for making this amazing and perfect...”
    (Manila, Philippines)
  • “Couldn´t have asked for a better way to celebrate my dad´s 80th birthday! Thank you Margaret, Javier, Jamie and Nuria. What a unforgettable experience!! ...”
    Rica T
    (Orlando, USA)
  • “We have been home from our trip to the Basque country for a few days and I am still pinching myself that I really had that vacation. The trip that Margaret and Javier took us on was more than we could've dreamed of. The places, the food, the history, the company and the time and research they put into the planning was over the top. We will forever be grateful for all they did for us. From the bottom of our hearts thank you.. thank you... Hope so much to see you again.. Galo's Girls...By far the best vacation ever!”
    (Sacramento, USA)
  • "One of the most memorable days of our time in Spain was spent doing a La Rioja wine tour with Margaret & Javier Salazar. They picked us up right on time and took us to a combination of wineries we and they selected, all of whom were terrific. We had a wonderful lunch at a place that was small and intimate and hosted by the owner. All the while they entertained us with the history of the area and their personal story. Also hooked us up with a great cooking class in San Sebastian. I highly recommend them to anyone that wants an extra special experience."
    John Dodsworth
    (Los Altos, USA)
  • “I had a wonderful "foodie" afternoon with Margaret. I learned so much about Basque food and wine as well as finding out more about Bilbao too. We tried so many pintxos - some I would never have tried on my own but Margaret soon worked out my tastes and I also said I was happy to try everything! I have already followed some of Margaret's recommendations for eating out on my own. Brilliant!”
    Sharon Hodgkins
    (Sheffield, UK)

About Travel Basque Country

We are a Bilbao based travel company specialized in custom tours for groups interested in local culture, history, wine and gastronomy. Our philosophy is “Meet the Locals” and through our network of guides and providers we aim to deliver unique experiences and unforgettable memories. We look forward to helping you plan your journey.

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

Why Choose Us

Authentic Local Experiences

Since 2012 we've been providing authentic local tours of the Basque region and beyond. During this time we've gathered a network of local guides and partners who share our passion for food, culture and traditions. Come and Meet the Locals!

Private Transport

Sit back and leave the driving to us. Our professional transport service will ensure a comfortable and safe trip wherever your destination. We can organize private ground transport for groups, from our  comfortable 7-seater passenger van to mini-buses.

Destination Experts

We have researched and written all about the Basque Region. In our free online travel guide read more about Bilbao, Vitoria and San Sebastian. Learn about the Basque history, culture, fiestas and traditions that will make your trip unique and add to your cultural understanding.

Meet The Team

Javier Salazar
Founder, History Lover & Guide

Javier is responsible for bringing everything and everyone together to make Travel Basque Country work. Originally from Bilbao, Javi takes pride in sharing his Basque heritage and homeland with others. Passionate about history and culture, his favorite spots include the railway museum in Azpetia and the Puente Vizcaya in Portugalete.

Margaret Carpo
Co-Founder, Storyteller & Guide

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Margaret grew up between between the Philippines and California. She now lives in Bilbao and works as a communications consultant for local companies, and as a guide for Travel Basque Country. A food lover, her favorite places in the Basque Country are the pintxos bars in San Sebastian and the Urdaibai estuary.

Nuria Bru
Travel Partner, Euskaldunberri & Guide

Experienced guide and travel professional, Nuria speaks Basque and Catalan. From running her own active travel agency to leading guided hikes and winter ski trips Nuria's positive energy and charisma will ensure an unforgettable trip. Her favorite places in the Basque Country include small family run wineries in Rioja Alavesa and the hiking trails surrounding Vitoria.

Mikel Salazar
Tech Whiz & Transport

Our resident IT whiz, Mikel is also a serial entrepreneur who invests in bit currency and programs websites in his spare time. His favorite spots in the Basque Country include the small town of Orduña and traditional Basque farm houses 'caserios' where the best bbqs are celebrated.


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