The French Basque Country is a captivating region that offers a unique culinary experience for adventurous foodies. A 5-hour food tour through traditional farms and villages provides guests with the opportunity to meet local producers, savor renowned regional specialties, and enjoy the rich heritage of this gastronomic haven. From the renowned Kintoa Ham to the creamy Ossau Iraty Cheese and the vibrant Espelette Pepper, the tour promises to delight the senses and leave visitors with a deep appreciation for the exceptional flavors that define the Basque Country’s culinary landscape. Those seeking to uncover the treasures of this remarkable region won’t want to miss this unforgettable adventure.

Key Points

French Basque Country Farms & Food Tour - Key Points

  • The tour explores the culinary heritage of the French Basque Country, including visits to traditional farms and tastings of regional specialties like Kintoa Ham, Ossau Iraty Cheese, and Espelette Pepper.
  • Guests will learn about the unique terroir and traditional production methods that give these Basque delicacies their distinctive flavors and character.
  • The tour includes private encounters with local farmers and artisans, providing an immersive experience in the authentic culinary traditions of the region.
  • Participants can savor two delightful food surprises curated by the local epicurean guide, in addition to the signature Basque products.
  • The tour is a 5-hour experience that costs $587.50 for a group of up to 7 people, with the option to reserve and pay later.

Tour Details

French Basque Country Farms & Food Tour - Tour Details

The French Basque Country food tour is a 5-hour experience that costs $587.50 for a group of up to 7 people, with the option to reserve now and pay later.

The tour highlights include visiting traditional farms, meeting local farmers, and tasting regional specialties like Kintoa Ham, Ossau Iraty Cheese, and Espelette Pepper.

Guests will explore the scenic countryside aboard a vintage 1970s Volkswagen Van, guided by a local epicurean expert.

The tour includes tastings of local products, two food surprises to bring home, and encounters with the farmers who produce these iconic Basque delicacies.

The meeting point is the parking in front of the Cité de l’Océan Museum, where the guide will be waiting in the classic VW Van.

Tour Highlights

French Basque Country Farms & Food Tour - Tour Highlights

Visitors embark on a captivating journey, exploring traditional farms and meeting local farmers who proudly share their time-honored techniques.

The tour highlights include:

  1. Savoring the renowned Kintoa Ham, a delicacy produced in the village of Ainhoa using centuries-old curing methods.
  2. Indulging in the creamy and flavorful Ossau Iraty Cheese, a beloved Basque specialty, during a visit to Itxassou.
  3. Discovering the vibrant and versatile Espelette Pepper, a regional treasure, in the picturesque town of Espelette.
  4. Relishing in two delightful food surprises carefully curated by the local epicurean guide to complement the exceptional tastings.

This immersive experience offers a window into the rich culinary heritage of the French Basque Country.

Itinerary

French Basque Country Farms & Food Tour - Itinerary

The tour kicks off in the charming village of Ainhoa, where guests savor the renowned Kintoa Ham, a delicacy produced using centuries-old curing methods.

Next, the group travels to Itxassou to visit a local farm and taste the renowned Ossau Iraty Cheese, a prized sheep’s milk cheese with a rich, nutty flavor.

The final stop is in the picturesque town of Espelette, famous for its namesake chili pepper. Here, visitors get to see the drying racks and learn about the intricate process of growing and harvesting the Espelette Pepper, a key ingredient in the region’s iconic cuisine.

Throughout the itinerary, the guide provides insights into the cultural heritage and traditional practices that make this area of the French Basque Country so unique.

Kintoa Ham

French Basque Country Farms & Food Tour - Kintoa Ham

What makes Kintoa Ham a delicacy in the French Basque Country? This artisanal ham is produced using centuries-old curing methods, resulting in a rich, flavorful meat that’s highly sought after in the region.

The unique flavor profile of Kintoa Ham is attributed to several factors:

  • The pigs are raised on a diet of acorns, giving the meat a distinct nutty undertone.
  • The ham is cured for a minimum of 12 months, allowing the flavors to develop and concentrate.
  • The drying process takes place in the Basque Country’s cool, humid climate, which is ideal for creating the ham’s signature texture and aroma.
  • Kintoa Ham is 100% local, with every step of production occurring within the Basque region.

Ossau Iraty Cheese

French Basque Country Farms & Food Tour - Ossau Iraty Cheese

Alongside the renowned Kintoa Ham, the Basque Country is equally revered for its production of the Ossau Iraty cheese, a renowned delicacy that has been crafted in the region for centuries.

This artisanal sheep’s milk cheese boasts a rich, nutty flavor and a firm, supple texture that melts delightfully in the mouth. Carefully aged in the area’s cool, humid caves, Ossau Iraty showcases the exceptional terroir of the Pyrenees, with notes of herbs and grassy undertones.

Visitors to the Basque Country can look forward to savoring this treasured cheese during the food tour, which includes a visit to a local farm where they’ll learn about the intricate cheesemaking process firsthand.

Espelette Pepper

French Basque Country Farms & Food Tour - Espelette Pepper

Espelette Pepper, a hallmark of Basque cuisine, lends its signature smoky-sweet flavor to the region’s celebrated dishes, elevating each bite with its vibrant hue and piquant essence.

On the French Basque Country food tour, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the charming town of Espelette, known for its iconic red pepper.

Here, they can:

  1. Witness the intricate process of drying and grinding the peppers, a labor-intensive tradition passed down through generations.
  2. Sample the versatile Espelette Pepper in a variety of local products, from condiments to charcuterie.
  3. Learn about the unique terroir and cultivation methods that give this pepper its distinctive character.
  4. Purchase the prized Espelette Pepper to bring home and incorporate into their own culinary creations.

Inclusions

French Basque Country Farms & Food Tour - Inclusions

The French Basque Country food tour includes a variety of offerings to enhance the overall experience for participants. Travelers can look forward to tastings of local delicacies such as Kintoa Ham, Ossau Iraty Cheese, and the renowned Espelette Pepper. Plus, the tour provides two food surprises to bring home, allowing guests to share a taste of the region with friends and family. The immersive experience is further enriched by private visits to traditional farms and encounters with local farmers, offering a glimpse into the authentic culinary traditions of the Basque Country.

Inclusions
Tastings of Local Products
Two Food Surprises to Bring Home
Farm Visits and Farmer Encounters
Private Guide and Driver

Meeting Point

French Basque Country Farms & Food Tour - Meeting Point

The meeting point for the French Basque Country food tour is the parking in front of the Cité de l’Océan Museum, where the guide will be waiting in a 1970s Volkswagen Van. This vintage vehicle sets the stage for an immersive experience, transporting guests into the heart of the Basque region.

Participants can look forward to:

  1. Spotting the iconic VW Van from a distance, instantly recognizing their meeting point.
  2. Greeting the friendly guide, who’ll be ready to embark on the culinary adventure.

Participants can also look forward to:

  1. Admiring the vintage charm of the classic van, a nostalgic touch to the tour.
  2. Feeling the excitement build as the group gathers, anticipating the delicious discoveries ahead.

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Recap

French Basque Country Farms & Food Tour - Recap

The French Basque Country food tour is a delightful culinary experience that immerses guests in the region’s rich gastronomic heritage.

Travelers can savor the renowned Kintoa Ham, indulge in the creamy Ossau Iraty Cheese, and discover the vibrant Espelette Pepper while exploring traditional farms and meeting local producers.

This 5-hour tour offers a unique opportunity to dive into the flavorful world of the French Basque Country.

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