Basque Pyrenées

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A museum sheathed in titanium. Wild horses that eat baguettes. Farmers on tractors yield the right of way to fierce but friendly pelota games in village squares. Garlands of brilliant red pimientos dry in the sunlight…then show up on a dinner plate stuffed with seafood.Villages with names in three languages—Basque, French and Spanish. Venture onto the gentle ...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Exploring seaside towns and bucolic villages
    • Living in luxury at a seaside Belle Epoque hotel
    • Challenging friendly locals to a game of pelota

What's this trip about?

    A museum sheathed in titanium. Wild horses that eat baguettes. Farmers on tractors yield the right of way to fierce but friendly pelota games in village squares. Garlands of brilliant red pimientos dry in the sunlight…then show up on a dinner plate stuffed with seafood.Villages with names in three languages—Basque, French and Spanish. Venture onto the gentle western slopes of the Pyrénées. This region may well have more festival and market days per person than anywhere else in Europe. As this Classic Journey moves between France and Spain, go from the scenic green meadows of the Jaizquibel to medieval market towns to the dramatic Guggenheim museum you've heard so much about. The Basques have a deep affection for Americans and you'll experience it time and again as you go exploring with local Basque guide.

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Details

Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CitySaint Jean-de-Luz
End CityBilbao, Spain

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Culinary & Wine
  • Cultural
  • Family Friendly
  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • Relaxing Retreats
  • Transformative

Destinations

  • Europe
  • France
  • Spain

Attractions

  • Basque Country
  • Bilbao

Activities

  • Culture
  • History
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion
  • Relaxing Retreat
  • Swimming

Trip includes

    • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
    • Support vehicle(s)
    • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
    • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
    • Trip literature
    • All land transportation during the trip
    • All breakfasts, and 5 dinners.

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Itinerary

DAY 1 - SAINT-JEAN-DE-LUZ
Our tour of the Basque country meets in Saint-Jean-de-Luz (1 night), where we take an afternoon walk in this French resort and fishing village. Just north of the Spanish border, our seaside hotel reflects the water with its crisp blue and white tiles.

DAYS 2-3 - BIDARRAY
The ancient pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela all converged on Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port…and we visit this town with its singing church bells, too. In the afternoon, our hosts arrange a game of pelota (similar to jai alai) for us, then we settle in for the first of ...
DAYS 4-7 - SAN SEBASTIÁN / BILBAO
One of our favorite footpaths takes us from Ustaritz, the first capital of the province, to Bayonne, where along the way we sometimes spot miniature wild horses and stand with one leg in Spain, the other in France. We'll explore the seaside resort of San Sebastián—enjoyi...

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Dates & Availability

Price From $4,495
Price per day$642
Last Updated: 7/16/2018

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,Hotel La Reserve Beautifully situated on the Basque coast, the hotel offers direct access to the beach and gorgeous views of the mountains in the distance. Enjoy panoramic views of the sea from the hotel's heated swimming pool, a par-three golf course and tennis courts. Ostape A cluster of Basque-style farmhouses on a hilly estate, this unique property in the Navarre region offers the comforts of a 5-star hotel. Each suite blends classic and contemporary design. The heated outdoor pool overlooks pastures dotted with sheep. Hotel De Londres Y De Inglaterra With its location on La Concha Bay, this grand beachfront hotel is the perfect spot to enjoy vibrant San Sebastián. Built in 1865 and lovingly renovated, the rooms blend romantic touches with modern amenities and have views of the wide beach and the sea.
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