Introduction
A museum sheathed in titanium. Wild horses that eat baguettes. Villages with names in three languages—Basque, French and Spanish. Every time we venture onto the gentle western slopes of the Pyrénées on our tours of Spain and France, the richness of Europe’s oldest culture surprises us again. 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. This region may well have more festival and market days per person than anywhere else in Europe, and we're always happy to change plans and join in. As this Classic Journey moves between France and Spain, we 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 our local Basque guide.
Picture yourself...
  • Exploring seaside towns and bucolic villages
  • Living in luxury at a seaside Belle Epoque hotel
  • Challenging friendly locals to a game of pelota
Itinerary at a glance
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 two nights at Bidarray. The next morning, we travel east into the heart of Basque country. On a countryside stroll in the rolling green foothills of the Pyrénées, we visit a local farmer and see how he makes goat cheese.

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—enjoying its elegant corniche (beach) and a lunch of tapas. Other highlights include a walk to the top of Jaizkibel, as well as a guided exploration along the cobblestone streets of Hondarribia. On our final day, we spend time at Bilbao's futuristic Guggenheim museum before parting company in the afternoon.
Basque Pyrenées
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7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Saint Jean-de-Luz – 3:30 pm – Hotel La Reserve lobby

Ending Point: Bilbao, Spain – 1:00 pm and Biarritz, France – 4:00 pm

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Logistics made easy
On a typical walking tour of the Basque country, the logistics could be daunting. But Classic Journeys takes care of all the details so you can focus on the amazing scenery, culture and historic sites.
Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility on our walking tour of the Basque Pyrenées. Here and everywhere we travel, we offer alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
May 15-21, 2016$4395.00$795.00
Jun 26-Jul 2, 2016$4495.00$795.00
September 4-10, 2016$4495.00$795.00
October 2-8, 2016$4495.00$795.00
May 7-13, 2017$4495.00$795.00
Jun 25-Jul 1, 2017$4595.00$795.00
September 3-9, 2017$4595.00$795.00
October 1-7, 2017$4595.00$795.00
  • 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.
Basque Pyrenées
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The Basque coast has a warm, breezy climate. The temperature is generally very temperate, with a daily range from 65 to 75 degrees and evening temperatures around 60 degrees. As we’ll be spending much of our time along the coast, the warm sunshine is moderated by the winds that blow off the Atlantic.

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Hotels
Hôtel La Réserve

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.

Ostapé

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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On a typical walking tour of the Basque country, the logistics could be daunting. But Classic Journeys takes care of all the details so you can focus on the amazing scenery, culture and historic sites.
Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility on our walking tour of the Basque Pyrenées. Here and everywhere we travel, we offer alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
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