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A unique corner of Europe unlike any other. Part French, part Spanish, a warm and proud people with a history and identity all their own. Tranquil mountain villages, the capital of the French Basque Country, bold Rioja wines and world-class biking from the majestic Pyrenees to the sun-drenched Atlantic coast.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start Biarritz, France / End Bilbao, Spain
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Breathe in the fresh sea air in lavish Biarrtiz as you start your Basque Country journey along the coast | Pass ocean-worn cliffs and expansive views of the deep blue Atlantic as you ride | Arrive at the dramatic Bay of Biscay | The quaint seaside village of St-Jean-de-Luz invites you to bask on a sandy beach or wander its shop-lined cobblestone streets | Unwind at our waterfront belle epoque retreat.
Built in 1901, this hotel has retained the charm of the belle epoque while seamlessly incorporating modern luxury. (spa)
Cycle through charming towns festooned with garlands of bright red piment d'Espelette (sun-dried peppers), a cornerstone of the region's cuisine | Experience the grandeur of the French Pyrenees as you ride into the mountains along the historic Pas-de-Roland | Indulge in rich chocolate in beautiful St-Étienne-de-Baïgorry | Incredible biking awaits as you ride through the idyllic French countryside | Local flavors come alive at our tasting of Irouléguy AOC wines and Ossau-Iraty AOC cheese.
A beautifully restored traditional Basque farm from the 17th century offering pastoral tranquility and dramatic views of the surrounding emerald hills. (pool, spa)
Limestone peaks and green valleys set the scene in Spain's Navarra region | Challenge yourself with a climb up Puerto de Bernedo | Admire the fantastical design of Hotel Marqués de Riscal, dreamed up by maverick architect Frank Gehry | Explore the mountainous landscape of northern Spain by bicycle, from the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria to the ancient stone walls surrounding Laguardia | Take in the vibrant reds, yellows and greens of Rioja vineyards | Stop for pintxos (tapas) along the way | Tour the underground cellars of a Laguardia winery, one of only a few wine caves still operating within the village walls | A gentle descent brings us to our exquisite hotel and the end of our journey.
Created by Frank Gehry to complement his famed Guggenheim design in Bilbao, this architectural masterpiece—featuring Michelin-starred cuisine—is a destination unto itself. (pool, spa)
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
Note: Steep gradient can make routes feel more challenging than the elevation gain may suggest.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
On many nights, the gourmet restaurants where we dine offer specially prepared limited or fixed menus featuring a delicious selection of authentic regional cuisine.
With Rioja's limestone cliffs and the Pyrenees' foothills, you can look forward to some great climbs and steep descents. If you want a boost, we can flatten some of the hills with strategic shuttles, but you should be comfortable with some long downhills or hopping in the van for a lift.
Auberge Ostapé is a Premiere Hotel housed in a beautiful historic building. While it offers outstanding service and amenities, please note that it is not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guest rooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.