Basque Country Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Basque Country Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
French Pyrenees and Spain’s Rioja Region Bike Tour
Basque Country Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Basque Country Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Basque Country Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Basque Country Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Basque Country Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Basque Country Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Basque Country Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
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Basque Country Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s

French Pyrenees & Spain's Rioja Wine Region

A 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

French Pyrenees & Spain's Rioja Region Map
French Pyrenees & Spain's Rioja Region Map

France & Spain

Start Biarritz, France / End Bilbao, Spain

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Bike with your family past sweeping views of the grand Pyrenees as you cross over the scenic border from Spain to France
  • Savor Rioja's bold red wines, which pair perfectly with thick slices of Manchego cheese, jamón serrano and ripe green olives
  • Vacation amid the artistry and comfort of Hotel Marqués de Riscal, designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry
  • Celebrate an active family vacation and vibrant Basque culture, a fascinating blend of French, Spanish and local traditions​
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
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Day 1

Breathe in the fresh sea air in lavish Biarritz as you start your Basque Country family journey along the coast | Bike past ocean-worn cliffs and expansive views of the deep blue Atlantic | Arrive on two wheels at the dramatic Bay of Biscay | The quaint seaside village of St-Jean-de-Luz invites your family to bask on a sandy beach or wander its shop-lined cobblestone streets | Unwind at our grand waterfront retreat. 

Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa, France
Grand Hôtel Thalasso & Spa
St-Jean-de-Luz
| Premiere Hotel

Built in 1901, this hotel has retained the charm of the belle epoque while seamlessly incorporating modern luxury. (spa)

Days 2-3

Ride through charming towns festooned with garlands of bright red piment d’Espelette (sun-dried peppers), a cornerstone of the region’s cuisine | Bike into the mountains along the historic Pas-de-Roland and experience the grandeur of the French Pyrenees | Rich chocolate indulgences await in enchanting St-Étienne-de-Baïgorry | Cycle through the idyllic French countryside, home to incredible biking | Local flavors come alive at our tasting of Irouléguy AOC wines and Ossau-Iraty AOC cheese.

Auberge Ostape
Auberge Ostapé
Bidarray
| Premiere Hotel

A beautifully restored traditional Basque farm from the 17th century offering pastoral tranquility and dramatic views of the surrounding emerald hills. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6

Limestone peaks and lush valleys set the scene in Spain's Navarra region | Families might challenge themselves 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) with your family 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.

Hotel Marques de Riscal
Hotel Marqués de Riscal
Elciego
| Premiere Hotel

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)  

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 2-5

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

Steep gradient can make routes feel more challenging than the elevation gain may suggest.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Biking
Level 2 | 15 miles* | 1700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 16 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 30 miles | 2400 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 24 miles* | 2000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 30 miles* | 2400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 41 miles | 3700 ft. gain
Level 5 | 45 miles | 4400 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 2 | 23 miles* | 2100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 31 miles* | 2800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 38 miles* | 3400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 41 miles | 3900 ft. gain
Level 5 | 47 miles | 4500 ft. gain
Day 4
Biking
Level 1 | 13 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 19 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 29 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Level 4 | 41 miles | 2900 ft. gain
Level 5 | 55 miles | 4000 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 2 | 24 miles* | 2200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 29 miles* | 2500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 41 miles | 3400 ft. gain
Level 5 | 52 miles | 5500 ft. gain
Day 6
Biking
Level 2 | 13 miles | 1000 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

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.

Limited & Fixed Menus

On many nights, the gourmet restaurants where we dine offer specially prepared limited or fixed menus featuring a delicious selection of authentic regional cuisine.

Terrain & Shuttles

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.

Air-Conditioning

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.

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