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Basque Country Multi-Adventure Tour

Bilbao to San Sebastián & Biarritz

Ever basked on a Basque beach? Nibbled on pintxos? Learned to surf with the pros? Biked from Spanish ports to French pastures? Never say never. Because you'll do all this and more in Basque Country, a region that's Spanish, but not exactly. French, but somehow different. You’ve enjoyed adventure, but nothing quite like this.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $4,699 pp dbl occ
($1,200 for sgl occ)

Bike
Walk/Hike
Kayak
Surf

Spain & France

Start Bilbao, Spain / End Biarritz, France

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

Highlights
  • Hike, bike and experience the glorious landscapes, colorful traditions, and unique language and culture of Basque Country
  • Explore a variety of water-based activities like kayaking and surfing off some of the region’s most beautiful beaches
  • Journey back in time on a select section of the renowned Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, a World Heritage site
  • Discover the picturesque seaside town of St-Jean-de-Luz, whose scenic waterfront is a perfect backdrop for a memorable meal
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Hike in the vast Basque Coast Geopark | Towering above the sea, the spectacular Flysch cliffs are more than 60 million years old | Stroll along the beach to an atmospheric fishing village | Share the path with pilgrims walking the St. James Trail to Santiago de Compostela | In San Sebastián, spend time exploring the town, hanging out on the beach or kayaking to a little island that offers views of the bay and mountains | Try delicious pintxos, the popular local snacks.

Hotel Maria Christina
Hotel Maria Cristina
San Sebastián
| Premiere Hotel

Set in the city center, surrounded by gardens and overlooking the Urumea River, this elegant century-old hotel is just a short walk from sandy beaches.

Days 3-4

You’re in one of Europe’s top surfing spots—care to give it a try? | Enjoy a leisurely ride into France and the seaside town of St-Jean-de-Luz | Hike France’s beautiful Basque landscape | Pedal by sheep-dotted hills and quaint farmhouses | Savor views of the sea from our hotel’s lovely terrace or pamper yourself at the spa | Wander St-Jean-de-Luz’s narrow streets and dine along the town’s picturesque waterfront.

Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa, France
Grand Hotel 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 5-6

Explore the countless charms of the French Basque Country | Pedal along the coast and through colorful fishing communities | Get to know the lavish seaside town of Biarritz, dubbed the “queen of beaches and the beach of kings” ever since Empress Eugénie de Montijo and her husband, Emperor Napoleon III, made Biarritz the favorite resort of the European aristocracy | Visit the old port and covered marketplace, Les Halles de Biarritz, where locals gather to eat, drink and shoot the breeze.

Le Régina Biarritz Hôtel & Spa
Le Régina Biarritz Hôtel & Spa
Biarritz
| Premiere Hotel

Seafront luxury and art deco elegance await at this historic hotel, with sweeping bay views and located just across from the iconic Biarritz lighthouse. (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: 1-3

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.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 900 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 6 miles | 900 ft. gain
Kayaking
around San Sebastián (1.5 hours)
Day 3
Biking
Level 2 | 14 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 21 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Other
Surfing Lesson (2 hours)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 1 | 13 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 2 | 32 miles* | 1700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 40 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 300 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Performance Road Bike

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 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.

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