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Bilbao to Biarritz—Beaches & the Pyrenees

  • Hike, bike and experience the glorious landscapes and colorful traditions of Basque Country
  • Enjoy a variety of options off the road and trail, like kayaking and surfing off some of the region's most beautiful beaches
  • Step back in time and onto a section of the renowned Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route
  • Discover the picturesque seaside town of St-Jean-de-Luz, whose scenic waterfront is a perfect backdrop for a memorable meal

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.

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Itinerary

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.

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.

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.

I really can't rave enough about our Basque Country trips. From the magical Rioja region to the French Pyrenees, the landscape is truly spectacular. The ancient villages are fascinating to explore. And the cuisine and wine are out of this world! These trips offer the perfect introduction to all that Basque Country has to offer, including hidden spots that the locals know well but visitors don't often see. To top it off, Bilbao and Biarritz are your gateway cities and perfect places to extend your vacation before or after your trip.
Annie Rosenberg- Regional Manager - France

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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.
$4,598 - $4,898
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(+$1,160 to $1,450 for sgl. occ.)

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.

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Hotel Maria Christina

Hotel Maria Cristina

San Sebastián (2 nights)

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.

Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa

Grand Hôtel Thalasso & Spa

St-Jean-de-Luz (2 nights)

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

Hotel du Palais

Hôtel du Palais

Biarritz (1 night)

Rich in history and charm, this 19th-century oceanfront hotel has a grand design, spectacular views and an exceptional restaurant. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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I really can't rave enough about our Basque Country trips. From the magical Rioja region to the French Pyrenees, the landscape is truly spectacular. The ancient villages are fascinating to explore. And the cuisine and wine are out of this world! These trips offer the perfect introduction to all that Basque Country has to offer, including hidden spots that the locals know well but visitors don't often see. To top it off, Bilbao and Biarritz are your gateway cities and perfect places to extend your vacation before or after your trip.

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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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 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.

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Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 2* 300 4 900
2 Walking/Hiking 6 900
Kayaking around San Sebastián (1.5 Hours)
3 Biking 14 1000 21 2000
Other Surfing Lesson (2 Hours)
4 Walking/Hiking 5 800 7 1500
5 Biking 13* 800 32* 1700 40 2200
6 Walking/Hiking 4 300
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in French and Spanish Pyrenees

How Long Since Your Last Pintxo?

During your stay in San Sebastian, the historic resort town on the Bay of Biscay, we introduce you to a unique dining experience: a tour of local bars and bistros to try pinxtos, the Basque version of tapas. Your Trip Leaders know the best spots to rub elbows and raise glasses with the locals as you sample every manner of small-plate specialty – all in the quest for the ultimate pintxo epiphany.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our French and Spanish Pyrenees trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

More Leaders to Support You

On our French and Spanish Pyrenees trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road and trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore French and Spanish Pyrenees with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multi-adventure concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

The Best Leaders in French and Spanish Pyrenees

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in French and Spanish Pyrenees, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In French and Spanish Pyrenees you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings French and Spanish Pyrenees has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,598 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,798 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,298 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,898 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,598 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,498 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $7,098 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $8,198 pp dbl occ

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