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Basque Country Multi-Adventure Tour

Bike
Walk/Hike
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Bilbao to Biarritz—Beaches & the Pyrenees

From $4,598 - $4,848 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,160 for sgl. occ.)

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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Spain & France

Start Bilbao / End Biarritz

Basque Country Multisport Adventure Tour Map

Highlights

  • 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
Spain & France

Start Bilbao / End Biarritz

Basque Country Multisport Adventure Tour Map

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.

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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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.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 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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Prices

From $4,598 - $4,848 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,160 for sgl. occ.)

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Premiere Hotels

Hotel Maria Christina
Hotel Maria Cristina

San Sebastián (2 nights)

Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa
Grand Hôtel Thalasso & Spa

St-Jean-de-Luz (2 nights)

Hotel du Palais
Hôtel du Palais

Biarritz (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in French and Spanish Pyrenees

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The multisport Basque country trip was unforgettable!

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from Toronto, Canada

Comments about Basque Country Multi-Adventure Tour:

This was our first experience with an active travel company and my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the week in Basque country. Our group was comprised of 7 travellers and 2 group leaders. Initially, I was a bit disappointed that we did not have a bigger group. In reality, it was a blessing since the smaller group meant we had time to really engage with the other guests, and spend more time with the leaders. From the first introductions at the hotel in Bilbao, we were very comfortable and impressed with the organized and friendly vibe. The week was indeed an adventure, not just with the physical activities, but also with the dining and exploring that took place in the evenings. We both agree that we will return to Backroads again in future.

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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 View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

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)

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

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 or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

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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Hiking in Basque Country
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Backroads Basque Country Multi-Adventure Tour

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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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