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Basque Country Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Older Teens & 20s

Bilbao to San Sebastián & Biarritz

A region that's Spanish, but not exactly. French, but somehow different. Bask on a Basque beach. Nibble on pintxos. Learn to surf with the pros. Bike from Spanish ports to French pastures. And every night, a grand hotel to call home. Basque Country was made for family adventures.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $4,699 pp dbl occ

Special Kids Prices
Bike
Walk/Hike
Kayak
Surf

Spain & France

Start Bilbao / End Biarritz

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

Highlights
  • Bike, hike and experience the glorious landscapes, vibrant traditions, and unique culture of Basque Country with your family
  • Explore a range of water-based activities like kayaking and surfing off some of the region's most stunning beaches
  • Journey back in time on a hand-picked section of the renowned Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, a World Heritage site
  • Vacation in the gorgeous 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 colassal Basque Coast Geopark | More than 60 million years old, the spectacular Flysch cliffs tower like giants above the sea | Walk along the beach to an enchanting fishing village | Share the path with pilgrims walking the St. James Trail en route to Santiago de Compostela | Spend family time exploring San Sebastián, hanging out on the beach or taking in views of the bay and nearby mountains as you paddle a sea kayak to a tiny island | Taste delicious pintxos, the popular local snacks | Soak up some rays by the pool at our palatial hideaway.

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

Learn to ride the waves in one of Europe's top surf spots | Take a peaceful ride into France and the seaside resort town of St-Jean-de-Luz | Hike trails through France's beautiful Basque landscape | Bike by sheep-dotted hills and quaint farmhouses | Enjoy views of the sea from our hotel's lovely terrace or opt visit the spa | Wander St-Jean-de-Luz's narrow streets and savor a family dinner along the town's picturesque waterfront.

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 5-6

Discover the many charms of the French Basque Country | Bike along the coast and through colorful fishing communities | Welcome to 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 | Explore the old port and covered marketplace, Les Halles de Biarritz, where locals gather to eat, drink and shoot the breeze | Linger over a family breakfast at our chic clifftop retreat.

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 dinners, 4 lunches
  • 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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