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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 with your family, but nothing quite like this.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start Bilbao, Spain / End Biarritz, France
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Follow hiking routes through the vast Basque Coast Geopark | Discover the spectacular Flysch cliffs, more than 60 million years old, towering above the sea | Walk along the beach to an enchanting fishing village | As you hike, meet pilgrims walking the St. James Trail to Santiago de Compostela | Spend time exploring San Sebastián, hanging out on its beaches or kayaking to a little island for great views of the bay and mountains | Taste delicious pintxos, the popular local snacks.
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.
Catch a wave! You’re in one of Europe’s top surfing spots | Ride a leisurely route into France and seaside St-Jean-de-Luz | Hike France’s beautiful Basque landscape | Bike past sheep-dotted hills and quaint farmhouses | Take in views of the sea from our hotel’s inviting terrace or treat yourself at the spa | Explore St-Jean-de-Luz’s narrow streets and dine along the town’s picturesque waterfront.
Built in 1901, this hotel has retained the charm of the belle epoque while seamlessly incorporating modern luxury. (spa)
Discover the countless charms of French Basque Country | Ride along the coast and through vibrant fishing communities | Wander around 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 it the favorite resort of the European aristocracy | Gather with locals to eat, drink and shoot the breeze in the old port and covered marketplace, Les Halles de Biarritz.
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)
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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On many nights, the gourmet restaurants where we dine offer specially prepared limited or fixed menus featuring a delicious selection of authentic regional cuisine.