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Basque Country Family Multisport Adventure Tour

 
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Beaches & Pastoral Pyrenees from Bilbao to Biarritz

  • Hike, bike and experience the rich and colorful traditions of Basque culture
  • Take a surfing lesson at Pukas Surf Skola, the oldest surfing school in Spain
  • Explore the rugged Basque coastline and witness its fascinating geologic formations
  • Greet beret-capped fishermen as you cross from Spain to France
  • Discover the glamorous beaches and old port of dazzling Biarritz

Ever basked on a Basque beach? Nibbled on pintxos? Surfed on Spanish waves? Biked along the sea from ports to 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 family adventures, but none quite like this.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Hike in the vast Basque Coast Geopark, one of the world's most unique environments  Towering like giants above the sea, the spectacular Flysch cliffs are more than 60 million years old and tell a fascinating geologic story  Walk along the beach to an atmospheric fishing village, sharing the path with pilgrims hiking the St. James Trail en route to Santiago de Compostela  In San Sebastián, spend time exploring town, hanging out on the beach or paddling a sea kayak to a little island that offers views of the bay and nearby mountains  Now's your chance to 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?  Professional surfers from the world champion Pukas Team take you out in beginner's waves  Savor a last slice of tortilla española before heading from Spain to France  Bike along the spectacular French coastline, then hike in the beautiful countryside  Explore the Pyrenean foothills filled with steep green pastures, sheep and the remarkable Pottok, an endangered breed of pony  Enjoy a family dinner in charming seaside St-Jean-de-Luz.

Days 5-6 From Saint-Jean-de-Luz, set out along the coast and through colorful fishing communities  Learn to play pelote basque, a favorite regional pastime  Get to know the lavish 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  In town, explore the old port and the impressive covered marketplace, Les Halles de Biarritz—the place where all the locals gather to eat, drink and shoot the breeze.

I really can't rave enough about our Basque Country trips—especially for families! 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 - $4,998
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(+$880 to $1,450 for sgl. occ.)

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Bilbao, Spain/Biarritz, France

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Premiere Inns

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 María 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

Hotel du Palais

Biarritz (1 night)

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

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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—especially for families! 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 4 800
2 Walking/Hiking 4 500
Kayaking around San Sebastián (1.5 Hours)
3 Biking 16 900 22 1900
Other Surfing Lesson (2 Hours)
4 Walking/Hiking 5 800 7 1500
5 Biking 13* 800 24* 1500 40 2200
6 Walking/Hiking 4 300
 

Note: The hiking terrain on this trip includes a mix of level in-town walks, hilly coastal paths and rugged mountain trails. The biking routes range from level to rolling with challenging climbs for those who opt for longer options.

* 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.

Only the Best Hotels

On this Premiere Inn trip, 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.

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 multisport concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multisport trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in French and Spanish Pyrenees—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

A Great Trip for Teens

This Family Adventure, with its blend of challenging activities and cool places to explore, is ready to erase the doubtful looks of the toughest travel critics around: teenagers. We're not saying there won't be a single eye-rolling response (or the odd WhatsApp exchange with the gang back home), but this trip has plenty to keep teens in the moment and part of the family.

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.

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.

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.

Plenty of Kids on Your Trip

It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.

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.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in French and Spanish Pyrenees, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Tweens, Teens and the Rest

The activities on Backroads Family Adventures are designed with all of you in mind. We've got easier routes designed for younger kids' abilities – and attention spans—and great longer options scaled to fit the tastes and energy levels of tweens, teens and adults. To narrow down the best choices for your family, take a look at our age guidelines.

We Invented the Multisport Trip

After 30 years of creating Backroads Multisport 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.

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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 $6,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,798 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,598 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 $6,698 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $7,398 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $8,598 pp dbl occ

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