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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.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Special Kids Prices
Start Bilbao, Spain / End Biarritz, France
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
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 to Santiago de Compostela | In San Sebastián, spend time exploring town, hanging out on the beach or paddling a sea kayak.
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.
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 | Discover the beautiful French seaside town of St-Jean-de-Luz | Kids enjoy a fun-filled meal while grown-ups savor regional cuisine | Hike quiet trails through a picturesque Basque landscape dotted with sheep, goats and Pottok ponies | Youngsters learn to make a traditional gâteau Basque (Basque cake).
Built in 1901, this hotel has retained the charm of the belle epoque while seamlessly incorporating modern luxury. (spa)
From St-Jean-de-Luz, set out by bike along rolling hills toward Ahetze, Ustaritz and the Nive River | Learn to play pelote basque, a favorite regional pastime | Ride a rolling route through enchanting Bayonne | Get to know the lavish town of Biarritz, favorite resort of the European aristocracy | Rest and relax at our elegant oceanfront hotel | Complete your journey with a walking tour and a visit to Les Halles marketplace.
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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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.
Note: The minimum age required for kids to ride their own bike on this trip is 7+
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.
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.
On many nights, the gourmet restaurants where we dine offer specially prepared limited or fixed menus featuring a delicious selection of authentic regional cuisine.