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Basque Country Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids

Bilbao to San Sebastián & 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.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $4,899 - $4,999 pp dbl occ
($1,200 - $1,830 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices
Walk/Hike
Bike
Kayak
Surf

Spain & France

Start Bilbao, Spain / End Biarritz, France

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

Highlights
  • Hike, bike and experience the gorgeous landscapes of the Basque Country while learning about its rich cultural traditions
  • Surf with the pros in a fun-filled beginner's lesson at Pukas Surf Skola, one of the oldest surfing schools in Spain
  • Explore the rugged Basque coastline and witness its fascinating geologic formations, including the magnificent Flysch cliffs
  • Discover the glamorous beaches and old port of dazzling Biarritz, once a vacation destination of the European aristocracy
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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 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.

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

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).

Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa, France
Grand Hotel 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

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.

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.

Note: The minimum age required for kids to ride their own bike on this trip is 7+

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 900 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 900 ft. gain
Kayaking
around San Sebastián (1.5 hours) | min. age: 7+
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 7 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 14 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 21 miles | 1900 ft. gain
Other
Surfing Lesson (2 hours) | min. age: 7+
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 300 ft. gain
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 | 24 miles* | 1500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 40 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 200 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

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.

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.

Kids' Bikes

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On our Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bikes.

Trailer Bike

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who aren't yet ready for bike touring. 

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 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

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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.

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