French Pyrenees to Basque Country Walking & Hiking Tour

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Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

From $5,499 - $5,849 /person

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

French Pyrenees to Basque Country Walking & Hiking Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Jun-Oct 2025: Apr-Oct

From $5,499 - $5,849 /person

Sparkling Biarritz to Spain's Rioja Wine Region

On a map, there's a line. One side France. The other, Spain. But as you gaze at the resplendent Bay of Biscay, walk the high plains and valleys of the Pyrenees, follow the path of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, and toast the vibrant colors, light and superb wines of La Rioja, you'll see it's a place all its own. 

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Highlights

  • Journey from the dramatic Atlantic Pyrenees in France to the green mountain landscapes of the Basque Country in Spain
  • Hike up to breathtaking views of the region's iconic vast beech forests, broad patchwork hills and sheep-dotted pastures
  • Walk with travelers from all over the world on part of the famed pilgrimage trail of St. James, the Camino de Santiago
  • Savor excellent Basque cuisine created by Michelin-starred chef Francis Paniego and exquisite wines of the Rioja region 
French Pyrenees to Basque Country Walking & Hiking Tour map

France & Spain

Start Biarritz

End Bilbao

Airports & Travel details*

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

Hike along the coast, past hidden beaches, quaint seaside villages and rugged rock formations Arrive in the atmospheric town of St-Jean-de-Luz, beloved for its picturesque square Stroll the town’s sheltered port, where fishermen tend to their colorful boats Sip a post-hike libation on the terrace of our exquisite retreat.

Accommodations
La Réserve

(1 night)

Night 1

La Réserve
St-Jean-de-Luz
*Casual Plus Hotel

This clifftop property overlooks the deep-blue Atlantic and offers plenty of sunny lounge spaces throughout its manicured gardens to take in the view. (pool)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 2-3

Description

Discover the Basque Country’s bucolic charm as you walk through green sheep-dotted hills Hiking in the Pyrenees, skirt the line between France and Spain on an ancient route once used by wayfarers and smugglers •  Linger over a classic Basque lunch in charming Bidarray Explore the landscape surrounding our idyllic retreat or simply take in the scene from the pool.

Accommodations

Nights 2-3

Auberge Ostapé
Bidarray
Premiere Hotel

A beautifully restored traditional Basque farm from the 17th century offering pastoral tranquility and dramatic views of the surrounding emerald hills. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-6

Description

Cross into the Navarra region of Spain for a walk on the renowned Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route Trek through medieval villages and across old stone bridges Taste an array of local pintxos—delicious small plates Prepare to be stunned by tonight’s Frank Gehry-designed hotel and winery Rural beauty surrounds us in La Rioja wine region, where hundreds of ancestral wineries have thrived for generations As you hike, admire the play of sunlight, shadow and color on the vineyard-laced landscape Walk on centuries-old cobblestone streets in historic villages like Laguardia and Elciego Indulge in Basque specialties with Michelin stars—the ideal finish to an extraordinary week.

Accommodations

Nights 4-5

Hotel Marqués de Riscal
Elciego
Premiere Hotel

Created by Frank Gehry to complement his famed Guggenheim design in Bilbao, this architectural masterpiece—featuring Michelin-starred cuisine—is a destination unto itself. (pool, spa)  

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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We want to make sure you're on the trip that's right for you. 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.

Air-Conditioning

Auberge Ostapé is a Premiere Hotel housed in a beautiful historic building. While it offers outstanding service and amenities, please note that it is not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.

Summer in Basque Country

While we always aim to get off the beaten path, this region is a popular coastal vacation spot for European tourists. You'll be among locals and fellow travelers when we visit towns, and there can be moderate car traffic on some of the country roads we bike on (cars in this area are very respectful of bikers).

Terrain & Shuttles

Amid Basque country and the Pyrenees foothills, you can look forward to some exciting terrain our hikes. If you want additional support, we have Leki Trekking poles available in addition to water, snacks and ample encouragement provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides. We can also flatten some of the hills with strategic shuttles, but you should be comfortable with steep climbs and descents or hopping in the van for a lift.

From $5,499 - $5,849 /person

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Hotels

World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Night 1

La Réserve
St-Jean-de-Luz

*Casual Plus Hotel

This clifftop property overlooks the deep-blue Atlantic and offers plenty of sunny lounge spaces throughout its manicured gardens to take in the view. (pool)

Nights 2-3

Auberge Ostapé
Bidarray

Premiere Hotel

A beautifully restored traditional Basque farm from the 17th century offering pastoral tranquility and dramatic views of the surrounding emerald hills. (pool, spa)

Nights 4-5

Hotel Marqués de Riscal
Elciego

Premiere Hotel

Created by Frank Gehry to complement his famed Guggenheim design in Bilbao, this architectural masterpiece—featuring Michelin-starred cuisine—is a destination unto itself. (pool, spa)  

From $5,499 - $5,849 /person

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