On a map, there's a line. One side France. The other, Spain. But as you gaze at the sparkling 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.
1 Hike along the coast, past beautiful beaches, quaint seaside villages and rugged rock formations | Arrive in the idyllic town of St-Jean-de-Luz, beloved for its picturesque square | Stroll the town's sheltered port, where fishermen tend to their colorful boats.
2-3 Discover the Basque Country's pastoral 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 pilgrims and smugglers | Savor a traditional Basque lunch in charming Bidarray.
4 Cross into the Navarra region of Spain for a walk on the renowned Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route | Ramble through medieval villages and across old stone bridges along the Pilgrim's Way | Taste an array of local pintxos—delicious small plates | Prepare to be stunned by tonight's Frank Gehry-designed hotel and winery.
5-6 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 | Amble on ancient cobblestone streets in historic villages like Laguardia and Elciego | Indulge in Basque specialties at a Michelin-starred restaurant—the ideal finish to an extraordinary week.