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, passing beautiful beaches, quaint seaside villages and rugged rock formations Arrive in the idyllic town of St-Jean-de-Luz, beloved for its picturesque square lined with cafés, boutiques and seafood restaurants Stroll along the town's sheltered port, where beret-capped fishermen tend to their colorful boats.
2-3 Discover Basque Country's pastoral charm as you walk through green sheep-dotted hills in a region celebrated for its fromage de brebis—a creamy cheese with a sweet taste This is the land immortalized in The Song of Roland 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 before watching a demonstration of Basque pelota—then give it a go yourself!
4 Welcome to Spain! We cross the border into the Navarra region for a walk on the renowned Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route Exchange greetings with travelers from all over the world as you 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, the remarkable Marqués de Riscal.
5-6 Rural beauty and tranquility surround 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 La Guardia and Elciego Indulge in Basque specialties at a Michelin-starred restaurant—the ideal finish to an extraordinary week.