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French Basque Country Family Walking & Hiking Tour - 20s & Beyond

Pyrenees Mountain Villages & Atlantic Beaches

From $3,799 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$890 for sgl. occ.)

A region infused with unique charms, exuberant folklore and postcard-perfect scenery at every turn. Hiking trails along the dazzling Atlantic coast, through lush rolling pastures and into the regal Pyrenees mountains. A part of France and Spain unlike any other, with a history, culture and language all its own. From the peak of La Rhune to the beaches of Biarritz and every enchanting village in between, come fall in love with Basque Country.

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France & Spain

Start Biarritz / End St-Jean-de-Luz or Biarritz

Pays Basque Walking and Hiking Tour Map

Highlights

  • Explore the Basque Country less traveled, where hidden mountain villages give way to lively beach towns and coastal castles
  • Hike through the majestic French and Spanish Pyrenees on the incredible Grande Randonnée or Gran Recorrido trail network
  • Summit emerald-hued La Rhune mountain, rising from the border, for extraordinary views over both France and Spain
  • Savor organic farm-to-table cuisine at charming Basque country farms, share delicious tapas and unwind at enchanting hotels
France & Spain

Start Biarritz / End St-Jean-de-Luz or Biarritz

Pays Basque Walking and Hiking Tour Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Kick off your hiking adventure through Basque Country in beautiful Biarritz, once a favorite resort town of the European aristocracy | Spice up the journey right from the get-go with lunch in picturesque Espelette, home to the eponymous pepper, a treasured Basque chili | Hike through green rolling hills and sheep-dotted pastures, stopping in traditional villages along the way | Follow trails in the foothills of the Atlantic Pyrenees and across the border to Spain | Discover spellbinding history and caves in the tiny hamlet of Zugarramurdi.

Day 3 Travel on foot from our first charming Basque Country hotel to the next | Explore Ainhoa, a member of the Plus Beaux (Most Beautiful) Villages of France | Share a delicious meal with family and local friends | Gradual climbs and descents lead the way to Sare, where scenes of red-shuttered stone houses amid emerald green peaks are sure to enchant.

Days 4-6 Climb up to the top of regal La Rhune, the starting point of the Pyrenees chain | Part French, part Spanish, this national heritage site is also home to pottok horses | Trek on well-maintained mountain trails speckled with wildflowers and peat bogs | Savor views of a bucolic landscape stretching all the way to Atlantic beaches and beyond | Relax in a mountain hut over a farm-fresh lunch | Journey to the coast and hike a hand-picked section of the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) | Celebrate the week with a boat ride and coastal walk to St-Jean-de-Luz, an friendly beach town with a vibrant mix of French and Spanish influences.

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2020 October

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

2020 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,799 pp dbl occ
  • 9 Guests: from $4,299 pp dbl occ
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Prices

From $3,799 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$890 for sgl. occ.)

Casual Hotels

Hôtel Ithurria, Ainhoa
Hôtel Ithurria

Ainhoa (2 nights)

Hôtel Arraya, Sare
Hôtel Arraya

Sare (1 night)

La Réserve, St-Jean-de-Luz
La Réserve

St-Jean-de-Luz (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Pays Basque

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Hôtel Ithurria, Ainhoa

Hôtel Ithurria

Ainhoa (2 nights)

Sweet simplicity and classic Basque Country charm can be found at this welcoming hotel, a one-time family home set in the heart of a traditional village. (pool)

Hôtel Arraya, Sare

Hôtel Arraya

Sare (1 night)

Built in the 16th century in a village center surrounded by mountains, this captivating and quintessentially Basque hotel feels straight out of a fairy tale.

La Réserve, St-Jean-de-Luz

La Réserve

St-Jean-de-Luz (2 nights)

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)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 6 300
2 6* 1600 10 1900
3 8 700 13 1400
4 7* 2100 8 2700
5 8* 400 13 700
6 4 300
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Pays Basque

The Best Leaders in Pays Basque

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Pays Basque, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Pays Basque you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Pays Basque trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

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