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The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
From coastal France to stunning San Sebastián
Straddling the border between France and Spain, Basque Country is an experience unto itself. From beautiful Biarritz on the French side, we take in breathtaking views of the Pyrenees. Later, swap mountains for oceans on the idyllic Spanish Basque coast, then finish in San Sebastián, where pintxos lovers will have fits of gastronomic delights.
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Day by Day
Walk toward the classic Basque town of Sare alternating between dirt and paved roads passing through small villages. This evening, we are treated to a lovely dinner and our first of many wonderful Basque meals together.
Take an exciting walk in the countryside surrounding Bidarray. This evening, watch a game of pelota with the locals in Bidarrya’s fronton—a great opportunity to witness just how passionate the Basques are about this sport!
Bid au revoir to the French Basque country and hola to Spain! Our route takes us right into San Sebastian. Along the way, stop for a peek at the Albaola Museum and its reconstructed 16th-century Basque whaling ship on display! Tonight, a classic Basque supper!
Set out by foot directly from your hotel to summit and join up with the Camino de Santiago. You'll be spoiled by constant coastal views along this gorgeous hike. Check in at Akelarre and spend the rest of the evening exploring San Sebastián on your own.
Head to the coastal town of Getaria famed for supplying the freshest fish to the region. Pause at the oldest winery in town before wrapping up your walk at the UNESCO Flysch & Karst geological site. Tonight, you dine at your hotel's three-star Michelin restaurant.
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, you'll be driven the one hour to Bilboa Airport or downtown. Adiós!
From coastal France to stunning San Sebastián.
Auberge Ostape, Bidarray
The Auberge is a beautifully restored traditional Basque farm that dates back to the 17th century. It offers pastoral tranquillity and dramatic views of the surrounding emerald hills. Antiques fill the hotel and the refined restaurant and outdoor pool are both highlights. View hotel website »
Lasala Plaza Hotel, San Sebastian
At the centre of it all, Lasala Plaza offers 58 rooms with amazing views and a crowning rooftop pool. A beautiful medley of historic architecture and modern design, the hotel’s interior is reflective of the seaside culture, which you can read about extensively in the well-stocked library where books about local art and culture are a plenty. View hotel website »
Obsessive striving is the modus operandi of Akelarre hotel, a cutting-edge property that began as a 3-star Michelin restaurant and has since grown to include accommodation (5-star, naturally). Straddling the coastal hills just outside of San Sebastián, the design hotel is a definite head-turner, but we suggest pivoting toward the outdoors as well, where regal views are truly enchanting. View hotel website »
We never wanted to be the biggest travel company in the world, just the best.
— George Butterfield
There were so many incredible events on this trip. And we had a tremendous guide—enthusiastic, knowledgeable, totally attentive to details, and such a delightful person.— Patty Richmond
Hikes on this trip range from moderately challenging to challenging. Rocky, uneven terrain presents itself at times. The average distance per day is 13 km (8 mi.) on mountain trails (3-5 hours of hiking).
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- Services of B&R trained local guide(s)
- All transportation, excluding taxis to/from dinners on your own and transfers at drop-off
- All special events and tours described in itinerary
- Gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
- All baggage transportation
- GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
- B&R water bottle
Walking Sticks & Hip Holsters
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
Spend more time in Basque Country
Bilbao is a vibrant and compact city that allows for easy exploration on foot—we highly recommend spending time there after your B&R trip. The opening of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim in 1997 sparked a renaissance within the city that has put Bilbao back on the map culturally and artistically. The city boasts several other museums of note, an attractive old quarter that is ideal for strolling through, and some fantastic restaurant/bars.
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