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Natural and gourmet break in the Basque Country

4 Nights

5 Days

Set beside the ocean and the mountains, the Basque Country offers a variety of landscapes for visitors to discover, each of them oozing with authentic charms. Do you love fresh air, fine cuisine and culture? Then look no further, this break is for you!

With its rich architectural heritage and dynamic culture, the Basque Country sets out to provide a warm welcome. Wander around the must-see towns and villages and meet their inhabitants. Make time for genuine discussion and let your desires and emotions run free.

 

 

 

From 390.00 € per person

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Piment d’espellete au marché de Bayonne

Program

Day 1

Bayonne

  • Tour of Bayonne with a hot chocolate tasting break
  • Visit to a Bayonne ham salting and drying room
  • Lunch at Les Halles market
  • Walk in the heart of the historic district
  • Dinner at a restaurant with stunning views of Bayonne
  • Accommodation in a double room in a charming hotel

Day 2

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and Ossès

  • Free time to explore historic Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and its citadel on foot
  • Lunch in a renowned restaurant
  • Walk in the heart of the city
  • Traditional dinner at a farm near Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
  • Accommodation in a spa hotel in Ossès

 

 

Day 3

Itxassou, Espelette and Ainhoa

  • Rafting trip upon departure from Itxassou
  • Easy hike to Pas de Roland
  • Visit to Espelette, the chilli pepper capital
  • Dinner and accommodation in a charming hotel in Ainhoa

Day 4

La Rhune, Sare, Guéthary and Bidart

  • Visit Rhune Mountain in a small train
  • Free time for lunch at the summit with breath-taking views of the coast
  • Return to the valley in a small train or on foot
  • Visit Sare and its prehistoric caves
  • Dinner in a restaurant in Guéthary
  • Accommodation in a hotel or charming guest house in Bidart

 

Day 5

Saint-Jean-de-Luz

  • Walk along the sea
  • Visit to Saint-Jean-de-Luz
  • Shopping break
  • Macaroon tasting in the famous Maison Adam
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Natural and gourmet break in the Basque Country

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5

Bayonne

From its white facades with their colourful shutters to the lively streets with such distinctive arcades and the cathedral overlooking the city, there’s no doubt, you’ve arrived in Bayonne. Discover the places that have shaped the city and its love for chocolate, from the 17th century to today.

A visit to a chocolate factory is a must, ending with a hot chocolate tasting, followed by the workshop of a ham producer. The visit to the Bayonne ham salting and drying room will capture your full attention and make your mouth water just in time for lunch at Les Halles market.

After that, take the time to travel from one end to the city to the other, before stopping at the edge of the River Nive, and then cross Vauban’s ramparts to soak up the festive atmosphere of the city. And if you feel like it, why not take a trip to the sea at the end of the afternoon? Head for Anglet and its perfectly laid-out sea front.

Back in Bayonne in the evening, dine in the city before returning to your charming hotel located a stone’s throw from the city centre.

 

 

 

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and Ossès

Head in the direction of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-port, a historic town an hour away from Bayonne and an unmissable destination in the Basque Country. It is also an important stopover for the many pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela who make the long journey to the Cathedral of Saint James, another UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site.

You will have the opportunity to explore the historic centre of the citadel designed by Vauban independently, on foot. Enjoy the amazing view over the Pays de Cize Valleys, the Irouleguy vineyard and the Pyrenees, from the covered walk. Return to the town centre for lunch, to discover authentic cuisine with local products taking centre stage.

Continue your day with an easily accessible hike. Two trails are on offer: leaving from the town towards Urkulu Tower (a vestige from the Roman period) or in the direction of Kurutxamendi, known as the mountain of the Cross (a strategic military point).

You will finish your day in a hotel and spa, located 15 minutes from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, for a moment of well-deserved relaxation before tucking into a meal at a charming farm owned by a Basque chef, the son of a shepherd.

 

 

Itxassou, Espelette and Ainhoa

An action-packed day awaits you at Itxassou in the heart of the Basque Country. The day will begin with white water rafting down the River Nive (duration 2 hours, 30 mins), supervised by nature enthusiasts. Itxassou, a village famous for its black cherry production, also promises to make this a day full of delicious treats for the taste buds. You are free to make your own lunch arrangements in Itxassou to discover the town’s culinary specialities.

Then set out on a walk to see the Pas de Roland. As legend has it, this opening in the mountain was created by Roland de Roncevaux as access for his troops during a battle with the Saracens.

Then end the day in the village of Espelette, famous for its chilli peppers that adorn the facades of the traditional Basque houses. Dine and stay over in a charming hotel whose decor combines Basque tradition and modernity.

 

 

La Rhune, Sare, Guéthary and Bidart

We propose a tour of the Sare region aboard a small wooden train running on the local rack railway. Enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic coast during a 35 minute journey to the summit of La Rhune, the highest mountain in the Basque Country.

Once arrived at your destination you will have the opportunity to purchase gifts in the Spanish ventas (shops) and enjoy refreshments before descending on foot (a 2-hour walk) or by the train again.

People interested in prehistory can take a few hours to visit the village of Sare and one of its caves. You will then make a welcome stop in the village of Guéthary for dinner, before enjoying a comfortable evening on the coast at Bidart, where you can relax in a double room in a 4-star hotel.

 

 

 

Saint-Jean-de-Luz

From Bidart, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is reached by the coastal trail: this beautiful hike lasting 3 hours, 30 minutes will leave you with fantastic memories of the breathtakingly beautiful landscape.

Your arrival point will be the Point of Sainte Barbe, the most beautiful lookout over the bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Visit the city and stroll through its streets to discover its history and architecture and end your stay with a shopping session and unmissable macaroon tasting.


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Piment d’espellete au marché de Bayonne

Natural and gourmet break in the Basque Country

Set beside the ocean and the mountains, the Basque Country offers a variety of landscapes for visitors to discover, each of them oozing with authentic charms. Do you love fresh air, fine cuisine and culture? Then look no further, this break is for you!

With its rich architectural heritage and dynamic culture, the Basque Country sets out to provide a warm welcome. Wander around the must-see towns and villages and meet their inhabitants. Make time for genuine discussion and let your desires and emotions run free.

 

 

 

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Natural and gourmet break in the Basque Country

From Bayonne to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, discover the authentic Basque Country with delicious food with this short, 5-day break.

 

 


Visit to the Egiategia wine estate

Atypical, unique or even unusual is what characterises the Egiategia estate. Emmanuel Poirmeur set up his vineyard on the heights of the cornice in a location between the Pyrenees mountain chain and the Atlantic Ocean.

Emmanuel Poirmeur is a passionate and pioneering winegrower who makes his wines 215 metres underwater in the bay of Saint Jean de Luz. During your visit you will visit the winery and enjoy a tasting of three Dena Dela vintage wines.

 

 

 

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Visit to the Egiategia wine estate

Egiategia is a unique and unusual wine estate located on the French Basque coast

 

 

 


Vue sur le château Abbadia depuis la plaine

Visit to Abbadia Castle and Observatory

The Abbadia Castle and Observatory traces the life of Antoine d'Abbadie, a 19th-century scientist, geographer, linguist, astronomer and great traveller.

The castle, which is listed as a historic monument and one of the rare designs by architect Eugène Viollet le Duc, has been completely restored. From the astronomical observatory to the paintings brought back from travels, the castle and observatory is surprising by its decoration, architecture and the secrets it contains. Guaranteed delight! Open all year round (except in January).

 

 

 

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Visit to Abbadia Castle and Observatory

Follow in the footsteps of the scholar and traveller Antoine d'Abbadie

 

 


Village de Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port et son clocher

Basque Country villages discovery break

Want to spend a picturesque break visiting typical villages beside the Atlantic Ocean and at the foot of the Pyrenees? Then head in the direction of the Basque Country! The ocean beaches popular with surfers are not the only must-see destinations: the charming Basque villages inland are worth the detour.

On the programme of your heritage getaway: Hasparren, Cambo-les-Bains, Espelette, Sare, Ainhoa, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and Bidarray. Shall we take you too?

 

 

 

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Basque Country villages discovery break

Fall in love with the most beautiful villages in the Basque Country, as you discover the region’s cultural and gastronomic heritage.

 

 


Balade en pirogue sur l’océan atlantique et la côte basque.

Canoe trip in the Basque Country

Fancy an original and unusual activity with family or friends? Book your Hawaiian canoe trip for your stay in the Basque Country!

On the programme: a fun and convivial two-hour trip in Saint-Jean- de-Luz Bay, an ideal location for Hawaiian canoeing, even for beginners.

 

 

 

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Canoe trip in the Basque Country

Visit Saint-Jean-de-Luz Bay aboard a Hawaiian canoe

 


Raft en train de descendre sur la Nive.

Rafting down the river Nive

Raft down the beautiful Nive River in the Basque Country with family or friends.

This two-hour experience is terrific fun and will delight all thrill seekers.

 

 

 

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Rafting down the river Nive

Calling those who love big thrills!

 

 


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