Basque Country Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 3
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Discover the rich and unique culture of the Basque Country and the varied landscapes on both sides of the border with our Guided Walking multi-centre holiday. In France, explore the local area on foot, spot the local Pottok horses and walk to the summit of Mount Esnaur. A train ride to the summit of La Rhune is bound to be a highlight of the trip. In Spain, walk along the coast to San Sebastien and further explore coastal paths and inland trails that pass through vineyards.

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience the diverse Basque Country culture in both France and Spain
  • Explore the coast along old pilgrim trails and through Spanish vineyards
  • Take a train to the summit of La Rhune for spectacular views out to the ocean

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks and sightseeing, including a free day to explore at your own leisure
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of a knowledgeable local leader
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' half-board accommodation in en-suite rooms

Trip Notes

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We arrive at Bilbao airport, where we meet our local guide and transfer across the border to Sare, where we spend our first three nights. Depending when we arrive and once you’ve checked in, there may be a little time to explore the town before meeting with your guide for dinner.

Arraya hotel de charme, Sare - Basque country

This delightful 4* hotel is located on the village square in Sare offering rooms within 3 traditional 16th-century houses. Each room is individually decorated and features a TV with satellite channels, a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms open onto the garden and some have views of the village square.


Today we’ll enjoy a gentle walk in the local area following the oratories trail. Walking initially along the GR10 we continue to walk on the Galtzada a medieval road leading to the nearest Spanish village, Zugarramurdi. There are 14 oratories in this area and all were built in the 17th Century by fishermen who wanted protection from Saints. 

Arraya hotel de charme, Sare - Basque country

This delightful 4* hotel is located on the village square in Sare offering rooms within 3 traditional 16th-century houses. Each room is individually decorated and features a TV with satellite channels, a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms open onto the garden and some have views of the village square.


This morning we’ll take a bus to the col de Saint Ignace. From here, we’ll take the tourist train to the summit of La Rhune where, with good weather, we’ll enjoy some spectacular views out towards the Atlantic coast. Our walk from the summit will cross the French and Spanish border before descending back to the col, enjoying the views as we go.

Arraya hotel de charme, Sare - Basque country

This delightful 4* hotel is located on the village square in Sare offering rooms within 3 traditional 16th-century houses. Each room is individually decorated and features a TV with satellite channels, a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms open onto the garden and some have views of the village square.


A bus journey takes us along the coast to Pasaia; we’ll stop by Victor Hugo’s house then take a small local boat across the river to start our walk. We ascend stone steps – part of the pilgrim way – before our trail enters and undulates through a pine forest and along the coastline. Our coastal walk takes us to San Sebastián; as we near it, we should be treated to some stunning views. Later, we’ll transfer to Getaria for the next four nights. Hotel: Hotel Saiaz, Getaria

Hotel Saiaz, Getaria - Basque Country

Housed in a Gothic building in the old town, this wonderful 3* hotel offers intriguing historic details with all the modern comforts. Many of the 17 ensuite rooms offer sea views and the breakfast room has panoramic views across the Bay of Biscay. All rooms have WiFi, a minibar, safe and television.


Today is a free day for you to explore the local area independently at your own pace. Your local guide can help with suggestions, but here are some ideas you might enjoy:

Getaria: take in the spectacular views over the Bay of Biscay; visit the church and explore the old city walls and fishing port; relax on one of nearby beaches or enjoy a dip in the sea; or visit the Cristóbal Balenciaga museum of fashion.

Zarautz: a short bus ride away, there are plenty of shops and the longest beach in the Basque Country.

San Sebastián: a stunning city with beautiful beaches and impressive architecture. It can be easily reached by train.

Bilbao: also accessible by train, there’s much in this city to enjoy including the famous Guggenheim museum.

Hotel Saiaz, Getaria - Basque Country

Housed in a Gothic building in the old town, this wonderful 3* hotel offers intriguing historic details with all the modern comforts. Many of the 17 ensuite rooms offer sea views and the breakfast room has panoramic views across the Bay of Biscay. All rooms have WiFi, a minibar, safe and television.


We transfer by public transport to the coastal town of Zumaia, from where we’ll enjoy a fantastic coastal walk following the Compostela trail and GR-121. This walk offers some of the finest Spanish Basque coast; the area is now protected to help preserve its unique beauty and the ecosystem.

Hotel Saiaz, Getaria - Basque Country

Housed in a Gothic building in the old town, this wonderful 3* hotel offers intriguing historic details with all the modern comforts. Many of the 17 ensuite rooms offer sea views and the breakfast room has panoramic views across the Bay of Biscay. All rooms have WiFi, a minibar, safe and television.


On our final day we take a short transfer by public transport from the beach at Zarautz to Getaria. This is a fabulous walk along the coast, which also takes in a loop trail around Getaria amidst the txakoli vineyards.

Hotel Saiaz, Getaria - Basque Country

Housed in a Gothic building in the old town, this wonderful 3* hotel offers intriguing historic details with all the modern comforts. Many of the 17 ensuite rooms offer sea views and the breakfast room has panoramic views across the Bay of Biscay. All rooms have WiFi, a minibar, safe and television.


After breakfast and a leisurely morning, we’ll transfer to Bilbao airport for our return flight home.


Basque Country Itinerary Map

Arraya hotel de charme, Sare - Basque country

This delightful 4* hotel is located on the village square in Sare offering rooms within 3 traditional 16th-century houses. Each room is individually decorated and features a TV with satellite channels, a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms open onto the garden and some have views of the village square.

Hotel Saiaz, Getaria - Basque Country

Housed in a Gothic building in the old town, this wonderful 3* hotel offers intriguing historic details with all the modern comforts. Many of the 17 ensuite rooms offer sea views and the breakfast room has panoramic views across the Bay of Biscay. All rooms have WiFi, a minibar, safe and television.

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
09 May - 16 May
7 2020 Itinerary £1,699 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
20 Jun - 27 Jun
7 2020 Itinerary £1,799 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
05 Sep - 12 Sep
7 2020 Itinerary £1,799 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
09 May - 16 May
7 2020 Itinerary £1,449 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
20 Jun - 27 Jun
7 2020 Itinerary £1,549 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
05 Sep - 12 Sep
7 2020 Itinerary £1,549 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes

Important Information

  • Single supplement: £38 per night
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:
3

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