Basque Country Guided Walking Holiday

Code: PBLCL

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland

Level

  • 3
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £1,449.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Download Basque Country 2019 Trip Notes

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

Price includes

  • 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

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Accommodation

 

Hotel de la Rhune, Ascain - 3 nights

PBLCL - Hotel La Rhune.jpgA delightful 3* family-run hotel close to the centre of the peaceful town of Ascain, the Hotel de la Rhune offers comfort and tranquility in the heart of the French Basque Country. With 27 ensuite rooms, offering views either of the surrounding countryside, hotel garden or the town itself. You can relax in the terrace garden and watch the locals play Basque pelota after your day's exploration.

Hotel Saiaz, Getaria - 4 nights

Stay in the Hotel de la Rhune during your trip in the Basque CountryHoused 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.

Dining

Our holidays in the Basque Country are on a half board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Your evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Multi-centre holidays continues into the evening. Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's walks. 

Itinerary

Basque Country Guided Walking & Sightseeing Holiday

This walking and touring programme offers one walk each day and various sightseeing opportunities:

HF Holidays walks level 3 mediumWalks are up to 8 miles with up to 1,550ft of ascent and up to 2,800ft of descent. Many walks are on trails that are rocky and uneven underfoot. 

 

 

Day 1: Arrival Day - Transfer to Ascain, France

Arrive at Bilbao airport (Spain), where you’ll meet your local guide and transfer across the border to Ascain in France, where you’ll spend the first three nights. Depending when you arrive and once you’ve checked in, there may be a little time to explore the town before meeting with your guide for dinner.

Day 2: Ascain

Today you’ll enjoy an introduction to the local area with a walk that ascends Mount Esnaur (895 feet / 273 metres), one of the mountains that surrounds Ascain. With luck, you’ll spot one of the local ‘Pottok’ horses; their small size and strength made them ideal for working in the mines.

Day 3: La Rhune Summit

This morning there is a short journey by local bus to the Col de Saint Ignace. From here, you’ll take the tourist train to the summit of La Rhune where, with good weather, you’ll enjoy some spectacular views out towards the Atlantic coast. The walk from the summit will cross the French and Spanish border before descending back to the col; there are sweeping views of the surrounding area throughout.

Day 4: To San Sebastian and on to Getaria, Spain

Saying goodbye to Ascain, you’ll return over the border to Spain. You’ll then travel by bus along the coast to Pasaia with a stop by Victor Hugo’s house before taking a small local boat across the river to start the day’s walk. Ascending stone steps – part of the Pilgrim Way – the trail enters and undulates through a pine forest and along the coastline. The coastal walk leads to San Sebastián with stunning views of the city. Later, you’ll transfer to Getaria – your base for the next four nights. 

Day 5: Free Day

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; 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 and the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.

Day 6: Zumaia 

A transfer by public transport brings you to the coastal town of Zumaia, from where you’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.

Day 7: Zarautz to Getaria

On the final day you’ll take a short transfer by public transport from the beach at Zarautz to Getaria to start a fabulous walk along the coast. The walk also takes in a loop trail around Getaria amidst the txakoli vineyards.

Day 8: Departure Day

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

Leaders

Stéphanie

Stéphanie is our local guide; it is anticipated that she will lead all our Basque Country holidays in 2019.

She is a qualified IML with more than 20 years of experience. She works all around the world and has a special love for Spanish speaking countries.

She is great at sharing her knowledge about the specific natural environment and culture of Pays Basque.

With Stephanie you are in good hands to enjoy your stay!

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
7 Sep 2019 PBLCL - Multi Centre Basque Country
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 7 Sep 2019, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Sep 2019, 10:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Bilbao

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 14 Sep 2019, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Sep 2019, 12:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bilbao
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,699.00 Book Now
7 Sep 2019 PBLCL - Multi Centre Basque Country - Without Flights 7 £1,549.00 Book Now
9 May 2020 PBLCL - Multi Centre Basque Country
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 9 May 2020, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 9 May 2020, 10:20 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bilbao

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 May 2020, 12:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 16 May 2020, 1:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bilbao
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,699.00 Book Now
9 May 2020 PBLCL - Multi Centre Basque Country - Without Flights 7 £1,449.00 Book Now
20 Jun 2020 PBLCL - Multi Centre Basque Country - Without Flights 7 £1,549.00 Book Now
20 Jun 2020 PBLCL - Multi Centre Basque Country
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 20 Jun 2020, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Jun 2020, 10:20 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bilbao

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 27 Jun 2020, 12:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 27 Jun 2020, 1:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bilbao
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,799.00 Book Now
5 Sep 2020 PBLCL - Multi Centre Basque Country - Without Flights 7 £1,549.00 Book Now
5 Sep 2020 PBLCL - Multi Centre Basque Country
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 5 Sep 2020, 7:10 a.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Sep 2020, 10:20 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bilbao

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 12 Sep 2020, 12:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Sep 2020, 1:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bilbao
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,799.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Supplement for sole occupancy: £43 (2019) or £38 (2020) per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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