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French Pyrenees & Spain's Rioja Region Walking & Hiking Tour

Backroads
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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: High intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included. Extreme
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
6 days
From: $ 4,098 $ 683 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Journey from the dramatic coastline of the Atlantic Pyrenees in France to the glorious green mountain landscapes of Spanish Basque Country
  • Enjoy a breathtaking ascent in the Pyrenees, with views of vast beech forests and broad patchwork hills
  • Discover the famed pilgrimage trail of Saint James, the Camino de Santiago
  • Extend your trip in Bilbao and visit the dazzling Guggenheim Museum, or travel to the stunning seaside town of San Sebastián

Short Description

On a map, there's a line. One side France. The other, Spain. But as you gaze at the sparkling Bay of Biscay, walk the high plains and valleys of the Pyrenees, follow the path of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, and toast the vibrant colors, light and superb wines of La Rioja, you'll see it's a place all its own.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Biarritz
End City Bilbao

Travel Theme

Hiking & Walking

Destinations

France Spain

Cities & Attractions

Basque Country French Pyrenees

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Trip Includes

  • Meals
  • Accommodation

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Itinerary

Day 1: Hike along the coast, passing beautiful beaches, quaint seaside villages and rugged rock formations

Arrive in the idyllic town of St-Jean-de-Luz, beloved for its picturesque square lined with cafés, boutiques and seafood restaurants  Stroll along the town's sheltered port, where beret-capped fishermen tend to their colorful boats.

Days 2-3: Discover Basque Country's pastoral charm as you stride through green sheep-dotted hills

In a region celebrated for its fromage de brebis—a creamy cheese with a sweet taste  This is the land immortalized in the Legend of Roland  Hiking in the Pyrenees, skirt the line between France and Spain on an ancient route once used by pilgrims and smugglers  Savor a traditional Basque lunch in charming Bidarray before watching a demonstration of Basque pelota—then give it a go yourself!

Day 4: Welcome to Spain!

We cross the border into the Navarra region for a walk on the renowned Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route  Exchange greetings with travelers from all over the world as you ramble through medieval villages and across old stone bridges along the "Pilgrim's Way"  Taste an array of local pintxos—delicious small plates.

Days 5-6: Rural beauty and tranquility surround us in La Rioja wine region, where hundreds of ancestral wineries have thrived for generations

As you hike, admire the play of sunlight, shadow and color on the vineyard-laced landscape  Amble on ancient cobblestone streets in historic villages like La Guardia and Elciego  Savor Basque specialties at a Michelin-starred restaurant—the ideal finish to an extraordinary week.

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Price Per Day: $ 683 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 600
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 1,070

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This was our third Backroads trip. It was a 10 day bike trip on the south island of New Zealand. Amazing! Very well organized! Great guides! All the details are carefully taken care of! Even when the unexpected happened (an earthquake!), our guides had a bus replace the train trip that was cancelled (due to damage to the railroad tracks) and it was done quickly. I would recommend Backroads to all my active friends :)
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I've taken two Backroads camping trips with my teenage son. It's our summer bonding time and has proved to be a better experience than I could have imagined. Highly recommended. Everything is done for you except riding the bikes! We've been to the San Juan Islands and Yellowstone/Tetons. This year, hopefully Alaska!
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I recently had the most amazing experience on the Backroads Singles-Solos Wine Country to San Francisco Biking trip. I'm not a biker but everyone was supportive of each other regardless of experience level. The routes took us through some of the most beautiful roads in the Bay Area. My favorite part was the food as there were freshly-prepared meals three times a day. A+.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

Hotel Parc Victoria: St-Jean-de-Luz (1 night)

Enjoy lush gardens and lovely art deco style at this elegant 19th-century hotel. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Auberge Ostapé: Bidarray (2 nights)

A beautifully restored traditional Basque farm from the 17th century offering pastoral tranquility and dramatic views of the surrounding emerald hills. (pool, spa)

Hotel Marqués de Riscal: Elciego (2 nights)

Created by Frank Gehry to complement his famed Guggenheim design in Bilbao, this architectural masterpiece—featuring Michelin-starred cuisine—is a destination unto itself. (pool, spa) 

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation fees may vary based upon departure date

156+ days, then the cancellation fee per person is $200**

126-155 days, , then the cancellation fee per person is $200**

96-125 days, then the cancellation fee per person is $200**

61-95 days, then the cancellation fee per person is 30%

31-60 days, then the cancellation fee per person is 60%

0-30 days, then the cancellation fee per person is 100%

Note: ** Rather than paying the cancellation fee, you may choose to keep your trip deposit ($600) in a holding account to use on a future Backroads trip with no expiration date.

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Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
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  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners

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