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  • 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

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.

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

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Excellent vacation, biking in Holland and Belgium, 6 days January 2017

  • Value 5.0
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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent vacation biking around Holland & Belgium with Backroads. See my videos to get a flavor for the trip. Biking in Netherlands, May 2014 Biking in Bruges, Belgium (May 2014)

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Met My Husband on my first cycling trip! July 2016

  • Value 5.0
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  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was the Canadian Rockies Cycling trip in the year 2000. It was a while ago so i can only remember a few details, but it was a fabulous cycling trip where I not only learned so much more about biking (it was my first ever cycling trip and I just started training for it 2-3 months before), had wonderful and super fun guides, magnificent views, fun places to stay, great food, and I met my husband on that trip! I have a friend who I met on another trip and recommended this one to her. She went on he exact same Backroads trip a few years after us and met HER husband on it! Both of us still married!
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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 person
  • Deposit Price: $ 600
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 1,070
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
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  • Accommodation
Trip Excludes
  • International Flights
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Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group

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) 

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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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