Discovering the Basque Country

  • From Toulouse
  • Gastronomy
  • Culture

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Day 1 – Arrival / ESPELETTE / AINHOA

Arrival at TOULOUSE airport.

Drive to the Basque Country.

Lunch en route at a restaurant.

Proceed to ESPELETTE, AINHOA.

Check in for 3 nights in the area of SAINT PEE SUR NIVELLE.

Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2 – ST JEAN PIED DE PORT / ST ETIENNE DE BAIGORRY

Breakfast

Drive to the countryside.

Visit the city of SAINT JEAN PIED DE PORT.

Proceed to ST MICHEL for a tasting of goose/duck foie gras.

Lunch at a restaurant.

Drive to SAINT ETIENNE DE BAIGORRY. Proceed to the Col d’Ispeguy.

Return via the Bastan Valley with a stop for a traditional drink, the Patxaran.

Back to the hotel.

Diner and overnight.

 

Day 3 – LA RHUNE / ASCAIN / ORTILLOPITZ

Breakfast

Excursion to LA RHUNE, the “Pays Basque Mountain”.

Ascension to the border with Spain by a small cable train. You can admire the panoramic view over the ocean and the BIDASSOA Valley.

Lunch at a restaurant.

Drive to ORTILLOPITZ, visit the Basque House.

Back to the hotel.

Diner and overnight.

 

Day 4 – BAYONNE/ BIARRITZ / ST JEAN DE LUZ

Breakfast

Visit BAYONNE,the cathedral form the 13th century, the defending walls and the St Andre Church.

Visit a traditional ham grocery and enjoy a tasting.

Lunch at a restaurant.

Drive to BIARRITZ : visit the lighthouse, the Rock of the Virgin and the sea shore.

Proceed to SAINT-JEAN-DE-LUZ : Visit the old port, the St Jean Baptiste Church.

Drive to Spain.

Check into your hotel for 4 nights in the area of SAN SEBASTIAN.

Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5 – SAN SEBASTIAN / SANT IGNACIO DE LOYOLA

Breakfast

Visit SAN SEBASTIAN, the Paseo de la Concha, the “tapas” pubs.

Lunch at a restaurant.

Drive to Sant Ignacion de Loyola : Visit the sanctuary, the basilica and the house of Saint Ignacio.

Back to the hotel.

Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6 BILBAO / GERNIKA

Breakfast

Drive to BILBAO, an old port town and the capital of Guipuzkoa.

Visit the Guggenheim Museum, proceed for an exploration of the beaches, and the small fishing harbors.

Stop at GERNIKA, the subject of the drama painted by Picasso.

Lunch at a restaurant.

Drive to ONDARRA.

Back to the hotel.

Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 7 – VITORIA

Breakfast

Drive to VITORIA GASTEIZ, well known for the «Truffles» and the playing card factory.

Guided tour of the old part of the city : The Plaza de la Virgen Blancan, the Santa Maria Cathedral, the Plaza del Machete.

Lunch at a restaurant.

Back to the hotel.

Diner and overnight.

 

Day 8 DEPARTURE

Breakfast

Transfer to TOULOUSE airport for check in and take off.