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      Discover the mythic beauty, charming architecture, and world-class gastronomy of the Basque Country on this 10-day journey. Immerse in this treasured landscape as you relax in romantic seaside resorts, wind through picturesque red-and-white villages, and explore the contemporary art and gastronomic meccas of Bilbao and San Sebastian.

Nestled between the Pyrenees Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, the Basque region spans seven provinces across southwest France and northeast Spain. We’ve crafted an itinerary that immerses you in the best sites, food, and music Basque Country has to offer.

Begin your journey at the elegant beach town of Biarritz, renowned as a golfing and surfing destination. Explore history at St-Jean-de-Luz, once home to fierce corsairs (French-crown endorsed pirates of the 17th century), now a charming beach town. Wind your way through colorful, rustic villages—many of which have received the prestigious designation of le plus beaux village de France* These villages are replete with the quintessential basque architecture: white timbered buildings with brightly painted shutters that hug the streets. Here you can sample artisanal Basque gateaux (cake), local chocolate and cheese, and catch a game of pelota—the traditional Basque sport.

No visit to the Basque Country would be complete without a wine tour. We’ve selected the top wineries to visit in one of the most prized winemaking regions in the world: the Rioja Alavesa. To complete you tour, you’ll descend upon the two cosmopolitan jewels of the Basque Country: Bilbao and San Sebastian. Together, these two cities will offer you the chance to both sample some of the word’s finest contemporary arts museums and eat your way through endless pintxo bars.

Enjoy- Bon appétit- Buen Provecho- On egin!

Itinerary:
Day 1:
Biarritz → St Jean de Luz-(-)-20min/11miles (18km) Labourd region
Day 2:
St. Jean de Luz → La Rhune (B/D)
Day 3:
Les plus beaux villages de France (B)
Day 4 :
St Jean de Luz → St Jean Pied de Port-(B/D) -40miles/1h (64km)-Basse Navarre region
Day 5:
St Jean Pied de Port → Guardia 2h20/110 miles (178km) – (B/D) 2 wine tasting tours- Rioja Alavesa region
Day 6:
El Ciego- 2 wine tasting tours (B)
Day 7:
Guardia → Bilbao (B)-1h20/69miles (111km) – Biscaya region
Day 8:
Bilbao → San Sebastian (B) – 1h/61miles (98km)- Guipuzkoa region
Day 9:
San Sebastian (B/D)
Day 10:
San Sebastian → Biarritz (B) -40min/32miles (51km)
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BASQUE CORNER
MUSIC

Oldarra- Agur Jaunak
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9tU3lISlnw&list=PL5MlPo2Rkce9MS-QvPRQsyo_dQQS7mTZ3

Anne Etchegoyen et le chœur Aizkoa-Hegoak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvJxSnYWdp0

Maurice Ravel-Le Boléro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r30D3SW4OVw

CONVERSATION

The Basque language, like its people, is fiercely independent and refuses to fit in to such misguided preconceptions. Basque, is a language isolate, with no demonstrable genealogical relationship with other languages.

Hello: Kaixo!
Goodbye : Agur
Thank you : Mikesker
Nice to meet you: Urte askotarako
Welcome: Ongi Etorri
Bon appétit: On egin
Have a nice day: Egun on zuri
Good evening: Gabon

COOKING – Zuzulu favourite dish

Marmitako

Ingredients:

3 dried sweet red peppers

3 tablespoons of olive oil

2 onions finely diced

 Click here for the Foodnetwork.com – Marmitako Recipe

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Wine tasting in one of the world’s most prized winemaking region : la Rioja Alavesa
  • Wind your way through les plus beaux villages de France* in the French Basque country
  • Explore the real soul of the basque cuisine by dining in stared Michelin restaurants
  • Relax in a romantic seaside resort in Saint Jean de Luz
  • Visit the magnifient Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
  • Take a walk along the crescent shaped bay lined with luxurious beachside mansions in San Sebastian
  • *most beautiful village(s) of France

Destination:
France and Spain
Duration:
10-days
Group Size:
2 person minimum-private tour
Price From:
$2300 per person
Call: (415) 952-0319 or
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