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Spain’s Basque Country, La Rioja & Burgos

8 days from only £899pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Enjoy a guided tour of beautiful Bayonne, capital of the French Basque Country and a former English stronghold
  • Ascend to the peak of La Rhune mountain by vintage cog railway for superb panoramas of the Pyrenees
  • Take a guided walking tour of Burgos and explore its outstanding Gothic cathedral (audio guide included)
  • Tour one of Rioja’s most revered vineyards and enjoy a tasting
  • Visit the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Pamplona, capital of the Basque-based Kingdom of Navarra
  • Explore Santillana del Mar, a picture-postcard medieval town
  • Discover San Sebastián, an alluring coastal beauty
  • Sample delicious pintxos at a traditional bar in San Sebastián, perhaps Spain’s gastronomic capital
  • Marvel at the superb prehistoric cave paintings of UNESCO-listed Altamira at a remarkably reproduced replica cave museum
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports, with transfers to and from your hotel
  • Seven nights’ accommodation in four-star hotels, with breakfast and one dinner, inclusive of all local taxes
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager

Selected departures up to October 2019 & April to October 2020

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At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Daily breakfast & 1 dinner
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Experience fascinating Basque culture, captivating towns and cities along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, spectacular scenery, Rioja wines, an inspired gastronomic heritage, and one of the world’s most avant-garde museumsEuskal Herria – better known to us as the Basque Country – is wonderfully varied and blessed with its own distinctive identity. Spanning northern Spain and southwestern France, it is a region of immense beauty and diversity, crowned by the dramatic peaks of the Pyrenees mountains which seem to pierce the sky. Hills lushly carpeted with broadleaf forests rise and fall into fertile lowlands, dotted by classic red-and-white farmhouses, before reaching the vivid blue waters of the wild Atlantic. Along the rugged coast are sweeping natural harbours with beaches of fine sand, home to charming fishing villages.

The Basque people are thought to be descendants of the very first settlers in Europe, early farmers who mixed with hunters before becoming isolated in the mountain valleys. Euskara, their unique language, is unrelated to any other and was already spoken here when Indo-European languages began to arrive. With its own defining characteristics and traditions, and a distinct architectural style, the Basque culture is utterly fascinating. Some local families still live in ‘baserri’, stone farmhouses with gently sloping roofs built by their ancestors. Today, the southern Basque Country is an autonomous region in Spain, while the ‘Pays Basque’ answers to France’s central government.

Both land and sea have blessed the region with bounty that inspires gastronomic genius, fuelled by delightful innovation and a deep pride in tradition. There is an undeniable passion for food, be it in the markets stocked with smoked cheeses and fresh fish, or the private dining clubs where friends impress each other with home-cooked meals. The Basques even have their own version of tapas, known as ‘pintxos’, which you can experience for yourself when we visit a traditional, family-run bar.

Our tour begins in San Sebastián, a coastal beauty and where you’ll find some of Spain’s finest food. We spend a day in Bayonne, one of the prettiest cities in the French Basque Country, to observe the fascinating cultural differences across the border, and ascend the sacred Basque mountain of La Rhune for unforgettable views. Back in Spain we discover mighty Pamplona, capital of the once-powerful Kingdom of Navarra, and Burgos, crowned by its magnificent Gothic cathedral. We drive through La Rioja, Spain’s most famous wine-producing region – and of course, we stop at a renowned bodega for a tasting. Our journey continues off the beaten path to Santillana del Mar, a charming medieval town seemingly unchanged for centuries, and to Altamira, renowned for its prehistoric cave paintings. In bustling contrast is modern Bilbao, where we stay and visit the outstanding Guggenheim Museum.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement from £359. The price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast, all local taxes and transfers, all tours as mentioned, entrance to Guggenheim Museum, Burgos Cathedral, Altamira Cave Museum and La Rhune Railway and the services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager.

Useful Information

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Bilbao Airport San Sebastian 1 hr 35 mins Bilbao Bilbao Airport 30 mins
Santander Airport 2 hrs 30 mins Santander Airport 1 hr 45 mins

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 15 mins
  • Language: Spanish, French
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Countries: Spain, France

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.


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