Bay San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Biosphere reserve, Urdaibai
Port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Rhune

Basque region : Along the Atlantic coast

7 days of amazing bays, fishing villages and sandy beaches

  • Hiking along the Basque coast
  • Romantic fishing villages, biosphere reserve
  • Half board and picnic for lunch
  • French licenced guide
  • Transport of the luggage

France and Spain, Pyrenees and Atlantic, mountains and sea, cliffs and sandy beaches, nature and culture – All of this is part of our guided hike through the Franco-Spanish Basque region. You will go swimming and hiking, observe birds and visit the peace museum in Guernika and the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.

Between Zarautz and Bilbao, at the foot of the Pyrenees and the mountains of Cantabria, there are little fishing villages hosting several colourful boats. This view in particular will probably last for a long time in your memories.

With the sea constantly next to you, you will discover the amazing vineyards of Txakoli, the wild and jagged coast, vertiginous cliffs, small rocky bays along sandy beaches, forgotten hamlets, pines and oak trees forests and the biosphere reserve of Urdaibaï. Enjoy this bucolic landscape, when the sea is as calm as a lake…

Price from 890,- €

Hiking tour in the Pyrenees along the Atlantic coast

Journey Duration

7 days

Type

Guided tour

Difficulty level

Period

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Saint Jean de Luz – Hike to Zumaïa
This hike begins in Saint Jean de Luz, where you will meet your guide at the train station. From Zarautz you will follow the St James' Way along the coast, passing by the ruins of the tower of Gazteluzar, the vineyard of Txakoli and Getaria, a small fishing port, overlooked by the light house of San Anton. Finally you will reach Zumaïa (or Deba), where you will spend the following night.
Duration: 3 to 4 h – Ascent: 400 m – Descent: 400 m

Day 2: Uninhabited coast
The path today goes along the abrupt coast from Algorri to Deba. This natural uninhabited coast is impressive with its unusual geological forms, beaches, bays, cliffs and grasslands. Finally you will drive by Lekeitio to Elanxtobe.
Duration: 5 h – Ascent: 500 m – Descent: 500 m

Day 3: Leikeitio and island San Nikolas
You will discover the lovely streets of Leikeitio and its colored port, next to the island San Nikolas. Then you hike up to Otoio (396 m) with its green oak trees and continue down to the beach of Ogella Hondartza, which looks like the Canadian coasts. From one rocky bay to anoher, you will hike to the hermitage Conception, which tower over the sea. Finally you will drive to your accommodation in Elantxobe or in a village in the surroundings.
Duration: 7 h – Ascent: 700 m – Descent: 700 m

Day 4: Biosphere reserve: The bay of Urdaibaï
Today you climb up on the Ogoño (305 m), a 20 m high cliff which emerge perpendiculary to the sea. Finally you will visit the bisphere reserve, hike up to the hermitage Atxerre and enjoy the amazing panoramic view on the bay of Urdaibaï, which hosts an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. After the descent in the bay, you will reach Gernika, where you can visit the famous tree Gernikako Arbola and the peace museum. The train takes you then along the bay to Mundaka or Bermeo.
Duration: 5 to 6 h – Ascent: 400 m – Descent: 400 m

Day 5: Burgo Menda – Hermitage of Lamarian
the ascent today of the Katillotxu, passing by the famous hermitage of Lamarian, pledges a wondeful view on the sea, the coast and the Basque mountains. Finally the path leads down to the island of Txatxarramundi.
Duration: 3 h 30 – Ascent: 350 m – Descent: 350 m

Day 6: Hermitage of Gaztelugatxe
From Bermeo, the biggest fishing port of the Basque region, you will go up to Burgo Mendia, to the hermitage of San Pelayo and the one of Gaztelugatxe. Then you will be brought to Bilbao, discover the city and visit the Guggenheim museum. For the dinner, your guide will surprise you…
Duration: 6 h – Ascent: 500 m – Descent: 500 m

Day 7: Departure
After the breakfast you will drive back to the train station of Saint Jean de Luz, where the stay ends at about 10 am.

Travel dates

  • Aug 20th, 17 – Aug 26th, 17
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  • Aug 27th, 17 – Sep 02nd, 17
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  • Sep 03rd, 17 – Sep 09th, 17
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  • Sep 10th, 17 – Sep 16th, 17
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  • Sep 24th, 17 – Sep 30th, 17
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  • Oct 15th, 17 – Oct 21st, 17
  • From 830,- €
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  • Oct 22nd, 17 – Oct 28th, 17
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Our tour begins and ends at the train station of Saint Jean de Luz.
Your organise the arrival and return by yourself and extend your trip on your option.

For groups of 6 persons at least, we can arrange dates and content for the trip.
An organised guided tour in english can also be set.

With your enquiry, please let us know the number of your party and the dates of your holiday.

Price: from 830,-€ / person in double bedroom

In July, August, September: 890,- €/ person
Single bedroom price surcharge: 229,- €

Terms of payment:

  • 20% of the total price within 7 days after receipt of the invoice
  • Full payment 21 days prior to departure without further request to pay
    Only by SEPA bank transfer.

Services

Included:
6 nights in double bedroom with full board (Picnic for lunch), french licenced guide, carrying of the luggage, transfers according to the programm, entrance fees for the visits

Not included:
Travel to/from Saint Jean de Luz, drinks, insurance in case of cancellation

Number of participants

Can be booked by individual travellers!
Guaranteed departure: 6 persons (max. 15 persons)
Last possibility of cancellation from the tour operator: 21 days before the beginning of the trip

Accommodation

Nights in comfortable hotels and B&Bs in double bedroom (possible triple bedroom)
You may book single bedroom according to the availability with a surcharge in price (215,- €)

Level: Easy

Average duration of the hike: 4 to 5 hours a day on paths with a difference in altitude of 300 m to 700 m a day.
During some stages, there are several but short ascents and descents.
The order, completion and the exact layout of the routes can be subject to change due to weather conditions.
Walking with French people, an authentic experience
French speaking licenced guide
For groups of 6 persons at least, we can arrange dates and content for the trip.
An organised guided tour in english can also be set

How to get there?

We recommend you an eco-friendly journey with the train to Saint Jean de Luz.

You can find more information on our detailed info sheet, that we send you gladly on enquiry!

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