THE BASQUE COUNTRY

A Land of a Resilient People

DAILY ITINERARY

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Day 1: (Hotel in Bayonne)
Bayonne

Guided visit of Bayonne

Arrive in Bayonne, check into hotel.
Walking tour of your home neighborhood.
Apéritif and orientation on the Basque region.
Day 2: (Hotel in Bayonne)
Morning
Guided tour of historic Bayonne. Once a Roman fort, later British as part of the dowry of Eleanor of Aquitaine, it was joined to France in the 15th century.
Pelote

Pelote game in Ascain

Afternoon
Explore the city's colorful riverfront district, visit its museums, shop for local specialties. Enjoy a Bayonne specialty dating back to the Spanish conquistadors--a thick, rich, spicy hot chocolate drink.
Late afternoon
Gentle walk along the Nive River.
Free time.
Day 3: (Hotel in Bayonne)
Morning
Billie

Biarritz

Guided tour of Biarritz. The town began as a small Basque whaling station, but was transformed 150 years ago into an internationally renowned seaside resort, thanks to Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoléon III.
Afternoon
Enjoy a stroll on the beach promenade, swim in the Atlantic, explore the town's animated streets, discover its delicious chocolate museum.
Late afternoon
Drive to the beautiful beach in neighboring Anglet for a walk or swim.
Day 4: (Hotel near Saint-Jean-de-Luz)
Billie

ATSULAÏ Basque choral

Morning
Drive and walk in the foothills of the Pyrénées for spectacular views of the Bay of Biscay.
Visit Ainhoa, one of the region's prettiest and most traditional villages.
Afternoon
Visit Cambo-les-Bains and the Villa Arnaga, lovely home and formal gardens built by Edmond Rostand, author of "Cyrano de Bergerac."
Billie

Arnaga's garden

Late afternoon
Walk along the coastal corniche to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, enjoying superb views of the Atlantic Coast, the sandy bay and magnificent harbor, and the picturesque houses of the port.
Day 5: (Hotel near Saint-Jean-de-Luz)
Morning
Guided walking tour of Saint-Jean-de-Luz to see the handsome 17th- and 18th-century houses built for merchants and ship builders, and the famous church where Louis XIV was married to Maria Teresa of Castile in 1660.
Afternoon
Follow the coastline south into Spain. Brief stops in typical Spanish villages of the area.
Billie

Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

Visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
Day 6: (Hotel in Barcus)
Morning
Drive through forests and pasture-clad hills to the beautiful inland village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, once an important stopover for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.
Billie

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Lunch: Picnic en route.
Afternoon
Arrive at your new home in the tiny village of Barcus in the hills of France's easternmost Basque province of Soule.
Day 7: (Hotel in Barcus)
Morning
Easy walk in the quiet beauty of the countryside surrounding Barcus.
Afternoon
Optional drive to Mauléon for a visit of this quaint town.
Billie

Pasai Donibane

Continue to Sainte-Engrace to explore its unique Romanesque church and walk in the nearby hills.
Not optional--spectacular views of the Pyrénées.
Day 8:
Morning
Drive to Pau to visit its impressive château, home of King Henri IV.
Tour ends in Pau.

Double Take on the Basque Country

8 days, 7 nights

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