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£1945

Best of the Basque Country

A superb introduction to Spain’s Basque Country, dipping into the French side for Biarritz, touring to winelands and coastal ports, and visiting cities steeped in history, this is a vibrant and varied experience of the Basque culture, past and present

This wonderful week in northern Spain ranges from busy cities to scenic shores. A tour of two halves, it is based, for four days, in Pamplona, the capital of Navarre region and famous home of the bull run; and three days in Durango, in Biscay province, its stone buildings crammed cheek-by-jowl along the river. Excursions take you to chic Biarritz, the choice of 19th-century royalty and 1960s glitterati; and to the Rioja region, to visit one of the many wineries, follow the pilgrims’ footsteps on the Way of St. James, and visit old-world Laguardia, set on a hill and surrounded by valley vineyards. Coastal towns include San Sebastian, where traditional stately buildings meet port-side cottages and modern pedestrian streets; and Getaria, curled around a cove bay, and celebrating the art of haute couture at the Balenciaga Museum. In Biscay province, Bilbao’s bridges and beaux-art façades contrast with the iconic Guggenheim Museum; the town of Gernika led the fight for an independent Basque state; and the islet of Gaztelugatxe (‘Castle Rock’) is now famed as the Game of Thrones’ Dragonstone fortress.

Overview

  • Pamplona  - 4 nights
  • Durango  - 3 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • Admire the architectural works of Frank Gehry at the Guggenheim Museum and Marqués de Riscal winery.
  • Experience seaside Biarritz and soak up the French Basque area.
  • Breathtaking views on an exhilarating walk to the top of the islet known as San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.
  • Appreciate the gastronomic atmosphere of ‘foodie capital’ San Sebastian on the Bay of Biscay.

A superb introduction to Spain’s Basque Country, dipping into the French side for Biarritz, touring to winelands and coastal ports, and visiting cities steeped in history, this is a vibrant and varied experience of the Basque culture, past and present

Notes:

San Juan de Gaztelugatze sightseeing on Day 7 involves walking on uneven surfaces and many steps.

Accommodation

Hotel Maisonnave - Pamplona

A 4-star hotel in the heart of Pamplona, a short walk from City Hall and the Cathedral. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 147 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Silken Gran Hotel Durango – Durango

A charming 4-star hotel within short walking distance of the centre of Durango. Restaurant, bar, pool (seasonal), spa, gym and WiFi (free). 68 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
Vueling from Gatwick

September
September 10 (Tuesday)
  • 2 Places Remaining
September 24 (Tuesday)
October
October 15 (Tuesday)
October 22 (Tuesday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and UK departure taxes, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, overseas airport taxes, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Sep, Oct
  • £365
  • 2025: May, Sep, Oct
  • £395
  • 2025: Jun 14
  • £415
Tour Only
  • Arrival transfer
  • £195
  • Departure transfer
  • £40

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