The Basque Country
June 2-11, 2023
Sept. 20-29, 2023
These are small group tours for no more than 6 people.
We’ll continue along the coastline to the village of Hendaye from whose marina we’ll ride the harbor ferry to Hondarribia, Spain, just over the French border. Sana’a Maria’s gate is the main entry to the old walled town, site of the castle of Carlos V and the 18th century Iglesias del Manzano church. We’ll indulge at one of the many restaurants that has made this Spanish town famous for its gastronomy.
There is much to recommend Biarritz. The Rocher de la
Vierge is the best place to stroll above the pounding sea.
There are museums, and a mix of eclectic mansions to visit.
Shops and restaurants line the promenade above one of
the best surfing beaches this side of Malibu. We’ll choose
from one of the many restaurants with a view to enjoy our lunch.
Today we’ll visit the little known, unspoiled village of
Ainhoa. The old village was founded in the 13th century.
We will walk along its main street lined with traditional
white-washed houses trimmed with red, blue, and green
timbering. We will stop at the medieval church, and visit
Its small, but unusual cemetery dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Lunch will be at the Basque restaurant,
After lunch we’ll drive to the village of Sare, to ride Le Petit train de la Rhune. The train climbs 2,970 feet to afford a 360 degree, unobstructed view of the Pays Basque, Les Landes, and the Atlantic Ocean.
After an early breakfast at the hotel we will drive to Bilbao,
Spain, to tour the Guggenheim Museum of Modern and
Contemporary Art, designed by American architect, Frank
Gehry. The city itself has become a model of art,
architecture, design, and urban development. The exterior of the museum is enhanced by the monumental sculptures
of Louise Bourgeois, Richard Serra, and Eduardo Chillida.
Lunch will be at the Bistro Guggenheim.
Depending upon the ethos of the group after lunch, we can take a leisurely walk along the river, or wander into the old historic center of town, the Casco Vieja, an interesting place to explore Full of colorful winding streets, and beckoning shops.
We will depart for Merignac Airport in Bordeaux.
10 days, 9 nights
$4,695.00 per person