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Basque Lands Culinary Walking Tour

A culinary walking adventure in Spain

From: $5100

DAYS

7 days / 6 nights

LEVEL

Casual

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TYPE

Small Group
Private Group

REGIONS

The Basque Lands
Kingdoms of Navarra

Explore the Basque Lands and Navarra

This is a culinary walking adventure along a hand-picked portions of the gorgeous Cantabrian Coast and Basque-Navarra, that combines our passion for great food and produce with some of the finest culinary arts in the world. From the farthest-reaching point of Biscaya through the Basque region to the border of Southern France, this route is studded with cultural gems and stunning seascapes and mountains. As we hike from one hotspot to another, we enjoy the fresh air and the picturesque fishing towns and mountain getaways, all while sampling the extraordinary cuisine this area is famous for.

Best Time to Visit

May, June, July, August

 

Highlights

  • Sail the Cantabrian coast on an antique schooner while sipping sparkling cava
  • Walk along the Camino de Santiago, complete with breathtaking views and plunging cliffs. 
  • Hike the Gaztelugatxe islet made famous as a backdrop in Game of Thrones.
  • Dine in Michelin-starred restaurants and exquisite waterfront seafood restaurants. 
  • Taste and learn about regional wines in romantic bodegas and modern cooking schools.
  • Luxuriate at a 5 star mountain getaway hotel in Navarra.
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Small Groups
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Basque Lands Walking Tour – Dates and Availability

This enchanting territory and our immersive adventure tours are well worth the discovery, but if you really want to find out how to make your vacations unique, special and memorable, you will have to join us on one.

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May, June, July, August, September, October, November

 

 

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Itinerary
Bilbao – Gaztelugatxe – Gernika – San Sebastián – Ignasi – Pamplona

Day 1The Game of Thrones Island

We pick you up in downtown Bilbao and set off to watch fishermen auction off their morning catch to local restaurants in Bermeo. We hike from the coast to the beautiful islet hermitage San Juan de Gaztelugatxe,dedicated to John the Baptist that connects to the mainland by a sprinkle of stone steps. This dramatic isle of Gaztelugatxe was used as the location for Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestral home of Dragonstone in the Game of Thrones. After a lunch with spectacular ocean views, we travel into dense forest to Gernika, a city famed for its role in the Spanish Civil War. Our hotel is a magnificent castle, the Castillo de Arteaga.

Food: Lunch and dinner
Travel: Bilbao / Bermeo / San Juan de Gaztelugatxe / Gernika
Sleep: Relais & Chateau Castillo de Arteaga ***
How far: 1,42 miles / 2,29 km, elevation gain: 241 steps

Day 2The Urdaibai Biosphere

We visit the Urdaibai Bird Center located in the heart of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, where we can observe wild birds in the marshes where scientists study their migrations and habitats. Our walk takes us along impressive cliffs, passing picturesque villages and Basque farms. Upon arriving at Elantxobe, we eat delicious seafood pintxos and the perfect wine to combine.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: Urdaibai / Elantxobe
Sleep: Gametxo Hotel & Spa
How far: 5,5 miles / 9 km, elevation gain: 300 meters

Day 3Cliffs, Rocks and Fossils

Zumaia – Getaria – Hondarribia

We walk from Zumaia a portion of the breathtaking coast where we can see the unusual and beautiful Flysch and karst formations. Later, at lunch, we toast with a fine txakoli, the local sweet sparkly wine, in the fishing village of Getaria. We visit the colorful Hondarribia, where your hotel is nothing less than a converted 10th-century castle. We dine in the historic quarter in a Michelin-starred restaurant for what we believe to be the best seafood in town.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: Zumaia / Getaria / Hondarribia
Sleep: Parador de Hondarribia ****
How far: 5,5 miles / 9 km, elevation gain: 300 meters

Day 4A Taste of the Saint James Way

Hondarribia – Pasajes – San Sebastián

We hike along the coast on the northern route of the Camino de Santiago to a beautiful fishing port. Feast on an exquisite seafood meal in this delightful town where Victor Hugo once resided. Sail away to San Sebastian in style on an antique schooner, while sipping cava. Gourmet discovery remains high on the agenda as we arrive to San Sebastián – the haute-cuisine heart of Basque Country. You’ll stay in the elegant beachside Hotel Londres for two nights. For dinner, dine on traditional Basque pintxos in the town’s historic center.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: San Sebastián / Pasajes / Hondarribia
Sleep: Hotel de Londres ****
How far: 5,5 miles / 9 km, elevation gain: 300 meters

Day 5Aristocratic Nostalgia Seaside Treat

We set off to Navarra to experience a full day of mountain relaxation. Up a winding mountain pass that culminates in an idyllic landscape ideal for a country walk with picturesque white-washed Basque farm houses. We take a walk into the pretty Navarra mountains with its lush forests, Navarran hamlets and enjoy the luxuries of a mountain getaway. The highlights of the day is an in-house wine tasting in the 5 star hotel Arantxa bodega and simply to enjoy this stunning hotel and the serenity of this privileged place in the world.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: San Sebastián / Igansi
Sleep: Hotel Arantxa *****
How far: 5,5 miles / 9 km, elevation gain: 300 meters

Day 6 Pamplona at its Best

After a morning of spa treatments, we meander into the quaint Navarran countryside with its charm and rustic villages. In Pamplona, we explore this fascinating historic city, the Cathedral and its plummeting fort walls. We trace the route of the infamous bull run and have a look at the imposing bull ring. Dinner is a cooking demonstration in an exclusive gastronomy club. First we learn how to make and then to enjoy.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: San Sebastián / Pamplona
Sleep: Hotel Guendulain *****
How far: 5,5 miles / 9 km, elevation gain: 100 meters

Day 7Morning to Relax and Say Farewell

After a fine breakfast, we’ll assist in arranging your transportation to the nearest airport or train station for your onward travels.

Food: Breakfast
Travel: Pamplona

* NST itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.

Inclusions

Hotels

  • Select hotels that reflect the uniqueness of each destination

Food

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and cocktail hour
  • Gourmet dinners at our hand-picked restaurants and culinary events
  • Unlimited local wine, or beer with every meal

Support

  • NST local guides
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Dinners on free evenings
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Extra services not outlined in the itinerary
 
  • Hotel de Londres ****

    Back to the Belle Epoque

    The Hotel de Londres is a pretty boutique hotel in San Sebastián with a La Belle Epoque feel. It has views to the Concha Bay and the city center. Luxury, modern facilities and a high level service make this historic building one of the best hotels in San Sebastián.

  • Parador de Hondarribia

    Parador de Hondarribia ****

    10th Century Castle Fortress

    With views to the Bay of Biscay coast, this hotel is a 10th century castle fortress. Also known as the Castle of Charles V, you will feel as if you are in an authentic medieval fortress. The imposing entrance and its thick damages stone walls by cannon fire set the tone. The inner patio crowned by adorned arches, wrought iron and coffered ceilings make this hotel unique.

  • Hotel Guendulain ****

    One of the most prominent and emblematic buildings in Pamplona, this regal palace takes back to the 18th century, yet offers the comforts of a modern luxury hotel. Built by a the viceroy of New Granada and visited by Queen Isabel II, this hotel still holds the relics of their royal past with a collection of 18th century carriages. It is in the heart of the city on a quiet street.

  • northern spain travel castillo arteaga

    Hotel Relais & Chateaux Castillo Arteaga ****

    Marques de Vallejo is both a boutique hotel and an art gallery. The proximity to the city center allows our guests to enjoy the myriad of charms of Logroño, one of the jewels of the Rioja province. Known for its innovative cuisine, Laurel Street pintxo experience and the quality and diversity of its shopping this hotel is in the heart of the action.

Tour Designers

stephanie mutsaerts

Stephanie Mutsaerts

Founder of Northern Spain Travel & Heart of Pamplona

Stephanie, the dynamo of our organization, is a Canadian who has fallen in love with northern Spain. She is enterprising, innovative and has an endless amount of energy to design unique outstanding travel plans, making her passion her profession. She has the firm conviction that until the product standards are exceptional, they should not be offered.

“Our goals are two; one is to bedazzle our visitors and another is to share with them what we find so extremely enchanting about this region of Spain”.

oliver blazquez

Oliver Blazquez

Product Manager & Public Relations

Oliver is our public relations ambassador of Pamplona. Oliver has it all; charm, conversation and more knowledge than anyone about Pamplona. You will feel like you’ve made a new friend during one of his energetic tours. Oliver is always on the beat searching for the perfect pintxo and exciting out of the box experiences. He is dedicated to designing the most exclusive events for our guest always with our added value, like Hemingway escape to the Basque coast, or a walking tour of the Running of the Bulls course with an international runner, as well as destinations and activities off the beaten cultural track and many more.

“ This is our essential hallmark that sets us apart from any other events agency”.

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