All participants will be met at Bayonne railway station at 14.55. This is the arrival time of the TGV 8515 from Paris, Montparnasse. Details will be confirmed a few months before the start of the tour. Participants will be met and taken to the hotel in Espelette, approximately 30 minutes away. Those who are not using this pick-up service will make their own way to the hotel. The afternoon will be free to relax and explore the village. Welcome drinks followed by dinner in the hotel.
Bus trip to St Jean Pied de Port to spend time at the local market and then on to the village of Irouléguy where we will start our 8 km country lane walk to the village of St Étienne de Baigorry. Picnic lunch. After lunch we will stroll around the village and later visit a chilli farm. Dinner in a nearby restaurant.
Bus trip to Les Aldudes for a four-hour walk among the palombieres (the wild squab hunting huts) with magical valley views. Picnic lunch. After the walk we will visit a Basque Charcuterie, enjoy a tasting and see the unique breed of Basque pig. Dinner in a nearby restaurant.
We will cross the border into Spain and walk along the ridge of Mount Jaizkebel to the seaport of Passajes taking in the spectacular views of the Pyrénées and the Atlantic. Light lunch in a restaurant and free time to visit the village. Dinner at the hotel.
The morning will start with a guided tour of Espelette with a local personality, followed by a visit to the chocolate maker and then a tasting of the locally produced foie gras. We will then make our way to the port of Socoa, for Ttoro, a traditional Basque seafood soup, followed by a stroll along the water’s edge and free time to experience the history and charm of St Jean de Luz. Dinner at the hotel.
Bus trip to Bidarray for a spectacular four-hour walk in the hills surrounding the village. Picnic lunch. Dinner at the hotel.
Four hour walk in the hills surrounding the village of Itxassou with a casual lunch in country restaurant. The afternoon will be spent playing some traditional French games. Dinner at the hotel.
Trip to the Col Ignasse for a ride on the petit train to the top of La Rhune. A two and a half-hour walk will take us back down the mountain. Picnic lunch. We will stop in Ainhoa for a little time to explore this beautiful village. Dinner at the hotel.
The bus will take all the participants to Bayonne railway station in the morning to catch the 11.11TGV 8534 for Paris, Montparnasse. This will be the only transport organised that day. [The TGV ticket is not included in package] Details will be confirmed a few months before the start of the tour.
Cost includes: all transport, accommodation, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, activities as stated in the brochure. Wine is included with all the sit down meal.
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