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The Basque Country Tour (8 Days). Guided 23-30 June

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 15 people
Destination(s): Spain  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 959 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1089 Euro (EUR)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Transfer to Vitoria. Pick up from arrival point and transfer to Vitoria, the capital of the Basque Country. Time to enjoy a stroll around the Old Quarter and the impressive cathedral. In the evening you can visit the renowned tapas bars in the city center.

Day 2: Vitoria - Estella. Leaving Vitoria, we head eastwards towards Pamplona. A beautiful ride takes us through the Parque Nacional de la Sierra de Urbasa y Andía, with a visit to the beautiful source of the Urederra. Finally we arrive at the town of Estella, situated on the Camino de Santiago, the famous old pilgrimage route known as the Way of St James. Short 47 km -30 miles, long 74 km - 46 miles.

Day 3: Estella - Pamplona. A shorter ride today into neighbouring Navarra and its capital Pamplona, famous for the running of the bulls depicted in Hemingway's novel Fiesta. Here we will have plenty of time to explore the city and its atmospheric Old Quarter. Short 64 km - 40 miles, long 79 km - 50 miles.

Day 4: Pamplona - Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Leaving Pamplona, we continue along the Camino de Santiago towards France. We cross the lower Pyrenees just after the monastery of Roncesvalles, one of the key points on the Camino. A long descent and we cross the French border to finally arrive at the quaint old market town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, one of the traditional starting points for the pilgrims. Short 57 km - 35 miles, long 88 km - 55 miles.

Day 5: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port - San Sebastián. After our night in France, we head back to Spain and the coastal city of San Sebastián. Our route takes us through the beautiful countryside where the Pyrenees reach the Bay of Biscay. Finally we arrive at this impressive city, with its fine bay, beaches, Old Quarter and fishing harbor. Last but not least is its incomparable gastronomy, second to none, where the multitude of tapas bars compete with some of the best restaurants in the world. Short 50 km - 31 miles, long 101 km - 63 miles.

Day 6: San Sebastián - Lekeitio. After San Sebastián, we turn westwards to follow the coast towards Bilbao. This is some of the finest coastal scenery in Spain. At times we ride along the water's edge; other times we ride high above it with the most fantastic views of the coast, interspersed with charming villages. Tonight's stop is at the picturesque fishing village of Lekeitio. Short 50 km - 31 miles, long 74 km - 46 miles.

Day 7: Lekeitio - Bilbao. Another day along the impressive coastline. En route we see fishing villages in dramatic settings such as Elantxobe, completely surrounded by high cliffs. We cycle round the estuary of Urdaibai passing the town of Guernica, subject of the painting by Picasso of the same name. We pass the chapel of San Juan de Gaztelugache, perched on its island, and one of the most photographed landscapes in the Basque Country. Finally we arrive in Bilbao to cycle past the Guggenheim Museum and take time to explore this fascinating city before we return home the next day. Short 48 km - 30 miles, long 112 km - 70 miles.

Day 8: Transfer Bilbao - departure point. End of trip. Pick up from Bilbao hotel and transfer to departure point.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Continental style breakfast
- Transport to and from arrival/departure points
- Information Pack with Route Guide and maps
- Luggage transport between hotels.

Price Excludes:
- Lunch and dinner
- Bicycle hire
- Holiday extension.