WHERE IS THE BASQUE …This is a truly spectacular area of the Basque Country. -Throughout this tour...

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Pais Vasco, Basque Country, or Euskadi in the Basque language is a journey into the undiscovered. Naturally beautiful, and culturally rich, this region of northern Spain and southwest France offers a taste of Europe unlike any other. Unsurprisingly, this region is quickly becoming a haven for people traveling to and throughout Europe who are searching for unique and exceptional experiences. From spectacular mountain vistas, world-renowned vineyards, charming coastal villages, Michelin-star restaurants, famous museums. The Basque Country has so much to offer its visitors. We at Tours of Basque promise to deliver a unique and exciting experience! WWW.TOURSOFBASQUE.COM WHERE IS THE BASQUE COUNTRY?

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  • Pais Vasco, Basque Country, or Euskadi in the Basque language is a journey

    into the undiscovered. Naturally beautiful, and culturally rich, this region of

    northern Spain and southwest France offers a taste of Europe unlike any

    other. Unsurprisingly, this region is quickly becoming a haven for people

    traveling to and throughout Europe who are searching for unique and

    exceptional experiences. From spectacular mountain vistas, world-renowned

    vineyards, charming coastal villages, Michelin-star restaurants, famous

    museums. The Basque Country has so much to offer its visitors. We at Tours

    of Basque promise to deliver a unique and exciting experience!

    WWW.TOURSOFBASQUE.COM

    WHERE IS THE BASQUE COUNTRY?

    http://www.toursofbasque.com/

  • BILBAO ARCHITECTURE & CULTURE TOUR

    -We will walk along the beautiful Nervion River towards the world renowned

    Guggenheim Museum designed by famous architect Frank Gehry.

    -If desired, guests can also enter the Guggenheim Museum.

    -We then make our way to the Ribera Market (the largest covered market in

    Europe) to take a look at all the fresh produce, fish, and meats, all originating

    from the sea and local countryside.

    -Take a trip back in time as we walk through Bilbao’s scenic Casco Viejo or

    Old Part, which highlights the 700 year old buildings and architecture that

    make this area so unique.

    -Points of interest on our Bilbao guided tour include century old Cathedrals,

    City Hall, local Basque food markets, Iberian ham shops, designer boutiques,

    etc…

    -We finish this Basque tour with a lovely short train ride aboard the Artxanda

    Funicular to the peak of Artxanda offering stunning views of the city.

    —10:00am-3:00pm. Approximately 6 hours.

    —Includes 3 course lunch at a delicious restaurant in the old part of Bilbao.

    —150 euro/person for groups of 2-3

    —110 euro/person for groups of 4-6

  • ESSENTIAL LA RIOJA WINE TOUR EXPERIENCE

    -This La Rioja tour will take you on a visit to a subterranean winery lying

    beneath the historic Basque city of LaGuardia that dates back centuries.

    -A visit to a traditional family run winery is included to highlight the absolute

    pinnacle and prestige of the La Rioja winemaking. This estate produces wine

    that rates in the top 100 of Rioja wines with more than 90 Parker Points.

    -We will also guide you around the medieval city of LaGuardia along with

    external views of some of the most architecturally significant wineries in the

    La Rioja.

    -During our private guided tour of LaGuardia we will stop for a delicious 3

    course Basque meal inside the city walls.

    —8:30am-4:30pm. Approximately 8 hours.

    —Includes 90 minute visit to 2 wineries coupled with 2 tastings per winery.

    —Includes a 3 course lunch with red/white wine and mineral water.

    —230 euro/person for groups of 2-3

    —200 euro/person for groups of 4-6

  • SAN SEBASTIAN & COASTAL ROUTE

    -We begin this Basque experience with a guided tour of San Sebastian. We will

    walk along the La Concha beach on the way to the old part of the city.

    -The magnificent city of Zarautz is our next stop, which holds the designation

    of having the largest beach in the entire Basque Country. This city was once a

    popular summer destination for European royalty.

    -We will stop in the fishing port of Getaria. Getaria has some of the best

    restaurants in the Basque Country along with San Sebastian.

    -We will then make the short drive to the unique coastal village ofZumaia, with

    its famous rock formations containing fossils that date back some 100 million

    years. Here you will find some of the most breathtaking vistas in the entire

    Basque Country.

    -Throughout this tour of San Sebastian and the Basque coast we will stop for

    delicious pintxos (if desired), some visually stunning photo opportunities and

    easy treks (if desired).

    —8:30am-4:30pm. Approximately 8 hours.

    —Includes a 3 course lunch with red/white wine and mineral water.

    —210 euro/person for groups of 2-3

    —175 euro/person for groups of 4-6

  • THE RUNNING OF THE BULLS – PAMPLONA, HEMINGWAY & THE BASQUE

    PYRENEES

    -The Basque city of Pamplona (Iruña in Basque) is a city famous for two

    things: Ernest Hemingway called this city home as he was writingThe Sun Also

    Rises, and secondly this is the city where bulls run the streets.

    -We will guide you through the winding streets of the old part where

    Hemingway savored his beloved Rioja wine while he chatted up the locals. We

    will also point out the infamous path that the bulls run during the San Fermin

    festival.

    -We stop for lunch in the old part of Pamplona for 3 course meal at a family

    run Basque restaurant.

    -After Pamplona we will take you on a visually stunning drive through

    thePyrenee Mountains. This area, sheltered by the steep green Pyrenee slopes

    seems to be forgotten in time.

    —8:30am-2:30pm. Approximately 8-9 hours.

    —Includes a 3 course lunch with red/white wine and mineral water.

    —235 euro/person for groups of 2-3

    —195 euro/person for groups of 4-6

  • COAST OF BIZKAIA & HISTORICAL VILLAGE OF GERNIKA TOUR

    -We will take you directly north along the beautiful tree-lined roadsheading

    north to the rugged coast of the Basque Country.

    -Our first stop on this Basque Country tour will be in the historic town

    ofGernika. This city holds political importance for the Basques as the local

    politicians have made important national decisions here for nearly 1000 years.

    Gernika has historical significance as the sight of a horrific aerial bombing in

    1936. This is also the site of the Pablo Picasso’s famous Guernica painting

    portraying this violent day.

    -The small fishing port of Mundaka is our next stop. This small city is home to

    a world-class surf break know the world over amongst surfers.There are

    also and some excellent Basque restaurants and pintxo bars.

    -Bermeo is a short drive west from Mundaka, and is a large fishing port that

    was historically a whaling port for the Basques.

    -Our next stop on the Basque coast is at the 10th century hermitage of San

    Juan de Gaztelugatxe, which is an incredible feat of engineering. This small

    church sits at the pinnacle of a small island connected to the coast only by a

    small stone bridge.

  • -On the way back we will take you the scenic route through the Basque

    mountains and small towns that dot the countryside.

    -Throughout this private Basque tour we will stop some visually stunning

    photo opportunities and easy treks (if desired).

    —9:00am-5:00pm. Approximately 8 hours.

    —Includes a 3 course lunch with red-white wine and mineral water

    —195 euro/person for groups of 2-3

    —145 euro/person for groups of 4-6

  • FRENCH BASQUE EXPERIENCE

    -We will stop in the Spanish Basque border town of Hondarribia with its

    unrivaled architectural beauty before heading over to the French Basque

    Country. We will take a walking tour around the old part of this fishing port,

    and of course stop for a pintxo or two!

    -Hendaia will be our second stop, which offers our first glimpse of theFrench

    Basque culture. Hendaia has a spectacular beach with numerous fine

    restaurants and bars lining the historic port.

    -The next coastal city we stop at is St. Jean de Luz, a beautiful coastal town

    with a notable French influence. This Basque city was also where French King

    Louis XIV chose to get married in 1660.

    -We will then make our way inland to the French Basque countryside. This

    region has numerous mountain hamlets in the shadow of the grand Pyrenees.

    This is a truly spectacular area of the Basque Country.

    -Throughout this tour of the Basque Country we will stop for delicious Basque

    pintxos, some visually stunning photo opportunities, easy treks (if desired),

    and lunch.

    —8:30am-5:30pm. Approximately 9 hours.

    —Includes a 3 course lunch with red/white wine and mineral water.

    —230 euro/person for groups of 2-3.

    —190 euro/person for groups of 4-6.