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Walking Vacation Spain: A Walking Tour of Basque Country​

Activity Level: Easy  |  Daily Mileage: 2 – 5 mi  |  Daily Walking: 2 – 5 hr
Air package plus
10 days from only
Price includes roundtrip airfare.
Land only
7 days from only
Pre-trip Extension:
Madrid · 2 nights $245

Post-trip Extension:
Bilbao · 2 nights $245
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Part Spanish. Part French. Uniquely Basque.

Spanning the border between two nations, framed by the soaring Pyrenees and the Bay of Biscay, the autonomous region of Spain known simply as Basque Country offers spellbinding landscapes, superlative cuisine and warm, welcoming—and intensely proud—people. We’ll delve deeply into Basque culture during scenic walks through rural villages and vibrant cities … spend time with local residents, from
pelota-playing villagers to the epicurean members of a txoko (private gastronomic club) … and venture into France for a comprehensive view of local life. Experience the singular beauty of Basque Country with VBT today! 

What’s Included

Walking Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in historic 3- and 4-star hotels and 1 rural Basque Jauregia (palace)
  • 13 meals – 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • 8 nights in historic 3- and 4-star hotels, 1 rural Basque Jauregia (palace) and a 5-star hotel
  • 15 meals – 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Madrid – 2 nights for only $245 • Post-trip: Bilbao – 2 nights for only $245

Both Vacation Options Include

  • FREE use of our custom VBT walking poles
  • On-tour vehicle support
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • Transfers
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount 

Cultural Highlights

  • Stroll along San Sebastian’s stunning seaside promenade
  • Savor the bold flavors of Basque cuisine, including pintxos (similar to tapas), Tolosa beans and sidra (hard apple cider)
  • Meet with residents of Bidania and learn how to play the centuries-old sport of pelota
  • Spend two nights in the Basque countryside, as guests in a restored 17th-century jauregia (palace)
  • Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims along the hallowed “Way of St. James”
  • Cross the border into France for another perspective on Basque Country life
  • Share a memorable meal with the members of a txoko, a private gastronomic club
  • Learn how to prepare traditional Basque dishes in your own kitchen during a cooking demonstration
  • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at Bilbao’s world-famous Guggenheim Museum 

What To Expect

This tour features a combination of easy terrain and paved roads mixed with moderate hills. We walk primarily in the open countryside and small cities and on a variety of surfaces, including uneven footpaths over grass and soil and cobbled streets. We plan longer, optional walks for those who wish to spend more time on their own, exploring the small towns and surrounding areas; we also provide short and easy options for those who prefer to spend more time relaxing in Basque Country. Our VBT on-tour support vehicle is available at specific meeting points for those who need assistance. This tour is ideal for both enthusiastic beginners and experienced walkers. Several of the walks require a transfer from our hotel to the start of the walk. Our tour leaders often use this time in the van for our morning route review, so we can enjoy a more leisurely morning at breakfast.
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Average Daily Mileage: – 5 miles
  • Average Daily Walking Time: 2 – 5 hours

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