Guided tour of the French Basque country

FRENCH BASQUE COUNTRY TOUR

Explore the culture and traditions of the Basque Country, from the coast to the countryside

from €500 / combi
8:00 7 pers max per combi

Visite guidée originale des villages du pays basque

Visitez les plus beaux villages du pays basque à bord d'un authentique combi VW. Visite d'Espelette, Visite de Sare, Visite d'Ainhoa. Une activité originale pour découvrir le Pays Basque et ses villages. Les villages basques et leurs histoires insolites pour découvrir le pays basque autrement!

Our 1 day road trip takes you to explore the culture and traditions of the Basque country, from the coast to the countryside.

The French Basque Country Tour focuses on the cultural, historical, gastronomical and architectural heritage of the Basque Country. Starting with a guided tour of Biarritz, you will then discover the beautiful fishing village of Guethary, the rebellious city of Saint Jean de Luz, the tiny hilltop border villages of Sare and Ainhoa (close to Spain), to finish in the village of Espelette, famous for its peppers! During the tour, Clémence, your local epicurean guide, will introduce you to the delicious food specialties of the region. Explore the secrets of the Basque cake in an ancient mill, share a traditional lunch in a Basque Cider House, and discover the “red gold” of the region, the Espelette Pepper. A great immersion in the Basque Culture, you’re not ready to forget!

Duration

This is a 1 day roadtrip (8 hours) From 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

What is included ?

The price includes the tastings, the private guide and tour in VW Van. Lunch in the Basque Ciderhouse is not included in the price (its an option)

Meeting place

The tour starts from Biarritz Lighthouse. Meeting time about 15 minutes before departure!

Price

€500 per combi (including 2 pers) + €25 per extra pers - Max 7 pers/combi Lunch option: + €35 / pers

Itinerary

Jump aboard Woody, our VW Combi from the 70’s, for an immersive journey across the French Basque Country.

BIARRITZ, FROM THE IMPERIAL CITY TO THE SURFER PARADISE

The tour starts in Biarritz, famous imperial City also known for its surf spirit! Driving through the beautiful streets made up of sumptuous palaces and villas, you will explore the past of this ancient harbor that became the summer holiday destination of the European aristocracy in the middle of the 19th century. But Biarritz is also known as the capital of surf in Europe, as we surfed the first waves here in 1957!

ENJOY THE TRADITIONAL FLAVORS OF THE BASQUE CAKE

You will then be invited to taste the traditional flavors of the Basque cake in an ancient mill in Bidart. Your guide will tell you the story of this ancient cake, made of pastry cream or … cherries!

HEADING SOUTH TO DISCOVER THE FISHING AND PIRATES VILLAGES

Heading south along the beautiful coastal scenes, the tour takes you the tiny and authentic village of Guethary, famous for its whale hunting past in the 14th century. You will then explore the rebellious city of Saint Jean de Luz, known for its Pirate stories. Louis XIV, our “Roi Soleil” was married in this authentic harbor…

LUNCH TIME IN A TYPICAL BASQUE CIDER HOUSE

Enjoy a local lunch in a traditional Cider House. Did you know that cider was originally created in the Basque Country? Experience the taste of the Txuletta, our local beef ribs, and the flavors of our local Ossau Iraty Cheese with a glass of Basque Cider! After the lunch, your guide will introduce you to the tradition of Basque linens, famous for its long and colorful stripes. You’ll have the opportunity to visit our last Basque linen manufacture shop.

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME ACROSS THE BASQUE COUNTRYSIDE

During the afternoon, travel back in time across the Basque Countryside to discover the charm of its traditional houses and churches, its mountain scenes and tiny villages. Listen to the stories and legends of the ancient Basque people across the remote village of Sare, famous for its smuggling past, and the pious villages of Aihnoa.

DISCOVER OUR "RED GOLD" IN ESPELETTE AND TASTE ITS FLAVORS

Your tour will end in Espelette, a village famous for its gastronomical heritage. Here, we keep the tradition of growing Espelette peppers and hanging them directly on the houses’ fronts to dry make them dry. Discover the secret of our “Red Gold” and taste its flavors with Annie, a local producer! Enjoy the tasty atmosphere of Espelette with a free time in the village, before heading back to Biarritz.

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