French Basque Countryside Tour From San Sebastian

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM
  • Return Details :
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

A wonderful way to take a day off from exploring San Sebastian and head into the peaceful countryside of the French Basque region. You will cross the border into France through a mountain pass used by smugglers in the past and visit the typical villages of the French Basque Countryside. During the journey, you will learn about the way of life of local farmers and the importance of this charming area to the Basque Country, all while encountering beautiful mountainous and countryside scenery.

You will travel as part of a small group with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 6.
Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.

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After morning pickup in San Sebastian, we will begin our journey taking the quiet and scenic countryside road to cross the border into France to spend the day in the French Basque Countryside. Our first stop will be the quaint town of St. tienne de Bagorry.
We will then continue our journey to the beautiful and charming town of Saint Jean Pied de Port, on the foothills of the Pyrenees. With its beautiful cobbled streets that run down hill across a quaint old bridge over the river Nive, the town is renown for being the starting point of the most popular route of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela on The Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago). After an easy-going stroll through the village while learning about its history and importance regarding the Camino de Santiago, you will get a break to enjoy lunch, if so desired, before continuing our route to our next stop.
We will head towards the picturesque town of Espelette, famous for its dried red peppers that are hung to dry from its houses and shops during the summer season. You will get the opportunity to stroll through the colorful streets of the village and do some Basque-produce shopping before beginning our drive back to San Sebastian.

Itinerary:


After morning pickup in San Sebastian, we will begin our journey taking the quiet and scenic countryside road to cross the border into France to spend the day in the French Basque Countryside. Our first stop will be the quaint town of St. Étienne de Baïgorry.
We will then continue our journey to the beautiful and charming town of Saint Jean Pied de Port, on the foothills of the Pyrenees. With its beautiful cobbled streets that run down hill across a quaint old bridge over the river Nive, the town is renown for being the starting point of the most popular route of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela on The Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago). After an easy-going stroll through the village while learning about its history and importance regarding the Camino de Santiago, you will get a break to enjoy lunch, if so desired, before continuing our route to our next stop.
We will head towards the picturesque town of Espelette, famous for its dried red peppers that are hung to dry from its houses and shops during the summer season. You will get the opportunity to stroll through the colorful streets of the village and do some Basque-produce shopping before beginning our drive back to San Sebastian.

Inclusions

  • Private transportation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Driver/guide
  • All Fees and Taxes

Exclusions

  • Lunch

Additional Info

Suitable for all physical fitness levels

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Traveler Reviews

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  • 18-Jun-2023

    My husband and I took a tour with Ander to the French Basque countryside and I don’t have the words to express what a wonderful experience it was! We ventured into parts of the countryside we never would have found on our own. Really enjoyed hearing a local’s perspective on Basque culture. And the company owners went out of their way to ensure the remainder of our stay in Spanish Basque was a world class experience. THANK YOU Go Basque!!

  • 14-Jun-2023

    We had a wonderful day with our tour guide Ruben. He was very friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Highly recommend!

  • 29-May-2023

    We had a great tour with Ruben. He took us to many beautiful French Basque towns and was very knowledgeable about the local history and culture. He also had some great food recommendations for when we returned to San Sebastián. Highly recommend this tour.

  • 24-May-2023

    We had a wonderful tour with our guide Rueben! We loved visiting the small French villages and learning about their history and basque culture. Beautiful countryside and great company 10/10!

  • 03-Nov-2022

    What a wonderful day we spent with Ander visiting a few of the many nearby medieval Basque villages. Our private tour with Ander has honestly been the most memorable part of our visit to San Sebastian. We especially appreciated the door-to-door service and the easy conversation with Ander, who was raised in San Sebastian. We learned not only about the areas we visited but about what life is like growing up, living and working here. We never felt rushed and Ander was open to stopping anywhere we liked. Our first stop was Sare, known for its delicious Gateau Basque (cake) and where fronton (jai alai) is the favorite pastime. Traveling the lush countryside to our next stop in Espelette, Ander pointed out the raised wooden huts built on towers used to trap migrating wood pigeons. Espelette is known for its production of espelette red peppers. The entire village has white houses with red or green shutters. It looked like a fairy tale town built as a temple to the little red peppers. The 17th century Basque church had a single aisle with wooden galleries and the scent of old wood. Ander knows all the places where you can taste the local cheese, chocolate or pate. Finally on to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port which is the starting point and the most challenging part of the Camino de Santiago. The streets are steep and cobbled, dotted with pilgrim lodgings and many shops. The “way” is well-marked with directional arrows embedded into the cobblestone streets and signs taped to poles. Thank you Ander for so generously sharing your beautiful Basque countryside with us - a forever memory……..Sonya & Jake.

  • 15-Jun-2022

    Every little detail on this tour was very good. Jimi arrived early at the hotel for pick up. He came in a very big and comfortable Mercedes-Benz. During the drive to Bayonne he told us a lot of interesting information about the Basque country, He also recommended many things for us to do when we returned to San Sebastián. The tour itself was also perfect. We enoyed a great meal in San Juan de luz, right in front of the beach. We highly recommend this company, thank you!

  • 23-May-2022

    I can’t say enough about how terrific it was spending a day in beautiful Pays Basque with Ander. I knew just enough of the history of the region to provide a skeleton of knowledge, and Ander made it come to life with so much great detail. His choices for the trip are impeccable, doing a great job of avoiding big crowds while allowing you to experience the remarkable region. We entrusted our menu and souvenir choices to him, and he did not lead us astray. He also provided good travel and dining trips for us for San Sébastien, his hometown that he obviously loves so much and knows so well.

  • 03-May-2022

    I would recommend this tour!! Ander is a great guide. Very knowledgeable of the area. All those small towns are beautiful.

  • 07-Mar-2020

    I cannot recommend this day trip highly enough. Ander provided the most amazing day - hotel pickup, beautiful sights, history, cultural information, and treats along the way. The stop at each town was incredibly memorable. We also had a great stop at the Spanish-French border for a coffee and incredible views. If you're looking for a special day that will take you away frm the tourist-heavy sites in Donostia-San Sebastian, this is the tour for you. Ander, thank you so much for your warmth and for a day that we will never forget. If we visit again your beautiful country, you will see us for a repeat tour! Brian Couch and Flo Couch

  • 23-Sep-2019

    I would highly recommend this trip for anyone who loves history and scenery. Our hosts Ander and Nina were very warm, genuine and knowledgeable. This was by far the best day tour we have ever taken.

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