Euskadi: ¡Kaixo, in the North!

The mountains are green, the waves are blue with hints of white, and the titanium museums change colours. We are talking about culture, beaches, pintxos and txacolí, good people, cycling and walking routes, world-famous festivals and landscapes that inspire novels... Those who are looking to explore a little bit of everything beyond conventional tourism, will absolutely love this trip!

Bilbao, a city with an industrial past, now proud and clean to the traveller, will be the starting point of our journey.

We will pay Puppy a visit at the Guggenheim, and sail along the estuary in a sailboat, ending the days with pintxos washed down with zuritos and txacolí.

By bicycle or on foot, we will enjoy the surroundings, the Aitzgorri mountain range, the Bidasoa Greenway, the mystery novel landscapes of the Baztan Valley in Navarre. Of course, we can't miss the wineries of the Rioja Alavesa and the local gastronomy, a much welcome daily pleasure and energy boost before we continue our adventure to San Sebastian, the pearl of the Bay of Biscay.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Point of origin - Bilbao

Arrival in Bilbao, where the adventure begins. We will go on a sailboat tour from the port of Bilbao to the Guggenheim Museum, going up the estuary and discovering Bilbao's "industrial past", as we learn about the evolution of the estuary with a local historian.

Of course, a private guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum afterwards is a must.

Accomodation in a 4-star hotel.

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DAY 2: Arrikrutz Caves in Oñati

After breakfast, we will travel to the interior of the province of Guipuzcoa to settle in Oñati, a historic place, home of the first University of the Basque Country (Santi Spíritus), an institution of great Basque pride. We will start with a guided caving activity outside the tourist circuit, in the Arrikrutz caves.

In the afternoon, we will continue with a guided tour through the historical part of the town, and head to the town square to get to know the local life and people.

Accommodation in a charming hotel in the centre of Oñati.

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DAY 3: Oñati - Hiking in the Aitzgorri Mountains

After a re-energising breakfast, we'll go on a hiking trail through the Aitzgorri mountain range, learning about the pastoral tradition of the area and the local cheese production.

Accomodation in a 3-star charming hotel.

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DAY 4: Rioja Alavesa - Vineyards by bike

Today we move south, to the Rioja Alavesa. We will cycle along the tracks between the vineyards, discovering how this land is worked, and then we'll visit a local winery where we'll have lunch.

Accommodation in a 4-star hotel located in the Rioja Alavesa wine region.

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DAY 5: Pamplona - Hiking in Baztán Negro

After getting to know Rioja Alavesa and its earthly pleasures, we cross Pamplona to go to Baztán Navarro. We will delight in tasting produce from local orchards for lunch.

Accommodation in a rural lodge in the Baztan Valley.

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DAY 6: Baztan Valley

After breakfast, we will take a hiking trail along the Baztan section of the Way of St. James, between the towns of Urdazubi and Amalur – where we will explore the remains of the last fortress of the ancient Kingdom of Navarre.

Accommodation in a rural lodge in the Baztan Valley.

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DAY 7: Bidasoa Greenway - Bay of Txingundi - San Sebastian

Today we cycle along the Bidasoa Greenway (Doneztebe - Hendaye) to reach the Bay of Txingudi, which marks the border with France. From Hendaye - Hondarribia, we will travel by shuttle to the wonderful city of San Sebastian.

Accomodation in a 4-star hotel.

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DAY 8: San Sebastian - Zarautz - Zumaia

Instalados en San Sebastián, pasaremos dos días haciendo senderismo por la costa entre Zarautz y Zumaia haciendo una parada en una bodega local de txakoli para conocer sus caldos, y degustar algunos productos locales. Tendremos una clase de cocina con productos locales, una visita guiada al Museo San Telmo y disfrutaremos de los encantos de la ciudad.

Accomodation in a 4-star hotel.

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DAY 9: San Sebastian - Point of origin

It's time to get back home, as per your arrangements.

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Important notes

✔ Charming accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
✔ Lunches and dinners as listed in the itinerary.
✔ Sailboat tour.
✔ Entrance fees to the museums and wineries listed.
✔ Transportation.
✔ Local tour guides.
✔ Hiking activities, bike trails, cooking classes listed in the itinerary.
✔ Travel insurance

Not included:

✘ Transportation to Bilbao.
✘ Personal expenses
✘ Tips
✘ Any service not listed in the itinerary.

Accomodation

We’ll spend a few nights in local rural lodges.

Sustainable mobility

Sailing, cycling, walking.

Nature

Hiking trails to connect with nature. Caving activities off the beaten track, away from crowds.

Culture and tradition

Direct contact with the local communities. Preparation and tasting of local products.

Social commitment

Contribution to local economy by the consuming local products and services.

Environmental commitment

With your help, we can support reforestation initiatives in Spain.

Clothing and gear

Comfortable clothes and shoes. Something warm for the evenings. Clothing suitable for hiking and cycling activities. Include swimming costume

Don't forget to bring

Sunscreen, sunglasses, basic first aid kit.

Our trips are tailor-made so you can choose what suits you best.

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