Basque Country & Biarritz – June 2021
12 June - 21 June 2021
We will be launching the tour very soon. Brochure and forms are currently for 2020
Discover Basque Country of Spain and France
(WITH 2 NIGHTS FERRY CROSSINGS)
Brief: A relaxed 9 night tour with 7 nights in the Basque Country of Spain and France
- Totally relaxed – 7 nights in Basque Country but only 350 miles in total
- Two 2 night stops and one 3 nights stop – unpack properly at each wonderful hotel
- Enjoy 3 superb hotels, two on the beach and one, with stunning views, in the Pyrenees
- 15 cars is the maximum possible on the Tour, the right crowd, but not crowded
- Come and enjoy the food and drink of the Basque people, proudly independent, but very welcoming
Saturday 12th June – Check in at Portsmouth docks by 11am for the 12 noon departure on the Cap Finistere to Bilbao. 12.00 Welcome Reception on board,
before own lunch arrangements. 18.30 Dinner in the main Restaurant.
Sunday13th June – 10.30 Coffee and Croissants Gathering, followed by own lunch arrangements. 12.45 arrive Bilbao. Should be clear of the docks by 13.30.
Staying beside the docks, not up to the Autopista, we make our way to Bilbao’s Transporter Bridge and use it cross the River, then head north via Plentzia to the north coast. A lunch stop will be made at the little fishing port of Armintza – Tapas anyone? Then on via Bermeo to Gernika. A visit to the Basque Museum here will tell you much about this area – see below. Then it’s the coast road via Ea (how
wonderful to be able to write such a short name for once!) to Lekeitio, our home for 2 nights. Dinner in the hotel is included this evening. Mileage 65.
Monday 14th June Free day and evening – a chance to wander, have a drink, and listen to the Basque language, or go for a paddle!
Tuesday 15th June – Beautiful drive to day, along the coast at first via Deba, then inland via Azpeitia and Tolosa to Santesteban to start the climb up to the
Pass Puerto de Izpegui, 672m/2184ft. Then a short, steep, down hill to St Etienne and on to Bidarray, and our hotel. At the Auberge Ostape your car is left at the entrance and each pair are given a golf buggie to go to Reception, then to your chalet Suite, if you are not in the main building. Dinner included. Mileage 110.
Thursday 17th June – A back road drive down to the French coast to Bairritz. Dinner is included this evening at our hotel. Mileage 50.
Friday 18th & Saturday 19th June – Both are free days and free evenings in Bairritz.
Sunday 20th June – Join the A63 south to the Spanish border. It becomes the AP8 (and AP1). Stay on this through Bilbao to Santuzi and the docks. Check in by 14.30 for the 15.30 departure. Final Tour Reception at 17.30, Dinner at 18.30 Mileage 110.
Monday 21th June – 10.30 Coffee and Croissants Gathering. Own lunch arrangements. Ferry arrives at 14.15, then it’s homeward.
Return ferry Portsmouth – Bilbao , with en-suite 4 berth window cabins return Reception and Dinner, with wines, on the ferry Wednesday 10th and Thursday 18th Coffee and Croissant mornings on 11th and 19th Bed and buffet breakfasts for 7 hotel nights, and Dinner, with wines, on 4 evenings. At Ostape Standard rooms are Junior Suites, Superior rooms are full suites, all with free golf buggie! Rally plate, name badges, detailed Route Book Pack and the services of a vastly experienced Tour Director
Whats not included?
- Fuel and motorway charges. Meals other than stated in the itinerary.
- Drinks and personal expenses.
- Insurance – either personal or the car, including repatriation
- You must have at least medical cover.
- Car repatriation is recommended.drinks, other than stated in the itinerary
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