Gipuzkoa + Northern Navarra

  • A beautiful 7-day guided trip in the heart of the country of the Basques: Northern Navarra and the interior of the province of Gipuzkoa.
  • Excursions in a rural environment with scenic landscapes of green mountains, deep valleys, leafy forests and beautiful villages.
  • Possibility of completing the excursions with interesting sightseeing.
  • And with the certainty of enjoying the area’s renowned gastronomy.
  • Tour led by a local guide with extensive knowledge of the region.
  • Stay in two different areas that are good examples of the authentic rural world of the Basques.
  • Accommodation in comfortable and welcoming country cottages.
  • Possibility of adapting certain elements of the trip, according to the preferences of the clients.

The Basques are one of the oldest people in Europe. Their roots are lost in time past and no one really knows their origin and their ancient history. It is known that several tribes inhabited the area that, today, are the Spanish provinces of Gipuzkoa, Bizkaia, Alava and Navarra before the arrival of the Romans (1st century BC). The first three provinces form the Basque Country, while Navarra is a different Autonomous Community. At that time, Navarra was inhabited by the Vascones, a tribe that gradually amplified its presence and dominion over the other provinces, extending its language and customs throughout this territory, settling it and giving rise to what would later, in the Middle Ages, become the Kingdom of Navarra and what is now known as Euskal Herria (the country of the Basques). Today, therefore, this whole area has its own identity and a culture and customs that are very different from those of the surrounding areas. Special mention should be made of Euskera, an ancient pre-Indo-European language that is unique and exclusive to the Basques and whose origin is unknown, even to specialists.

In addition to enjoying some of the area’s innumerable and beautiful hiking routes, the client will get to know the interesting and curious characteristics that the Basque people offer. To this end, two different places have been chosen for the overnight stays, both located in characteristic areas of this land, so that the traveller can discover and obtain a broad knowledge of this very interesting corner of Europe.

The first days of the trip take place in the province of Gipuzkoa, from where three beautiful excursions to the surrounding mountains are made. Halfway through the week, a short transfer is made to a second place, located in the province of Navarra, taking advantage of this rest day for some very interesting visits along the way. From this second location, another two hiking routes are made, enjoying the green mountains of this area.

Whenever possible, these excursions can be completed with a visit to a place of interest such as a farmhouse, cider maker, cheese factory, cave, forge, water mill, etc..., so that the visitor has more direct contact with the rural world of the Basques. And always enjoying the beautiful green landscape of this land, its charming villages and, of course, its fantastic gastronomy.

We hope you find this beautiful plan interesting and attractive for your hiking holiday, so the best we can say is... Laster Arte! (Hope to see you soon, in Basque).

  • Day 1: Arrival day
    The person from our organization in charge of guiding this trip will meet you in San Sebastián and take you by car to the inland Gipuzkoa rural house where we will stay the first four nights. Information meeting to talk about the activity to be developed in the next few days, especially about the routes that will be carried out around this area and answer any questions you may have. Dinner and overnight stay in the rural house.

  • Days 2, 3 and 4: Different mountain hikes in Gipuzkoa
    Each day and after a good breakfast, we will leave the rural house for a hike across the mountains around this area. The route of each day will be chosen from the wide range of different possibilities offered by the province of Gipuzkoa, taking into account the preferences of customers in terms of distance and height gain, as well as the expected weather conditions. Depending on the date and the chosen route, lunch will consist of a picnic in the mountains or a meal in a shelter or typical Basque farmhouse. In addition, whenever possible, an attempt will be made to take advantage of the excursion to visit other nearby interesting places. After each hike, we will return to the rural house for a short rest before enjoying dinner and a lively conversation about the day’s activity.
  • Day 5: Transfer and rest day
    Day spent moving from the rural house in Gipuzkoa to another one in Navarra which will be our base for the remaining days. It is a day for resting in which we will not do any hiking, but take advantage of the trip to visit some of the many places of tourist interest that are on the way. Once we arrive at our destination, we will begin our stay in a cozy country house for the next three nights and, before dinner, we will meet to talk about the routes we will take in the following days.
  • Days 6 and 7: Two mountain hikes in Northern Navarra
    This area of Navarra offers many different hiking routes, all of them very beautiful and spectacular. Depending on the clients' preferences and weather forecast, two of these routes will be chosen for these days. They will be full day hikes, so we will have a picnic in the mountains. A short rest before going out to visit the village and having dinner to recharge our batteries.
  • Day 8: Transfer and departure day
    After breakfast, we will return to San Sebastián from where each person will continue their journey according to their plans (possibility of organizing additional nights of accommodation in this city or in Bilbao).

This is the summary of the programme:
Day 1: Arrival to San Sebastián and transfer to the first rural house in Gipuzkoa
Days 2 to 4: Three mountain hikes around this area of Gipuzkoa
Day 5: Rest day and transfer to the second rural house in Navarra
Days 6 and 7: Two mountain hikes in Northern Navarra
Day 8: Departure day

The order of this programme could be changed for different reasons, such as the availability of accommodation or weather forecasts. Any change would be communicated to customers in advance.

This trip takes place in two different areas so we use two different accommodations, one in the province of Gipuzkoa and the other in Northern Navarra.

In both cases, the accommodation will be made in comfortable and welcoming rural houses, where we will be able to really feel and live the authentic rustic atmosphere of this territory. These accommodations have everything necessary to make the stay truly comfortable and pleasant since they are part of a wide network of rural establishments, that obliges them to offer high levels of quality and comfort to all their customers.

The fact that we are a local travel agency allows us to select accommodation directly. We choose them in person, not on the Internet, visiting them frequently with direct contact with the owners. Thanks to this, it is possible to guarantee that these are quality accommodations with high standards of service and that they are the ideal places for our trips.

The dates for this trip are flexible and depend on two factors:

  1. The available dates of the client
  2. Whether the guide who organizes and leads the trip is also available on the same dates

The procedure to arrange the trip is as follows:

  1. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Walking North Spain ( indicating the dates when you wish to come. Ideally, you should indicate as broad a date period as possible, that is to say, as long as possible:
    • If you can only set very specific dates, indicate exactly what they are but,
    • If you are flexible over a longer period of time (e. g. several weeks, several months or even any time of the year), please indicate this in your request.
  2. The objective is to be able to form a group from the people who are interested in making a particular trip. Therefore, the greater the flexibility in the dates you indicate, the easier it is to match up the dates available, both of the guide and of other clients.
  3. When Walking North Spain receives the first request for a trip, it will check the availability, both for the accommodation, and for a guide for those dates. One of the following two cases may occur:
    • There is no accommodation and/or guide available for those dates: in this case, Walking North Spain will inform the interested clients about this event and ask as to what other dates might be possible.
    • Both the accommodation and guide are available for those dates: in this case, in principle, the trip will be made on the requested dates by those clients who first sent their request to the agency but:
      • If the number of clients interested in this first request is 4 or more people, then those dates can be considered confirmed and the trip will be made on the requested dates.
      • If the number of clients interested in this first request is less than 4, the agency will try to organise the trip for those dates, but will not be able to confirm this until after some time has passed in which it will try to add other potential clients. Once a minimum group of 4 people has been reached, or if Walking North Spain has decided to make the trip, even if it is with fewer clients, the trip will be confirmed to the clients who have signed up for it.
  4. As can be seen, in principle, the minimum number of people is 4 but, even if your request is for fewer people, we recommend sending us your request as early as possible because, depending on the availability of the guide, it is possible that the trip can be made for a smaller group, even for just one couple. In addition, if you are the first to request the trip for specific dates, the agency will do everything possible to meet your request.
  5. For this reason, it is important that you send us your request as soon as you can, indicating the widest possible period of time in which you could make the trip.
  6. If a group of 4 or more people sign up at the same time, it would be possible to adapt the trip to their preferences, for example, regarding its duration or the number of days to stay in each place.
  7. Finally, it is quite possible that, if there are enough requests, this trip will be made several times in the same year, so there may be a better chance of finding dates to best match your schedule.


SEASON DATES Price per person Single supplement
Low October to May 1,275 € 100 €
Mid June and September 1,295 € 125 €
High July and August (**) 1,325 € 150 €

(*) Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a twin or double room

(**) Easter, weekends and other special days are also considered high season.


This is an ALL INCLUDED trip:

  • Pick up in San Sebastián and transfer to the first rural house.
  • Information meeting to explain the programme of the trip, show the routes to be followed and resolve any possible doubts.
  • 4 nights accommodation in a rural house in Gipuzkoa.
  • 3 guided hiking routes in Gipuzkoa.
  • Transfer to the second rural house in Northern Navarra, with a sightseeing visit along the way.
  • Lunch in a restaurant on transfer day.
  • 3 nights accommodation in a rural house in Navarra.
  • Breakfast each morning.
  • Picnic lunches on walking days.
  • All dinners (4 in Gipuzkoa and 3 in Navarra), menu including house wine and other drinks.
  • Baggage transfers between accommodations.
  • Transfer back to San Sebastián at the end of the trip.

Not included:

  • Flights or any other means of transport to/from San Sebastián, starting and ending point of the trip (*). For more information, see the "How to get here" section of the "Information" tab.
  • Insurance.
  • Tickets to visit places of tourist interest, if any of these additional visits are made.
  • Any extra drinks, apart from those already served on the menus of the 7 included dinners. These additional drinks should be paid for directly at the restaurant.
  • Any extra night in San Sebastián or Bilbao, at the beginning or end of the trip (**).

(*) Possibility to order private transfers from/to Biarritz or Bilbao, at an additional charge.

(**) Possibility to organize additional nights of accommodation. Please contact us if you are interested.

Do I have to make any reservation or do anything myself?
The only thing you have to look after is your round trip to and from San Sebastian (remember that we can advise and help you with the arrangements). Everything else is included so you don't have to worry about anything, We look after everything else. You just have to worry about coming here and enjoying your trip to the fullest.

How can I get to the area?
Today, the Basque Country is a highly developed area that has very good communications by land, sea and air making it easy to get to San Sebastian. There are several options to fly to our different airports and our cities are connected by modern motorways. You also have the option of coming by bus, train and even by boat if you come from Great Britain. For more information, see the "How to get here" section of the "Information" tab.

What currency and language is used in the area?
As in the other countries of the European Union, the currency used is the euro. With regard to languages, this is one of the many attractions of this region because, apart from Spanish, one of the oldest and most mysterious languages in the world is spoken in the Basque Country: Basque. While you are here, you will often hear and see Basque and we will tell you some curious facts about this ancient language. With regard to English, San Sebastian is a popular tourist city and, as such, it is quite easy to find people who speak it. However, it is less common in the interior of the province of Gipuzkoa and in the villages of northern Navarra. In any case, a bilingual guide will be with you at all times, so you won't have any problem in understanding the locals.

Is it a safe area?
Yes, fortunately, this area is very safe and visitors do not usually have any problems on their trip. However, we recommend taking the usual common sense precautions against theft.

Can I book a single person trip??
Yes, as long as there are other people on that same trip. Walking North Spain cannot offer guided trips for a single person. There will be an individual supplement for single reservations.

What is the best time of year to make this trip?
This trip can be made at any time of the year although the best dates are probably from May to October

What are the routes like? Are they very long or difficult?
Both the mountains of Gipuzkoa and Navarra offer many different routes of different lengths and levels of effort. In general, the selected routes for this trip are between 9 and 15 kilometres, with a height gain of between 450 and 800 metres, so that everybody accustomed to hill-walking and is reasonable fit can hike our routes without any difficulty. Walking North Spain is also able to choose those routes that best suit the preferences and characteristics of the group.

Will it be possible to shorten some routes?
The group will be led by a single guide if there are 8 or fewer clients. With just one guide the group cannot be divided and everyone will have to follow the same itinerary. There will be 2 guides leading if there are 9 or more clients in the group making it possible to shorten the routes for part of the group.

I have some dietary restrictions, is it possible to take this into account?
Of course, although one of the main attractions of this area is its gastronomy, every year we welcome people who have dietary restrictions. In these cases, we inform all the accommodations and restaurants we visit so that this is taken into account.

If you have any other questions, please click here and send us an email with your query. Thank you very much.

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