French Basque Country

  • A fantastic 7 day guided tour of the most interesting places of the beautiful French Basque Country.
  • One of the most picturesque regions of Europe that has managed to maintain all its beauty over the years.
  • 5 beautiful excursions along the area’s best itineraries, including the final part of the first stage of the French Way of St. James, arriving at the mythical site of Roncesvalles.
  • And visiting the most attractive towns such as Saint Jean Pied de Port and Biarritz.
  • An all-inclusive trip so you only have to worry about enjoying yourself.
  • This trip is led by a local bilingual guide so that you can enjoy your trip to the full.
  • Accommodation in a beautiful, quiet rural hotel with all the comforts, including a heated swimming pool open all year round.
  • And the last night in San Sebastián to enjoy this beautiful city and its famous pintxos.

The French Basque Country is a truly beautiful area. It is made up of three small provinces (Lapurdi, Nafarroa Beherea and Zuberoa) and has all the charm of an area that has remained almost unchanged over time. Indeed, its attractive towns and cities are very beautiful thanks to the fact that the design of their houses maintains the same aesthetic pattern and its unspoilt green landscape, with soft and rounded green mountains that offer countless hiking routes which are both easy and pleasant to walk.

The interior is predominantly rural and is less populated than the coast. The beautiful, scattered villages dot with white the green valleys and mountains of the countryside. One of its most important towns is Saint Jean Pied de Port, the main starting point for the most popular pilgrimage to Santiago: the French Way. However, the coast has more important towns that have been, and still are, famous tourist centres such as Biarritz, Anglet, Saint Jean de Luz or Hendaye. The main city of the French Basque Country is Bayone.

Our trip begins in San Sebastián. Once the whole group has gathered, we go to the beautiful village of Saint Martin d´Arrossa which, due to its location in the heart of the French Basque Country, is where we stay for the whole trip. The following days we walk along the best routes in the surroundings, getting to know different areas of this beautiful land. In the middle of the week, we take a day off to visit the most interesting towns, such as Saint Jean Pied de Port, a beautiful city where the famous French Way of St. James starts, and Biarritz, one of the most important seaside resorts in France that has attracted tourists from all over the world since the 19th century. In the second half of the week we complete two more hiking routes, the second one being shorter to have time to return to San Sebastián in the afternoon, where we stay for the last night. To mark the end of our trip, there can be nothing better than a guided tour of this lovely city, one of the most beautiful in Europe, and a pintxos tour for dinner, accompanied by a local guide.

In short, it is a trip in a perfect place to enjoy a fantastic hiking holiday.

  • Day 1: Arrival day and transfer to the French Basque Country
    The person from our organization in charge of guiding this trip will meet you in San Sebastián. Once the whole group has gathered, transfer by road to the rural hotel that will be the main accommodation during this trip. 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 hotel.
  • Days 2, 3 and 4: Three different hikes in the mountains of the French Basque Country
    Each day and after a good breakfast, we will leave the rural hotel for a hike across the mountains around this beautiful area. The route of each day will be chosen from the wide range of different possibilities you can find in this region, and take into account the preferences of customers in terms of distance and height gain, as well as the expected weather conditions. Lunch will consist of a picnic in the mountains. After each hike, we will return to the rural hotel for a short rest, before enjoying dinner and a lively conversation about the day’s events.
  • Day 5: Rest day for culture and tourism
    We will spend this day relaxing and getting to know some of the most interesting places and towns in the area. In the morning, we will visit some tourist places and then we go to Saint Jean Pied de Port, a beautiful town and main starting point of the French Way of Saint James, so it is almost a must for all hikers. Free time to visit the old part of the city and have lunch. In the afternoon, we will go to Biarritz, a beautiful summer resort on the coast. On the way, if possible, we will visit other smaller towns in the interior, such as Espelette or Ainhoa. After this intense tour of the French Basque Country, we will return to the hotel where, before dinner, we will meet to talk about the routes we are going to take in the next few days.
  • Days 6 and 7: Two more different mountain hikes and transfer to San Sebastián
    This area 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. The excursion on the 6th will be for the whole day, so we will have a picnic in the mountains. However, the excursion on the 7th will be only in the morning and we will return to the hotel terrace for the picnic. Afterwards, we will leave for San Sebastián, where we will stay the last night. To mark the end of the trip, we will go to the Old Town where we will do a typical Pintxos Tour for dinner, accompanied at all times by the local guide who will show us this beautiful city and tell us its interesting history. From there, the night will be free for everyone to enjoy San Sebastián as they wish....
  • Day 8: Departure day
    After breakfast, 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 rural hotel in the French Basque Country.
Days 2, 3 and 4: Three mountain hikes around this area.
Day 5: Rest day and sightseeing tours, both inland and on the coast.
Days 6 and 7: Two mountain hikes in this area and transfer to San Sebastián. Pintxos tour.
Day 8: Departure day.

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

Living in the Basque Country has allowed us to select in person the ideal accommodation for this trip: the Eskualduna hotel in Saint Martin d´Arrossa. It is a 2-star family hotel that is very well located in the center of our area of activity and offers everything you need to ensure a pleasant stay. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms. They are simple, but very comfortable, and are accessible by lift. There is a bar with large terraces. The restaurant offers excellent regional cuisine and is very famous and valued throughout the area. In addition, the hotel has a heated swimming pool that can be used all year round, as well as a sauna, spa and a small gymnasium. You can even order a relaxing massage. The fact that it is a family hotel makes the treatment given by the owners very friendly and close, making the stay very pleasant. In short, a perfect place for a fantastic hiking week in this area.

Accommodation for the night in San Sebastián will be chosen from the hotels with which our agency usually works with, depending on availability.

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 early as possible with, as far as possible, the widest possible window of possible dates.
  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.


per person
Low November to March 1,295 € 130 €
Mid April, May, June and October 1,335 € 150 €
High July, August and September (**) 1,395 € 175 €

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

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


This is an ALL INCLUDED trip:

  • Pick up in San Sebastián and transfer to the rural hotel in the French Basque Country.
  • Information meeting to explain the programme of the trip, show the routes to be followed and answer any queries.
  • 6 night accommodation in a room with en-suite bathroom.
  • 5 guided hiking routes in the mountains of the area.
  • Breakfast each morning.
  • Picnic lunches on walking days.
  • 6 dinners in the rural hotel.
  • 1 guided rest day with some cultural visits and tourism.
  • Transfer back to San Sebastián.
  • Pintxos tour in the Old City.
  • 1 night accommodation in a room with en-suite bathroom in San Sebastián.
  • Breakfast before leaving.

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.
  • Drinks with evening meal. These additional drinks should be paid for directly at the restaurant.
  • Lunch on the rest day.
  • 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 organised so you don't have to worry about anything, we look after everything. You just have to worry about coming here and enjoying your trip to the full.

How can I get to the area?
First, you have to arrive to the city of San Sebastian, in the north of Spain. Nowadays this is very easy because this area has very good communications by land, sea and air. 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. Once in San Sebastian, we pick you up and take you to the French Basque Country where this trip takes place. At the end of the trip, we bring you back to San Sebastian so that you can return home or continue on your trip from here.

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, French is widely spoken in this area. However, as part of the Basque Country, another language is also spoken: Basque, one of the oldest and most mysterious languages in the world. While you are here, you will often hear and see Basque and we will tell you some curious facts about this ancient language. English is not generally used in these areas and, when it is, the level may be basic. In any case, a bilingual guide will be with you at all times, so you won't have any problems 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 person 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?
This area offers many different routes of different lengths and levels of effort. In general, the selected routes for this trip are between 10 and 16 kilometres, with a height gain of between 550 and 900 metres, so that everybody accustomed to hill-walking and is reasonably fit can hike our routes without 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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