Walking Basque Country Natural Parks

Walking Basque Country Natural Parks

Walking Basque Country Natural Parks. The perfect opportunity to experience the incredible wealth of natural beauty, culture, history and gastronomy the Basque country has to offer.

With visits to caves, gardens, pintxo bars, mountains and much more, our expert guides have crafted an incredible adventure through the Basque countryside and are more than happy to share their knowledge.

Along ancient routes, in a gorgeous landscape of sea, coast and mountains  we immerse you in the culture, history and mythology of this great region. The magnificently untouched areas of natural beauty that make this a destination to remember.

The Walking Basque Country Natural Parks walking holiday offers more possibilities than you can imagine. Impressive mountains, coastal scenery, natural parks.  Culture, history and fabulous gastronomy experiences. In one day you can trek the mountains, feel the sand between your toes and attend different events.  Later dine in Michelin Star restaurants and relax in charming hotels.

San Sebastian
Walking Basque Country Natural Parks begins in San Sebastian. This is a stylish city located on the Basque Coast of northern Spain just 20km from the French border. The city spreads around the famous La Concha beach. There are also also two other beaches, Playa de Ondarreta to the west and Playa de la Zurriola to the east. This latter is famous for its surf. Inland are the beautiful green mountain landscapes of Guipúzcoa.

San Sebastian it is renowned for its Basque Cuisine. Here you will find a wide variety of pintos – Basque tapas.  San Sebastian has the most Michelin starts per square feet in the world.

Season  Year round.
Duration 8 days / 7 nights
Accommodation  4* hotel. Excellent quality rural hotels & guesthouses.
Levels Of Difficulty  Moderately easy.
Fitness  High standard of fitness is not necessary but clients should be able to cycle for up 4 to 5 hours a day also in hot and dry conditions depending on the season.
Tour Type  Guided Walking Holiday
Arrival  The tour starts in San Sebastian. Fly to Bilbao airport from Dublin. Private transfer to San Sebastian

DAY 1
ARRIVAL TO SAN SEBASTIAN: CITY TOUR & PINTXO TOUR
Today your private transfer will bring you from the airport to the city of San Sebastian.
After your check in our guides will take you to the most essential parts of San Sebastian, introducing you to the cities best kept secrets as they make you go back in time with unusual anecdotes.
Walk through its old town, see its museums and cathedral in the city centre or drive up to Monte Igueldo, to get the most beautiful views of San Sebastian. Followed by a short stop in the “Peine de los Vientos”, sculpture by the Basque artist Eduardo Chillida, one of the most symbolic places of the city.
After we have seen the highlights of the city it is time to indulge in the finest pintos San Sebastian has to offer while traversing the vibrant quarters of the Old Town with our expert guide.

DAY 2 – NATURAL PARK OF ARTIKUTZA
The natural park of Artikutza is a clear example of an isolated paradise and is a very characteristic dense forest in the Basque Country. It consists of beech forests, mainly oak and yews in which there has been little human intervention, in recent years. This marvellous forest hosts a village lost in time, which is only accessible by foot, and where you will feel like being in an old tale.
From the summit of the mountain we can see part of the French and Spanish Basque Coast. You will feel as if you are in the top of the world, even though you are only 800m high.
Once we start descending, we will walk through beautiful fields and enter the lush forest to get to the enchanted village of Artikutza where we will have a delicious traditional lunch.

DAY 3 – NATURAL PARK OF ARALAR
The day starts in Zaldibia, where we follow a Roman road through the mountain till we reach the fields of Uidui, visiting one of the better preserved Dolmen in the Jentilarri area. There we will meet a shepherd who will show us the secrets of the perfect cheese maker.
After we have tried some homemade cheese, we will continue our trekking to the Lareo reservoir. And to end our experience, we will enjoy an amazing meal in Lizarrusti.

DAY 4 – NATURAL PARK URBASA
Urbasa is the paradise of water and forests, as its name in Basque indicates (ur = water; basa = forest). The Urbasa natural park is a vast plateau with meadows which get flooded in spring, and beech forests delimited stunning natural viewpoints.
This day, our route this day starts entering the enchanting beech forests to reach the spectacular “Balcón de Pilatos” (Pilate’s Balcony), an impressive Basque Cliff witness of some of the most harsh episodes of the Spanish Civil War. From up here we’ll be able to admire the spectacular beauty of the Urederra river source natural reserve. Then, we’ll go down a little path towards the Urederra source and we’ll follow the river until the Baquedano village, where our journey will end.
We will have lunch in this place before heading back to our Hotel in Alaska.

DAY 5 – NATURAL PARK OF AIZKORRI
Starting off from the Sanctuary at Arantzazu at the Aizkorri mountain (1528m) with its impressive 1950’s Basilica, we follow the ancient shepherd’s route through the Urbia meadows, passing through lovely pastures and a rolling landscape. This day will be spend in the incredible Basque countryside, famed for its beauty. After our hike of today we will be take our private transfer to Zegama, where we will be visiting the Interpretation Center of Aizkorri. After this explanation we will visit an old Hydraulic Sawmill and the beautiful town of Zerain. In Zerain we will be staying at a beautiful country house and have the opportunity to try the local Cider in their Cider House for dinner.

DAY 6 – NATURAL PARK OF URKIOLA
After breakfast we head to the Monastery of Urkiola. This natural park is one where the Basque mythology is very present and our guides will be telling you for example about the legend of Mari. During our trekking will be able to visit the ́Eskilaz ́ caves. We will finish this morning in the town of Arrazola. From here we will take our private transfer to Elorrio where we will have a txakoli (Basque white wine) tasting.
After our txakoli tasting we will be heading to the town of Oñati where we will dine and sleep.

DAY 7 – NATURAL PARK OF GORBEA
Our tour along the national parks will finish at the Gorbea natural park, the biggest in the Basque Country. The day will begin in Areatza, with a tour in the protected biotope of Itxina, an impressive karstic massif where we’ll see spectacular natural formations such as the Ojo de Atxular and the Supelegor cave, both packed with myths and legends. After many days trekking the Basque Highlands we will head back to San Sebastian, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner and relax in your hotel.

DAY 8 – DEPARTURE
Everything has to come to an end! After 7 fabulous visiting the Natural Parks of the Basque Country, it is time to take you to Bilbao’s airport and say good bye.

Available year-round.

Price based on a group of 8 travelling.
€2050 per person.

  • Guide During all of the activities
  • Accommodations Hotels during your stay (Breakfast Included) Double
  • Standard Activities
  • San Sebastian City Tour & Pintxo Tour
  • Natural Park of Artikutza
  • Natural Park of Aralar
  • Natural Park of Urbasa
  • Natural Park of Aizkorri
  • Natural Park of Urkiola
  • Natural Park of Orbed
  • Transfer To/from Bilbao Airport To/from each activity
  • Breakfast Included, Picnic Lunch, Diner Days 5 & 7
  • Representative at your disposal

NOT INCLUDED

  • Dinner, except days 5 & 7
  • Flights

HOTEL ZENITH ****
This 4 star hotel has opened its door in September 2014, and is just outside the City Centre.
From the hotel it is just a short walk to the city centre and the beaches. You can also cycle to the centre or use public transportation.
After a day out in the centre and the famous old town this is the perfect place to relax. The hotel offers a restaurant, a Jacuzzi on the terrace and a small gym.

RURAL HOTEL EL SECRETO DE OLLO
A beautiful rural house from XVIII, the building has recently been restored and transformed in an original and comfortable rural hotel.
Located in the town of Ollo, in the Valley of Ollo, near the river of Arteta and 20 minutes away from Pamplona.

RURAL HOUSE LATXANEA
Small charming rural house located in Navarra in the town of Alsasua.
Located in one of the most charming plazas of town, near small restaurants and whimsical stores.
Just a 40 minute drive from the city of San Sebastian, Pamplona and the capital of the Basque Country, Vitoria.
The best option for a quite stay after a long dat trekking.

COUNTRY HOUSE OIHARTE
Built at the end of the 18th century, with stone from the quarry of mount Ua, and wood from the surrounding woods. This is what gives the place its name OIHAN-ARTE = ́Among the Woods ́. A large part of these oak groves, which have been in existence for two centuries, have made way for extensive natural meadows of great beauty. The surroundings are particularly charming for any leisure – and nature-loving.

Your Accommodation

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using a strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and re-visited by our local partners. On most of our holidays you will be staying in different hotels and their  uniqueness and individual character only adds to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will also benifit with knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies, and supporting local family run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Individual rooms are possible upon request when you book; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.
For biking trips, all of our inns have a safe place to keep bicycles for the night

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

The tour starts in San Sebastian. Fly to Bilbao airport. Private transfer to San Sebastian

From Price pp

€2,050

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