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    Fly to Bilbao; transfer to Ascain, France.

    We are welcomed by our guide at Bilbao airport before transferring to the village of Ascain (transfer time approximately 2hrs). Ascain (or Azkaine in Basque) is a typical Basque village located at the foot of the Rhune mountain, the last big mountain of the Pyrenees and on the French side of the Basque Country. With a little less than 5000 inhabitants, Ascain has kept the charm of an old Basque village and yet has a few restaurants, bars, shops and bakeries. The village square hosts the 'fronton' (pitch) with the traditional wall which is used to play the local pelote basque game. The chapel Saint Jacques is there to signify that this place was a stop for the Compostela pilgrims. We will be here for the next 3 nights. In the evening our guide will go through the program of the week. **

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    Gentle walk to explore the area surrounding Ascain. Summit the small mountain of Esnaur (273m).

    We will start our week with a gentle walk perfect for stretching our legs and exploring the area. With a bit of luck we will see the local horses ‘Pottocks’. These horses are known for being tough and small (pottock means small in Basque language) which is why they were traditionally used in the mines. Our walk will take us up the small mountain of Esnaur (273m), on the outskirts of Ascain. Walk: Distance 9 km Ascent 470m Descent 470m Time: 4 to 5 hours **

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    Short transfer by public bus to the Col de Saint Ignace. Take mountain train to the top of La Rhune to enjoy spectacular views of the Atlantic Coast. Picturesque descent on foot crossing the French and Spanish border.

    This morning we take a public bus to the col de Saint Ignace (10 min). We then ride a picturesque mountain train (dating back to 1924) to the summit of La Rhune to see arguably the most spectacular views of the French and Spanish Atlantic coast. After stopping to appreciate the coastline and take some photos we will walk across the French and Spanish border before descending back down to the col de Saint Ignace (750m of downhill walking – there is an option to take the train down). Walk: Distance 11 km Ascent 350 m Descent 850 m Time: 5 to 6 hours **

  • 4

    Transfer to Pasaia, Spain. Coastal walk to San Sebastian for guided city tour. Transfer by train to Getaria.

    We start with a private bus transfer to the fishing town of Pasaia. From here we enjoy a stunning coastal walk to the bustling coastal capital of San Sebastian. It is easy to see how this vibrant city won the 2016 title of European Capital of Culture, brimming with the infamous pintxos bars, Michelin starred restaurants, museums and cafes. Once in San Sebastien we will have a city tour after which we head by public bus to our base for the next four nights; the charming fishing village of Getaria. Walk: Distance 8 km Ascent 250 m Descent 250m Time: 5 to 6 hours

  • 5

    Free day; optional visit to Bilbao and the famous Guggenheim museum, spend more time in San Sebastian or simply relax in Getaria.

    Many options are available for our free day. Stay in Getaria relax by the sea, visit the incredible Cristobal Balenciaga museum of fashion, the church San Salvador or take a boat trip around Getaria. Re-visit the stunning city of San Sebastian including the playa de la Concha and the playa de Gros with its surfers or alternatively explore Bilbao and the iconic Guggenheim museum. Please note that using public buses to Bilbao is possible but can take approximately 1.5hr one way so an early start would be recommended. Alternatively your leader can help organise a shared taxi if there are others in the group who also wish to visit Bilbao.

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    Transfer by public bus to the pretty coastal town of Zumaia. From here enjoy some of the finest coastline in the Basque Country.

    After a short transfer further up the coast on public transport we will reach the pretty seaside resort of Zumaia. From here we will enjoy a fantastic coastal walk following the Compostela trail and GR‐121 route. This walk offers some of the finest Spanish Basque coastline and is now protected to preserve its unique beauty and ecosystem. It is famous for being one of the world's best places to see rock formations called 'flysch', it is exposed here and tide permitting we will go down to the beach for a closer look before walking along the top of the cliffs to begin our walk. Walk: Distance 8 km Ascent 250 m Descent 250 m Time: 4 to 5 hours

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    Following a short transfer by public bus, walk from Zarautz beach (the largest beach in the Basque Country) to Getaria.

    After a short public transfer, our final walk will follow fabulous, gentle route from a plateau above the coastline with views of Zarautz beach (the largest beach of the Basque Country) to Getaria along the coast. This route follows part of The Way of St James, formerly the main land route parallel to the sea in Gipuzkoa. We will then continue on a loop circumnavigating Getaria through the Txakolis vineyards. Walk: Distance 12 km Ascent 300 m Descent 300 m Time: 4 to 5 hours

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    End of the tour.

    Following breakfast we say our goodbyes.

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