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From Seaside Biarritz to Art-Infused Bilbao

French Pyrenees & Spain’s Rioja Region Walking & Hiking Tour

Hike France & Spain1On a map you’ll see the line. One side France. The other, Spain. There it is—definitive, exact. But set foot here and you’ll see it’s a place all its own. An independent spirit shines through as you gaze out over the sparkling Bay of Biscay and walk the high plains and valleys of the often overlooked Pyrenees. As you take in a game of basque pelota and wonder how many pilgrims throughout the centuries have walked this very same stretch of the Camino de Santiago. And raise a toast to the vibrant color and light—and excellent wines—of La Rioja.

CaminoDay 1 Hike along the coast, passing beautiful beaches, quaint seaside villages and rugged rock formations  Arrive in the idyllic town of St-Jean-de-Luz, beloved for its picturesque square lined with cafés, boutiques and seafood restaurants Stroll along the town’s sheltered port, where beret-capped fishermen tend to their colorful boats.

Days 2-3 Discover Basque Country’s pastoral charm as you strideHike Map through green sheep-dotted hills in a region celebrated for its fromage de brebis—a creamy cheese with a sweet taste  This is the land immortalized in the Legend of Roland Hiking in the Pyrenees, skirt the line between France and Spain on an ancient route once used by pilgrims and smugglers  Visit an artisanal cheese farm and soak up the scene in riverside St-Etienne-de-Baïgorry, a hamlet brimming with typical Basque timbered houses.

Hike3Day 4 Welcome to Spain! We cross the border into the Navarra region for a walk on the renowned Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route  Exchange greetings with travelers from all across the world as you ramble through medieval villages and across old stone bridges along the “Pilgrim’s Way”  Taste an array of local pinchos—delicious small plates.

Days 5-6 Rural beauty and tranquility surround us in La Rioja wine Hike 5region, where hundreds of ancestral wineries have thrived for generations  As you hike, admire the play of sunlight, shadow and color on the vineyard-laced landscape  Amble on ancient cobblestone streets in historic villages like Navaridas and Elciego Savor Basque specialties at a Michelin-starred restaurant—the ideal finish to an extraordinary week.

For More Information Contact Susan Hickman 626 449-3220 or email: susan@distantlands.com

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