Basque Staycation

discover the real Basque Country 

We will stay in a fantastic agriturismo in the stunning countryside of the Basque Country, and discover the traditions from there.

Literally – Come home! 

Stay  in a real Basque home!

Come and live in what we call Casa Rural, these are traditional Basque homes surrounded by rolling hills and gorgeous natural wonders. Enjoy a true northern Spanish experience away from the crowds in Pamplona and the other bigger cities!

Our small size group will be staying everyday in the same home, and we will do day trips to discover the REAL Basque Culture. Of course we will visit the big cities such as San Sebastian or Bilbao, but we will be inmersed in the culture as we spend every evening at the same place.

 

what's included

In a small group of no more than 12 persons, we will explore this beautiful region and participate in different excursions every day including:

  •  Meeting with a local shepherd to learn more about this ancestral way of life,
  • Hiking along the hills of the Basque country,
  • Day trip to San Sebastian,
  • Day trip to Bilbao,
  • Day trip to Biarritz and San Juan de Luz.

We will wake up to a hearty home cooked breakfast prepared daily with local ingredients and we will close our day with a lovely family meal in at your new home.

Share these precious moments with likeminded people and experience first-hand the warmth and hospitality northern Spanish people are renowned for!

BOOK YOUR BASQUE STAYCATION NOW!

 

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TRAVELING STEPS HOME APRIL

3.950 USD per person

Traveling steps staycation

3.950 USD per person

What our guests say 

 

Best trip we have taken in a loooong time. This trip had a little bit of everything: culture, history, adventure, FOOD, art and relationships.

Thank you for being a part of our memories.

M. Schuller

Thank you for making my first ever European tour a happy, wonderful, joyful and learning experience.

Your love for your land is so heartfelt and it is contatigious. I hope to return one day.

J. Magri

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DISCOVER THE TOUR DAY BY DAY

The order in these daily activities might be altered, due to weather predictions, or if there is a special festivity in a nearby location that we think might be interesting.

All the possible changes, will be to try our best to make your staying with us, a real insider experience.

Traveling Steps Welcome day

DAY 1

We will all meet at Biarritz´s airport at an assigned time (to be set) and we will have a 50-minute drive to our home home for the trip. If you cannot be at the airport, we can organize a private car for you (with extra cost)

We will have our first dinner at home!

WELCOME HOME!! Or as we say ONGI ETORRI!! 

 

Traveling steps Stay with us Tour day 2

DAY 2

After breakfast, we will be gone for the day. Today we are going to visit Baztan valley. We will visit some of the locations from the book, “The invisible guardian” by Dolores Redondo. We will learn about mythology, and witches.  We will have lunch together in a local restaurant. We will return home midafternoon. You can rest at home, or you can go for a walk in the forest around home. We will have dinner together.

 

Traveling steps Stay with us Tour day 3

DAY 3

After breakfast we will drive to San Sebastian, and learn all about the most beautiful city in the Basque country with our local guide. As we are in the TAPAS capital of the world, will do a TAPAS crawl for lunch. Afternoon on your own to discover the city. If weather permits, you might want to bring your bathing suit and enjoy the beach. We will return home for dinner.

Traveling steps Stay with us Tour day 4

DAY 4

Today, after breakfast, we will visit my hometown Pamplona. We will have coffee at Ernest Hemingway´s favorite place. We will discover the history and “crazy” traditions of the Capital of the old Kingdom of Navarra. After lunch. We will “have to go” to a winery and learn about Navarra wine. From here we will head back home, rest for a while until dinner time.

Traveling steps Stay with us tour day 5

DAY 5

 Bilbao is the biggest city in the Basque country. Today we will drive there (the longest drive of the week 2 hours each way) to discover the modern city and of course the amazing Guggenheim museum. Our local guide will teach as all about the building and the art inside. We will have a small lunch together, afternoon on your own to discover Guggenheim. Return back home for dinner.

traveling steps stay with us tour day 6

DAY 6

 We are crossing the border to get to know the French Basque Country (Iparralde). We will visit Louis XIV wedding church at Saint Jean de Luz. Latter we will visit elegant Biarritz. In the afternoon, we will meet my friend Claire. She will take us to her home and teach us about sheep herding and sheep cheese. We will return home for dinner. Please remember, that although we will probably not need it, you should take your passport with you.

traveling steps stay with us tour day 7

DAY 7

Today we are staying home. In the morning, we will walk for an hour in the forest and return home to prepare ourselves lunch. We will learn how to cook traditional Basque dishes. In the afternoon we will learn about Basque sports with an Aitzcolari (wood cutter) As tonight is our last night together, we will go for dinner to an amazing local restaurant.

traveling steps day 8 goodbye

DAY 8

After breakfast we will organize a ride to Biarritz airport. If you need to go somewhere else, we can also organize a ride for you (cost not included)

what's included

 

Here is what you will learn and experience on our “BASQUE STACATION”

  • San Sebastian walking tour
  • Tapas crawl experience
  • Guggenheim museum expert guide
  • Cooking class
  • Pamplona walking tour
  • Walk in some of the most beautiful Pyreene forests
  • Zugarramurdi caves
  • Baztan valley tour
  • Ax exhibition
  • Visit a sheperd
  • All breakfast, lunches and dinners
  • visit a n ancient corn mill
  • Biarritz and Saint Jean de luz tour…and more

Plus you’ll get all this, too.

  • A small  group of maximum 12 travellers.
  • Full-time services of a professional  guide and local experts.
  • All group transportation.
  • 7 nights’ accommodations in a traditional Basque home.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
  • All tips for guides, driver, mades…
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Sorry NO optional single supplements
  • 50% discount for 1 person when you organize a full group

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing.

 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

Flight from/to your home to Biarritz airport.

Our tour starts and ends at Biarritz airport.

Our tours don’t include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you.

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Here are the things that very often we overlook but that will change your experience of the tour:

 

 

FITNESS LEVEL

 

You should be an active traveller, this tour wil require at least 3 hours of dayly walking!

 

The name of our company is Traveling STEPS, so as you can imagine, all our tours are physically active! 

 

 you’ll need to happily…

 

  1. Carry/roll your luggage up the stairway of the house to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to four hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with no air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Eat group dinners as late as 9 p.m. (you are in Spain….)
  6. Be ready to walk up to 8 miles with your group.

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

 

Northern Spain is gorgeous year-round although it can get quite wet in spring and fall! But what’s a little rain?!

 

Any time between May and October is a good time to visit the Basque Country. However, the months of May, September, and October offer the best combination of good weather and lighter crowds at sights. September and October don’t have long days, but the forest is gorgeous!

 

Remember to pack a coat, mornings and evenings are chilly, no matter the month of the year.

 

 

 

 

DESIGN YOUR OWN TOUR

DO YOU WANT TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN NORTHERN SPANISH EXPERIENCE?

Planning a trip with friends or family? Are you hikers, cyclists, runners, foodies, or a group with common interests?

We’ll be thrilled to design the tour that best suits your personal tastes and preferences.

All you need to do is send us a message and we’ll start customizing the perfect Northern Spanish experience for you!

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Discover the Basque Country in a unique way