The Basque Country
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Explore the fascinating Basque Country, a collection of regions in Spain and France inhabited by the Basque people, known as Euskal Herria. You’ll travel by expedition ship, getting into areas not often visited by mainstream tourism, to explore the natural beauty and culture of the Basques.
- Architectural masterpiece, Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
- Urdaibai Estuary's vast salt marsh, home to many migratory bird species
- Visit to the Astarbe family cider-makers in Astigarraga
- Northern Basque Country towns of Espelette (famous for peppers), Sare (rack railway), Zugarramurdi (witch trials)
- Bordeaux's cuisine, wine, markets, architecture, museums and more
- Hiking trails and Maritime history in Brittany
From US$4,495 – quad, Category 1 to US$14,095 – twin, Category 10 Suite
Prices are “starting from” rates, shown in US$, per person based on four people sharing a quad cabin or two people sharing a twin cabin or suite. Triple cabins for three people sharing and single cabins for one person are also available. A limited number of cabins are offered to single travellers without any single supplement – book early!
See Tour Notes for special pricing and discounts available for solo travellers; under 30’s travellers discount, great for multi-generational family travel; multiple expedition savings.
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Arrive into Bilbao this morning or, as recommended, add on a pre-cruise night stay. Enjoy an afternoon guided walking tour of Bilbao’s Old Quarter, which dates back to the 700s. Since 1979, the Old Quarter has been a pedestrian precinct, offering 240,000 square metres of shopping, architecture, and historical sites. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, is widely considered an architectural masterpiece. In the afternoon, we’ll embark on the Ocean Endeavour and begin our journey down the Nervión River, headed for the Bay of Biscay!
The Urdaibai Estuary is home to a vast salt marsh, making it an important stopping place for migratory birds. More than 245 bird species have been sighted in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, which is also home to hundreds of varieties of trees, plants, and land animals.
Maritime traditions run deep in Getaria, the hometown of Captain Juan Sebastian de Elcano, who completed the first world circumnavigation after Ferdinand Magellan’s death midway through the voyage.
We will have the option to visit local archaeological sites or explore vineyards overlooking the village.
In the historic city of San Sebastian we’ll find wonderful architecture and fabulous food. During a tour of the Parte Vieja (Old Quarter) we’ll experience the heart and soul of Basque food culture.
We’ll visit the Albaola Sea Factory Museum and the replica of the San Juan, a Basque whaling ship sunk in the harbour of Red Bay, Labrador.
Astigarraga is famed for its cider. We’ll visit an established family of cider-makers. The Astarbe family have a special connection to Adventure Canada and were once cultural contributors on a Basque-focused tour of Newfoundland and Labrador. Here we will be greeted like family.
Just across the Bidasoa River from Spain, in Iparralde (Northern Basque Country) we’ll find the town of Espelette, famed throughout Europe for its peppers and its picturesque Basque architecture of whitewashed facades and red roofs.
Sare, a tiny village at the base of the Pyrenees, offers an option to travel by rack railway to the summit of La Rhune mountain, a sacred place in Basque mythology standing square on the border of Spain and France.
From there we cross the border back into Spain to Zugarramurdi, in the mountains of Navarre. Known as the site of the Basque witch trials, we’ll visit the prehistoric caves where the witches’ sabbaths were alleged to have taken place. This day provides excellent opportunities for hikers and cyclists.
The wine capital of the world, Bordeaux, offers cuisine, wine, markets, architecture, museums, and more. We’ll have the opportunity for a guided tour of the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll be alongside overnight, allowing us to savour food, drink, and nightlife.
The Ornithological Reserve at Arcachon Bay contains dunes, marshes, reed beds, and meadows, providing habitat for as many as 260 bird species year-round. The reserve is also an important migratory stopover and wintering ground for a wide variety of species. Both long and short walk options are available, with blinds and raised viewing platforms that offer excellent bird-watching opportunities for all.
Brittany’s largest island, Belle-Île, is known for its plant life. There is excellent hiking and biking along coastal pathways and roads, many offering secluded beaches.
Rock pyramids known from Claude Monet’s paintings form an intriguing geological attraction.
Heavily bombed during the Second World War and rebuilt in the fifties, Brest has been an important naval port for hundreds of years. We will visit the Maritime Museum housed in an eleventh century medieval castle, and the twelfth century Motte-Tanguy Tower, now houses the Museum of Old Brest.
This morning we bid farewell to the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport.
Itinerary details are subject to change based on weather conditions and visits to particular communities cannot be guaranteed.
- Ten days of on-board accommodation in the cabin category booked
- Shipboard meals, afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
- Hors d’ouevres and snacks during evening recaps
- Expertise and guidance of expedition staff
- On-board educational programming and interactive workshops
- Evening entertainment
- Nikon Camera Trial Program
- Sightseeing including museum entries, park access and port taxes
- Zodiac tours
- On-site archaeology workshops
- Local community-based performances, presentations and demonstrations
- Discovery Fund fee
- Commercial flights to airport for Bilbao, from Brest
- Mandatory medical / evacuation insurance
- Additional touring options such as bicycle rentals
- Personal expenses
- Additional expenses in the event of delays or Itinerary changes
- Discretionary gratuities to ship’s crew (suggest US$15 per passenger, per day)
- Visas, or inoculations, if required
- Possible fuel surcharges as assessed by the cruise company
Singles: Free single supplement! Singles get their own cabin in categories 3-7 aboard the Ocean Endeavour at no additional cost–subject to availability.
Multiple expedition savings: Book multiple expeditions with Adventure Canada in a single calendar year aboard the Ocean Endeavour and receive 10% off the total berth cost of Arctic itineraries and 20% off the total berth cost of east coast itineraries!
30 Under 30: Save 30% on the berth cost of travellers under thirty aboard Ocean Endeavour expeditions! Great option for family multi-generational travel!
Children & Infants: Children under two travel for free, and children between two and four pay for charter flights only!
Price Guarantee: If the price of the berth portion of your program decreases more than 120 days prior to departure, previously booked clients may claim the lower rate. So, no need to wait for sales to get the best price!
League of Adventurers Loyalty Program: Return travellers are eligible for savings and added benefits when booking on an Ocean Endeavour expedition voyage. Ask us for details.
To check availability for any of these special offers and applicable terms and condition, just give us a call!
Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.