Luxury Tour Basque Country

 
21 - 28 May but also on request.

The Basque country famous for its landscape, its lifestyle and mainly for its cuisine which makes the region one of the most Michelin-starred region in the world, it’s why Bike Basque organize over 8 days a bike tour starting in Hondarribia and finishing in San Sebastian mixing cycling everyday (45/80 km), visits of some of typical Basque town and with the possibility of eating in some of the best restaurants in the world.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Day 1 :
 
 
Arrival in the Basque country (by Biarritz or San Sebastian airport)  and after our transfer to the hotel Paradores in Hondarribia. We will organize a metting to present the routes, hotels, restaurants, staff and answer to all the questions you might have and do the last adjustements for your bikes.
Then, you'll have the time to discover the medieval cobbled streets of the old town, later you'll dinne at the magnificent restaurant Mugaritz (2 Michelin star) describe as "the most important gastronomic phenomenon of the world in recent times".

Hotel : Paradores Hondarribia ****
Restaurant : « Mugaritz » (2 michelin star), ranked as the 7th best restaurant in the world
 
 
 
Day 2 :
 
 
Hondarribia – Getaria – 55 km
 
Spending the day riding between Hondarribia and Guetaria passing by San Sebastian ("Donostia" in Basque), then along the coast by the 2 superb climbs of the Jaizkibel and Igueldo, then we'll stay at the peaceful 4 star Hotel Iturregi and eat at the famous fish restaurant Elkano (1 michelin star) in honor of Juan Sebastian Elcano an explorer who completed the first circumnavigation of the earth and who are native from Getaria.

Hotel : Hotel Iturregi ****
Restaurant : « Elkano » (1 michelin star)
Website
 

Day 3 :
 

Getaria – Castillo de Arteaga – 80 km
 
Like the day before we'll follow the coast, traveling from Guetaria to the 4 star magnificent Castillo de Arteaga, you'll spend the day ascending and descending the coast line dropping into fishing villages like Deba or Lekeitio and admiring the stunning views that where ever present. You'll finish the day with an excellent evening meal at your castle hotel, a real « vie de château ».
 
Hotel Castillo de Arteaga ****
Restaurant : Castillo de Arteaga
 
 
 
Day 4 :

 
Castillo de Arteaga – Durango – 55 km
 
Again a beautiful ride hugging the coastline between Castillo de Arteaga on
our way to the 4 star hotel the Gran hotel Durango, passing by the city of Gernika wich gave its name to the painting of Pablo Picasso after the bombing of the city during the second world war. Then we'll go to one of the best restaurant in the world «Azurmendi » (3 michelin star) for perhaps the greatest taste sensations of your lives.

Hotel : Durango ****
Restaurant : Azurmendi (3 michelin star), ranked as the best restaurant
in Europe and 16th best restaurant in the world.
Website
 
 
Day 5 :
 
 
Durango – Onati – 45 km
 
From Durango to Onati you'll turn inland to ride into the green basque interior through valleys and along lakeside roads on the way to the 3 star hotel of Torre Zumultzegi overlooking the historic town of Onati. Later you will eat an amazing late lunch at the rustic restaurant of « Asador Etxebarri » (2 michelin star) leaving the evening free to explore the town.
 
Hotel : Torre Zumultzegi ***
Restaurant : Etxebarri (2 michelin star), ranked as the 10th best restaurant in the world
Website
 
 
Day 6 :
 
 
Onati - Bidenia - 60 km

The next ride from Onati to your hotel "Iriarte Jauregia" in Bideia is quite a hilly rides. The hotel Iriarte Jauregia is an elegant 17th century palace which has been carefully restored, located in Gipuzkoa in an impressive valley that is surrounded by woodlands and mountains

Hotel : Iriarte Jauregia ****
Restaurant : Bailara, inside your hotel Iriarte Jauregia
 

 
Day 7 :
 

Bidenia – San Sebastian – 65 km
 
Riding from Onati to San Sebastian through the valleys and passes of the basque country and back to the coast to finish at our 4 star hotel the Villa Soro, you will have time to relax and make ready for your diner at the restaurant Arzak (3 michelins star) founded by Juan Mari Arzak one of the founder of the new Basque cuisine, the restaurant has been taken over by Elena his daughter who has managed to keep the 3 michelins star over the years.
 
Hotel : Villa Soro ****
Restaurant : « Arzak » (3 michelin star), ranked as the 21th best
restaurant in the world
Website
 
 
Day 8 :
 
Leaving San Sebastian (Biarritz or San Sebastian airport)
 

 
Review of the trip :
 
« Had my first experience with Bike Basque--a "luxury tour" that included biking all day and dining in Michelin-starred restaurants in the glorious Basque region of Spain. An unforgettable, delectable, delightful, and sometimes unpredictable experience! Xavier Lopez is a first-class human being, a great planner, patient guide, and knowledgeable source. The views on this trip were amazing! I strongly recommend to everyone who loves to bike, eat, socialize, and see incredible landscapes.»
 
 
Price : 2 500 € per person. (based on 2 people per room).
+ 500 € single supplement
 
Book here:

What is included :

-8 days/7 nights
-All the breakfasts and lunches
-3 professional guides
-2 support cars
-Transportation of your luggage during 8 days
-Cycling food and drink
-A Bike Basque bag containing jersey, bike bottles, road-book etc.
-Transportation from/to Biarritz or San Sebastian airport 
 
What's not included ?
 
-Diners, the michelin star restaurants are just an indication cause nearby our lodgements, guests can choose where they want to dine and Bike Basque could be in charge to book the tables. 
-Drinks with lunch
-Bike rental (possibility of renting, 220€/bike for 8 days, please check the availability with us)
-Insurance (a proof of your travel insurance will be required)
 
(We only operate this Tour from 6 participants).
 

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