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Ophorus Tours - Flavors of the Basque Country Private Day Trip From Bordeaux

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Flavors of the Basque Country Private Day Trip From Bordeaux

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An Authentic Tour of the Wonderful French Basque Country on a private full day trip from Bordeaux. Visit Bayonne or Biarritz as well as beautiful & authentic countryside villages such as Espelette, Aïnhoa or Sare.

Highlights

  • Stop in Biarritz and Explore the City
  • Take in the Scenery of the Basque Countryside and Villages
  • Tour can be fully customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert of the Basque Country region

Program & Itinerary

From a small fishing village, Biarritz became famous in 1854 when Empress Eugenie (the wife of Napoleon III) built a palace on the beach that is today the Hôtel du Palais. This made Biarritz one of the most trendy destinations attracting the British royal family such as Queen Victoria, Edward VII, and other European royalty as Alfonso XIII of Spain. The resort became even more famous when movie stars ...

From a small fishing village, Biarritz became famous in 1854 when Empress Eugenie (the wife of Napoleon III) built a palace on the beach that is today the Hôtel du Palais. This made Biarritz one of the most trendy destinations attracting the British royal family such as Queen Victoria, Edward VII, and other European royalty as Alfonso XIII of Spain.

The resort became even more famous when movie stars such as Charles Chaplin or celebrities like Coco Chanel bought huge 19th century villas and began to live in Biarritz. Moreover, the Basque region of France is somewhat unique as it has preserved much of its traditions and authenticity and this is noticeable through the language, architecture and cultural expression found in the region but even more so in the villages.

Your private tour to the Basque Country

This morning, depart for the authentic French Basque region located south of Bordeaux. Reach the classy resort of Biarritz. After and a stroll through town accompanied by your tour guide, enjoy some free time for personal discovery and lunch. You might want to eat in one of the traditional restaurants that is tucked away in a corner of the small fishing port.

Option 1 - Saint Jean de Luz & the Coastal Road

In the afternoon, your guide will suggest different options such as a visit to Saint Jean de Luz town, a drive along the coastal road with its fascinating landscapes and during which you could experience a unique wine tasting session of wines that are aged in the Ocean.

Option 2 - Basque Countryside & Villages

Another option is to head inland to visit some of the most traditional Basque villages that have kept their authenticity through time. Villages such as Ainhoa, Sare or Espelette are a real treat for those discovering the French Basque region for the first time.

Option 3 - Visit Bayonne & taste the original Hot Chocolate recipe

Finally, you could also reach Bayonne, the local Capital, and meander through its narrow streets that will immerse you in the Basque Culture. Good to know: you can experience a great Hot Chocolate tasting here as the town is famous for being the first French city where Chocolate arrived perpetuating the tradition ever since!

For those that really want to fully experience this area we have a fantastic Bordeaux to San Sebastian Travel package. The package includes Bordeaux wine tasting tours in Saint Emilion and the Medoc, visits in the French Basque country such as Saint Jean Pied de Port,  a stay in San Sebastian including a wine tour to La Rioja wine region. Stay in luxury hotels and taste some delicious food & famous wines on this unique Travel Package. 

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  • Meet your Guide at your Accommodation in Bordeaux

  • Visit of the seaside resort Biarritz

  • Free time for lunch and personal discovery in Biarritz

  • Visit of the small town of St Jean de Luz or the traditional Basque villages

  • Drop off at your accommodation in Bordeaux

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Ophorus Tours - Flavors of the Basque Country Private Day Trip From Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Flavors of the Basque Country Private Day Trip From Bordeaux

Know before you book

  • Tour available all year round (except May 1st, Dec 25th and Jan 1st)
  • 10 hour private Basque Country tour from Bordeaux
  • Please tell us your preferences concerning the visits at the time of booking
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Currency is in Euros


COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Train Station, Hotel or AirBnB in Bordeaux

Departure

We will come and pick you up at Train Station, Hotel or Airbnb in Bordeaux or surrounding area, circle of 30 kms (20 miles) around Bordeaux at no extra cost.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Guided walking tour of Biarritz or Bayonne
  • Visit of Basque Villages or St Jean de Luz
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Travel in premium, spacious vehicles
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments or attractions
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals & drinks
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • What type of vehicles are used during your Bordeaux private tours?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Who conducts this Basque Country tour from Bordeaux?

    We only employ accredited and licensed tour guides that are also the drivers for all tours that need visits to be conducted by certified guides. Good examples are: the visit of museums, guided walking tours in cities, visit of historical monuments and so on. On this particular tour your local guide will introduce you to the Basque Country, its culture & traditions.
  • Is Bayonne worth a visit?

    Bayonne is considered to be the French Basque Capital. The town is ofter overlooked which means that if you choose this option you will be far from the crowds enjoying the visit of a town that has, according to us, a lot to offer. First of all if you like Chocolate then this is the place for you.

    While you stroll through town, one thing that always amazes visitors is the number of Chocolate shops you will see in town. This is due to the fact that the first Cocoa beans to arrive in France arrived here, in Bayonne. Our tip: ask your guide to take you to a chocolate shop that still serves a Hot Chocolate made with the original early 20th century recipe.

    Bayonne is also a great town to visit as you catch the working-class atomosphere of Little Bayonne. Cross the Nive River and stroll the narrow streets that are lined with tall houses. The district is a lively one with its many bars and bodegas and once you have crossed the river you will have a great view on Grand Bayonne. 
  • What is there to see & do in Biarritz?

    Biarritz is a charming small town of France. It combines two very different atmospheres: Exclusive venues & shops with being a major surf hot spot of France. The two co-exist pretty well and the town is becoming a cosmopolitan praised by youngsters from all over the world. During your visit, your guide will surely take you for a walk through town and show you the most beautiful buildings that date back to the 19th century. Other highlights include the Rocher de Vierge for a stunning view on the Bay, the Art Déco Casino that dates back to 1929 & the Hotel du Palais that is now ranked as a Palace. No stop in Biarritz can be made without including a walk through the daily covered market where local fresh products cover the stalls.
  • What is there to see & do in Saint Jean de Luz?

    This very attractive small fishing port town should be on your travel list when coming to the Basque Country. The typical Basque decorated narrow streets will strait away plunge you in the local ambiance. Visit the historical center with your guide and enter the church where the Sun King Louis XIV (the one who had Versailles built) married the Infant Queen of Spain.

    If you're into gourmet food tours then this is the place to be. Ask your guide to sample local delicacies in some of the shops on main street including local cured ham, Basque style Macarons, Basque cake & Basque cheese. Top it all up with local Irouléguy wines and you will be in for a treat. If you want to add a local atmosphere to it, visit the covered market and listen as the locals speak Basque a language of which the origins are unknown still today.
  • Which villages will we see if we take the Countryside & Villages option?

    If you take this option, there are a number of beautiful authentic villages that we can take you to. The most famous villages that we visit include Sare, Aïnhoa, Espelette, Ustaritz, Itxassou and a few others. What is really interesting about these villages is that they have kept their authenticity.

    Stop and stroll with your guide and learn about the colors of the different houses and their meaning. Visit a local church and understand the typical interior architecture that is unique to the Basque Country. Learn about the Basque Funeral Art that is characterized by the graveston sculptures with some stones dating back to the 16th century.

    Shop for typical Basque products such as the famous & traditional Basque Linen, Espelette mild pepper that you might see hanging along the walls of houses, Chocolate as the region was the first to import it in France or the quintessential Espadrille shoes. Not only will you visit charming villages, this option offers a plunge into the Basque culture & traditions.
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