Very informative and relaxed tour – Our guide was great and gave us ample time to tour and relax. She was very knowledgeable and stayed on time.
A One Day Exploration of a Singular Part of France
Stop for a Lunch in Biarritz and Explore the City
Take in the Scenery of the Basque Countryside and Villages
Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts
Low Season: 680€ per group of 2 to 8 persons.
1 Dec 2017 to 14 March 2018
High Season: 730€ per group of 2 to 8 persons.
15 Mar 2018 to 31 Oct 2018
Available all year round, on request, except May 1st, Dec. 25th, Jan. 1st
Private Day Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. For larger groups please contact us.
Hotel pick up in Bordeaux City Center.
Pick up and drop off at hotel
Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped Mercedes minivans
English speaking driver guide
Bottles of water in the minivan
Free Wifi access on board
Hotel pick up in Bordeaux
Meals and drinks
Entrance fees to monuments, museums or attractions
Personal insurance and expenses
Gratuities for the driver/guide
An Authentic Tour of the Wonderful French Basque Countryside
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.
This morning depart for the authentic French Basque region located south of Bordeaux. Reach the classy resort of Biarritz. After and a stroll through the town, 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. 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. Another option is to head inland to visit some of the most traditional Basque villages that have kept their authenticity through times. Villages such as Ainhoa, Sare or Espelette are a real treat for those discovering the French Basque region for the first time. 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!
This private tour ensures you enjoy full attention from your guide.
Good to Know
- Confirmation of the tour will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability.
- Maximum 8 persons, for larger groups contact us.
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
- Indicated price is per minivan (not per person).
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.
Totally enjoyed the experience! – Found the tour guides to be knowledgeable and competent of the area and wineries. They were highly courteous and respectful.
Wonderful tours in Bordeaux – During our stay in Bordeaux, we went on two wine tours. We enjoyed them a lot! My favorite was the tour of Margaux. Delphine is a sweet girl, she is a great tour guide!
Excellent!! – Very nice trip. Our guide Karim was very cool and showed a great knowledge about wines. The wineries visited were very good too!
Great tour to Medoc! – Highly recommend this tour, will do it again next time someone visits. Our guide was enthusiastic, funny and knowledgeable, and we learnt a lot at the château’s we visited.
The Ophorus Difference
Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)
Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’ Paul C. (UK)
Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)
Read more about the Ophorus experience.