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Atlantic Pyrenees 7-day Self-Guided Walking (Level 2)

  • 7days
  • France

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Across The Basque Country To The Atlantic 

Walking on ancient footpaths and drovers' tracks through the Atlantic Pyrenees is the most pleasurable way to explore the green and gentle landscapes of the Basque Country. Discover traditional red-and-white villages, and the Basque talent for great food and hospitality.This mountains-to-the-sea itinerary is designed for independent walkers wanting to enjoy the best of the Pays Basque in a week. It includes sections of the famous GR10. You start at the ancient pilgrimage town of St Jean Pied de Port and head through unspoilt hills and verdant valleys, discovering traditional red-and-white painted villages en route.
One highlight is taking the rack railway to the top of La Rhune, the highest mountain in the western Pyrenees, and another is the satisfaction of arriving at the Atlantic at the vibrant and characterful fishing town of St Jean de Luz, renowned for its fish restaurants. 

The walking is pleasurably rewarding rather than challenging, usually 4 to 5 hours walking a day, and there are optional routes on most days. The accommodation includes characterful, high quality auberges as well as owner-managed boutique hotels where luxury is the norm. What is certain is that you will enjoy discovering authentic regional dishes, often with contemporary twists.
Temperatures, even in high summer, are comfortable for walking, while spring and autumn are mellowed by the benign influence of the nearby Atlantic. Rainfall is higher than on the Med coast.

Tour character:

This itinerary features comfortable rather than challenging walking, and is suitable for most people who enjoy a good walk. You are mainly in the foothills of the Pyrenees rather than in the high mountains, and on most days there are itinerary choices, so you can choose easier or more challenging routes.Typically, there is 4 to 5 hours steady walking with ascents and descents of typically 200 to 700 metres. More challenging options are for 6 to 7 hours walking with ascents and descents of up to 900 metres. If the weather is really bad, or you are really tired, then we can usually transfer you to the next hotel by car. 

Included in this Tour:

  • 6 nights accomodation in 2, 3 and 4 star hotels
  • Breakfast included
  • 4x dinners
  • 3x picnics (day 3, 4 and 6)
  • Some transfers (see itinerary)
  • Luggage transfers (10 kg per bag)
  • Detailed walking directions
  • 1:25,000 IGN maps 
  • 24/7 customer service

Not included:

  • Journey to start point and from finishing point (transfers at extra cost)
  • 2x Dinner (day 4 and 6)
  • Lunches except when picnics supplied
  • Menu choices
  • Drinks
  • Entry fees

Arrival and Departure:

  • There is car parking at St Jean de Luz and St Jean Pied de Port.
  • You can fly from London and Paris to Bordeaux, Pau and Biarritz and trains from Paris stop at St Jean de Luz and Biarritz (4 hours 30 minutes typical journey time). From here you can catch a train to St Jean Pied de Port.
  • You make your own way to the first night's hotel at Saint-Jean- Pied-de-Port (located just 500m from the train station) or We pick you up from either Biarritz airport or the railway station at Saint-Jean-de-Luz (extra cost)

Notes:

  • Guarenteed departure - 2 people 
  • Departures daily from June to mid October
  • Bring suitable walking clothing and equpiment
  • If you would like airport transfers please contact [email protected] when booking

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  • Day 1

    Arrival at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

    Standard option: You make your own way to the first night's hotel at Saint-Jean- Pied-de-Port (located just 500m from the train station). With extra airport pick-up: We pick you up from either Biarritz airport or the railway station at Saint-Jean-de-Luz. You stay in a hotel in this ancient and attractive pilgrimage town in the shadows of the Pyrenees, which is on one of the Camino routes to Santiago de Compostela. A great start to your exploration of the Basque Country.

  • Day 2

    Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port - Col d'Ispéguy - Iparla - Bidarray

    We take you up to the Col d'Ispeguy, the realm of Griffon Vultures, which provides you with magnificent Pyrenean panoramas (the first of many!). You can then choose from a variety of routes (generally unchallenging) down through hills and valleys to Bidarray. Alternatively, there is an easy walking route between Saint- Martin-de-Arrosa and Bidarray. A memorable first day's walking we promise you. You stay on a dinner, double room and breakfast basis at an attractive, authentic hotel in Bidarray.

    Walking time : 4h or 6h30. Distance : 13km or 16,5km. Elevation : + 400 or + 800m / - 600m or -1300m. Transfer time : 35 minutes.

  • Day 3

    Bidarray - Artzamendi - Itxassou

    This is a superb day's walking through Alpine type pastures (once as much used by smugglers as shepherds) visiting the lovely summit of Artzamendi before descending alongside streams to the marvellous walk-through the ring of rock that is the famous Pas de Roland and then onto the attractive village of Itxassou. You stay at a charming hotel renowned for its regional authenticity, and the excellence of its cuisine. Dinner, bed and breakfast included.

    Walking time : 5h or 6h30. Distance : 12,5km or 16km. Elevation : + 590m or + 880m / - 650m or -890m.

  • Day 4

    Itxassou - Mondarrain - Espelette

    Today you can gently climb to the top of Mount Mondarrain - only 2,457 feet, but with absolutely stunning views over wave after wave of Pyrenean heights. Truly memorable. Then you stroll through high pastures and valleys down to the archetypal Basque village of Espelette that has been conserved superbly, has an interesting chateau and church, and an exceptional artisan chocolate producer (Antton), but is really famous for its festival of red peppers.

    Bed and breakfast. Dinner is not included, but in the village you have a choice of nice restaurants.

    Walking time : 4h45. Distance : 16km. Elevation : + 620m / - 760m.

  • Day 5

    Espelette - Sare

    This is a day of wonderful foothills walking through villages and hamlets, and along country lanes and farm tracks - the remarkable Ainhoa being the highlight. Easy walking through beautiful rural countryside, but interspersed with interesting places to see and things to do, not least from tempting artisan producers of foods, drinks, arts and crafts. You stay in Sare, which has 253 houses dating back to the 15th century, and rests almost in the shadow of La Rhune (which you will climb tomorrow). The Hotel is a superb 4 star hotel in a privileged location in the village that combines a historic building with boutique luxury and exceptional "cuisine terroir".

    Walking time : 6h30 or 5h30. Distance : 19km. Elevation : + 620m / - 760m.

  • Day 6

    Sare - Rhune - Ascain - Saint-Jean-de-Luz

    Your final panoramic highlight - and what a finale! - is at the summit of La Rhune with its 360 degree views east towards the endless Pyrenees you have crossed, south into Spain, and west to the Atlantic coast. You can walk up - a steady walk that's perfectly "do-able" - or take the magnificent rack railway, its wooden carriages slowly clattering their way to the top. Look out for pottoks - wild mountain ponies - and red headed sheep. Certainly you can enjoy the walk down until you arrive at the pretty village of Ascain - your last Basque village, sadly. We will take you the short distance to St Jean de Luz by road, or you can kayak down the gentle Nivelle river to arrive in St Jean in independent style. As ever with Purely Pyrenees, the choice is yours.

    St Jean de Luz is one of our favourite - and liveliest - towns in the Pyrenees bursting with energy from its harbourside through its twisting streets to the bars and restaurants, many offering tapas as well as excellent fish dishes. You stay in the middle of the town at an impressive and comfortable Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, so you can choose your own restaurant for the final night, although we offer several recommendations.

    Walking time : 3h30 ou 6h. Distance : 10,5km or 15km. Elevation : + 500m or - 880m / - 500m or - 840m. Transfer time : 20 minutes.

  • Day 7

    End of stay

    Standard option: Your holiday ends after breakfast. Your hotel is located just 500m from the train station at Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

    With extra airport pick-up: We will arrange a transfer back to Biarritz airport or a taxi to the train station in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

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Jun 01 2023 Jun 07 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Jun 02 2023 Jun 08 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Jun 03 2023 Jun 09 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Jun 04 2023 Jun 10 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Jun 05 2023 Jun 11 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
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Jun 07 2023 Jun 13 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Jun 08 2023 Jun 14 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Jun 09 2023 Jun 15 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Jun 10 2023 Jun 16 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Jun 11 2023 Jun 17 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Jun 12 2023 Jun 18 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Jun 13 2023 Jun 19 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Jun 15 2023 Jun 21 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Jun 17 2023 Jun 23 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Jun 19 2023 Jun 25 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Jun 20 2023 Jun 26 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Jun 23 2023 Jun 29 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Jun 24 2023 Jun 30 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Jun 30 2023 Jul 06 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Jul 01 2023 Jul 07 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
Double rooms 1,063€
Jul 02 2023 Jul 08 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Jul 03 2023 Jul 09 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Jul 04 2023 Jul 10 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Jul 05 2023 Jul 11 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Jul 06 2023 Jul 12 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Jul 07 2023 Jul 13 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Jul 08 2023 Jul 14 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Jul 09 2023 Jul 15 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Jul 10 2023 Jul 16 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Jul 11 2023 Jul 17 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Jul 17 2023 Jul 23 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Jul 18 2023 Jul 24 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Jul 20 2023 Jul 26 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Aug 07 2023 Aug 13 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Aug 08 2023 Aug 14 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Aug 10 2023 Aug 16 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Aug 18 2023 Aug 24 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Aug 20 2023 Aug 26 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Aug 21 2023 Aug 27 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Aug 24 2023 Aug 30 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Aug 30 2023 Sep 05 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Aug 31 2023 Sep 06 2023 12 Single rooms 1,457€
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Sep 01 2023 Sep 07 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 02 2023 Sep 08 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 03 2023 Sep 09 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 04 2023 Sep 10 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 05 2023 Sep 11 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Sep 06 2023 Sep 12 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 07 2023 Sep 13 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 08 2023 Sep 14 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 09 2023 Sep 15 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 10 2023 Sep 16 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 11 2023 Sep 17 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 12 2023 Sep 18 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 13 2023 Sep 19 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 14 2023 Sep 20 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 15 2023 Sep 21 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 16 2023 Sep 22 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 17 2023 Sep 23 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 18 2023 Sep 24 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 19 2023 Sep 25 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 20 2023 Sep 26 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 21 2023 Sep 27 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 22 2023 Sep 28 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 23 2023 Sep 29 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 24 2023 Sep 30 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Sep 25 2023 Oct 01 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Sep 26 2023 Oct 02 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Sep 27 2023 Oct 03 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Sep 28 2023 Oct 04 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 29 2023 Oct 05 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Sep 30 2023 Oct 06 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Oct 01 2023 Oct 07 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Oct 02 2023 Oct 08 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Oct 03 2023 Oct 09 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Oct 04 2023 Oct 10 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Oct 05 2023 Oct 11 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Oct 06 2023 Oct 12 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Oct 07 2023 Oct 13 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Oct 08 2023 Oct 14 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Oct 09 2023 Oct 15 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Oct 10 2023 Oct 16 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
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Oct 11 2023 Oct 17 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Oct 12 2023 Oct 18 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Oct 13 2023 Oct 19 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Oct 14 2023 Oct 20 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€
Oct 15 2023 Oct 21 2023 12 Single rooms 1,425€
Double rooms 1,031€

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