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4 nights, 3 walking days
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Itinerary : Hotel to Hotel
Holiday code : FP2PUBI
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Culture and "Camino" : Guernica, Guggenheim & much more

Wonderful coastal walking in Green Spain, partly following the historic Camino del Norte. You will see 50 million year-old dinosaur fossils, 14,000 year-old cave paintings, a medieval island hermitage, Picasso's Spanish Civil War masterpiece, the Balenciaga fashion museum, and the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Plus stylish accommodation and excellent cuisine !

A summary of your journey

We have packed a lot into this itinerary, but not made it too "busy", so there is still plenty of time for gentle walking and relaxing as well as all the pleasures of authentic hotels - and superb tapas and seafood as you are never more than a few miles from the coast. However, each day there are highlights: Getaria and the Balenciaga museum on your arrival day; dinosaur fossils and 14,000 year old cave paintings the next day; the Guernica museum and UNESCO wetlands the next, and finally a magical island hermitage and the Guggenheim - not to mention an evening of tapas in Bilbao.

The Plus Points

  • Transfers from and to Bilbao (other transfers available)
  • Luggage transfers every day so you only carry a daysack
  • High quality, original hotels with dinner usually included
  • 24/7 customer service

Day 1

Arrival at Getaria
We can meet you at the airport, station or port of Bilbao, or you can make your own way to the marvellous village of Getaria, a thriving fishing port with 2 lovely beaches, an island (now linked to the mainland), a traditional town on a cliff above a beach, and famous for the local wine, txakoli, as well as being the birth town of the famous fashion designer Balenciaga (museum ticket has been included). If time allows, there is a coastal and vineyard walk to the next village, Zarautz, renowned for its historic streets surrounding Queen Isabelle II's palace founded when Zarautz became a prestige resort in the 19th century, and now renowned for its long beach, a favourite with surfers.
This itinerary includes daily transfers, and they add considerably to the quality, enjoyment and price, so this break cannot be directly compared to apparently similar ones.
You stay at the two star boutique hotel called Pension Katrapona with smart stylish rooms, all with balconies and sea views, and a perfect location overlooking the fishing port. It's always a pleasure to stay here. You can choose from the portside fish oriented restaurants, not forgetting to try txakoli, of course.
Walking time : 1h15. Distance : 4km. Transfer time : 1 hour.

Day 2

Gataria - Zumaia - Lekeitio
After a leisurely breakfast, you walk up through the txakoli vineyards, and then descend to the attractive seaside village of Zumaia where you can walk through 50 million years of history as the remarkable and dramatic Flysch cliffs here are famous for their dinosaur and other fossil remains. Your walk combines both this surprising coast, and the joys of Green Spain as you walk inland among wildflower meadows and woods. Your walking destination is the tiny hamlet of Elorriaga, and from here you can choose to be transferred directly to the hotel, or visit the Ekainberri museum, which includes an actual size, walk through replica of the cave famous for the prehistoric (14,000 year old) paintings of horses, which have made this a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You stay in the fishing village of Lekeitio where you stay at the charming and historic three star Hôtel Zubieta close the old town, beach and port. Each room is individually styled, and has a balcony. The bar and outdoor terrace are spacious and delightful. A truly relaxing place to stay. You can dine at a portside restaurant of your choice just a short stroll away.
Walking time : 5h30. Distance : 14,5km. Elevation : + 550m / - 550m. Transfer time : 1 hour.

Day 3

Lekeittio - Elantxobe - Ogoño - Urdabaï
You start your day with a transfer for a magnificent cliff top walk to the summit of Ogono with a 1,000 foot plunge straight down to the ocean. From here, you enjoy a wonderful view above the tiny and characterful port of Elantxobe (walk down to it if you wish), and from there you walk through oak forests to the 15th century hermitage of San Pedro of Atxarre. The final section is a panoramic decent down to the Urdabai estuary and bird sanctuary before a short transfer to the hotel.
You stay at the superb, four star Castillo de Arteaga - a truly luxurious hotel set in its own historic and spacious grounds with superb gastronomic meals that will stay in your memory as long as the place itself.
Walking time : 4h Distance : 9km. Elevation : + 450m / - 450m. Transfer time : 10 minutes.

Day 4

Urdabaï - Guernica - Gaztelugatxe - Bilbao
This morning you have a magnificent walk down the middle of the estuary on a man-made raised trail with estuary flora and fauna all around you until you arrive in Guernica itself. You then have a private guided visit (90 minutes, and included in the holiday price) around the fascinating Museum of Peace in Guernica. We then take you to begin a decent stroll to the amazing island hermitage of Gaztelugatxe - ideal for your picnic. In the early afternoon we transfer you to Bilbao, so you have plenty of time to visit the Guggenheim (entry price included), and explore the historic quarter.
For your last night, you stay in the fashionably contemporary Basque Boutique self-service hotel. No receptionist, just a code, but wonderfully characterful rooms - one themed about Guernica, another in traditional Basque style, and another celebrating contemporary Bilbao art. It's also located just where you want to be in the historic quarter with a multitude of tapas bars and restaurants all around. A great place for a last night.
Walking time : 2h 30 minutes. Distance : 6km. Elevation : + 200m / - 200m. Transfer time : 1h30.

Day 5

End of stay
After breakfast, we transfer you to your departure point in Bilbao, or we will return you to Getaria.
Transfer time : 15 minutes.
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PROGRAM OF DEPARTURES

1 May to 31 October

MEETING POINT

Meeting you at, and returning you to, the airport, port or station at Bilbao is included in the price, or you can make your own way to Getaria, and we will transfer you back there at the end of the holiday.

END OF STAY

At the end of the holiday, we return you to Bilbao airport, port or station or Getaria within the price.

LEVEL

This holiday features comfortable rather than challenging walking, and is suitable for anybody who is reasonably fit and enjoys "a good walk". It can get hot in July and August, as well as more crowded, but the temperatures are moderated by the mountains and sea breezes. We would recommend May, June and September as the best months.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE FROM (PERS)

2

LUGGAGE TRANSPORTATION

We will transfer your luggage between each hotel, so all you need to carry when walking is a daysack with whatever you regard as essentials.

SUPERVISION

This is an independent, self-guided holiday with transfers as described.

ACCOMMODATION

You stay in double or twin rooms for one night in a very good 2 star pension, one night in a three star hotel, one night in a four star hotel, and one in the "maison d'hôtes de charme" in Bilbao.

MEALS

Breakfast is included every morning, but picnics, lunches and dinners are not leaving you free to make choices that suit you. The only exception is dinner at the Castillo de Arteaga which is included. There are shops and cafes/restaurants en route - and you can always ask the hotel the night before to make a picnic, which you can pay for locally.

TRANSFERS

Usually transfers are in people carriers, mini-buses, cars or taxis. Often they will be exclusively for you.

CONTENTS OF YOUR TRAVEL FOLDER


When we have received your balance of payment for your holiday, and in the month before departure, we send you all the documentation you need: detailed itinerary showing dates, times, contact details etc; a detailed guide to your walking route (with options) and lots of cultural, historical and nature background information; formal documents (invoices, contracts etc); luggage labels etc. If you book at the last minute, we can send this information to your first night hotel.

To make the right choice

Have a look at our detailed explanations on the types of hiking, the standards of accommodation, and understand baggage transport ... How to choose your trip ?

LUGGAGE 

  • A soft travel bag, avoid suitcases, which are more cumbersome and limit the weight of your belongings to 10 kg.
  • A small backpack of 30 litres minimum for your daytime requirements.

CLOTHES 

  • A waterproof and breathable jacket (Gore-Tex type)
  • A fleece or a sweater
  • A raincoat (poncho)
  • Walking trousers
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 hat
  • Shorts
  • A bathing suit + towel
  • Several pairs of socks (not too large)
  • Underwear
  • 1 pair of trainers
  • Loose clothing for the evening

EQUIPMENT TO BRING 

  • 1 pair of walking shoes that have been used before
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip protection
  • 1 bottle (allow 2 to 3 litres per person per day in summer)
  • A Tupperware type plastic bowl for the picnic + cutlery
  • 1 compass
  • Waterproof map cover (advised)
  • 1 head torch in your rucksack (for safety)
  • 1 survival cover (from a chemist)
  • 1 mobile phone (advised)
  • Camera and why not a novel, your watercolours or other desires...
  • Your identification documents

FORMALITIES

You need to keep your passport with you at all times, and ideally insurance information. You need to make your own arrangements to claim local healthcare. There are requirements in France and Spain for all vehicles to carry safety equipment.

VISA Espagne

No need for a visa.

MANDATORY VACCINES Espagne

No vaccine is mandatory, but it is best to be up to date with your tetanus booster.
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FromToPer person sharing room
Mon 01/05/2017Tue 31/10/2017875 €
 
List of additional options (to select later)
TitleTime periodPrice
option : supp. for visit to the Ekain Cavefrom 01/05/2017 to 31/10/201770 €
Single room sup. / pers. subject to availabilityfrom 01/05/2017 to 31/10/2017295 €

THE PRICE INCLUDES

4 nights bed and breakfast; people transfers as described; luggage transfers; detailed walking instructions; private guided tour of Museum of Peace, Guernica; entry to the Guggenheim, Bilbao; bespoke walking maps and guides; 24/7 customer phone service.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

The journey to the start point, and from the finish point, except as specified; lunches or dinners except as specified; entry fees except as specified; personal and travel insurance.
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