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Basque Country & Bordeaux

View on the beach in Biarritz

STUDENT TOURS TO THE BASQUE COUNTRY & BORDEAUX

France's landscape diversity is amazing and it will strike you even more during this tour, as you're going from the soaring Pyrenean Mountains to the rocky coastlines around Biarritz to end up in the lively UNESCO Heritage city of Bordeaux, there's so much to see, follow us! 

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Our tours begin with...

Day 1

  • Overnight flight towards France;

Day 2 

  • Arrival in Bordeaux, meet with your tour leader and hit the road towards the Basque Country
  • Make a stop en route in the picturesque Bassin d'Arcachon and stretch your legs while walking up the Dune du Pilat, the highest sand dune in Europe! 
  • Arrive in the charming city of Biarritz that will host your nights for the next few days. 

Day 3 

  • Welcome to Biarritz! Discover the seaside resort made famous by Empress Eugenia with a local guide. Admire the remains of its historical grandeur and enjoy the salty air! 
  • You certainly know that the Basque Country is renowned for its rugby champions but another sport make the hearts of the locals beat: the ''pelote basque''. Get introduced to this traditional game by a professional player
  • Take a stroll with your tour leader along the ocean shore up to the Rocher de la Vierge. The waves are so impressive from there! This will whet your appetite for a tasteful dinner in a local restaurant. 

Day 4 

  • Today's destination: the Pyrenean Mountains! After a short motorcoach trip, hop aboard a cogwheel train that will bring you to the summit of La Rhune. Don't forget your cameras, the views from there are just stunning! 
  • Another exceptional activity is on its way, lunch in a natural cave
  • Travel back in time to the Prehistory as you're discovering the Grotte de Sare, which peculiar geology is enhanced by a sound and lights show; 

Day 5 

  • Get ready for a deep dive into Basque Culture with a day-trip dedicated to the most picturesque villages of the region; 
  • Start in Larressore where you'll learn how makhila - the traditional sheperd's stick - is handmade. Don't start counting sheep, it's not time to sleep! 
  • Continue with the famous Espelette! You've certainly heard about Espelette Pepper? Explore the charming village and its traditional outdoor market, before visiting a pepper production farm
  • Put your competitive cap on, you're on for an afternoon of Basque sports competition! Vous êtes prêts

Day 6 

  • The region is the world-capitol of surf, so you can't avoid it. Put on your bath suits and practice your best balance during an initiation to surf
  • Après l'effort, le réconfort! Depart for Bayonne, the capitol of ham. Enjoy a guided tour of the city that will include a stop at the Musée du Jambon to learn everything about this local delicacy. 
  • It's time to explore the lovely town of Saint-Jean de Luz, that will amaze you with its rich history, having hosted the Sun King, that was a city of pirates and privateers and is still the perfect place to end a perfect day! 

Day 7 

  • All aboard! Today, you're heading back towards Bordeaux! 
  • Before reaching the capitol of Aquitaine Region, let's make an excursion in the city of Saint-Émilion. Famous for its wine production, the town has much more to offer that will be presented to you by a local guide. The visit will include an underground church
  • Discover the century-old tradition of wine production for which the region is famous during a guided tour of a wine estate
  • Enjoy a relaxing evening stroll with your tour leader in the heart of Bordeaux, and take a group photo at the very photogenic Miroir d'Eau. Say cheese! 

Day 8 

  • Bordeaux has such an amazing architecture and heritage that the city itself is on the Unesco World Heritage List. Let your local guide show you all its marvels, from the Place de la Bourse to the Porte Cailhau, the Cathédrale Saint-André, the Tour Pey Berland, and more! 
  • Free time in Bordeaux! Take advantage of your freedom to pay a visit to La Cité du Vin or the Musée Marin, stroll in the brand new and hype Darwin District or shop 'til you drop on Ste-Catherine street. 
  • Roll-up your sleeves, tonight, you're cooking your own farewell dinner during a South-West cuisine cooking workshop

Day 9

  • Pack up your bags and say au-revoir to this foreign land as you're flying back home! 
Our Recommendations
8- 10 Days
March to October
Balance

Enjoy the perfect combination between education and fun with our well-paced itinerary. 

Languages

Add a stay in Spain and make it a language trip for your French and Spanish classes. 

View on Espelette village
Students hiking along the coast line
Students sitting close to the Miroir d'Eau in Bordeaux

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