Basque Country

From April to October

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Highlights

  • A dynamic and strong popular movement
  • Europes oldest lenguage
  • The contrast of its landscape, from the Pyryness to the beautiful beaches
  • A worldwilde know cusine
  • The local festivals

Included:

  • English speaking Basque guide.
  • People carrier van.
  • 7 nights in hotels, twin rooms with private bathroom, breakfast included.
  • All tours and talks.
  • VAT.

Galdetuiguzu:

Euskal Herria, the land of the Basque People, the oldest nation in Europe, has maintained its language, culture and traditions almost intact until the XXI century despite constant pressure from the French and Spanish states. This has happened thanks to one of the most interesting and important socio-political movements of the continent.

Together with its privileged location between the Pyrenees and the Atlantic Sea, the spectacular landscapes, fun-loving people and its world renowned gastronomy makes the Basque Country an essential destination.

Day 1: Airport – Gasteiz

Arrive to the airport in the afternoon where our guide will be waiting for us. Transfer to hotel in Gasteiz (Vitoria in Spanish).

During dinner we will get an introduction to the Basque Country and a Q&A session.

After dinner, drinks in abertzale (Basque for “patriotic”, meaning pro- independence) bars in Gasteiz’s Old Town.

Day 2: Gasteiz

After breakfast we will meet the Martxoak 3 or 3rd March Association, a campaign group that works demanding truth and justice for those killed and injured by the Spanish police during the tragic events of 1976.

Next, we will visit a community radio station and the local gaztetxe (Basque for “youth house” or squatted social centre), both long standing self-managed projects.

At night we will have the chance to enjoy the atmosphere of the pubs in the old town.

Day 3: Gasteiz – Iruñea

After we leave Gasteiz in the morning our first stop will be the abertzale stronghold of the Valley of Sakana where we will learn about the repression that has affected this area for decades.

In Iruñea (Pamplona in Spanish) we will meet with members of the social movements there to learn about the different struggles and the history of the city.

We will also meet with members of the association working on behalf of the political prisoners’ and exiles’ rights. Then we will help them to the weekly support vigil.
At night we will have the chance to enjoy the atmosphere of the pubs of the old town.

Day 4: Iruñea – Baiona – Donostia

In the morning we will head for the north of the Basque Country (under French administration) where we will visit the town of Baiona. We will walk its picturesque narrow streets and learn about the Spanish dirty war that took place there against Basque militants and about the Basque political exiles situation.

In the afternoon we will visit the charming coastal towns of Donibane Lohitzune (Saint-Jean-de-Luz in French) and Ziburu.

In the evening we will travel to the cider capital of the Basque Country, Astigarraga, for dinner at a sagardotegi (Basque traditional cider house), a must-enjoy Basque traditional dinner.

Night in Donostia (San Sebastian in Spanish).

Day 5: Donostia

In the morning walking tour in the old part of the city to learn about the history of one of the most beautiful costal cities of Europe.

There, we will enjoy the famous Basque gastronomy in the pintxo (finger food) capital, Donostia.

Night in Donostia.

Day 6: Donostia – Lekeitio – Gaztelugatxe – Bilbo

In the morning we will head for Bilbo driving by the rugged coastal road.

We will stop at the beautiful fishing and abertzale stronghold town of Lekeitio.

We will continue our way to Bilbo driving through the beautiful Urdaibai estuary and Biosphere Reserve before arriving to the little island of Gaztelugatxe.

Night in Bilbo.

Day 7: Bilbo – Berango – Gernika

Visit to the local museum of nearby town of Berango to learn about the 1936-39 War and the The Iron Ring, built by the Basque government to protect the city from the Spanish fascist forces lead by Franco.

In the afternoon we will visit the town of Gernika where we will learn about the bombing of the city in 1937.

Night in Bilbo.

Day 8: Bilbo – Airport

In the morning free time to explore Bilbo, the old quarter, new town or the area surrounding the Guggenheim Museum.

Our guide will take us to the airport.

Agur Euskal Herria!!!