7 Days to discover The Basque Country  + Rented Minivan On Your Own

Mixed experience based & exclusive tour with some days to explore the Basque Country on your own

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You can choose from different routes in the Basque Country to create your travel program:  Discover the Wolves´path to the magnificent Nervion Fall, the highest waterfall in Europe; an historical route in the old town of Orduña, “Natural & Historical route to San Pedro Mountain´s Spanish civil war trenches” , “The best of Bizkaia Coast and Villages” will take us to discover the astonishing Basque coast landscapes, “Bizkaia Bridge” a world heritage site and the beautiful “Algorta Old Port”; ”Bilbao Old town  & Pintxos  Tour”, Txakoli winery and shepherds farmhouse guided visit, Basque cider house (sidrería) experience, “Rioja Wineries and medieval villages tour ” to enjoy the wine culture of and Aramaiona, a beautiful countryside area that has been called “The Basque Switzerland” for its beauty.

¡It would be a weekend not to be forgotten!

This 7 days complete program will allow your group to have an experience based trip combining:

SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR 5 DAYS GUIDED TOURS

This program could be used also as a draft program to be customized, depending on your group interests and time available

Minimum pax.

Maximum pax.

DAY 1

Check in & Hiking & Txoko Experience

Pick up the group at the airport or other agreed place and transfer to Untza.

After check in Ulle Gorri Rustic Home we will  start discovering the surroundings and the pretty town of Untza with an easy hikkig or Nordic Walking route

Time: 2 hours.

Difficulty: easy

Altitude: 50 mt

Dinner* and accommodation in Baserri Ulle Gorri

*If the Txoko were available, having dinner in the Txoko is a true basque experience, where the groups cook and enjoy the dinner all together.

DAY 2

Hiking & Nordic Walking Wolves Path Route

Breakfast in the Baserri and “With the boots on” we start our trekking / Nordic walking  route to discover the Path of the Wolves and Nervion source to the magnificent waterfall of Nervión fall, the highest waterfall in Spain, an amazing landscape with water only during winter and spring seasons, up to the awesome Santiago Mountain Natural Monument.

Transfer to have lunch to a typical Basque restaurant to enjoy our gastronomy. 

In the afternoon we will discover the old town of Orduña and its history, we will visit a winery and wine yarda of Txakoli, Basque white wine.

– Transfer to Ulle Gorri

After a whole day of emotions, and a heavy lunch, a light dinner will be served in the Baserri Ulle Gorri. 

A pleasant evening by the fireplace listening old basques histories could be a perfect end to finish the day.

– Accommodation in Ulle Gorri

DAY 3

The Best of Bay of Biscay Coast Tour

Breakfast in the Baserri and we will start the route to discover The Best of the Bay of Biscay Coast and Villages.

The Basque coast is full of stunning and dramatic sceneries and typical fishing villages that you would love to discover.

The first place to discover, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, is a must see and now it has become very popular due to Game of Thrones´ Series 7 that has been shot in this location . It´s an island cone shaped dedicated to John the Baptist and connected to mainland with a stone bridge with 241 steps that we will climb to admire the beauty of the coast.
On our way to Bermeo, we stop to enjoy the best view of Dragonstone.
We will explore Bermeo, a typical and once very  important fishing village to know the history and traditions of the area. These waters were navigated by pirates and were also the scene of some important naval battles in our history.

DAY 3 (Continue)

Our journey continues to Mundaka, a beautiful village worldwide known for the surfers for its “Left Wave”.

It´s amazing to watch the surfers riding the enormous waves from the charming village.

For lunch you can either chose to have lunch in a typical restaurant to enjoy the local gastronomy, mostly fish based and away from tourist traps or have some pintxos to have more time to enjoy the visit.

 

Following the coast, we arrive to the Biosphere Reserve of Urdaibai, where we will stop to enjoy the astonishing views of Laida and Laga Beaches.

We can stop at the Bird Center and take a walk along the marshlands.

If you were interested on doing some trekking to admire the views of the Urdaibai Natural Reserve ,  we propose an optional extension of 2 hours, to get to the top of the mountain. It´s an easy walk and the effort is worth it.

DAY 3 (Continue)

Or we can also discover  the Oma Forest, created by  the basque artist  Agustín Ibarrola in 1984.  This magic painted forest is also called  ” The Enchanted Forest”,  where the figures painted in the trees  change its shapes  as we move along the  place.

It´s an easy trekking path and optional that can take 2 hours.

Our last stop is also a must : Gernika, home to one of the oldest Parliaments in the world which is a symbol for the Basques, and also is the place to discover the history of our land.

DAY 4

Rioja Wineries and Medieval Villages Tour

If you are food, wine and history lovers, Rioja is a destiny you can ́t pass up the opportunity to visit. Its wine-making tradition, the features of its soil and its climate have always yielded extremely high-quality wines that have earned international fame. 

We will be visiting vineyards and wineries with Certificated Denomination of Origin “Rioja”, with special interest in those that have kept the family tradition, as well as some of the most surprising wineries due to its architecture, such as “Marques de Riscal” wine cellar by the architect Frank Gery and medieval wineries carved in the soil. A perfect day to enjoy wine tasting in the wine cellars.

We will visit some the medieval village including Laguardia, recently included among the most beautiful villages in Spain and some interesting Neolithic Dolmens.

DAY 5

Bilbao & Pintxos & Bizkaia Bridge Tour

Breakfast in the Baserri and check out.  This will be our last day in The Land of the Basques, and depending on  your departure time, we could finish te complete program: Walking (Nordic walking option ) along the Nervion River at its mouth, from the “Bizkaia Bridge, a World Heritage Site to “Algorta Old Port“, a beautiful old fishing village, now a place to enjoy an appetizer. 

Return to Bilbao and free time to visit the Guggenheim. Exclusive guided tour to discover what we like the most of our city, Bilbao and a Pintxos (creative small bites) tour in the Casco Viejo (Bilbao old town).

OPTION 1

Historic Civil War Trenches Hiking & NW Route

Breakfast in the Baserri and we start another amazing day hiking (nordic walking option) historic  route around the Sea of Meadows surrounding Ulle Gorri- We will discover the recent excavated Spanish Civil War trenches, the best conserved war landscape in the Basque Country.  Nothing has changed in the last 80 years, so it is easy to imagine the terrible historic events  that took place during the war. 

After the exercise, a lunch in a “Sidrería – Sagardotegia”,a typical Basque Ciderhouse , will be an unforgettable experience: Cider poured from giant barrels and a huge traditional and fixed menu. 

A shepherd farmhouse will be visited to know how the shepherds works nowadays and the traditional process to manufacture the famous Idiazabal Basque Cheese.

After a heavy lunch, a light dinner will be served  at the baserri.

Accommodation in Ulle Gorri

Terms and Conditions

5 Days Tours + 2 Days On Your Own

Includes:

6 nights accommodation & breakfast in the Baserri Ulle Gorri Rustic Home exclusively use for your group

1 lunch in a typical Basque restaurant after Nervion sources and Wolves Path hikking

1 lunch in a  “Sidrería- Sagardotegia”, a typical Basque CiderHouse experience

1 homemade Basque dinner in the Rustic Home or Txoko experience if available

2 light homemade dinner in the Rustic Home, ideal after a heavy lunch

1 Pintxos Tour in Bilbao

Exclusive dedication of our Basque hosts – guides during the whole trip and routes

  • Hiking route (Nordic walking option) to Untza and surroundings
  • Hiking route (Nordic Walking option) to Nervion Source & Waterfall and Wolves Path.
  • Hiking (Nordic Walking Option) and historical route to the Spanish Civil War trenches
  • Historical tour to the old city of Orduña
  • Hiking Guided tour in Aramaiona (the Basque Switzerland) 
  • The Best of Bizkaia Coast tour: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo, Mundaka and Gernika town
  • Bizkaia Bridge & Algorta Old Port historic Tour
  • Bilbao & Pintxos Tour
  • Rioja Wineries & Medieval villages Tour
  • Winery guided visit and Txakoli tasting (Basque white wine)
  • Shepherd farmhouse guided visit & Homemade Idiazabal cheese tasting

– Nordic walking poles included

– All transfers included by Minivan / private car

– 2 days minivan rented to be used exclusively by the group . Full risk insurance with no excess

– Liability Insurance and hiking activities insurance

Not included:

  • Monuments and museums tickets
  • Food and drinks not specified in the program
  • Opcional routes
  • Travel insurance

Conditions:

Booking deposit: 30% when confirmed. The balance will be paid 15 days before the departure  date.

Cancellation policy: 50% cancellation fee between 15 and 30 days, 75% between 7 and 15 days and 100% with less than 7 days.

Accommodation: Baserri Ulle Gorri is a rustic home, exclusive use for the group. 

Breakfast will be prepared by the host and served in the Rustic Home for the group

Dinner could be either prepared by the host and served in the Rustic Home or a local restaurant catering will be served instead.

Pintxos Tours: includes 4 pintxos and 4 drinks per person (Zurito (small beer),  Rioja Crianza Red Wine, Txakoli (Basque white wine),  Mosto (non alcoholic grape drink).

Txoko: Basque traditional social club where friends prepare lunch together and enjoy the company. If  Untza Txoko is available, the dinner will be prepared as the traditional way. If not, a traditional Basque dinner will be prepared by the hosts in the Rustic home kitchen for the group.

Sidrería- Sagardotegia: Typical Cider house in the Basque Country. A gastronomic Basque experience not not be missed.

Hiking/Nordic Walking Routes. The routes are suitable for all personas with a standard physical condition, with or without Nordic Walking techniques experience. For those who want to experience their first Nordic Walking route, a basic guidelines will be provided to perform the exercise effectively.  The aim is that all the group enjoys the trail, so there will be stops to regroup and to give explanations.
Equipment

Hiking recommended equipment: Mountain boots, basic hiking equipment (back pack to carry the water and some food), proper clothes for walking, change of clothes, and depending on the season, warm clothing, raincoat, etc 

Travel program. It´s a different, exclusive, relaxing and carefree experience in the Basque Country, based on an off-the-beaten-path philosophy but also focused on the “must-see” places that you´ll love to talk about when returning home. The travel program may have some variations due to schedule changing in the monuments, climatological issues, unexpected events, improvements of the travel program always up to the host -guide criteria and the group condition. Very important: the hiking activity will depend on the mountain and climatological conditions, in case the weather is not suitable to do the activity, an alternative experience will be scheduled.

Remember that this is not a touristic package, but an experience based trip to enjoy the nature, the gastronomy and culture in the Basque Country.

2 Days Tours + 5 Days On Your Own

Includes

6 nights accommodation & breakfast in the Baserri Ulle Gorri Rustic Home exclusively use for your group.

1 lunch in a typical Basque restaurant after Nervion sources and Wolves Path hiking

1 homemade Basque dinner in the Rustic Home or Txoko experience if available

1 light homemade dinner in the Rustic Home, ideal after a heavy lunch

Exclusive dedication of our Basque hosts – guides during the tours and hiking routes:

  • Hiking route (Nordic walking option) to Untza and surroundings
  • Hiking route (Nordic Walking option) to Nervion Source & Waterfall and Wolves Path.
  • Historical tour to the old city of Orduña

– Nordic walking poles included

– All transfers included by Minivan / private car

– 5 days minivan rented to be used  exclusively by the group 

– Liability Insurance and trekking activities insurance

Not included:

  • Monuments and museums tickets
  • Food and drinks not specified in the program
  • Opcional routes
  • Travel insurance

Conditions:

Booking deposit: 30%  when confirmed. The balance will be paid 15 days before the departure date.

Cancellation policy: 50% cancellation fee between 15 and 30 days, 75% between 7 and 15 days and 100% with less than 7 days.
Accommodation: Baserri Ulle Gorri is a rustic home, exclusive use for the group. 

Breakfast will be prepared by the host and served in the Rustic Home for the group.

Dinner could be either prepared by the host and served in the Rustic Home or a local restaurant catering will be served instead.

Pintxos Tours: includes 4 pintxos and 4 drinks per person (Zurito (small beer),  Rioja Crianza Red Wine, Txakoli (Basque white wine),  Mosto (non alcoholic grape drink).

Txoko: Basque traditional social club where friends prepare lunch together and enjoy the company. If Untza Txoko is available, the dinner will be prepared as the traditional way. If not, a traditional Basque dinner will be prepared by the hosts in the Rustic home kitchen for the group.

Sidrería: Typical Cider house in the Basque Country. A gastronomic Basque experience not not be missed.

Hiking/Nordic Walking Routes. The routes are suitable for all personas with a standard physical condition, with or without Nordic Walking techniques experience. For those who want to experience their first Nordic Walking route, a basic guidelines will be provided to perform the exercise effectively.  The aim is that all the group enjoys the trail, so there will be stops to regroup and to give explanations.

Hiking recommended equipment: Mountain boots, basic hiking equipment (back pack to carry the water and some food), proper clothes for walking, change of clothes, and depending on the season, warm clothing, raincoat, etc 

Travel program. It´s a different, exclusive, relaxing and carefree experience in the Basque Country, based on an off-the-beaten-path philosophy but also focused on the “must-see” places that you´ll love to talk about when returning home. The travel program may have some variations due to schedule changing in the monuments, climatological issues, unexpected events, improvements of the travel program always up to the host -guide criteria and the group condition. Very important: the hiking activity will depend on the mountain and climatological conditions, in case the weather is not suitable to do the activity, an alternative experience will be scheduled.

Remember that this is not a touristic package, but an experience based trip to enjoy the nature, the gastronomy and culture in the Basque Country. 

Accommodation

Ulle Gorri is a beautiful basque farmhouse, situated in an ideal location to explore The Land of the Basques with a small group of friends and/or family. The  house is rented complete and exclusively for the group.

“Baserri” or “caserío” is a traditional basque farmhouse. Ulle Gorri has been restored recovering old original materials, giving the house a unique personality that seduces our guests. The restored antique furniture, the magnificent doors and the precious earthen pottery, which belonged to an ancient palace of the area, make Ulle Gorri a very special place to rest and enjoy.

Great location: less than 20 minutes from Vitoria, 40 minutes from Bilbao and La Rioja and only an hour and 15 minutes from Donosti (San Sebastián) or Pamplona and with easy access just 10 minutes away from the motorway exit.

It has a large living room with fireplace, a beautiful kitchen and 5 double bedrooms with 4 bathrooms distributed over two floors. On the lower floor a bedroom with a double bed and an insuite bathroom and on the upper floor a suite with a double bed, a bathroom and a small hall, a bedroom with two single beds and a bathroom insuite and two double rooms with two single beds. The rooms on the top floor have views over the countryside.

Both the interior of the house and the outdoor area with a fantastic meadow with fruit trees and flower garden, are equipped to allow your mind and body to rest and to be able to enjoy it without stress: music chain with a selection of CDs, books, magazines, maps and tourist information of the area.

white bedroom for rent in a traditional farmhouseViews from the dining area in Ulle Gorri House

Minivan Renault Traffic Combi

Renault Traffic Combi

Rented minivan for 8 travelers to be used by the group during the days exploring the Basque Country on your own.

Full risk insurance with no excess.

Important note: The driver assigned by the group to  drive the minivan during the days used by the group by its own will be responsible of the possible traffic fines payment.

Ulle Gorri

Travel Agency

Apregindana Lekua 2
01449 Untza- Apregindana
Álava/Araba – Basque Country - SPAIN

Tourist Registration:

AVI 00116 - CEI:2437

+34 647 712 806

contact@ullegorri.com