A Weekend to Discover The Land Of The Basques
Unique & exclusive customized travel planning for small groups in the Basque Country
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What could you discover in a weekend?
See the “Bizkaia Bridge” a world heritage site and experience the beautiful “Algorta Old Port”. Take “Bilbao Yesterday & Today Tour” including a pintxos gastronomic route through the “Casco Viejo” (Bilbao’s old town); “With your boots on” we’ll cross the Wolves’ path to the magnificent Nervion Fall; discover the historical route in the old town of Orduña and complete the weekend with a route to discover “the best of Bizkaia’s Coasts and Villages”. We also offer an optional visit to the “Rioja Wineries and medieval villages” to enjoy the wine culture of The Land of the Basques.
¡It will be a weekend to remember!
This program can also be used as a model, to be customized according to your group’s interests and time availability.
Pick up at the airport or other previously agreed point to visit the mouth of the Nervion River, from the “Bizkaia Bridge” (a World Heritage Site) to the “Algorta Old Port”, a beautiful old fishing village and the perfect 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 about our city, tour Bilbao and sample Pintxos (creative small bites) tour in the Casco Viejo (Bilbao old town).
Transfer to Untza and accommodation in the Baserri Ulle Gorri.
Breakfast at the Baserri, afterwards we’ll start our trekking/Nordic walking route “with our boots on” to discover the Path of the Wolves and Nervion source to the magnificent waterfall of Nervión fall. It is 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 for lunch, to enjoy some local gastronomy. In the afternoon we will discover the old town of Orduña, learn about this history and also visit a winery and wine “yarda” of Txakoli, Basque white wine.
After a full day of activity, we will prepare a Basque homemade dinner in the Baserri Ulle Gorri or in the Txoko of Untza, a traditional Basque experience.
Accommodation in the baserri.
Breakfast in the Baserri and check out. We will begin our route to discover The best of the Bay of Biskay’s Coasts and Villages, visiting most amazing places of the coast including San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a must see location for all visitors; Bermeo, a traditional fishing village; Mundaka a beautiful village famous for its great surf waves, the stunning Urdaibai Natural Reserve and Gernika town.
Transfer to the airport or to other previously agreed location.
Optional: Rioja Wineries & Medieval Villages Tour
If you are food, wine and history lovers, La Rioja is one destination you must take the opportunity to visit. Its wine-making tradition, the richness 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 that are “Protected Denomination of Origin” certified “Rioja”. Taking special interest in those that have kept the family tradition alive, as well as some of the most surprising wineries due to their architecture; such as “Marques de Riscal” wine cellar designed by the architect Frank Gery and the medieval wineries carved in the soil. A perfect day to enjoy wine tasting in the wine cellars.
We will visit some medieval villages including: Laguardia, recently included among the list of “most beautiful villages in Spain” and some interesting Neolithic Dolmens. Ask for any quotes to include this optional tour in your custom travel program.
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 entirely and exclusively for the group.
“Baserri” or “caserío” is a traditional basque farmhouse. Ulle Gorri has been specifically restored recovering old original materials, to give 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 in 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 a fireplace, a beautiful kitchen and 5 double bedrooms with 4 bathrooms distributed across two floors. On the lower floor a bedroom with a double bed and an ensuite bathroom. On the upper floor a suite with a double bed, a bathroom and a small hallway, a bedroom with two single beds and an ensuite bathroom and then two double rooms with two single beds. The rooms on the top floor have views over the countryside.
Prices and Conditions
2 nights accommodation & breakfast at the Baserri Ulle Gorri Rutsic Home, exclusive use for your group
1 lunch in a typical Basque restaurant after the trekking
1 homemade dinner in the Rustic House
Exclusive dedication of our Basque host – guide during the trip
Bizkaia Bridge & Algorta Old Port Tour
Bilbao & Pintxos Tour
Trekking route (Nordic Walking option) to Nervion Waterfall and wolves path.
Historical tour in the old city of Orduña
Txakoli Winery guided visit and tasting of the Basque white wine
The Best of Bizkaia Coastal tour
All transfers included by minivan or private car
Liability insurance and trekking activities insurance
Monuments and museums tickets
Food and drinks not specified
Dates: Weekends throughout the year, except Christmas, Easter and Summer season (July & August ). Ask for our programs during these special seasons.
Terms and conditions
Payment policy: 30% Booking deposit and balance 15 days before the travel starts. Bank transfer or credit card.
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, exclusively for the group
Breakfast will be prepared and served in the Rustic Home.
Txoko: Basque traditional social club where friends prepare lunch together and enjoy each others company. If the Txoko is available, the dinner will be prepared as the traditional way. If not, a traditional Basque dinner will be prepared in the Rustic home kitchen for the group or it will be catered from a restaurant.
Trekking/Nordic Walking Routes. The routes are suitable for anyone with a regular physical condition, with or without experience in 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 for all the group to enjoy the trail, so there will be stops to regroup and to give explanations along the way.
Trekking recommended equipment: Mountain boots, basic trekking 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 unique, exclusive, relaxing and carefree experience in the Basque Country, based around an “off-the-beaten-path” philosophy but also focusing on the “must-see” spots that you’ll love to talk about when you return home. The travel program may have some variations due to scheduling changes at monuments, climatological issues, unexpected events, improvements to the travel program according to the host-guide’s criteria or the group’s condition. Very important: the trekking activities will depend on the mountain and climatological conditions, in the case that the weather is not suitable to do the activity , an alternative experience will be scheduled.
Explore the boarder between France and Spain: listen to the language – Euskadi, see century old cities and a modern capital, share with local people, try new sports and search the mystical mountains… the north awaits you.
Remember this is not a tourist package, but an experience based trip to enjoy the nature, the gastronomy and the culture of The Land of the Basques.