Basque Mountains Walking Weekend
Travel with Local Eyes
Unique and exclusive custom trip for small groups of friends through the mountains of The Land of the Basques
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A fascinating walking program for the weekends to discover the Basque Mountains, our culture, traditios, our well known gastronomy and with a highly knowledgable local hosts and guide that will become your «Local Eyes» during your stay .
For small groups of 6 to 8 persons that are used to travel together and enjoy the most of the adventure of discovering a different culture.
Discover the Gorbeia Sea of Medows, a beautiful rural area and the paradise for walkers. The land is flat and with high landscapes, which allow a spectacular panoramic view of the mountains and mountains that surround it. The paths are excellent for Nordic Walking and wiking and run through meadows through corridors of ancient dry stone walls (Unesco Heritage), with horses pottoka (local horses) and flocks of sheep Latxa ( local sheeps), from where the excellent Idiazabal cheese from the area comes from.
You will be hiking from the rural lodgement through the Wolves’ path, along an awesome «off the beaten path” route that has been designated suitable for all walkers, to the magnificent Salto del Nervion, the highest waterfall in Spain and a great spot for birdwatching.
Guided visit to the ancient City of Orduña, the only city that holds such a title in Bizkaia.
Don’t travel with a map in your hand, but trust a local expert to show you the most beautiful landscapes and give you all the information you need on the Basque Country culture and traditions.
Check in at Ulle Gorri Baserria. Depending on the time available, guided hiking route (option to do Nordic Walking) through the Sea of Meadows surrounding the country house, to enjoy the sunset, visit the pretty village of Untza and its Txoko (basque social center).
Ulle Gorri Baserria is part of a small rural village of 3 hamlets, very quiet and with sensational views. Those are flat and high landscapes, which allow spectacular panoramic views of the mountains and mountains that surrounds it. The paths are excellent for Nordic Walking and Hiking and run through meadows through corridors of ancient dry stone walls (Unesco Heritage), with horses pottoka (local horses) and flocks of sheep Latxa (local sheeps), from where the excellent Idiazabal cheese from the area comes from. The sunrise and the sunsets from the farmhouse are spectacular.
Cooking art experience Live & Vegan dinner at Ulle Gorri Baserria or at Untza´s txoko (1) if available
Accommodation at Ulle Gorri Baserria
- Difficulty 35% 35%
From: 245 € Per person
DAY 2. SATURDAY
After a great and healthy breakfast we start the hiking route (Nordic Walking option) from Ulle Gorri Baserria “with our boots on” to walk through the Wolves´path.
This is an “off the beaten path” route that runs at the edge of the sierra through spectacular landscapes that will take us to Nervión’s source, passing through the unknown and mysterious Gibijo’s wolfhound.
Following the course of the river we will finally arrive to the impressive Nervión Fall. After heavy rains or during the (Spring) thaw, the waterfall, which plunges into the Delika Canyon from more than 220 meters, the highest in Spain, is very impressive. And although for several months it does not carry water, the route and the landscapes are just as spectacular.
We will discover Mount Santiago, avoiding the busiest areas, through the beautifully paved forest.
Walking time : 4 hours
Difficulty: Medium / low. 10 km
In the afternoon, an exclusive guided visit to the city of Urduña/Orduña, the only city of its kind in the Bizkaian territory. Located in a place of singular beauty, it is a cultural crossroads and its strategic position has allowed it to witness the changes and the evolution of Basque history.
We offer a guided tour of this ancient city that dates back to 1229 AD, covering the most important moments of its history.
Return in minivan to the country house.
Dinner at Ulle Gorri Baserria or at Untza´s txoko (1) if available
Accommodation at Ulle Gorri Baserria
DAY 3. SUNDAY
Breakfast at the Baserri and free day to enjoy some of the self guided hiking routes recommended
Check out or continue your Basque experience with extra day
Leaving “With our boots on» from the Baserri Ulle Gorri, we begin our route through grassland paths that run along stone walls and across paths with magnificent views of the Sierra Salvada, Orduña and the Arrastaria Valley.
The quiet path along the sea of meadows, crosses a gallery forest on the edge of the mountain’s profile. The path takes us to the recently excavated trenches of San Pedro Mountain, in one of the best preserved Spanish Civil War landscapes in the Basque Country. It has preserved the same incredible landscape than 80 years ago.
Duration: 3 hours
Aiaraldea, Ayala’s Chancellor lands guided & exclusive historical route
Exclusive guided tour of the medieval city of Vitoria–Gasteiz
The visit to the Historical Center of Vitoria-Gasteiz, declared a Monumental Complex in 1997, and which has received numerous awards, will take us to places where history seems to have stood still.
It retains intact its medieval layout in the form an almond, which was given more than 8 centuries ago, when Sancho VI “El Sabio» founded the town.
Duration: 4 hours
Price per person in double occupancy.
- Groups of 10 people: 245€ / person
- Groups of 8 people : 320€ / person
- Groups of 6 people : 410€ / person
Included in the price :
2 nights accommodation at Ulle Gorri Baserria- Etxea house – exclusively for the group
Half board Art Cooking Experience, Live&Vegan :
- 2 breakfast
- 1 dinner at Untza Txoko, if available, or at Ulle Gorri Baserria
- 1 dinner at Ulle Gorri Baserria
Hiking (Nordic Walking option) guided routes& birding activities
- Sea of Meadows & Untza Route . 1,5 hours walking . 50 mt slope
- Nervion Waterfall wolves´ path. 4 hours. 3 hours walking. 200 mt slope
- Bespoke Tour inn Orduña Old town ( 2 hours)
Liability Insurance and Hiking activities insurance
Drinks are not included in the meals.
Transport not included
Opcional guided routes
Optional: Wellness & Well-being activities
- Full board accommodation, including Cooking Art experience and self guided hiking trails: from 110€/person
- Half board accommodation, Breakfast & dinner Cooking Art experience, self guiding hiking trails & restaurants recommendations / bookings : from 75€/person
Ask for the possibility to rent a minivan for your group to visit other places of the Basque Country on your own. We will provide the group with valuable information to enjoy each routes and discover the best gastronomy.
Bilbao, Vitoria – Gasteiz by bike
Txakoli Winery & Vineyards visit &tasting:.
Idiazabal Cheese Farm visit & tasting
Basque Cider House Experience
During the exclusive guided tours «with your boots on», starting from Ulle Gorri baserri you will discover our nearest environment, off the beaten path and away from the busiest routes.
Also uncover our customs, history and traditions, while or without Nordic enjoying special moment in contact with nature and history with or without some Nordic salking poles.
The landscapes surrounding the hamlet are flat and allow for a spectacular panoramic view of the mountains that surround it. Between gorges, the lands settle down creating a gigantic meadow with a mosaic of walls grids organizing a beautiful drawing of pastures. A Sea of Meadows, with excellent paths for Nordic Walking and trekking, unning through a corridor of stone walls, between horses and flocks of Latxa sheep. It’s a privileged environment, surrounded by three natural spaces of the Natura 2000 Network: Gorbea Natural Park, Arkamo-Gibijo-Arrastaria mountain ranges and the Oak Forests of Urkabustaiz.
Around 160 pairs of vultures nest on the edges of the Arrastaria.
It is common to see watch vultures, kites, herons, storks and many other birds. In addition to roe deer, badgers, foxes, etc.
Terms and Conditions
Booking deposit: 30% when confirmed. The balance will be paid 30 days before the departure date.
Cancellation policy: 50% cancellation fee between 30 and 45 days, 75% between 15 and 30 days and 100% with less than 15 days.
Accommodation: Baserri Ulle Gorri is a rustic home, exclusive use for the group.
Breakfast will be prepared by Izar Gorria in the Rustic Home for the group.
Dinner will be prepared by Izar Gorria exclusively for the group. Live Vegan Art Cooking experience .
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).
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 anyone with a regular physical condition, with or without experience in Nordic Walking techniques. 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.
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 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 hiking activity 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.
Remember that this is not a tourist package, but an experience based trip to enjoy the nature, the gastronomy and the culture in The Land of the Basques.
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 a bathroom ensuite 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 a flower garden, are equipped to allow your mind and body to rest and to be able to enjoy everything without stress: listen to music with a selection of CDs, read books or magazines and take a look at maps and tourist information of the area.
Ulle Gorri Baserria has the category of Rustic Home registered at the Basque Country Tourism Department, that means that the house installation accomplish the requirements of safety and protection to our guests . He have also obtained the Certified of Commitment with Tourism Quality SICTED for both, the rustic house and the Travel Agency Ulle Gorri Travel. And we are adapting our environmental protection procedures to obtain the European Ecolabel in 2019 .
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 it is used, will be responsible for any possible traffic fines and their payment.