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The Total Basque Mountain Experience

culture walk

The Total Basque Mountain Experience

Duration
8 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food, Drinks
Hosted in
English
culture walk

The Total Basque Mountain Experience

culture walk

The Total Basque Mountain Experience

Duration
8 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food, Drinks
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

The Total Basque Mountain Experience (one-day tour) takes place in the tiny medieval Basque villages of Navarre in the Spanish Pyrenees. Less than an hour from Pamplona and San Sebastian. This area is the genetic cradle of the Basque people and the mountain paths echo with the footsteps of shepherds, smugglers, witches and refugees as well as the WW2 pilots who escaped over the borders with the help of the COMET escape lines. This tour offers you a back-stage entrance to what is sometimes called the Basque ‘Bermuda Triangle’ and we take you on walks to 17th century mountain villages, bucolic farming hamlets and the deep-sided ravines of the Bidasoa river on the Spanish / French border. Over a gourmet Basque lunch at a Michelin-recommended restaurant on the river we learn about their food and wines and explore the subjects of Basque traditions, culture, history and pagan beliefs. The day winds down at our Pyrenean Experience family home high in the hills above Ituren with tapas and views of the valleys below. For groups of 4 people or more we can organise a private Basque music concert, wine tastings and transport from Pamplona / San Sebastian. Walks available of different levels.

Your host

Learn more about Georgina

Georgina

I have been a walking guide of the Basque villages of Navarre for over 20 years and have run total Basque mountain experience holidays and tours to people from all over the world - many of whom come to stay at my family home in Ituren in the summer months. I am also a linguist and small-scale writer and feel passionately about the Basque mountain shepherds who have made me feel so welcome and who have helped me bring up my daughter. I love meeting people and introducing them to new cultures and landscapes - both human and natural. I also speak French, Spanish, Danish - some German and Italian

What's included

Food
Gourmet Basque lunch at a Michelin-recommended restaurant on the river . Basque 'pinxtos' or tapas on our garden terrace
Drinks
Wine

Where you'll be

The tour will begin in the Basque Mountain Village of Ituren in northern Navarra. One hour from San Sebastian and from Pamplona. We will visit the mediaeval Basque village of Zubieta, with lunch in Donamaria, a walk through the mountain farming hamlet of Ameztia in Ituren and tapas at our family farmhouse. For groups of over 4 people a taxi can be organised from San Sebastian and Pamplona.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

You will need a minimum level of fitness and walking shoes. Please contact me in all cases BEFORE you book.

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

  • Local experts

    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

  • Small groups

    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

  • High standards

    Every experience is reviewed for unique access.

Georgina
The Total Basque Mountain Experience
New experience
£105/person
New experience
£105/person