During this one-week Cultural Stay, explore the Basque culture and traditions found in sophisticated resorts and art havens on the Bay of Biscay and gem-like villages nestled amid the Pyrenees. Settle in at the Parador de Hondarribia, a historic upscale Spanish property, which adds to the special spirit of this program. 

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 Dusk in beautiful San Sebastián  Flag-lined street in Hondarribia  Traditional Basque dance. Credit: Basque Tourism Bureau  Square in Hondarribia  San Sebastian ocean side view   San Sebastian beach  The city of Bilbao, with the Guggenheim Museum, set amid the Basque countryside  The Guggenheim Museum of Contemporary Art, Bilbao  The Pyrenees Mountains  Monument to the running of the bulls in Pamplona  View of Bayonne  Street scene in Bayonne  The harbor in Biarritz  The beach in the resort town of Biarritz  The historic fortress of the Parador de Hondarribia  A comfortable lounge in the Parador de Hondarribia  View from the terrace of the Parador de Hondarribia

France and Spain’s Basque Region

A One-Week Stay at the Parador de Hondarribia

9 days from $4,590

During this one-week Cultural Stay, explore the Basque culture and traditions found in sophisticated resorts and art havens on the Bay of Biscay and gem-like villages nestled amid the Pyrenees. Settle in at the Parador de Hondarribia, a historic upscale Spanish property, which adds to the special spirit of this program. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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Parador de Hondarribia

Hondarribia, Spain

Located in the medieval center of Hondarribia and at the highest point in the town, this unique parador is also known as the Castle of Charles V which dates from the 10th century. Enjoy panoramic vistas of the coast including the Bidasoa estuary and the Bay of Biscay from the hotel terrace. The 36 guest rooms are all uniquely decorated and arranged and are spacious and comfortable with an array of hotel amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi. Stone walls, floors and archways and public spaces decorated with breath-taking tapestries and fine antiques remind guests of the parador’s storied past.

Number of nights: 7

Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: Week-long Cultural Stay featuring one city and region—and one hotel. Full-day excursions outside the city but well-paced. Walking tours of museums and outdoor sites, including archaeological sites, which can be over uneven terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, the absence of elevators); some longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Hotel centrally located for easy access to shops and restaurants, which is ideal for time at leisure.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with long days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

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Reading List

Highly Recommended

The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation
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From Mark Kurlansky, the bestselling author of Cod, Salt, Birdseye, and Paper—the illuminating story of an ancient and enigmatic peopleStraddling a small corner of Spain and France in a land that is marked on no maps except their own, the Basques are a puzzling contradiction—they are Europe's oldest nation without ever having been a country. No one has ever been able to determine their origins, and even the Basques' language, Euskera—the most ancient in Europe—is related to none other on earth. For centuries, their influence has been felt in nearly every realm, from religion to sports to commerce. Even today, the Basques are enjoying what may be the most important cultural renaissance in their long existence, as displayed by new cookbooks like chefs Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero's The Basque Book and restaurateur Jose Pizarro’s Basque.Mark Kurlansky's passion for the Basque people and his exuberant eye for detail shine throughout this fascinating book. Like Cod, The Basque History of the World, blends human stories with economic, political, literary, and culinary history into a rich and heroic tale.Among the Basques' greatest accomplishments:   • Exploration—the first man to circumnavigate the globe, Juan Sebastian de Elcano, was a Basque and the Basques were the second Europeans, after the Vikings, in North America    • Gastronomy and agriculture—they were the first Europeans to eat corn and chili peppers and cultivate tobacco, and were among the first to use chocolate    • Religion—Ignatius Loyola, a Basque, founded the Jesuit religious order    • Business and politics—they introduced capitalism and modern commercial banking to southern Europe    • Recreation—they invented beach resorts, jai alai, and racing regattas, and were the first Europeans to play sports with balls “A delectable portrait of an uncanny, indomitable nation.” –Newsday“Exciting, Illuminating, and thought provoking.” –The Boston GlobeEntertaining and instructive… [Kurlansky’s] approach is unorthodox, mixing history with anecdotes, poems with recipes.” –The New York Times Book Review
The Basque Dilemma
By: M. Bryce Ternet
Europe’s longest war came to an end on October 21, 2011. On this date, the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) declared a ceasefire, ending a five-decade long campaign for an independent Basque Country in northwest Spain and southwest France. But is ETA really gone? Various factions refused to surrender their arms and openly disagreed with ETA leadership. What if some individuals decide not enough progress has occurred for the Basque people since the ceasefire? The Basque Dilemma considers this explosive possibility in a present-day investigation throughout Europe. The story has historical ties to the 1980s when the traditional ETA refuge in the northern Basque Country was infused with the activities of the French Basque separatist group, Iparretarrak (IK), and the paramilitary group, Los Grupos Antiterroristas de Liberación (GAL), including the group’s infamous assassin, the Lady in Black.
The Basque Country and Navarre: France, Spain (Bradt Travel Guide)
By: Murray Stewart
This new, thoroughly updated edition of Bradt's award-winning guide to the Basque Country and Navarre remains the most comprehensive and in-depth guide available to this multi-lingual, multi-cultural borderland encompassing parts of southern France and northern Spain. This fully revised second edition includes all the elements required for an enjoyable holiday and also the unique aspects of Basque culture and traditions which make this such a fascinating part of the world. Bradt's The Basque Country and Navarre seeks to give a real insight into what is a strong regional identity, uncovering the peculiarities which imbue the area with its aura of intrigue and taking you way beyond the delightful, well-known cities and into the heart of the beautiful Basque countryside. When it comes to food, discover not just what to eat, but also how to eat it, for many Basque eating rituals apply!In this, the most complete guidebook to the Spanish and French Basque Country and Navarre, Murray Stewart covers the principal cities – rejuvenated Bilbao with its famous Guggenheim Museum, beautiful San Sebastián, verdant Vitoria-Gasteiz and lively Pamplona – and also delves deeper into the region's interior, capturing the quirkiness that makes it so special. With 36 maps, 16 walks, advice on where to cycle, horseride and surf, he guides travellers through an area whose profile is firmly ‘on the up.' Find the best pintxos (Basque tapas) and txakoli wine, the finest chuletón (beef chop) and the freshest fish. From elegant Biarritz, via the French Basque Pyrénées, to the Navarran ‘badlands' of Bardenas Reales, travel to fascinating, less-visited places. Here are the best festivals, including Pamplona's famous, bull-running San Fermin. Learn how the handing-over of three cows has kept the peace for centuries, or where you can see the annual ‘Benediction of the Red Pepper'. Join the walkers on the Caminos de Santiago, the pilgrim routes which still sustain the local economy, 1,000 years after they began. Find information on the unique Basque and Navarran wines, top birdwatching sites, history, music, sports and culture – and when to visit. Bradt's The Basque Country and Navarre is the ideal companion.
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary
By: Lonely Planet, Marta Lopez, Cristina Hernandez Montero
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Spanish phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Enjoy the thrilling conversation with a local over sangria, ask about a tucked-away a tablao flamenco or eat your way through a tapas menu; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!Get More From Your Trip with Easy-to-Find Phrases for Every Travel Situation! Feel at ease with essential tips on culture, manners, idioms and multiple meanings Order with confidence, explain food allergies, and try new foods with the menu decoder Save time and hassles with vital phrases at your fingertips Never get stuck for words with the 3500-word two-way, quick-reference dictionary Be prepared for both common and emergency travel situations with practical phrases and terminology Meet friends with conversation starter phrases Get your message across with easy-to-use pronunciation guides Inside Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary: Full-colour throughout User-friendly layout organised by travel scenario categories Survival phrases inside front cover for at-a-glance on-the-fly cuesCovers Basics - time, dates, numbers, amounts, pronunciation, reading tips, grammar rules Practical - travel with kids, disabled travellers, sightseeing, business, banking, post office, internet, phones, repairs, bargaining, accommodation, directions, border crossing, transport Social - meeting people, interests, feelings, opinions, going out, romance, culture, activities, weather Safe Travel - emergencies, police, doctor, chemist, dentist, symptoms, conditions Food - ordering, at the market, at the bar, dishes, ingredients The Perfect Choice:Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary, a pocket-sized comprehensive language guide, provides on-the-go language assistance; great for language students and travellers looking to interact with locals and immerse themselves in local culture. About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook & Dictionary
By: Lonely Planet, Michael Janes, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Jean-Pierre Masclef
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful French phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Ask about tucked-away vineyards, bargain with local farmers at the market or order wine like a professional; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!Get More From Your Trip with Easy-to-Find Phrases for Every Travel Situation! Feel at ease with essential tips on culture, manners, idioms and multiple meanings Order with confidence, explain food allergies, and try new foods with the menu decoder Save time and hassles with vital phrases at your fingertips Never get stuck for words with the 3500-word two-way, quick-reference dictionary Be prepared for both common and emergency travel situations with practical phrases and terminology Meet friends with conversation starter phrases Get your message across with easy-to-use pronunciation guides Inside Lonely Planet French Phrasebook & Dictionary: Full-colour throughout User-friendly layout organised by travel scenario categories Survival phrases inside front cover for at-a-glance on-the-fly cuesCovers Basics - time, dates, numbers, amounts, pronunciation, reading tips, grammar rules Practical - travel with kids, disabled travellers, sightseeing, business, banking, post office, internet, phones, repairs, bargaining, accommodation, directions, border crossing, transport Social - meeting people, interests, feelings, opinions, going out, romance, culture, activities, weather Safe Travel - emergencies, police, doctor, chemist, dentist, symptoms, conditions Food - ordering, at the market, at the bar, dishes, ingredients The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet French Phrasebook & Dictionary , a pocket-sized comprehensive language guide, provides on-the-go language assistance; great for language students and travellers looking to interact with locals and immerse themselves in local culture.About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet is the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, and has been connecting travellers and locals for over 25 years with phrasebooks for 120 languages, more than any other publisher! With an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community, Lonely Planet enables curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves.

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The Land Of My Fathers: A Son'S Return To The Basque Country
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