Explore Basque heritage and traditions found in sophisticated resorts and artistic enclaves on the Bay of Biscay and in charming villages nestled amid the Pyrenees. Settle in at the Parador de Hondarribia, a historic 10th century castle carefully renovated into a modern hotel with magnificent interiors and spacious outdoor terraces to take in the sea views, which adds to the special ethos 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 $4,790

Explore Basque heritage and traditions found in sophisticated resorts and artistic enclaves on the Bay of Biscay and in charming villages nestled amid the Pyrenees. Settle in at the Parador de Hondarribia, a historic 10th century castle carefully renovated into a modern hotel with magnificent interiors and spacious outdoor terraces to take in the sea views, which adds to the special ethos of this program. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Sep 10 - 18, 2022 Departure
David Gies

David Gies

David T. Gies is Commonwealth Professor of Spanish Emeritus at the University of Virginia and former Chair of his Department. He has published seventeen books, including The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture (1999), Theatre and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Spain: Juan de Grimaldi as Impresario and Government Agent (Cambridge, 1988), The Theatre in Nineteenth-Century Spain (Cambridge, 1994), The Cambridge History of Spanish Literature (2004), The Cambridge History of Theatre in Spain (co-edited, 2012), Eros y amistad (2016), and The Eighteenth Centuries: Global Networks of Enlightenment (co-edited, 2017). Author of more than 120 scholarly and 140 book reviews, he edits DIECIOCHO, a journal dedicated to the study of the Spanish Enlightenment, now in its 42nd year.

He has received the University of Virginia Outstanding Teaching Award, the Thomas Jefferson Award, and, in 2007, was named Encomienda de Número de la Orden de Isabel la Católica, a knighthood granted by His Majesty Juan Carlos, King of Spain.

In July 2013, he was elected for a three-year term as President of the International Association of Hispanists, the world's largest professional organization of Spanish scholars, and in September 2015, he was elected Honorary President of Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish National Honorary Society.

In 2016, he won the prestigious annual Anderson Imbert Prize from the North American Academy of the Spanish Language and was named Corresponding Member of the Spanish Royal Academy in Madrid. In 2019 he joined the Board of the Fundación Duques de Soria.

Sep 24 - Oct 2, 2022 Departure
Rafael Chacón

Rafael Chacón

H. Rafael Chacón is Bruce and Suzanne Crocker Director of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture and Professor of Art History and Criticism at The University of Montana-Missoula where he lectures on a broad range of art historical subjects. He received his doctorate in art history with honors from the University of Chicago, having been awarded numerous research fellowships to study in Europe, including an award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture for his dissertation on Michelangelism in Renaissance sculpture. He has written on a range of topics related to Renaissance and baroque art, both in Europe and in the Americas, most recently focusing on revival style architecture in the U.S. Northwest during the late 19th century. Rafael has been an expert for many Smithsonian Journeys programs in Cuba and Western, Central, and Eastern Europe. He has twice walked the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route across France and Spain.

Oct 22 - 30, 2022 Departure; Sep 16 - 24, 2023 Departure
Cameron Watson

Cameron Watson

Originally from the UK, but having traveled extensively all over the world from an early age with his family, Cameron Watson is a writer, translator, copyeditor, and teacher based in the Basque Country. He went to graduate school in the United States and has a PhD in Basque Studies, with an emphasis in History. He taught modern European history at the University of Nevada, Reno, before relocating to the Basque Country, where he divides his time between freelance work in academic publishing and teaching on studies abroad programs for different US universities. He is the author of the definitive text in English on modern Basque history as well as several other books and articles. He is fluent in Spanish and Basque and also has a good command of French. His interests include all facets of Basque culture and he is keen to transmit the notion that, despite its modest size and veiled identity, the Basque Country is a site of memory that, from Guernica to the Guggenheim and a lot more both before and after, reveals much about the broader historical experience of Europe as a whole.      

May 13 - 21, 2023 Departure
Charles Ingrao

Charles Ingrao

Charlie Ingrao, a popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, is professor emeritus of history at Purdue University, where he has taught a wide range of courses on the European World. He has published thirteen books and given public lectures to academic, governmental, and military audiences across North America and central Europe. Charles has also been a regular commentator for print, radio, and television media, including The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS).  In addition, Charles' family history has inspired a lifelong fascination with the western Mediterranean and the Spanish and Portuguese empires.

Sep 23 - Oct 1, 2023 Departure

Barbara Whitehead

Barbara J. Whitehead is the A. W. Crandall Professor of History at DePauw University and former Chair of the History Department. She earned her AB in History at Harvard University and her PhD in History from Bryn Mawr College. This educational background fostered a love of early modern Europe that has been the focus of her teaching and writing for over thirty years. At DePauw, Barbara has developed a broad spectrum of courses centered on European history ranging from the Viking Age and Crusades to the European witch hunts, the French Revolution, and the history of happiness. Her research in intellectual history has led to an edited volume on early modern women’s education and publications on forgotten figures of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. In addition to leading over fifteen academic tours of Europe, Barbara has served as the on-site director of the American Colleges of the Midwest Central European Studies Program in the Czech Republic, where she taught European history. She also taught in the Danish International Studies Program in Copenhagen as a visiting professor. In addition to living in the Czech Republic and Denmark, Barbara has also lived in Rome and Paris.