Basque Country (GR10): ocean-to-mountains
The Grande Randonnée (GR) is the French way to describe one big walking adventure or simply translated as The Great Hike. A huge network of hiking footpaths crosses France, Spain, Belgium and Netherlands, among which is the famous GR10 Transpyrenean Trail. The trail connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic ocean by crossing the Pyrenees at their 800km length. Hiking the entire route usually takes up to 52 days but this self-guided program will let you discover the beauty of the most beautiful sites along the itinerary in just 8 days.
The walking trip starts from Hendaye, a fishing port located on the bay of Txingudi where you will be taken to the first foothills of the Pyrenees. This self-guided walking trip will let you discover the Basque Country with its colorful unusual villages, placed in the warm embrace of lush valleys and guarded by the majestic peaks of the emblematic Rhune. Strolling around you will encounter an exceptional cultural identity of this region and the walk will meet you with the unique presence of typical animals such as the bétisu, small wild cows, or the pottoks, Basque ponies living in the wild. A colorful palette of stunning views, mythical history and emblematic culture will be completed by delicious meals in those gastronomic places along the route!
A hiking journey where the ocean and mountains meet is awaiting you!
Duration8 Days I Level: 2 (of 5)
What is included2-3-4* guesthouses & hotels (en-suite rooms) incl. breakfast and dinner (dinners on days 2, 4, 5, 6, 7); Detailed roadbook (route notes in English and walking maps) - 1 set per group of 1-4 pax; Luggage transfers; People transfers as per program (Day 7); GPS tracks if required; Emergency hotline;
What is not includedDrinks, other meals and transfers, entry fees
Best periodApril, May, June, July, August, September, October
Day 1: Arrive in Hendaye (5km; 2hrs; +80m/-80m)
Day 2: Hendaye to Ibardin (15km; 4,45hrs, +845m/-460m)
Day 3: Ibardin to Sare (17km; 6hrs; +700m/-1000m)
Day 4: Sare to Ainhoa (12km; 3,30hrs, +250/-200m)
Day 5: Ainhoa to Itxassou (12-17km; 4-6hrs, +360-800m/-420-865m)
Day 6: Itxassou to Bidarray (14km; 5hrs, +700/-650m)
Day 7: Saint Etienne de Baïgorry to Saint Jean Pied de Port (16km; 5,45hrs, +605/-995m)
Day 8: Departure day
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
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