Expedition Cruise

The Basque Country

  • June 3 to June 12, 2021

    Save 15% until June 1, 2020

    Applies to berth cost only.

From $4,495 to $14,095 USD

Single Supplement: Available

Flights: Not available

Basque country featured

Overview

Along the western coasts of Spain and France, Euskal Herria - the Basque Country - awaits rediscovery. This diverse countryside with its mountains, estuaries, forests and winding coastlines, is a pleasure that can indulged by all five senses.

Yet it is the people of this land that are the most intriguing. Europe’s oldest nation, but never a country. An ancient language with no relation to any other on earth. An enduring culture whose impact on the world stretches far beyond the stunning countryside nestled at the base of the Cantabrian Sea.

The basque country 2021 map

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the Unique Basque Culture

    For centuries, the Basque people lived around what is today’s border between Spain and France. Learn first hand about their culture from our onboard local experts.

    Detail of basque regional clothing to dance
  • Visit the Tree of Gernika

    In the middle ages, kings were sworn under the “tree of Gernika,” recognizing fueros, ancient laws that guaranteed Biscayan liberties. Located in the town of Gernika‐Lumo, the tree remains center of civic and political life of Basque people up to this day.

    Tree of gernika
  • Indulge in the local food

    Espellete peppers, white beans of Tolosa, traditional Beasain blood sausage, Idiazabal cheese, angulas of Aguinaga. Experience the joy of pintxos, the tapas-like snack at the heart of Basque cusine.

    Pintxos from the basque region of bilbao and san sebastian
  • Immersive Cider House experience in Astigarraga

    Visit a family of cider-makers in who have five centuries of experience producing cider in the region. Tour the orchards and traditional cider-making facilities, have traditional cider house meal, and take in a demonstration of traditional Basque rural sports.

    Cider house in astigarraga
  • Enjoy Excellent Birding at the Le Teich Ornithological Reserve

    With blinds and raised viewing platforms that offer excellent bird-watching opportunities, Le Teich Ornithological Reserve is habitat for as many as 260 bird species year-round. The reserve is also an important migratory stopover and wintering ground for a wide variety of species.

    Birding at the le teich ornithological reserve
  • Enjoy a glass of wine in Bordeaux

    Explore the old quarter of Bordeaux learning about the architecture, culture and history, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Make sure to stop in for a glass of wine that made this region a household name.

    Bordeaux wine

Dates, Rates and Bookings

  • The Basque Country

    June 3 to June 12, 2021

    Save 15% until June 1, 2020

    Applies to berth cost only.

    From $4,495 $3,821 to
    $14,095 $11,981 USD

    Single Supplement: No single supplement on a limited quantity of cabins in categories 3 to 7!

    Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost.

    Starts: Bilbao, Spain

    Ends: Brest, France

Ship

Ocean Endeavour Scotland

The Ocean Endeavour

Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges, and a top-deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to explore throughout the Arctic summer.

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