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Itinerary

Small-Ship Expedition

The Basque Country

June 3 to June 12, 2021

From $4,495 to $14,095 USD

Save 15% until October 31, 2020

Applies to berth cost only.

Map

The Basque Country Map 2021
  • Day 1: Bilbao, Spain
  • Day 2: Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve
  • Day 3: Getaria
  • Day 4: San Sebastian
  • Day 5: Astigarraga
  • Day 6: Iparralde, France
  • Day 7: Bordeaux
  • Day 8: Le Teich Ornithological Reserve
  • Day 9: Belle-Île, Brittany, France
  • Day 10: Brest, France

Itinerary

  • View of bilbao city with modern art museum in the background

    Day 1
    Bilbao, Spain

    Enjoy an afternoon guided walking tour of Bilbao’s Old Quarter, which dates back to the 700s. Since 1979, the Old Quarter has been a pedestrian precinct, offering 240,000 square metres of shopping, architecture, and historical sites.

    The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, is widely considered an architectural masterpiece.

    In the afternoon, we’ll embark on the Ocean Endeavour and begin our journey down the Nervión River, headed for the Bay of Biscay!

  • Panoramic view of urdaibai estuary

    Day 2
    Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve

    The Urdaibai Estuary is home to a vast salt marsh, making it an important stopping place for migratory birds. More than 245 bird species have been sighted in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, which is also home to hundreds of varieties of trees, plants, and land animals.

  • Fishing boats moored at getaria port basque country

    Day 3
    Getaria

    Maritime traditions run deep in Getaria, the hometown of Captain Juan Sebastian de Elcano, who completed the first world circumnavigation after Ferdinand Magellan’s death midway through the voyage.

    We will have the option to visit local archaeological sites or explore vineyards overlooking the village.

  • Santa clara island and san sebastian donostia 0city aerial panoramic view basque country

    Day 4
    San Sebastian

    In the historic city of San Sebastian we’ll find wonderful architecture and fabulous food. During a tour of the Parte Vieja (Old Quarter) we'll experience the heart and soul of Basque food culture.

    We’ll visit the Albaola Sea Factory Museum and the replica of the San Juan, a Basque whaling ship sunk in the harbour of Red Bay, Labrador.

  • Cider house in astigarraga 2

    Day 5
    Astigarraga

    Astigarraga is famed for its cider. We’ll visit an established family of cider-makers. The Astarbe family have a special connection to Adventure Canada and were once cultural contributors on a Basque-focused tour of Newfoundland and Labrador. Here we will be greeted like family.

  • Front of the hous in town of espelette

    Day 6
    Iparralde, France

    Just across the Bidasoa River from Spain, in Iparralde (Northern Basque Country) we'll find the town of Espelette, famed throughout Europe for its peppers and its picturesque Basque architecture of whitewashed facades and red roofs.

    Sare, a tiny village at the base of the Pyrenees, offers an option to travel by rack railway to the summit of La Rhune mountain, a sacred place in Basque mythology standing square on the border of Spain and France.

    From there we cross the border back into Spain to Zugarramurdi, in the mountains of Navarre. Known as the site of the Basque witch trials, we’ll visit the prehistoric caves where the witches’ sabbaths were alleged to have taken place. This day provides excellent opportunities for hikers and cyclists.

  • Pont de pierre in bordeaux

    Day 7
    Bordeaux

    The wine capital of the world, Bordeaux, offers cuisine, wine, markets, architecture, museums, and more. We'll have the opportunity for a guided tour of the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll be alongside overnight, allowing us to savour food, drink, and nightlife.

  • Birding at the le teich ornithological reserve

    Day 8
    Le Teich Ornithological Reserve

    The Ornithological Reserve at Arcachon Bay contains dunes, marshes, reed beds, and meadows, providing 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. Both long and short walk options are available, with blinds and raised viewing platforms that offer excellent bird-watching opportunities for all.

  • Les aiguilles de port coton belle Ile brittany france

    Day 9
    Belle-Île, Brittany, France

    Brittany’s largest island, Belle-Île, is known for its plant life. There is excellent hiking and biking along coastal pathways and roads, many offering secluded beaches.

    Rock pyramids known from Claude Monet’s paintings form an intriguing geological attraction.

  • Petit minou lighthouse brest france

    Day 10
    Brest, France

    Heavily bombed during the Second World War and rebuilt in the fifties, Brest has been an important naval port for hundreds of years. We will visit the Maritime Museum housed in an eleventh century medieval castle, and the twelfth century Motte-Tanguy Tower, now houses the Museum of Old Brest.

    This morning we bid farewell to the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport.

Pricing and Cabins

All Cabin Amenities

  • Private bath
  • Telephone
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Intercom
  • Hair dryer, bathrobe, towels, body wash, and hair care products

Ship

Ocean Endeavour Scotland

Ocean Endeavour

Our spacious, ice-strengthened vessel features twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. A doctor, paramedic, medical clinic, and enhanced health regime offer peace of mind. Roomy facilities offer comfortable travel with plenty of breathing room for all.

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Details

  • Small-Ship Expedition

    The Basque Country

    June 3 to June 12, 2021

    From $4,495 to $14,095 USD

    Save 15% until October 31, 2020

    Applies to berth cost only.

  • 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

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included:

  • Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • Applicable taxes and credit card fees
  • Complimentary expedition jacket
  • Contribution to Adventure Canada's Discovery Fund
  • Special access permits, entry and park fees
  • Team of expedition staff
  • Guided activities
  • Sightseeing and community visits
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Educational program
  • Nikon Camera Trial Program
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals

Not Included:

  • Commercial & charter flights
  • Program enhancements/optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges
  • Pre- & post-trip hotel accommodation and administrative fee

Incentives

  • Free Single Supplement Icon

    Free Single Supplement

    For those who prefer not to share, we have a limited quantity of cabins in category 3 through to category 7 with no single supplement! Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost. Single occupancy in categories 8–10 is available at full double-occupancy rates. Can be combined with Multi-Trip Promotion, League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program, and 2021 Early Booking Bonus. Subject to cabin availability.

  • Multi Trip Promotion Icon

    Multi-Trip Promotion

    Receive 10% off the berth cost when you book more than one 2021 Ocean Endeavour expedition in a calendar year. Can be combined with Free Single Supplement promotion and League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

  • Family Friendly Icon

    Family Friendly

    Children four years old and younger pay only for charter airfare—and children two years and younger travel free! Children must be accompanied by a full-fare adult. Can be combined with the League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

  • Save 30 Under 30 Icon

    Save 30% under 30

    Save 30% on berth cost for travellers under thirty years of age. Can be combined with the League of Adventurers Loyalty Rewards Program.

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    Price Guarantee

    If Adventure Canada reduces the price of the berth portion of the fare of any expedition more than 120 days prior to departure, previously booked clients may claim the lower rate. For more information, please visit adventurecanada.com/guarantee.

Adventure Canada itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather, ice, and sea conditions