Combo Basque Mountains and Atlantic Beach – Ocean 2019

1,459.00

Level : Gallop 3 minimum
Possibility of coming with his horse : No
Accompanied non-riders admitted : No

Adventure in the Basque Country from the Mountain to the Ocean between France and Spain.

4 days on mountain trails + 2 days in the Forest and on the Atlantic Ocean beaches.

It’s an exhilarating trail, with lot of thrilling sceneries over wild valleys framed by rugged peaks as eagles and vultures soar overhead.

4 days far away from the civilisation, taking advantage of all the opportunities to approach herds of horses Savage of the Basque country, “ the Pottocks “, protected by their proud and brave stallion!
4 days, discovering the culture of the Pays Basque people and the reason why they want to protect themselves wanted for few of them living apart from France.
This trek is really exciting and requires real fit intermediate rider confident at all paces, able to ride 6 to 7 hours each day over varied and sometimes challenging terrain.
All the opportunities to trot or to canter offered by the landscape are taken.
The trail in very few occasional and difficult sections will ask the rider to walk near his horse.
But the horses are fit, willing and sure-footed over this rugged terrain.
Lunches are leisurely and relaxed, often followed by a short siesta. Lunch and diner are made from typical food from Pays Basque and prepared by the owner of the 2 stars accommodations.
Saint Jean Pied de Port. This quoted hurdy-gurdy, major passage of the pilgrims on the Way to Santiago de Compostela, an Unesco World Heritage Site, is worth to be discovered by foot the arrival day. Their, the clients will find plenty of little shops and will choose a typical restaurant for the evening with all the group.

2 more restful days, riding on endless beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, ventilated by the marine breeze. It’s also time for exciting gallop on the white sand of the Aquitaine Coast, and sometimes if weather conditions are with us, bathing in the middle of waves .

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Duration

8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days
4 days on mountain trails + 2 days in the Forest and on the Atlantic Ocean beaches.
Option possible:
– 4 days in Pays Basque

Progression

35 to 35 km/day

Age of participants

Adults, and childs from 13 years old if accompanied

Required riding level

Fit intermediate to Advanced

Groupe size

10 people maximum
Departure minimum 4 riders or 3 riders for a supplement of 200 € per person.

Horses and tack

35 horses are for majority Anglo-Arabs. These are safe horses, brave and easygoing; well trained, very well-balanced as horses live in herds and outside. They affect nice and friendly connections with the man.
Tack is English saddle of very good quality and adapted for the trail. 
The riding Center provide saddle bags !

Possibility to come with your own horse?

No

Accomodation

Gites and Hotels **
1st night in a 3 stars “ Gite de Charme “ : «  Amestoïa » Saint Etienne de Baïgorry
2th night in Bed and breakfast and Mountain lodge in altitude «  Espila » or « Hôtel Erreguina**» in Banca according to the number of Clients
3th and 4th nights in a 2 stars hotel in the Aldude Valley in Banca. « Hôtel Erreguina**»
5th, 6th and 7th nights in a 2 stars Guest House of the Riding Center in Mimizan and Diner different Restaurants each nights offering traditional local meals or see food the last night .
Diner in Restaurant or Hotel : 2 glass of Wine  or 2 Soda, the or coffee are included
Lunch are organized by the Riding Centre and Soda and Wine without restriction are provided !!
Single bedroom available everywhere with the exception of the Mountain Guest House

Leader supervision and security

English speaking guide, having a good knowledge of Landes  and Perigord as well; he will be concerned about making you discover his lovely country in the South West of France.

Day 1pimientos-despeletta pays basque

Transfer from Bordeaux and arrival to Saint Etienne de Baïgorry and night in a 3 stars Bed and Breakfast. Visit of this old and famous city. Dinner common to a typical Basque restaurant in the middle of the historical part of Saint Jean Pied-de-Port.

Day 2

Start from Saint Jean Pied de Port or Saint Etienne de Baïgorry to Banca according to the weather.

Breakfast at 08h00 and Departure at 10h00. Discovery of the famous village of Saint Etienne de Baïgorry by horse The goal is to get at the top of the of Monhoa summit to get a 360° magnificent view on the surrounding, and on the Aldudes valley and the ocean. Night at Banca in the hotel Erreguina or in Bed and Breakfast ” Gîte Espila “.

pays basqueDay 3

Banca-Urepel – Aldudes. Departure at 10 am. Summits of mountain and view on Spain, ridge line between France and Spain, pass of Lindus, a new magnificent 360° view on the surrounding: “Quint country and Spain. Arrival to Urepel, pictorial village of the Aldudes Valley and night at the “ hotel Erreguina”

Day 4

Aldudes-Banca. Departure at 10h30 am, time to discover the traditional life of the Basque people in the valley and lunch with testing the local production . Ascent of the Harguibel mountain and the spain side. Then crossing of the Spanish virgin forest – an unforgettable moment! Night in Banca in the hotel Erreguina. Dinner with testing the trouts of the Banca Valley River.

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pays basqueDay 5

Banca – Saint Etienne de Baigorry. Lesperon
Departure at 10 am ascent to and crossing pas of the crossing Elhorrieta. Discovery of “ Kromlech “, prehistoric graves and newly 360 ° view on the valley and Spain and the ocean. Descent towards the pass of Ispéguy. Lunch in a typical Spanish restaurant. Then thrilling descent by the path of the smugglers towards Saint Etienne de Baigorry. Crossing the city on horseback and we finish the mountain trail by a tasting Basque wine party, before taking the departure to the Atlantic Coast by bus .
Dinner on the Way to Mimizan and 3 Nights in The Guest House of Mimizan With Hot Water Swimming Pool on the way back .”

Day 6 and 7

genets-bs-defMimizan – Contis – Mimizan The rhythm of evolution is changing, it is the time of long and quick gallop in the hugest Forest of Europe, with sometime large view on the most beautiful beach of France. It’s also the time of exciting gallop on the white sand of the Aquitaine Coast. The Ride may be also on the beach on Saturday evening, with the Sunset on the beach if the Tide is late in the evening.

Last Dinner in one nice restaurant to Mimizan with see food testing or or traditional local meals.

Day 8

Departure on Sunday : Transfer back to the Airport of Bordeaux with crossing the city Center if we’ve got time before taking off!

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May – June  – September- October

1459 € in Shared  Bedroom  3 to 5 riders

July

1539 € in  Shared Bedroom 3 to 5 riders

Single bedrooms are available with supplement:

of 150 € / rider  in the average season and 180 € / rider in July .

Priority of our Guest Houses in MIMIZAN are for double, twin or shared bedroom .

The availability of Single Bedrooms is limited to 2, due to capacity !

Double or double twin  bedrooms are available with supplement:

of 70 € / rider

Attention : In the Mountain Guesthouse where we do spend 1 night, the space is very limited ! So single and double rooms might be exceptionally not available during this 1 night if the group size exceeds 8 riders…. 

Option Pays Basque Without  Atlantic Coast  4 days / 4 nights 866,00 €  in shared bedroom, with  individual Bedroom supplement 100 € or Double or double ,Twin bedroom supplement 60 € !!

YEAR 2019

From May to October ( this trip may booked at any dates for a group of 8 people according to our availability ) 

Departure Dates

  • 28th of April to 5th of May
  • 12th to 19th of May
  • 26th of May to 2nd of June
  • 2nd to 9th of June
  • 16th to 23rd of June 
  • 30th of June to 7th of July
  • 8th to 15th of September
  • 15th to 22nd of September
  • 06th to 13th of October

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By phone: +335 58 09 34 25 or +336 81 27 15 01

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Reviews

  1. Michel Girard Mille

    Damien Laignel 18 juin 2018
    Annette & Michel,
    Between 2 hikes I hope you will take the time to read this email.
    You sell dream so well that I wonder if you could not be a magician and a magician.
    This hike was for me (and without going forward, not only for me) out of the ordinary.
    You may not have this recoil or the time to realize it but it’s really fantastic, unreal. A human and chivalrous adventure that goes far beyond our daily lives. It can become a drug!
    As Mireille said, it’s engraved for life.
    I’m still in …
    Thank you simply

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