Combo Basque Mountains and Atlantic Beach – Ocean 2021

1,479.00

Level : high intermediate 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 : 850 €

Progression

30 to 35 km/day

Age of participants

Adults, and children from 13 years old if accompanied

Required riding level

Fit intermediate to Advanced

Guidance and security

Guidance is guaranteed by qualified /certified equestrian guide of tourism (French professional certification: A.T.E., CQP ASA or BPJEPS Tourisme Équestre) having good regional knowledge willing to let you discover the beauty of this area. English speaking guides available.

Groupe size

09 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 Equestrian 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 » or Hotel ** ” Manechenea ” in Saint Etienne de Baïgorry

                                                                                          

2nd night in Bed and breakfast and Mountain lodge in altitude 

               

      
3rd and 4th night in a 2 stars hotel in the Aldude Valley in Banca. « Hôtel Erreguina**»

        
5th, 6th and 7th nights in a 3 stars Guest House of the Equestrian Center Marina in Mimizan***

            

Diner in  Guest House or in different Restaurants offering traditional local meals or see food the last night .
Diner in Restaurant or Hotel : 1 glasses of Wine  or 1 Soda, tea or coffee are included
Lunch is organised by the Riding Centre and Soda and Wine provided at pleasure !!
Single bedrooms available everywhere with exception of the Mountain Guest House if the group is full booked.

Leader supervision and security

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

 

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Day 1            Transfer from Bordeaux to Mimizanpimientos-despeletta pays basque

Transfer to Saint Etienne de Baïgorry and night in a 3 stars Bed and Breakfast or hotel ** ” Manechenea “.           Late Visit of Saint Jean Pied-de-Port, famous city for all the pilgrim on the way for ” Santiago de Compostella “. Dinner common to a typical Basque restaurant in the middle of the historical part of the city.

Day 2          Start from  Saint Etienne de Baïgorry to Banca

 

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 the top of Banca in the Mountain Guest House ” Gîte Espila “.

              

pays basqueDay 3             Banca – Roncevaux pass – Lindus pass – Urepel

 Departure at 10 am for the longest and the most magnificient day of the week . Summits of mountain and view on Spain, ridge line between France and Spain, Ronçevaux Pass, Natural fortification of Lindus,  magnificent 360° view on the surrounding: “Quint country and Spain.                                                                                                                                                           14h00 Lunch in spain slopes under the voltures !                                                                                                                       18h30 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 during the lunch .                                                                                                                                                       14h30 Ascent of the Harguibel mountain and the spain side. Then crossing of the Spanish virgin forest – an unforgettable moment ! Night in Banca always in the hotel Erreguina. Dinner with testing the trouts of the Banca Valley River.

    

   

Day 5            Banca – Ispeguy pass. Erratzu (Spain) – Lesperon 

Banca – Saint Etienne de Baigorry. Lesperon
10h00 Ascend Departure  to   Elhorrieta Pass. Discovery of “ Kromlech “, prehistoric graves – New 360 ° view on the entire valley of Aldudes, Spain and Ocean. Descent towards the pass of Ispéguy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    12h30 Lunch in a typical Spanish restaurant.                                                                                                                                                                                                             15h30 Thrilling way down  by the path of the smugglers towards Erratzu first city after the border.                                                                                                                                 17h30 Cross the city on horseback and we finish the mountain trail , before taking the departure to the Atlantic Coast by bus .
20h30 Dinner on the Way to Mimizan and 3 Nights in The Guest House of Mimizan with Swimming Pool on the way back .”

 

Day 6 and 7            Lesperon – Contis – Bias – 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

1479 € in Shared  Bedroom  3 to 5 riders

July

1539 € in  Shared Bedroom 3 to 5 riders

Single bedrooms are available with supplement:

of 170 € / rider  in the average season and 210 € / 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 3, due to capacity !

Double or double twin  bedrooms are available with supplement:

of 70 € / rider in the average season and 105 € / rider in July .

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 and Twin bedroom supplement 60 € !!

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YEAR 2021

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

Departure Dates

  • 02th to 09th of May
  • 16th to 23th of May
  • 30 of May to 06th of June
  • 13th to 20th of June 
  • 28th of June to 4th of July ( High Season )
  • 05th to 12th of September
  • 19th to 26th of September
  • 03th to 10th 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

  2. Rita Garrison

    Thanks Michele and Annette for a wonderful riding holiday. I can’t say enough good things about this trip, the professionalism, the horses, the scenery, the accommodation and food …all 5 star. In addition to having fun I learned so much from Michel that’s helped to improve my riding. I will never forget you and this amazing trip. Thank you!!

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