Eusko Trek. Combo Basque Mountains and Atlantic Beach

1,479.00

Level : upper intermediate
Possibility of coming with his horse : No
Accompanied non-riders admitted : No

Eusko Trek

Located along the Atlantic coast, split between France and Spain, the Basque country offers you a stunning combination of lush forests, verdant hills and slopes, windy beaches and rocky cliffs plunging into the Atlantic Ocean. A horse trek with a bird-eye view over the stunning scenery is very handy to discover this area proudly perched on the coastline, sporadically embellished with traditional fishing villages.

Consider this trek as a 4-day getaway from civilization. If not, where else could you bump into herds of wild horses grazing freely in the high mountain pastures. Named “Potokka”, a breed of pony or horse native exclusively to the Basque Country, these proud animals in the wild are fiercely safeguarded by a brave stallion.

Deemed one of the oldest nation on Earth, barely changed over centuries, the Basques are often misunderstood because they have been openly reclaiming their independence from France and Spain since forever, it seems. Get to know the nation remaining true to their identity, their rich culture, delicious cuisine and you will forever be in love with them.

With a daily mileage, exceeding 30-35 km in 6-7 hours, be ready for an exciting and yet a challenging trek that requires a good level of fitness and much confidence. While moving on varying terrains there will occur few rugged sections difficult to ride on, so that we ask our equestrians to dismount from their horse and to cover such spans of route on-foot with the horse by the bridle. For the rest of the trek, you can feel free to canter or to trot at your will, as our horses are fit, willing and sure-footed.

When in Rome do as the Romans do. When in the Basque country, after a lavish meal in an unfettered atmosphere have a short siesta. You will be served local specialties generously cooked by the owners of 2* accommodations that we come across the route.

Feel blessed! On the way, we stop in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a picturesque town strategically located on Santiago de Compostella, a famous pilgrim route. Worth visiting by walking, its cobbled streets with the main artery running from the 15th century Porte St-Jacques to the Porte d’Espagne offer a handful of shops selling anything you might have ever dreamed to buy and restaurants with decent pilgrim menus. One of such will be chosen as a dinner place.

Cooled by flavorsome breezes, the endless coast of New Aquitaine invites a gallop along the sandy beach at full throttle or a dip in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Number of days horseback

6, 4 of which in the mountains + 2 in the forest and along the beach  

Option possible: 4 days in the Basques Country (850 €)

Daily mileage 

30 to 35 km

Age admittance

Children, min 13 yo (accompanied)

Adults (autonomous)

Level required 

Upper-intermediate to Advanced

Monitoring and safety rules

Standard safety rules must be followed around horses at any time. Participants can benefit of quality guidance from duly certified monitors/tour guides speaking French, English, German and Russian, specially trained to go along with partakers during many-hour trails and introduce them to the stunning nature of the Atlantic coast of France & Spain (French professional certification: A.T.E., CQP ASA or BPJEPS Tourisme Équestre).

Group size

A maximum of nine and a minimum of four participants can be admitted for Eusko Trek. Should there only be three riders, an outing can still be held with the agreement of the three.

An extra fee of 200€/person is subject to charge.

Horses and tack

The majority of our 35 horses kept in an outdoors herd are Anglo-Arab. These perfectly trained, safe to ride horses put riders at ease in no time, establishing a friendly bond with them along the way. They are fitted with quality English horse tack. Saddlebags are at your disposal on-site upon a simple request.

 

Possibility to come with your own horse?

No

Accommodation

Lodgings and Hotels 
1st night at 3* “ Gite de Charme “, «  Amestoïa » or 2*Hotel ” Manechenea ” (Saint Etienne de Baïgorry)

                                                                                          

2nd night at a B&B and a Mountain lodging  

               

      
3rd and 4th night at the 2* « Hôtel Erreguina**» in the Aldude Valley (Banca). 

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

            

A meal in the Guest House, restaurants or hotels with traditional local meals or seafood comprises a glass of wine or a soda, tea or coffee inclusively 

A typical lunch served by the Equestrian Centre also includes soft drinks and wine

 

Single rooms are available upon prior reservation, except for overnight stays in the mountains, where all participants are accommodated in a spacious common room for 1 night

 

 

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Eusko Trek. Day to Day

Day 1. From Bordeaux to Mimizanpimientos-despeletta pays basque

We provide group transfers from/to main transport hubs :-

Bordeaux «Merignac International airport» and «Saint Jean SNCF railway station»

Group Transfer to Saint Etienne de Baïgorry

Night Visit of Saint Jean Pied-de-Port

Dinner at a downtown typical Basque restaurant ( Not included in the price )

Night at a 3* B&B or a 2* hotel (“Manechenea”)          

Day 2. From Saint Etienne de Baïgorry to Banca

08:00              Breakfast

10:00              Getting started. Visiting the famous village of Saint Etienne de Baïgorry (horseback).

                       The aim is to reach the top of Monhoa Mt with a magnificent 360° view on the Aldudes valley and the Ocean

Night at the top of Banca Mt in the mountain lodging “Gîte Espila”.

              

pays basqueDay 3. From Banca via Roncevaux to Lindus and Urepel

08:00              Breakfast

10:00              Getting started. The ridge between France and Spain:

                        the longest and the most breathtaking trail of the whole week. 

14:00              Lunch in the wild in Spain

18:30              Arrival to Urepel, a picturesque village in the Aldudes Valley

Night at the “Erreguina Hotel” (Banca)

 

Day 4. From the Aldudes Valley to Banca 

08:00              Breakfast

10:30              Getting started. Time to discover the traditional life of the Basque people

Lunch             Tasting local cuisine and food

14:30              Climbing Harguibel Mt. Enjoy the magnificent view of Spain’s virgin forests

Dinner             Fresh trout from the Banca Valley River

Night at the “Erreguina Hotel” (Banca)

    

   

Day 5. From Banca via Ispeguy and Erratzu (Spain) to Lesperon 

08:00              Breakfast

10:00             Getting started. Descending to Elhorrieta Pass. Discovery of “Kromlech“ prehistoric graves.

                        View on the Aldudes valley, Spain and the Ocean. Descending to Ispéguy

12:30              Lunch at a typical Spanish restaurant

15:30              Descending the path of smugglers from Ispéguy to Erratzu, the first border town

17:30              Town visit (horseback). The mountain part is officially over. Group transfer to the Atlantic Coast 

20;30              Dinner on the way to Mimizan. 

3 Nights in the Guest House with an 11×7 m swimming pool, an outdoors lounge and a sheltered dining zone in closest proximity (Mimizan) 

 

Days 6&7. Lesperon – Contis – Bias – Mimizan

New rythm: from one of the biggest forests to one of the longest coastlines in Europe, spoil and indulge yourself with a long gallop on the white sandy beach of New Aquitaine. Depending on the tide, we can also stay longer in the night to admire a superb sunset.


  
Last day dinner will be served at one of the nicest restaurant of Mimizan (seafood and traditional local meal)

Day 8. Departure

 Get packed.  Group transfer to the Int’l Airport of Bordeaux. Depending on the traffic, a stop in Bordeaux downtown is possible

 

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GROUP PROMO: 30% reduction for the 6th rider of a group

Shoulder Season: May – June  – September- October

1479 € in a shared bedroom (3-5 riders)

High Season: July- August

1579 € in a shared bedroom (3-5 riders)

Single bedrooms are available with a payable supplement of 170 € / person in the shoulder season and 210 € / person in the high season

The Center has 2 shared bedrooms for 4 & 8 people and 3 single / double rooms. The latter is available with a payable supplement of 70 € / person in the shoulder season and 105 € / person in the high season.

Kindly note: Single rooms are available upon prior reservation, except for overnight stays in the mountains, where all participants are accommodated in a spacious shared bedroom for 1 night

  • Please note that the first dinner is not included !

Option 4 days / 4 nights Pays Basque is only 866,00 € in a shared bedroom, with a payable supplement of 100€ in a single and 60 € in a double room.

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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 
  • 27th 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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2 reviews for Eusko Trek. Combo Basque Mountains and Atlantic Beach

  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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