Itinerary-Basque Coast

Basque Coast

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10 Days: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 to Thursday, May 30, 2019

Note: Trip host George Semler’s notes and comments are in GREEN.

 

Tuesday, 21 May 2019/ ARRIVAL – BARCELONA

Barcelona

  • Arrival at Barcelona Airport / flight details to be advised
  • Luggage Assistance at Barcelona Airport
    • You will meet your luggage assistant at the luggage carousel
    • He will get your luggage and escort you to meet your driver
  • Meet your driver, who will be at the arrivals hall with a sign board
  • Meet & Greet Service
  • Private Transfer from Barcelona El Prat Airport to Hotel / Sedan
    • Water in the vehicle
  • Check in at Hotel H10 Metropolitan
  • Private Transfer from Hotel to Local Restaurant for Dinner (or for whomever is up for it this would be a good 30 minute walk during which I could show our guests a lot of great things)
  • 8:30 PM Table to be booked at Tram Tran Restaurant for dinner (Cost of food NOT included – A la carte and direct payment)
    • Private Minibus transportation (good walk back, too, with taxis always available for anyone who’s too knackered or drunk to keep up)
    • Water in the vehicle
  • Wednesday 22 May 2019 / BARCELONA

            Breakfast at Hotel

  • Seeing the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s unfinished church, is a must, The Sagrada Familia has nonpareil acoustiguides…all our our guests will need to do is wander over there (following me, one assumes, 30 minute walk)…through some other great architecture…and then have lunch near the Sagrada Familia… there is a great restaurant nearby called “YA YA AMELIA”…and then maybe rest up and walk down to Santa Maria del Mar…which is a must?
  • With maybe naps afterward and an evening concert at the Palau de la Musica and light Tapas Afterwards
  • BarcelonaPrivate Transfer from Hotel to Local Restaurant for Dinner
  • 8:30 PM Table to be booked at Can Majo restaurant for dinner (Cost of food and wine included)

Oysters Galician

Cod Donut Fritter

Grilled Small Scallop

Squid with Vegetables and Duck Foie

Rice Casserole with Lobster

Fish in Salt Fish in Salt

(Gilthead Bream Gilthead Bream Gilthead Bream or Sea Bass Sea Bass Sea Bass)

Veal Fillet in an Oporto Sauce Veal Fillet in an Oporto Sauce

Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Culis

Tiramisú

Flambéed Strawberries with Vanilla Ice Cream

Bread

Verdejo Blanco Nieva Verdejo

Atrium Merlot

Water and Coffee

    • Private Minibus transportation
    • Water in the vehicle
  • 11 PM Transfer back to the hotel
  • Accommodation in Barcelona: Hotel H10 Metropolitan

 

Thursday, 23 May 2019 / BARCELONA – ZUMARRAGA

  • Breakfast at Hotel
    Check-out
    Meet your hosts and your driver at hotel main entrance
  • Private transfer from hotel to Barcelona Sants Train Station – Private Deluxe Vehicle
  • 3:30 Take Train to Zumarraga / Train ALVIA # 00530 (Preferential Tickets included)
    8:18 PM Arrival to Zumarraga
    Meet your driver at the Train Station
  • Private Transfer from Zumarraga Train Station to Hotel / Private Deluxe Vehicle
    Check-in at Hotel Etxeberri
  • 9:30 PM dinner  (Cost of food and wine to be included)
    Accommodation in Zumarraga: Hotel Etxeberri
     

Friday 24 May 2019/ ZUMARRAGA – LOIOLA

Trekker

  •  Breakfast at the hotel
  • Check-out
  • Leave the bags at the hotel lobby –  Your driver will transfer them to the following hotel
  • Visit La Antigua hermitage (La Antigua first, and then we start walking at 1:30 or so) …that first day was a breeze…all flat and slightly down…four hours…which we will break up with a little lunch at Aizpurutxu.
  • Start the walking from Zumarraga to Loiola – 90 minutes to Itziar Restaurant
  • 3:15 PM Table to be booked at Itziar Restaurant in Aitzpurua (Direct payment and choose a la carte – cost of food NOT included)
    • Private deluxe vehicle as support vehicle during the route
  • Continue to Loiola-3 hrs
  • Check-in at Hotel Arrupe
  • PM Table to be booked at Ongi Etorri Restaurant (7 minutes walking from the hotel) (Direct payment and choose a la cart – cost of food NOT included)
  • Accommodation in Loiola: Hotel Arrupe

 

  • Saturday 25 , May 2019/ LOIOLA – ZUMAIA – GETARIA

Nearing Zumaia

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Check-out
  • Leave the bags at the hotel lobby –  Your driver will transfer them to the following hotel
    • Transfer of the bags included – Private Deluxe Vehicle
    • Walk through Zestoa
    • Start the walking from Loiola to Getaria through Zumaia The walk from Loiola to the restaurant Bedua in Zumaia is a about a 6-hour trek…taking our time with it…there are some wicked ups and downs near the end…and there is a perfectly good town, Zestoa, that we walk through, with some very good little taverns for a tiny tentempie (literally, “keep you on your feet”)…so we arrive at Bedua, another of the Basque Country’s famous places…in time for lunch…
    • 3 PM Table to be booked at Bedua Restaurant (Cost of food NOT included – A la cart and direct payment) This is a 3 pm booking…because we will need to take a little loop through Azpeitia as we leave town…this after looking through the Santuario/birthplace of San Ignacio de loiola…and then we can hop the bus short of Bedua to avoid the two massive uphills and one long downhill…Bedua is a pretty great place to spend some time…then we have the walk from Bedua we will want to take the bus to the Zuloaga house, if it’s open…and from there some might call it a day and bus over to Getaria with a stop at the Zuloaga museum/house…if we can manage to maintain bandwidth for it…Continue to Getaria
    • Arrival to Getaria
    • Check-in at Hotel Saiaz Getaria...the Saiaz is excellent, a beautifully restored old palace / townhouse…the town has wonderful restaurants and a great maritime feel to it…if the weather is right, a besugo (sea bream) at the sea wall (Mayflower restaurant) with a bottle of txakolí Txomin Etxaniz from Getaria is nirvana…(warning: besugos cost 60 Euros a fish these days, so 30 each…maybe three people could share one, or even four if we’ve really been poleaxed by lunch)…
    • PM Table to be booked at May Flower Restaurant (Direct payment and choose a la carte – cost of food NOT included)
    • Accommodation in Getaria: Hotel Saiaz
      • Double Room with views to the Gothic Fachade 
  • Visiting church, balenciaga museum and anchovy production process are all possible next morning attractions before we walk over to Zarautz…this is a relatively short (but initially steep) walking day…three or four hours.. 

 

Sunday 26, May 2019/ GETARIA – ZARAUTZ – SAN SEBASTIAN

Zarautz coast

  • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Check-out
    • Leave the bags at the hotel lobby –  Your driver will transfer them to the following hotel
      Start the walking from Getaria to Zarautz (3 hours)-but the way we’re going…over hill and dale and through vineyards…it might be longer but not too much from Getaria to Zarautz.. a good stomp.
    • Before grazing in Zarautz and taking the narrow gauge rail into San Sebastián…where we’ll want to do some walking / exploring around the concha (beach) and the parte vieja, the old part of town where we’ll… walk through Zarautz…tentempies in or around the old market. and the central square…lots of pretty things to see in Zarautz…narrow-gauge Euskotren to San Sebastián…to the Londres…dinner at Aldanondo...
    • Take Euskotren from Zarautz to San Sebastian (cost of tickets NOT included – direct payment at the train station – around 2/3 Euros per pax)
    • Arrival to San Sebastián
    • Check-in at Hotel Londres y de Inglaterra
    • 9:00PM Table booked at Alandaondo Restaurant (Direct Payment and choose a la cart cost of food not included)
    • Accomodations in San Sebastian: Hotel Londres y de Inglaterra: (Double City View Rooms)

Monday 27 May 2018 / SAN SEBASTIAN – PASAJES – HONDARRIBIA

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Check-out
  • Start the walking from San Sebastian to Pasajes – 3 hours
  • Stop for lunch in Pasajes
  • 1 PM Table to be booked at Txulotxo Restaurant for lunch (Cost of food and wine included) Menu SUBJECT TO CHANGE 

MENU

Sopa de pescado is excellent here,…very appropriate for a place where you can literally see the fish swimming under the deck…and we would be wise to eat a good but not voluminous lunch here…considering the major post-prandial walk coming up…fish soup and baked txangurro OR a fish would do very nicely…txangurro is crab…it’s very good there…and I had a stewed hake that was one of the best I have ever had the last time I was there…if some unfortunate soul hates fish there is a meat option…I certainly don’t recommend eating all that menu…it would be way too much for me…

Grilled Prawns
Txipirones a la Plancha

Baked Txangurro

Sole or Sirloin

Dessert, Wine & Coffee

  • Continue walking to Jaizkibel Peak…two or three hours up..
  • 5:30 Meet the bus driver at Gi–3440 parking of the Mirador
  • Drive through Jaizquibel Mountain
    • Transfer to Hondarribia…….Private car & driver – Private Deluxe Vehicle (4 PM – 7PM)
    • Walk to Hondarribia vis Cabo de Higer
  • Check-in at Parador de Hondarribia
    • 9 PM Table to be booked at Lekuona Bar – Restaurant (Direct payment and choose a la cart – cost of food NOT included)
    • Accommodation in Hondarribia: Parador de Hondarribia (Double Room Sea View)

 

Tuesday 28 , May 2019 / HONDARRIBIA – HENDAYA / BIRIATOU – SAN SEBASTIAN

 

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Check-out
  • Leave your bags at hotel lobby and your driver will take them to the following hotel
    In Hondarribia…there are such gorgeous things to see…plazas, palacetes, ancient castles…we are going to need some down time in the morning just to browse around this lovely town. Cross the Bidasoa river estuary by ferry from Hondarribia to Hendaya
  • (Cost NOT included – Direct payment 1,90 Euros per pax)-Departures each 30 minutes from 10 AM to 7 PM
    • Continue walking up to Biriatou (about 4 hours)
    • Enjoy time at leisure in Biriatou on own walk up to a beer-or-two (Biriatou is Basque for, you guessed it… “a beer or two”)…
    • Descend to Hendaya Train station after lunch (1.5 hours)
    • Take Eusko Tren – Topo from Hendaya to San Sebastian (Cost NOT included – Direct payment 5,80 Euros per pax)
      • Departures each 30 minutes from 7:03 AM to 10:33 PM
    • Approximate ride time to San Sebastian: 35 min
    • Arrival to San Sebastian
    • Check-in at Hotel Londres y de Inglaterra
    • 9 PM Table to be booked at La Jarana Restaurant for dinner (Cost of food not included) Menu subject to change (Market menu) Drinks excluded to be paid directly at the restaurant 
      • Accommodation in San Sebastian: Hotel Londres y de Inglaterra
        • Double City View Rooms

       

  • Wednesday 29 May 2019 / SAN SEBASTIAN – BILBAO

Bilbao

Breakfast at the hotel

  • Check-out
  • Meet your driver at the hotel main entrance
  • Private Transfer from San Sebastian to Bilbao
  • Private car & driver – Private Deluxe Vehicle
  • Water in the vehicle
  • Then for our last night all together thought: “on the way TO Bilbao…we could stop at Axpe and see or even dine in Etxeberria…everything cooked over coals…it’s ranked as one of the finest restaurants in Europe… I know we’ll be overfed…eating out a lot is hard on the system…we just had the ASSIST scholarship folks here for almost two weeks and did way too much eating…it took a couple of days of broth and water to recover…BUT…this is an extraordinary place, and the lovely caserio up the hill is a knockout…So we could at least stop and check it out…I doubt we could really eat there without some pretty serious reservations…this place is booked ! So we’ve not done anything about a reservation at Etxeberria since you came up with this idea:…and still get to Bilbao in time for a full afternoon of the Guggenheim and the Museo de Bellas Artes…and, yes, maybe split up (with some firm recommendations) for the evening meal…tapas or whatever…there’s one place famous for croquetas and another place for sardines, etc…walking  and gnoshing…  “ So we’ll all think about this!
  • Check-in at Hotel Miró
  • Accommodation in Bilbao: Hotel Miro

    Thursday 30, May 2019 / BILBAO – DEPARTURE
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Check-out
  • Meet your host and your driver at hotel main entrance
  • Private Transfer from Hotel to Bilbao Airport
    • Private car & driver – Private Deluxe Vehicle–1 hour to airport
    • Pick up time is dependent on flight schedule
    • Water in the vehicle