French Basque Private Tour
A Tour to French Basque Country icons
The sophisticated French culture has enriched the life of Basques on both sides of the Pyrenees in many ways: science, art, gastronomy, luxury, haute couture or human rights. In the French Basque Country the mix of Basque, Spanish and French cultures with a Gascony, Jewish and English touch has created very specific ways of life both in the coast and in the mountain area.
Victor Hugo, described on detail the Basque people in his book “Alpes et Pyrénées”. He also recalls with love Bayonne and its heritage: the Gothic Cathedral, the 1600s fortresses by Vauban… And he describes the luxury and delicacy of the city and the beach in Biarritz. The poet could not see the entry of surf to Europe by this beautiful coast, nor the present golf courses and the love locals have for rugby and he could not meet also Ravel.
The composer of the famous “Bolero” was born in the coastal town of Ciboure. It may be easy that this quiet and bucolic area allows the muse to give you inspiration because also the Pamplona composer and violinist Pablo de Sarasate lived and passed away in the coast of Biarritz. But it may not be only the beauty of the coast, on the picturesque inland area of Cambo-les-Bains, the Spanish composer Albeniz lived and pass away.
The charm of inland French Basque Country is not smaller than the coastal area. Towns like St. Jean-Pied-de-Port, Sare, Ainhoa, La Bastida Clarence are in the list of the most beautiful villages in France. This is an area where important historical and legendary events took place, like you can read in “The Song of Roland“. An area that has been a stop for many travellers as you can read in the “Codex Calixtinus”, the oldest travel guide in Europe. Making a private tour by the French Basque Country is a must to complete and understand the identity of the Basque Country, a riveting mix of modernity in an old country.
Included in the Tour:
· Tailored tour through the French Basque Country. Transportation and walking tour organized according to the places and options of your interests.
· Exclusively private service. Nobody will join your tour and you will be the main coordinator all times.
· Time and place of beginning of free election.
· Free route of barriers for the elderly, children, or with walking difficulties; and at the pace of the client.
· Professionalism, knowledge and good humor.
Not included in the tour:
· Entrances to museums, shows, or any unforeseen event.
· Lunch, dinner, pintxos tapas or any food or drink.
· Public transit or taxis.
· Extra time.
· Any other element not agreed in the hiring stage.
I have been planning our (myself and my 11 y.o. son) trip to French and Spanish Basque country with help of my Spanish friends (Basque country locals) and Rick Steves (who is a professional traveler) guidebook. Let me tell you that none of them can come even close to Aitor! (...) we will remember this day forever! Aitor Delgado is simply the best! (...) very warm and friendly person, one of these rare kinds of people whom you really enjoy to be around.
Review by Natalia S.,
He was extremely reliable and kind in his correspondence. He picked us all up in a super comfy van and we started our day. It was the best tour ever! He showed us so much, took us to the best places to eat that we would have never found on our own. It was so much fun and he put us all at ease. (...) he has so much passion for his country and teaching you about it. It was worth every penny and more!
Review by Erin B.,
Aitor is a good friend and one of the best tour guides we ever met. He took us to fantastic places and restaurants that you can never imagine. Following michelin guide for food is nice, but following Aitor is an experience that can not be described...
Review by Cem Y.,
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