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A 60 mile continuous journey through the Spain’s rugged Basque Country. From the Holy sanctuary in Loiola to the medieval walled town of Laguardia.
  • Product Code 12500
  • Holiday Type Continuous Route Holidays
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration Nights

Our 60 mile journey on foot leads us through the rugged, ever changing scenery of Spain’s Basque Country. From the Holy sanctuary in Loiola to the medieval walled town of Laguardia, in the Rioja-Alavesa wine region, history and legend follows us with every step. We traverse mountain paths through limestone landscapes to oak forests and serene meadows, navigate the Biozkonia Pass at 1200m with spectacular views and cross the green Cantabrian mountains. In pastures, the indigenous Basque sheep graze, horses roam in the natural parks and cow bells can be heard in the distance.

Ignatius came from a noble Basque family and was once a great knight. Gravely wounded in a battle with the French, defending Pamplona, he experienced a religious conversion during his recovery which led him to found the Jesuits. In order to atone for his former life, and for his life to follow a different path, he took a pilgrimage to Montserrat in Catalonia, where he lay his sword and armour at the feet of a statue of the Virgin Mary. Our journey through the Basque Country not only recreates the route, but also the spirit of that journey.

Accompanied by a specialist Basque walks guide as well as your leader, there is plenty to discover following this path from the impressive sanctuaries at Zumarraga and Arantzazu to Cabredo and the extensive vineyards in Rioja-Alavesa. The walled town of Laguardia with its cobbled streets, impressive views and imposing church is an ideal finishing point. The Basque cuisine will add to the delight of this holiday with hearty peasant stews, grilled meats and tasty cheeses.

Holiday Highlights

  • Holy sanctuary in Loiola, birthplace of St Ignatius.
  • Limestone landscape of the Aizkorri-Aratz natural park, with views towards the Navarra mountains.
  • Magnificent vineyards of Rioja-Alavesa.
  • Walled town of Laguardia in the shadow of the Cantabrian mountains.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Bilbao (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      Baggage transfer between hotels
      B&B en suite accommodation 
      Dinners taken at the hotels, and the last night we have dinner in the Los Parajes hotel in Laguardia
      Knowledgeable Basque walks guide in addition to your leader
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Bilbao (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour 30 minutes

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Loiola (1), Zumarraga (1), Arantzazu (1), Salvatierra (1), Alda (1), Maestu (1) and Laguardia (1). We stay in a mix of hotels and pensions with en suite facilities. Breakfasts and dinners will be taken at our hotels, except in Laguardia where we have dinner at the reknowned Los Parajes restaurant.

Sole Occupancy Supplement £100

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