Monday | We meet at the airport at 3.00pm for our flight departing to Lourdes at 5.00pm. On arrival at 7.25pm, we will transfer to our hotel in Bayonne, check in and overnight.

Tuesday | We start off with an optional half-day walking city tour around Bayonne! Bayonne has strong policies on heritage and culture and was officially recognised as a ‘Town of Art & History’ in 2012. This award from the French government comes in recognition of 2,000 years of history and rich heritage. In the afternoon, we have another half-day optional excursion, this time taking us to Anglet and Biarritz. Anglet is Bayonne’s beach! Anglet has everything you are looking for in a great family holiday with sports and the great outdoors. Just down the coast Biarritz stuns tourists with its prestige, history and Grande Plage. The beautiful beaches and luxury 5-star hotel in the town centre, l’Hotel du Palais, give Biarritz an international reputation.

Wednesday | Our full-day optional excursion today takes us for an interesting adventure! The Rhune Mountain is a symbol of the Basque Country. Here, we will take the little Rhune train to discover the breathtaking panoramic view from the summit, given 3 stars in Michelin’s Green Guide. At over 900m, the summit of the Rhune is the first in the Pyrenean chain and offers a beautiful panorama of the Basque coast it dominates. The authentic vintage rack railway dates back to 1924 and takes you through the unspoiled natural landscape at 9km/hr. During the 35 min ascent you can discover the flora and fauna native to the Basque mountain. The mountain is inhabited by Pottoks, small hardy Basque ponies roaming free, red headed Manech sheep and Griffon vultures native to the Pyrenees.

Thursday | We will head off for another full-day optional excursion, this time taking us to Saint Jean de Luz and Hendaye! Just 20km from Bayonne, the rugged cliffs form a natural harbour protecting St Jean de Luz. St Jean de Luz has colourful pedestrian shopping streets and a historic heritage. Further down the coastal route, Hendaye is the last stop before the border with Spain. A perfect Basque holiday destination, this beautiful seaside resort offers 3 km of sandy, child-friendly beaches as well as a bay and a marina for water sports. Perched upon the coastal route the the Neo-Gothic chateau of the Irish-Basque explorer Antoine d’Abbadie watches over the town. A short boat trip (extra) across the port takes you to the Spanish town of Fontarrabia.

Friday | Another full-day optional excursion awaits us, this time crossing over the Spanish border to San Sebastian. The pearl of the northern Spanish coast is just 40 min drive from Bayonne with direct access from the motorway. Tourists from all over the world flock every year to this magnificent bay set against the backdrop of the Monte Igueldo peak.

Saturday | Some lovely Basque Villages await us today! Our full-day optional excursion will take us to discover the Basque country, steeped in tradition, culture and conviviality, at the foot of the Pyrenees and on the Atlantic coast. Situated in a French enclave which runs into the Spanish Navarra province, Sare is ranked as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France and has remarkably decorated 17th and 18th century Basque-style houses. The fronton in the main square hosts many pelota games and has played an important role in the game’s history. Ainhoa also ranks as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. Founded in the 13th century this walled town was a halt for pilgrims on the French Pilgrim Routes of Santiago de Compostela. We will also take a trip to Cambo les Bains to visit author Edmond Rostand’s stately home the Villa Arnaga. Surrounded by French and English style gardens, many of the writer’s souvenirs are on display in a belle époque decor. La Bastide Clairance, another of France’s Most Beautiful Villages is also worth a visit for its many art and craft workshops, and this is where we will enjoy our last stop.

Sunday | Our last full-day optional excursion will again take us into Spain where we will visit Pamplona. This beautiful city is located in the middle of Navarre Region in a rounded valley, known as the Basin of Pamplona. We enjoy a pleasant stroll through Pamplona’s meandering stone streets, also visiting the city’s striking gothic Cathedral. Don’t forget to sample some of Pamplona’s superb pintxos!

Monday | After some free time for personal sightseeing in the morning, we will check out of our rooms, board our coach and head off towards Lourdes for a free visit. Here, we will have the possibility to visit the Sanctuary of Lourdes and enjoy our time in this peaceful location. We later head toward the airport for our Air Malta flight departing at 8.15pm and arriving in Malta at 10.30pm.
  • Tour Dates:
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    02 Sep 19 - 09 Sep 19  

    16 Sep 19 - 23 Sep 19  

  • Tour Prices
    (02 Sep - 09 Sep) per person

    Adult in Double €759

    Adult in Single €999

    Child sharing €599

    Aduit in Triple €729

    Air Malta return flights to Lourdes
    7 nights in 3 star hotel in Bayonne
    Daily breakfast
    Return airport transfers
    Free visit to Lourdes
    Services of Tour Leader
    Airport taxes and service charge
    Insolvency Fund

    €100.00 Special Price Reduction applies when all excursions are taken

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  • Other Prices: per person

    Adults

    All Excursions Adult €277

    Anglet/Biarirtz €29

    Basque Villages €43

    Bayonne City Tour €19

    Ins Basic 76 - 80 yrs inc exc €57

    Ins Std 70 - 75 yrs inc exc wa €53

    Ins Std Adult inc exc waiver €31

    Ins Std Chd till 16yrs inc exc €20

    Pamplona €39

    Rhune Mountain €59

    San Sebastian €39

    St Jean de Luz/Henda/Fontar €49

    St Jean de Luz/Henda/Fontar (C €29

    Childen

    All Excursions €155

    Anglet/Biarirtz €15

    Basque Villages €22

    Bayonne City Tour €10

    Pamplona €20

    Rhune Mountain €39

    San Sebastian €20