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Basque Mountains and Rioja wines

4 days in the Basque Mountains with friends, food & wine

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From 239€
Route + cities + castles + Wine Sat 03/12 - Tue 06/12

Day 1 : San Juan de Gaztelugatxe + Bilbao
Day 2: Gorbeia Park + Hiking route (Optional) +Vitoria
Day 3: Guggenheim + San Sebastian
Day 4: Nervión Waterfall (the highest waterfall in Spain) Logroño + Visit to Rioja Winery (Optional)

              4 days in the Basque Country with mountains, friends and wine.
Friends, mountains and wine: perhaps the three most important things to enjoy a good holiday. On this trip we offer you all three.
2 mountain routes: Not just any mountain: Basque Mountains: Gorbea Natural Park (the largest natural park in the Basque Country) and Salto de Nervión (the largest waterfall in Spain).
3 Basque cities, Bilbao + San Sebastian + Vitoria with the visit of the Islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.
To this we add, Friends from all over the world who share your same interests and a visit to a famous RIOJA winery CVNE.
Did you know the Gorbeia Park? If not, take a look at Google and you will be surprised by its beauty.
What you will see on this trip:
  • Gorbeia Natural Park.
  • Bilbao, Vitoria and San Sebastian.
  • Nervión waterfall (the highest waterfall in Spain).
  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
  • A RIOJA Wine Cellar (The famous CVNE) + Haro
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Our program (see below for a detailed description of all locations).

Programme

Saturday 03/12
We will leave Friday night around 01:00 and go directly to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe where we will arrive around 10:30. We will visit the most impressive island in Spain, where they filmed a good part of Game of Thrones and other movies. After the visit we will go to BILBAO where we will have our hotel for all the nights. The rest of the day we can rest and visit Bilbao.
Sunday 04/12
Second day we have two options. 
Option 1. Hiking route in Gorbeia Park + Vitoria.
 Option 2. Gorbeia Park (Walk) + Vitoria.
Monday 05/12
On the third day, you can plan it however you want. You have several options: 
Wake up early and take advantage of the day and visit Bilbao quietly or wake up later quietly. 
At 15:00 we leave for San Sebastian, if you want (optional) come with us if you don’t stay in Bilbao discovering more. We will have dinner there and then we will be in Bilbao again.
Tuesday 06/12
On the last day we will wake up early, and we will do a 7-8 kms hike to Salto de Nervión (the highest waterfall in Spain) Moderate/easy level route. The best time to visit this waterfall is after November (because it will have rained, without the rain the waterfall says nothing, but after the rainy season it is a marvel). After the route we return to Valencia, with a stop at one of the most famous wineries in Spain CVNE and lunch in HARO. This way we say goodbye to the Basque Country with a good taste in our mouths.

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                                               San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is much more than just the setting for Game of Thrones or many other films, it is an essential place to visit in Bizkaia, being the second most visited place in Bizkaia, after the Guggenheim Museum. 
Gaztelugatxe is Gaztelu (castle), “gatx” (difficult) or “aitz” (stone, rock). A difficult castle made of stone, we leave your imagination there. It can only be visited if booked months in advance.
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PARQUE NATURAL DE GORBEIA
The Gorbeia Natural Park is the landmark of the Basque mountains. Its 1,482 metres of altitude mark the boundary between Biscay and Alava.
The Itxina Protected Biotope and the Gujuli waterfall, with a drop of over 100 metres, are two of the many things to see in this park. In autumn and early winter, the park looks like a blanket of red as the leaves fall. It is as if the earth changes colour.
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BILBAO
I think this city needs no introduction. A city known internationally for its culture and urban transformation in recent years. Here you can discover the Guggenheim Museum, a great international symbol and the gateway to the world of Basque culture.  We will visit it at leisure on the 3rd day of the trip with an official guide of the city (optional visit). 
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SAN SEBASTIAN
If you are a fan of “Belle époque”, cinema, the beach, historic cities and the ocean, you will fall in love with San Sebastian. Its beaches, the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, the Plaza de Cervantes, the Miramar Palace, the Hotel Maria Cristina are some of the most incredible places that are waiting for you. 
Internationally known as the city of cinema, it is perhaps the most beautiful city in Spain. We will visit it on the 3rd day after Bilbao, we will have the whole afternoon to discover it.
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VITORIA
Strolling around Vitoria is like taking a trip back in time with its medieval history. Nowadays, it is one of the cities with the best quality of life in Spain. Just an hour from Bilbao, Vitoria has a well-kept historic centre surrounded by large parks and green areas, an imposing cathedral and a lively Plaza Mayor.
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SALTO DE NERVIÓN
The highest waterfall in Spain. 
Peninsula: Salto de Nervión, with a fall of more than 270 metres.
A magical and paradisiacal space located between the provinces of Álava, Burgos and Bizkaia, the best place to go with friends. 
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                                                                                  LOGROÑO, HARO AND BODEGA DE RIOJA. 
Logroño: the capital of the region of La Rioja, and Haro the vine capital of Rioja. We will visit the famous CVNE winery in lorgroño or Haro and after we will go to visit one of these villages. 

Description of the hiking routes

Route 1: Gorbeia Natural Park.
Option 1. Mount Gorbeia from Canteras (Medium high, 800 ascent).
Option 2. Altube beech forest and waterfalls walk (Easy, 200 ascent).
Option 2*: For people who do not want a hiking route. 
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Distance 13/11 km (depending on weather) 
Elevation gain: 800 m / 600
Technical difficulty: Moderate
Negative difference in altitude: 800/600
Maximum altitude: 1,500 m / 1,200 m
Type of routes: Circular

Route 2 : Viewpoint Salto de Nervión (The highest waterfall in Spain)

Distance: 7 km
Elevation gain: 401
Technical difficulty: Moderate
Maximum altitude: 805
Type of route: Circular 
Our hotel 
We have chosen our 3*** hotel Ilunion Hotel Bilbao with great care, thinking of everyone and making the most of the 4 days. Something central and in a city where you can visit nature in the morning and go out in the evening. Also, it is a central point for all the routes and cities we are going to visit. We stayed in Bilbao centre at Ilunion Hotel 3***. The rooms are triple but you can ask for a double or single room.
Can I come alone and how do I share the rooms? 
Of course, many of our travellers come alone. We divide the rooms between the same sex and we try to have the same age group. 
Meeting point

Protocolo Coronavirus VLE

Use of a mask will be mandatory at all times on the bus.

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Todos nuestro viajes están organizado por agencia de viaje Wexcursion, con numero de licencia. CV-m-1881-V

All our trips are organised by Travel agency, Wexcursion, under licence number CV-m-1881-V.

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