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Biarritz: Private Guided Walking Tour

1. Biarritz: Private Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide in central Biarritz and head off on a 2-hour walking tour to explore the landmarks and attractions of Biarritz. See the legendary Hotel du Palais, the elegant Art-Deco Casino Municipal, and the famous Grande Plage, as your guide entertains you with stories about the city’s past. Take in the stunning coastline as you hear about famous Belle Époque buildings, such as the Casino Bellevue, the Hôtel d'Angleterre, and the Sainte Eugénie Church – all superb examples of Neo-Gothic architecture. Visit the vibrant Port des Pecheurs and Rocher de la Vierge, and admire panoramic views of the Basque coastline. Finish the tour in the Port Vieux, dating back to the Middle Ages.

Biarritz: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

2. Biarritz: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Explore Biarritz with a local expert guide on a 2-hour private guided walking tour. Immerse yourself in the city's rich architectural and cultural heritage and learn all about its multicultural history. Let your private guide show you the main sights of the city, including the legendary Hôtel du Palais, where you can admire its magnificent outdoor architecture, the elegant Art Deco-style municipal casino, and the famous Grande Plage. Throughout your tour, your guide will bring the city's history to life before your eyes as they recount tales of its construction and evolution through the centuries.

Bayonne: Private Walking Tour

3. Bayonne: Private Walking Tour

Meet your guide by Place de la Liberté in central Bayonne, where you will enjoy a beautiful view of the Nive and Adour rivers and learn why the Romans built a military camp here in the fourth century. Then you will set off on your 2-hour walking tour. Immerse yourself in the history of the feudal fortress of Bayonne, Chateau Vieux, the Bayonne Cathedral Unesco World Heritage site, and the medieval heart of Bayonne, Place Pasteur. Along the way, your guide will point out examples of beautiful traditional half-timbered architecture and regale you with stories about life in medieval Bayonne. You will visit the defensive system of Bayonne, including hidden remains of the Roman wall and the charming Petit Bayonne quarter, where Basque identity is always present. Then walk to the Chateau Neuf and the Saint-Andre church, before returning to Grand Bayonne. During the tour, you will discover why Bayonne became the capital of chocolate, and walk by the hundred-year-old chocolate shops on the famous Rue du Port Neuf.

Saint Jean de Luz: Private Walking Tour

4. Saint Jean de Luz: Private Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the Quiosque of the main square of Saint Jean de Luz (Place Louis XIV). Then set off on your tour to explore the beauty and the secrets of the most famous attractions of this beautiful and picturesque town. You will start by discovering the charming fisherman's port of Saint Jean de Luz. From there you will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Pyrenees. You continue with a visit to some of the most famous ship-owner palaces of the city, like the "Maison Louis XIV", a XVII Century palace that hosted the 'Sun King' during his wedding celebrations, and the "Maison de l'Infante", a Venetian style palace used by the Spanish Infanta, "Maria Teresa". You will then head to Saint Jean de Luz's Bay, with its immaculate sandy beach and the Belle Époque architecture from the time when the town was a holiday resort for the European aristocracy. You end the tour by walking along the bustling street of "Rue Gambetta", where you will learn about local gastronomy. You also visit the beautiful Saint John the Baptist Church, where your guide will tell you the fascinating story of the Sun King's wedding and the secrets of Basque religious traditions. At the end of the tour, your guide will be glad to dedicate some time to answer your questions, give you directions and restaurant recommendations, and make sure you know where to buy the local delicacy: the famous "macarons", so you can continue a memorable visit on your own.

From San Sebastian: Flavors of French Basque Country Tour

5. From San Sebastian: Flavors of French Basque Country Tour

Embark on a guided gastronomic adventure through the French Basque Coast of Iparralde, one of the most picturesque regions on the Atlantic Coast. Explore the seaside villages of Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz & Guethary and sample its local specialties. Meet your guide in the morning and be introduced to the history of the area. Enjoy a spectacular drive along the corniche basque to Saint Jean de Luz. Start your culinary journey with a visit to the local ‘affineur’, an expert who receives cheese from producers and holds it in their shop until it’s ready to eat. Sample a selection of ‘raised’ by affineur cheeses. Sip French Basque wine from Irulegui. Next up, take a stroll along the streets of the town listening to the thrilling stories of local pirates, corsairs, sailors, and fishermen. Enjoy free time to visit the 13th-century church of St. John the Baptist with its remarkable hull-shaped wood-paneled vault. If you'd like to try local foie gras, be taken to a farm store stocked with this French delicacy.  To complete your trip to Saint Juan de Luz, visit the pastry shop where macarons were first created in 1660. Buy these confections and head to the surfing and food paradise of Biarritz. After having a glimpse of the Biarritz lighthouse, continue to Les Halles neighborhood and its vibrant food market.  Visit the market’s most-loved bar where locals stop for a seafood aperitif while shopping. Explore the area like a local by trying oysters, shrimps, and snails from Arcachon. Pair your meal with a glass of great white wine from Bordeaux.  Then, discover the truffle heaven, a bar specializing in truffle-flavored charcuterie and gourmet products from the region. Next, make some room for pintxos.  From Biarritz, go back to the other side and explore the picturesque fishing village of Hondarribia. Taste some of the best pintxos in an award-winning restaurant. Learn about modern Basque cuisine and discuss the differences between French Basque and Spanish Basque food. At the end of the day, return to San Sebastian with a full belly and lots of memories.

Bilbao: Small-Group St. Ignatius Three-Temple Tour

6. Bilbao: Small-Group St. Ignatius Three-Temple Tour

This tour is focused on the path of St. Ignatius, from his birth to the founding of the Society of Jesus. You will begin with a visit to the spectacular Basilica of Loiola, which was built in the 18th century. You'll then visit Saint Ignatius' family house and birthplace (in Loiola, Azpeitia), the hermitage of La Antigua in Zumarraga (where Saint Ignatius made a stop during his pilgrimage), and the Sanctuary of Arantzazu, which is located in a spectacular spot in a gorge and was rebuilt in the 1950s. It is also a showcase of modern religious art at its finest, having been awarded with several international prizes. This is a day full of spirituality which is bound to leave both faithful and non-religious tourists alike awed by the sheer beauty of its sights.

Biarritz, Bayonne, and Basque Country: Private Driving Tour

7. Biarritz, Bayonne, and Basque Country: Private Driving Tour

Enjoy a private trip with a driver-guide explore the Basque Country. Visit lovely villages and areas including Saint Jean de Luz, Ciboure, Socoa, the Corniche Basque, Ainhoa, Espellette, Saint Jean Pied-de-Port and Biarritz. Saint Jean de Luz  is a lovely little fishing port on the Basque coast just South of Biarritz. First, drive to Ciboure, Socoa, and along the Corniche Basque. The road is on top of this magnificent stretch of cliffs and coastline and leads south from the Vauban Fort of Socoa to Hendaye on the Spanish border. Next, veer away from the coast and up into the foothills of the Pyrenees, towards the lovely French Basque mountain town of Ainhoa. After Ainhoa, head to Espellette, a Basque town with traditional colors and architecture. The houses have a special decoration, they’re covered with garlands of red peppers. Then it's time to leave Espelltte and drive to Saint Jean Pied-de-Port. This medieval fortified city is still surrounded by a parapet wall, and plays an important role for pilgrims. It’s the last stop in France along the Camino de Santiago de Compostella. After visiting these mountain towns, return to the Atlantic coast to visit Biarritz; before returning to Saint Jean de Luz or the point of departure.

From San Sebastián: Private Biarritz & San Juan de Luz Tour

8. From San Sebastián: Private Biarritz & San Juan de Luz Tour

Take a Private Biarritz and San Juan de Luz Tour from San Sebastián for eight hours with a private official tour guide in the whole tour and a private luxury vehicle with a chauffeur that will pick you up and drop-off at your hotel in San Sebastián. Once your private chauffeur has picked you up from San Sebastián, you will meet with your tour guide to go ahead to San Juan de Luz and Biarritz. First you will discover Saint Jean de Luz, located in the region of New Aquitaine and known to be visited by many bathers. You will discover its city and its old port, you will have the opportunity to visit sites such as its main beach along the promenade, the king's house known to be a small museum, the church of Saint Jean Baptiste built in the Baroque period and much more. After visiting Saint Jean de Luz, your next destination will be Biarritz, a city in the southwest of France which also belongs to the region of New Aquitaine. There, you will visit the highlights of the city. These include the Museum of the Sea, the church of Saint Martin, the Russian Orthodox church, built for the colony of Russian aristocrats, the Imperial chapel, the two big casinos located next to the beach, the Clemenceau square known to be the historical center of Biarritz and much more. Once you have finished visiting Biarritz, your private driver will take you back to your hotel in San Sebastian or your preferred location within the city.

Bayonne: Biarritz Private Guided City Tour

9. Bayonne: Biarritz Private Guided City Tour

Meet your guide by Place de la Liberté in central Bayonne and start with a beautiful panoramic view of the confluence of the Nive and Adour rivers. Then set off on your 2-hour walking tour of the city, where you will immerse yourself in the history of the medieval hearth of Bayonne. Visit the defensive system of the fortress city, including hidden parts of the Roman ramparts, its feudal fortress: "Le Chateau Vieux", and the stunning Bayonne Cathedral (Unesco World Heritage site). Your guide will point out examples of beautiful traditional half-timbered architecture and regale you with stories about past and present life at Bayonne. You will discover why Bayonne became the French capital of ham and chocolate. After the walking tour of Bayonne you will jump on the local zero emission tram bus to get to Biarritz. During a 25 minutes ride, you will learn about the current life of the BAB (Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz) urban area. Once in Biarritz you will start with a short visit to the market before enjoying free time to taste the local delicacies on your own. After lunch, meet your guide back at the market and set off on a walking tour of Biarritz: "queen of beaches and beach of kings". See the legendary Hotel du Palais, the elegant Art-Deco Casino Municipal, and the glamourous Grande Plage, as your guide entertains you with stories about the city’s glorious past and vibrant present. Take in the stunning coastline as you admire gorgeous Belle Époque and art deco buildings. Explore the charming "Port des Pecheurs" and the "Rocher de la Vierge", and marvel at the panoramic views of the Basque coastline. After the walking tour, you will take the tram bus back to Bayonne with your guide to end a fascinating journey.

From San Sebastián: Basque-France Coastline Private Tour

10. From San Sebastián: Basque-France Coastline Private Tour

Travel the Basque French Coastline, skipping from town to town stopping for the highlights of each township. Spend time exploring each unique feature of beauty that differentiates each township from the next. Visit the town that inspired the writings for Victor Hugo, in Pasajes San Juan. Visit the famous town of Biarritz, known as the pearl of the coast. This tour will make sure to travel along the way through the highlights of Saint Jean de Luz and Hendaya for their French Basque qualities. Find the Basque Spanish influenced settlements as a unique twist from the French.  Experience a turn in time, in Hondarribia a Spanish down known for the best preserved medieval architecture. Visit too the 16th century attributions that have been well preserved as a quaint sight to see. From Jaizibel mountain see the best sights of the region. Looking at both the Spanish countryside in one direction, the French countryside in one direction and the second largest bay in the world open to beautiful Atlantic Sea in the next direction. 

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What people are saying about Biarritz

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Juan Carlos, with friendliness and a culture far exceeding the planned visit, really thrilled us (a couple + a teenager): very friendly, dynamic, trying to put us at ease, answering all of our questions, full of his visit of anecdotes on Basque history, architecture, economy, gastronomy, traditions and customs... in short, two fascinating hours around a city that is just as exciting!

Very well organized and highly recommended activity for those interested in the Basque cultural and natural heritage. Excellent guide, with a high level of knowledge and very friendly.

Our guide, Isabelle, was very interesting and knowledgeable. A very good experience.

Our guide was perfect and took us back in time! Perfect. Thanks for the macaroons!!!

Excellent visit with Ruan Carlos who made us discover a city full of charm.