Itinerary Overview

Stunning landscapes and unique Basque traditions


From Oporto’s local Port Houses to the chocolate makers of Bayonne, this voyage is sure to satisfy your appetite for the cuisine and culture of the upper Iberian coast. Explore the splendor of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, tour a Galician mansion, meander through the local villages of A Coruña and Bilbao, and hike the beautiful Basque coastline. Visit Hercules Tower and the Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum; thrill to the melodies of the gaitas and trikitixas; and savor a Basque-style dinner in San Sebastian. Compare and contrast French and Spanish Basque cultures, and learn about the Celtic influence on the region as well. 

  • Experience Basque country from two angles: French markets and villages and Spanish Basque music and cuisine.
  • Discover Galicia, watching local fishermen collect mussels, listening to traditional music, and visiting a splendid Galician estate.
  • Discover architectural masterpieces—from the Roman Tower of Hercules to the soaring metal waves of architect Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao.
  • Sample world-renowned port wines at a port house in Oporto.

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