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Discover authentic villages and historical towns
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Skirt the tides of rocky coves
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Sample full-flavoured cheeses, freshly caught seafood, and crisp wines
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Walk at your own pace, fully supported

Basque in the Glory

Over 1,000 years ago, the original way to Santiago de Compostela wove along the northern coast of Spain, passing through the fabled Basque country. Come discover this mysterious corner of the Iberian peninsula known for its proud people and marked contrasts. During this Camino del Norte trip, we will explore the roots of Basque history and its enduring culture and special character. We’ll not only walk through some of the Basque country’s most beautiful coastal and mountain hamlets, we’ll also enjoy the vibrant cities of Bilbao (visiting the Guggenheim Museum) and San Sebastiá, a city perfectly interfaced with its coastal and hilly setting and justly famous for its cuisine.

Who are the Basque people? Where did they and their distinctive language come from? How did they survive as a people despite waves of invasions of Celts, Romans and Christians? What are the roots of the fierce Basque nationalism?

We will walk 95 kilometres (65 miles) covering between 5 and 20 kilometres (3 and 12 miles) a day. This trip is for those who are physically fit and accustomed to long-distance walking. We do have a van available for those who choose not to walk the full distance each day. We can advise prospective travellers on a training plan.

We will gather over wine and cheese to discuss short pieces of Basque and Camino-related literature on several evenings before dinner.
Cultural Explorations Literary Adventures

Spain | 11 days
Cultural Explorations

Dates:
May 23 - Jun 02, 2019
Cost:
US$5770
Group Size:
12 - 14 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy, in three- and four-star hotels and country manors, meals as indicated in the itinerary including water, tea, coffee, wine with dinner, all ground transportation in private vehicle, support vehicle to provide assistance along the route, all luggage transfers, all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees, fully escorted by Ann Kirkland. Taxes and gratuities of US$275 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Bilbao
Day 2: Transfer to Hondarribia  5 kms
Day 3: Sanctuary de Guadalupe to Pasajes San Juan  11 kms
Day 4: Pasajes San Juan to San Sebastián  8 kms
Day 5: San Sebastián to Orio  16 kms
Day 6: Orio to Zumaia  16 kms
Day 7: Zumaia to Deba  12 kms
Day 8: Saint Ignacio of Loyola & Markina to Bolibar  7 kms
Day 9: Bolibar to Guernica  20 kms
Day 10: Guernica, San Juan & Bilbao
Day 11: Depart Bilbao
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Your Tour Leader

Ann Kirkland is the founder of Classical Pursuits, which includes Toronto’s famed ‘salon in the sun’ and literary adventures around the world. Her latest brainchild is Most Liveable Cities, trips to people-oriented cites in both the developed and the developing world to get to know why their residents love to call them home.

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Cultural Explorations Literary Adventures

Spain | 11 days
Cultural Explorations

Dates:
May 23 - Jun 02, 2019
Cost:
US$5770
Group Size:
12 - 14 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy, in three- and four-star hotels and country manors, meals as indicated in the itinerary including water, tea, coffee, wine with dinner, all ground transportation in private vehicle, support vehicle to provide assistance along the route, all luggage transfers, all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees, fully escorted by Ann Kirkland. Taxes and gratuities of US$275 are included.

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