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Spain & France 2022

September 25 – October 14, 2022

The Camino del Norte or Northern Way is the Camino route taking pilgrims along the wonderful Northern coast of ‘Green Spain’ from the Basque Country, across Cantabria, Asturias and on to Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia. Along this coastal Camino, you will discover fascinating cities and fishing villages, swim in beautiful sandy beaches and taste delicious seafood.

We will start your Camino del Norte journey from the chic seaside city of San Sebastián (Donosti in Basque) which is a real paradise for foodies: it is in fact in the top 10 cities with highest number of Michelin stars in Europe. Feel inspired at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao; stroll by the royal palace in Santander; sample Asturias famous cider; be amazed by the Cathedrals Beach in Ribadeo or step back in time in medieval Mondoñedo.

Hotel Barge Experience on Rosa for our Wine Appreciation Cruise through the Bordeaux region.

Each day, as your hotel barge moves sedately from one peaceful mooring to the next, you can just wander along the towpath, or get on or off at one of the pretty locks. You may stumble across some local villagers playing a game of boules, or discover a vineyard, its vines laden with grapes.

The hotel barges all carry bicycles for towpath riding and other excursions ashore, and the little villages and farms we discover as we cruise by become part of the adventure. Alternatively, just absorb the ever-changing scenery from a comfortable lounger or deck-chair on the sun deck.

Then, after a day of cruising and sightseeing, your hotel barge moors up for the night and there is plenty of time for a cocktail before dinner, or perhaps to enjoy a relaxing soak in the spa pool.

In Burgundy, the Loire Valley and England, hot-air ballooning is an exciting option. Ballooning generally takes place in the early hours just after dawn or before sunset, when the air is still and the light is perfect for drifting gently along and gazing down at the beautiful countryside below.

Piece De Resistance

  • Walking 125 KMS on the Camino Del Norte Route
  • San Sebastian the Michelin Capital of the World
  • The Basque Country of Spain renowned for its cuisine
  • The Bordeaux Region of France Unique and exclusive tours, tastings and pairings

Inclusions & Highlights

  • Transfer Bordeaux airport to San Sebastian
  • Holiday Pack with Route notes, maps, Pilgrim Passport and luggage tags
  • 24/7 Camino support during the walk
  • Transfer Bilbao to Bordeaux
  • Superior Collection – best hotels where available
  • Daily luggage transfer while on the Camino
  • Breakfast daily
  • 4 dinners on the Camino
  • All meals while on the Barge Cruise
  • All beverages while on the Barge Cruise
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Transfers from the barge to the Bordeaux
  • Walking, Wining & Dining Fellowship Leader

Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart Bordeaux and Transfer to San Sebastian

This morning we will meet for our transfer by vehicle to San Sebastian. San Sebastián (Donostia in Basque) is a stunning and chic seaside city, as well as a paradise for foodies. Stroll down the Playa de la Concha and treat yourself to one of the city’s many Michelin-starred restaurants before you start your Camino! San Sebastián has 16 Michelin stars, the second highest number per square metre in the world (just after Tokyo). Acclimatize, explore a bit, hit the beach, stretch our legs, enjoy a Michelin dinner, get a good nights sleep and be ready to start fresh to start tomorrow.

Accommodations – TBA 1 month prior to departure Hotel Silken Amara Plaza 4* (superior)

Day 2 – San Sebastian to Zarautz 20 KMS

After your night in San Sebastian, you will follow the Camino route as it leaves San Sebastian and the Bay of Biscay and travels along the coastline through beautiful pastures and gentle hills. You will see the Roman Church of San Martín de Tours before passing charming coastal villages. You will finish today in the beautiful seaside town of Zarautz. Make sure to try the local Txakolí wine.

Accommodations -TBA 1 month prior to departure Txiki Polit (standard)
Meals – BD

Day 3 – Zarautz to Deba 23 KMS

After your night in Zarautz, you will move inland along a quiet rural road before arriving in Getaria with its lovely harbour. After Getaria, the path enters farmlands and passes the harbour town of Zumaia. Today’s section finishes in the lovely seaside village of Deba.

Accommodations – TBA 1 month prior to departure Arriola Txiki (standard)
Meals – BD

Day 4 – Deba to Markina 23 KMS

After spending the night in Deba, your Camino trail leaves the coastline for the last time (you will reach it again in Bilbao) as you will head for the mountains. After crossing a river the path climbs quickly into an area of thick vegetation before it reaches the chapel of El Calvario. The narrow footpath (GR-121) passes through a number of charming villages on the way before reaching today’s destination: Markina.

Accommodations – TBA 1 month prior to departure Antsotegi Exebarria 4* (superior)
Meals – BD

Day 5 – Markina to Greniga 23 KMS

After your night in Markina, the trail follows a quiet country lane, crossing the river in Bolibar before rising to the medieval monastery at Zenarruza. From here, the trail keeps climbing through sheltered woodland to the top of Gontzegarai and on to the hamlet of Gerrikaitz. After passing the Hermitage of Santiago a sharp descent leads to a small river and the historic town of Gernika, made famous by Picasso’s masterpiece.

Accommodations – TBA 1 month prior to departure Gernika (standard)
Meals – BD

Day 6 – Greniga to Lezama 21 KMS

After your night in Gernika, you will leave the town and soon pass the hermitage of Santa Luzia Zallo shortly before climbing towards a road (PR-173). From here, a cobbled path continues climbing to the village of Morga where you will begin a sharp descent through the hamlets of Goikoletxea and Larrabetzu and once again enter woodland before reaching today’s destination: Lezama.

Accommodations – TBA 1 month prior to departure Rural Metsa (standard)
Meals – B

Day 7 – Lezama to Bilbao 15 KMS

After your night in Lezama, your path will take you through farmland to the town of Zamudio, the Roman church of San Martin and the Tower of Malpica. From here, there is a gradual climb to the top of Mount Avril, where your efforts will be rewarded with stunning views of Bilbao and the valley below. As you enter the suburbs of Bilbao you should visit the delightful Basilica of Our Lady of Begoña. Your walk reaches its final point in the Plaza de Unamuno, in the old quarter of Bilbao.

Bilbao (or Bilbo in Basque) has reinvented itself in the past 30 years, becoming host to some of the best art exhibitions in the country at the impressive Guggenheim Museum. Explore Bilbao’s old town with its quaint taverns and taste a few of the amazing ‘pintxos’!

Accommodations -TBA 1 month prior to departure Hotel Gran Bilbao 4* (superior)
Meals – B

Day 8 – Transfer Bilbao to Bordeaux to our Barge Rosa for our Wine Appreciation Cruise – Bordeaux

After our breakfast we will transfer to Bordeaux to meet up with our transfer to our Barge the Rosa Boe. Guests are met in Bordeaux and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Rosa. Following a champagne and canapés welcome, there is time for a stroll before returning for your first dinner on board. A knowledgeable sommelier also visits the barge to give the first of several talks during the cruise on the vineyards of Bordeaux and ensures that everyone has mastered their wine-tasting technique!

Accommodations – Barge Rosa
Meals – BLD

Day 9 – Boe to Serignac-sur-Garonne

After breakfast, our first cruise is to Serignac-sur-Garonne, crossing the Plan Canal d’Agen, one of the longest aqueducts in France which spans the River Garonne. After lunch on board, we visit the fascinating Cork Museum in Mézin, a small town at the centre of an area that boasted over 50 cork factories back in the 1800’s. There, we learn about the history of cork-making and see an exhibition of tools and machines used by workers in the 19th and 20th centuries. Later, we see the medieval riverside village of Lavardac and some of the nearby cork trees, then stop at the Lapeyrade Estate for a cellar tasting of Armagnac, the oldest alcohol in France. Dinner on board.

Accommodations – Barge Rosa
Meals – BLD

Day 10 – Serignac-sur-Garonne to Buzet-sur-Baise

This morning, we cruise further along the canal, where you will be able to spot some of Gascony’s famous pigeon-houses en route, to arrive at our mooring at Buzet-sur-Baise, a town at the heart of the Garonne terroir that produces some excellent wines. After lunch, we visit the traditional cooperage of St. Martin, where we discover the secrets of making the barrels that enhance the great wines of Bordeaux. Before returning to the barge, we also visit the Buzet wine co-operative, Les Vignerons de Buzet, for a tour of the cellars and tasting. Dinner ashore this evening at a charming waterside restaurant, Le Moulin des Saveurs.

Accommodations – Barge Rosa
Meals – BLD

Day 11 – Buzet-sur-Baise to Le Mas d’Agenais

This morning, we enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise past Damazan, a fortified village with pastel-coloured houses to our mooring at the lovely little village of Le Mas d’Agenais. In the afternoon, we visit the 14th century Château de Duras, an architectural wonder, which has been both a fortress and a stately home over its 900-year history. We wander through its 35 rooms and museum, then take a short drive to the nearby “Maison des Vins”, with its exhibition telling the story of the wine-making that has taken place in the area since the 12th century. Dinner on board.

Accommodations – Barge Rosa
Meals – BLD

Day 12 – Le Mas d’antenais to Meilhan-sur-Garonne

Morning cruise to Meilhan-sur-Garonne, the perfect time to walk or cycle the towpath through stunning countryside with views over the valley of the Garonne. After lunch on board, we visit Château de Malle, an exquisite residence set in Italian-style gardens with vineyards situated in some of the most sought after wine-growing land in the region. Since being built in the 17th century, it has remained in the hands of the same family and produces its renowned sweet wine, Sauternes “Grand Cru Classe”, a recognition awarded back in 1855, as well as red and white Graves wines. After a tour, we enjoy a private tasting of these delicious wines. Dinner on board.

Accommodations – Barge Rosa
Meals – BLD

Day 13 – Meilhan-sur-Garonnne to Castet-en-Dorthe

Today, our final cruise is to Castet-en-Dorthe, following the nearby River Garonne. In the afternoon, we visit the medieval town of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site and centre of the most famous of the Bordeaux appellations. Later, we stop at Château Beau-Sejour-Becot, a long-established, family-run producer of some highly-praised premier and grand cru Saint Emilion wines, where we are given a private tour and, of course, enjoy a tasting. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Accommodations- Barge Rosa
Meals – BLD

Day 14 – Castet-en-Dorthe

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Bordeaux**.

Meals – B

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

Details and Pricing

Rates

  • Double Occupancy – $11,750 CAD per person

Final Payment due of $8110 CAD June 01, 2021

*All payments are non-refundable. Please see full terms and conditions.

Activity Level

  • High – Moderate Activity
  • The included acitivity in this tour is fairly moderate but there are more acitive activities available. You should be able to walk for extended periods of time on uneven and possibly slippery terrain.

Group Size

  • 8

Exclusions

  • International Airfare (can be arranged by 7Seas2See Travel)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Beverages while on the Camino
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature

Tour Leader

Diane Cook

Diane is a World Traveler, Owner & Professional Travel Advisor of 7Seas2See Travel. She created the Walking, Wining & Dining Series so as to combine these 3 favourite things in natural settings to refresh and heal us as we stretch ourselves to experience our incredible world.

Flight Information

We will notify you once this tour is a guaranteed departure. Please do not book your flights until you have been notified.

7 Seas 2 See Travel will assist with making your flight arrangements please email diane@7seas2see.com to request flight options and quotes for a service fee of CAD $113 which will be charged at the time of quotation. If you prefer to arrange your own flights please forward a copy of your itinerary to diane@7seas2see.com.

** NOTE: Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive/Depart: Bordeaux Airport

Travel Insurance

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.

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Accommodations

On the Camino our specific nightly accommodations will be advised closer to our departure and will be supplied with our detailed route map, directions and instructions.

The Hotel Barge Rosa

This vessel carries 8 passengers with 4 cabins and 4 Crew- Captain, chef, tour guide and host. Each cabin bathroom with shower and toilet, independent air conditioning.

Rosa is an old Dutch “Clipper” barge that was built in early in the last century to carry different cargoes on the offshore waterways of Holland. Now, as a charming hotel barge, she navigates the calmer canals of southwest France.

The prettily decorated saloon is particularly welcoming and features attractive wood panelling, comfortable seating, dining area and a cosy bar. The four cosy staterooms accommodating 8 passengers have individually controlled air-conditioning and heating and full en suite facilities. Two staterooms have double beds, the other two staterooms have twin beds.

Outside there is a spacious sun deck with a dining area and parasols for enjoying an alfresco prepared by your chef. Comfortable loungers are also there to relax in as you take in the passing countryside on your sedate cruise along the Canal de Garonne.

Eight bikes are available for your use if you wish to perhaps venture into the next village along the towpath.

Rosa also featured with Anjodi in the successful television series, Rick Stein’s French Odyssey and you are sure to enjoy your own personal ‘odyssey’ through this colourful, captivating part of southwest France.

There is no laundry service onboard the barge.

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