Alumni and Friends Basque Country Hike | June 10-19, 2018
Spend ten days discovering the beautiful French Pays Basque in the extreme southwest of the country. Less known and traveled than other parts of la belle France, the itinerary will take us through an exquisite emerald land of foothills flowing down to the sea, dotted with charming whitewashed villages and speckled with grazing sheep and wild ponies. One high point (literally) will be the ascent by cog railway to the 2700-foot La Rhune peak, which will deliver a breathtaking panorama of the Bay of Biscay coast.
The hike will start in little Biriatou on the Atlantic and proceed eastwards, shadowing the Spanish border and ending in St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France's jumping off point for the famed Saint Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrimage trek across northern Spain. The walking is of moderate difficulty with a daily average of four trail hours, and a sag wagon will be available to facilitate anyone who wants a respite on any given day.
Accommodation is in charming 2- to 4-star inns with outstanding cuisine and renowned chefs, a few with swimming pools.
Once again, our expert organizer is Peter Boynton '69, who knows this area intimately and who will lead this trip along with a staff of three further guides.
Full details of the trip and day-by-day itineraries are available from Peter on request. Questions? Contact Peter for these too, tel. +1 831 747 0196.
Cost (based on double occupancy):
10 days/9 nights: $3,999 (half price for kids 12–17: $1,999)
$450 single supplement (not charged when one is willing to share a room)
Prices include all hotel rooms, breakfasts, dinners, and hotel tips; four guides; sag wagon; detailed IGN topo map, a book on the Basques; trip booklet; one-way cog railway: Col St. Ignace up La Rhune peak; one lunch (La Ferme Esteben on Day 6).
Not included: travel to our meeting point in Hendaye on arrival day and from St. Jean Pied-de-Port on departure day; lunches (except on day 6); dinner beverages; other extras; tips for Peter's assistants.
1st deposit: $1,000 by January 1, 2018
2nd deposit: $1,000 by March 20, 2018
Balance due by May 1, 2018
Cancellation: no penalty for cancelling by May 1; $1,000 fee for cancelling by May 15; no refund when cancelling after June 5.
Sign up with Peter Boynton '69 by January 1, 2018
Contact info: Peter Boynton '69, tel. +1 831 747 0196.
382 Central Ave. #3, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, USA
We hope you can join the fun!
All the best,
Yvonne and Zuleika
Note: TBD indicates that the details of an event are "to be determined."