French Riviera Nice

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Price
€679 per person
Duration
8 Days
Travellers
50
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Departure Location
Malta International Airport
Return Location
Lourdes Airport

French Riviera Nice

Visiting:

Lourdes, Bayonne, Biarritz, Rhune Mountain, St Jean du Pied du Pont, St. Jean de Luz, Hendaye, Fontarrabia, San Sebastian, Pamplona & the Basque Villages (La Bastide-Clairence, Cambo les Bainsand, Espelette, & Ainoho)

Dates:

15 – 22 September (21 September – National Holiday)

THURSDAY, 15TH SEPTEMBER

We meet at the airport at 4.40am for our Ryanair flight departing to Lourdes at 7.10am, and arrives at 9.40am. Upon our arrival in Lourdes, we will go to the centre of Lourdes and visit the Holy sites. We will later be transferred to our hotel in Bayonne, check-in and overnight.

FRIDAY, 16TH SEPTEMBER

We start off with an optional half-day walking city tour around Bayonne! Bayonne has strong policies on heritage and culture and was officially recognised as a ‘Town of Art & History’ in 2012. This award from the French government comes in recognition of 2,000 years of history and rich heritage. In the afternoon, we have another half-day optional excursion, this time taking us to Biarritz. The coast of Biarritz stuns tourists with its prestige, history, and Grande Plage. The beautiful beaches and luxury 5-star hotel in the town centre, l’Hotel du Palais, give Biarritz an international reputation. Here, we shall have some free time to discover this beautiful seaside town.

SATURDAY, 17TH SEPTEMBER

Today, our full day optional excursion takes us for an interesting adventure! The Rhune Mountain is a symbol of the Basque Country. Here, we will take the little Rhune train to discover the breath-taking panoramic view from the summit, given 3 stars in Michelin’s Green Guide. At over 900m, the summit of the Rhune is the first in the Pyrenean chain and offers a beautiful panorama of the Basque coast that it dominates. The authentic vintage rack railway dates to 1924 and takes you through the unspoiled natural landscape at 9km/hr. During the 35 minutes ascent, you can discover the flora and fauna native to the Basque Mountain. The mountain is inhabited by Pottoks, small hardy Basque ponies roaming free, red headed Manech sheep and Griffon vulture’s native to the Pyrenees. After lunch (extra), we shall proceed to St. Jean du Pied du Pont, a beautiful medieval village. St. Jean Pied de Port is one of the most significant towns on the Camino de Santiago and it is the capital of the historical Basque province of Lower Navarre.

SUNDAY, 18TH SEPTEMBER

We will head off for another full-day optional excursion, this time taking us to St. Jean de Luz and Hendaye, just 20km from Bayonne, the rugged cliffs form a natural harbour protecting St. Jean de Luz. St Jean de Luz has colourful pedestrian shopping streets and a historic heritage. Further down the coastal route, Hendaye is the last stop before the border with Spain. A perfect Basque holiday destination, this beautiful seaside resort offers 3km of sandy, child-friendly beaches as well as a bay and a marina for water sports. Perched upon the coastal route, the Neo-Gothic chateau of the Irish-Basque explorer Antoine d’Abbadie watches over the town. A short boat trip (extra) across the port takes you to the Spanish town of Fontarrabia.

MONDAY, 19TH SEPTEMBER

Another full-day optional excursion awaits us, this time crossing over the Spanish border to San Sebastian. The pearl of the northern Spanish coast is just 40 min drive from Bayonne with direct access from the motorway. Tourists from all over the world flock every year to this magnificent bay set against the backdrop of the Monte Igueldo peak. We shall start by going to the top of Mount Igueldo (entrance extra) from where we can enjoy a panoramic view of La Concha Bay. We shall then make a stop at Miramar Palace for a group photo. This is followed by a city tour with the coach, and later a walking tour of the town centre. After some free time for lunch (extra) and personal sightseeing, we shall return to our hotel.

TUESDAY, 20TH SEPTEMBER

Today’s full-day optional excursion will again take us to Spain where we will visit Pamplona. This beautiful city is located in the middle of Navarre Region in a rounded valley, known as the Basin of Pamplona. We enjoy a pleasant stroll through Pamplona’s meandering stone streets, also visiting the city’s striking gothic Cathedral and follow the route of the famous St. Fermin Bull run. Free time for lunch (extra) and shopping. Don’t forget to sample some of Pamplona’s superb pintxos!

WEDNESDAY, 21ST SEPTEMBER

Some lovely Basque Villages await us today! Our full-day optional excursion will take us to discover the Basque country, steeped in tradition, culture and conviviality, at the foot of the Pyrenees and on the Atlantic coast, situated in a French enclave which runs into the Spanish Navarra province. We shall start the day with a stop in La Bastide-Clairence. This village, certified as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France”, is genuinely picturesque, and you will feel totally immersed in authenticity. Afterwards, we go to Cambo les Bainsand and visit Villa Arnaga, the former house of Edmond Rostand, the author of Cyrano de Bergerac. After this interesting stop, we shall proceed to Espelette which is known for its house facades covered with red peppers. Time for lunch (extra) and free visits to the local chocolate factory and the pepper factory. Our last stop shall be the village of Ainoha, another enchanting Basque village before we return to our hotel.

THURSDAY, 22ND SEPTEMBER

Today, we shall have an early breakfast before we proceed to the airport for our Ryanair flight departing at 10.05am and arriving in Malta at 12.35pm.

PRICE PER PERSON

*SPECIAL PRICE

Adult in Triple €849 /€749*

Adult in Twin €899/ €799*

Adult in Single €1149 /€1049*

Child sharing with 2 adults €599 /€499*

*Special Price applies when all excursions are taken.

**Seats on flights are assigned directly by Ryanair. Should you need seats near each other this may incur a charge.

PRICE INCLUDES:

Ryanair** return direct flights to Lourdes incl. 10kg and 20kg checked-in luggage

7 nights in 3-star Hotel Le Bayonne in Bayonne or similar

Rooms with private facilities & TV

Daily breakfast

Free visit to Lourdes

Return airport transfers

Services of tour leader

Airport taxes & service charge

Insolvency fund

EXCURSIONS ,  ADULT- CHILD

Bayonne City Tour €19 /  €10

Biarritz €29 /  €15

Rhune Mountain by train €59 /  €39

St. Jean de Luz, Hendaye & Fontarrabia €49 /  €29

San Sebastian €39 /  €25

Pamplona €49 /  €25

Basque Villages €43 /  €22

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

Boat Henday €2

Park Mount/Gueldo €2

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French Riviera Nice

Price
€679 per person
Duration
8 Days
Travellers
50

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