Cultural Portraits: Discover Bordeaux & Basque Country

Discover the beautiful regions of Bordeaux and Bayonne as you sample local wines and cuisine, learn the history of the Basque people and experience the “art of living” firsthand.
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Program No. 22599RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

In the Basque Country of southwestern France, a unique culture unlike any other in Europe is preserved. Experience the fascinating language, history and traditions of the Basque people on a journey that begins in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bordeaux. Walk along its cobblestone streets to learn its history as one of the world’s most important trading ports, explore noted vineyards of the region and discover the new Cité des Vins — a cultural facility dedicated to the world of wine. Head south along the Atlantic coast to Arcachon, renowned for its oyster farming and natural scenery. In Bayonne, discover the colorful villages and proud traditions of the Basque people, then conclude your adventure in Bilbao where the iconic Guggenheim Museum waits to be explored.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking four miles per day, extensive use of public transportation, unavoidable steps, standing up to 1.5 hours in museums.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage architecture of Bordeaux as you sample regional wines and explore the new Cité de Vins.
  • Embark on an in-depth exploration of the colorful villages, unique culture and traditions of the Basque people who inhabit a region in the western Pyrenees.
  • Spend a day in Bilbao, Spain, to discover the modern architecture and works of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum.
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