Cycling the Basque Country : From Hendaye to St Jean Pied de Port

French Bask country
Self-guided Cycling tour
Self-guided Walking
6 Days
5 Nights
5 Activity Days
From 575,00 €

From Hendaye to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, come and discover on your bicycle the multi-faceted Basque Country! Just by the water side, you will start the week on a wonderful road linking Hendaye to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, weaving along the Basque corniche overlooking the Ocean. Then, the time will come to go further inland and reach the first Pyrenean massif: the Rhune, emblematic mountain of the Basque Country. Later on, you will discover many traditional villages with plenty of character, such as Sare, Ainhoa, Espelette, Itxassou, Saint-Etienne-de-Baigorry… You will have the opportunity to taste and enjoy the tasty local food: the famous piment d'Espelette (Espelette pepper) , the Irouleguy wine, the Itxassou cherry are waiting for you. Finally, your trip will come to an end in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the small capital of the Basque Country and a not-to-be-missed place for the pilgrims of Santiago de Compostela, with more mountainous and sportier stages !

Dates and Prices


Every day from the beginning of April to the end of October.
Booking from 2 people (solo travelers : please contact us).


Price : From 01/04/2023 to 30/10/2023 :


Price per person for a group of 2 persons


Price per person for a group of 3 persons


Price per person for a group of 4 persons


Price per person for a group of 5 persons


Price per person for a group of 6 persons



Extras :

- Single Room option : 175€/pers.
- Extra High season (July - August - September) : 15€/pers
- Extra E-bike + bike bags hire 5 days : 205€/pers
- Extra transfer back from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Hendaye on a week day: 150€/transfer
- Extra transfer back from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Hendaye on a Sunday or Public Holiday: 170€/transfer
- Extra night in St Jean Pied de Port Bed & Breakfast double room : 70€/pers
- Extra night in St Jean Pied de Port Bed & Breakfast single room : 105€/pers
- Extra night in Hendaye Bed & Breakfast double room : 60€/pers
- Extra night in Hendaye Bed & Breakfast single room : 85€/pers
- Extra night in Hendaye Bed & Breakfast double room July/August/September : 70€/pers
- Extra night in Hendaye Bed & Breakfast single room July/August/September : 95€/pers

Price includes

- Half board accommodation days 2, 3 and 4

- Bed & Breakfast days 1, 5

- Luggage transfers

- Dossier containing maps, route notes (1 for 4 persons, given in 1st accommodation)

- GPS tracks if you ask us + access to the detailed itinerary on the Mhikes GPS mobile application

Price doesn't include:

- Holiday and travel insurance

- Evening meals days 1, 5

- Entrance fees

- Drinks and picnics

- Bike rental

- 15€ booking fees

Day 1 : Start of your holiday in Hendaye

Check-in at your hotel in Hendaye. You can either choose to visit the city or to do a walk to discover the famous Domain of Abbadia, remarkable 65ha natural site located on the seafront, within varied landscapes. In this amazing biological reserve, you will be able to visit the well-known Gothic Revival castle of Antoine d’Abbadie, according to the opening hours. Distance : 5.5km, altitude gain : +80m, descent : -80m.

Day 2 : From Hendaye to Sare

From Hendaye you will ride the Basque Corniche along the Ocean to reach the lovely port town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Then, you cycle to Ascain and pass the Saint Ignace col where you will have the opportunity to opt for a return journey by train to the Rhune, the emblematic mountain of the Basque Country. From the pass, a short descent will lead you to Sare, amazing Basque village. You can also choose a longer version from Ascain : you will cycle round the Rhune  on the Spanish slope via the Ibardin pass, before reaching Sare through the Lizuniaga pass. Distance : 24,5 km, altitude gain : +325m, descent : -255m (via St Ignace Pass) OR Distance : 43,40 km, altitude gain : +670m, descent : -600m (via Ibardin Pass)

Day 3 : From Sare to Itxassou

The stage of the day takes you through many typical villages, such as Ainhoa, Espelette or Ixtassou, some of them being designated « Plus beaux villages de France » (most beautiful villages of France). In these villages, a break is a must to be able to feel and enjoy their unique charm and atmosphere. Depending on the itinerary you will choose, you will discover Cambo les Bains, famous spa town, and the wonderful gardens of Arnaga. A short incursion in Spain will add some diversity to this already very lively day! The route via the Legarre pass is reserved for those who like steep climbs! Distance : 26,3km, altitude gain : +290m, descent : -275m OR Distance : 34km, altitude gain : +485m, descent : -470m (via Spain) OR Distance : 38.2km, altitude gain : +710m, descent : -695m (via Spain and Legarre pass)

Day 4 : From Itxassou to Saint Etienne de Baigorry

Two different itineraries which differ in many ways are proposed for this stage. The first one passes through the Col de Roland, a place steeped in history and legend. Then, the route follows the river Nive to the lovely village of Bidarray. Later, you cycle up to the Gastigar Pass on the mountainside and the crests of Iparla, before descending to Saint Etienne de Baigorry. The other itinerary is set on the other side of the Nive, it goes round the two mountains of Ursuya and Mount Baigura and meets the banks of the river Nive before reaching Saint Etienne de Baigorry. Distance : 26,3km, altitude gain : +590m, descent : -525m (left riverbank of the Nive) OR Distance : 43,3km, altitude gain : +620m, descent : -555m (right riverbank of the Nive)

Day 5 : From Saint Etienne de Baigorry to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Today, the road rises! The two itineraries you are proposed to follow will make you cross passes that very nearly go up as high as 1000 metres above the sea level. They will reward you with dramatic views on the East side mountains of the Basque Country. After a bit of effort and once you will have reached the top of these passes, you will have to initiate the descent to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, highlight of the Basque Country. Distance : 23km, altitude gain : +785m, descent : -775m (Via Aharza Pass, Urdanzia Pass and Lasse). Itinerary adapted to bike. OR Distance : 32km, altitude gain : +900m, descent : -890m (Via Urdiako Pass, Urdanzia Path and Lasse) Itinerary adapted to the VTC including 2 kilometers of easy track, you may have to push your bike.

Day 6 : Loops of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Starting from Saint Jean pied de port, three loops are proposed according to your level. The first one crosses the vineyards of Irouleguy until you discover a very beautiful panorama at the top of Jara. The second will take you from pass to pass through varied landscapes, small roads and remote villages in the Basque countryside. You can enjoy a gastronomic break at the Gamia pass and restaurant before your last descent of the week. Finally, for the more sporty, we suggest you discover the superb site of Iraty, a plateau in the heart of the largest beech forest in Europe, the climb will be made along one of the most beautiful and most demanding roads in the region. Distance : 28,5km, altitude gain : +800m, descent : -800m (summit of Jara) OR Distance: 53km, altitude gain: 970m, descent: -970m (Col de Gamia) OR Distance : 56km, altitude gain : +1350m, descent : -1350m (Iraty)

This program is an example of the itinerary we aim to adhere to. It may be necessary, if situations arise that are beyond our control, for the itinerary to be modified.


 Day 1 at your hotel in Hendaye (64), according to your time of arrival.


Day 6 at your hotel in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (64), after your cycling day.


Level 2/5

Quite easy: 3.30 to 5 hours of cycling per day, each stage ranging between 23km and 56km. No particular difficulty. 


3 nights in half board and 2 nights in bed & breakfast
5 nights in hotels** 

- Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, butter, jam).
- For the dinners that are not included, a choice of restaurants is possible in each stopover.  
- Picnics not included. You can do some groceries shopping in each stopover. 
- Drinks not included.

Luggage porterage

You need to carry a small day sack only with a water bottle, camera, picnic and wind jacket. The main luggage will be transported by vehicle between the different accommodations.


Self-guided cycling, without guide.

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