Straddling the border between France and Spain, the Basque country includes the Bay of Biscay towns, rural villages and the western Pyrenees. Designed by our local tour leader, this thirteen day tour offers half and full day walks on pilgrims' trails to mountain monasteries, sections of the Grande Randonnee and the Way of St James. We learn about the history and culture of the Basque people, explore old towns, new museums and taste both traditional and modern cuisine. Meeting in Bilbao, we visit the renowned Guggenheim Museum and nearby Urdaibai, the most important wetlands on the Iberian Peninsula. Travelling inland from the Bay of Biscay, our journey takes us to the karst scenery of Gorbeiako Natural Park. Walks follow rolling hills to oak forests, crystal-clear rivers and waterfalls. In Aitzgorri-Aratz Natural Park, we walk from a Franciscan sanctuary to a shepherd's hermitage. Further southeast, the landscape of Urbasa-Andia Natural Park reflects the rural lifestyles over the centuries. After stopping in Pamplona, we walk in the Irati forest and visit the medieval village of Ochagavia. From our base in Roncesvalles we walk sections of the Way of St James, visit Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and stay in a former smuggler's inn in the French alpine village of Saint Etienne. Hiking sections of the GR10 trail we visit beautiful Basque villages such as Ainhoa and prehistoric grottoes near Zugarramurdi. This town is famous for its 17th century witches and delicious cake filled with black cherry jam. Staying in a Parador in charming Hondarribia, time is spent visiting the medieval 13th century old town. Our final hikes are on the St James Way coastal route. One day we finish with lunch in Getaria, locally known as 'the kitchen of the province'. Another, we follow the cliff tops from Pasaia through lush vegetation to finish at Donastia-San Sebastian with a celebration dinner.