The Basque country of Spain and France offers a blend of rich heritage, proud traditions, and striking natural beauty.


  • Stay at the elegant, beachfront Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra in San Sebastián.
  • Explore San Sebastián’s Old Town, including Buen Pastor Cathedral, and walk on La Concha Promenade along the beautiful bay.
  • Learn about life in Basque country during dinner with local residents.
  • Cross the border into France to visit the villages of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, which has a swashbuckling history, and Espelette, where whitewashed homes are decorated with traditional strings of red peppers.
  • Board a vintage cog railway in the village of Sare for a scenic ride to the top of La Rhune at nearly 3,000 feet.
  • Discover authentic Basque cuisine during a chef-guided market visit and cooking lesson in Biarritz.
  • Visit historic stops on the Way of St. James in Bayonne and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

Itinerary at a Glance

June 9Depart gateway city
June 10Arrive in Bilbao | San Sebastián
June 11San Sebastián
June 12Saint-Jean-de-Luz | Sare | Espelette
June 13Bilbao
June 14Biarritz | Bayonne
June 15Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
June 16San Sebastián
June 17Bilbao | Depart for gateway city

Trip Scholar

Lucy Pick

Lucy Pick is a senior lecturer in the history of Christianity, interim director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and an associate faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Chicago. A historian of medieval religious thought and practice, Pick’s current research and teaching interests include the relationships between gender and religion, connections between historical writing and theology, the development of monastic thought and practice, reading and writing as spiritual exercises, and the ways in which religion shapes lives through ritual. Her first book, Conflict and Coexistence: Archbishop Rodrigo and the Muslims and Jews of Thirteenth-Century Spain, made connections between the political theology, historical and polemical writings, scholarly patronage, and politics of Archbishop Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada (1209–47). Pick’s second academic monograph, Her Father’s Daughter: Gender, Power, and Religion in the Early Spanish Kingdoms, is forthcoming from Cornell University Press in autumn 2017. This book considers together for the first time a group of royal women, all daughters of kings of the early kingdoms of the Asturias and of León-Castilla, for what their presence and activity says about structures of power and the roles of gender and religion in the early Middle Ages. Pick’s first novel, Pilgrimage, was published in 2014. It is a story about the Middle Ages that explores betrayal, friendship, illness, miracles, healing, and redemption on the road to Santiago de Compostela.