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About Biarritz

The luxurious French town of Biarritz is gateway to the Pyrenees and home to a stunning beach washed over by the Atlantic Ocean. This up-market resort sits just a few miles from the Spanish border, but retains a strong French seaside feel - complete with grand Art Deco casino on the seafront.

The town itself boasts a fascinating aquarium, world-renowned museum of Asian art and many pavement cafés and restaurants in which to while away the hours.
Outside of the town, the impressive Pyrenees are accessible - giving you the opportunity to marvel at some of the most impressive sights in nature.

Snow-capped peaks, lush valleys and expensive vistas all await. The sights are made all the more wonderful by the knowledge that after a drive back to sea level and your ship, you'll be basking in warm sun once again!

 

Shore excursions in Biarritz

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Basque Coast , St Jean de Luz and Little Train

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4¼ hours

Become acquainted with the Basque region and charm of St Jean de Luz, and take a ride on a little train

Saint Jean De Luz is located on the Côte Basque; it has wonderful hidden corners and winding lanes that take you to whitewashed houses and small boutiques. The golden age of prosperity for the town was crowned by the marriage of Louis XIV and Marie-Thérèse of Spain in the Basque church of St John the Baptist in 1660.

Sit back and enjoy an introduction to St Jean de Luz by trolley train. After the 30-minute train ride you’ll take a short walk to visit the Basque church, whose interior is one of the finest examples of religious Basque architecture.

Rejoin your coach and venture along the Atlantic coast and through the traditional Basque villages of Bidart and Guethary.

Biarritz is named the ‘Queen of Resorts and the Resort of Kings’. Upon arrival, you’ll stop to admire the lighthouse, perched on the northern tip of Biarritz, boasting great views of the city. Pass by the ‘Grande Plage’, the main beach in town, where surfers from all over the world come to ride the waves. See the quaint fishing port nested in the rocks, and then it’s off to the Rock of the Virgin. This island is accessible only by an imposing bridge which was constructed by Gustave Eiffel, the same architect who, of course, designed the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris.

You will conclude your oceanfront tour of Biarritz with a walking tour of the ancient whaling port, and afterwards, take advantage of some free time to explore independently.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and little train. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking on this tour. Flat comfortable shoes are recommended.

Basque Coast Panorama

Activity low

Duration: 2¼ hours

Enjoy a scenic sightseeing tour along the Basque coast visiting Bayonne, Anglet and Biarritz in an open-top minibus.

This panoramic drive will provide magnificent viewpoints and take you to 3 delightful towns in an unusual and original way. Have your camera at the ready as there will be countless photo opportunities along the way.

Labelled as a ‘town of Art and History’, Bayonne is proud of its cultural and historical heritage and is known for its gastronomy and traditions. It is also the official ‘Chocolate Capital of France’.

Anglet is a town ‘closer to nature’ on the Basque coast, between the forest and the ocean. There are lively beaches between the ‘Chambre d’Amour’ and the quieter spots near the mouth of the Adour River. Renowned as the surfing capital of France, it has a collection of internationally known spots for both surfing and body boarding.

Biarritz attracts surfers from all over the world, as well as golfers, rugby fans and those who wish to relax in the soothing waters of the thalassotherapy centres. The local games of the Basque ‘pelota’ and ‘cesta punta’ also attract many people to this region.

View the ‘Grande Plage’, the old fishermen’s port, and enjoy the air at the famous ‘Côte des Basque’ beach, or at the spectacular site of the Rocher de la Vierge - Rock of the Madonna.

A photo stop will be made at the lighthouse, located on the northern tip of Biarritz, and offering a panoramic view of the city.

Essential information

This tour operate by open-top minibus. It is a panoramic drive with a photo stop at the Lighthouse. There is minimal walking over flat ground at the lighthouse.

Basque Country Delights

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

This excursion introduces you to the charms of 2 typical French villages rich in Basque influence, where you’ll sample some delicious local delicacies.

After a short scenic drive from the port, you’ll arrive in the charming village of Ainhoa.

Ainhoa was almost totally destroyed by the Spanish in 1629. Today's houses were rebuilt during the 17th and 18th centuries. Its main street boasts some of the finest houses in laboured style, with the dates of their construction and names of the owners engraved on the lintels above the doorways.

Afterwards you’ll visit a typical Basque house in the delightful village of Sare, where you’ll sample local foods such as cheese served with marmalade, Basque cake, cider and wine.

On the return journey, you’ll venture through the Basque country passing by Saint Pee Sur Nivelle , a village that is centuries old and has beautiful, imposing Basque homes built in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot.The order of sights may vary. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour and a considerable amount of steps at the Basque house. Please wear flat, comfortable shoes.

Biarritz and St Jean de Luz

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the delightful seaside town of St Jean de Luz on a guided walk and admire the dazzling city of Biarritz.

St Jean de Luz is a very upmarket boutique town and fishing port situated not far from the Spanish border. The town centre has a charming medieval background with a mix of Spanish and Moorish architecture. Your guide will introduce to this town on a walking tour and point out the main highlights.

Your tour will then continue on to Biarritz, passing through the typical villages of Bidart and Guethary.

Biarritz is known as the ‘Queen of Resorts and Resorts of the Kings’. The beachside Palace, now the Hotel du Palais, was built by Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III. Constructed in 1855 in the shape of an ‘E’ to reference the Empresses’ name, the palace-now-hotel offers a glimpse of once-vast imperial wealth and power.

After a panoramic drive of Biarritz, join a walking tour where you will see the quaint old fishing port of Biarritz, nestled among the rocks, which is considered by many as a tiny village within the city of Biarritz. Then it’s off to the Rock of the Virgin, the ‘island’ accessible only by an imposing bridge constructed by Gustave Eiffel, the same architect who, of course, designed the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Free time will be given for you to explore independently before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The order of the sights may vary. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The old fishing port of Biarritz will be viewed from the seafront boulevard.

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