Gateway Destinations Prepares To Discover The French Basque Region

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This women-only adventure captures the essence of the distinct French Basque culture. This 8-day journey begins along the dramatic Atlantic coastline before venturing through the captivating villages of the Pyrénées foothills.

My first visit to the Basque region of France opened my eyes to another dimension of France that I had only dreamed about

Gateway Destinations is preparing for the upcoming travels that 2013 will bring! Dates for the Pays Basque & French Pyrénées women-only tour have been finalized and owner, Jan Acorn, is looking forward to personally escorting a small group of ladies through this unique southwest region of France.

The Basque region, tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrénées Mountains, is enchantingly different from other parts of France. Travelers will discover structures of white facades with dark wood accents that are the traditional architecture dating back to the 17th and 18th century. Shopping treasures such as colorful local linens can be found in the charming coastal city of St. Jean de Luz, made famous by the marriage of Louis XIV and Maria Teresa in 1660. The rich history of this region continues when visitors explore Biarritz where Napoleon III and his Spanish wife Empress Eugenie built their palace, today a luxurious beachfront hotel.

This fascinating journey continues eastward to the Pyrénées Mountains which is full of history, culture and lush mountainous landscapes. This region boasts prehistoric caves, natural hot springs, mysterious Templar villages and the infamous pilgrimage site of Lourdes. A personal chef will educate travelers about France’s full-bodied regional gastronomy such as foie gras and local cheeses during an informal and interactive cooking class.

“My first visit to the Basque region of France opened my eyes to another dimension of France that I had only dreamed about” mentions Gateway owner, Jan Acorn. “It has a unique charm with different foods, architecture and people that I love to introduce to others, guests rave about the cooking class in the chocolate museum in Biarritz.”

About Gateway Destinations

Gateway Destinations, LLC provides custom travel planning services for individuals, couples and small groups to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations, specializing in Europe. In addition, Gateway creates and escorts custom small group tours to Europe, specializing in guided tours for women.

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