Silversea Luxury Cruises A St Jean de Luz

St Jean de Luz

Situated at the mouth of the Nivelle River, St. Jean de Luz is by far the most attractive and most Basque of the region's beach resorts. Evidence of the wealth and vigour of St. Jean's seafaring past is most notable in the opulent villas that dot the bay area and the centre square. Not yet submerged in tourism, it is one of the busiest fishing ports in France. As the only natural harbour in this area, St. Jean has been a major port for centuries. View more

Whaling and cod fishing are the traditional occupations. Voyaging as far afield as Newfoundland, local sailors claimed to have discovered it a hundred years before Columbus. Driven from his traditional ports of call in Arctic waters by Dutch and English whalers, an enterprising Basque devised a method of boiling down blubber on board the vessel. This enabled the Basque boats to stay at sea much longer. When they lost their cod fishing grounds in Newfoundland in the 18th century, they saved themselves from ruin by turning privateer and seizing other nations' vessels. St. Jean de Luz became a veritable pirates' nest; Basque corsairs sailed under the authority of the French King, becoming the scourge of English merchant ships. In 1660 at the church St. Jean Baptiste, Louis XIV (the Sun King) wed the Infanta Maria Teresa of Spain, as agreed in the 1659 Treaty of the Pyrenees. The marriage put an end to decades of war between the two neighbouring countries. Plain and fortress-like on the outside, the church's interior is magnificent, lined on three sides with tiers of dark oak galleries and gilded wooden statues. A ship model presented by the Empress Eugénie hangs from the centre. Unfortunately, the portal through which the famous newlyweds exited the church was sealed immediately following the ceremony so no one else could use the royal threshold. It has remained walled up ever since. The town is best explored on foot, starting around the Place Louis XIV with its bandstand, cafés and the statue of Louis XIV on horseback. Shop-lined pedestrian streets and art galleries invite you to browse; a picturesque harbour is filled with colourful boats. St. Jean beckons you to explore its narrow streets and shady squares enhanced by local artists who daily set up their easels and sell their paintings.

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Lisbon A London (Greenwich)
  • Northern Europe & British Isles
  • Cruzeiros Silversea
  • Partida
    mai 22, 2018
  • Duração
    12 Dias
  • Navio
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Excursões em St Jean de Luz

Basque Country, Villages and Tastings

Experience the wonderful culture, scenery and flavours of the Basque country during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Saint Jean de Luz and Ainhoa Village

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Ainhoa. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through this charming village, which was virtually destroyed by the Spanish in 1629 and rebuilt during the 17th and 18th centuries. Its main street boasts some of the finest houses in the Labourd style, with their dates of construction and names of the owners engraved on the lintels above the doorways.


Basque Countryside and Farmhouse, Sare Village and a Tasting of Local Specialities

Next, re-board your coach for the drive through the countryside surrounding Sare, a delightful village that lies in the shadow of Rhune Mountain. A stop is made at a well-preserved Basque-style farmhouse. Here, sample delicious local specialities that include cheese, apple jelly, and Basque cake served with cider and wine. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 656 yards (about 600 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the Basque Museum House. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Biarritz and Bayonne

Discover the scenic splendour of the French Basque countryside during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Biarritz, Grand Plage and Hotel du Palais

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Biarritz, the 'Queen of Resorts and Resort of Kings'. Upon arrival, take a sightseeing drive through this beautiful city. Along the way, see the Grande Plage, the town's main beach and a world-renowned beacon for surfers, and Hotel du Palais. The hotel's façade overlooks the golden beach of Biarritz, and recounts the frivolity of the 1920s. Built in 1855 as a summer house for the Imperial couple, the building owes its 'E'-shape to the name of the Empress, Eugenie.


Fishing Ports, Rock of the Virgin and Lighthouse

Next, a stop is made at the cosy fishing port nestled in the rocks, which is considered by many as a tiny village within the city of Biarritz. From here, proceed to the Rock of the Virgin, a landmark 'island' accessible via an imposing bridge constructed by Gustave Eiffel, architect of the Eiffel Tower. Your last stop in Biarritz is at the ancient whaling port, an integral part of the history of Biarritz. Upon arrival, a photo stop is made at the Lighthouse. Located at the northern tip of Biarritz, this vantage point offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city and coast.


Bayonne, Old District, Cathedral and Cloister

Leaving Biarritz, head to Bayonne, located at the junction of the Nive and Adour rivers. Both the regional capital and port, this town is steeped in history. Originally a Roman garrison, medieval Bayonne was developed on the same site under the coat-of-arms of both France and England. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour along the narrow pedestrian streets of 'Old Bayonne', which are lined with 18th-century homes, and see the Cathedral and Cloister. Following your guided tour, some free time is made available to explore the town at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 40-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in Bayonne is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Elegant San Sebastian

Discover the splendid beauty, history and architecture of San Sebastian during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Saint Jean de Luz and Basque Country

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive across the Spanish border en route to San Sebastian. The Kings and Queens of Spain chose San Sebastian as their royal seaside resort, just as Napoleon III and the Empress Eugenie chose Biarritz. Today, San Sebastian remains a brilliant and seductive city, and the cultural hub of the Basque country.


San Sebastian City and Bay, Monte Igueldo, Old Town, and Free Time

Upon arrival in San Sebastian, a photo stop is made at Monte Igueldo for breath-taking panoramic views over San Sebastian Bay. Afterward, re-board your coach for a picturesque orientation drive through San Sebastian en route to the Old Town. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour along the narrow pedestrian streets, which are lined with the city's renowned tapas bars. Following your walking tour, some free time is made available to browse the charming shops, and/or taste some tapas with Spanish wines or local cider at your own expense. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and standing for approximately 0.93 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in San Sebastian is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

La Rhune Mountain train

Marvel at the spectacular panoramic vistas from La Rhune during an unforgettable, half-day excursion up this historic mountain via train.


Saint Jean de Luz and La Rhune Mountain

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive from Saint Jean de Luz into the mountainous part of the Basque region en route to La Rhune Mountain. La Rhune is covered in dolmens, stone circles and other Neolithic monuments, and was a sacred place in Basque mythology. Centuries later, the mountain became a notable smuggling route, especially for refugees during the Spanish Civil War and World War II.


Sare, Petit Train de la Rhune and Train-Ride

At a height of approximately 2,969 feet (about 905 metres), La Rhune is a popular site for walks and hikes, but is also known for its rack railway, the Petit Train de la Rhune. Built in 1924, this train is perfectly maintained and features wooden carriages. Upon arrival in Sare, board the train for the panoramic ride up to the summit of La Rhune Mountain. Upon reaching the viewing terraces, a photo stop is made for spectacular, 360° vistas that extend from the French coast, across the Pyrenees Mountain range and out to the northern coast of Spain. Afterward, re-board the train for the picturesque ride back down the mountain, then re-board your coach in Sare and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and board/de-board the Petit Train de la Rhune. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

San Sebastian Gourmet Tapas Bar Tasting

Experience the splendid flavours and classic beauty of San Sebastian during this picturesque, half-day excursion to the city's Old Quarter.


San Sebastian and Mount Igueldo

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45 minutes' drive to San Sebastian, located just across the Spanish border. The kings and queens of Spain chose San Sebastian as their royal seaside resort, just as Napoleon III and the Empress Eugenie chose Biarritz. Today, San Sebastian remains a brilliant and seductive city, and cultural hub of the Basque Country. Upon arrival, your visit to this lovely city begins with a brief photo stop at Mount Igueldo for panoramic views overlooking San Sebastian.


City Tour, Old Quarter, Tapas Tastings and Free Time

Next, re-board your coach and head to the centre of town, adjacent to the Old Quarter. Following a short sightseeing tour of the city, depart the coach for a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter. Along the way, stops are made for tapas tastings at two of the more than 100 tapas bars lining the narrow pedestrian streets. Their counters literally overflow with delicious local appetizers, or tapas. Sample these delicious specialties accompanied by Rioja wines, or Txakoli. Afterward, some free time is made available to explore the Old Quarter at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45 minutes' drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and many steps at the sites visited. Walking in San Sebastian is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Silver Shore Privato - St Jean de Luz by Private Car with Guide - Half Day

Explore St Jean de Luz at your leisure during a half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - St Jean de Luz by Private Van with Guide - Half Day

Explore St Jean de Luz at your leisure during a half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 7 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.