Excursion – St Jean Pied De Port


Excursion postponed to 05 October 2022

The Pre-Convention Tourism/AA lunch activity planned for Wednesday 6 October 2021 has developed and may be interesting to you if you are in Biarritz early for the convention. Registration fee includes transportation (chartered coach transport) and lunch.  Personal expenses (souvenirs, tips, etc) are at your additional cost

The registration fee covers the administration costs of booking, transportation, confirming availability, and planning excursion arrangements

We travel to St Jean Pied de Port (mile 0 from SW France on the El Camino only 50 minutes by road from Biarritz} by pre-arranged pre-booked transport and enjoy an inexpensive lunch (at additional expense) at the Central Hotel.

St Jean Pied de Port registration
Please click here to register (register link repeated below)

St Jean Pied de Port is a beautiful town and is located in a very picturesque region.
Video El Camino

It is a 50 minute drive through the pastoral, picturesque, mountainous Basque Country/Pays Basque and is an opportunity to view some of this magnificent countryside.

We travel by road from Biarritz in pre-booked chartered coach. Visiting AAs with rental cars may join the excursion but must pay the excursion registration fee to avail of administration, route planning guidance, lunch booking arrangements and planning services etc.

It can be difficult to find/book a charter coach/bus in early October without advance planning. So early excursion registration is encouraged.

St Jean Pied de Port registration
Please click here to register (register link repeated far below)

The plan is to leave Biarritz (venue hotel) at 10h30 sharp, eat lunch at 12h30, visit St Jean Pied de Port until about 16h00, and return to Biarritz in time for a swim in the ocean or pool and dinner.

Hotel Central is located in the center of the town right on the river and offers excellent food, great value, and superb service – the restaurant transports one time-wise back to the 1800s/early 1900s.

“In the heart of Saint Jean Pied de Port, (ranked among the most beautiful villages in France), is a house of character on the banks of the River Nive. This hotel, fully renovated in 2015, offers comfortable rooms with bathroom or private shower room. Rooms have been designed and equipped to accommodate people with reduced mobility. An elevator facilitates access to all rooms. The restaurant “Le Central” welcomes you on the terrace on the banks of the River Nive where you can enjoy local produce. The hotel is ideally located for touring the Inner Basque Country and practicing many activities such as hiking, fishing, whitewater sports …”

St Jean Pied de Port registration
Please click here to register (register link repeated far below)

Please email babanglophonegroup@gmail.com if you wish to participate. When we know how many excursionists there will be/registered for the excursion, we will book/reserve transport and a table in the restaurant, all before mid-September 2021.

For those of you registered to go to Lourdes; it is too early to charter a coach. Alternative transport to Lourdes would be by regular scheduled train service on Monday 11 October 2021. The Lourdes Guide/s will meet you at Lourdes train station.

For all excursions full details will be provided to the relevant parties/persons (excursionists, transporters, guides, restaurateurs, etc) by email in advance, confirming all details

Registration for Excursion  
To register for this excursion please click here

1: For those not already pre-registered to the convention, it is worth noting excursion capacity is limited to registered convention attendees.
2 : Accommodation: allocated convention venue hotel rooms are in limited supply
3 : Participation in the Saturday banquet/dinner (€35.00)  needs to be booked before 23 September 2022

Additional info

Video: St Jean Pied de Port | view here
Video: Start of El Camino | view here
Video: Train to St Jean Pied de Port | view here
Video: Paris to St Jean Pied de Port | View here
Video: La fêtes de Saint-Jean-Pied-de Port | Garaziko Bestak 2019
Video: Petit Train | La Rhune
St Jean Pied de Port | Eusko Guide 
Hotel Central | Photo Gallery

To register for this excursion please click here