The Basque country has perserved its rich, unique and somewhat enigmatic culture (to this day the origins of the Basque people and language remain a mystery !). Participants will taste typical dishes, play a match of pelota, attend performances of traditional dances and songs. An excursion across the border will lead to the Spanish basque country, where Hemingway has left his mark. A delightful rack railway will make the 3000-foot ascent to the summit of "la Rhune" which offers commanding views as far as the Atlantic. Outdoor activities include a 3-day trek in the Pyrenees with a professional nnative guide and an afternoon of "canyoning", body surfing down gorges and cascades.