56 days in Europe Itinerary

56 days in Europe Itinerary

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Drive to Bilbao Airport, Fly to Brussels Airport, Drive to Tongeren
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Tongeren, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Durham, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Vannes, France
— 2 nights
Drive to Rennes-Saint-Jacques Airport, Fly to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Stuttgart, Germany
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
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Tongeren, Belgium

— 2 nights
Tongeren is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg, in the southeastern corner of the Flemish region of Belgium. Fort Eben-Emael and Basilica Tongeren will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Teseum and Gallo-Romeins Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tongeren: Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout), TODI - The Ultimate Diving Experience (in Beringen) and Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery (in Henri-Chapelle). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at De Teut and pause for some serene contemplation at Begijnhof van Tongeren.

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain to Tongeren is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in March, things will get little chillier in Tongeren: highs are around 13°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Tongeren

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Popular historic sites such as Grand Place and Gravensteen are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Groeningemuseum and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Bruges (Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, Belfry of Bruges, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Tongeren to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tongeren in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Durham.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Durham, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Durham is a historic city and the county town of County Durham in North East England. Durham Cathedral and St. Brandon's Church, Brancepeth will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Durham Castle and Oriental Museum. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on North Star Alpacas, explore the wide array of goods at Durham Market Hall, make a trip to World War One Soldier Sculpture, and visit Fury Events.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Durham road trip planning site.

You can fly from Brussels to Durham in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. March in Durham sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Durham

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Let the collections at National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: Joe's Bows (in Hernhill) and The Big Cat Sanctuary (in Smarden). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, don't miss a visit to Tower of London, brush up on your military savvy at Churchill War Rooms, and steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace.

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Traveling by train from Durham to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 6 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Montmartre, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip website.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Vannes.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Vannes, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Gulf

Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take a stroll through Place Henri IV, make a trip to Centre Historique de Vannes, then savor the flavors at Vero - Cremes & Fromages, then see the interesting displays at Sous-Marin Flore, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetiere de Bateaux de KERHERVY. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Remparts and then contemplate the long history of Old City Walls of Vannes.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Vannes online visit planner.

Getting from Paris to Vannes by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Vannes are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Rome.

Things to do in Vannes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Stanze di Raffaello and Galleria Borghese will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and make a trip to St. Peter's Square.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rome journey maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vannes to Rome. Traveling from Vannes in March, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo. You'll explore and learn at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Museo di San Marco. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Siena (Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, and stop by M.G. Design.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip tool.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Stuttgart, Germany

— 3 nights

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mercedes-Benz Museum and Staatsgalerie. Appreciate the collections at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and StadtPalais – Museum fur Stuttgart. Venture out of the city with trips to Dilsberg Castle Fortress (in Neckargemund), Eninger Weide (in Eningen unter Achalm) and Heidelberg (Tinnunculus, Schloss Heidelberg, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Porsche Museum, contemplate the long history of Palace Square, and don't miss a visit to Fernsehturm Stuttgart.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Stuttgart trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Stuttgart takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Florence in April, with highs in Stuttgart at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Pergamonmuseum and The Dresden Zwinger. Popular historic sites such as Charlottenburg Palace and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie are in your itinerary. Step out of Berlin to go to Dresden and see Bruehlsche Terrasse, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, admire the landmark architecture of Berliner Dom, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and make a trip to Brandenburg Gate.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Berlin holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Stuttgart to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Moscow, Russia

— 3 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
State Tretyakov Gallery and Armoury Chamber will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Red Square and Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Moscow Kremlin, contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Moscow trip maker site.

You can fly from Berlin to Moscow in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 2 hours. April in Moscow sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Appreciate the collections at Museu Picasso and Parc de Montjuic. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parc Guell, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Moscow to Barcelona by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Barcelona is minus 2 hours. In April, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Moscow - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Royal Palace of Madrid and El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Alcazar - Biblioteca de Castilla-La Mancha, Catedral Primada, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and explore the galleries of Museo Cerralbo.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Madrid, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bilbao, Spain

— 3 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Get some historical perspective at Catedral de Santa Maria and Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro. Do some cultural sightseeing at Parte Vieja and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Explore Bilbao's surroundings by going to San Sebastian - Donostia (La Concha Beach & Plaza de la Constitucion) and Anillo Verde (in Vitoria-Gasteiz). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, explore the galleries of Azkuna Zentroa, and take a stroll through Casco Viejo.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bilbao online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Madrid to Bilbao in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Morbihan travel guide

4.1
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Ruins

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Basque Country travel guide

4.4
Art Museums · Beaches · Landmarks
Proud of its distinctive culture, the Basque Country is known to its local population as Euskadi or Euskal Herria, "Land of Basque Speakers." Widely regarded as one of the world’s best destinations for gastronomic itineraries, this region includes several major culinary centers, not the least of which is San Sebastián, known for its singular tapas or "pintxos," as the locals call them. The region’s big cities boast not only award-winning restaurants, but also numerous galleries, museums, and historical attractions. Beyond these urban centers, Basque culture thrives in villages dotting the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, which are home to a multitude of world-class wineries and innovative cider cellars.