Boise Basque Festival – July 29th – Aug. 2nd 2020

The Basques are an ethnic group that primarily inhabits an area traditionally known as the Basque Country, a region that is located around the western end of the Pyrenees, on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, and straddles parts of north-eastern Spain and south-western France. Boise… Idaho’s capital and home to the largest population of Basque people in the United States. Boise celebrates with a festival known as Jaialdi every 5 years. The celebration is based around the religious feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, patron saint of the Basques, and founder of the Jesuit religious order.

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Day 1 – Wednesday, June 29th – Home to Pendleton
We’ll make our way north east, to Hood River, where you will have some free time to sample some of the best of the best in food and drink, from simple home style meals to gourmet offerings. We’ll continue through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge to The SAGE Center in Boardman… an interactive visitor center that highlights sustainable agriculture and energy. Hands-on exhibits feature the sophisticated technologies used by growers and the related industries at the Port of Morrow and communicate the passion and knowledge of the people who work for these businesses. Explore Morrow County through the center’s own Hot Air Balloon experience. How good are you at planting corn in a straight line? Find out and compare your skills to the GPS technology farmers currently use. You’ll have time to get cozy in your room before we head to dinner at Hamley’s Steakhouse… located in the heart of downtown Pendleton, home to the historic Pendleton Round-Up, is a restaurant for the ages. Every square foot has been meticulously designed to embody the American Old West. We’ll be taken back in time to experience the late eighteenth-century design and top-of-the-line craftsmanship. Hamley’s is truly an experience you’ll never forget!  Oxford Inn & Suites (D)

Day 2 – Thursday, July 30th – Pendleton to Boise
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel before we head out… We’ll be traveling through some gorgeous scenery this morning as we make our way to Ontario where lunch at the Country Kitchen awaits… We’ll continue to Boise this afternoon… did you know Boise is the headquarters for several major companies, such as Boise Cascade, Albertsons, J.R. Simplot Company, Idaho Pacific Lumber Company, WinCo Foods and many others. We’ll check into our home for the next 2 nights, the Riverside Inn… you’ll have time to freshen up before dinner and our First Basque Festival Event. Boise is home to the largest population of Basque people in the United States. They celebrate with a festival known as Jaialdi every 5 years. The celebration is based around the religious feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, patron saint of the Basques and founder of the Jesuit religious order. Are you ready for Sports Night? This is a very unique competition between athletes from around the world. Watch as weight lifters from the Basque Country test their strength by lifting cylinders weighing 250-400 pounds and stone balls weighing 350 pounds. Woodchoppers will test their skills against each other and traditional farm sports competitors will throw hay bales, lift wagons and see who can carry milk cans the farthest. Riverside Inn (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Friday, July 31st – Boise Basque Festival
Meet our wonderful step on guide this morning… he will enlighten us on Boise… Idaho’s capital and most populous city. First stop, the Birds of Prey… the center’s research facilities are designed to enhance the health, reproduction and reintroduction efforts of endangered species and to collect information about the general biology of raptors. They are currently helping endangered California Condors and Aplomado Falcons. The condors are released to the wild in northern Arizona; Aplomado Falcon chicks are released to the wild in Texas and New Mexico. Our city tour will come to an end at the Basque Block… where you’ll have some free time to enjoy lunch on your own and take in The Basque Museum and Cultural Center… it was established in 1985 as a small museum in the historic Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House. The Museum began to interpret the rich and colorful history of the Basques, their origins and their new life in America. You will also see dancers and other Basque events taking place on the block. You will have some time to freshen up at the hotel before we head out for a wonderful dinner at one of Boise’s best restaurants Cottonwood Grill. Next another Basque event Festa’ra (dance night) is a celebration of the traditional music and dance of the Basque Country, including performers from Euskadi and Boise’s famous Oinkari Dancers. For over 50 years, the Oinkaris have been dancing at festivals and world fairs – even the Capitol building in Washington DC, building goodwill and attracting attention with their twirls and jumps in their traditional white, red and black costumes. Riverside Inn (B, D)

Day 4 – Saturday, August 1st – Boise to Bend
We’ll head out this morning with great memories of a Jaialdi and Boise… We’ll enjoy a few stops along the way including a delicious lunch at the Apple Peddler in Hines. Enjoy the scenery as we enter the high desert of Central Oregon, with forests of ponderosa pine, winding rivers and lakes, and mile after mile of sun-kissed earth. Get cozy in the comforts of the Double Tree by Hilton. You are on your own for dinner tonight in Old Town it’s full of restaurants, shops and galleries for you to peruse. Double Tree by Hilton (B, L)

Day 5 – Sunday, August 2nd – Bend to Home
After breakfast, we’re off to the world class High Desert Museum… whether you’re three or 93, there’s something for everyone at the High Desert Museum. See birds of prey, otters, porcupines, a bobcat and more. Check out the collection of desert dwellers in their Desertarium. Visit with living history characters at the 1904 Miller Family Ranch. Explore High Desert history and culture in the permanent exhibits. The Museum is set on 135 beautiful wooded acres just south of Bend. It’s no wonder the Museum is ranked the #1 thing to do in Bend by TripAdvisor. We continue on to Sisters where you’ll have some time to discover the arts and crafts of Sisters in mom-and-pop shops. Get a hearty, old-fashioned lunch in casual elegance. (B)

$1,534 Double $1,938 Single

A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by May 14th, 2020