Join Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in France!

We invite you to join us when Aspen Santa Fe Ballet makes its exciting return to the elegant seaside city of Biarritz, France this September.

This promises to be a trip to France like no other! The charming city of Biarritz, on the Basque coast of southwestern France, is the hometown of ASFB Executive Director, Jean-Philippe Malaty. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet made its international debut in Biarritz in 2004 and returns to the city in 2018 as the only American dance company at the Festival du Temps d’Aimer. ASFB trustee and luxury travel expert John Galante has designed your Biarritz experience with the local insight of Jean-Philippe.

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Arrive in Biarritz: Wednesday, September 5

Depart Biarritz: Tuesday, September 11

ASFB Package Highlights:

  • Luxurious accommodation for six nights in a beach view room, with access to the spa, at the historic Hôtel du Palais.
  • A welcome dinner for the group at Chez Albert in the Biarritz fisherman’s port.
  • A guided day tour of nearby French Basque country villages of Cambo Les Bains and Sare, with lunch at the charming Auberge Olhabidea.
  • A day trip across the Spanish border to the seductive city of San Sebastian, recently awarded the coveted title European Capital of Culture.
  • A hands-on Basque cooking class in San Sebastian.
  • A day trip up the scenic Nive River Valley to a 12th century citadel and the historic village of Saint Jean de Port.
  • A day along the enchanting Spanish Basque coast with stops in scenic Getaria and the extraordinary Cristobál Balenciaga Museum, housing an exquisite collection by the namesake fashion icon.
  • A culinary experience at the Michelin starred Les Frères Ibarboure.
  • VIP tickets to see Aspen Santa Fe Ballet perform at Theatre du Casino, followed by dinner with the ASFB dancers.

Additional surprise experiences and activities!

This trip is customizable and John Galante of Smart Flyer is available to design an extended France or Europe travel package.


$4,900 per person based on double occupancy in a Beach View room.

$6,100 per person based on single occupancy in a Beach View room.

Airfare is not included.

This special trip to Biarritz with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is open to all those who support ASFB at the National Council level ($2,500) and above. Space is limited. To make your reservation, contact Zander Higbie in the ASFB office: 970-925-7175 ext. 105. For further trip details, contact travel advisor John Galante of Smartflyer: 970-300-4880 or

Your reservation will be made with full payment. Due to the cancellation policies of Hôtel du Palais, ASFB must charge a 50% cancellation fee after May 1 and refunds are not possible after August 1.