El Transcantabrico Grand Luxe

El Transcantabrico - Grand Luxe

San Sebastian - Santiago de Compostela

THE TRAIN
The “El Transcantabrico” winds its leisurely way through the majestic provinces of old northern Spain - a journey through high mountains, past lakes and impressive seascapes and across the undulating landmass that so typifies the Cantabrian coast and old Castile.

THE SUITES
El Transcantabrico Grand Luxe itinerary, San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela v.v has
Deluxe Suite
A spacious wooden room with a salon, bedroom and bathroom, and decorated with exclusive details.
• Two metre long double bed or twin beds. A sofa which can be turned into a bed in the salon.
• Equipped with wardrobe, luggage rack, desk, safe, flat screen, music tuner, climate control, multimedia computer with free Internet connection, telephone and minibar.
• A comfortable and spacious private bathroom with hydromassage shower/steam sauna, hairdryer and a varied set of bath items with unique fragrance and toiletries bag.

Each train offers a library, games and videos, a Dining Car, a Bar and Pub Car for relaxing, enjoying the music or even dancing. A multilingual tour guide will explain the sights en route..

Day 1 San Sebastian - Villasana de Mena

Rendezvous at 12:00 in San Sebastian at a first class hotel. Passengers reception, welcome and lunch in San Sebastián, a city of elegant beauty and home to major cultural events. Tour of the town after lunch and transfer by luxury coach to Bilbao, where El Transcantábrico is waiting for us. Welcome drink with the crew. Train trip to Villasana de Mena while enjoying our first dinner onboard. Overnight in Villasana de Mena.

Day 2 Villasana de Mena - Bilbao - Santander

Just as every day, we begin the journey with a delicious buffet and a la carte breakfast. El Trancantábrico will take us back to the dynamic city of Bilbao, that has managed to reinvent itself after the decline of its heavy industry. City tour including admission for the famous Guggenheim Museum, epitome of a new Bilbao. Return to the train to continue our journey to Santander while having lunch onboard. City sightseeing tour of the elegant capital of Cantabria and free time. Those who wish may visit El Gran Casino after dinner (entrance included). Overnight in Santander.

Day 3 Santander - Potes - Cabezon de la Sal

Train trip to Unquera station from where we will travel by coach through the gorge of La Hermida and reach the town of Potes. After visiting this charming village, enjoy a spa circuit at La Hermida Spa. Return to the train after lunch and trip to Cabezón de la Sal. In the afternoon there will be free time and you may choose to visit the mansion of El Capricho in the town of Comillas, the impressive and colourful 19th century house designed by Antonio Gaudí. Dinner and overnight in Cabezón de la Sal.

Day 4 Cabezon de la Sal - Santillana del Mar - Arriondas

The day begins with a visit to the town of Santillana del Mar with its beautifully preserved medieval town. Next we will be taken on a tour of Altamira Neocave, the finest realistic example of Upper Palaeolithic cave art. After lunch we will return to the train and travel into Asturian territory, visiting the village of Ribadesella and its charming promenade and stunning historic mansions. Dinner and overnight in Arriondas.

Day 5 Arriondas - Oviedo - Candas

Today our coach will drive us to the heart of the Principality of Asturias, to the Picos de Europa National Park. First enroute is Lake Enol, then visit the sacred place of Shrine of Covadonga to hear its legends. Back onboard for lunch and trip to the region’s capital, Oviedo, the highlight of Asturian Romanesque art, featuring gems such as the basilica of San Julian de los Prados. City tour and free time. Dinner onboard while we travel to Candás, where we will spend the night.

Day 6 Candas - Aviles - Gijon - Luarca

We begin the day discovering Avilés, an ancient city with a precious old town, and Gijón, a city that opens up to the Cantabrian Sea and is alive with cultural events. After visiting both towns, return to the El Transcantábrico to continue our coastal journey to Luarca, visiting this charming seaside town embedded in a stunning landscape. Dinner and overnight in Luarca.

Day 7 Luarca - Ribadeo - Viveiro

Train trip to the historic town of Ribadeo, in Galician lands, bordering Asturias. Our coach will take us to the Las Catedrales Beach, one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. City sightseeing in Ribadeo and free time. Back on the train for lunch and trip to Viveiro, with city tour and free time. Dinner and overnight in Viveiro.

Day 8 Viveiro - Santiago de Compostela

While enjoying our last breakfast onboard, we will arrive in Ferrol, followed by a comfortable coach trip to Santiago de Compostela. Enjoy a city tour in this historical town, goal of devotees for over a thousand years, and admire its countless artistic jewels such as the Cathedral.