El Transcantabrico Costa Verde Express

El Transcantabrico - Costa Verde Express

Gijon - Bilbao

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 Costa Verde itinerary, Bilbao to Gijon v.v has the following suite:

Junior Suite
- Comfortable and functional rooms decorated on wood and equipped with private bathroom.
- Double bed.
- Equipped with wardrobe, luggage rack, desk, safe, climate control, music tuner, internal telephone and minibar.
- Private bathroom with hairdryer, hydromassage shower/steam sauna, 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.

**The train also runs in reverse direction Bilbao - Gijon on selected departure days from May to October**

Day 1 Gijon - Candas

Meeting point at the Gijón Parador at 13:00. Travellers welcome and lunch at the Gijón Parador. After lunch, enjoy a tour of the historical centre of this city on the sea. On the way to the train station, the tour stops at Avilés, a millenary town with a beautifully preserved and valuable historic centre. Later we will arrive at Candás, where the Trans-Cantabrian train awaits. Once on board, the crew will offer a welcome drink, and you can settle into your on board accommodation. Dinner and overnight stay in Candás.

Day 2 Candas - Llanes

Enjoy a leisurely and scenic breakfast on the way to Oviedo, the capital of the Asturias Principality and the heart of pre-Romanesque Asturias, with treasures such as the church San Julián de los Prados. Enjoy the city and a delicious breakfast to sample some local produce and renowned friendly hospitality. The train will arrive at Ribadesella in the afternoon. Tour of the city. The coach will take you to Llanes. Tour, dinner and overnight stay in Llanes.

Day 3 Llanes - Cabezon de la Sal

Enjoy your breakfast on the railway this morning with spectacular views on the way to Arriondas, right in the heart of the Asturias Principality. Visit the magnificent Picos de Europa National Park, ascending to Lake Enol, and then the Covadonga Sanctuary; a sacred place full of tradition and legends. Next, Cangas de Onís, the first capital of the Asturias Kingdom founded by Pelagius of Asturias. Lunch. In the afternoon, the train will arrive in Cabezón de la Sal, in the lands of the beautiful Cantabrian coast. Dinner and overnight stay in Cabezón de La Sal.

Day 4 Cabezon de la Sal - Santander

After breakfast, the coach will take you to visit the famous Altamira 'Neocave', a museum and scientific reproduction of the finest Upper Palaeolithic rock art ever found. Next visit the magnificently preserved Medieval historic quarter of Santillana del Mar and its Collegiate Church. Lunch. The next adventure on our great railway journey is a visit to the Capricho de Gaudí in Comillas. Back on board, the train will take us to Santander, the elegant Cantabrian capital. After dinner, you can visit the Santander Grand Casino. Overnight in Santander.

Day 5 Santander - Marron/Ampuero

Breakfast on board and tour of Santander. Lunch on board on the way to Marrón/Ampuero. From here, the coach will take you to visit Santoña with its spectacular Biosphere Marsh Reserve, with a visit to one of its traditional canned anchovy and Albacore tuna factories and then a tour of the town with a boat ride across the spectacular bay to visit the quaint seaside town of Laredo and then back to the train. Dinner and overnight stay in Marrón/Ampuero.

Day 6 Marron/Ampuero - Bilbao

During breakfast the train will journey on to Bilbao; a vibrant town that has reinvented itself after the decline of its traditional heavy industry. Visit the famous Guggenheim Museum, the iconic symbol of the new Bilbao and a visit to the Portugalete Hanging Bridge. Lunch in a typical restaurant and end of the trip at around 16:00.

END OF ITINERARY

*Note: meals are a combination of on-train and off-train gastronomic experiences, where you are treated to the most varied examples of Spain's northern cuisine