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Expreso de la Robla***: 7 days indulgence on rails and urban splendor

3 charming days with your own compartment from Bilbao to Oviedo, 2 days in Bilbao, 1 day in Oviedo.

Description

This is a fantastic classic-style train with all the modern conveniences for a unique, unforgettable experience. The train also has three saloon or living room cars, all air-conditioned and heated and with the latest technology.  The train compartments have bunkbeds - There are four bunk cars, each suite with an individually heated private bathroom.

 This is a train made for pure travel pleasure, the immense enjoyment that comes with contemplating the beautiful landscape that passes by from large windows where you sit. The train remains in stations overnight, allowing passengers the opportunity for a good night’s sleep as well as the freedom to walk around the towns where the train stops.


In addition, a bus will take you to any off route spots where the train doesn't go. Moreover, the guide will accompany you throughout the tour and show you even the remotest places of interest.

Every morning breakfasts will be held on board the train, which will coincide with the train's departure. Lunch and dinners are served at previously selected local restaurants, allowing passengers the ability to immerse themselves in the regional cuisines of northern Spain.

 The common areas of The Robla Express (El Expreso de La Robla) are formed by comfortable lounge cars with permanent bar service.

 Get to know the north of Spain from Bilbao to Leon and back cruising 4 days and 3 nights aboard this luxury train. It's a different trip from the others, where you can enjoy both nostalgia and modernity on this large private carriage, which rivals the Classical and Glamourous Transcantabrico.

 In Bilbao, on your own, you can see the Guggenheim and enjoy Bilbao's world reknowned cuisine. In addition, you will also discover the beautiful city of Leon with its wonderful atmosphere and breathtaking Cathedral.

 If you want, you can add a couple of nights in San Sebastian, Madrid or anywhere else that you might want to visit on this trip.

A trip you'll never forget.

NOTE: One star accommodations in bunk beds in a private compartment. The compartments are nice, but small and are mostly suitable for sleeping. 

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  • Price
    From 1.190 EUR/pers.
  • Days
    6 days / 5 nights
Detailed itinerary
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Day 1: Arrival to Bilbao

During the afternoon or the next morning (depending on your time of arrival), you will visit the Guggenheim Museum (entry included in the price) and you can visit the Old Town in Bilbao and enjoy its marvelous "pinchos," a small snack, typically eaten in bars, traditional in northern Spain and especially popular in the Basque country and Navarre.

Day 2: Bilbao

Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque Country. Compared to elegant San Sebastian, Bilbao had always been considered the ugly sister. Things changed, however, when American architect Frank Gehry chose Bilbao as the home of the Guggenheim Museum, which gives Bilbao a magnificent, modern and futuristic feel. Besides the museum, there is another unmistakable thing about Bilbao, its food. Basque cuisine is the culinary mecca of Spain, with the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world.

Day 3: Bilbao-Espinosa de los Monteros

Baggage collection starts at 12:30 at the Concordi Station in Bilbao, a unique modernist building dating back to 1902 and one of the truest heritage sites of Bilbao from the Belle Epoque. There's free time for lunch until the reception on board the train, which takes place at 13:45.

Once you're comfortable onboard, The Robla Express will head to Balmaseda. In Enkarterri (Las Encartaciones, a comarca of the province of Biscay, in the Basque Country,) you will visit the Museum Boinas La Encartada, which will transport you back to the era of the Industrial Revolution and will guide you through the history of the Basque textile business. Finally, you will complete a tour of the villa.
Back on the train again, you will enter the region of Burgos enjoying the scenery of the lovely Mena Valley leading to Sotocueva. There your bus will deliver you to Espinosa de los Monteros, where you will dine and stay the night in Sotoscueva.

Day 4: Espinosa de los Monteros-Cistierna

After enjoying your first breakfast on board, you begin the day with a visit to the Ojo Guareña Complex, the largest cave karst formation on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the ten largest in the world, consisting of over 100 kilometers of galleries, and declared a Natural Monument.

Next, discover Espinosa de los Monteros, a beautiful villa of Las Merindades, Burgos, while also enjoying some free time and lunch. After eating, you will return to Sotoscueva, where The Robla Express will be waiting to take you comfortably on to Mataporquera.

Finally, your bus will carry you to Aguilar de Campo and the splendid scenery of the mountains of Palencia. Visit the town, enjoy your dinner and return to Mataporquera, where you will sleep.

Day 5: Cistierna – León

The Robla Express will roll onto Matallana. From here, by bus, you arrive to tour the Cave of Valporquero, famous for its stalactites, stalagmites, spread of whimsical shapes, and its impressive Great Rotunda of 100,000 m3 of underground hollow. Afterwards, you will return to train you to roll on to San Feliz. There will be a farewell to the crew and you'll transfer by bus to the center of León, where the journey ends at approximately 14:00.

Day 6: Return from León

After the breakfast you will return to Madrid by high-speed train. End of itinerary. 

Please, let us know if you wish more nights in Madrid, León or elsewhere during your trip.

 
What is included in this trip?

From 1.190 EUR/pers. Per person in a double compartment

Single room supplement:550 EUR

It includes
  1. 5x nights in double room - 3x in hotels and 2x nights on board Expreso de la Robla*.
  2. 5x breakfasts.
  3. Full board on train tour (including wine and coffee).
  4. The price includes one Spain-is-More-Travel Guidebook (only one per group of 4). More copies can be purchased when booking for 20€ per copy, or 30€ per copy if you make the request less than 6 weeks prior to departure.
  5. Train transport from León to Madrid.
  6. Entrance to the Guggenheimmuseem.
  7. 24/7 emergency telephone number.
  8. Taxes.

 

Included on train-tour:

  1. Transport and entrance to scheduled visits.
  2. Programmed excursions and entry fees. 
  3. Luxury coach for lokal transportation.
  4. Newspapers.
  5. Local multilingual guide.
  6. Security service.

*Beds on Expreso de la Robla are bunkbeds.

Optional
  1. Personalise your trip: Extended stays, transport from starting point from anywhere in the world and back, together with interesting and authentic experiences etc. Please ask us, we will be happy to assist you.
  2. The price includes one Spain-is-More-Travel Guidebook per every 4 travellers. More copies can be purchased when booking for 20€/copy, or 30€/copy if you make the request less than 6 weeks prior to departure.
  3. Cancellation Iinsurence: 6% of total price (can be added when ordering).

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