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Transcantabrico****: 10 days of Luxury Travel through Northern Spain.

Indulge yourself with the whole Transcantabrico Clasico train journey from León via Bilbao to Santiago. One of the worlds best Train experiences.

Description

Along the same tracks that the historic Robla Railway ran, carrying cars full of coal from the mines in León to Biscay, the Transcantabrian began its career in 1983. And, so one hundred years after the legendary Orient Express, the first Spanish tourist train was born.

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The Classic Transcantabrian Train takes the traveler back to that golden age of great railway journeys while he or she is still able to enjoy all the comforts and modern conviences of the twenty-first century. Its rooms and suites, carefully remodeled and acclimated display its full majesty in rail travel.


The train suites are spacious with wood paneling. The floor plan includes a living room, bedroom and private bath, all decorated with exclusive detail. Its ample space allows for a comfortable double bed two meters long (or twin single beds.) On the train you can choose a double or individual suite, where you'll have the necessary intimacy you desire on any trip. In addition, your suite will include a wardrobe, trunk, desk, safe and minibar. Moreover, for maximum comfort there are also LED screens, synchonized music, adjustable air-conditioning , multimedia computer with free Internet access and an interior telephone.

In an evocative and pleasant atmosphere, a first-class crew will introduce you to the rich culture and cuisine of Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia and provide the foundation that makes every Classic Transcantabrian trip a genuine pleasure for all the senses.

On this trip you travel from León to Santiago de Compostela, a journey through Spanish history, from prehistoric times to the present. You personally get to know the Northern Coast of Spain, bordering the Cantabrian Sea. You experience Northern Spain's steep mountains cliffs and green meadows, beaches and joyfully discover the towns and villages along the way. Each place such as Santillana del Mar, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, the Costa Verde... is full of charm, vitality and history, all places that have been converted over the centuries into works of art.

This train itself is fully set up so that you can fully enjoy Spanish culture, art, landscape, cuisine, and of course, the thrill of luxury rail car travel.

This train goes for 8 days and 7 nights from León to Santiago or vice versa. We combine this train trip with 1 night in León and 1 night in Santiago.

On your own, you can admire León's magnificent Cathedral, the Parador of San Marcos, the Basilica of San Isidoro, Gaudí's House of Botines and enjoy the incredible atmosphere of the city and its tapas, small snacks/appetizers. In the same way, you have the possiblity of discovering the beautiful city of Santiago with its legendary Cathedral and wonderful atmosphere full of pilgrims that come to this city from all over the world.

Flight, transportation and two extra nights before and after the train journey are arranged accordingly.

 

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  • Price
    From 3.790 EUR/pers.
  • Days
    10 days / 9 nights
Detailed itinerary
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Day 1: Arrival in Bilbao
Day 2: Bilbao-Marrón/Ampuero

Rendezvous on board t at the Concordia Station in Bilbao at 12:00 p.m., presentation of the crew and accommodation on board. Lunch and Train trip to the dynamic city of Bilbao, the largest in the Basque Country that has managed to reinvent itself after the decline of its heavy industry. City tour. Includes the entrance to the famous Guggenheim Museum, symbol of this new Bilbao and visit to the Hanging Bridge of Portugalete. While we have dinner on board, we will arrive in Marrón / Ampuero where we will spend the night.

Day 3: Marrón/Ampuero-Santander

After breakfast on board, our coach will take us to visit Santoña with its spectacular Reserve of the Biosphere Marshes, where we will visit one of its traditional canned anchovy and Northern Bonito factories. Then we will take a boat that will cross the spectacular bay to get to Laredo, visit of Laredo. The Lunch will be made on board the train while we arrive in Santander, the elegant Cantabrian capital, to make a panoramic tour and have free time. Dinner at a well-known restaurant in the city. After dinner, optional visit to El Gran Casino del Sardinero, (entrance included). Night in Santander.

 

Dia 4: Santander-Arriondas

During breakfast we will travel to Cabezón de la Sal, from where our coach will take us to visit the town of Santillana del Mar with its beautifully preserved medieval town. Next stop at the Neocave of Altamira, showing a faithful reproduction of the greatest exponent of Upper Palaeolithic cave art. After lunch, the train will take us to Ribadesella in Asturias, visit, Dinner and Overnight in Arriondas.

Day 5: Arriondas-Llanes

Breakfast on board in Arriondas, from where we will approach the heart of the Principality of Asturias. We will visit the magnificent National Park of the Picos de Europa, ascending to the Lake Enol, and then we will go to the Sanctuary of Covadonga, a sacred place plenty of tradition and legend. Then Cangas de Onís, first capital of Don Pelayo’s Astur Kingdom. After lunch, once back aboard the train, we will emulate the Sella’s International Descent by rolling by the riverside. Arrival in Llanes. Visit and Overnight in Llanes.

 

Day 6: Llanes-Candás

While enjoying breakfast we will arrive in Oviedo, the capital of the Asturias Principality and the highest exponent of the Asturian Prerromasque Art, preserving real temple jewels such as San Julián de los Prados. City Tour and Lunch. Free time. In the afternoon we will get to Candás. Visit of Avilés, milennial village which preserves its precious old quarter. Dinner and Overnight in Candás.

Day 7: Candás-Gijón

After breakfast, We will set our luggage ready and say farewell to the train and its crew. Coach trip to Gijón a city wide open to the Cantabrian Sea and plenty of cultural events. After the tour will have lunch at the Parador in Gijón, ending our journey at about 16:00h.

Day 8: Departure

Breakfast and end of journey.

 
What is included in this trip?

From 3.790 EUR/pers. Per person in a double room

Single room supplement:1.975 EUR

It includes
  1. 9x nights in a train suite compartment/doubleroom - 2 x nights in lovely hotels (León and Santiago) and 7x nights on board Transcantabrico*.
  2. 9x breakfasts. 
  3. 7x dinners and 7x lunches with typical dishes from different regions during train-tour (including wine, coffee and liqueurs). 
  4. Transportation from Madrid to León by train (or León - Madrid).
  5. Music and entertainment in the “pub-car”.
  6. Scheduled programmed excursions including entrances to museums, cathedrals, monasteries, etc.
  7. Luxury bus for excursions (accompanies train throughout the trip).
  8. Daily newspapers and magazines.
  9. Permanent security service/guard.
  10. Multilingual guides throughout the tour.
  11. Excellent support team at your disposal.
  12. The price includes one Spain-is-More-Travel Guidebook in English with recommendations, itinerary, guides, maps, directions etc... (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.
  13. 24/7 emergency telephone number.
  14. Taxes.
  15. Tips.
  16. *OBS: Doublebed:120 cm/48 inches.
Not included
  1. Transportation from Madrid airport to train or bus station in Madrid (included with train ticket - otherwise taxi 30€). Transportation from Santiago de Compostela to the local airport (taxi aprox. 21€). Transport between train station in León and hotel (taxi aprox. 7€).
Optional
  1. Personalise your trip: Extended stays, transportation 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. Extended stay in Madrid, León and Santiago de Compostela or elsewhere can be arranged.
  3. Cancellation insurence: 6% of total price (can be added when ordering).

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