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Transcantabrico****: 6 days of Luxury Travel through Northern Spain.

Transcantabrico Clasico: From Santander along the Green Coast to Bilbao and through the mountains to León. One of the worlds best Train experiences.


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.


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 have a master bed (1,20 cm) and a number of other commodities to make your stay pleasurable: a desk, armoire, trunk, minibar and safe. All the suites also include a completely funcional private bathroom. On the train you can choose a double or individual suite, where you'll have the necessary intimacy you desire on any trip


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

On this trip you travel from Santander to León, 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 many towns and villages along the way. Every new place such as Santillana del Mar, Santander, León, Bilbao…is full of charm, vitality and history, each a work of art transformed through the centuries.

The train goes for 4 days and 3 nights from Santander to León or vice-versa. We combine this train trip with 1 night in Santander and 1 night in León.

We are sure that you will enjoy the culture, art, scenery, gastronomy and, of course, the pleasure that this train offers.

Finally, on your own, you can enjoy the magnificient seaside stroll and delicious cuisine in Santander. In addition you can admire the Cathedral, the Parador of San Marcos, Basilica of San Isidoro, Gaudí's House of Botines and enjoy the incredible tapas and atmosphere of the city.

Flight and other transport can be arranged upon request. 

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  • Price
    From 1.845 EUR/pers.
  • Days
    6 days / 5 nights
Detailed itinerary
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Day 1: Arrival to Santander

Santander is a pretty northern Spanish coastal city very popular for summer vacations, as is true along the entire coast of this zone. Its beach, the Sardinero, attracts thousands of sunbathers during the summer,  all who love to walk along the marvelous Palacio de la Magdalena and the incredible city's maritime or seaside walk.  The main bank of Spain, Bank of Santander, funds and promotes all kinds of city activities.  A fire in 1941 destroyed the entire city, meaning that Santander no longer has an Old Town, something unusual for Spain. Nonetheless, the new town (city) has an incredible amount to offer. 

Day 2: Santillana del Mar -Cabezón de la Sal-Santander

In the morning transport to the village of Santillana del Mar.

Meeting point and travelers' reception at 10:15* in the Parador de Santillana Gil Blas (suite accomodations on board the train will take place after lunch.) Explore, walking around the village with its magnificent and well-preserved old town. Afterwards, you'll explore the Neocave of Altamira, museum and greatest true-to-life reproduction of Upper Paleolithic rock art. As lunch ends the train will roll onward to Santander, the elegant Cantabrian capital, where you will enjoy free time and a panaramic view of the city. After dinner those who wish can visit the Gran Casino of Santander, price included. Overnight in Santander

Day 3: Santander-Bilbao-Villasana de Mena

You continue your trip in the direction of Bilbao, the most populous city in the Basque Country, a town full of dynamism that has managed to reinvent itself after the decline of traditional heavy industry. The visit includes the entrance to the famous Guggenheim Museum, a symbol of the new Bilbao that combines tradition with modernity. After lunch you will enjoy more free time. Dinner and overnight in Villasana de Mena / Mercadillo.

Day 4: Villasana de Mena-Cistierna

The first visit of the day will take you into Castilla through the stunning scenery of Valle de Mena. The morning will feature the Romanesque Palentino, with three towns that have been preserved as authentic Spanish jewels: Villalcázar of Sirga, Carrión de los Condes and Frómista. You will have a traditional lunch and then visit the Roman Villa of La Olmeda, in Saldaña, with its magnificent tiled mosaics. Return to the train and travel to Cistierna, where you will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 5: Cistierna-San Feliz-León

You arrive to San Feliz while finishing your last breakfast on board. The Transcantabrian Bus will be waiting to take you to León. Visit this historic city full of treasures, whose Old Town with surely surprise you, with spectacular sites like the Basilica of San Isidoro, the stunning Cathedral of León and the Parador of San Marcos. Your trip ends after this visit.

You will stay the night at a four star hotel in the center of Leon, so you can further take the opportunity to get to know this beautiful and charming city. 

Day 6: Departure

After breakfast you will catch the train toward Madrid Chamartin (included).
End of journey.

What is included in this trip?

From 1.845 EUR/pers. Per person in a double room

Single room supplement:750 EUR

It includes
  1. 5x nights in a train suite compartment/double room - 2x nights in lovely hotels (León and Santander) and 3x nights on board Transcantabrico*.
  2. 5x breakfasts. 
  3. 3x dinners and 3x lunches with typical dishes from different regions during train tour (includes wine, coffee and liqueurs). 
  4. Transport from Madrid to León by train (or León - Madrid).
  5. Transport from Santander to Santillana del Mar.
  6. Music and entertainment in the “pub-car”.
  7. Scheduled programmed excursions including entrances to museums, cathedrals, monasteries, etc.
  8. Luxury bus for excursions (accompanies train throughout the trip).
  9. Daily newspapers and magazines.
  10. Permanent security service/guard.
  11. Multilingual guides throughout the tour.
  12. Excellent support team at your disposal.
  13. The price includes 1 Spain-is-More-Travel Guidebook in English with recommendations, itinerary, guides, maps, directions...(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.
  14. 24/7 emergency telephone number.
  15. Taxes.
  16. Tips.
  17. *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 Santander to the local airport (taxi aprox. 21€). Transport between train station in León and hotel (taxi aprox. 7€).
  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 Santander or elsewhere can be arranged.
  3. Cancellation insurence: 6% of total price (can be added when ordering).

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