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Transcantabrico****: 7 days of Luxury Travel through Northern Spain.

Transcantabrico Clasico: From Santander along the Green Coast to Santiago. 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 Transcantábrico began its career in 1983. And, so one hundred years after the legendary Orient Express, the first Spanish tourist train was born.

The classic Transcantábrico 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 twentieth 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 Transcantabrico trip a genuine pleasure for all the senses.

On this trip you travel from Santander 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 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 5 days and 4 nights from Santander to Santiago or vice versa. We combine this train trip with 1 night in Santander and 1 night in Santiago.

On your own, you can enjoy Santander's magnificent promenade and its gastronomy. Additionally, you also can discover the beautiful city of Santiago with its magnificent Cathedral and its wonderful atmosphere full of pilgrims that come from all over the world.

 Flight and other transport can be arranged upon request. 

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  • Price
    From 2.295 EUR/pers.
  • Days
    7 days / 6 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: Santander-Cabezón de la Sal-Santillana del Mar-Arriondas

Meeting and welcome point for travelers at 8:00 a.m. at the Santander Station Accommodation in your train room(s) will take place after lunch. During breakfast you will roll into Cabezón de la Sal, where your luxury bus will transport you to Santillana del Mar, a medieval village with a well-preserved Old Town. Afterwards, you'll explore the Neocave of Altamira, museum with the greatest true-to-life reproduction of Upper Paleolithic rock art. After lunch, you return to the train which will  carry you along until you step into Asturias, beginning with a visit to Ribadesella where you will enjoy its pleasant promenade. Dinner and overnight in Arriondas.

Dia 3: Arriondas-Oviedo-Candás

Today you will be taken to the heart of the Principado de Asturias.
You'll visit the magnificent National Park, Picos de Europa, going up to Lake Enol, and later to the sacred shrine of Covadonga, a place full of tradition and legends. You will return afterwards to the train for lunch on board and travel to Oviedo, the capital of the Principado de Asturias and best representation of preRomanesque Asturian gems like San Julian de los Prados. Plan on having some free time to visit the city before continuing on your way and dining on board. Overnight in Candás.

Day 4: Candás - Avilés - Gijón - Luarca

The day starts by going to Avilés, an ancient town that has preserved its valuable historical district. Next, you roll on towards Gijón, a place as open as the Cantabrian Sea, a charming city full of cultural events. You will return to your Transcantabrian Train to tour the Asturian coast until you arrive to Luarca, the Villa Blanca of the Costa Verde. In Luarca you will enjoy a guided tour of this charming seaside town, have dinner and stay the night.

Day 5: Luarca-Ribadeo-Viveiro

Reaching Galicia, you visit Ribadeo, the historic village bordering the Principado de Asturias. From here, you travel by bus along the Lugo coast to the Beach of the Cathedrals, one of the most spectacular spots in the world. Following that, you will take a tour of Ribadeo and have a bit of leisure time. Finally, back on the train and while you are having your lunch, you arrive in Viveiro. There will be a guided tour of this beautiful town and some free time. Dinner and overnight in Viveiro.

Day 6: Viveiro-Santiago de Compostela

As you enjoy your last breakfast on board, you arrive to Ferrol, where the Transcantabrico Bus will be waiting for you.  It will comfortably carry you to Santiago de Compostela. Visit the historic center of this city, the destination of pilgrims for a thousand years with its countless artistic jewels treasured through the ages. The train ride ends after this visit.

At the end of the tour you will spend the night at a nice hotel in Santiago’s amazing old town.

Day 7: Departure
What is included in this trip?

From 2.295 EUR/pers. Per person in a double room

Single room supplement:950 EUR

It includes
  1. 6 x nights in a train suite compartment/double room
  2. 4 x nights onboard Transcantabrico*.
  3.  2x nights in lovely hotels (Santander and Santiago).
  4. 6x breakfasts. 
  5. 4x dinners and 4x lunches with typical dishes from different regions during train-tour (including wine, coffee and liqueurs). 
  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 one 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. Some short local bus or taxi journeys, e.g. from airport to bus or train station in the same city.
  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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