PRICE: from €4000 PP
WHEN: April to October
DURATION: 8 Days
NEAREST AIRPORT: Bilbao
The Train, The Transcantabrico Grand Luxe
Named in 2012 the "most luxury train " in the world together with the Blue Train in Southafrica
The Transcantabrico Grand Luxe:
This deluxe train has large and luxurius suites and beautiful common lounges. You will travel along the Cantabric coast in northern Spain, from San Sebastian, meca of the Spanish gastronomy to Santiago de Compostela, World Heritage City. Enjoy the unique pleasure of exclusivity.
The Transcantabrico started to run in 1983 along the same railway lines as the old coal trains of the historic La Robla Railway, which took coal from Leon to Biscay. Just one hundred years after the mythical Orient Express was inaugurated, the first tourist train in Spain began to run between Leon and Santiago de Compostela, making a journey of 8 days and 7 nights through the history of Spain from prehistoric times to the present day.
When you board the train, you will be given a warm welcome by the crew. They are a group of professionals who will accompany you throughout the trip and be entirely at your disposal. You will also receive a detailed programme of each day's events and the national, international and local newspapers.
At night, after dinner, our luxury coach will take you back to the train and you will be able to spend an animated evening in our on-board pub.
Day One - El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo - San Sebastian / Santiago de Compostela
Saturday - San Sebastian J Mercadillo
San Sebastian, an exciting city of unusual charm. Guests reception, visit and lunch in San Sebastian. Coach to Bilbao, where the train will be waiting . Welcome and settling in aboard the train. We will reach Balmaseda by train. Dinner and night at Mercadillo.
Day Two - El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo - Mercadillo / Santander
Sunday - The train will travel to Bilbao. The visit around this city includes a visit to the Guggenheim Museum. Lunch aboard the train, on our way to Santander, in Cantabria, a quiet city which combines beauty, fascination and charm. The Casino building, which is worth seeing, on El Sardinero. Dinner and night in Santander.
Day Three - El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo - Santander / Cabezon de la Sal
Monday - We will approach Unquera by train, where a coach will drive us to the La Hermida pass to Potes and the Santo Toribio de Lihana sanctuary. In the afternoon, we will reach Cabezon de la Sal, by train. Lunch in Potes, dinner and night in Cabezon de la Sal.
Day Four - El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo - Cabezon de la Sal / Arriondas
Tuesday - From Cabezon de la Sal we will travel to Santillana del Mar, visit the Altamira caves and the medieval town. Lunch in Santillana. In the afternoon we will travel by train to the Asturias village of Llanes, and Arriondas. Dinner and night in Cangas de Onis and night in Arriondas.
Day Five - El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo - Arriondas / Oviedo
We are now in the heart of Asturias. From Arriondas, we will travel by coach to the National Park of Picos de Europa; the Covadonga Lakes, the Sanctuary of Covadonga, and, i nally, Cangas de Onis. Lunch aboard the train. Meanwhile the train will travel to Oviedo, the capital city of the Principality of Asturias. Visit, dinner and night in Oviedo.
Day Six - El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo - Oviedo / Luarca
From Oviedo the train will travel to Gijon, a seaside city. Visit and lunch. In the afternoon we will travel to Luarca, known as The White Town of the Green Coast. Dinner and night in Luarca.
Day Seven - El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo - Luarca / Viveiro
The First place we will visit in Galicia, neighbouring with Asturias, is Ribadeo, where the river Eo l ows into the sea. Visit to Las Catedrales beach. The landscape of Las Rias Altas is overwhelming. Lunch in Ribadeo. In the afternoon we reach Viveiro by train. Dinner and night in Viveiro.
Day Eight - El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo - Viveiro / Santiago de Compostela
As we have breakfast we will reach Ferrol, from where we will travel by coach to Santiago de Compostela, the ultimate goal for pilgrims, with its crown jewels: the Praza do Obradoiro, the Plateras (streets full of silversmiths shops), the Cathedral... Visit and end of journey.
Departures from Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastian
April 6 and 20.
May 4 and 18.
June 1, 15 and 29.
July 13 and 27.
August 10 and 24.
September 7 and 21.
October 5 and 19.
Departures from San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela
April 13 and 27.
May 11 and 25.
June 8 and 22.
July 6 and 20.
August 3, 17 and 31.
September 14 and 28.
October 12 and 26.
Double Suite (price per person) 4.000 euros 4.100 euros 4.250 euros
Single Suite 8.000 euros 8.200 euros 8.500 euros
Supplement Triple Suite 1.650 euros 1.700 euros 1.800 euros
You can also hire El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo to provide a personalised trip for groups of up to 28 people. Business trips, getaways, conferences, incentives, product presentations, etc. In March, April, May, October, November and December it also possible to take a trip for New Year's Eve.
Prices vary according to route, duration, extras, etc., as charter trips are made to measure. For further information on prices for the kind of trip you desire, please get in touch with us +44 (0) 207 289 6878.
Seven nights accommodation in a grand-suite compartment aboard the train.
Seven dinners and seven luncheons offering the best typical gastronomy (including wines, coffee and liquors).
Seven free buffet luxury breakfasts.
Music and parties in the Pub car.
Programmed excursions with tickets to museums, cathedrals, cloisters, etc.
Luxury coach accompanying the train throughout the trip.
Daily press and magazines.
Permanent Security Service.
Multilingual guide throughout the trip.
An excellent team at your service.
The suites of El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo have been designed for pleasure and enjoyment. They have been carefully decorated to ensure they provide guests with a special atmosphere. The train will stop during the night to ensure travellers enjoy a relaxing sleep.
The suites are i tied with either a 150 x 200cm bed or two twin beds, a wardrobe, suitcase storage, safe, 2 TVs, a VCR, games console, HiFi system, double airconditioning, a PC with free internet connection, a large sofa which can be turned into an extra bed, wireless telephone, minibar, etc. Additionally, they boast a full bathroom with hydro-massage, steam sauna, hairdryer, bathrobe and a wide range of complimentary toiletries.
Power outlets: 220volts.
The entire train is interconnected, allowing the free movement of its passengers.
The four original 1923 Pullman lounge cars are true railway jewels, which have been especially decorated for El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo.
Each day, our special breakfasts will be served in these common areas, where guests will be able to enjoy our Chef's best cuisine, as well as having access to our all-day bar.
In our lounges, guests will be able to enjoy national and international press, TV, a video library, a library, a collection of board games, etc.; as well as relaxing in our panoramic lounge, enjoying an aperitif in our tea room and even spending a lively evening in our pub, where live music and parties are offered every night.
With the exception of alcoholic drinks, all drinks are free during the trip.
Our crew will be permanently at your service, to attend any needs you may have.