The TRANSCANTABRICO: San Sebastian - Santiago de Compostela in 8 days
Boarding the Transcantábrico is like going back in time to the 1920s, when the Pullman coaches that are today the saloons of this train, first rolled along the tracks.
The lounge cars
After successive transformations and improvements, the Transcantábrico is today a real luxury hotel on rails, whose historic rooms and suites combine perfectly the charm of the early 20th century reminiscent trains with the most advanced comfort of the 21st century.
El Transcantábrico saloons are real jewels of the railway heritage, and four of them are original Pullman cars of the twenties of the last century. All of them have been specifically renovated and decorated for this luxury train, and they are the perfect backdrop to serve the daily breakfasts ŕ la carte and selected three course dinners.
The rooms of El Transcantábrico are designed for the customers’ rest and privacy. The spacious Deluxe Suites are equipped with all comforts that offer the first class accommodation.
The Deluxe Suites offers a spacious wooden room decorated with exclusive details, with a saloon, bedroom and bathroom. They have a two metre long double bed or twin beds and a sofa which can be turned into a bed in the saloon. They are equipped with wardrobe, luggage rack, desk, safe, flat screen, music tuner, climate control, multimedia computer with free Internet connection, telephone and minibar. Their comfortable and spacious private bathroom has hidromassage shower/steam sauna, hairdryer and a varied set of welcome and bath items with unique fragance and toilet bag.
Passengers will sleep comfortably, as the train stops at a station at night to avoid the bothersome rattle and give guests a chance to go out and enjoy the city's nightlife, if they so wish.
The air conditioning, heating, piped music and lighting in the suites can be individually adjusted. The electrical outlets are 220v.
The large windows offer excellent views of the landscape.
An excellent team of professionals do their best to guarantee you have a pleasant and enjoyable experience.
As you travel along the coast of the Cantabrian Sea and cross rivers, woods and deep valleys, it is obvious that good food must play a very important role on the route of El Transcantábrico. Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country and Castilla y Leon are, in the opinion of many chefs and gourmets are the regions where you can find the best cuisine in Spain. The cheeses, sausages, meat, vegetables, fish and seafood are all universally renowned.
The restaurants on our route not only select the highest quality raw materials and have them prepared by excellent professionals, they are also the ideal setting for tasting the local cuisine.
All our menus include a careful selection of wines that blend harmoniously with the ingredients of each lunch and dinner. Coffee and liqueurs are also included.
The crew, which is made up of carefully chosen professionals, is here to take care of the passengers. Both in the communal lounges and in your private suite, every passenger can expect perfect, personalised attention.
The team is led by the trip supervisor, who, like the captain of a ship, will bring this rail cruiser safely into port. He can count on the help of the guide, the head waiter, the waiters, the music and entertainment organiser, the cleaning and security staff, the engine driver, the coach driver and the technical staff of the railway, who will all make sure that the passengers have nothing to do except enjoy their journey.
The guide will accompany you on all the visits and will become an inseparable companion of the group, even going with you to the various restaurants that we have chosen for lunch and dinner. The buffet breakfasts are served in the lounge carriages of the train.
Other services include laundry service, health care, special menus if you inform us when booking about any special dietary needs.
Itinerary from San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela >>>
1st day, Saturday - San Sebastián - Villasana de Mena - Rendezvous at 12:00 in San Sebastian at a Hotel Barceló Costa Vasca. Passengers reception, welcome and lunch in San Sebastián, a city of elegant beauty and home to major cultural events. Tour of the town after lunch and transfer by luxury coach to Bilbao, where El Transcantábrico is waiting for us. Welcome drink with the crew. Train trip to Villasana de Mena while enjoying our first dinner onboard. Overnight in Villasana de Mena.
Itinerary from Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastian >>>
2nd Day, Sunday - Villasana de Mena – Bilbao – Santander - Just as every day, we begin the journey with a delicious buffet and a la carte breakfast. El Trancantábrico will take us back to the dynamic city of Bilbao, that has managed to reinvent itself after the decline of its heavy industry. City tour including admission for the famous Guggenheim Museum, epitome of a new Bilbao. Return to the train to continue our journey to Santander while having lunch onboard. City sightseeing tour of the elegant capital of Cantabria and free time. Those who wish may visit El Gran Casino after dinner (entrance included). Overnight in Santander.
3rd Day, Monday - Santander – Potes – Cabezón de la Sal - Train trip to Unquera station from where we will travel by coach through the gorge of La Hermida and reach the town of Potes. After visiting this charming village, enjoy a spa circuit at La Hermida Spa. Return to the train after lunch and trip to Cabezón de la Sal. In the afternoon there will be free time and you may choose to visit the mansion of El Capricho in the town of Comillas, the impressive and colourful 19th century house designed by Antonio Gaudí. Dinner and overnight in Cabezón de la Sal.
4th Day, Tuesday - Cabezón de la Sal - Santillana del Mar - Arriondas - The day begins with a visit to the town of Santillana del Mar with its beautifully preserved medieval town. Next we will be taken on a tour of Altamira Neocave, the finest realistic example of Upper Palaeolithic cave art. After lunch we will return to the train and travel into Asturian territory, visiting the village of Ribadesella and its charming promenade and stunning historic mansions. Dinner and overnight in Arriondas.
5th Day, Wednesday - Arriondas – Oviedo – Candás - Today our coach will drive us to the heart of the Principality of Asturias, to the Picos de Europa National Park. First enroute is Lake Enol, then visit the sacred place of Shrine of Covadonga to hear its legends. Back onboard for lunch and trip to the region’s capital, Oviedo, the highlight of Asturian Romanesque art, featuring gems such as the basilica of San Julian de los Prados. City tour and free time. Dinner onboard while we travel to Candás, where we will spend the night.
6th Day, Thursday - Candás – Avilés – Gijón – Luarca - We begin the day discovering Avilés, an ancient city with a precious old town, and Gijón, a city that opens up to the Cantabrian Sea and is alive with cultural events. After visiting both towns, return to the El Transcantábrico to continue our coastal journey to Luarca, visiting this charming seaside town embedded in a stunning landscape. Dinner and overnight in Luarca.
7th Day, Friday - Luarca – Ribadeo – Viveiro - Train trip to the historic town of Ribadeo, in Galician lands, bordering Asturias. Our coach will take us to the Las Catedrales Beach, one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. City sightseeing in Ribadeo and free time. Back on the train for lunch and trip to Viveiro, with city tour and free time. Dinner and overnight in Viveiro.
8th Day, Saturday - Viveiro – Santiago de Compostela - While enjoying our last breakfast onboard, we will arrive in Ferrol, followed by a comfortable coach trip to Santiago de Compostela. Enjoy a city tour in this historical town, goal of devotees for over a thousand years, and admire its countless artistic jewels such as the Cathedral. End of trip after the tour.
1st day, Saturday - Santiago de Compostela - Viveiro - Rendezvous at 12:00 at hotel Parador de los Reyes Católicos in Santiago de Compostela. Following the reception, enjoy a city tour in this historical town, goal of devotees for over a thousand years, and admire its countless artistic jewels such as the Cathedral. After lunch, our luxury coach will take us to Ferrol, where El Transcantábrico is waiting for us. The crew will offer a welcome drink while the train takes us to the historic town of Viveiro. Enjoy a tour of its beautiful old town, have dinner and spend the night onboard.
2nd Day, Sunday - Viveiro - Ribadeo - Luarca - Candás - Just as every day, we begin the journey with a delicious buffet and a la carte breakfast. El Transcantábrico will take us to Ribadeo, a historical town located on the border between Galicia and Asturias. Our coach will take us along the coast to Las Catedrales Beach, one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. City sightseeing in Ribadeo and free time. Back on the train for lunch while El Transcantábrico glides in Asturian lands, reaching the town of Luarca, visiting this place known as the White Town of the Green Coast. We will return to the train, now travelling towards Candás, where will also have dinner and stay overnight.
3rd Day, Monday - Candás - Avilés - Gijón - Oviedo - Arriondas - We begin the day discovering Avilés, an ancient city with a precious old town. Next is Gijón, a city that opens up to the Cantabrian Sea and is alive with cultural events. After lunch, trip to the region’s capital, Oviedo, the highlight of Asturian Romanesque art, featuring gems such as the basilica of San Julian de los Prados. City tour and free time before returning to the train. Onboard dinner while the train moves to Arriondas, where we will spend the night.
4th Day, Tuesday - Arriondas - Llanes - Today we will visit the heart of the Principality of Asturias. Driving up to the beautiful Picos de Europa National Park, first stop will be at Lake Enol, followed by the Shrine of Covadonga, where our guide will tell us a bit about this sacred place’s stories and legends. After lunch, our train will border the famous river Sella where kayaks yearly compete on its famous International Descent. Arriving at Llanes, a charming fishing village on the east of Asturias, visit and enjoy free time in town. Dinner and night in Llanes.
5th Day, Wednesday - Llanes - Potes- Cabezón de La Sal - During breakfast our train will cross the border into Cantabria. Transfer from Unquera station by coach through the gorge of La Hermida until we reach the town of Potes. After visiting this charming village, enjoy a spa circuit at La Hermida Spa. Return to the train after lunch and trip to Cabezón de la Sal. In the afternoon there will be free time and you may choose to visit the mansion of El Capricho in the town of Comillas, the impressive and colourful 19th century house designed by Antonio Gaudí. Dinner and overnight in Cabezón de la Sal.
6th Day, Thursday - Cabezon de la Sal - Santillana del Mar - Santander - The day begins with a visit to the town of Santillana del Mar with its beautifully preserved medieval town. Next we will be taken on a tour of Altamira Neocave, the finest realistic example of Upper Palaeolithic cave art. After lunch, return to the train to continue our journey to Santander. City sightseeing tour of the elegant capital of Cantabria and free time. Those who wish may visit El Gran Casino after dinner (entrance included). Overnight in Santander.
7th Day, Friday - Santander - Bilbao - Mercadillo - El Trancantábrico will take us to the dynamic city of Bilbao, that has managed to reinvent itself after the decline of its heavy industry. City tour including admission for the famous Guggenheim Museum, epitome of a new Bilbao. After lunch, enjoy free time before returning to the train. Dinner and overnight in Villasana de Mena/Mercadillo.
8th Day, Saturday - Mercadillo - San Sebastian - While enjoying our last breakfast onboard, we will return to Bilbao, where El Transcantábrico’s coach will comfortably take us to San Sebastian. Visit this city of elegant beauty and home to major cultural events End of trip after the tour in San Sebastian.
|From San Sebastian
August: 5, 19
September: 2, 16, 30
July: 15, 29
September: 9, 23
|From San Sebastian
May: 12, 26
June: 9, 23
July: 7, 21
September: 1, 15, 29
May: 5, 19
June: 2, 16, 30
July: 14, 28
September: 8, 22
October: 6, 20
|Price per person in Double DeLuxe Suite
|Price for Single occupation in DeLuxe Suite
|Supplement Triple DeLuxe Suite
|Price per person in Double DeLuxe Suite
|Price for Single occupation in DeLuxe Suite
|Supplement Triple DeLuxe Suite
- Accommodation in Deluxe Suite compartment on the train.
- Welcome drink and snack.
- Breakfasts ŕ la carte or buffet products.
- The most select gastronomy in dinners and lunches on board or at top restaurants.
- Gala dinner on board.
- Option of enjoying two private dinners/lunches in your compartment.
- All non-alcoholic drinks available in the cabin’s minibar (complimentary).
- Traveling toiletries bag courtesy of Renfe with amenities and slippers.
- Life music and entertainments in the pub coach.
- Activities on board: cocktails, show cooking, dancing, etc.
- Programmed excursions with tickets to museums and monuments.
- Luxury coach accompanying the train all the way.
- Daily newspapers and magazines.
- Security service.
- Multilingual guide throughout the tour.
- An excellent team at your disposal.
- Possibility of the crew to pick up and tidy your baggage, placing your belongings in the wardrobe of the suite, both on arrival and at the end of the trip.
- Two Renfe train tickets with a 50% discount: one to the starting point and the other back from the end of the tourist trip.
- Taxes and services.
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