The TRANSCANTABRICO: San Sebastian - Santiago de Compostela in 8 days
Can you imagine eight days and seven nights on board of a train and still want more? That happens to the passengers of the "Transcantabrico" very often.
The lounge cars
Boarding the "Transcantábrico Gran Lujo" 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.
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.
The Transcantábrico Gran Lujo 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 14 Deluxe Suites of the Transcantábrico are designed for the customers’ rest and privacy. Those spacious Suites are equipped with all comforts that offer the first class accommodation.
The 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 and the Basque Country are, in the opinion of many chefs and gourmets, the regions where you can find the best cuisine in Spain. The cheeses, 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 and 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 (8 days / 7 nights) >>>
1st day, Saturday - San Sebastián - Carranza
Itinerary from Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastian (8 days / 7 nights) >>>
Welcome meeting in San Sebastián at 12 noon. Travellers welcome and guided tour. Lunch in this elegant and beautiful city, where major cultural events take place every year. After lunch, the luxury coach will take you to Bilbao, where the Transcantábrico train awaits you. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink with the crew. Enjoy the ride along the rails to Carranza along with sumptuous fine dining on your first dinner on board. Overnight in Carranza.
2nd Day, Sunday - Carranza - Santander
Begin your day with the delicious a-la-carte and buffet breakfast. The Transcantábrico will return to Bilbao. The visit includes an entry ticket to the famous Guggenheim Museum, the iconic symbol of this new Bilbao. Back on board the train to enjoy a sumptuous lunch with spectacular views on the way to Santander. Tour through the elegant capital of Cantabria and enjoy free time to discover it at your leisure. After dinner, you can visit the Santander Grand Casino with entry included. Overnight in Santander.
3rd Day, Monday - Santander - Cabezón de la Sal
Travel to Unquera on the train. The luxury coach will take you to Potes, crossing through the impressive Desfiladero de la Hermida mountain pass. After visiting this charming Cantabrian village, enjoy the thermal baths at Balneario de la Hermida. Lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit El Capricho, in Comillas; a fantastic and colourful nineteenth-century palace designed by Antonio Gaudí. Dinner and overnight stay in Cabezón de la Sal.
4th Day, Tuesday - Cabezón de la Sal - Llanes
The day starts with a visit to the town of Santillana del Mar, with its magnificently preserved Medieval historic quarter. The next stop is the famous Altamira 'Neocave', a museum and scientific reproduction of the finest Upper Palaeolithic rock art ever found. After lunch, return to the train to enter the enchanting lands of Asturias on the way to Llanes. Dinner and overnight stay in Llanes.
5th Day, Wednesday - Llanes - Candás
During breakfast, the train will arrive to Arriondas and the coach will take you into the heart of the Picos de Europa National Park. Visit Lake Enol and then the Covadonga Sanctuary; a sacred place full of tradition and legends. Return to the Transcantábrico train to have lunch on board on the way to Oviedo, the capital of the Asturias Principality and the heart of pre-Romanesque Asturias, with treasures such as San Julián de los Prados. Visit and free time. Dinner and overnight stay in Candás.
6th Day, Thursday - Candás - Luarca
The day begins in Avilés; a millenary town with a well-preserved and valuable historical centre. The next destination on your rail adventure is Gijón; a city that is wide open to the great Cantabrian Sea and hosts many cultural events. Then all aboard the train once again to explore the Asturias coast to Luarca, the 'white village' on the 'green coast', where you can enjoy a guided tour in this charming seaside town. Dinner and overnight stay in Luarca.
7th Day, Friday - Luarca - Viveiro
Enjoy the ride on the rails to Ribadeo, a historic Galician village bordering the Asturias Principality. The luxury coach will take you to the Lugo coastline to enjoy Las Catedrales beach, one of the most spectacular in the world. The next destination is a panoramic tour of Ribadeo, where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon, relax on the train as it heads to Viveiro, where you can enjoy a guided tour of the city and then free time to explore at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Viveiro.
8th Day, Saturday - Viveiro - Santiago de Compostela
Enjoy your last breakfast on board as the train rolls along the rails to Ferrol, where the Transcantábrico coach awaits to take you to Santiago de Compostela. Visit the historic centre of this city, a pilgrim destination for a thousand years. Explore the city's vast wealth of artistic culture and don't miss the magnificent cathedral. End of trip after visiting, in the Reyes Católicos Parador at 13:00 h.
1st day, Saturday - Santiago de Compostela - Viveiro
Meeting point at the Reyes Católicos Parador in Santiago de Compostela at 12:00 noon. After the welcome reception, your guide will take you on a tour of the historic centre of this city, a pilgrim destination for one thousand years. Explore vast treasures of artistic culture and the splendid cathedral. After lunch, the luxury coach will take you to Ferrol, where the Transcantábrico train awaits. Once on board, the crew will offer a welcome drink, while the train travels to Viveiro. Enjoy a tour of the beautiful historic quarter of this town, where we will have dinner and spend the night on board.
2nd Day, Sunday - Viveiro - Candás
Begin your day with the delicious a-la-carte and buffet breakfast. Enjoy the scenery and relax on the Transcantábrico as it heads to Ribadeo, a historic Galician town bordering the Asturias Principality. The luxury coach will take you to the Lugo coastline to enjoy Las Catedrales beach, one of the most spectacular in the world. Panoramic tour of Ribadeo and lunch. The train will take us to lands of Asturias. The next stop is Luarca, the 'white village' on the 'green coast' and then all aboard the train once again as you head towards Candás, where you will have dinner and spend the night.
3rd Day, Monday - Candás - Arriondas
The day begins in Avilés; a millenary town with a well-preserved and valuable historical centre. The next destination on your rail adventure is Gijón; a city that is wide open to the great Cantabrian Sea and hosts many cultural events. Lunch. Next, the journey continues to Oviedo, the capital of the Asturias Principality and the heart of pre-Romanesque Asturias, with treasures such as San Julián de los Prados. Visit and free time before returning to the train. Dinner on board during the ride to Arriondas, where you will spend the night.
4th Day, Tuesday - Arriondas - Llanes
With our luxury coach we will ascend to the heart of the Asturias Principality, to arrive to the magnificent Picos de Europa National Park. Our first visit will be at the lake "Enol". This is followed by the Shrine of Covadonga; a sacred place full of tradition and legends. The next stop is Cangas de Onís. After lunch, the Transcantábrico Gran Lujo will follow the river Sella where kayaks yearly compete on the International Descent. Arrive at Llanes, a charming fishing village on the east of Asturias, visit and free time in town. Dinner and overnight stay in Llanes.
5th Day, Wednesday - Llanes - Cabezón de La Sal
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the train rolls along the rails while you take in the beautiful Cantabria scenery. From Unquera, the luxury coach takes you to Potes, crossing the impressive Desfiladero de la Hermida mountain pass. After visiting this charming Cantabrian village, enjoy the thermal baths at Balneario de la Hermida. After lunch, time to visit El Capricho, in Comillas; a fantastic and colourful nineteenth-century palace designed by Antonio Gaudí. Dinner and overnight stay in Cabezón de la Sal.
6th Day, Thursday - Cabezon de la Sal - Santander
The first stop is the town of Santillana del Mar, with its magnificently preserved Medieval historic quarter and the famous Altamira 'Neocave', a museum and scientific reproduction of the finest Upper Palaeolithic rock art ever found. After lunch, the train will take you to Santander, the elegant capital of Cantabria, where you can enjoy a guided tour and free time to explore at your leisure. After dinner, you can visit the Santander Grand Casino with entry included. Overnight stay in Santander.
7th Day, Friday - Santander - Carranza
The Transcantábrico heads towards Bilbao; a vibrant town that has reinvented itself after the decline of its traditional heavy industry. The visit to the city includes an entry ticket to the famous Guggenheim Museum, the iconic symbol of this new Bilbao. After lunch, enjoy free time to explore at your leisure before climbing aboard the train once again. Dinner and overnight stay in Carranza.
8th Day, Saturday - Carranza - San Sebastián
After enjoying your last breakfast on board, the train will return to Bilbao, where the El Transcantábrico coach awaits to take you to San Sebastián. Enjoy exploring this elegant and beautiful city, where major cultural events take place every year. End of the trip at 13:00 h. in San Sebastian.
|From San Sebastian
May: 9, 23
June: 6, 20
July: 4, 18
August: 1, 15, 29
September: 12, 26
October: 10, 24
May: 2, 16, 30
June: 13, 27
July: 11, 25
August: 8, 22
September: 5, 19
October: 3, 17
|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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