The COSTA VERDE EXPRESS: Bilbao - Santiago de Compostela in 6 days
The "Costa Verde Express", formerly named "Transcantabrico Clasico", is an incredible way to travel through the beautiful landscapes of northern Spain between Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela in either direction. Along the way, regional cuisine, art, monuments and landscapes are presented from the comfort of a 'hotel on wheels'.
The lounge cars
Its itinerary makes the Costa Verde Express a unique experience to discover this less-visited part of Spain which is mostly unknown to mass tourism: Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country.
Costa Verde Express saloons are veritable rail treasures, some of them being original 1923 Pullman cars. The four lounge carriages are the most unusual and beautiful places of these luxury trains because of their exquisite design, their finish and the interior decorations. These are the common areas of the train, where over the more than twenty years of recent history many a lasting friendship has begun, inspired and encouraged by the congenial ambiance.
One of the lounge carriages has a bar and dance floor. This is the "pub carriage", decorated and lit like a small night-club, where lively entertainment is provided every night until the early hours of the morning. Another lounge carriage also has a bar where you can sit back and have a quiet drink. The other two lounges are for other types of entertainment, such as reading, enjoying a board game with your fellow passengers, talking or watching the passing scenery through the large windows. And wherever you are, you will always be served by our attentive waiters.
Passengers are offered daily newspapers, magazines, a thoughtful collection of books from the library, television, and videos; all that you need to make your journey a pleasure.
Each of the 26 suites in the "Costa Verde Express" offers guests a space designed for rest and privacy. 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. Each compartment is equipped with a complete range of toiletries. The electrical outlets are 220v.
The Suites come with a double bed and have luggage storage, minibar, safe, closet, desk and a telephone with an external line. They also boast a private bathroom with hydro-sauna, whirlpool and steam bath, as well as a hairdryer.
The air conditioning, heating, piped music and lighting in the suites can be individually adjusted. The large windows offer excellent views of the landscape. The inside of the train is completely connected, allowing guests to walk freely through it.
An excellent team of professionals do their best to guarantee that you have a pleasant and enjoyable experience.
Itinerary from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela (6 days / 5 nights) >>>
Gastronomy plays a very important role on the route of Costa Verde Express. Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country are, in the opinion of the many chefs and gourmets, among 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 food 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.
A bus will follow the Train throughout your trip. When the train reaches the stations along the route, the bus will pick you up and take you on the scheduled trips, the restaurants and for any other purposes along with the guides.
The accompanying guide will share all the trips by bus and train with the passengers and will also take them to restaurants for lunches and dinners and on all the visits and excursions, in many cases with the additional help of local guides.
Other services include laundry service, health care, special menus if you inform us when booking about any special dietary needs.
Meeting Point: 10:00 hrs. Concordia Station, Bilbao.
Day 1 Saturday. Bilbao - Santander - At check-in, meet the crew and be shown to your cabin. Then there is a tour of Bilbao which includes entrance to the famous Guggenheim Museum. Lunch on board while travelling to Santander. Guided tour and dinner in a Restaurant. Possibility to visit the famous Casino del Sardinero. Night in Santander.
Itinerary from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao (6 days / 5 nights) >>>
Day 2 Sunday. Santander - Santillana -Llanes - After breakrast on board the train arrives to Cabezón de la Sal, from where our bus will take us to the medieval town of Santillana del Mar and the cave "Neo-cueva de Altamira". Lunch in Santillana del Mar. The train takes us through Asturian landscapes to Llanes. Dinner and night in Llanes.
Day 3 Monday. Llanes - Picos de Europa - Oviedo - After breakfast the bus will bring us to the first capital of the Asturian kingdom, Cangas de Onís. We continue to the heart of the mountain range Picos de Europa and visit the sanctuary Santuario de Covadonga and the lake Enol. Lunch on board of the train while arriving to Oviedo. Visit and free time. Lunch and night in Oviedo.
Day 4 Tuesday. Oviedo - Gijón - Luarca - After breakfast visit to Gijón, lunch and free time. Later we visit Luarca, where we have dinner. Night in Luarca.
Day 5 Wednesday. Luarca - Ribadeo - Viveiro - While enjoying breakfast we will arrive to Ribadeo, the first town of Galicia on our route. Visit, lunch and free time in Ribadeo. Later the train brings us to Viveiro, which we visit. Dinner and night in Viveiro.
Day 6 Thursday. Viveiro - Santiago de Compostela - On the last day of this travel, we enjoy breakfast while arriving to Ferrol. From here, the bus will take us to the capital of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela. Visit and lunch at the Parador Reyes Católicos, where our journey finishes at about 4 p.m.
Meeting Point: 10 a.m. Parador Nacional Reyes Católicos de Santiago de Compostela
Day 1 Saturday. Santiago de Compostela - Ferrol - Viveiro - Reception at the Parador Nacional Reyes Católicos de Santiago de Compostela at 10 a.m. Visit of Santiago and lunch. In the afternoon the bus brings us to Ferrol, where the train is wating for us. Welcome and accomodation, train travel to Viveiro. Visit, free time and dinner. Night in Viveiro.
Day 2 Sunday. Viveiro - Ribadeo - Luarca - Oviedo - Breakfast on board while arriving to Ribadeo. Visit, free time and lunch in Ribadeo. In the afternoon the train takes us to the region Asturias where we visit Luarca, "La Villa Blanca" of Spain's "Green Coast" Costa Verde. Dinner and night in Oviedo.
Day 3 Monday. Oviedo - Gijón - Llanes - After breakfast, the bus will bring us to Gijón, which we visit. Later we continue to the capital of the Principality of Asturias, Oviedo. Visit and free time. Later the train takes us to Llanes, dinner and night in Llanes.
Day 4 Tuesday. Llanes - Picos de Europa - Cabezón de la Sal - After breakfast the bus will bring us to the heart of the mountain range Picos de Europa, where we visit the sanctuary Santuario de Covadonga, Lake Enol and the first capital of Asturias, Cangas de Onís. Lunch. In the afternoon visit to Llanes, then our journey continues to the region Cantabria. Dinner on board and night in Cabezón de la Sal.
Day 5 Wednesday. Cabezón de la Sal - Santillana del Mar - Santander - After breakfast visit to the medieval town of Santillana del Mar and the cave "Neo-cueva de Altamira". Lunch on board of the train while travelling to Santander. Visit, free time and dinner in a typical restaurant. Option to visit the famous "Casino del Sardinero". Night in Santander.
Day 6 Thursday. Santander - Bilbao - While we have breakfast on board, the train brings us to the Basque Country and its capital Bilbao. Visit and lunch. After lunch we come back to the train to take our luggage and finish the travel at approx. 4 p.m.
June: 1, 15, 29
September: 9, 21
June: 8, 22
July: 6, 20
September: 14, 28
|Price per person in Double Suite
|Supplement for Single occupation in Double Suite
- Accommodation in Double Suite compartment on the train.
- Welcome drink and snack.
- Breakfasts à la carte or buffet products.
- The most select gastronomy in dinners and lunches on board or at top restaurants.
- Gala dinner on board.
- 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.
- Traveling toiletries bag courtesy (with amenities and slippers).
- Free mineral water available in the cabin's minibar.
- Security service.
- Multilingual guide throughout the tour.
- An excellent team at your disposal.
- 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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