The Transcantábrico COSTA VERDE EXPRESS: Bilbao - Gijón 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 Gijón 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.
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.
Itinerary from Bilbao to Gijón (6 days / 5 nights) >>>
Meeting Point: 12:00hrs. Concordia Station, Bilbao.
Day 1 Sunday. Bilbao-Marrón / Ampuero - At check-in, meet the crew and be shown to your cabin before lunch. Then there is a tour of Bilbao which includes entrance to the famous Guggenheim Museum and a visit to the Hanging Bridge of Portugalete. While having dinner on board, we arrive at Marrón / Ampuero for the night.
Itinerary from Gijón to Bilbao (6 days / 5 nights) >>>
Day 2 Monday. Marrón / Ampuero-Santander - After breakfast, disembark to take the coach to visit Santoña with its spectacular Reserve of the Biosphere Marshes. Visit one of its traditional canned anchovy and Northern Bonito factories before taking a boat to cross the spectacular bay to visit Laredo. Lunch on board the train while travelling to Santander, the elegant Cantabrian capital. There is a guided tour and free time. After dinner at a well-known city restaurant, there is an optional visit to El Gran Casino del Sardinero, (entrance included). Night in Santander.
Day 3 Tuesday. Santander-Arriondas - During breakfast we travel to Cabezón de la Sal, where a coach takes us to the beautifully preserved medieval town of Santillana del Mar. Then to the Neocave of Altamira, with reproductions of the greatest exponent of Upper Palaeolithic cave art. After lunch, the train will take us to Ribadesella in Asturias. Dinner and overnight in Arriondas.
Day 4 Wednesday. Arriondas-Llanes - Breakfast on board and then a visit to the magnificent National Park of the Picos de Europa, ascending to the Lake Enol and then to the Sanctuary of Covadonga, a sacred place full of tradition and legends. Then to Cangas de Onís. After lunch, once back aboard the train, we will emulate the Sella’s International Descent by following the river. Overnight in Llanes.
Day 5 Thursday. Llanes-Candás - While enjoying breakfast we will arrive in Oviedo, the capital of the Asturias Principality and the highest exponent of the Asturian Prerromasque Art, preserving real temple jewels such as San Julián de los Prados. City Tour and lunch followed by free time. In the afternoon we go to Candás, visiting Avilés, the millennial village which preserves its precious old quarter. Dinner and overnight in Candás.
Day 6 Friday. Candás-Gijón - After breakfast, we leave the train and take the coach to Gijón, a city gracing the Cantabrian Sea and plenty of cultural events. After the tour we have lunch at the Parador in Gijón, ending the journey at about 16:00hrs.
Meeting Point: 13:00hrs. National Parador, Gijón.
Day 1 Sunday. Gijón - Candás - After the meeting and lunch, we visit the historic quarter of Gijón, a city gracing the Cantabrian Sea. Before returning to the train we stop in Avilés to visit this millennial village with its fascinating old quarter. Upon reaching the train in Candás, receive a welcome drink before being shown to your accommodation. Dinner and overnight in Candás.
Day 2 Monday. Candás - Llanes - During breakfast we will in Oviedo, the capital of the Asturias Principality and the highest exponent of the Asturian Prerromasque Art, preserving real temple jewels such as San Julián de los Prados. City Tour and lunch. In the afternoon we reach Ribadesella for a visit. Coach trip to Llanes for a visit, dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Tuesday. Llanes - Cabezón de la Sal - Breakfast while approaching the heart of the Principality of Asturias. Here we visit the magnificent National Park of the Picos de Europa, ascending to the Lake Enol to visit the Sanctuary of Covadonga, a sacred place full of tradition and legend. Then a visit to Cangas de Onís, first capital of Don Pelayo’s Astur Kingdom. After lunch, and back aboard the train, we travel to Unquera and then to Cabezón de la Sal. Dinner and overnight in Cabezón de La Sal.
Day 4 Wednesday. Cabezón de la Sal - Santander - After breakfast, coach trip to the Neocave of Altamira, showing a reproduction of the greatest exponent of Upper Palaeolithic cave art. After lunch, we go by coach to the town of Santillana del Mar with its beautifully preserved medieval town. Guided tour to the village of Santillana. Lunch at the National Parador Gil Blas. Train trip to Santander, and visit to the smart Capital of Cantabria. Dinner and optional visit to the Gran Casino of Santander (tickets included). Overnight in Santander.
Day 5 Thursday. Santander - Marrón/Ampuero - After breakfast on board, we visit Santander. Back on board, lunch while heading for Marrón/Ampuero. Here the coach takes us to visit Santoña with its spectacular Reserve of the Biosphere Marshes, where we will visit one of its traditional canned Anchovy and Northern Bonito factories. Then we take a boat across the spectacular bay to visit Laredo before returning to the train. Dinner and overnight in Marrón/Ampuero.
Day 6 Friday. Marrón/Ampuero-Bilbao - During breakfast we arrive in Bilbao in the Basque Country. The City Tour includes the entrance to the famous Guggenheim Museum and a visit to the Hanging Bridge of Portugalete. Lunch in a typical restaurant with the journey ending around 16:00hrs.
May: 17, 31
June: 14, 28
July: 12, 26
September: 6, 20
October: 4, 18
June: 7, 21
July: 5, 19
September: 13, 27
|Price per person in Double Suite
|Price 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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