El Transcantabrico Classico 8 day / 7 night Luxury Rail Journey from Leon to Santiago de Compostela

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8 day El Transcantabrico Classico, Leon-Santiago de Compostela

2017 departures: May: 6, 20 / June: 17 / July: 1 / August: 12 / September: 9, 23 / October: 7, 21

2018 departures: May: 19 / June: 02, 16, 30 / July: 14, 28 / September: 8, 22 / October: 6

"Just over three decades ago saw the birth of what is today, the oldest tourist train in Spain: El Transcantábrico. Synonymous of elegance and comfort from its beginning, El Transcantábrico Clasico takes travellers back to the golden age of the great railway journeys, accompanied by all comforts and services of the 21st century.

Each route of El Transcantábrico Clásico combines the cuisine onboard with first class restaurants. The pleasure of travelling is also based on a careful balance between the train journey, the stay and the tours in the different stages en-route. While the train is parked at the station, the traveller could choose to go on the scheduled tour, stay on board or go out on their own to enjoy the city where we are."

8 day El Transcantabrico Classico Santiago de Compostela Leon Rail Jouney

Day 1 (Saturday)                    León – Cistierna

Rendezvous in León (*). Reception and tour of the old town, home to some of the most important monuments in Spain: the Gothic Cathedral, the Romanesque frescoes in the Basilica of San Isidoro and the impressive Plateresque facade of the Hospital of San Marcos. After lunch, board our luxury coach for a short trip to San Feliz, where our train El Transcantábrico will be waiting for us. The crew will offer a welcome drink and we can settle into our suites onboard while the train heads to Cistierna for dinner and overnight onboard.8 day El Transcantabrico Classico Cabin Spain Luxury rail journey Leon Bilbao

 

Day 2 (Sunday)                      Cistierna – Guardo-Villasana de Mena

Just as every day, we begin the journey with a delicious buffet and a la carte breakfast. The El Transcantábrico will travel to Guardo station, from where we will board our coach to visit the Roman villa of La Olmeda in Saldaña and its superb collection of mosaics. Next we will see the best collections of Romanesque Art in Europe, located in the Palencia villages of Carrión de los Condes, Villalcázar de Sirga and Frómista. Return to the train and trip while enjoying the stunning scenery of the valley of Villasana de Mena. Dinner and overnight in Villasana.

 

Day 3 (Monday)                     Villasana de Mena – Bilbao – Santander

Train trip to the dynamic city of Bilbao, the largest in the Basque Country that has managed to reinvent itself after the decline of its heavy industry. City tour. If you travel in July and August, a ticket to Guggenheim Museum is included (it is closed on Mondays the rest of the year), epitome of a new Bilbao. Lunch onboard while travelling to Santander, the elegant capital of Cantabria. City sightseeing tour and free time. After dinner, you may choose to visit El Gran Casino at your own pace (admission included). Overnight in Santander.

 

8 day El Transcantabrico Classico CarriageDay 4 (Tuesday)                    Santander – Cabezón de la Sal – Santillana del Mar – Arriondas

The El Transcantábrico will travel to Cabezón de la Sal, from where our coach will take us to visit the town of Santillana del Mar with its beautifully preserved medieval town. Next stop at the Neocave of Altamira, the finest realistic example of Upper Palaeolithic cave art. After lunch we will travel into Asturian territory, visiting the village of Ribadesella and its charming promenade. Dinner and overnight in Arriondas.

 

Day 5 (Wednesday)               Arriondas – Oviedo – Candás

Today we will visit the heart of the Principality of Asturias, driving up to the 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. Back onboard for lunch and trip to the region’s capital, Oviedo, exponent of Asturian Romanesque art featuring gems such as the basilica of San Julian de los Prados. City tour and free time. Dinner onboard and overnight in Candás.
 

Day 6 (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 journey to Luarca, known as the White Town of the Green Coast. Visit this charming town, where will also have dinner and stay overnight.
 

8 day El Transcantabrico Classico Cabin Grand Class Suite

Day 7 (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.

 

Day 8 (Saturday)                    Viveiro – Santiago de Compostela

While enjoying our last breakfast onboard, we will arrive in Ferrol. 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. End of trip after the tour.
 
* On the day the trip begins, the access to the suite is not guaranteed until 18:00 h, although other services are already underway. On the last day of the trip, the suite must be left before 12:00 h, although all other services continue until later.
2017 Departure Dates
Saturdays
Per Person
in Double / Twin Room
Per Person
in Single Room
September: 9, 23
October: 7, 21
AU$5265 AU$7895
2018 Departure Dates
Saturdays
Per Person
in Double / Twin Room
Per Person
in Single Room
May: 19
June: 2, 16, 30
July: 14, 28
September: 8, 22
October: 6
AU$5710 AU$8560

 

THE TRIP INCLUDES - El Transcantábrico Clásico – Grand Class Room:

8 day El Transcantabrico Classico Carriage Rail tour

  • Accommodation onboard in Grand Class Room
  • A la carte and buffet breakfasts every day
  • All dinners and lunches, with the finest cuisine aboard the train or in top restaurants (including wine, water, soft drinks and coffee)
  • Welcome drink and snack
  • Farewell dinner – gala party
  • Traveling toiletries bag courtesy of Renfe Viajeros (with amenities and slippers). Free mineral water available in the cabin’s minibar
  • Activities on board: music and live performances, parties in the pub car, show cooking and cocktails, dancing, etc.
  • Tickets to museums, attractions and shows
  • Excursions and scheduled tours
  • Luxury coach accompanying the train along the trip
  • 2 discounted Renfe train tickets: one to the starting point and the other back from the end of the trip.
  • Taxes and services
  • Daily newspapers and magazines
  • Security service
  • Multilingual guide throughout the tour
  • Excellent crew (Expedition Leader, Guide, Waiters, Cooks, Technicians, etc.)

OTHER SERVICES AVAILABLE AT PASSENGER’S EXPENSE:

  • Laundry service
  • Bar service
  • Door to door luggage: pick-up and delivery of luggage and belongings from your pre-tour hotel and to your post-tour hotel
Excludes: Tips; personal expenses
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For further tour information or to book a tour, please contact Timeless Tours.

  • We reserve the right to change all prices and programs without notice
  • All prices are per person unless otherwise stated
  • All prices on this website are in Australian Dollars unless otherwise stated