Costa Verda Express 6 day / 5 night Luxury Rail Journey from Gijon to Bilbao



6 day Costa Verde Express, Gijon - Bilbao

2020 departures: May: 24 / June: 7, 21 / July: 5, 19 /  August: 30 / September: 13, 27 / October: 11

"Magnificent scenery, fine dining, art and culture add on to this unparralleled trip aboard the most vintage luxury tourist train in Spain. A unique journey on the meandering metre-wide tracks that combines northern Spain taking travellers back to the golden age of great railway journeys.

The Costa Verde Express will take you to the innermost places throughout Northern Spain aboard a unique train which encompasses the charm of the Belle Epoque accompanied by all comforts and services of the 21st century."

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8 day El Transcantabrico Classico Cabin Spain Luxury rail journey Leon Bilbao


Day 1 (Sunday)                      Gijon - Candas

Meeting point at the Gijon Parador at 1300. Travellers welcome and lunch at the Gijon Parador. After lunch, enjoy a tour of the historical centre of this city on the sea. On the way to the train station, the tour stops at Avilés, a millenary town with a beautifully preserved and valuable historic centre. Later we will arrive at Candas, where the Trans-Cantabrian train awaits. Once on board, the crew will offer a welcome drink, and you can settle into your on board accommodation. Dinner and overnight stay in Candas.


Day 2 (Monday)                     Candas - Llanes

Enjoy a leisurely and scenic breakfast on the way to the next stop, Oviedo, the capital of the Asturias Principality and the heart of pre-Romanesque Asturias, with treasures such as San Julián de los Prados. Enjoy the city and a delicious breakfast to sample some the local produce and renowned friendly hospitality. The train will arrive at Ribadesella in the afternoon. Tour of the city. The coach will take you to Llanes. Tour, dinner and overnight stay in Llanes.


8 day El Transcantabrico Classico CarriageDay 3 (Tuesday)                    Llanes - Cabezon de la Sal

Enjoy your breakfast on the railway this morning with spectacular views on the way to Arriondas, right in the heart of the Asturias Principality. Visit the magnificent Picos de Europa National Park, ascending to Enol Lake, and then the Covadonga Sanctuary; a sacred place full of tradition and legends. Next, Cangas de Onís, the first capital of the Asturias Kingdom founded by Pelagius of Asturias. Lunch. In the afternoon, the train will arrive in Cabezon de la Sal, in the lands of the beautiful Cantabrian coast. Dinner and overnight stay in Cabezon de La Sal.


Day 4 (Wednesday)               Cabezon de la Sal - Santander

After breakfast, the coach will take you to visit the famous Altamira 'Neocave', a museum and scientific reproduction of the finest Upper Palaeolithic rock art ever found. Next up is a visit to the magnificently preserved Medieval historic quarter of Santillana del Mar and its Collegiate Church. Lunch. The next adventure on our great railway journey is visit to the Capricho de Gaudí in Comillas. Back on board the train will take us to Santander, the elegant Cantabrian capital. After dinner, you can visit the Santander Grand Casino with entry included. Overnight in Santander.

Day 5 (Thursday)                   Santander - Marron/Ampuero

Breakfast on board and tour of Santander. Lunch on board on the way to Marron/Ampuero. From here, the coach will take you to visit Santona with its spectacular Biosphere Marsh Reserve, with a visit to one of its traditional canned anchovy and Albacore tuna factories and then a tour of the town with a boat ride across the spectacular bay to visit the quaint seaside town of Laredo and then back to the train. Dinner and overnight stay in Marron/Ampuero.

8 day El Transcantabrico Classico Cabin Grand Class Suite

Day 6 (Friday)                        Marron/Ampuero - Bilbao

During breakfast the train will journey on to Bilbao; a vibrant town that has reinvented itself after the decline of its traditional heavy industry. Includes the entry ticket to the famous Guggenheim Museum, the iconic symbol of the new Bilbao and a visit to the Portugalete Hanging Bridge. Lunch in a typical restaurant and the end of the trip at around 1600. End of trip after the tour.
* On the day the trip begins, the access to the suite is not guaranteed until 1800, although other services are already underway. On the last day of the trip, the suite must be left before 1200, although all other services continue until later.
2020 Departure Dates
Per Person
in Double Room
Per Person
in Single Room
May: 24
June: 7, 21
July: 5, 19
August: 30
September: 13, 27
October: 11
AU$4990 AU$6840


THE TRIP INCLUDES - Costa Verda Express – 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
  • Taxes and services
  • Daily newspapers and magazines
  • Security service
  • Multilingual guide throughout the tour
  • Excellent crew (Expedition Leader, Guide, Waiters, Cooks, Technicians, etc.)


  • Laundry service
  • Bar service
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