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



6 day Costa Verde Express, Bilbao-Gijon

2020 departures: May: 17, 31 / June: 14, 28 / July: 12, 26 / September: 6, 20 / October: 4, 18

"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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Day 1 (Sunday)                      Bilbao - Marron / Ampuero

Welcome meeting at Concordia Station in Bilbao at 1200 on board the train, meet the crew and settle into your accommodation. Lunch and a tour of the city; 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. Enjoy fine dining and fantastic scenery on board this evening on the way to Marron/Ampuero where you will spend the night.
(*) Renfe reserves the right to change the trip meeting point, circumstance that will be duly informed.

Day 2 (Monday)                     Marron / Ampuero - Santander

After a leisurely breakfast on board, the luxury coach will take you to visit Santona with its spectacular Biosphere Marsh Reserve, with a visit to one of its traditional anchovy and Albacore tuna canning factories and then a tour of the town with a boat ride across the spectacular bay to visit the quaint seaside town of Laredo. Enjoy lunch on board the train on the way to Santander, the elegant capital of Cantabria, where you can ponder spectacular panoramic views and enjoy free time to experience this beautiful location in your own way. Dinner at a well-known restaurant in the city. After dinner, you can visit the Sardinero Grand Casino with entry included. Overnight in Santander.

Day 3 (Tuesday)                    Santander - Arriondas

Enjoy your breakfast to the clickety-clack of the rails and spectacular landscapes on the way to Cabezon de la Sal, where the luxury coach awaits to take you in comfort and style to 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 returns to Ribadesella in Asturias, with a tour, dinner and overnight stay in Arriondas.

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Day 4 (Wednesday)               Arriondas - Llanes

Breakfast on board in Arriondas while the train glides along the iron rails into 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. After lunch on the train, which will emulate the International Descenso de la Sella festival, the adventure continues towards to Llanes. Tour and overnight stay in Llanes.

Day 5 (Thursday)                   Llanes - Candas

Enjoy a leisurely and scenic breakfast 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. Enjoy the city and a delicious lunch to sample some the local produce and renowned friendly hospitality. Free time. The train will arrive at Candás in the afternoon. Discover Avilés, an ancient town with a beautifully preserved and valuable historic centre. Dinner and overnight stay in Candas.

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Day 6 (Friday)                         Candas - Gijon

After breakfast, pack up your bags and say goodbye to your travel companions. The coach will take you to Gijon, a city that is wide open to the great Cantabrian Sea and hosts an extensive range of cultural events. After the visit, enjoy lunch at the spectacular Gijon Parador, where the trip will end at approximately 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 / Twin Room
Per Person
in Single Room
May: 17, 31
June: 14, 28
July: 12, 26
September: 6, 20
October: 4, 18
AU$4990 AU$6840


THE TRIP INCLUDES - Costa Verde 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).
  • 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