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El Expreso de la Robla Europe, Spain
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Fay says, “This special little train meanders through the picturesque countryside and coast, stopping for guided tours of the surrounds and overnight; great value tours in a train which also has private bathrooms for all compartments!”
Spanish Rail Tours on El Expreso de la Robla
El Expreso de la Robla is a wonderful air-conditioned vintage train that meanders through the picturesque countryside and coast of northern Spain, allowing one to sample the traditions and glamour of the El Transcantábrico route.
The routes vary in length and offer all the nostalgia of bygone train travel, with every modern amenity.
During the day, after a self-service breakfast taken on-board the train, a coach and guide are waiting at each destination to take guests to visit the interesting towns and sites along the route, steeped in heritage and history.
Delicious lunches are served at various regional restaurants and at night the train is stationary at stations, which enables passengers to have a peaceful sleep after an evening enjoying the local cuisine and night life of each town.
Spanish rail tours on El Expreso de la Robla – what a very relaxed way to explore the rugged, mountainous coastline of northern Spain, on board a comfortable hotel train that passes through this spectacular scenery.
Compartments: Each cabin has upper and lower berths, wardrobe, luggage carrier, reading light, air conditioning, stereo and telephone, and are en-suite with a hydro massage shower, wash basin and toilet.
Lounges: There are three lounges offering a bar service, decorated in a classic Spanish vintage style. Here one has breakfast, as well as being able to enjoy a relaxing drink whilst looking out of the panoramic windows, thus having a wonderful view of the spectacular scenery. Daily newspapers, magazines, libraries, video library and television are all available.
La Robla Itinerary – Bilbao via León to Bilbao – 4 days / 3 nights
Bilbao, Vado-Cervera, León, San Feliz, Espinosa de los Monteras, Bilbao
4 days/3 nights
Meeting Point: 13:30hrs Concordia de Bilbao Station.
Thursday: Bilbao - Espinosa de Los Monteros - Vado Cervera. Join the train at Bilbao FEVE station from 13.30hrs, and settle into your accommodation before wandering along to the lounge, as the train leaves at 15.45hrs. Upon arrival at Espinosa de los Monteros, guests take the coach to visit the amazing Karstic Complex of Ojo de Guareña in Sotoscueva, the largest cave collection of the Iberian Peninsula and among the ten largest in the whole world. Here there is the church of St Barnabas with beautiful ceiling paintings. Back on the train we travel to Sotoscueva to visit the Parador of Cervera de Pisuerga. At Vado-Cervera the train remains in the station for the night, as guests dine at the Parador of Fuentes Carrionas and explore the town of Vado-Cervera.
Friday: Vado Cervera - Matallana – León – San Feliz. Whilst enjoying breakfast, the train arrives at Matallana. A coach then takes guests to the amazing Caves of Valporquero, famous for its stalactites, stalagmites and fantastic shapes. Back on the train we travel to San Feliz and then by coach to León, a city founded by the Romans and steeped in art and culture. Following visits to the Cathedral, San Isidoro, Old quarters and San Marcos, dinner is served in the famous wine caves of Prieto Picudo before returning to the train for the night.
Saturday: San Feliz - Guardo – Carrión de Los Condes – Frómista - Mataporquera – Espinosa de Los Monteros. Enjoy breakfast whilst the train travels to Guardo where the coach takes the guests to Palencia. This is home to some outstanding examples of Romanesque Art. This historic heritage is best seen as we travel on part of the Way of Saint James ‘El Camino de Santiago’, through the towns of Carrion de los Condes, Fromista (for lunch) and Villalcaza de Sirga. Later we depart from Mataporquera toward Espinosa de los Monteros, a town that was destroyed in the early 11th century, and is now home to the ancient Royal Guard of the “Gentlemen of the Chamber” since its founding in 1008.
Sunday: Espinosa de Los Monteros - Medina del Pomar – Balmaseda - Bilbao. Enjoy the scenery over breakfast as the train approaches the cities of Espinosa de los Monteros and Medina de Pomar with their remarkable monuments such as the Alcazar de los Condestables and its Old Quarters. Afterwards we travel to Balmaseda where there is a visit to the famous berets factory, Boinas La Encartada. Here guests enjoy a typical regional lunch. Finally we travel by train to Bilbao, the end of our journey.
Dates and Prices
2014: June 12 September 11
Double Suite, per person
Single supplement €250
Paraiso Infinito Itinerary – Bilbao via Santander to Bilbao – 2 days / 1 night
Bilbao, Santillana del Mare, Santander, El Soplao, Santona, Laredo, Bilbao
2 days/1 night
Meeting Point: 09:00hrs Concordia de Bilbao Station.
Saturday: Bilbao – Santillana del Mare – Santander. Following the reception at the station, one boards the train and is shown to your cabin as the train travels to Santander. Here we take the coach to Santillana del Mare for a tour of this delightful medieval town full of cobbled paths and historical buildings. Following lunch here, we go to the Soplao cave with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Later we travel back to Santander for some free time before dinner. Overnight on the train.
Sunday: Santander – Santona – Laredo – Bilbao. During breakfast the train travels to Santona, an historical town with an anchovy canning factory that also produces the traditional albacore. From here theer is a boat trip along the Cantabrian coast to Laredo to visit the Puebla Vieja, which consists of six streets, all located at the foot of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta (Gothic style), the buildings of which cover many centuries. Following lunch we then return to Bilbao for the end of the journey. 19.00hrs.
Dates and Prices
2014: July 12,19 August 9,23 September 6,20
Double Suite, per person
Single supplement €125
Deposit payment 40% of total price to reserve
Balance payment 60% at least 15 days prior to departure
Cancellations Up to 30 days before departure: refund less 15% registration and guarantee fee. Between 30 and 15 days : less 25% of the total. Between 14 and 5 days: less 50% of the total. Between 4 and 1 day(s): less 80% of the total. Less than 24 hours or failure to turn up: No refund, 100% of the total is payable.
Dress Code: Comfortable day wear and comfortable shoes for walking, perhaps a rain coat depending on the time of year. Smart casual is recommended for the evenings.
Included: Breakfasts with tea and coffee; lunches and dinners with wine, coffee, tea, and liqueurs; tour guide on board; organised excursions with entrance fees and multilingual guides; daily newspapers and magazines; free water; coach transport at each stop; bathrobes.
Unforeseen events: The itineraries may be subject to modifications for reasons outside the control of the organiser or as a result of problems which may cause changes in the operation of the network on which circulate the Tourist Trains. In these cases, the organisers will adopt the necessary solutions to continue with the trip, without any extra cost to passengers. If passengers continue the trip under the new circumstances, they tacitly accept the solutions proposed “Luxury Tourist Trains 2013”.
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