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El Expreso de la Robla Europe, Spain

El Expreso de la Robla
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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.

Accommodation

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, hair dryer, 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 sceneryDaily 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 2015

2015:  June 4,18.  September 10.

Double Suite, per person

Double                                                              €795

Single supplement                                         €265

 

Payment Terms

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.

 

General Information

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.

Terms and Conditions: Go here for the Terms and Conditions of RENFE Viajeros sa, which owns and operates this train.

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