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El Transcantabrico Clasico Europe, Spain

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Fay says, “What a special train El Transcantabrico Clasico is!  Every suite with a private bathroom, fascinating excursions,  accompanied by the best of the regional cuisine, and of course congenial company along the way.”

About El Transcantabrico Clasico

This Spanish luxury train is beautiful, with an elegant exterior of blue and white.  Internally, the lounges reflect the Spanish influence and are charmingly classical.  The suites are luxurious, with wooden veneers and rich upholstery that create a wonderful haven to relax in.

The Spanish rail tour takes you either from Santiago de Compostela (destination for over 1,000 years of the St. James Way ‘El Camino de Santiago’) to León, or from León to Santiago de Compostela, where the lesser-known magic of northern Spain awaits; from the lands of Castile and León, to the shores of the Bay of Biscay.  At every stage the luxury coach is there to meet the train and take one to destinations.

Gastronomy, art, monuments and landscapes are presented to the voyager from the wonderfully opulent comfort of a five-star train hotel, El Transcantábrico.   

Other journeys on El Transcantabrico Clasico Junior Luxury Suite:

6- and 5-day tours are here           4- and 3-day tours are here

 

Accommodation

Suites

 

Transcantabrico Cabin Acommodation

The train is stationary overnight, allowing a good night’s rest and an opportunity to enjoy the night life of the nearby towns.

There is only one type of suite:  Each Junior luxury suite has a double bed 119 cms wide by 185 cms long (47″ wide by 73″ long); some have an extra overhead bunk bed.  The private bathroom has a hydro-sauna, turbo massage, steam bath and hair dryer, with complimentary gown and slippers.

All suites have luggage space, mini bar, safe, wardrobe, writing desk and telephone with outside line.  Air-conditioning, heating, music and lights are controlled individually and the floors of the compartments are carpeted.  All suites have large windows with curtains.

Dining

The dining car is used primarily for breakfasts and the occasional meal.   All other meals are taken in local restaurants along the route.

Lounge Cars

The train boasts four lounge cars, made more than a century ago.  They include the bar car with its own dance floor, which hosts  live entertainment every night.  A second bar car provides a quieter atmosphere in which to enjoy a drink and the remaining two lounge cars are for watching the scenery go by, reading or socialising with friends.

There is a library with books, newspapers and magazines,  as well as videos and television.

Catering

Breakfasts and the occasional meal are taken on the train.  Most of the evening dinners are in local restaurants.  This allows one to sample the regional cuisine ranging from fish specialities in the Galician region, through to meat dishes as one heads through the Basque country to  León.

Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country and Castilla y León are the regions where you can find some of the best cuisine in Spain. The cheeses, sausages, meat, vegetables, fish and seafood are all universally renowned.  All the menus include a careful selection of wines that blend harmoniously with the ingredients of each lunch and dinner.  Coffee and liqueurs are also included.

The restaurants on route not only select the highest quality raw materials and have them prepared by the greatest professionals; they are also the ideal setting for sampling the local cuisine.

 

El Transcantabrico Clasico – Route

 

El Transcantabrico Luxury Train Club

Purple Route – Gran Lujo; Grey Route – Clasico / Junior Suite

Itineraries 2014/2015

 

León to Santiago de Compostela

León, Cistierna, Mataporquera, Villasana de Mena, Bilbao, Santander, Cabezon de la Sal, Ribadesella, Arriondas, Oviedo, Candas, Aviles, Gijon, Luarca, Ribadeo, Viveiro, Santiago de Compostela

8 days / 7 nights

Meeting Point:  12.00hrs.   Leon,  Parador Nacional de San Marcos,  Plaza de San Marcos, 7

Saturday:  León – Cistierna.   León is a wonder city to wander around with the Old Quarter steeped  in history: the Basilica of  San Isidoro, built in a Romanesque style on the site of an ancient Roman temple;  the gothic Cathedral which is one of the three most important Cathedrals on The Way of Saint James; Casa Botines,  a modernist building with a medieval look which was constructed in 1891 and finished in 1893 by Antonio Gaudi for the fabric merchants of Leon, one who was named Botinas and thus gave his name to the building; the beautiful Parador of  San Marcos, which was formerly a monastery and hospital.  Once guests have checked in their luggage at the Parador de Turismo de San Marcos, they are taken to lunch in León before travelling to the train for a reception aboard the train in San Feliz, a visit to Cistierna followed by dinner in León and the night on the train in San Feliz.

Sunday: Cistierna – Mataporquera  - Villasana de Mena.   During breakfast, the train arrives  in Guardo, from where we take the  coach to the Roman town of Olmeda.   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 Villasana de Mena.  Here there is some free time before dinner.  Overnight in Villasana de Mena.

Monday: Villasana de Mena – Bilbao – Santander.   Whilst breakfasting, enjoy the wonderful scenery as the train travels to the  modern city of Bilbao, where visits include the architectural landmark of the Guggenheim Museum (open in July and August – the rest of the year it shuts on Mondays), as well as the Torre de Loizaga in Galdames, which boasts the largest collection of Rolls Royce cars in the world.  Lunch on the train as we travel to Santander, the capital of Cantabria and considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.  Divided in two by the Magdalene Penisula, on one side are magnificent beaches, the imposing casino and English-looking stately homes, and on the other the Bay of Santander, with the port, cathedral and the Paseo Pereda.  There is a coach tour of the city and dinner with an overnight, which allows those who wish to visit the city’s casinos.

Tuesday: Santander – Cabezon de la Sal – Ribadesella  – Arriondas.  During breakfast we  travel to Cabezón de la Sal.   Here we take the coach to the Cave of Altamira, famous for its Upper Paleolithic cave paintings  featuring drawings and polychrome rock paintings of wild mammals and human hands.  Then we visit the beautiful medieval town of Santillana del Mar, with its historical buildings and cobbled streets. Following lunch in Santillana, the train travels through Asturias, until we reach Ribadesella and Arriondas.  After free time in Ribadesella, we dine and spend the night  in Arriondas.

Wednesday: Arriondas -  Oviedo – Candas.   From Arriondas, passing through the heart of Asturias which is the National Park of the Picos de Europa, we visit two glacial lakes known as the Lakes of Covadonga; the amazing Sanctuary of Covadonga, and finally back to Cangas de Onís for lunch.  Back on the train, as we travel towards Oviedo, the capital of the Principality, which boasts a unique collection of pre-Romanesque monuments. Here we have dinner before returning to Candas for the night.

Thursday :  Candas – Aviles – Gijon -  Luarca.   After breakfast, we take the coach to the pretty town of Aviles and later to Gijon, for a tour around this Asturian seaside town par excellence, with its beautiful beaches, rich archaeological remains and Roman walls.  Following free time and lunch, our train travel  continues in the afternoon, until we reach Luarca, the Villa Blanca of the Costa Verde,  a quaint little fishing village, with an 18th century palace of the Marquises of Gamoneda and the Church of St Eulalia, which are considered some of the main attractions. Following a tour there is free time before dinner.   Overnight in Luarca.

Friday:   Luarca -  Ribadeo – Viveiro.   Travelling to Ribadeo during breakfast through this wonderful scenery is a luxury.  The first town in Galicia, which borders Asturias,  Ribadeo is where the River Eo flows into the sea.  There is a visit around the town and to the Las Catedrales Beach, a beautifully spectacular natural formation that has been created by the effect of tide and wind on rock.  The landscape of the Rias Altas is fascinating.  Lunch in Ribadeo and then in the afternoon we arrive in the beautiful medieval town of Viveiro for a wander around before dinner.   Overnight  in Viveiro.

Saturday:  Viveiro to Santiago de Compostela.   Whilst having breakfast the train arrives in Ferrol, where the coach (and luggage) takes us to Santiago de Compostela, the ultimate destination of St James’ pilgrims.  Here we are taken on a tour of the beautiful Plaza, the Silversmiths and the famous Cathedral which is a mixture of gothic, romanesque and baroque….so ends a wonderful journey.  End of journey: Parador Reyes Católicos, 14:00hrs.

Dates and Prices 2014/2015

HIGH SEASON: 

2014:  September 13,27.

2015:  May 2,16,30.  June 13,27.  July 25.  September 5,19.

Booking, in advance                 6+ months      4-6 months     less than 4 months

2014:  Double per person                    €2,655               €2,803                €2,950

2014:  Single Supplement                   €1,328               €1,401                  €1,475

2015:  Double per person                   €2,822               €2,978                 €3,315

2015:  Single Supplement                    €1,411               €1,490                  €1,568

 

LOW SEASON:

2014:  August 2,30.  October 11,25.

2015:  April 4.  October 3,17.

Booking, in advance                 6+ months      4-6 months     less than 4 months 

2014: Double per person                   €2,430               €2,565                €2,700

2014: Single Supplement                   €1,215               €1,283                 €1,350

2015: Double per person                   €2,565               €2,708                €2,850

2015: Single Supplement                   €1,283               €1,354                 €1,425

 

Santiago de Compostela to León

Santiago de Compostela, Viveiro, Ribadeo, Luarca, Aviles, Gijon, Oviedo, Candas, Arriondas, Llanes, Cabezon de la Sal, Santillana del Mer, Santander, Bilbao, Villasana de Mena, Mataporquera, Cistierna, León

8 days / 7 nights

Meeting Point: 12.00hrs.  Santiago de Compostela, Parador Nacional de Los Reyes Católicos, Plaza del Obradoiro, 1

Saturday:  Santiago de Compostela -  Viveiro.  Guests check in their luggage at the Parador which is on the famous Plaza del Obradoiro, before being taken on a tour of the Plaza, the Silversmiths and the famous Cathedral, the pinnacle of any pilgrimage.   A delicious lunch is taken in the Parador after which we travel by coach to Ferrol where we await the train.  Settle into this luxurious train as it departs for Viveiro, a beautiful medieval town where we have dinner and overnight.

Sunday:  Viveiro – Ribadeo – Luarca.   Whilst having breakfast, the train travels to Ribadeo, set majestically between Asturias and Galicia, where there is a visit to the Las Catedrales Beach.  This beautifully spectacular natural formation has been created by the effect of tide and wind on rock.  Afterwards we travel to Ribadeo for lunch, from where we will depart to Luarca, “The White Town of the Green Coast” and a quaint little fishing village, with an 18th century palace of the Marquises of Gamoneda and the Church of St Eulalia, which are considered some of the main attractions.  Dine in a local atmospheric restaurant.  Overnight in Luarca.

Monday:  Luarca – Aviles – Gijon – Oviedo – Candas.   Following breakfast, we take the coach to the pretty town of Aviles and later to Gijon, for a tour around this Asturian seaside town par excellence, with its beautiful beaches, rich archaeological remains and Roman walls. Here we have lunch, after which we head for Oviedo, which boasts a unique collection of pre-Romanesque monuments.  Following a tour of the city, there is some free time before dinner.  Overnight in  Candas.

Tuesday:  Candas – Arriondas – Llanes.   Passing through spectacular countryside during breakfast, we arrive in Arriondas, where the coach takes us through the heart of Asturias which is the National Park of the Picos de Europa, we visit two glacial lakes known as the Lakes of Covadonga; the amazing Sanctuary of Covadonga, and finally, Cangas de Onís, which nestles picturesquely in  a deep valley set between the rivers of Sella and Guena and has an amazing Roman bridge.  Following lunch, we take the train to Llanes for a tour around this  wonderful  fishing village on the eastern side of Asturias, before having dinner.  Overnight in Llanes.

Wednesday:  Llanes – Cabezon de la Sal – Santillana del Mer – Santander.   Whilst breakfasting, the train travels to Cabezón de la Sal.  Here we take the coach to the Cave of Altamira, famous for its  Upper Paleolithic cave paintings featuring drawings and polychrome rock paintings of wild mammals and human hands.  Then we visit the beautiful medieval town of Santillana del Mar, with its historical buildings and cobbled streets.  Following lunch in Santillana, we take the train to Santander.  As we are here for dinner and the night, guests have time to enjoy the many interesting sites and casinos of Santander.

Thursday:  Santander  – Bilbao – Villasana de Mena/Mercadillo.   After having breakfast on the train, we reach the modern city of Bilbao, and the home of the Guggenheim Museum.  This innovative building is  an architectural landmark that creates a seductive backdrop for the exhibition of contemporary art, a tour that cannot be missed.  Following lunch and free time we take the train to Villasana de Mena/Mercadillo, where we have dinner and night aboard the train.

Friday: Villasana de Mena – Cistierna.    During breakfast we reach Mataporquera, from where we travel by coach to the interesting Canal de Castilla with its fascinating lock system.  After visiting Palencia’s Romanesque Art Collection, we visit the beautiful Temple fortress built by the Knights  Templar  in the late twelfth century  in  Villalcázar de Sirga, then  Carrión de los Condes and Frómista before returning for lunch in Villalcázar de  Sirga.  In the afternoon we visit the Roman town of La Olmeda, discovered in 1968.  We continue by train to Cistierna for dinner, a town that has been influenced by Celts, Romans, Goths and Arabs.   Overnight in Cistierna.

Saturday:  Cistierna – León.   The last day of the trip will include a visit to León and a wander around the Old Quarter steeped  in history: the Basilica of  San Isidoro, built in a Romanesque style on the site of an ancient Roman temple;  the gothic Cathedral which is one of the three most important Cathedrals on The Way of Saint James; Casa Botines,  a modernist building with a medieval look which was  finished in 1893 by Antonio Gaudi for the fabric merchants of Leon, one who was named Botinas and thus gave his name to the building;  the beautiful Parador of  San Marcos, which was formerly a monastery and hospital….so ends a wonderful journey.  We return to PN de San Marcos to collect luggage at 14.00hrs approx.

 

 

Dates and Prices 2014/2015

HIGH SEASON:

2014:  September 6,20.

2015:  May 9,23.  June 6,20.  July 18.  August 29.  September 12,26.

Booking, in advance                 6+ months      4-6 months     less than 4 months

2014:  Double per person                    €2,655               €2,803                €2,950

2014:  Single Supplement                   €1,328               €1,401                  €1,475

2015:  Double per person                   €2,822               €2,978                 €3,315

2015:  Single Supplement                    €1,411               €1,490                  €1,568

 

LOW SEASON:

2014:  August 16. October 4,18.

2015:  March 28.  April 25.  October 10

Booking, in advance                 6+ months      4-6 months     less than 4 months 

2014: Double per person                   €2,430               €2,565                €2,700

2014: Single Supplement                   €1,215               €1,283                 €1,350

2015: Double per person                   €2,565               €2,708                €2,850

2015: Single Supplement                   €1,283               €1,354                 €1,425

 

 General Information

Payment Terms

Deposit payment             40% of total price to reserve

Balance payment             60% at least 25 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:  Smart leisure wear for the day, with comfortable walking shoes for touring.   Smart casual for the evening.

Luggage:  There is limited storage space  inside the cabin for luggage storage.   Soft-topped luggage is easier to store.

Included:  Seven nights’ accommodation in a suite on board the train.  Lunches and dinners with local cuisine (includes wine, coffee and liqueurs).  Buffet breakfasts on the train.  Toiletries and bathrobes provided; towels changed daily.  Music and entertainment in the Pub car.  Excursions with entrance fees to museums, cathedrals, cloisters, etc.  Luxury coach accompanying the train. Daily newspapers and magazines.  Multilingual guide throughout the tour.

Not Included:  Gratuities.   Drinks ordered outside of meals, or from the mini bar in the suite.

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Go here for some answers to questions other passengers have raised.

 

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