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- Club discount off the published prices of any journey;
- 50% discount first or tourist class rail travel in Spain to departure stations and from arrival stations on RENFE trains; discount code provided for on-line self-booking; this is a RENFE offer, which may change without notice;
- 2017: We expect the 2017 rates and dates in July / August. If you are already planning your train journey in Spain, please let us know if you would like to be informed when they are available.
Fay says, "El Transcantabrico is a very special train that traverses the Atlantic-facing part of Spain known as España Verde, Green Spain, and its hinterland; passengers dine in regional restaurants and visit the best of the area's monuments and countryside. Every suite has a private bathroom, probably the best on a train anywhere in Europe (equalled only by its sister train Al Andalus), while each Gran Lujo Deluxe suite also has a private lounge."
El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo
El Transcantábrico saloons are veritable jewels of railway heritage, four of them being original 1923 Pullman cars. All of the carriages have been specifically renovated and decorated for these luxury trains.
This is a truly wonderful way of travelling around the beautiful landscapes of northern Spain, from Galicia to the shores of the Bay of Biscay, taking in Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country, Castile and León. All the while, regional gastronomy, art, monuments and landscapes are presented to our travellers from the comfort of a five-star 'train hotel'.
The itinerary - Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastián, make El Transcantabrico a unique mode of transport for this less-visited part of Europe.
Here are panoramic views of the Train
This is an external view of the Train at platform by Luis Davilla
El Transcantabrico is stationary overnight, allowing a good night's rest and an opportunity to enjoy the night life of the nearby towns.
Gran Lujo Deluxe Suite, used on the Santiago de Compostela - San Sebastian and vice versa journey.
Each suite has a 150cms wide by 200cms long (5ft wide by 6ft 7ins long) double bed, with four suites having the option of twin beds, each of which is 85cms wide x 200cms long (3ft wide by 6ft 7ins long). The suite is divided into three areas - bedroom, lounge and bathroom. The separate lounge has a sofa that converts to a comfortable bed.
Fittings include: wardrobe, luggage rack, desk, safe, music with tuner, climate control, multimedia computer with free Internet access, internal telephone and minibar. Along with hardwood panelling and large windows, as well as the luxuriously large bathroom with hydro-sauna, turbo massage, steam shower, hair dryer, these suites offer all conveniences necessary for a comfortable journey.
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El Transcantabrico has four sumptuous saloon cars, dating from the 1920s, that exude the feeling of a bygone, elegant era, and of a more relaxed way to travel.
The elegant but simple Dining Car serves a fine a la carte and buffet breakfast every morning as well as fine chef-prepared dining for those dinners or lunches served on board.
The Bar Car is permanently open; here you can sit back can enjoy a quiet drink whilst reflecting on the passing scenery.
Other carriages such as the Tea Saloon, the Panorama Coach and the Entertainment Saloon, a small night-club, where lively entertainment is provided every night until the early hours of the morning.
There is a library with newspapers and magazines; DVDs and television are available on board.
Breakfasts and the occasional meal are taken on El Transcantabrico. 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.
Some of the best cuisine in Spain is found in the regions of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country and Castilla y León. The cheeses, sausages, meat, vegetables, fish and seafood are all universally renowned. 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 ingredients and have them prepared by professional chefs; they are also the ideal settings for sampling the local cuisine.
San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela
San Sebastian, Villasana de Mena, Bilbao, Santander, Potes, Cabezon de la Sal, Santillana del Mar, Arriondas, Oviedo, Candas, Aviles, Gijon, Luarca, Ribadeo, Viviero, Santiago de Compostela.
8 days / 7 nights. Meeting Point: 12:00hrs. Hotel Barceló Costa Vasca Avenida Pio Baroja 15, 20008 San Sebastián
Saturday: San Sebastián, Villasana de Mena. San Sebastián is a vibrant city that nestles in a shell-shaped bay where the 'Comb of the Wind', the jaw-dropping iron sculptures of Eduardo Chillida cast huge, bold shapes from the water's edge of the Bay of Biscay. With its many restaurants, beautiful beaches and an interesting Old Quarter full of historical buildings, it is certainly worth exploring.
Upon arrival at the hotel, luggage is taken away by the Train staff and one joins the welcome reception, followed by lunch. Afterwards, there is a tour of this vibrant city, before taking the private road coach to Bilbao to board the train. On being welcomed on board, you are shown to your Gran Lujo deluxe suite. Dinner is served whilst the train travels to Villasana de Mena. Overnight on board in Villasana de Mena.
Sunday: Villasana de Mena, Bilbao, Santander. The train arrives in Bilbao during breakfast. There is a city tour and tickets to the Guggenheim Museum. Back on the train, lunch is served on the way to Santander, the capital of Cantabria, where there is a tour of the city, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Spain. Divided in two by the Magdalene Peninsula, on one side are magnificent beaches, the imposing casino and fine English-looking homes, whilst on the other, the Bay of Santander, with the port, cathedral and the Paseo Pereda. Free time before dinner. Overnight in Santander.
Monday: Santander, Potes, Cabezon de la Sal. During breakfast, we arrive in Unquera, from where we take the coach through the breath-taking La Hermida pass, a gorge with ragged mountains where there are golden eagles occasionally soaring overhead. At Potes, we visit the 6th century Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana, home to many prized relics making it an important pilgrimage centre. Enjoy lunch and some free time in the town of Potes which lies within four valleys. This historical town is dominated by the Infantado Tower, with its traditional medieval architecture and the bridges from which the town takes its name. Then we travel by train to Cabezón de la Sal, where we enjoy dinner. Overnight in Cabezón de la Sal.
Tuesday: Cabezon de la Sal, Santillana del Mar, Arriondas. After breakfast, we go to the Cave of Altamira, famous for its Upper Paleolithic cave paintings. Then we visit the beautifully preserved medieval town of Santillana del Mar, with its cobbled streets. Following lunch in Santillana, the train travels through Asturias, until we reach Ribadesella and Arriondas, where we have dinner. Overnight in Arriondas.
Wednesday: Arriondas, Oviedo, Candas. We take the coach from Arriondas, passing through the heart of Asturias - the National Park of the Picos de Europa, where we visit the two glacial Lakes of Covadonga, the amazing Sanctuary of Covadonga, and the pretty town of Cangas de Onís. Lunch is served back on the train en route to Oviedo, the capital of the Principality, which boasts a unique collection of pre-Romanesque monuments as well as medieval ruins seen in the city walls. Free time before returning to the train for dinner and overnight in Candas.
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 to Luarca, the Villa Blanca of the Costa Verde, a quaint little fishing village, with the 18th century palace of the Marquises of Gamoneda and the Church of St Eulalia. After a tour there is free time before dinner. Overnight in Luarca.
Friday: Luarca, Ribadeo, Viveiro. Whilst having breakfast, we travel through wonderful Galician scenery to Ribadeo. This is where the River Eo flows into the sea. There is a visit around the town and to the Las Catedrales Beach, a spectacular natural formation that has been created by tide and wind on rock. Lunch in Ribadeo before joining the train to travel to the beautiful medieval town of Viveiro for a wander around before dinner. Overnight in Viveiro.
Saturday: Viveiro, Santiago de Compostela. During breakfast, the train arrives in Ferrol, where the coach 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 architecture, before arriving at the Parador Reyes Católicos to collect luggage; and thus ends a wonderful journey.
End of journey: Parador Reyes Católicos, 14:00hrs.
Dates and Prices
June 11,25. July 9,23. August 6,27. September 17. October 1,15.
|Deluxe Suite per person||€4,575|
|Deluxe Suite Single Supplement||€2,275|
|Deluxe Suite Triple Supplement||€1,850|
Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastian
Santiago de Compostela, Viveiro, Ribadeo, Luarca, Aviles, Gijon, Oviedo, Candas, Arriondas, Llanes, Potes, Cabezon de la Sal, Santillana del Mar, Santander, Bilbao, Villasana de Mena, San Sebastián
8 days / 7 nights. Meeting point: 12:00hrs, Parador Reyes Católicos, Plaza of Santiago de Compostela.
The itinerary is the same as for the San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela journey above, but in reverse.
End of journey: Hotel Barceló Costa Vasca Avenida Pio Baroja 15, 20008 San Sebastián, 14:00hrs
Dates and Prices
June 4,18. July 2,16,30. August 13. September 3. October 8,22.
|Gran Lujo / Deluxe Suite per person||€4,575|
|Gran Lujo / Deluxe Suite Single Supplement||€2,275|
|Gran Lujo / Deluxe Suite Triple Supplement||€1,850|
Deposit payment 40% of total price to reserve
Balance payment 60% at least 15 days prior to departure
In Euros: Prices per person
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. Smart casual for the evening. Gala night (on the train) can be a dressier occasion.
Luggage: There is limited storage space inside the cabin for luggage storage. Soft-topped luggage is easier to store.
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi is free on the train. However, it is unreliable when the train is moving and best used whilst the train is static overnight at stations.
Included: Option of enjoying two private dinners/lunches in your compartment; all non-alcoholic beverages requested any time during the trip; two Renfe train transfers with 50% discount, one at the beginning of the trip and one at the end, anywhere in Spain; possibility of having your luggage unpacked and repacked; bathrobes, slippers and a bag of toiletries; 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); 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.
Not Included: Gratuities. Drinks ordered outside of meals, or from the mini bar in the suite. Laundry - advised on the train.
Unforeseen events: The itineraries may be subject to modifications for reasons outside the control of the organiser or as a result of changes in the operation of the rail network. In these cases, the organisers will do the necessary to continue the trip, without extra cost to passengers. If passengers continue the trip under these changed circumstances, they tacitly accept the alterations.
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.
Alternative Train: Consider El Transcantabrico Clasico
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