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El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo Europe, Spain

El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo Grand Luxury Suite
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- discount off the published prices of any journey;

a thank-you gift for every completed journey;

- the train offers ‘early bird’ discounts for booking in advance;

-  complimentary first class rail travel in Spain to departure and from arrival points, on RENFE’s AVE/Alvia trains.

 

Fay says, “Gran Lujo is Spanish for Great or Grand Luxury, and this special train lives up to its rather grand name, helped by every suite having both a private lounge area and what is probably the best private bathroom on a train, anywhere in Europe (except on its sister trains, the Clasico and Al Andalus, but that’s another story).”

About El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo

This train  has been completely refurbished, and now has  lounges and dining cars with large panoramic windows and luxurious decor.  There are only 14 double suites, with either double or twin beds set in plush surroundings and their own fabulous lounges.  Every night the train is stationary to allow passengers a peaceful sleep.  Each morning the luxury coach is waiting  to take passengers to some fantastic sites, where with a very knowledgeable guide one absorbs the history of various points of interest in Northern Spain, and have lunch in some fantastic surroundings.

This is truly a wonderful way of travelling  from Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastián, or from San Sebastián to Santiago, where the magic of northern Spain awaits the traveller.  From Galicia to the shores of the Bay of Biscay, gastronomy, art, monuments and landscapes are presented to the voyager from the comfort of a five-star train hotel, El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo.

A point of interest is that Holy week starts on the 13th April until Easter Sunday.  It is the most important festival in Spain, with various processions of floats that are beautifully decorated with flowers, gold, silver, candles and fine fabrics upon which are ancient  statues of Jesús, La Virgen María and the Passion.   

Accommodation

El Transcantabrico Deluxe Gran Lujo suite from Luxury Train Club

Plan – El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo Grand Luxury Suite

Suites

Each Suite on the Gran Lujo has a 150cms wide by 200cms long (59″ wide by 79″ long) double bed, with some suites having the option of  twin beds.  There is a sofa that converts to a comfortable bed, and a writing table.   Along with hardwood panelling and large windows, as well as the luxuriously large bathroom with sauna/steam shower and hydro massage,  these suites offer all the modern conveniences that are necessary for a comfortable journey.

Dining Car

The elegant but simple dining car serves a fine buffet breakfast every morning and an occasional meal.

Lounge Cars

El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo has four sumptuous lounge cars, made more than a century ago,  thus exuding  a feeling of  a bygone, elegant era, in which relaxation is easily achieved.

These include the bar car with its own dance floor, creating a small night-club, where lively entertainment is provided every night until the early hours of the morning.

Another lounge car also has a bar where you can sit back can enjoy a quiet drink whilst reflecting on the passing scenery.    There is a library with newspapers and magazines; DVDs and television are available on board.

 

Catering

Each breakfast is taken on the train.  Most dining takes place in local restaurants, enabling passengers to sample northern Spanish cuisine from the Asturias, Cantabria, Galicia and the Basque country, using the finest ingredients, frequently locally-sourced.  The cheeses, sausages, meat, vegetables, fish and seafood are all universally renowned.   Some meals are taken on the train when travelling between destinations.  Depending upon the direction of travel it is interesting to note how the fish dishes that dominate the menus in the Santiago area, give way to meat dishes as one travels closer to San  Sebastián.

All  menus include a careful selection of wines that blend harmoniously with the ingredients of each lunch and dinner. Coffee and liqueurs are also included.

 

 

Itineraries

 

El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo Route Map

 

 

Santiago de Compostela – San Sebastian

Santiago de Compostela, Viveiro, Robadeo, 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.

Saturday: Santiago de Compostela -  Viveiro.   Arrive at the Parador Reyes Católicos, for a reception.  Afterwards there is a tour of the city that includes the Silversmiths and the famous Cathedral which is a mixture of Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque architecture, followed by lunch back at the Parador.  In the afternoon the luxury coach travels to Ferrol station, where there is a welcome reception on board the train, whilst being shown one’s suites and being able to settle in as the train departs for Viveiro.  After enjoying a tour of this beautiful medieval town, that includes  the view from San Roque, dinner is then served in a local restaurant.  Overnight in Viveiro.

Sunday:  Viveiro – Ribadeo – Luarca.   Breakfast is served on board the train whilst travelling to Ribadeo. After a tour of the town, we go to the Playa de Las Catedrales to see the beautifully spectacular natural formation that has been created by the effect of tide and wind on rock, along with the wonderful views of the Rias Altas.  Following lunch the train takes us through the fascinating landscape of  Galicia as we head to Luarca, known as “The White Town of the Green Coast’.  Here there is a tour of the town and a chance for some free time to wander around before dinner at a local restaurant.  Overnight in Luarca.

Monday:  Luarca – Aviles – Gijon – Oviedo – Candas.   Following breakfast on board we take the coach from Luarca to Aviles, a town of charming streets,  squares and interesting buildings.  Then the coach takes us to Gijon, the Asturian seaside town par excellence, with its beautiful beaches and rich in archaeological remains and Roman walls.  We visit the city and its Universidad Laboral, having lunch in a typical restaurant.  In the afternoon we will head to Oviedo, the capital of the Principality, which boasts a unique collection of pre-Romanesque monuments.   There is an interesting tour of the city followed by free time and dinner.  Overnight in Candas.

Tuesday:  Candas – Arriondas – Llanes.   Travelling through the beautiful scenery whilst having breakfast, the train arrives in Arriondas.  We take the coach from Arriondas, passing through the heart of Asturias which is the National Park of the Picos de Europa, where 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.  Taking the train to Llanes, a wonderful  fishing village on the eastern side of Asturias, there is a tour followed by free time and dinner.  Overnight in Llanes.

Wednesday:  Llanes – Potes – Cabezon de la Sal.   Whilst enjoying breakfast, we arrive in Unquera, from where we take the coach via the breath-taking  La Hermida pass, a gorge with ragged mountains where sometimes one can spot Golden Eagles soaring around.  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.

Thursday:  Cabezon de la Sal – Santillana del Mar – Santander.   After breakfast, we go to the Cave of Altamira, famous for its  Pre-historic cave paintings featuring drawings and polychrome rock paintings of wild mammals and human hands, after which we visit the beautiful medieval town of Santillana del Mar, with its historical buildings and cobbled streets. Following lunch we travel to Santander, where there is a tour of the city which is 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 casing and English-looking stately homes, and on the other the Bay of Santander, with the port, cathedral and the Paseo Pereda.  Free time before dinner.  Overnight in Santander.

Friday:  Santander – Bilbao – Villasana de Mena.  Whilst enjoying breakfast, the train arrives in Bilbao. Here follows a tour around the city and a visit to the innovatively designed architectural landmark of the Guggenheim Museum. We have lunch and spend some free time before arriving by train in Villasana de Mena.  Following a tour of the Romanesque buildings, dinner is served in a local restaurant.  Overnight in Villasana de Mena.

Saturday:  Villasana de Mena – San Sebastián.   Breakfast on board as we travel towards San Sebastián.  Upon arrival the coach takes us to San Sebastian, where we take a tour around the city.  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 with historical buildings, it is certainly worth exploring. End of the journey at the Hotel Londres at 14:00hrs approx.

Dates and Prices 2014

HIGH SEASON: May 3,17,31 – sold out.  June 14,28.  September 13,27 – sold out

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

Double per person                                      €4,050               €4,275              €4,500

Single Supplement                                      €2,025               €2,138                €2,250

Triple supplement                                       €1,170               €1,805               €1,900

 

LOW SEASON:  April 5,19.  July 26 – sold out.  August 30.  October 11,25.

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

Double per person                                     €3,825               €4,038                €4,250

Single Supplement                                     €1,913                €2,019               €2,125

Triple supplement                                     €1,530                €1,615               €1,700

 

San Sebastian  – Santiago de Compostela

San Sebastian, Villasana de Mena, Santander, Cabezon de la Sal, Santillana del Mar, Arriondas, Candas, Luarca, Viviero, Santiago de Compostela

8 Days / 7 Nights 

Meeting Point:  12.00hrs.   San Sebastián Londres & Inglaterra Hotel, Calle Zubieta, 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 with historical buildings, it is certainly worth exploring.  Upon arrival luggage is taken away and one joins the reception followed by lunch.  After this there is a tour of this vibrant city with its interesting Old Quarter, before taking the coach to Bilbao to board the train.  Here there is a welcome reception during which you are shown to your suite to settle in.  Dinner is served whilst travelling to Villasana de Mena.  Overnight in Villasana de Mena.

Sunday:  Villasana de Mena – Santander.  Whilst enjoying breakfast, the train arrives in Bilbao.  Here follows a tour around the city and a visit to the innovatively designed architectural landmark of the Guggenheim Museum.  Back on the train, lunch is served on the way to Santander, where there is a tour of the city which is 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 casing and English-looking stately homes, and on the other the Bay of Santander, with the port, cathedral and the Paseo Pereda.  Free time before dinner.  Overnight in Santander.

Monday:  Santander – Cabezon de la Sal.  During breakfast, we arrive in Unquera, from where we take the coach via the breath-taking  La Hermida pass, a gorge with ragged mountains where sometimes one can spot Golden Eagles soaring around.  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  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, where we have dinner.  Overnight  in Arriondas.

Wednesday:  Arriondas –  Candas.  We take the coach from Arriondas, passing through the heart of Asturias which is the National Park of the Picos de Europa, where we visit two glacial lakes known as the 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. Here we have dinner before returning to Candas for the night.

Thursday: Candas – 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 – 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 – 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

HIGH SEASON: May 10,24.   June 7,21.    September 6,20 – sold out.

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

Double per person                                      €4,050               €4,275               €4,500

Single Supplement                                      €2,025               €2,138                €2,250

Triple supplement                                       €1,170               €1,805               €1,900

 

LOW SEASON: April 12,26.   July 12.  August 9. October 4,18.

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

Double per person                                      €3,825               €4,038               €4,250

Single Supplement                                      €1,913                €2,019               €2,125

Triple supplement                                      €1,530                €1,615               €1,700

 

 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.  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. Seven buffet breakfasts, seven lunches and seven dinners on board or at restaurants.  High quality wines, liqueurs, coffee and tea with meals. Accompanying hostess throughout the journey.  Guided excursions with a luxury coach for transfers and visits.  Musical performances and entertainment.  All entrance fees.  Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries provided; towels & linen changed daily.

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

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 rail network.  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 as proposed.

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

 

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