El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo Routes
El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo Routes
Here are the descriptions of El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo routes, San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela and Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastian.
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 on El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo.
Meeting Point: 13:00hrs. 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 El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo. 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 (see the video) 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 El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo 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 Las Catedrales Beach, a spectacular natural formation that has been created by tide and wind on rock. Join the train for lunch as we 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 walking 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 on the El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo.
End of journey: Parador Reyes Católicos, 12:30/12:45hrs.
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 on El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo.
Meeting Point: 12:00hrs, Parador Reyes Católicos, Plaza of Santiago de Compostela.
Saturday : Santiago de Compostela-Viveiro
Rendezvous at 12:00 at Hotel Parador de los Reyes Católicos in Santiago de Compostela (*). Following check-in, there is a city tour, the destination of devotees for over a thousand years, and admire countless artistic jewels such as the Cathedral. After lunch, the luxury coach will take you to Ferrol, where El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo is waiting. The crew will offer a welcome drink while the train goes to the historic town of Viveiro. Enjoy a tour of its beautiful old town, have dinner and spend the night on board.
(*) Renfe reserves the right to change the meeting point in which case we will be in touch.
Sunday : Viveiro-Ribadeo-Luarca-Candás
Buffet and a la carte breakfast. El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo will take you to Ribadeo, an historic town located on the border between Galicia and Asturias. The coach travels along the coast to Las Catedrales Beach, one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. City sightseeing in Ribadeo and free time. Back on the train for lunch while El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo passes through Asturia to Luarca, known as the White Town of the Green Coast. Return to the train, now travelling towards Candás for dinner and overnight on board.
Monday : Candás-Avilés-Gijón-Oviedo-Arriondas
Discover Avilés, an ancient city. Next is Gijón, a city that beside the Cantabrian Sea which is alive with culture. After lunch, trip to the region’s capital. Oviedo has much Asturian Romanesque art, featuring gems such as the basilica of San Julian de los Prados. City tour and free time before returning to the train. On-board dinner while the train moves on to Arriondas for the night.
Tuesday : Arriondas-Llanes
Visit to the heart of the Principality of Asturias. Driving up to the beautiful Picos de Europa National Park, first stop will be at Lake Enol. This is followed by the Shrine of Covadonga to hear about this sacred place’s stories and legends. After lunch, El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo will follow the river Sella where kayaks yearly compete on the International Descent. Arrive at Llanes, a charming fishing village on the east of Asturias, visit and free time in town. Dinner and night in Llanes.
Wednesday : Llanes-Potes-Cabezón de la Sal
During breakfast, El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo crosses into Cantabria. Travel from Unquera by coach through the gorge of La Hermida until we reach Potes. After visiting this charming village, enjoy a spa circuit at La Hermida Spa. Return to El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo after lunch and travel to Cabezón de la Sal. In the afternoon, there is free time. You may decide to visit El Capricho in Comillas, the colourful 19th century house designed by Antonio Gaudí. Dinner and overnight in Cabezón de la Sal.
Thursday : Cabezón de la Sal-Santander
The day begins with a visit to the town of Santillana del Mar with its beautifully preserved medieval town. Next, there is a tour of Altamira Neocave, the finest example of Upper Palaeolithic cave art. After lunch, return to El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo to continue the journey to Santander. City sightseeing tour of the elegant capital of Cantabria and free time. Those who wish, may visit El Gran Casino after dinner (entrance included). Overnight in Santander.
Friday : Santander-Bilbao-Mercadillo
El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo goes on to the dynamic city of Bilbao, that has reinvented itself after the decline of heavy industry. City tour including admission for the Guggenheim Museum. After lunch, enjoy free time before returning to the train. Dinner and overnight in Villasana de Mena/Mercadillo.
Saturday : Mercadillo-San Sebastián
Last breakfast on board and back to Bilbao, from where El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo's coach will take you to San Sebastian. Visit this city of elegant beauty and home to major cultural events.
* On the day the trip begins, the access to the suite is not guaranteed until 18:00hrs, although other services are already underway. On the last day of the trip, the suite must be left before 12:00hrs, although other services continue until this.
End of journey: Hotel Barceló Costa Vasca Avenida Pio Baroja 15, 20008 San Sebastián, à 13:00hrs
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