Costa Verde Express Spain
Costa Verde Express
- Club discount off the published prices of any journey;
- Up to 50% discounted first or tourist class RENFE rail travel in Spain, to departure stations and from arrival stations; discount code provided for on-line self-booking. Discount depends on fare type. This is a RENFE offer, which may change without notice. Conditions in General Information.
About Costa Verde Express
Costa Verde Express saloons are delights of railway heritage, some of them being original 1923 Pullman cars. All the carriages have been specifically renovated and decorated for these luxury trains.
The Costa Verde Express is an evocative way to travel through the rich landscapes of northern Spain between Bilbao and Gijón in either direction. Along the way, regional cuisine, art, monuments and landscapes are presented from the comfort of a 'train hotel'.
The itinerary makes Costa Verde Express a unique mode of transport for this less-visited part of Europe.
Other Spanish Luxury Trains
El Expreso de la Robla - some of these trips on board the Costa Verde Express can connect
El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo. El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo
Costa Verde Express Suite
Each suite has a double bed 119cms wide by 185cms long (4ft wide by 6ft long); some with extra overhead bunk bed, 75cms width by 175cms long (2ft 6ins wide by 5ft 9ins long). Large curtained windows, luggage space, mini bar, safe, wardrobe, writing desk, telephone & carpeted. Individual control of air-conditioning, heating, music and lights.
Private bathroom with hydro-sauna turbo-massage steam shower and hair dryer.
Costa Verde Express has saloon cars dating from the 1920s, exuding memories of more relaxed travel.
The elegant Dining Car serves an 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 and enjoy a quiet drink whilst reflecting on the passing scenery.
Other carriages include the Tea Saloon, the Panorama Coach and the Entertainment Saloon, a small night-club with entertainment every night.
There is a library with newspapers and magazines; DVDs and television are available on board.
Bilbao to Gijón
Day 1 Sunday. Bilbao-Marrón / Ampuero. At check-in, meet the crew and be shown to your cabin before lunch. Then there is a tour of Bilbao which includes entrance to the famous Guggenheim Museum and a visit to the Hanging Bridge of Portugalete. While having dinner on board, we arrive at Marrón / Ampuero for the night.
Day 2 Monday. Marrón / Ampuero-Santander. After breakfast, disembark to take the coach to visit Santoña with its spectacular Reserve of the Biosphere Marshes. Visit one of its traditional canned anchovy and Northern Bonito factories before taking a boat to cross the spectacular bay to visit Laredo. Lunch on board the train while travelling to Santander, the elegant Cantabrian capital. There is a guided tour and free time. After dinner at a well-known city restaurant, there is an optional visit to El Gran Casino del Sardinero, (entrance included). Night in Santander.
Day 3 Tuesday. Santander-Arriondas. During breakfast we travel to Cabezón de la Sal, where a coach takes us to the beautifully preserved medieval town of Santillana del Mar. Then to the Neocave of Altamira, with reproductions of the greatest exponent of Upper Palaeolithic cave art. After lunch, the train will take us to Ribadesella in Asturias. Dinner and overnight in Arriondas.
Day 4 Wednesday. Arriondas-Llanes. Breakfast on board and then a visit to the magnificent National Park of the Picos de Europa, ascending to the Lake Enol and then to the Sanctuary of Covadonga, a sacred place full of tradition and legends. Then to Cangas de Onís. After lunch, once back aboard the train, we will emulate the Sella’s International Descent by following the river. Overnight in Llanes.
Day 5 Thursday. Llanes-Candás. While enjoying breakfast we will arrive in Oviedo, the capital of the Asturias Principality and the highest exponent of the Asturian Prerromasque Art, preserving real temple jewels such as San Julián de los Prados. City Tour and lunch followed by free time. In the afternoon we go to Candás, visiting Avilés, the millennial village which preserves its precious old quarter. Dinner and overnight in Candás.
Day 6 Friday. Candás-Gijón. After breakfast, we leave the train and take the coach to Gijón, a city gracing the Cantabrian Sea and plenty of cultural events. After the tour we have lunch at the Parador in Gijón, ending the journey at about 16:00hrs.
Bilbao to Gijón: May 17,31. June 14,28. July 12,26. September 6,20. October 4,18
Gijón - Bilbao
Gijón – Candás – Llanes - Cabezón de la Sal – Santander – Marrón & Ampuero - Bilbao
6 days / 5 nights. Meeting Point: 13:00hrs. National Parador, Gijón
Day 1 Sunday. Gijón-Candás. After the meeting and lunch, we visit the historic quarter of Gijón, a city gracing the Cantabrian Sea. Before returning to the train we stop in Avilés to visit this millennial village with its fascinating old quarter. Upon reaching the train in Candás, receive a welcome drink before being shown to your accommodation. Dinner and overnight in Candás.
Day 2 Monday. Candás-Llanes. During breakfast we will in Oviedo, the capital of the Asturias Principality and the highest exponent of the Asturian Prerromasque Art, preserving real temple jewels such as San Julián de los Prados. City Tour and lunch. In the afternoon we reach Ribadesella for a visit. Coach trip to Llanes for a visit, dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Tuesday. Llanes- Cabezón de la Sal. Breakfast while approaching the heart of the Principality of Asturias. Here we visit the magnificent National Park of the Picos de Europa, ascending to the Lake Enol to visit the Sanctuary of Covadonga, a sacred place full of tradition and legend. Then a visit to Cangas de Onís, first capital of Don Pelayo’s Astur Kingdom. After lunch, and back aboard the train, we travel to Unquera and then to Cabezón de la Sal. Dinner and overnight in Cabezón de La Sal.
Day 4 Wednesday. Cabezón de la Sal-Santander. After breakfast, coach trip to the Neocave of Altamira, showing a reproduction of the greatest exponent of Upper Palaeolithic cave art. After lunch, we go by coach to the town of Santillana del Mar with its beautifully preserved medieval town. Guided tour to the village of Santillana. Lunch at the National Parador Gil Blas. Train trip to Santander, and visit to the smart Capital of Cantabria. Dinner and optional visit to the Gran Casino of Santander (tickets included). Overnight in Santander.
Day 5 Thursday. Santander-Marrón/Ampuero. After breakfast on board, we visit Santander. Back on board, lunch while heading for Marrón/Ampuero. Here the coach takes us to visit Santoña with its spectacular Reserve of the Biosphere Marshes, where we will visit one of its traditional canned Anchovy and Northern Bonito factories. Then we take a boat across the spectacular bay to visit Laredo before returning to the train. Dinner and overnight in Marrón/Ampuero.
Day 6 Friday. Marrón/Ampuero-Bilbao
During breakfast we arrive in Bilbao in the Basque Country. The City Tour includes the entrance to the famous Guggenheim Museum and a visit to the Hanging Bridge of Portugalete. Lunch in a typical restaurant with the journey ending around 16:00hrs.
Dates and prices 2020
Gijón to Bilbao: May 24. June 7,21. July 5,19. August 30. September 13,27. October 11
General Information Costa Verde Express
Included. 5 nights' accommodation on Costa Verde Express; 6 buffet breakfasts on board; 6 lunches & 6 dinners on board or at restaurants; high quality wines, liqueurs, coffee and tea with meals; accompanying hostess throughout the journey; multi-lingual guided excursions with a luxury coach for transfers and visits; musical performances, entertainment and all entrance fees; on-board activities; bathrobes, slippers and a bag of toiletries provided.
Not Included. Gratuities; drinks other than at meals; laundry - advised on the train.
Payment terms. Deposit payment 40% of total price to reserve a Costa Verde Express cabin. Balance payment 60% at least 35 days prior to departure. In Euros: Prices per person. Club discount based on total price is deducted from the balance payment.
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.
Electrics. 220 volts with Type F round 2-prong plug outlets.
Unforeseen events/changes. Itineraries, routes, departure points and times may change at any time for reasons outside the control of the train company. Every effort will be made by train staff to minimise any impact; neither the Luxury Train Club will not accept responsibility for any changes. The Club aims to keep itineraries as up to date as possible.
Renfe Discount. Club members with a reservation on Costa Verde Express can request transfers in regular AVE, ALVIA or LD (Long Distance) trains to the Costa Verde Express departure station and from the arrival station.Each journey leg must be a through point to point journey on the Renfe network, on the closest dates to the beginning and end of the Costa Verde Express, and with a maximum difference of 48 hours between connections if these are unavoidable. Renfe will offer up to 50% discount on the standard (flexible) fare by providing a promotional code (one code for up to 2 persons) to be redeemed by the passengers when making the booking at a station ticket office or through www.renfe.com
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.
Reservations Costa Verde Express
Prices for the Costa Verde Express are shown at publicly-quoted rates. The Club discount is deducted for Members.
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