El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo - Members of the Club (free to join) benefit from:
- Club discount off the published prices of any journey;
- 50% discounted first or tourist class rail travel in Spain 2017, to departure stations and from arrival stations, on RENFE's trains; discount code provided for on-line self-booking; this is a RENFE offer, which may change without notice. Conditions in General Information.
Fay says, "El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo 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 Transcantabrico Gran Lujo 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 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'.
El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo, like El Transcantabrico Clasico and the Tren Crucero (Ecuador), runs on a narrow gauge railway. Suites are therefore narrower than on standard gauge trains; however each suite is half a carriage in length.
The itinerary - Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastián, make El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo a unique mode of transport for this less-visited part of Europe.
Here are panoramic views of El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo
This is an external view of El Trancantabrico Gran Lujo at platform by Luis Davilla
El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo is stationary overnight, allowing a good night's rest and an opportunity to enjoy the night life of the nearby towns.
El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo Deluxe Suite, used on the Santiago de Compostela - San Sebastian and vice versa journey.
Suites with Double Bed - most suites are double bed, 150cms wide by 200cms long (5ft wide by 6ft 7ins long) double bed
Twin-Bed Suites - 4 suites have twin beds, each bed being 85cms wide x 200cms long (3ft wide by 6ft 7ins long).
Suites are 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 (note that software may not be updated) and minibar.
El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo suites are hardwood panelled with large windows. The bathroom has a shower with hydro-sauna, turbo massage, steam shower, as well as a hair dryer and toiletry amenities and bath robes.
More About Suites
For more details about the suites on El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo, please see General Information at the bottom of the page. The train manager (known as the 'responsible de expedition') is always ready to assist.
El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo has four 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 EL Transcantabrico Gran Lujo 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 most dinners are taken on El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo. Most lunches 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. The number of lunches or dinners eaten on or off the train are liable to change.
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 renowned. The menus include table wines (unassuming but appropriate for the venue) that blend harmoniously with the ingredients of each lunch and dinner. Coffee and liqueurs are also included.
The chosen restaurants select the highest quality ingredients 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 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 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. 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, Saint Jacques de Compostelle. 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.
End of journey: Parador Reyes Católicos, 12:30/12:45hrs.
Dates and prices 2017
2017: May 13. June 24. July 8,22. August 5,19. September 2,16,30. October 14.
|Deluxe Suite per person
|Deluxe Suite Single Supplement
Deluxe Suite Triple Supplement
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.
Go here for the itinerary, which is the same as 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, à 13:00hrs
Dates and prices 2017
2017: May 6,20. June 3. July 1,15,29. August 12,26. September 9,23. October 7.
Deluxe Suite per person
Deluxe Suite Single Supplement
Deluxe Suite Triple Supplement
Deposit payment 40% of total price to reserve El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo suite;
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 reasonable storage space inside the El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo cabin for luggage storage. Soft-topped luggage is easier to store. Review these photos for an idea of the available areas for baggage.
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi is free on the train. However, it is unreliable when the train is moving and best used in the reception area when El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo is static at stations.
Electrics: 220 volts with Type F round 2-prong plug outlets.
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.
Itinerary Changes: 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.
Renfe Discount: Club members with a reservation on El Transcantábrico and / or Al Andalus can request transfers in regular AVE, ALVIA or LD (Long Distance) trains to the starting point of the luxury train and the return journey from the end point, provided that each leg is a through point to point journey, carried out within the limits of the national railway network, on the closest dates to the beginning and end of the luxury train journey, and with a maximum difference of 48 hours between connections if these are unavoidable. Renfe will offer a 50% discount on the standard (flexible) fare by providing a promotional code (one code for up to 2 persons) to be redeemed when making the train transfer booking at the train station’s ticket office or through www.renfe.com.
Terms and Conditions: Go here for the terms and conditions of El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo, which is owned by Renfe, the Spanish train operating company.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Go here for answers to frequently asked questions about El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo.
Alternative Train: Consider El Transcantabrico Clasico.
Booking & Reservations
All prices shown are at publicly-quoted rates. The Club discount is deducted for Members.
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