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Explore Spain's northern coast in relaxed comfort aboard the "El Transcantabrico", Northern Spain's luxury train tour. Travel to Spainfor 11-days on a luxury rail escorted tourprogram commences in San Sebastian, the gastronomic Mecca of Spain, and ends in the World Heritage city Santiago de Compostela. Traveling in lavish comfort by rail, this exciting itinerary is packed with captivating sites and experiences featuring visits to the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, the Neo-Cave of Altamira with a guided viewing of the "Sistine Chapel of the Paleolithic Age," UNESCO's Biosphere Reserve "Picos de Europa" Natural Sanctuary, the region of Galicia's stunning "Cathedrals Beach". While traveling on this scenic route along enchanting cities and villages, enjoy sumptuous meals throughout the train tour for a romantic and unforgettable tour of fabled Spain's Green Region. Our tours to Spain are one of a kind.


Itinerary

Day 1 - Fri Sebastian

Arrival in San Sebastian, the gastronomic capital of Spain. Check in at your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 - Sat Sebastian/Balmaseda

After breakfast, spend the morning relaxing along the bay of San Sebastian. At noon, meet your fellow travel companions during a brief orientation followed by a welcome lunch and a tour of San Sebastian with highlights including Constitution Square. Afterwards, travel by coach to your luxury train. For your comfort, your luggage will be waiting in your cabin upon arrival. After settling in, you’ll begin your train journey. Dinner and overnight in Villasana de Mena. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Sun Villasana de Mena/Bilbao/Santander

Today, travel to Bilbao. Upon arrival, tour the Guggenheim Museum. Enjoy some leisure time in the city while you sample a few “pinxtos” or try the local white wine, “Txakolí”, before returning to the train where lunch will be served while traveling towards Santander. Upon arrival, tour the seaside town of Santander including the Sardinero quarter. Dinner and overnight in Santander. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Mon Santander/Potes/Cabezon de la Sal

Travel to SpainAfter breakfast, board your luxury coach for a tour along the gorge of La Hermida to Potes. Highlights of the tour include a walk through the medieval streets towards Santo Toribio de Liebana Monastery. Considered one of the five holy sites of Christianity, your visit includes a view of what is believed to be one of the largest pieces of the Cross of Christ, Lignum Crucis. Lunch at a local restaurant, followed by train travel to Cabezon de la Sal where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the romantic town of Comillas. Dinner and overnight in Cabezon de la Sal. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Tue Cabezon de la Sal/Altamira/Santillana del Mar/Arriondas

Today we continue our journey to the medieval town of Santillana del Mar. A visit of the Altamira Neocave and of this lovely medieval town is followed by a lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, your train will arrive in Arriondas. Dinner and overnight in Arriondas. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Wed Arriondas/Covadonga/Cangas de Onis/Oviedo/Candas

 escorted tourAfter breakfast, grab your best walking shoes and an extra layer of clothing for an excursion to the “Picos de Europa” Natural Sanctuary, a declared UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. View towering mountain peaks as they contrast with the deep ravines set amidst one of the best Atlantic forests in Spain. Continue to Cangas de Onis for a visit to the impressive setting of Covandonga Sanctuary, origin of the Re-conquest. Return to the train in time for lunch en-route to Oviedo. Afterwards, you’ll have some free time to relax followed by a brief tour of Oviedo. Dinner and overnight in Candas. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Thu Candas/Gijon/Luarca

Today, depart for the seaside city of Gijon for a brief tour of the city followed by some free time to enjoy a walk along the beach. Try the local cider “Sidra” or take photos before lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, travel to Luarca, “The White Town of the Green Coast” for a visit of the seaside village. In the evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before returning to the train where you can enjoy some live music entertainment in the lounge car. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Fri Luarca/Ribadeo/Viveiro

 escorted tours Step into Spain’s region of Galicia with a visit to the stunning “Cathedrals Beach”. Walk along the beautiful shores along the spectacular rock formations that are visible only at low tide. Visit the “Rias Altas” estuary and enjoy lunch at a local seaside restaurant. In the afternoon, continue to Viveiro for a tour of the medieval city including the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant and return to the train where you can enjoy some live music entertainment in the lounge car. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Day 9 Sat Viveiro/Ferrol/Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast, upon arrival at the train station in Ferrol, it is time to bid the train staff farewell and board the luxury coach for Santiago de Compostela. Your city tour begins with a guided visit to Obradoiro Square and ends with a visit to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, one of the sacred cities of Christendom and home of the crypt of the Apostle St. James. Bid farewell to your travel companions, check-in to the Parador de Compostela and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. (B)

Day 10 - Sun Santiago de Compostela to USA (or extend your stay)

 Spain travel agentSay “adiós” to Spain or extend your stay. (B)

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Includes

  • Hotel accommodation for 2 nights 
  • 8 days/7 nights on board of The Transcantabrico, Grand Luxury Suite accommodation 
  • 23 included meals consisting of: 
  • - 9 buffet breakfasts 
    - 7 lunches 
    - 7 dinners 
  • On board of The Transcantabrico: 
  • - Daily newspapers and magazines 
    - Live performances and parties in the Pub Carriage 
    - Free water, coffee, tea and refreshments 
    - Wine, coffee, tea or liqueur during meals 
  • Touring by private air conditioned motorcoach 
  • Assistance of a professional Tour Director from day 2 to day 9 
  • Sightseeing as indicated, including local guide and all entrance fees 
  • Document holder and luggage tags 
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Excludes

      • Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges 
      • Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required 
      • Tips and Personal items 
      • Travel Insurance 
      • Optional Tours

Notes

    Single supplement: On Request
    Reduction for third person sharing twin-bedded room: Not available
    Rates for additional nights at first and last city are available.

Departures & Rates

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