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El Transcantábrico Clásico: Santiago to Léon by Luxury Train
Trains:  El Transcantábrico
8-day Escorted Tour

Tour Type:  Luxury

The Tour

Spain’s El Transcantábrico narrow-gauge luxury train pokes along 400 miles of incredible scenery across the northern coast at 40 mph, skirting coastline, meandering among mountains, following rivers and running along deep canyons. Program includes onboard buffet breakfast and day touring by motorcoach to incredible restaurants and sites not reachable by train. All nights are spent on the train, stationary at quiet sidings. This itinerary will be the Clásico trainset running this route for years. Book more than 6 months before travel and save approximately $400 per couple.

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“Restaurants along the way...delight in showing off local delicacies—every imaginable type of seafood, hearty beef, lamb and pork dishes, a variety of sausages, countless cheeses and varied postres or desserts, all accompanied by flowing local wines and liqueurs.”
— Donald Jones, The International Railway Traveler®

"Thanks for another great train trip. We loved it all."
–– J. Cordukes, Towrang, NSW, Australia, 2010

The Itinerary

Eastbound Itinerary (westbound itinerary starts in León)

Day 1: Santiago de Compostela-Viveiro

Check in with train officials at noon at the Parador in Santiago. City tour of Santiago focusing on the famous cathedral. Lunch in the city, then motorcoach to Ferrol and board the El Transcantábrico Clásico. Relax and enjoy the sunset while traveling northeast to the walled town of Viveiro. Tour of Viveiro and dinner.

Day 2: Viveiro-Luarca
Continue by train east through scenic river landscapes. Tour of Ribadeo, take a walk on Cathedral's Beach, enjoy lunch. Then travel to Luarca, “the white town of the green coast,” for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Oviedo-Gijón
The train will depart to Candás, and then to Avilés. Arrive in the coastal city of Gijón, largest in Asturias, for a visit followed by lunch. You may wish to spend your time in Gijón at the local railway museum. This afternoon cross green lands to Oviedo, with its array of pre-Romanesque monuments. Dinner in Oviedo.

Day 4: Gijón-Llanes
Travel to “Picos de Europa” National Park, a highlight of this journey. Visit lakes and historic Sanctuary of Covadonga and the town of Cangas de Onís, with its famous Roman Bridge. Return to the train for lunch on board while traveling to the fishing village of Llanes for dinner. 

Day 5: Llanes-Santander
Disembark in Cabezón de la Sal and motorcoach to the Neo-Caves of Altamira with its impressive museum. Continue on to Santillana del Mar for lunch and walking tour of this medieval city. Train to Santander, dinner, city tour and optional visit to local casino.

Day 6: Santander-Bilbao-Burgos
After breakfast on board, we will arrive to Bilbao, a surprising city. City Tour includes the Guggenheim Museum. (Note: if you wish more time in the museum, please advise your guide and go straight to the museum. Also note on westbound departures, the Guggenheim Museum visit is only possible in July & August.) Lunch on board the train, a highlight of the journey. In the afternoon, we approad Villasana de Mena (Burgos), where we have dinner and overnight. 

Day 7: Villasana de Mena-Cistierna

We will arrive to Mataporquera in the morning. From there we will drive to visit the Romanesque Art of Palencia: Villalcázar de Sirga, Carrión de los Condes and Frómista. Lunch in Villalcázar de Sirga. In the afternoon we will visit the Roman Villa la Olmeda. From Guardo we will go by train to Cistierna. Dinner and night in Cistierna.

Day 8:
Cistierna-León
By train we travel to León. Our city tour includes San Isidoro, the Cathedral, Botines, Old Quarters and San Marcos. The program is over by about 1 p.m. before lunch.


2014 Dates:
Eastbound (Santiago to Leon):
March 29
April 12, 26
May 10, 24
June 7, 21
July 19
Aug. 16
Sept. 6, 20
Oct. 4

Westbound (Leon to Santiago):
April 5, 19
May 3, 17, 31
June 14, 28
July 5
August 2, 30
Sept. 13, 27
Oct. 11, 25

The Prices

2014 Pricing:

March, April, July, August and October
Price
(per person)
Deposit
  Double
€ 2,700
40%
  Single
€ 4,050
40%

 

May, June and September
Price
(per person)
Deposit
  Double
€ 2,950
40%
  Single
€ 4,425
40%

 

Other:

EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS!

For March, April, July, August and October departures in 2014Book more than 6 months before travel and the price per person for a double cabin drops to €2,430; sole use of a double cabin drops to €3,645. Book 4-6 months before departure: €2,565 per person, double. Sole use of a double €3,848.

For May, June and September departures in 2014Book more than 6 months before travel and the price per person for a double cabin drops to €2,655; sole use of a double cabin drops to €3,983. Book 4-6 months before departure: €2,803 per person, double. Sole use of a double €4,204.

Extensions:  We will customize your extensions pre- and post-train with transfers, hotels, and private guiding. We highly recommend adding Madrid and Barcelona if you have time and budget. And definitely recommend at least 2  nights in Santiago.

Note: Tour priced in Euro. All rates per person. For approximate currency exchange rates, visit http://www.xe.com

Latest News: Click here for our blog about the El Transcantábrico: Santiago to San Sebastian 'Gran Lujo' journey.


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El Transcantábrico Clásico: Santiago to Léon by Luxury Train (Length:8 days)
The Highlights
Sample Spain’s famed “northern cuisine” with excellent wines at great local restaurants
English-speaking tours of historic, charming cities of northern Spain
Beautiful mountains, rivers, deep canyons, coast lands
Picos de Europa National Park, with its many lakes and rugged peaks
Visit the Neo-Caves of Altamira musuem
All meals and off-train tours included except where noted. Gratuities not included
Extensions in historic paradors pre- and post-tour available

El Transcantábrico Clásico: Santiago to Léon by Luxury Train
The El Transcantábrico Clásico employs a young, energetic and well-trained staff. Here, Andrea works at the bar in the lounge car. Owen Hardy, IRT

El Transcantábrico Clásico: Santiago to Léon by Luxury Train
Distances between destinations in N. Spain are not great; still, there is plenty of time on El Transcantábrico Clásico to admire views ranging from rivers and mountains to seascapes. Owen Hardy, IRT

El Transcantábrico Clásico: Santiago to Léon by Luxury Train
Off-train touring includes walking tours in cities and towns; for longer distances, guests have access to the train's private motor coach. Here, it awaits passengers in Luarca. Owen Hardy, IRT

El Transcantábrico Clásico: Santiago to Léon by Luxury Train
Lunches and dinners are taken at world-class restaurants; breakfast is served buffet-style in the dining cars. There's usually plenty of time to relax over coffee. Owen Hardy, IRT
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