El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo: Santiago-San Sebastián Luxury Train


8-day Escorted Tour

Luxury

The Tour

Northern Spain’s luxurious El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo, a gem of a train, travels slowly between Santiago and San Sebastián, along northern “Green Spain,” stopping for exceptional meals to explore local cuisine. Fresh ingredients and fine wines enhance the dining experiences—a highlight of this tour. End in San Sebastián, a day-train ride from France, Barcelona or Madrid. The new train has all Deluxe Suites and takes only 28 persons.

And let us book your hotels pre- and post-train.  We offer a great value on hotel bookings with our Virtuoso partner hotels: the offer includes exclusive and valuable complimentary amenities which add a value of hundreds of dollars to your booking.

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“It’s hard to put into words how fantastic the trip was. We particularly enjoyed the food and service on board the train. Staff were faultless. Compartments were much larger than I expected and everything worked perfectly.”

– M. Pritchard, Indonesia  Gran Lujo, 2015

The Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago de Compostela-Viveiro
Meet your group at noon today in the lobby of the Santiago Parador. City tour of Santiago de Compostela, focusing on the famous Cathedral, followed by lunch in the city. Then motorcoach to Ferrol and board El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo. Sip welcome champagne while traveling northeast to the walled town of Viveiro for a tour and later, enjoy dinner on board.

Day 2: Viveiro-Luarca-Candás
Continue by train east through scenic river landscapes. Tour of Ribadeo, including beautiful Cathedrals Beach and lunch. Then travel to Luarca, “the white town of the green coast,” for an optional, panoramic bus tour. Continue along to Candás, for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Candás-Avilés-Gijón-Oviedo-Arriondas
From Candás, the train will continue along to Avilés for a tour of the old town. Arrive in the coastal city of Gijón, the largest in Asturias, for a visit followed by lunch. This afternoon, cross green lands to Oviedo, with its array of pre-Romanesque monuments, for a city tour and free time before returning to the train. Dinner on board while the train moves to Arriondas, where we will spend the night.

Day 4: Arriondas-Llanes
Travel to Picos de Europa National Park, a highlight of this journey. Visit Lake Enol (weather permitting), the historic Sanctuary of Covadonga. Return to the train for lunch on board while traveling along the river Sella, where kayaks compete annually in the famous International Descent. We will arrive in the charming fishing village of Llanes for a visit, free time, dinner, and overnight.

Day 5: Llanes-Potes-Cabezón de la Sal
During breakfast our train will cross the border from Asturias to Cantabria. Transfer by coach through the gorge of La Hermida until we reach the town of Potes. After visiting this charming town, enjoy a spa circuit at La Hermida Spa. Free time this afternoon. You may choose to visit the mansion of El Capricho in the town of Comillas, the impressive and colorful 19th-century house designed by Antonio Gaudí. Dinner and overnight in Cabezón de la Sal.

Day 6: Cabezón de la Sal-Santander
Morning and lunch in medieval town of Santillana del Mar, including Altamira Cave and Museum. The site features a reproduction cave with wall paintings done 14,000 years ago. Train to Santander, dinner, city tour of Cantabria, and optional visit to local casino (entrance included). Overnight in Santander.

Day 7: Santander-Bilbao-Karrantza
Breakfast on board while traveling to Bilbao. City tour includes admission to the famous Guggenheim Museum (subject to museum hours — Guggenheim closed on Mondays except in July and August). Lunch and free time in Bilbao. The train then travels to Karrantza for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Karrantza-San Sebastián
This morning, as we enjoy our last breakfast on board, the train returns to Bilbao, where a motorcoach will take us to San Sebastián, a lively cultural city with beautiful beaches and excellent restaurants. We’ll have a city tour, then say goodbye about 1:00 PM before lunch.

2019 Dates:

Westbound (San Sebastián-Santiago):
July 6, 20
August 17, 31
September 14, 28
October 12, 26

Eastbound (Santiago-San Sebastián):
June 29
July 13, 27
August 24
September 7, 21
October 5, 19

Please note: we cannot hold space on this train. A 40% deposit will be required immediately to confirm your cabin.

2020 Dates:

Westbound (San Sebastián-Santiago):
April 25
May 9, 23
June 6, 20
July 4, 18
August 1, 15, 29
September 12, 26
October 10, 24

Eastbound (Santiago-San Sebastián):
April 18
May 2, 16, 30
June 13, 27
July 11, 25
August 8, 22
September 5, 19
October 3, 17

Please note: we cannot hold space on this train. A 40% deposit will be required immediately to confirm your cabin.

The Prices

2019 Pricing Double Single Deposit
required
Suite (Double or Twin)
€5,150
€7,725
40%

Prices are per person.

2020 Pricing Double Single Deposit
required
Suite (Double or Twin)
€5,500
€8,000
40%

Prices are per person.

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

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The Highlights

  • Sample Spain’s famed “northern cuisine” at a variety of unique locales
  • Expert, English-speaking tours of historic, charming cities of northern (or “Green”) Spain, where Spaniards go on holiday
  • Beautiful mountains, rivers, deep canyons
  • All meals and wine with meals and off-train tours included except where noted. Gratuities not included
  • Evening entertainment in the lounge car — music and dancing
  • Visit the famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
  • Extensions in historic paradors and hotels pre- and post-tour available; train connections to France, Madrid and Barcelona
Gran Lujo (luxury) class cabin includes double bed, private lounge and ensuite toilet, sink and shower/steam sauna. Photo by Angela Walker.
Gran Lujo (luxury) class cabin includes double bed, private lounge and ensuite toilet, sink and shower/steam sauna. Photo by Angela Walker.
One of the beautiful dining cars of the Gran Lujo set for lunch on board.  Photo by Angela Walker.
One of the beautiful dining cars of the Gran Lujo set for lunch on board. Photo by Angela Walker.
Daily breakfast on board is a highlight.  Photo by Angela Walker.
Daily breakfast on board is a highlight. Photo by Angela Walker.
Passengers board the luxurious motorcoach of the Gran Lujo in Santiago.  Photo by Angela Walker.
Passengers board the luxurious motorcoach of the Gran Lujo in Santiago. Photo by Angela Walker.