Northern Spain’s luxurious El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo, a gem of a train, travels slowly between Santiago and San Sebastian, 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 Sebastian, a day-train ride from France, Barcelona or Madrid. The new train has all Deluxe Suites and takes only 28 persons.
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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
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 the El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo. Sip welcome champagne while traveling northeast to the walled town of Viveiro for a tour and dinner.
Day 2: Viveiro-Luarca
Continue by train east through scenic river landscapes. Tour of Ribadeo, including beautiful Cathedral’s Beach and lunch. Then travel to Luarca, “the white town of the green coast,” for dinner.
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-Cabezón de la Sal
Enjoy breakfast as the train enters Cantabria. Our motorcoach takes us along the gorge of La Hermida, the Cantabrian peaks surrounding us, to the monastery of Saint Toribio de Liebana. The monastery is one of only five places of Christianity that has the privilege of perpetual indulgences, possessing the largest surviving piece of the True Cross. Time to visit charming Potes followed by lunch. Continue to Cabezón de la Sal for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Santander
Morning and lunch in medieval 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 and optional visit to local casino.
Day 7: Santander-Bilbao
Breakfast on board while traveling to Bilbao. City tour includes the old quarter and 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 Villasana de Mena for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: San Sebastian
This morning, motorcoach to San Sebastian, a lively cultural city with beautiful beaches and excellent restaurants. We’ll have a city tour, then say goodbye about 1 p.m. before lunch.
2017 Dates:Westbound (San Sebastian-Santiago):
May 13, 27
July 8, 22
August 5, 19
September 2, 16, 30
May 6, 20
July 1, 15, 29
August 12, 26
September 9, 23
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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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