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El Transcantábrico: Gran Lujo - 8 Days/7 Nights

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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El Transcantábrico: Gran Lujo

8 Days/7 Nights

Let time pass with the pace of a soft clatter while moving towards new places and new sensations. The train, the suites, the crew, the cuisine, El Transcantábrico: Gran Lujo, is oriented towards one goal: making the journey a unique and unforgettable experience.

Highlights

  • Las Catedrales Beach, one of the most spectacular beaches in the world
  • Basilica of San Julian de los Prados in Oviedo
  • Picos de Europa National Park and the Shrine of Covadonga
  • Visit El Capricho, the impressive and colourful 19th century house designed by Antonio Gaudí
  • The Neocave of Altamira
  • Enjoy a spa circuit at La Hermida Spa
  • City tour of San Sebastián

Itinerary

Santiago de Compostela - Viveiro - Ribadeo - Luarca - Candás - Avilés - Gijón - Oviedo - Arriondas – Llanes - Cabezón de la Sal - Santander - Bilbao - Mercadillo - San Sebastián

Day 1: Santiago de Compostela - Viveiro
Meet at the departure point in Santiago de Compostela at 12.00. Enjoy a city tour in this historical town, goal of devotees for over a thousand years and home of countless artistic jewels. After lunch, our luxury coach will take us to Ferrol, where El Transcantábrico will be waiting for us. Upon arrival, the crew will offer you a welcome drink on board while we smoothly start our train journey to Viveiro. After dinner, visit the city old town and overnight in Viveiro. (L,D)

Day 2: Viveiro - Ribadeo - Luarca - Candás
Just as every day, we begin the journey with a delicious buffet and a la carte breakfast. Train trip to the historic town of Ribadeo, in Galician lands, bordering Asturias. Our coach will follow the coast to take us to the Las Catedrales Beach, one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. City sightseeing in Ribadeo and free time. Back on the train for lunch while El Transcantábrico glides in Asturian lands, reaching the town of Luarca, visiting this place known as the White Town of the Green Coast. We will return to the train, now travelling towards Candás, where will also have dinner and stay overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Candás - Avilés - Gijón - Oviedo - Arriondas
We begin the day discovering Avilés, an ancient city with a precious old town. Next is Gijón, a city that opens up to the Cantabrian Sea and is alive with cultural events. Enjoy the city tour and lunch before our trip to the region’s capital, Oviedo, the highlight of Asturian Romanesque art, featuring gems such as the basilica of San Julian de los Prados. City tour and free time before returning to the train. On board dinner while the train moves to Arriondas, where we will spend the night. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Arriondas - Llanes
Today we will visit the heart of the Principality of Asturias. Driving up to the beautiful Picos de Europa National Park, first stop will be at Lake Enol, followed by the Shrine of Covadonga, where our guide will tell us a bit about this sacred place’s stories and legends. After lunch, our train will border the famous river Sella where kayaks yearly compete on its famous International Descent. Arriving at Llanes, a charming fishing village on the east of Asturias, visit and enjoy free time in town. Dinner and night in Llanes. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Llanes - Cabezón de la Sal
During breakfast our train will cross the border into Cantabria. Transfer from Unquera station by coach through the gorge of La Hermida until we reach the town of Potes. After visiting this charming village, enjoy a spa circuit at La Hermida Spa. Return to the train after lunch and trip to Cabezón de la Sal. In the afternoon there will be free time and you may choose to visit the mansion of El Capricho in the town of Comillas, the impressive and colourful 19th century house designed by Antonio Gaudí. Dinner and overnight in Cabezón de la Sal. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Cabezón de la Sal - Santander
The day begins with a visit to the town of Santillana del Mar with its beautifully preserved medieval town. Next we will be taken on a tour of Altamira Neocave, the finest realistic example of Upper Palaeolithic cave art. After lunch, return to the train to continue our journey to Santander. City sightseeing tour of the elegant capital of Cantabria and free time. Those who wish may visit El Gran Casino after dinner (entrance included). Overnight in Santander. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Santander - Bilbao - Mercadillo
El Trancantábrico will take us to the dynamic city of Bilbao, which has managed to reinvent itself after the decline of its heavy industry. City tour including admission for the famous Guggenheim Museum, epitome of a new Bilbao. After lunch, enjoy free time before returning to the train. Dinner and overnight in Villasana de Mena/Mercadillo. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Mercadillo - San Sebastián
While enjoying our last breakfast on board, we will return to Bilbao, where El Transcantábrico’s coach will comfortably take us to San Sebastian. Visit this city of elegant beauty and home to major cultural events End of trip after the tour in San Sebastian. (B)


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What's Included:

  • 7 nights onboard accommodation in a Deluxe Suite†
  • A la carte or buffet breakfast daily
  • 7 lunches, 7 dinners including wine, water, soft drinks and coffee
  • Option of enjoying two private lunches/dinners in cabin
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic drinks in minibar
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach with multilingual guide
  • Entrance fees to museums, attractions and shows
  • Welcome drink and snack
  • Farewell dinner and gala party
  • Nightly entertainment

Dates & Departures

Valid for travel: 21 April 2018 - 20 October 2018

Deal Ends: 31 Oct 2017, unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

Your travel dates:

2018 tours depart on selected travel dates:

  • 21 April
  • 5 and 19 May
  • 2, 16 and 30 June
  • 14 and 28 July
  • 25 August
  • 8 and 22 September
  • 6 and 20 October

Your journey on the map:


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