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El Transcantábrico


Spain's oldest tourist train, El Transcantábrico

10 days From £5,895 per person
This is an independent non-escorted holiday

2022 Tour code: QET22

About the tour

Spain's oldest tourist train, El Transcantábrico, is a 5-star luxury journey that takes guests across the north of Spain to some of the most historic and culturally significant locations the country has to offer. Your time on board is spent admiring both the fantastic views of the passing landscape, as well as the elegance and charm of 1920s Pullman carriages.


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Day 1 - To Santiago de Compostela

Fly from London to Madrid before connecting by rail to Santiago Compostela and private transfer to your 4* hotel. Stay for one night in Santiago de Compostela, a city that retains both its medieval core and its splendid religious structures. With its mix of fabulous architecture, spiritual charm and lively atmosphere, it's unsurprisingly a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 2 - El Transcantábrico

A luxury bus will take you to Bilbao to board El Transcantábrico. Upon arrival the crew will offer you a welcome drink. Enjoy your first dinner on board and spend the night in Carranza.




Day 3 - Bilbao and Cantabria

Start the morning, as every day, enjoying a delicious á la carte breakfast and buffet. The Transcantábrico will return to Bilbao for a visit, a city filled with dynamism, which has managed to reinvent itself after the decline of its traditional heavy industry activity. The tour includes the entrance to the famous Guggenheim Museum, symbol of this new Bilbao. Return to the train for a meal while heading to Santander. Tour the elegant capital of Cantabria and enjoy free time to discover it on your own. After dinner, you will be invited to visit El Gran Casino de Santander. Spend the night in Santander.

Day 4 - Potes and El Capricho

Travel to Unquera by train then take a coach, to Potes, crossing the impressive Pass of La Hermida. After the visit to this charming Cantabrian villa, you can enjoy a thermal circuit at the La Hermida Spa. In the afternoon, visit El Capricho, in Comillas, a great and colourful 19th century palace built by Antonio Gaudí. Enjoy dinner and the night in Cabezón de la Sal.

Day 6 - Picos de Europa National Park and Oviedo


After breakfast go by bus into the heart of the Picos de Europa National Park. Visit Lake Enol, and then head to the Sanctuary of Covadonga, a sacred place full of tradition and legends. Return to El Transcantábrico for lunch on board while travelling to Oviedo, capital of the Principality of Asturias and one of the main examples of the Asturian pre-Romanesque, with unique spaces, such as San Julián de los Prados.

Day 7 - Avilés and Gijón

Start the day with a trip to Avilés, a millennial town that has preserved its historical centre. You will then make your way to Gijón, a city right on the Cantabrian Sea and filled with cultural events. Return to El Transcantábrico to travel along the Asturian coast to Luarca, the Villa Blanca of the Costa Verde, where you will enjoy a guided tour of this charming fishing village.

Day 8 - Ribadeo and Viveiro

Travel to Ribadeo, a historic Galician town bordering the Principality of Asturias. You will travel along the coast to Las Catedrales Beach by bus, one of the most spectacular in the world. Next, take a panoramic tour of Ribadeo and have lunch. In the afternoon, arrive in Viveiro by train, where, after the guided tour, you can enjoy some free time.

Day 9 - Ferrol

During your last breakfast on board, you will arrive at Ferrol, where the El Transcantábrico bus will pick you up and take you to Santiago de Compostela. Take a tour of the historical centre of this city, a destination of pilgrims for a thousand years, which holds countless artistic jewels, such as its magnificent cathedral.

Day 10 - Return home

Transfer to airport included, before flying back to London via Madrid.

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Please note

The itinerary above is just a suggestion and you are free to make adjustments to suit your exact requirements. Please call 01904 734 358 to speak to one of our Tailor-Made Holiday Specialists about tailoring your holiday with GRJ independent.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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Spain's oldest tourist train, El Transcantábrico


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Laura Strawinski
Lynne Broadley