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Running of the Bulls San Fermin 2018 by Luxury Train (Eastbound)


Embark on this once in a lifetime trip onboard El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo, Spain’s most luxurious train, for San Fermin for a memorable trip of 10 Days!

Highlights: 

  • Only 14 rooms (28 guests in double occupancy) on this super luxury train
  • Watch Running of the Bulls TWICE from different locations. Once from the VIP Balcony and once from the Bullring
  • Option to watch a Bull Fight  (Entrance optional - you may choose not to watch and spend time in the town on your own)
  • Escorted group to ensure your safety
  • No Packing / Unpacking until you reach Pamplona
  • All Meals included, sight seeing included
  • Unmatched pre-planned experiences and free time for you to enjoy.
  • Suitable for most ages. Our last trip had guests from 12 years old to 80 years old.
  • Watch first hand and enjoy the experience that everyone talks about!
Watch the Running of the Bulls
Dining car on board the Gran Lujo

Itinerary


The train will depart from Santiago de Compostela on June 30th, 2018. This is the ONLY East Bound Departure

Cities Covered Santiago de Compostela ,  Viveiro

Rendezvous at 12:00 am at hotel Parador de los Reyes Católicos in Santiago de Compostela. Following the reception, enjoy a city tour in this historical town, goal of devotees for over a thousand years, and admire its countless artistic jewels such as the Cathedral. After lunch, our luxury coach will take us to Ferrol, where El Transcantábrico is waiting for us. The crew will offer a welcome drink while the train takes us to the historic town of Viveiro. Enjoy a tour of its beautiful old town, have dinner.

Overnight in Viveiro.



Cities Covered Ribadeo ,  Luarca ,  Candas

Sunday: July 1, 2018

Just as every day, we begin the journey with a delicious buffet and a la carte breakfast. El Transcantábrico will take us to Ribadeo, a historical town located on the border between Galicia and Asturias. Our coach will take us along the coast to 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.

Dinner and overnight in Candás.



Cities Covered Aviles ,  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. After lunch, 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. Onboard dinner while the train moves to Arriondas.

Overnight in Arriondas.




Cities Covered Covadonga ,  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.



Cities Covered Unquera ,  Potes ,  Comillas ,  Cabezon 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.



Cities Covered Santillana del Mar ,  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.



Cities Covered Bilbao ,  Villasana de Mena

El Trancantábrico will take us to the dynamic city of Bilbao, that 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.



Cities Covered Pamplona ,  Olite

After early morning trip back to Bilbao on the train, we depart for Pamplona to enjoy the festivities of San Fermin.

First we make a cultural visit to the famous La Rioja region for wine tasting and lunch. After a traditional lunch and a few glasses of wine, we continue on to Pamplona. Here we will have a guided walking tour and orientation of the city. Our guide will give ideas and options for safe and enjoyable ways to experience the San Fermin festivities.

In the evening, guests will have the option to watch a bull fight in the famous bullring of Pamplona. For the guests not interested in the bull fight, our guides will recommend many other local activities to take part in during San Fermin. 

We will then transfer to the Olite Parador for a delicious group dinner and overnight.

Included: 

  • Tour and lunch of winery in famous La Rioja region
  • Guided walking tour of Pamplona
  • Optional viewing of bullfight 
  • Group dinner in Olite
  • Overnight at historic Olite Parador

*** Upgrade available for guests wishing to stay overnight in Pamplona



Cities Covered Pamplona ,  Olite

After breakfast and an early morning transfer, we make our way to the bullring in Pamplona to experience the many bulls and the thrill-seeking runners entering the ring. 

The afternoon is free with arrangements made for lunch. In the evening the guests may choose to watch another bullfight (optional) at the bullring or spend the evening enjoying various activities in the city on their own.

Enjoy Tapas Dinner with fireworks followed by a transfer to the Olite Parador for overnight.

Included: 

  • Watch the Running of the Bulls from the bullring in Pamplona
  • Optional viewing of bullfight
  • Guided visit of Pamplona with local activities
  • Goodbye dinner with fireworks in Pamplona
  • Overnight at historic Olite Parador

*** Upgrade available for guests wishing to stay overnight in Pamplona



Cities Covered Pamplona

July 9, 2018 

This morning we will watch a second running of the bulls from a low level balcony in the city center of Pamplona. 

After the bull run, we will leave the San Fermines celebrations behind and travel to San Sebastian where our tour will end following a guided walking tour of the charming Basque city. Guests will be free to eat lunch on their own and spend time at the beach or wandering the quaint streets of San Sebastian. 

Extension tours are available in San Sebastian as well as continued journeys to Barcelona or Madrid.

Included: 

  • Watch Running of the Bulls from low level balcony in Pamplona historic city center
  • Transfer from Pamplona to San Sebastian by luxury coach
  • Guided walking tour of San Sebastian

 





Departure Dates and Rates

Departures
Jun 201830

All Rates in EUR per person including ALL taxes and surcharges. Your reservation will be processed in US$ at the exchange rate upon booking.
( Save up to 10% on the below rates. See Coupons / Special Offers )

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Super Luxury - Double bed
For departure June 30,2018 EUR 10,970 *9,873 with coupon EUR 7,580 *6,822 with coupon EUR 6,450 *5,805 with coupon
Super Luxury - Twin beds
For departure June 30,2018 EUR 10,970 *9,873 with coupon EUR 7,580 *6,822 with coupon EUR 6,450 *5,805 with coupon

Your tour price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation onboard and 2 nights in a historical Parador. 
  • Arrangement for watching Running of the Bulls during San Fermin as per scheduled itinerary (Running with the bulls for the guests is NOT allowed without waivers and proper training and is NOT part of the tour)
  • A la carte and buffet breakfast every day. 
  • All dinners and lunches, with the finest cuisine aboard the train or in top restaurants (including wine, water, soft drinks and coffee).
  • Guided excursions in a luxury coach as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for museums, cathedrals, etc., as per the itinerary
  • Activities on board: music and live performances, parties in the pub car, show cooking and cocktails, dancing, etc.
  • Taxes and fees not specified as "excluded"
  • All non-alcoholic drinks available in the cabin’s minibar (complimentary).
  • Traveling toiletries bag courtesy of Renfe Viajeros (with amenities and slippers).
  • Free mineral water available in the cabin’s minibar.
  • Excursions and scheduled tours.
  • Two Renfe train tickets with a 50% discount: one to the starting point and the other back from the end of the tourist trip.
  • Newspapers and magazines on board.
  • Security service.
  • Multilingual guide throughout the tour.
  • Excellent crew available (Expedition Leader, guide, waiters, cooks, technicians, etc). 

Your tour price excludes:

  • Domestic or international airfare
  • Travel insurance or visa fees
  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and souvenirs
  • Any additional hotel accommodations pre- or post-tour
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as "included"
  • Bullfight tickets as per scheduled itinerary

Terms and Conditions

PAYMENT TERMS:

25% of total tour cost due at the time of booking
75% or balance no later than 125 days prior to tour departure date

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • Up to 125 days before departure: refund less 15% total official price.
  • Between 124 and 30 days: refund less 50% of the total price.
  • Less than 30 days or failure to turn up:  No refund, 100% of the total is payable.

Cancellations should be intimated by FAX to the corporate office in Princeton NJ.

The above times are based on local time of the destination where the tour is provided. In order to provide enough time for processing cancellation, guests need to add 3 business days to the above timeframes. An administration fees of 15% on any monies to be refunded to the client will be charged prior to refund.

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.






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