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

Once in a lifetime experience! The ultimate tour of San Fermin by Luxury Train combines the visit to Northern Spain with "Running of the Bulls", one of the most popular festivals of Spain, on board one of the most luxurious trains in the world - the El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo in 2018.

  • ONLY 14 Rooms
  • Starting on July 5, 2018 in San Sebastian.
  • Experience the official start of the San Fermin
  • VIP Balconies for watching the launch of the festival (For guests in Super Luxury Class).
  • VIP Balconies reserved for watching the running of the Bulls
  • Chance to watch a Bull Fight (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 once you get on the train.
  • 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!
Get comfortable on the El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo
San Fermin - Its a tour for every age group!


This is an exclusive departure of El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo organized by Palace Tours.
Cities Covered San Sebastián ,  Pamplona ,  Olite

Our tour group meets at 9:00 AM in San Sebastian and we go for a quick walking tour of the city. We then travel to Pamplona where we have lunch at a historic restaurant followed by a guided walking tour around town. We will get an idea of the various meeting points and activities as we walk around the main areas of the town. Our group leader will give other important information about what to expect and other aspects of safety during the stay in Pamplona.

Dinner will be served at a traditional restaurant in Pamplona followed by a transfer to the Olite Parador for overnight.


  • Guided walking tour of San Sebastian
  • Transfer from San Sebastian to Pamplona by luxury coach
  • Guided walking tour of Pamplona
  • Guided walking tour of Olite 
  • Dinner in Pamplona
  • Overnight at Olite Parador

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

Accommodations : PARADOR DE OLITE,Olite(Luxury) or similiar

Cities Covered Pamplona ,  Olite

After breakfast we transfer from the Parador and make our way to the main square of Pamplona to experience what we have mostly seen on TV and in videos. Watch from a close by balcony as the "Txupinazo" is launched to mark the opening ceremonies for San Fermin in Pamplona. We have reserved VIP balconies in the heart of town to view the launch of San Fermin festival.

There are a lot of activities throughout the day that will keep you busy. You can choose to participate in optional activities or explore the town on your own. Lunch will be served at a traditional restaurant in Pamplona. 

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. 

Following a full day of festivities, we will transfer to the Olite Parador for a delicious group dinner and overnight.


  • Balcony viewing of the San Fermin opening ceremonies
  • Lunch in Pamplona
  • Optional viewing of bullfight (Tickets to be requested at the time of booking the tour - subject to availability)
  • Guided visit of Pamplona and local activities
  • Group dinner in Olite
  • Overnight at historic Olite Parador

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

Accommodations : PARADOR DE OLITE,Olite(Luxury) or similiar

Cities Covered Pamplona ,  Bilbao ,  Villasana de Mena

This morning we make our way to the reserved spots in Pamplona to watch the inaugural run of Running of the Bulls followed by a breakfast in the area. We get to watch the thrill seekers run along side Spanish bulls through the narrow streets of Pamplona from a low level balcony. 

We leave the city of Pamplona and travel to La Rioja region. Here we will have lunch and a vineyard tour with wine tasting.  

Later in the afternoon we will travel to Bilbao where we get a welcome on board the El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo - the most luxurious modern train in Europe as we continue our luxury journey for Santiago de Compostela. Dinner is on board the train. Train trip to Villasana de Mena while enjoying our first dinner onboard.

Overnight in Villasana de Mena.


  • Balcony viewing of the Running of the Bulls
  • Tour and lunch in winery in Spain's famous La Rioja region
  • Transfer by luxury coach to Bilbao 
  • Dinner on board El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo

Cities Covered Bilbao ,  Santander

Breakfast is served on board as the train makes its way through the lands of Vizcaya to reach Bilbao, a modern city where the river searches for the sea. Depart the train for a city tour of the old quarter and a visit to the famous Guggenheim Museum, a modern architectural marvel designed by Frank Gehry. Return to the train to continue our journey to Santander while having lunch onboard. 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 Unquera ,  Potes ,  Comillas ,  Cabezon de la Sal

Train trip to Unquera station from where we will travel by coach through the gorge of La Hermida and 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 ,  Arriondas

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 we will return to the train and travel into Asturian territory, visiting the village of Ribadesella and its charming promenade and stunning historic mansions.


Dinner and overnight in Arriondas.


Cities Covered Covadonga ,  Oviedo ,  Candas

Today our coach will drive us to the heart of the Principality of Asturias, to the Picos de Europa National Park. First enroute is Lake Enol, then visit the sacred place of Shrine of Covadonga to hear its legends. Back onboard for lunch and 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. Dinner onboard while we travel to Candás.

Overnight in Candás. 

Cities Covered Aviles ,  Gijón ,  Luarca

We begin the day discovering Avilés, an ancient city with a precious old town, and Gijón, a city that opens up to the Cantabrian Sea and is alive with cultural events. After visiting both towns, return to the El Transcantábrico to continue our coastal journey to Luarca, visiting this charming seaside town embedded in a stunning landscape.

Dinner and overnight in Luarca.


Cities Covered Ribadeo ,  Viveiro

Train trip to the historic town of Ribadeo, in Galician lands, bordering Asturias. Our coach will 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 and trip to Viveiro, with city tour and free time.

Dinner and overnight in Viveiro.


Cities Covered Ferrol ,  Santiago de Compostela

While enjoying our last breakfast onboard, we will arrive in Ferrol, followed by a comfortable coach trip to Santiago de Compostela. 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.

End of trip after the tour.


Departure Dates and Rates

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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
For departure July 5,2018 EUR 11,490 *10,341 with coupon EUR 7,405 *6,665 with coupon EUR 6,499 *5,849 with coupon
Super Luxury
For departure July 5,2018 EUR 11,990 *10,791 with coupon EUR 7,905 *7,115 with coupon EUR 6,999 *6,299 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

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


  • 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

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A visa or visas may be required for some or all of the countries visited on the tour selected. Please check with the respective consulates in your country for visa requirements and they may vary depending on visitor's nationality, origin and/or destination. Palace Tours does not provide assistance with visas or visa consultation.