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

  • 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 year olds to 80 year olds.
  • Watch first hand and enjoy the experience that everyone talks about!

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


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

July 5, 2018

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 have lunch at a historic restaurant followed by a guided walking tour of the city. 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
  • Dinner in Pamplona
  • Overnight at Olite Parador

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

Cities Covered Olite ,  Pamplona

Friday: July 6, 2018

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

Cities Covered Pamplona ,  Bilbao

Saturday: July 7, 2018

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 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. 


  • 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

Sunday: July 8, 2018

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. Continue onwards to Santander, the capital of Cantabria and a beautiful coastal city with an enchanting past. Explore the area of El Sardinero, a popular and elegant beach, followed by dinner and an overnight stay in Santander.

Cities Covered Potes

Monday: July 9, 2018

Enjoy breakfast on board as the train approaches Unquera. From here, take a coach through the gorge of La Hermida and arrive in Potes to visit the sanctuary of Santo Toribio de Liebana, which was founded before the 6th century and is an important holy site of Roman Catholicism. Later, lunch is served in Potes. Return to Unquera and journey by train to Cabezon de la Sal for a visit. Dinner and overnight in Cabezon de la Sal.

Cities Covered Cangas de Onís ,  Santillana del Mar

Tuesday: July 10, 2018


Awaken refreshed this morning in Cabezon de la Sal and enjoy breakfast. Disembark the train for a coach transfer and tour of Santillana del Mar, a picturesque medieval village captured in time. The tour includes a visit to the Neocave Museum at Altamira which incorporates a replica of the nearby Stone Age caves famous for their prehistoric paintings. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Santillana. In the afternoon, leave the Cantabrian fields behind as you reach Asturias, passing through Llanes, Ribadesella and Arriondas. Arriondas lies in the heart of Asturias, a beautiful region characterized by its steep rocky seaside cliffs and mountainous interior. Enjoy dinner in Cangas de Onis and overnight in Arriondas.

Cities Covered Candas ,  Cangas de Onís ,  Oviedo

Wednesday: July 11, 2018

Depart via coach up to the magnificent Picos de Europa National Park. Here you may ascend to Lake Enol, visit the sanctuary of Covadonga and then continue onwards to Cangas de Onis. Lunch is served on board as the train travels to Oviedo, the capital city of the Principality of Asturias. Enjoy dinner and overnight in Candas.

Cities Covered Candas ,  Gijón ,  Luarca

Thursday: July 12, 2018

A short trip brings us from Candas to Aviles. Then we take a trip around Gijon, an enchanting seaside city. After lunch in Gijon, your rail journey continues onwards to Luarca, the "White Town" of the Green Coast, where dinner is served. Spend the night under the stars in Luarca. 

Cities Covered Ribadeo ,  Taramundi ,  Viveiro

Friday: July 13. 2018

This morning, travel further along the rugged coast to Ribadeo, the first city of the province of Galicia on the border with Asturias, set majestically on the mouth of the River Eo. The landscape from here along the coast is called the "Rias Altas" or "Upper Estuaries" and is awe-inspiring. En route, marvel at the breathtaking vistas in Teixois and Taramundi, where you are taken back several centuries into the past.  We will go to the Playa de Las Catedrales by coach, and take a trip around Ribadeo where you can spend some free time.  After lunch in Ribadeo, continue by train to Viveiro. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight in Viveiro.

Cities Covered Ferrol ,  Santiago de Compostela

Saturday: July 14, 2018

Enjoy the last leg of your rail journey as El Transcantabrico travels from Viveiro to Ferrol. Board the coach bound for your last destination, Santiago de Compostela, where a city tour entreats us to savor its beauty and history. Visit the Old Quarter, Obradoiro Square, the Platerias and the Cathedral, the destination of the important 9th century medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James. Bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends as this memorable journey comes to an end around 2:00 PM at the Parador de Santiago de Compostela (also known as PN Reyes Catolicos), after the tour concludes.

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.
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ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Luxury Suite
For departure July 5,2018 EUR 11,490 *10,916 with coupon EUR 7,405 *7,035 with coupon EUR 6,499 *6,174 with coupon
Super Luxury Suite
For departure July 5,2018 EUR 11,990 *11,391 with coupon EUR 7,905 *7,510 with coupon EUR 6,999 *6,649 with coupon

Your tour price includes:

  • Total Nine Night Tour 
  • Guests in Super Luxury Class will be accommodated in VIP balconies near the townhall. Guests in Luxury Class will be with a guide in the Plaza. Rest of the other services in the tour classes are the same.
  • Arrangement for watching Running of the Bulls during San Fermin as per scheduled itinerary (Running with the bulls for the guests is NOT allowed and is NOT part of the tour)
  • Hotel Accommodations and Ensuite accommodation on board El Transcantabrico luxury train while on train.
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Lunch and dinner for nine nights as per the itinerary
  • Wine tasting in La Rioja region
  • Beverages, including wine, and coffee at meal times while on the train
  • Guided excursions in a luxury coach as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for museums, cathedrals, etc., as per the itinerary
  • On-board entertainment, including music and parties on the train as per schedule.
  • Taxes and fees not specified as "excluded"

Your tour price excludes:

  • Tickets to the bull fight (Subject to availability - Please request at the time of booking).
  • 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"


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 Spain time. In order to provide enough time for processing cancellation, guests  need to add 3 business days to the above time frames. An administration fees of 15% on any monies paid by 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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