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El Transcantabrico Clasico : León to Santiago de Compostela

SPECIAL OFFER! Book El Transcantabrico Clasico in Double Occupancy now and receive the following for FREE:

  • One night in the Parador or Leon or similar hotel before your train trip.

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  • One transfer from the Leon train station or airport to the hotel.

Step aboard El Transcantábrico Clasico, Spain’s first luxury train, for a marvelous journey of 9 days and 8 nights between León and Santiago de Compostela. Inaugurated in 1983, El Transcantábrico runs along the same railway lines as the old coal trains of the historic La Robla Railway, which took coal from León to Biscay. Experience the history of Spain from prehistoric times to the present day.

Discover the cities and villages of northern Spain as the train winds its way by the Bay of Biscay, which lies between steep mountains and green meadows, and past beaches and cliffs. These destinations are full of enchantment and history that over the centuries have become living works of art, like Santiago de Compostela, Vivero, Oviedo, Ribadesella, Llanes, Santillana del Mar, Santander, Bilbao, Carrión de los Condes and León.


Watch a Video of the Train and you will understand why it is an experience not to be missed!

On this page, you can find important information regarding all aspects of the trip and can make your reservations online by clicking "Book This Tour." You may also download a brochure for your reference.

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Cities Covered León ,  Cistierna

Saturday: Meet at 12:00 at the National Parador San Marcos in León. After the welcome reception and delicious lunch, settle into your cabin on board El Transcantabrico Clasico. The train departs León this afternoon and makes its first stop in Cistierna, where you will have free time. Dinner and overnight in Cistierna.

Accommodations : El Transcantábrico,León(Other) or similiar
Cities Covered Carrión de los Condes ,  Villasana de Mena

Enjoy breakfast on board as the train travels from Cistierna to Guardo. Upon arrival, board the coach to visit Olmeda's Roman villa and the Palentine Romanesque art in Carrión de los Condes, and continue onwards to Frómista, stopping for lunch in Villalcázar de Sirga en route. We will enjoy an exquisite lunch and travel by train to Villasana de Mena, where we will have some free time, dinner and then spend the night.  

Cities Covered Bilbao ,  Santander

Breakfast is served on board as the train makes its way through the Valley of Mena and the lands of Vizcaya to reach Bilbao, a modern city surrounded by mountain ranges. Depart the train for a city tour, including a visit to the famous Guggenheim Museum (only for tours in July and August, as the museum is closed on Mondays during the rest of the year), and Torre de Loizaga in Galdames, which houses the largest collection of Rolls Royce vehicles in the world. Have lunch on the train as it travels to Santander, capital of Cantabria, a beautiful coastal city with an enchanting past. Enjoy a city tour followed by dinner. There is an optional excursion to the local Casino after dinner. 

Cities Covered Cangas de Onís ,  Llanes ,  Santillana del Mar ,  Arriondas

The train arrives in Cabezon de la Sal this morning after breakfast. Disembark the train for a coach transfer to 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, continue by train from Cabezon de la Sal to Ribadesella. Pass through the breathtaking Ribadesella and later, have dinner and stay overnight in Arriondas.

Cities Covered Cangas de Onís ,  Candas

Arrive today into the heart of Asturias, a beautiful region characterized by its steep rocky seaside cliffs and mountainous interior. Depart via coach up to the magnificent Picos de Europa National Park. Here you may visit the lakes, the sanctuary of Covadonga and then continue onwards to Cangas de Onis. Lunch is served on the train. Later arrive in Oviedo, the capital of the Principality that boasts a unique collection of the Pre-Romanesque monuments. Enjoy dinner on board and spend the night in Candas.

Cities Covered Gijón ,  Luarca

A short trip brings us from Aviles to Gijon, the Asturian seaside town. After lunch your rail journey continues to Luarca, the "White Town" of the Green Coast. Enjoy dinner and spend the night.

Cities Covered Ribadeo ,  Viveiro

This morning, travel further along the rugged coast to Ribadeo, where you may visit Las Catedrales beach. Ribadeo is the first city of the province of Galicia on the border with Asturias, set majestically on the mouth of the River Eo. The landscape along this coast is called the "Rias Altas" or "Upper Estuaries" and is awe-inspiring. After lunch in Ribadeo, continue by train to the pretty walled village of Viveiro, with a viewpoint of San Roque. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight.

Cities Covered Ferrol ,  Santiago de Compostela

El Transcantabrico travels from Viveiro to Ferrol on the last leg of your epic rail journey. Upon arrival in Ferrol, board the coach bound for your last destination, Santiago de Compostela. A city tour entreats us to savor the beauty of the old quarter, the 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 new-found friends as this memorable journey comes to an end around 2:00 PM at the Parador de Santiago de Compostela after a tour of the city.

Departure Dates and Rates

May 201819Jun 20182, 16, 30Jul 201814, 28
Sep 20188, 22Oct 20186

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 5% on the below rates. See Coupons / Special Offers )

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Junior Suite
For departures May 19,2018 through October 6,2018 EUR 5,400 *5,130 with coupon EUR 3,600 *3,420 with coupon CALL US

Triple occupancy fare is only available on the El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo tours.  However, a child below 12 years of age can be accommodated in a cabin as the third person for this tour.  Please contact us for rates.  

Your tour price includes:

  • Seven nights double-bedded en suite accommodation on board El Transcantabrico luxury train 
  • Lunch and dinner for seven nights on board El Transcantabrico luxury train
  • Beverages, including wine and coffee at meal times on train
  • Seven on-board buffet breakfasts
  • 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 each night in the Pub Car
  • Taxes and fees not specified as "excluded"

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"

**Partial tours are occasionally available for El Transcatabrico Clasico. In this event, the tour and accommodations are prorated accordingly. Please contact our office for availability and details. The above inclusions apply only to the full tour.

Terms and Conditions

30% of total tour cost due at the time of booking
70% or balance no later than 25 days prior to tour departure date




Up to 30 days before departure:  refund 15% of full official price.

Between 30 and 15 days : refund less 25% of the total.

Between 14 and 5 days: refund less 50% of the total.

Between 4 and 1 day(s): refund less 80% of the total.

Less than 24 hours 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 timeframes. An administration fees of 15% on any monies paid by the client will be charged prior to refund.  




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