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El Transcantabrico Clasico : León to Santiago de Compostela

Step aboard El Transcantábrico Clasico, Spain’s first luxury train, for a marvelous journey of 8 days and 7 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 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

Rendezvous in León. Reception and tour of the old town, home to some of the most important monuments in Spain: the Gothic Cathedral, the Romanesque frescoes in the Basilica of San Isidoro and the impressive Plateresque facade of the Hospital of San Marcos. After lunch, board our luxury coach for a short trip to San Feliz, where our train El Transcantábrico will be waiting for us. The crew will offer a welcome drink and we can settle into our suites while the train heads to Cistierna for dinner onboard.

Overnight in Cistierna.

Cities Covered Cistierna ,  Villasana de Mena

Just as every day, we begin the journey with a delicious buffet and a la carte breakfast. El Transcantábrico will travel to Guardo station, from where we will board our coach to visit the Roman villa of La Olmeda in Saldaña and its superb collection of mosaics. Next we will see the best collections of Romanesque Art in Europe, located in the Palencia villages of Carrión de los Condes, Villalcázar de Sirga and Frómista. Return to the train and enjoy the stunning scenery of the valley of Villasana de Mena.

Dinner and overnight in Villasana de Mena.

Cities Covered Bilbao ,  Santander

Train trip to the dynamic city of Bilbao, the largest in the Basque Country that has managed to reinvent itself after the decline of its heavy industry. If you travel in July and August, a ticket to the epitome of a new Bilbao, the Guggenheim Museum, is included (it is closed on Mondays the rest of the year). Lunch onboard while travelling to Santander, the elegant capital of Cantabria. City sightseeing tour and free time. After dinner, you may choose to visit El Gran Casino at your own pace (admission included).


Overnight in Santander.

Cities Covered Santillana del Mar ,  Arriondas

El Transcantábrico will travel to Cabezón de la Sal, from where our coach will take us to visit the town of Santillana del Mar with its beautifully preserved medieval town. Next stop at the Neocave of Altamira, the finest realistic example of Upper Palaeolithic cave art. After lunch, we will travel into Asturian territory, visiting the village of Ribadesella and its charming promenade.


Dinner and overnight in Arriondas.


Cities Covered Oviedo ,  Candas

Today we will visit the heart of the Principality of Asturias, driving up to the Picos de Europa National Park. First stop will be at Lake Enol, followed by the Shrine of Covadonga, where our guide will tell us about this sacred place’s stories and legends. Back onboard for lunch and trip to the region’s capital, Oviedo, exponent of Asturian Romanesque art featuring gems such as the basilica of San Julian de los Prados. City tour and free time.


Dinner onboard and overnight in Candás.

Cities Covered 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 El Transcantábrico to continue our journey to Luarca, known as the White Town of the Green Coast. Visit this charming town, where we will also have dinner.


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 Santiago de Compostela

While enjoying our last breakfast onboard, we will arrive in Ferrol. 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.


End of trip after the tour.


Departure Dates and Rates

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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DateSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
May 18, 2019 - May 25, 2019EUR 5,550.00EUR 3,700.00CALL US
Jun 01, 2019 - Jun 08, 2019EUR 5,550.00EUR 3,700.00CALL US
Jun 15, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019EUR 5,550.00EUR 3,700.00CALL US
Jun 29, 2019 - Jul 06, 2019EUR 5,550.00EUR 3,700.00CALL US
Jul 13, 2019 - Jul 20, 2019EUR 5,550.00EUR 3,700.00CALL US
Jul 27, 2019 - Aug 03, 2019EUR 5,550.00EUR 3,700.00CALL US
Sep 07, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019EUR 5,550.00EUR 3,700.00CALL US
Sep 21, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019EUR 5,550.00EUR 3,700.00CALL US
Oct 05, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019EUR 5,550.00EUR 3,700.00CALL US

Triple occupancy fare is only available on 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:

  • Accommodation onboard in Grand Class Room.
  • 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).
  • Welcome drink and snack.
  • Farewell party.  
  • Traveling toiletries bag courtesy of Renfe Viajeros (with amenities and slippers).
  • Free mineral water available in the cabin’s minibar.
  • Activities onboard: music and live performances, parties in the pub car, show cooking and cocktails, dancing, etc.
  • Tickets to museums, attractions and shows.
  • Excursions and scheduled tours.
  • Luxury coach accompanying the train along the trip.
  • Two Renfe train tickets with a 50% discount: one to the starting point and the other back from the end of the tourist trip.
  • Taxes and services.
  • Newspapers and magazines onboard.
  • 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"

**Partial tours are occasionally available for El Transcatabrico Clasico. Please contact our office for availability and details. The above inclusions apply only to the full tour.

Terms and Conditions

40% of total tour cost due at the time of booking
60% or balance no later than 35 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.

Since these are international terms an additional 5 days will be added in order to process refunds. 

An additional 15% Administrative fee will be charged from Palace Tours against refunds. 

Cancellations should be intimated by FAX to the corporate office in Miami FL.

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 fee 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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