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El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo : San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela

Sweeping and substantial, this tour via El Transcantabrico luxury train will enrapture your heart and soul with its beauty. Whether you are in the exquisitely designed suites and cabins of the train or just going on a day tour to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, you will get to experience the best sights and food available to tourists. Luxury here comes in many forms, ranging from the best Asturian seafood, Tapas and Basque cheeses served onboard, to fine wines including varieties of Cava or Tempranillo.

Your journey begins in San Sebastian with a city tour. Later that day you will board El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo and dive into your journey of beauty, luxury and indulgence along the Northern Coast of Spain. You will relax on beautiful, awe-inspiring beaches, dine on the region's coveted cuisine, tour enchanting coastal cities, all while traveling along this medieval pilgrimage route. Spend your time onboard the train enjoying the magnificent views, comfortable and luxurious accommodations, lounge cars and nightly entertainment. The tour comes to a close in Santiago de Compostela after a satisfying and unforgettable eight days.


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 and make your reservations online by choosing "Book This Tour." You may also download a brochure for your reference.

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Tours begins on Saturdays from San Sebastian

Cities Covered San Sebastián ,  Bilbao ,  Villasana de Mena

Rendezvous at 1:00 pm in San Sebastian at Hotel Barceló Costa Vasca. Welcome reception and lunch in San Sebastián, a city of elegant beauty and home to major cultural events. Tour of the town after lunch and transfer by luxury coach to Bilbao, where El Transcantábrico is waiting for us. Welcome drink with the crew. Train trip to Villasana de Mena while enjoying our first dinner onboard.

Overnight in Villasana de Mena.

Cities Covered Bilbao ,  Santander

Just as every day, we begin the journey with a delicious buffet and a la carte breakfast. El Trancantábrico will take us back to the dynamic city of Bilbao, that has managed to reinvent itself after the decline of its heavy industry. City tour includes admission to the epitome of a new Bilbao, the famous Guggenheim Museum. 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 Potes

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

The day begins with a visit to 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 Candas ,  Oviedo

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, where we will spend the night.

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 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 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

Apr 20196, 13, 27May 201911, 25Jun 20198, 22
Jul 20196, 20Aug 201917, 31Sep 201914, 28
Oct 201912

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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Deluxe Suite - Twin Beds
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Your tour price includes:

  • Accommodation onboard in Deluxe Suite.
  • All non-alcoholic drinks available in the cabin’s minibar (complimentary).
  • The crew may unpack your luggage onto the wardrobe on arrival and pack it back on the last day.
  • A la carte and buffet breakfasts 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 on board: 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 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"

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 less 15% of 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.

Considering these are international terms an additional 5 days will be added for refunds to be processed 

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

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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