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El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo : San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela

Confirmed bookings available at this time for 2018 departures and the San Fermin by Luxury Train El Transcantabrico groups for June 30 and July 5 2018.

Sweeping and substantial, this tour via the 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 on board, 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 on board 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 clicking "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

Saturday: Your tour begins at Hotel Barcelo Costa Vasca at 12:00 PM in San Sebastian, a fascinating city that will capture your heart. Later, take a guided tour of the city after lunch. Travel to Bilbao by coach and board the El Transcantabrico train as it departs towards Balmaseda. Dinner is served at Villasana de Mena.

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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 201828May 201812, 26Jun 20189, 23
Jul 20187, 21Aug 201818Sep 20181, 15, 29
Oct 201813

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
Luxury Suite
For departures April 28,2018 through October 13,2018 EUR 7,470 *7,097 with coupon EUR 4,980 *4,731 with coupon EUR 4,000 *3,800 with coupon
Luxury Suite - Twin Beds
For departures April 28,2018 through October 13,2018 EUR 7,470 *7,097 with coupon EUR 4,980 *4,731 with coupon EUR 4,000 *3,800 with coupon

Your tour price includes:

  • Seven nights ensuite accommodation on board El Transcantabrico luxury train
  • Daily buffet breakfast 
  • Lunch and dinner for seven nights
  • Beverages, including wine, and coffee at meal times
  • 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"

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 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.


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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