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El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo : Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastian

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.

Embark on a journey aboard El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo, Spain’s most luxurious train, for a memorable trip of 8 days and 7 nights between Santiago de Compostela and San Sebastian.

Your adventure begins in the historic town of Santiago de Compostela and continues through enchanting coastal towns such as Viveiro, Luarca, Oviedo, Bilbao and San Sebastian. Explore the historic monuments, fascinating museums and breathtaking beaches on this once in a lifetime adventure. These magnificent destinations are framed by a luxurious journey on El Transcantabrico, creating an unparalleled travel experience. You will dine on the region's coveted cuisine, relax in Lounge Cars as the ever-changing scenery speeds by, build friendships with other passengers over drinks, and enjoy nightly performances and parties. However you prefer to pass your time, it will be well-spent on the Gran Lujo.

Watch a Video of the Gran Lujo 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 begin and end on Saturdays.

Cities Covered Ferrol ,  Santiago de Compostela ,  Viveiro

Saturday: Meet at 12:00 PM at the National Parador Reyes Catolicos. Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, whose Cathedral was the destination of the important 9th century medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James. Santiago is like a jewel in a crown, with the heart of Santiago, the Plaza del Obradoiro and the impressive facade of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Enjoy lunch in Santiago before boarding the coach to travel from Santiago to Ferrol, where El Transcantabrico luxury train awaits. Settle in to your comfortable cabin as your railway cruise begins, traveling to Viveiro, a lovely walled city. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight in Viveiro.

Cities Covered Luarca ,  Ribadeo ,  Taramundi

Your day is defined by some of the best scenic views Northern Spain has to offer. Breakfast is served on board as the train departs for Ribadeo, located on the border between Asturias and Galicia where the Eo River joins the sea.Visit the Coast of Lugo and Las Catedrales Beach followed by lunch in Ribadeo. Admire the awe-inspiring landscape, called the "Rias Altas" or "Upper Estuaries," as you journey to Luarca, the White Village on the Green Coast. En route, marvel at the breathtaking vistas in Teixois and Taramundi, which is part of the Turia Valley. Dinner and overnight in Luarca.

Cities Covered Candas ,  Gijón ,  Oviedo

The train departs this morning in the direction of Aviles and then Gijón, an impressive city on the Asturian seaboard. After your delicious lunch, continue onwards by rail to Oviedo, capital of the Asturian Principality.  It is a city of great elegance known for its gastronomic delights and some of the finest Pre-Romanesque monuments in Europe.  We spend some free time here and have a delightful dinner.  Later, we will spend the night in Candas.  

Cities Covered Cangas de Onís ,  Llanes

On our way to Arriondas, we reach the heart of Asturias, the Picos de Europa National Park. Ascend to the beautiful Lake Enol, the Sanctuary of Covadonga, and finally, Cangas de Onís. After lunch, return to the train and follow the route of the International Descent of the River Sella to Ribadesella. Continue to Llanes, a marvelous fishing village in Eastern Asturias. Enjoy the charming atmosphere, dinner and an overnight stay in Llanes.

Cities Covered Potes

Enjoy breakfast on board as the train travels through Cantabrian territory towards Unquera, through the gorge of La Hermida. Arrive in Potes for an unforgettable visit of the sanctuary of Santo Toribio de Liebana, which was founded prior to the 6th century. Rejoin the train in Unquera, which travels next to Cabezon de la Sal for dinner and an overnight stay.

Cities Covered Santander ,  Santillana del Mar

Arrive today in 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. After a delicious lunch in Santillana, continue on to Santander, the capital of Cantabria and a beautiful coastal city with an enchanting past. Explore the area of El Sardinero, followed by dinner and an overnight stay in Santander.

Cities Covered Bilbao ,  San Sebastián

Breakfast is served on board as the train spans the distance between Santander and Bilbao, a modern city split by the river. Depart the train for a city tour of the Old Quarter, including a visit to the famous Guggenheim Museum, a modern architectural marvel designed by Frank Gehry. Enjoy lunch on board the train en route to Balmaseda. Dinner and overnight in Villasana de Mena.

Cities Covered San Sebastián

Disembark the train this morning in Bilbao and take a coach to San Sebastian, a fascinating city will capture your heart. Your journey ends around 2:00 PM at Hotel Barcelo after a tour of the city.

Departure Dates and Rates

Apr 201821May 20185, 19Jun 20182, 16, 30
Jul 201814, 28Aug 201825Sep 20188, 22
Oct 20186, 20

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 21,2018 through October 20,2018 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"

The tour departing on June 30, 2018 is a special San Fermin charter and the guests will be traveling towards Pamplona on July 7. Therefore the stand-alone tour of El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo will terminate on July 7, 2018 in Bilbao at 9:00 AM. We can arrange for a transfer to San Sebastian at an added cost.

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.  


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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