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El Transcantabrico Clasico : Santiago de Compostela to Leon

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

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

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Step aboard El Transcantábrico Clasico, Spain’s first luxury train, for a marvelous journey of 8 days and 7 nights between Santiago de Compostela and León. 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 quaint towns and villages of northern Spain as the train winds its way by the Bay of Biscay that lies between steep mountains and green meadows, past beaches and cliffs. These are places full of enchantment and history that over the centuries have become living works of art. Visit destinations like Santiago de Compostela, Viveiro, Oviedo, Ribadesella, Llanes, Santillana del Mar, Santander, Bilbao, Carrión de los Condes and León.

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

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The group of El Transcantabrico meets in the Parador of Santiago de Compostela at Noon.

Cities Covered Santiago de Compostela ,  Viveiro

Rendezvous in Santiago de Compostela at 12:00 am at hotel Parador de los Reyes Católicos. Reception of travellers, who will then enjoy a city tour in this historical town, goal of devotees for over a thousand years and home of countless artistic jewels. After lunch, our luxury coach will take us to Ferrol, where El Transcantábrico will be waiting for us. Upon arrival, the crew will offer you a welcome drink onboard while we smoothly start our train journey to Viveiro. After dinner, visit the city old town and return to the train.


Overnight in Viveiro.


Cities Covered Ribadeo ,  Luarca ,  Candas

Just as every day, we begin the journey with a delicious buffet and a la carte breakfast. Train trip to the historic town of Ribadeo, in Galician lands, bordering Asturias. Our coach will follow the coast to 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 while El Transcantábrico glides in Asturian lands, reaching the town of Luarca, visiting this place known as the White Town of the Green Coast. We will return to the train, now travelling towards Candás, where will also have dinner.


Overnight in Candás.


Cities Covered Oviedo

We begin the day discovering Avilés, an ancient city with a precious old town. Next is Gijón, a city that opens up to the Cantabrian Sea and is alive with cultural events. Enjoy the city tour and lunch before our 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 before returning to the train. Onboard dinner while the train moves to Arriondas.


Overnight in Arriondas.


Cities Covered Llanes

Today we will visit the heart of the Principality of Asturias. Driving up to the beautiful Picos de Europa National Park, first stop will be at Lake Enol, followed by the Shrine of Covadonga, where our guide will tell us a bit about this sacred place’s stories and legends. After lunch, our train will border the famous river Sella where kayaks yearly compete on its famous International Descent. Arriving at Llanes, a charming fishing village on the east of Asturias, visit and enjoy free time in town.


Dinner and night in Llanes.


Cities Covered Santillana del Mar ,  Santander

Crossing the border into Cantabria, our train will take us to 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 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 (entrance included).


Overnight in Santander.


Cities Covered Bilbao ,  Villasana de Mena

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. City tour including admission to the epitome of a new Bilbao, the Guggenheim Museum, that blends tradition and modernity. After lunch, enjoy free time.


Dinner and overnight in Villasana de Mena/Mercadillo.

Cities Covered Villasana de Mena ,  Carrión de los Condes ,  Cistierna

Our first visit today will be in Castilian lands, enjoying the stunning scenery of the valley of Villasana de Mena. The morning highlight will be the Romanesque Art in the Palencia villages of Villalcázar de Sirga, Carrión de los Condes and Frómista. Enjoy a traditional lunch and continue to visit the Roman villa of La Olmeda in Saldaña and its superb collection of mosaics. Return to the train for the trip to Cistierna.


Dinner and overnight in Cistierna.


Cities Covered León

Enjoy the last breakfast onboard while we arrive at San Feliz, where El Transcantábrico’s coach will comfortably drive us to León. Tour of its old town, full of tradition and home to some of the most important monuments in Spain.


End of trip after the tour.


Departure Dates and Rates

May 201911, 25Jun 20198, 22Jul 20196, 20
Sep 201914, 28Oct 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.
( Get 10% Palace Tours Cash Bonus OR get 5% on the below rates. See Coupons / Special Offers )

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Junior Suite
For departures May 11,2019 through October 12,2019 EUR 5,550
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EUR 3,700
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Your tour price includes:

  • Accommodation onboard in Grand Class Room.
  • 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  (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"

**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

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% official tour 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 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 fee of 15% on any monies paid by the client will be charged prior to refund.  


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