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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 or Leon or similar hotel after your train trip.

- AND - 

  • One transfer from the hotel to Leon train station or airport.

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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Cities Covered Santiago de Compostela ,  Ferrol ,  Viveiro

Saturday: Meet at 12:00 PM in Santiago de Compostela at the National Parador Reyes Catolicos, where you will be greeted with a welcome reception. Step into the streets of 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 Plaza del Obradoiro, the Platerías and its famous Cathedral. Enjoy lunch in Santiago before boarding the coach to Ferrol, where El Transcantabrico Clasico, your hotel on wheels for the next seven nights, 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 Viveiro ,  Ribadeo ,  Luarca

After breakfast on the train, depart for Ribadeo, located on the border between Asturias and Galicia. After lunch in Ribadeo and a visit to Las Catedrales beach, admire the awe-inspiring landscape called the "Rias Altas" or "Upper Estuaries," as you journey to Luarca during lunch, the White Village on the Green Coast. After a tour, depart for Candas where the train will stay overnight. Enjoy dinner on the train.

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. Dinner on board and overnight in Arriondas.

Cities Covered Cangas de Onís ,  Llanes

On our way to Arriondas, we reach the heart of Asturias, the Picos de Europa National Park. Climb up 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. Continue to Llanes, a marvelous fishing village in Eastern Asturias. Enjoy the charming atmosphere, dinner and an overnight stay in Llanes. 

Cities Covered Santander ,  Santillana del Mar

Enjoy breakfast on board as the train travels to Cabezón de la Sal. Disembark the train for a coach transfer to 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, capital of Cantabria, a beautiful coastal city with an enchanting past. Enjoy a city tour followed by dinner. There is an optional excursion to the local Casino after dinner.

Cities Covered Bilbao ,  Villasana de Mena

After breakfast on the train, arrive in Bilbao, a modern city where the estuary meets the sea. Enjoy a visit to the city and the Guggenheim Museum, a modern architectural wonder designed by Frank Gehry. We will have lunch and enjoy some free time before arriving in Villasana de Mena.  Enjoy a scrumptious dinner and spend the night in Villasana de Mena.

Cities Covered Carrión de los Condes ,  Cistierna

This morning after breakfast, depart by coach from Mataporquera to visit the Canal de Castilla and view fine examples of Palentine Romanesque art in Carrión de los Condes, Frómista and Villacázar de Sirga. Lunch is served in Villalcázar before your trip to Guardo for a tour of the Roman Villa of Olmeda. Visit the Steelworks and Mining Museum in Sabero, then depart to Cistierna for dinner and overnight.

Cities Covered León

On our last day, the train crosses the lovely rivers and valleys of the mountains of León to the provincial capital. Explore several of the monumental buildings for which the city is known, including the Real Colegiata de San Isidoro, San Marcos, Casa de Botines, Cathedral and the Old Quarter. Bid a fond farewell to the train and to your newfound friends as this memorable journey comes to an end around 2:00 PM today at the Parador of Leon, after a tour of the city.  

Accommodations : El Transcantábrico,León(Other) or similiar

Departure Dates and Rates

May 201812, 26Jun 20189, 23Jul 20187, 21
Sep 201815, 29Oct 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
For departures May 12,2018 through October 13,2018 EUR 5,400 *5,130 with coupon EUR 3,600 *3,420 with coupon CALL US

Your tour price includes:

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

**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

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% 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.


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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