- Day 1 – Tour Santiago de Compostela and travel to Viveiro
Cities Covered : Ferrol , Santiago de Compostela , Viveiro
Meet at 12:00 PM. 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 Plaza del Obradoiro and the Platerías. Enjoy lunch in Santiago before boarding the coach to travel from Santiago to Ferrol, where El Transcantabrico 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.
- Day 2 – The majestic beauty of Ribadeo and Taramundi
Cities Covered : Luarca , Ribadeo , Taramundi
|White Villages in Spain|
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 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.
- Day 3 – Journey to the elegant city of Oviedo
Cities Covered : Candas , Gijón , Oviedo
|Santa Maria del Naranco Church|
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.
- Day 4 – Deep into the heart of Asturias
Cities Covered : Cangas de Onís , Llanes
|Cangas de Onís|
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.
- Day 5 – Divine visit to the monastery of Santo Toribio de Liebana
Cities Covered : Potes
|Prados de Cantabria|
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.
- Day 6 – Discover Santander’s enchanting beauty
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 toSantander, capital of Cantabria, a beautiful coastal city with an enchanting past. Explore the area of El Sardinero followed by dinner and an overnight stay in Santander.
- Day 7 – Modern city marvels of Bilbao
Cities Covered : Bilbao , San Sebastián
Breakfast is served on board as the train spans the distance between Santander and Bilbao, a modern city where the river searches for the sea. 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.
- Day 8 – Your tour ends in San Sebastian
Cities Covered : San Sebastián
|San Sebastián from Igeldo|
Disembark the train this morning in Bilbao and take a coach to San Sebastian. This fascinating city will capture your heart and your journey ends here around 2:00 PM after a tour of the city.