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From Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastián on the Transcantabrian Train.
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Santiago de Compostela – San Sebastián 2024

Santiago de Compostela – San Sebastián 2024

8 days / 7 nights. Itinerary: Santiago de Compostela – Viveiro – Ribadeo – Luarca – Oviedo – Gijón – Llanes – Picos de Europa – Cangas de Onís – Potes – Cabezón de la Sal – Santillana del Mar – Santander – Bilbao – Carranza – San Sebastián.

 Promotion/Offer: 10% Discount
Departures: July 13, 27; August 10
(Limited seats available)

Welcome to our guide for the itinerary of The Transcantabrian Train from Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastián!

This impressive journey on this luxury tourist train is considered one of the best travel options to discover some of the most breathtaking landscapes of northern Spain while traveling in comfort on a luxury train. The Transcantabrian Train is renowned for its first-class service and a very well-designed itinerary, taking you through coastal cities, mountainous landscapes, and historic towns.

The itinerary begins in Santiago de Compostela, a city full of history and culture, famous for its cathedral and as the endpoint of the Camino de Santiago. As the train progresses, the route runs parallel to the Cantabrian coast, visiting charming towns and emblematic places, then entering the Picos de Europa, where you can admire stunning mountain views and green valleys. We will conclude our route in San Sebastián.

On this page, you will find detailed information about the itinerary, including details about the stops, the most interesting tourist points, and other details. Get ready for an unforgettable journey from Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastián on the Transcantabrian Train!

Itinerary (summary)

((See detailed ITINERARY above)
Day 1 (saturday) Santiago de Compostela – Viveiro
Day 2 (sunday) Viveiro – Ribadeo – Luarca – Oviedo
Day 3 (monday) Oviedo – Gijón – Llanes
Day 4 (tuesday) Llanes – Picos de Europa – Cangas de Onís – Llanes
Day 5 (wednesday) Llanes – Potes – Cabezón de la Sal
Day 6 (thursday) Cabezón de la Sal – Santillana del Mar – Santander
Day 7 (friday) Santander – Bilbao – Carranza
Day 8 (saturday) Carranza – San Sebastián

Departure dates

July 13*, 27*
August 10*, 24
September 7, 21
October 5, 19

*Departure dates with a special offer (10% discount, not applied in the price table)

Prices per person

Accommodation 8 days / 7 nights 2024
Grand Luxury Suite 8.900 €
Single Supplement 6.500 €
Triple Supplement for Grand Luxury Suite 4.200 €
Prices need to be reconfirmed.

The program includes:

  • Accommodation in a Deluxe Suite on the Transcantabrico train with a 150 cm x 200 cm double bed (or twin beds of 85 cm x 200 cm), sofa, and full private bathroom.
  •  All train lounges permanently open for the client’s use 24 hours a day.
  •  Possibility for the crew to collect your luggage.
  •  All breakfasts, with à la carte dishes and buffet products.
  •  All dinners and meals, featuring select gastronomy, on board the train or at first-class restaurants (including wine, water, soft drinks, and coffee).
  • Welcome drink and appetizer.
  • All non-alcoholic drinks available in the suite minibar, at no cost.
  • Gala dinner and end-of-trip party.
  • Courtesy detail (toiletry kit and slippers).
  •  On-board activities: live music and performances, parties in the pub car, dancing, etc.
  •  Excursions and guided tours.
  •  Entrance tickets to museums, monuments, and shows.
  • Luxury coach accompanying the train throughout the journey to facilitate some transfers and excursions.
  • Taxes and services.
  • Daily newspapers and magazines.
  • At night, you can rest assured as the train remains stationary and does not resume until the early morning hours to facilitate rest. Additionally, the stopping stations remain open and have security services.
  • Multilingual accompanying guide throughout the journey: Spanish, English, French, and German.
  • An excellent human team at your disposal (Expedition Leader, waiters, cooks, technical staff, etc.).
  • Free train transfers across Spain (AVE, ALVIA, etc.), before and after the trip from/to the nearest train station to your place of origin. Additionally, at the stations, you can use the Club Lounges.

Other services available at the client’s expense:

  • Laundry service.
  • Bar service.

Measurements of Deluxe Suite:

  • Cabin size: 12 m2
  • Double bed cabin: 1 bed 1.50 meters wide x 2 meters long + sofa 0.85 meters wide x 1.80 meters long
  • Twin bed cabin: 2 beds 0.85 meters wide x 2 meters long + sofa 0.85 meters wide x 1.80 meters long”

The Transcantabrian train makes several stops in cities such as Santiago de Compostela, Gijón, Oviedo, Santander, Bilbao, and San Sebastián, where you can explore their historic and cultural sites. In addition to these major cities, the train will also take us to discover other charming towns and iconic places in the north of Spain, such as Viveiro, Ribadeo, Luarca, Llanes, Santillana del Mar, Potes, and more.

On this page, you can book your trip and prepare for an exciting tour on this luxury train. Get ready for an unforgettable journey from Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastián and discover the best of northern Spain with the Transcantabrian Train!

Departures: July-2024, August-2024, September-2024, October-2024

Day 1 (Saturday). Santiago de Compostela - Viveiro

Meeting point at the Parador Nacional de los Reyes Católicos in Santiago de Compostela at 12:00 hrs. After the reception, visit the historic center of this city, a destination for pilgrims for a thousand years, which holds countless artistic treasures led by its splendid Cathedral. After lunch, our bus will take us to Ferrol, where the El Transcantábrico train awaits. Upon arrival, the crew will offer a welcome toast, while the train moves towards Viveiro. Tour through the beautiful old town of this lovely noble town, declared of tourist interest, where we will have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 2 (Sunday). Viveiro – Ribadeo – Luarca - Oviedo

We will start the morning, as every day, enjoying our delicious à la carte and buffet breakfast. The Transcantabrian will take us to Ribadeo, a historic Galician town on the border with the Principality of Asturias. From here, we will travel by coach along the Lugo coast to the Beach of the Cathedrals, one of the most spectacular in the world. We will have a panoramic visit of Ribadeo, a beautiful noble town, declared of tourist interest, where we will have lunch. With the train, we enter Asturian lands. Arrival and visit to Luarca, the White Town of the Green Coast, before returning to the train and heading to Oviedo. Overnight in the city.

Day 3 (Monday). Oviedo – Gijón - Llanes

We'll start the day with a visit to Gijón, a city as open to the Cantabrian Sea as it is full of cultural events. Lunch will follow. Afterwards, we will travel to the capital of the Principality of Asturias, Oviedo, known for its historic center with an undeniable medieval flavor. We'll tour the city before returning to the train. Dinner will be served on board during the journey to Llanes, where we will spend the night.

Day 4 (Tuesday). Llanes – Picos de Europa – Cangas de Onís - Llanes

With our bus, we will ascend to the heart of the Principality of Asturias to reach the magnificent Picos de Europa National Park. We will visit Lake Enol and then head to the Sanctuary of Covadonga, a neo-Romanesque style basilica located next to the cave where the image of La Santina (The Virgin of Covadonga) is venerated, a place of worship and pilgrimage. Next, we will visit Cangas de Onís, a town famous for its Roman bridge, declared a historical-artistic monument, where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will arrive in Llanes, a wonderful fishing town in Eastern Asturias. We will tour the town and have some free time. Dinner and overnight stay in the town.

Day 5 (Wednesday). Llanes – Potes - Cabezón de la Sal

After breakfast, we will ascend to Potes in our coach, traveling through the impressive Hermida Gorge. We'll visit this charming Cantabrian town, after which we will enjoy a thermal spa circuit at the Hermida Spa. After lunch, we'll visit El Capricho in Comillas, a brilliant and colorful 19th-century mansion designed by Antonio Gaudí. Dinner and overnight stay in Cabezón de la Sal.

Day 6 (Thursday). Cabezón de la Sal – Santillana del Mar - Santander

Our first visit today will be to the Neocave of Altamira, a museum and faithful reproduction of this prime example of Upper Paleolithic rock art. Afterward, we will tour Santillana del Mar, a town with a wonderfully preserved medieval historic center. Following lunch, we will board the Transcantabrian train to Santander, the elegant capital of Cantabria. There, we will enjoy a guided tour and have some free time. Dinner and overnight stay in the city.

Day 7 (Friday). Santander – Bilbao - Carranza

The Transcantabrian sets its course towards Bilbao, a city full of dynamism that has successfully reinvented itself after the decline of its traditional heavy industry. The city tour includes a visit to the famous Guggenheim Museum, a symbol of this new Bilbao. After lunch, there will be some free time before boarding the train again. Dinner and overnight stay in Carranza.

Day 8 (Saturday). Carranza - San Sebastián

Enjoying our last breakfast on board, we will return to Bilbao, where the Transcantabrian train bus awaits to take us to San Sebastián. We will visit this city of elegant beauty, which is also a host to significant cultural events. The journey will conclude around 1:00 PM at the Hotel Barceló Costa Vasca in San Sebastián.

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