Travel in style through the northwestern regions of Spain aboard El Transcantabrico Clasico. Enjoy the experience of the golden age of rail travel combined with all the comforts that you might expect of a modern-day train. Travel from Santander on the Bay of Biscay along the Cantabrian coast, then through Asturias, fi nishing in the verdant region of Galicia. Apart from the magnifi cent scenery, enjoy sumptuous cuisine and excursions to discover the fascinating art and culture of lesservisited towns and villages en route.
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Fly to Santander and transfer to the Silken Rio Santander for 1 night. (N)
Transfer to the train station and board the El Transcantabrico Clasico for the 4-night journey to Santiago de Compostela. Late morning and afternoon visits to the town of Santillana del Mar with its beautifully preserved medieval centre. Continue to the Cave of Altamira, containing some of the fi nest examples of Upper Palaeolithic cave art, and the village of Ribadesella. (B, L, D)
Today drive into the mountainous Picos de Europa National Park in the heart of the region of Asturias. Visit Lake Enol and then continue to the shrine of Covadonga. After lunch, visit the region’s capital, Oviedo, with its Asturian Romanesque art. Highlights include the Basilica of San Julian de los Prados. (B, L, D)
Morning visits to Avilés, an ancient city with an excellent old town quarter, and Gijón, a city that opens up to the Cantabrian Sea and is alive with cultural events. After visiting both towns, return to the El Transcantabrico and continue to Luarca, known as ‘the White Town of the Green Coast’. (B, L, D)
Morning visits to Las Catedrales beach and the picturesque town of Ribadeo. Continue by train to Viveiro to visit the old quarter of the city. (B, L, D)
Morning arrival. Take a tour of this celebrated northern Spanish town, home to the shrine of St James the Great. Stay at the Parador de Santiago de Compostela for 1 night. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fl y home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour will have transfers and excursions shared with one or more other parties who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.
This journey can also be taken in reverse, from Santiago de Compostela to Santander. The El Transcantabrico Clasico train also operates rail journeys from Leon to Santiago de Compostela and vice versa. A longer 8-day itinerary from Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastian is also available. Please contact Cox & Kings for details, departures and prices, or see details at CoxandKings.co.uk.
The oldest train in Spain, El Transcantabrico features original 1920s Pullman carriages that have been renovated to offer modernday luxuries combined with all the charm of the golden era of rail travel. All guest cabins feature double beds equipped with a minibar and safe and all have air conditioning and en suite facilities. The dining car offers an à la carte menu while the bar car has panoramic windows where you can enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif as you watch the scenery pass by. Other carriages include a Panoramic Coach, Tea Saloon and Entertainment Saloon and there is also a small library with newspapers and magazines.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation. Cabins are based on the standard suite category.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3411 2135 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
This tour departs on the following dates: 21 May, 4 & 18 June, 2, 16 & 30 July, 10 & 24 September and 8 October 2018.
This tour departs on the following dates: 11 & 25 May, 8 & 22 June, 6 & 20 July, 14 & 28 September and 12 October 2018.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
DST2018: 6 Nights