El Transcantabrico Gran Lugo 8 day / 7 night Luxury Rail Journey from Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastian



8 day El Transcantabrico Gran Lugo Train, Santiago de Compostela - San Sebastian

2019 departures: April: 20 / May: 4, 18 / June: 01, 15, 29 / July: 13, 27 / August: 24 / September: 07, 27 / October: 05, 19

“Come and join us in the North, the greenest part of Spain, for eight days of sheer joy aboard El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo.”

The Transcantabrico Gran Lujo evokes, in every moment and place, the nostalgia and elegance of the ancient railway. Discover unique experiences, the pleasure of observing, listening, smelling, touching and tasting. Let time pass with the pace of a soft clatter while moving towards new places and new sensations. The train, the suites, the crew, the cuisine..., everything that the offer entails of El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo, is oriented towards one goal: make this journey a unique and unforgettable experience.

8 day El Transcantabrico Gran Lugo Map Northern Spain Luxury Rail Journey


Day 1 (Saturday)   Santiago de Compostela – Viveiro

Rendezvous at 12:00 at hotel Parador de los Reyes Católicos in Santiago de Compostela (*). Following the reception, enjoy a city tour in this historical town, goal of devotees for over a thousand years, and admire its countless artistic jewels such as the Cathedral. After lunch, our luxury coach will take us to Ferrol, where El Transcantábrico is waiting for us. The crew will offer a welcome drink while the train takes us to the historic town of Viveiro. Enjoy a tour of its beautiful old town, have dinner and spend the night onboard.
(*) Renfe reserves the right to change the trip meeting point, circumstance that will be duly informed.8 day El Transcantabrico Gran Lugo Deluxe Suite Cabin Santiago de Compostela San Sebastian Northern Spain

Day 2 (Sunday)      Viveiro – Ribadeo – Luarca – Candás

Just as every day, we begin the journey with a delicious buffet and a la carte breakfast. El Transcantábrico will take us to Ribadeo, a historical town located on the border between Galicia and Asturias. Our coach will take us along the coast to 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 and stay overnight.

Day 3 (Monday)         Candás – Avilés – Gijón – Oviedo – Arriondas

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. After lunch, 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, where we will spend the night.

Northern Spain Rail Tour 8 day El Transcantabrico Gran Lugo Carriage GaliciaDay 4 (Tuesday)        Arriondas – 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


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

During breakfast our train will cross the border into Cantabria. Transfer from Unquera station by coach through the gorge of La Hermida until we reach the town of Potes. After visiting this charming village, enjoy a spa circuit at La Hermida Spa. Return to the train after lunch and trip to Cabezón de la Sal. In the afternoon there will be free time and you may choose to visit the mansion of El Capricho in the town of Comillas, the impressive and colourful 19th century house designed by Antonio Gaudí. Dinner and overnight in Cabezón de la Sal.

Day 6 (Thursday)        Cabezón de la Sal – Santander

The day begins with a visit to the town of Santillana del Mar with its beautifully preserved medieval town. Next we will be taken on a tour of Altamira Neocave, the finest realistic example of Upper Palaeolithic cave art. After lunch, return to the train to continue our journey to Santander. City sightseeing tour of the elegant capital of Cantabria and free time. Those who wish may visit El Gran Casino after dinner (entrance included). Overnight in Santander.

Day 7 (Friday)               Santander – Bilbao – Mercadillo8 day Northern Spain Train Tour Luxury El Transcantabrico Gran Lugo Deluxe Suite

El Trancantábrico will take us to the dynamic city of Bilbao, that has managed to reinvent itself after the decline of its heavy industry. City tour including admission for the famous Guggenheim Museum, epitome of a new Bilbao. After lunch, enjoy free time before returning to the train. Dinner and overnight in Villasana de Mena/Mercadillo.

Day 8 (Saturday)           Mercadillo – San Sebastián

While enjoying our last breakfast onboard, we will return to Bilbao, where El Transcantábrico’s coach will comfortably take us to San Sebastian. Visit this city of elegant beauty and home to major cultural events End of trip after the tour in San Sebastian.
* On the day the trip begins, the access to the suite is not guaranteed until 18:00h, although other services are already underway. On the last day of the trip, the suite must be left before 12:00h, although all other services continue until later.
2019 Departure Dates
Per Person
in Double / Twin Room
Per Person
in Single Room
April: 20
May: 4, 18
June: 1, 15, 29
July: 13, 27
August: 24
September: 7, 21
October: 5, 19
AU$9400 AU$14100


THE TRIP INCLUDES  - El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo – Deluxe Suite:8 day El Transcantabrico Gran Lugo Carriage Asturias

  • Accommodation onboard in Deluxe Suite
  • The option of enjoying two private lunches/dinners in the comfort of their cabin
  • All non-alcoholic drinks available in the cabin’s minibar (complimentary)
  • The crew may unpack your luggage onto the wardrobe on arrival and pack it back on the last day
  • 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 dinner – gala party
  • Traveling toiletries bag courtesy of Renfe Viajeros (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
  • Taxes and services
  • Daily newspapers and magazines
  • Security service
  • Multilingual guide throughout the tour
  • Excellent crew (Expedition Leader, Guide, Waiters, Cooks, Technicians, etc.)


  • Laundry service
  • Bar service


Excludes: Tips; personal expenses

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  • We reserve the right to change all prices and programs without notice
  • All prices are per person unless otherwise stated
  • All prices on this website are in Australian Dollars unless otherwise stated