1st January - 31st December
El Expreso de la Robla
Running Dates Desc: March - November
Class: First / 1st Class, First / 1st Sleeper
Food: Dining on board, Snacks, Hot & Cold Drinks
Locomotives: Diesel Engine
Stations: Bilbao, Espinosa de Los Monteros, Vado Cervera, Matallana, León, Mataporquera, Balmaseda, Medina de Pomar
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Paraíso Verde Itinerary - Bilbao to Oviedo or Oviedo to Bilbao
Bilbao, Santoña, Santander, Llanes, Picos de Europa, Cangas de Onís, Nava, Gijón, Oviedo
4 days/3 nights
Meeting point: 12:30hrs Concordia de Bilbao Station
Thursday: Bilbao - Santander. Following registration at the station, you have free time until the welcome reception aboard the train at 13:45hrs. You will be shown to your suite whilst the train travels to Gama, from where the coach will take us to Laredo. Travel by boat to Santoña village to visit a canning factory which produces a typical anchovy and the northern bonito. Following this we travel to Santander where we have a guided tour before dinner. Night in Santander.
Friday: Santander - Llanes. After breakfast, and following a guided tour, there is free time in the elegant city of Santander. Return to the train to travel to Cabezón de la Sal. Coach trip to visit the Altamira Museum and its Neocave, followed by a walking tour of Santillana del Mar. After lunch the coach takes us to Comillas, a beautiful town with picturesque architecture. The the train takes us into Asturian land for a visit to the beautiful fishing village of Llanes, situated in eastern Asturias. Tour and free time. Dinner and night in Llanes.
Saturday: Llanes – Nava. Whilst breakfasting, we travel to Arriondas. There our coach takes us through spectacular scenery to the Picos de Europa National Park to visit the Enol lake and the Catholic Covadonga sanctuary, part of which is situated in a cave. Free time before travelling to Cangas de Onís for lunch. Then by train to the Asturian town of Nava, where we take the coach to visit Tazones, seaport of debarkation of Emperor Carlos V on his first arrival to Spain. Then, enjoy a typical espicha (traditional Asturian food, consisting of pinchos and tapas, cider and other drinks). Night in Nava.
Sunday: Nava – Oviedo. After enjoying our last breakfast on board, the coach takes us to Gijón, a city full of cultural life, which overlooks the Cantabrian Sea. Panoramic tour and free time. Final train journey to Oviedo. Luggage delivery and end of trip in Oviedo station approximately at 14:30.
Bilbao to Oviedo: August 10
Oviedo to Bilbao: August 17
La Robla Itinerary - Bilbao to León or León to Bilbao
Bilbao, Espinosa de los Monteras, Mataporquera, Cistierna, León
4 days/3 nights
Meeting Point: 12:30hrs Concordia de Bilbao Station.
Saturday: Bilbao - Espinosa de Los Monteros. Baggage collection from 12:30hrs at La Concordia station in Bilbao, one of the 1902 heritage buildings of Bilbao’s Belle Époque. Free time until 14:30hrs, when the welcome reception takes place. The journey begins as the El Expreso de la Robla train heads to Balmaseda. In the capital of the Encartaciones, we visit the Museum of Berets La Encartada, which takes us to the Industrial Revolution period and guides us through the history of the Basque textile business. Then enjoy a tour of the town. Back on the train we will cross the Burgos landscapes to visit Espinosa de los Monteros, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the Valley of Las Merindades, where we will have dinner and spend the night.
Sunday: Espinosa de Los Monteros - Mataporquera. After enjoying breakfast on board, start the day with a visit of Ojo Guareña karstic complex, consisting of more than 100 kilometres of galleries and a listed Natural Monument. We then visit Alcázar de los Condestables and Medina de Pomar. After lunch, return to Espinosa de los Monteros, where the train is waiting to take us to Mataporquera. Our coach will then take us to Aguilar de Campoo and the magnificent landscapes of Palencia’s mountains. Visit the town before enjoying dinner. Return to Mataporquera for the night.
Monday: Mataporquera - Cistierna. The first visit of the day is to Carrion de los Condes and its rich Roman heritage. We tour the town and have free time before continuing our visit to the Canal de Castilla and Frómista, with the impressive Romanesque church of San Martin. Free time and lunch. In the afternoon, we travel back in time in the Roman villa of La Olmeda and its magnificent collection of mosaics. Back on the train, El Expreso de La Robla train takes us to Cistierna in Leon where we have dinner and an overnight stay.
Tuesday: Cistierna - León. This morning the train takes us to Matallana. Then by coach we travel to the cave of Valporquero, famous for its stalactites, stalagmites and cast of whimsical shapes, and its impressive Great Rotunda with 100,000 m3 of underground space. Return to the train heading to San Feliz. Crew farewell and transfer by bus to the centre of Leon. End of the trip at around 14:00 hours.
Bilbao to Leon: August 24
Leon to Bilbao: August 31