1st January - 31st December
El Transcantabrico Clasico
Running Dates Desc: March - November
Journey Time Desc: 8 days
Class: Luxury Day and Night
Food: Dining on board, Snacks, Hot & Cold Drinks
Locomotives: Diesel Engine
Stations: Santiago de Compostela, Ferrol, Viveiro, Ribadeo, Luarca, Oviedo, Llanes, Santander, Bilbao, Villasana de Mena, Mataporquera, Guardo, Cistierna, San Feliz, León
This is a beautiful train, with an elegant exterior of blue and white. Internally, the lounges reflect the Spanish influence and are charmingly classical. The suites are luxurious, with wooden veneers and rich upholstery that create a wonderful haven to relax in.
Either going from Santiago de Compostela to León, or from León to Santiago, the magic of northern Spain awaits the traveller; from the lands of Castile and León, to the shores of the Bay of Biscay. At every stage the luxury coach is there to meet the train and take one to destinations.
Gastronomy, art, monuments and landscapes are presented to the voyager from the wonderfully opulent comfort of a five-star train hotel, El Transcantábrico.
Suites: El Transcantábrico Clásico is stationary overnight, allowing a good night’s rest and an opportunity to enjoy the nightlife of the nearby towns.
Each suite has a double bed 119 cms wide by 185 cms long (47" wide by 73" long); some have an extra overhead bunk bed.
The private bathroom has a steam shower and hair dryer. All these carpeted suites have luggage space, mini bar, safe, wardrobe, writing desk and telephone with outside line. Air-conditioning, heating, music and lights are controlled individually. The suites have large, curtained windows.
Dining: The dining car is used primarily for breakfasts and the occasional meal. All other meals are taken in local restaurants along the route.
Lounge Cars: There are four lounge cars, made more than a century ago. They include the bar car with its own dance floor, which hosts live entertainment every night. A second bar car provides a quieter atmosphere in which to enjoy a drink and the remaining two lounge cars are for watching the scenery go by, reading or socialising with friends.
There is a library with books, newspapers and magazines, as well as videos and television.
Breakfasts and the occasional meal are taken on the train. Most of the evening dinners are in local restaurants. This allows one to sample the regional cuisine ranging from fish specialities in the Galician region, through to meat dishes as one heads through the Basque country to León.
Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country and Castilla y León are the regions where you can find some of the best cuisine in Spain. The cheeses, sausages, meat, vegetables, fish and seafood are all universally renowned. All the menus include a careful selection of wines that blend harmoniously with the ingredients of each lunch and dinner. Coffee and liqueurs are also included.
The restaurants on route not only select the highest quality raw materials and have them prepared by the greatest professionals; they are also the ideal setting for sampling the local cuisine.
Dress Code: Smart leisure wear for the day, with comfortable walking shoes for touring. Smart casual for the evening.
Luggage: There is limited storage space inside the cabin for luggage storage. Soft-topped luggage is easier to store.
Included: Seven nights’ accommodation in a suite on board the train. Seven dinners and seven meals with local cuisine (includes wine, coffee and liqueurs). Seven buffet breakfasts. Music and entertainment in the Pub car. Excursions with entrance fees to museums, cathedrals, cloisters, etc. Luxury coach accompanying the train. Daily newspapers and magazines. Multilingual guide throughout the tour.
Not Included: Gratuities. Drinks on board except for breakfast tea, coffee, juice
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