Operating Dates
1st January - 31st December

El Transcantabrico Clasico

Journey Information

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

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Leon to Santiago de Compostela Print  Book

León to Santiago de Compostela

León, Cistierna, Mataporquera, Espinosa de Los Monteros, Bilbao, Santander, Cabezon de la Sal, Ribadesella, Arriondas, Oviedo, Candas, Aviles, Gijon, Luarca, Ribadeo, Viveiro, Santiago de Compostela

8 days / 7 nights

Meeting Point: 12.00hrs.  Leon, Parador Nacional de San Marcos,  Plaza de San Marcos, 7

Saturday:  León - Cistierna.  León is a wonder city to wander around with the Old Quarter steeped  in history: the Basilica of  San Isidoro, built in a Romanesque style on the site of an ancient Roman temple;  the gothic Cathedral which is one of the three most important Cathedrals on The Way of Saint James; Casa Botines,  a modernist building with a medieval look which was constructed in 1891 and finished in 1893 by Antonio Gaudi for the fabric merchants of Leon, one who was named Botinas and thus gave his name to the building; the beautiful Parador of  San Marcos, which was formerly a monastery and hospital.  Once guests have checked in their luggage at the Parador de Turismo de San Marcos, they are taken to lunch in León before travelling to the train for a reception aboard the train in San Feliz, a visit to Cistierna followed by dinner in León and the night on the train in San Feliz.

Sunday: Cistierna - Mataporquera  - Espinosa de Los Monteros. During breakfast, the train arrives  in Guardo, from where we take the  coach to the Roman town of Olmeda.  This is home to some outstanding examples of Romanesque Art.  This historic heritage is best seen as we travel on part of the Way of Saint James 'El Camino de Santiago', through the towns of Carrion de los Condes,  Fromista (for lunch) and Villalcaza de Sirga.  Later we depart from Mataporquera toward Espinosa de los Monteros, a town that was destroyed in the early 11th century, and is now home to the ancient Royal Guard of the "Gentlemen of the Chamber" since its founding in 1008.  Here there is some free time before dinner.  Overnight in Espinosa de los Monteros.

Monday: Espinosa de Los Monteros – Bilbao - Santander.  Whilst breakfasting, enjoy the wonderful scenery as the train travels to the  modern city of Bilbao, where visits include the architectural landmark of the Guggenheim Museum (open in July and August – the rest of the year it shuts on Mondays), as well as the Torre de Loizaga in Galdames, which boasts the largest collection of Rolls Royce cars in the world.  Lunch on the train as we travel to Santander, the capital of Cantabria and considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.  Divided in two by the Magdalene Penisula, on one side are magnificent beaches, the imposing casino and English-looking stately homes, and on the other the Bay of Santander, with the port, cathedral and the Paseo Pereda.  There is a coach tour of the city and dinner with an overnight, which allows those who wish to visit the city’s casinos.

Tuesday: Santander - Cabezon de la Sal - Ribadesella  - Arriondas.  During breakfast we  travel to Cabezón de la Sal.  Here we take the coach to the Cave of Altamira, famous for its Upper Paleolithic cave paintings featuring drawings and polychrome rock paintings of wild mammals and human hands.  Then we visit the beautiful medieval town of Santillana del Mar, with its historical buildings and cobbled streets. Following lunch in Santillana, the train travels through Asturias, until we reach Ribadesella and Arriondas.  Here we dine and  spend the night  in Arriondas.

Wednesday: Arriondas -  Oviedo – Candas.  From Arriondas, passing through the heart of Asturias which is the National Park of the Picos de Europa, we visit two glacial lakes known as the Lakes of Covadonga; the amazing Sanctuary of Covadonga, and finally back to Cangas de Onís for lunch.  Back on the train, as we travel towards Oviedo, the capital of the Principality, which boasts a unique collection of pre-Romanesque monuments. Here we have dinner before returning to Candas for the night.

Thursday :  Candas – Aviles – Gijon -  Luarca.  After breakfast, we take the coach to the pretty town of Aviles and later to Gijon, for a tour around this Asturian seaside town par excellence, with its beautiful beaches, rich archaeological remains and Roman walls.  Following free time and lunch, our train travel  continues in the afternoon, until we reach Luarca, the Villa Blanca of the Costa Verde,  a quaint little fishing village, with an 18th century palace of the Marquises of Gamoneda and the Church of St Eulalia, which are considered some of the main attractions. Following a tour there is free time before dinner.  Overnight in Luarca.

Friday:  Luarca -  Ribadeo - Viveiro.  Travelling to Ribadeo during breakfast through this wonderful scenery is a luxury.The first town in Galicia, which borders Asturias,  Ribadeo is where the River Eo flows into the sea.  There is a visit around the town and to the Las Catedrales Beach, a beautifully spectacular natural formation that has been created by the effect of tide and wind on rock.  The landscape of the Rias Altas is fascinating.  Lunch in Ribadeo and then in the afternoon we arrive in the beautiful medieval town of Viveiro for a wander around before dinner.  Overnight  in Viveiro.

Saturday:  Viveiro to Santiago de Compostela.  Whilst having breakfast the train arrives in Ferrol, where the coach (and luggage) takes us to Santiago de Compostela, the ultimate destination of St James’ pilgrims.  Here we are taken on a tour of the beautiful Plaza, the Silversmiths and the famous Cathedral which is a mixture of gothic, romanesque and baroque….so ends a wonderful journey.  End of journey: Parador Reyes Católicos, 14:00hrs.

Dates 2019

2019: May 18. June 1,15,29. July 13,27. September 7,21. October 5


 

Santiago de Compostela to Leon Print  Book

Santiago de Compostela to León

Santiago de Compostela, Viveiro, Ribadeo, Luarca, Aviles, Gijon, Oviedo, Candas, Arriondas, Llanes, Cabezon de la Sal, Santillana del Mer, Santander, Bilbao, Espinosa de Los Monteros, Mataporquera, Cistierna, León

8 days / 7 nights

Meeting Point: 12.00hrs.  Santiago de Compostela, Parador Nacional de Los Reyes Católicos, Plaza del Obradoiro, 1

Saturday:  Santiago de Compostela -  Viveiro.  Guests check in their luggage at the Parador which is on the famous Plaza del Obradoiro, before being taken on a tour of the Plaza, the Silversmiths and the famous Cathedral, the pinnacle of any pilgrimage.  A delicious lunch is taken in the Parador after which we travel by coach to Ferrol where we await the train.  Settle into this luxurious train as it departs for Viveiro, a beautiful medieval town where we have dinner and overnight.

Sunday:  Viveiro – Ribadeo - Luarca.  Whilst having breakfast, the train travels to Ribadeo, set majestically between Asturias and Galicia, where there is a visit to the Las Catedrales Beach.  This beautifully spectacular natural formation has been created by the effect of tide and wind on rock.  Afterwards we travel to Ribadeo for lunch, from where we will depart to Luarca, "The White Town of the Green Coast" and a quaint little fishing village, with an 18th century palace of the Marquises of Gamoneda and the Church of St Eulalia, which are considered some of the main attractions.  Dine in a local atmospheric restaurant.  Overnight in Luarca.

Monday:  Luarca – Aviles – Gijon – Oviedo - Candas.  Following breakfast, we take the coach to the pretty town of Aviles and later to Gijon, for a tour around this Asturian seaside town par excellence, with its beautiful beaches, rich archaeological remains and Roman walls. Here we have lunch, after which we head for Oviedo, which boasts a unique collection of pre-Romanesque monuments.  Following a tour of the city, there is some free time before dinner.  Overnight in  Candas.

Tuesday:  Candas – Arriondas - Llanes.  Passing through spectacular countryside during breakfast, we arrive in Arriondas, where the coach takes us through the heart of Asturias which is the National Park of the Picos de Europa, we visit two glacial lakes known as the Lakes of Covadonga; the amazing Sanctuary of Covadonga, and finally, Cangas de Onís, which nestles picturesquely in  a deep valley set between the rivers of Sella and Guena and has an amazing Roman bridge.  Following lunch, we take the train to Llanes for a tour around this  wonderful  fishing village on the eastern side of Asturias, before having dinner.  Overnight in Llanes.

Wednesday:  Llanes – Cabezon de la Sal – Santillana del Mer - Santander.  Whilst breakfasting, the train travels to Cabezón de la Sal.  Here we take the coach to the Cave of Altamira, famous for its Upper Paleolithic cave paintings featuring drawings and polychrome rock paintings of wild mammals and human hands.  Then we visit the beautiful medieval town of Santillana del Mar, with its historical buildings and cobbled streets.  Following lunch in Santillana, we take the train to Santander.  As we are here for dinner and the night, guests have time to enjoy the many interesting sites and casinos of Santander.

Thursday:  Santander  - Bilbao – Espinosa de Los Monteros.  After having breakfast on the train, we reach the modern city of Bilbao, and the home of the Guggenheim Museum.  This innovative building is  an architectural landmark that creates a seductive backdrop for the exhibition of contemporary art, a tour that cannot be missed.  Following lunch and free time we take the train to Espinosa de Los Monteros, where we have dinner and night aboard the train.

Friday: Espinosa de Los Monteros – Mataporquera – Cistierna.  During breakfast we reach Mataporquera, from where we travel by coach to the interesting Canal de Castilla with its fascinating lock system.  After visiting Palencia’s Romanesque Art Collection, we visit the beautiful Temple fortress built by the Knights  Templar in the late twelfth century in  Villalcázar de Sirga, then  Carrión de los Condes and Frómista before returning for lunch in Villalcázar de  Sirga.  In the afternoon we visit the Roman town of La Olmeda, discovered in 1968.  We continue by train to Cistierna for dinner, a town that has been influenced by Celts, Romans, Goths and Arabs.  Overnight in Cistierna.

Saturday:  Cistierna - León.  The last day of the trip will include a visit to León and a wander around the Old Quarter steeped  in history: the Basilica of  San Isidoro, built in a Romanesque style on the site of an ancient Roman temple;  the gothic Cathedral which is one of the three most important Cathedrals on The Way of Saint James; Casa Botines,  a modernist building with a medieval look which was  finished in 1893 by Antonio Gaudi for the fabric merchants of Leon, one who was named Botinas and thus gave his name to the building;  the beautiful Parador of  San Marcos, which was formerly a monastery and hospital….so ends a wonderful journey.  We return to PN de San Marcos to collect luggage at 14.00hrs approx.

Dates 2019

2019: May 11,25. June 8,22. July 6,20. September 14,28. October 12


 
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