1st January - 31st December
El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo
Running Dates Desc: March - November
Class: Luxury Day and Night
Food: Dining on board, Snacks, Hot & Cold Drinks
Locomotives: Diesel Engine
This train has lounges and dining cars with large panoramic windows and luxurious decor. There are only 14 double suites, with either double or twin beds set in plush surroundings and their own lounges. Every night the train is stationary to allow passengers a peaceful sleep. Each morning the luxury coach is waiting to take passengers to some fantastic sites, where with a very knowledgeable guide one absorbs the history of various points of interest in Northern Spain, and have lunch in some fantastic surroundings.
This is a wonderful way of travelling from Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastián, or from San Sebastián to Santiago, where the magic of northern Spain awaits the traveller. From Galicia to the shores of the Bay of Biscay, gastronomy, art, monuments and landscapes are presented to the voyager from the comfort of a five-star train hotel, El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo.
Suites: Each Suite on the Gran Lujo has a 150cms wide by 200cms long (59" wide by 79" long) double bed, with some suites having the option of twin beds. There is a sofa that converts to a comfortable bed, and a writing table. Along with hardwood panelling and large windows, as well as the luxuriously large bathroom with sauna/steam shower and hydro massage, these suites offer all the modern conveniences that are necessary for a comfortable journey.
Dining Car: The elegant but simple dining car serves a fine buffet breakfast every morning and an occasional meal.
Lounge Cars: El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo has four sumptuous lounge cars, made more than a century ago, thus exuding a feeling of a bygone, elegant era, in which relaxation is easily achieved.
These include the bar car with its own dance floor, creating a small night-club, where lively entertainment is provided every night until the early hours of the morning.
Another lounge car also has a bar where you can sit back can enjoy a quiet drink whilst reflecting on the passing scenery. There is a library with newspapers and magazines; DVDs and television are available on board.
Each breakfast is taken on the train. Most dining takes place in local restaurants, enabling passengers to sample northern Spanish cuisine from the Asturias, Cantabria, Galicia and the Basque country, using the finest ingredients, frequently locally-sourced. The cheeses, sausages, meat, vegetables, fish and seafood are all universally renowned. Some meals are taken on the train when travelling between destinations.
All menus include a careful selection of wines that blend harmoniously with the ingredients of each lunch and dinner. Coffee and liqueurs are also included.
Dress Code: Smart leisure wear for the day with comfortable walking shoes. 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 buffet breakfasts, seven lunches and seven dinners on board or at restaurants. High quality wines, liquors, coffee and tea with meals. Accompanying hostess throughout the journey. Guided excursions with a luxury coach for transfers and visits. Musical performances and entertainment. All entrance fees. Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries provided; towels & linen changed daily.
Not Included: Gratuities. Drinks ordered outside of meals, or from the mini bar in the suite.