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El Transcantábrico Luxury Train

Train Travel in Spain takes many shapes and forms but I could not very well write about trains in Spain without telling you about one of the most luxurious journeys you may ever take and that is the Transcantábrico Luxury Tourist Train.  Join me below and let’s explore what it has to offer….

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A Cruise on Wheels…Transcantabrico-Train

Train Travel in Spain...How would you feel about leaving your worries and stress behind?  El Transcantábrico, one of the best luxury trains in the world, promises just that by taking you on an amazing eight days, seven nights journey through spectacular mountains, valleys, cliffs, cities and beaches of the so called “Green Spain”.  El Transcantábrico is truly a cruise on wheels that makes train travel in Spain one of the greatest pleasures ever.


Get to know the Train

Train Travel in Spain...El Transcantábrico,operated by Ferrocarriles Españoles de Via Estrecha (FEVE), which means narrow gauge Spanish Railways,started its service in 1983 along the same railway lines of the old coal trains of the historic La Robla Railway which took coal from Leon to Vizcaya.

The cars are designed in a way that reminisces of the leather-bound glory days of rail travel but yet still offer all of the modern conveniences and amenities that any passenger would demand.  The train has six sleeper cars each with four double compartments with en-suite facilities and four lounge cars.

transcanabrico-sleeper-compartmentEvery sleeper compartment has a double bed with some having the option of an independent upper bunk.  Each cabin is equipped with a luggage rack, mini-bar, safe deposit box, wardrobe, writing desk and a telephone with an outside line. The private bathroom is equipped with a hydro sauna, turbo massage and steam bath. The air-conditioning and heating, music and lights are all controlled individually.  In addition all cabins have large window in both the suite and the bathroom so that you enjoy the passing scenery anywhere you are.

The train has four lounge cars, these are common areas where you can sit, relax and take in the beautiful scenery as well as read, get to know your fellow passengers or play one of the many board games provided.  Passengers are offered daily newspapers, magazines and wide collection of books from the library as well as television and videos...even though the best entertainment is just outside your window...

One of these cars better known as the “pub carriage” has a bar and a dance floor, here entertainment is provided every night and goes on till the early hours of the morning if you are up for it! 

El Transcantábrico is stationary overnight to provide its passengers with a good night's rest and an opportunity to enjoy the nightlife of the the nearby towns...

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The Journey

Train Travel in Spain...The journey takes you from Santiago de Compostela to León or vice versa, either way you decided to go you will be enchanted by this cruise on wheels.  Let's dive in an see where this journey will take you....



Tour from Santiago de Compostela to León

Day One, Saturday from Santiago de Compostela to Viveiro

Tour meets at the Parador de los Reyes Catolicos in Santiago.  Tour of the city and lunch in Santiago.  Board the luxury coach that will drive you to Ferrol to board the train.  Travel to Viveiro where you will have dinner and spend the night.

Day Two, Sunday from Viveiro to Luarca

Breakfast will be served on board with the train reaches Ribadeo, located on the border between Galicia and Asturias.  Visit to the Cathedral and lunch in Ribadeo.  Continue tour to Luarca known as the "White Town" on the Green Coast where you will have dinner and spend the night.

Day Three, Monday from Luarca to Gijón

The train will make its way to Oviedo, the capital of Asturias, tour of the city's pre-Romanesque monuments and lunch.  Continue tour to Gijón where you will have dinner and spend the night.

Day Four, Tuesday from Gijón to Llanes

Board the luxury coach to visit the National Park "Picos de Europa", the Lakes of Covadonga, the Sanctuary of Covadonga and lunch.  Back on board, travel to the seaside town of Llanes where you will have dinner and spend the night.

Day Five, Wednesday from Llanes to Santander

While having breakfast on board the train will arrive in Cabezón de la Sal, where you will be picked up by the luxury coach and taken to visit Las Cuevas de Altamira and the medieval town of Santillana del Mar.  Lunch in Santillana.  Continue journey to Santander city tour, dinner and optional visit to the local casino.

Day Six, Thursday from Santander to Villasana de Mena

After breakfast you will arrive in Bilbao, city tour and visit to the spectacular Guggenheim Museum.  Lunch will be served on board the train while making its way to Villasana de Mena where you will have dinner and spend the night.

Day Seven, Friday from Villasana de Mena to Cistierna

In the morning you will arrive at Mataporquera, board the luxury coach to visit el Canal de Castilla (Castilla's Channel) and the Romanesque art of Palencia.  Lunch in Villalcazar de Sirga.  Board the train to Cistierna where you will have dinner and spend the night.

Day Eight, Saturday from Cistierna to León

Arrival in León in the morning city tour including a visit to the Cathedral of San Isidoro, Botines, Old Quarters and San Marcos.  End of tour.


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2011 Departures

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Santiago de Compostela to León
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León to Santiago de Compostela
May 21 April 9, 23
June 4, 18 May 28
July 2, 16, 30 June 25
Aug 13 July 9, 23
Oct 8, 22 Aug 6, 20
  Sept 3, 17
  Oct 29

As you can imagine this is train travel in Spain at its best and definitely worth considering if you have the time and you want to be pampered and treated like royalty...while taking in some of the most breathtaking scenery of Northern Spain.

Latest News

Train travel in Spain...Feve announced the addition of a brand new Transcantábrico train to be launched in April 2011.  This luxury train will be called Gran Lujo and it will feature a new suite "Suite Privilege" that takes up half of a train car.



Each "Suite Privilege" has a double bed, long convertible sofa, flat screen TV, computer with access to the internet, video games, lots of storage for all the luggage and a large bathroom equipped with a sauna and hydro-massage.  Each suite is built entirely out of rich, luxurious noble woods and has individual conditioning.

This new train addition to the already magnificent Transcantábrico is sure to please any discerning traveler!

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