El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo : San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela
Day 1-Welcome to San Sebastian
Your weeklong tour begins in San Sebastian with a welcome reception. After lunch, proceed on a guided sightseeing tour of this exciting city. Later, travel to Bilbao where the luxurious El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo, your hotel on wheels for the next seven nights, awaits. Board the train and settle in to your comfortable cabin as your railway cruise begins, traveling to Balmaseda.
Day 2-Modern city marvels of Bilbao
Breakfast is served on board as the train makes its way to Bilbao, a modern city where the river searches for the sea. See the sights of this enchanting city and visit the Frank Gehry’s famous Guggenheim Museum, which is considered as the most important structure of its time. Rejoin the train and enjoy lunch as you travel to the capital of Cantabria. Santander is a quiet city combined with beauty and remarkable charm. Explore the area of El Sardinero and witness the majestic building - The Casino. Enjoy dinner in Santander, where the evening is spent.
Day 3-Divine visit to the monastery of Santo Toribio de Liebana
The train arrives Unquera in the morning, where the coach awaits and takes you to the gorge of La Hermida en route to Potes. Here, visit the sanctuary of Santo Toribio de Liebana, which was founded prior to the 6th century. After lunch, depart for Cabezon de la Sal and visit the Comillas - the seat of the Archbishop.
Day 4-Travel back in time to Santillana del Mar
After breakfast, disembark the train and board your coach that will take you to Santillana del mar, a picturesque medieval village captured in time. Visit the Neocave Museum of Altamira, which incorporates a replica of the nearby Stone Age caves famous for their prehistoric paintings. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Santillana and depart for Arriondas passing through Asturias, Llanes and Ribadesella. Spend the evening in Arriondas after dinner.
Day 5-Deep into the heart of Asturias
This morning depart via coach and visit the National Park of Picos de Europa, the Covadonga Lakes, the Sanctuary of Covadonga and Cangas de Onis. Return to the train in time for lunch and travel to Oviedo, the capital city of Asturias. Upon arrival, you have the opportunity to explore this beautiful city before dinner. Overnight in Oviedo.
Day 6-Journey to the charming city of Gijon
The train departs from Oviedo this morning and brings you to the enchanting seaside city of Gijon. Enjoy your sightseeing tour of this little town followed by lunch. Your journey continues as the train makes its way to the stunning little village of Luarca, also known as “The White Town of the Green Coast.” The evening is spent in Luarca after dinner.
Day 7-Travel along the "Rias Altas" to Ribadeo and Viveiro
This morning, travel further along the rugged coast to Ribadeo, which is set majestically on the mouth of the River Eo. Visit Las Catedrales beach and witness awe-inspiring landscape of “Las Rias Altas.” After lunch, the train departs for Viveiro for an overnight stay.
Day 8-Your journey ends in Santiago de Compostela
As you conclude your journey, the train travels from Viveiro to Ferrol. Here, board the coach and depart for your last destination – Santiago de Compostela. Upon arrival, discover the beauty and history of this city, whose Cathedral was the destination of the important 9th century medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James. Visit the Plaza del Obradoiro, the Platerías, its famous Cathedral and discover why Santiago is hailed as a jewel in a crown. Bid a fond farewell to your new-found friends as this memorable journey comes to an end.
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