On the El Transcantabrico you will enjoy the trip itself, where the most important thing is not the destination but the journey and the enchanting way of moving. You will be seduced by every moment: the rich diversity of the northern landscapes, its rugged lines and spectacular coastal mountains, meadows, roads, forests and rivers that appear through our window like a sequence of postcards, each as stunning as the next. A week long voyage that will bring you closer to the Cantabrian coast aboard the fanciest palace on wheels, enjoying
all the service and attention of Renfe’s Luxury Tourist Trains.
El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo evokes, in every moment and place, the nostalgia and elegance of the ancient railway.
Discover unique experiences, the pleasure of observing, listening, smelling, touching and tasting. Let time pass with the pace of a soft clatter while moving toward new places and new sensations. The train, the suites, the crew, the cuisine…, everything that the offer entails of El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo, is oriented towards one goal: make this journey a unique and unforgettable experience.
As its counterpart El Transcantabrico Clasico and Al Andalus train, the history of El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo is a tale of will; important pieces have been recovered and returned to roll along our tracks with features and quality difficult to find on any railway in the world.
Its leisure carriages, real gems of railway heritage, were created in the late 20s with the purpose of providing a service of the highest level to the wealthy classes on their leisure trips.
The elegant interior decoration recalls those days and converts these carriages in luxurious spaces to enjoy a splendid meal, a relaxing drink or an evening of entertainment and a chat with our fellow-travelers. The panoramic carriage, with its large windows, will reveal every day hundreds of images of overwhelming beauty.
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Day 1. Saturday
Santiago de Compostela-Viveiro
Meeting point at the Parador de los Reyes Católicos in Santiago de Compostela at 12.00h. After the reception, we will make a visit to the historic center of this city, a goal of pilgrims for a
thousand years, which treasures countless artistic jewels headed by its splendid cathedral. After lunch our luxury bus will take us to Ferrol, where El Transcantábrico awaits. Upon arrival, the
crew will offer us a welcome toast, as the train travels to Viveiro. Tour through this beautiful old town, where we will dine and spend the night on board.
Day 2. Sunday
We will start the morning, as every day, enjoying our delicious a la carte breakfast and buffet. The Transcantábrico will bring us closer to Ribadeo, a historic Galician villa bordering the Principality
of Asturias. From here we will travel by bus to the beach of Las Catedrales, one of the most spectacular in the world. Panoramic tour of Ribadeo and food. With the train we enter Asturian
lands. Arrival and visit to Luarca, the Villa Blanca of the Costa Verde, to return to the train and head to Oviedo, where we will have dinner and stay overnight.
Day 3. Lunes
After breakfast we will start the day with a visit to Oviedo, Capital of the Principality of Asturias. After the visit, we will return to the train to collect our luggage and finish the trip
around 1:30 p.m. At the Oviedo station.
The social carriages and cabins on El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo comprise an authentic five-star hotel on rails, with amenities and comforts that will meet the most demanding traveller’s expectations. A train that evokes the nostalgia and charm of early 20th century’s grand express trains, inspired by memorable works of literature and films, blending in the 21st century’s most modern comforts. Gastronomy, landscape, culture, glamour, entertainment and relaxation come together to make this journey a unique and unforgettable experience.
Boarding El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo is like going back in time to the 1920s, when the legendary Pullman coaches, today the social carriages of this train, first rolled along the tracks.
Consisting of living room, bedroom and ensuite bathroom, these spacious rooms are decorated in wood with exclusive details.
Large rooms with a comfortable 2-metre long double bed (or twin beds), wardrobe, luggage rack, desk, safe and minibar, as well as state-of-the-art comforts such as LED screens, in-room music tuner, climate control, multimedia computer with free Internet access and telephone.
Deluxe Suites also have a living room with sofa which can be turned into a bed, large windows and a stunning spacious ensuite bathroom, with hydromassage shower/steam sauna, hairdryer and a varied set of welcome items with an exclusive fragrance.
El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo features original 1923 Pullman coaches, real gems of historical railway heritage. The social carriages, especially decorated and fitted for these vintage trains, will become your second home.
A la carte breakfast is served daily in these areas, as well as the fine cuisine prepared by our chef for dinner or lunch served onboard. A bar coach is available to guests and is open from dawn to dusk, with a special on call 24-hour service. Travellers can also enjoy other areas such as tea rooms, a panoramic carriage and the pub coach, every night offering parties, music or live performances. The whole train, rooms and common areas are connected internally, allowing the free movement of passengers.
* On the day the trip begins, the access to the suite is not guaranteed until 18:00 h, although other services are already underway. On the last day of the trip, the suite must be left before 12:00 h, although all other services continue until later.
Both in the dining cars or in the distinguished restaurants along the route, the gastronomy is the responsibility of the most renowned kitchens and chefs of northern Spain, an area already ranked among the best in Europe for the quality of both its professionals and its products.
The journey itself is a tour of the gastronomic identities of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country, where different cultures have inhabited, each leaving their own trait on the typical flavours of Northern Spain. A culinary tradition renewed and reworked by internationally famous chefs, which travellers will enjoy along the route.
Our fine buffet breakfast is complemented by the personalised attention of our waiters. Local specialties will be presented during the tour in the form of sweets, tortillas, pies, cheeses, cold meats, etc., thereby ensuring that every day is different and original - even at the breakfast table.
Lunches and dinners will be served both in the elegant train dining cars and at respected restaurants that make up our selection of restaurants during the journey. The innovative cuisine of Northern Spain and the traditional recipes of Castile are the centrepieces of this culinary and cultural trip. Dishes like Asturian fabada (stew), mountain cocido, baked fish, desserts like frixuelos (local crepes) or Mondoñedo tart, renowned Galician seafood or anchovies from Cantabria are just a small sample of the extensive and mouth-watering culinary offerings onboard El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo. All of this paired with the finest wines from different wine regions in northern Spain.
Menus are set in advance, seeking a balance between the traditional cuisine of each area, the creativity of our professionals, and the innovation that has made Spanish chefs famous internationally. Nevertheless, special food requirements due to health or personal choice shall be addressed without prejudice to the quality of meals on offer. All you need to do is notify us - preferably at the time of booking - to ensure that your culinary needs are catered for on the journey.
OTHER SERVICES AVAILABLE AT CLIENT'S EXPENSE:
- Door to door luggage: pick up and delivery of luggage and belongings from customer's home and the train. Ask for information and conditions. Available at national level only.
- Laundry service
LIFE ON BOARD:
For seven nights and eight days the Transcantábrico Gran Lujo will become your living room, your means of transportation, your socialising place, your bar, your bedroom: a hotel on wheels in which you sleep and wake up in a different place every day. The landscape passing by the window of your suite or the lounge where you are having a coffee is never the same. That simple fact makes the trip itself unique and unlike any other experience.
To ensure passengers a good night’s rest, the train will remain parked at a station at night. The train lounges are especially designed for relaxation and unfettered enjoyment of the evocative ambience, also offering the chance of sharing the company of fellow travellers. Many friendships have been formed over a drink onboard El Transcantabrico.
After dinner, an evening of entertainment. Every night is party night, with various live performances throughout the trip. Given the length of the train, these will not affect those who prefer retiring earlier to the privacy of their suite. You can also choose to have a quiet drink on one of the other saloon cars, or go for a stroll in whichever town we are spending the night. The train will remain parked at the station until the next morning.
In general, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended for the daytime when we will be out and about on our excursions, while at night you can opt for more formal attire, although no particular dress code is required at any time. The only exception is for gaining access to the Casino de Santander on the routes that include that city, where there is a requirement for more elegant dress (suit and tie are not required, but shorts or trainers, for instance, are not allowed).
INFORMATION FOR THE JOURNEY:
All travellers must have documents confirming their identity. For foreigners, the documentation required for travelling by train is the same as that required to enter Spain from the country of origin. Spanish citizens may use their national ID cards or passports.
The legal currency in Spain is the Euros. There is no obligation to tip.
MEDICINES AND HEALTHCARE:
In Spain, medicines are purchased at pharmacies. Travellers from EU countries or states that have agreements in place with Spain, will benefit from the same pharmaceutical benefits as Spanish citizens. All trains have a first aid kit onboard, and the crew has been trained to use it. Furthermore, we are in continuous contact with health centres located along the different routes, in the case a traveller needs special medical attention.
No vaccination is necessary in Spain; nevertheless, as anywhere in the world, it is advisable to have had a recent tetanus jab and have undertaken the official immunisation vaccines.
Smoking is prohibited in Spain in all enclosed public spaces (including public vehicles and public transport). Therefore, while on board, according to the current legislation travellers must refrain from smoking. However, each train journey stretch do not exceed 3-4 hours.
Overall, Spain is one of the safest countries in Europe for tourists. Our trains have a security service and a safe on board, in addition to security surveillance at all stations along the way.
The El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo train has WiFi Internet and a computer in their social carriages so travellers can access the Internet, check email, etc. All cabins in the El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo also feature WiFi connection (subject to coverage).
If you want to call abroad from Spain you must dial 00 followed by the country code and telephone number. If you wish to call a number in Spain from abroad, dial +34 (the country code for Spain) and then the 9-digit telephone number.
We recommend that foreign travellers wishing to use their mobile phones contact their operator to activate the international roaming service and enquire about costs.
Travellers on the Luxury Tourist Trains are only covered by the Compulsory Passenger Insurance (SOV in Spanish). Therefore it is advisable to take out specific travel insurance to cover cancellation, off-board accidents, illness or similar incidents, as recommended by your travel agent or insurer.
Although all our Luxury Tourist Trains are refurbished and equipped with the latest technology, they are still vintage pieces; their interiors are laid out in a way that makes it impossible to move around on wheelchairs or walkers.
Nevertheless travel would be possible for a person with reduced mobility who is reasonably self-sufficient or travelling together with another passenger, and who only requires the support of a wheelchair once off the train. In this case, if so desired and giving reasonable notice when booking, a wheelchair can be made available to the client. It is however important that such persons do not travel unassisted, and that their travel companion is available to help on and off the train, pushing the wheelchair etc, as there is no dedicated staff available for this purpose.
When travelling with a child, a supplement or set price depending on the chosen train, will be charged. The cabins in El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo offer enough space for parents to place their own travel cot or to have an extra bed.
No pets are allowed, other than guide dogs accompanying their owner.
The power supply in Spain is 230V 50Hz, with Type F round 2-prong plug outlets.
The crew consists of a team of professionals trained and ready to provide a perfect and personalised attention in different languages.
The team is led by the Trip Supervisor, who is responsible for bringing this rail cruise safely into port. This person can count on the help of all the other crew: the driver, guide, head waiter, cooks and waiters, music and entertainment organiser, maintenance personnel, bus driver and security staff, who will all make sure that passengers have nothing to do other than enjoy their journey.
The Trip Supervisor and the guide will become inseparable companions of the group, accompanying travellers throughout the journey and offering whatever information and advice they may need. The varied entertainment schedule onboard, in turn, will ensure an engaging and enjoyable time, encouraging the active participation of passengers.
All our crew, in coordination with the Trip Supervisor, are available for travellers 24/7, ensuring the same high level of quality and personal attention inside and outside the train.
VISITS AND EXCURSIONS:
During our journey we will visit and explore places by the sea or in the mountains, charming squares and streets, museums, cathedrals, wine cellars and ports; many stories will be revealed by our multilingual guides, accompanying us on each trip. Lunch will be the central event of the day, and in the afternoons we will alternate more excursions with activities on board the train, or just enjoy the scenery passing by before our eyes.
- Accommodation onboard in Deluxe Suite.
- The option of enjoying two private lunches/dinners in the comfort of their cabin.
- All non-alcoholic drinks available in the cabin’s minibar (complimentary).
- The crew may unpack your luggage onto the wardrobe on arrival and pack it back on the last day.
- A la carte and buffet breakfasts every day.
- All dinners and lunches, with the finest cuisine aboard the train or in top restaurants (including wine, water, soft drinks and coffee).
- Welcome drink and snack.
- Farewell dinner – gala party.
- Traveling toiletries bag (with amenities and slippers).
- Free mineral water available in the cabin’s minibar.
- Activities on board: music and live performances, parties in the pub car, show cooking and cocktails, dancing, etc.
- Tickets to museums, attractions and shows.
- Excursions and scheduled tours.
- Luxury coach accompanying the train along the trip.
- Two Renfe train tickets with a 50% discount: one to the starting point and the other back from the end of the tourist trip.
- Taxes and services.
- Daily newspapers and magazines.
- Security service.
- Multilingual guide throughout the tour.
- Excellent crew available (Expedition Leader, guide, waiters, cooks, technicians, etc).