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El Transcantábrico A Cruise Train

As you travel along the coast of the Cantabrian Sea and cross rivers, woods and deep valleys, it is obvious that good food must play a very important role on the route of El Transcantábrico. Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country and Castilla y León are, in the opinion of the most fastidious chefs and gourmets, the regions where you can still find the best cuisine in Spain. The cheeses, sausages, meat, vegetables, fish and seafood are all universally renowned.


The restaurants on our route not only select the highest quality raw materials and have them prepared by the greatest professionals; they are also the ideal setting for tasting the local cuisine.All our menus include a careful selection of wines that blend harmoniously with the ingredients of each lunch and dinner. Coffee and liqueurs are also included.At night, after dinner, our luxury coach will take you back to the train and you will be able to spend an animated evening in our on-board pub. We hope that you will enjoy the culture, the art, the countryside, the food and, of course, the pleasure of being on the train.

Day 1. Saturday - Leon

León is a fascinating city that is full of history. San Isidoro, the Cathedral , Old Quarters and San Marcos. Lunch in León. Welcome and accommodation on board. In the afternoon, arrival to Cistierna. Visit to the Iron and Steel Industry Museum. Dinner and overnight in Cistierna.

Day 2. Sunday - Cistierna - Villasana de Mena

While having breakfast the train will cover the distance between Cistierna and Guardo. On our coach, we will visit the Roman Villa of La Olmeda and enjoy the Romanesque Art of Palencia: Carrión de los Condes, Villalcázar de Sirga and Frómista. Lunch in Villalcázar de Sirga. By train from Mataporquera we arrive to Mercadillo, surrounding the fascinating swamp of the Ebro river and the region of Las Merindades. Dinner and night in Villasana de Mena.

Day 3.  Monday - Villasana de Mena – Santander

Breakfast on board the train as we get into the Mena Valley and Biscay territories before reaching Bilbao. The city tour includes the visit to the Guggenheim Museum the internationally acclaimed museum and discover why Frank Gehry’s mind-boggling titanium masterpiece has brought new life to the coastal city of Bilbao.It is closed on Mondays except July and August. Visit to the Loizaga's Tower in Galdames, hosting the world's greatest private collection of Rolls-Royce cars. Lunch on board. Our next goal is Santander, a city of fishermen which preserves the charm of past times. Sightseeing tour and dinner. Later, if you wish , you can visit the Casino.

Day 4.  Tuesday - Santander - Arriondas

In the morning, the train will arrive to Cabezón de la Sal. Coach trip to Santillana del Mar, visit to this middle-aged town and the Neo-cave & Museum of Altamira. Lunch in Santillana del Mar. In the afternoon, the train will take us to the region of Asturias and to the beautiful fishing town of Llanes, then Ribadesella and Arriondas.  Dinner in Cangas de Onís and night in Arriondas.

Day 5. Wednesday - Arriondas - Gijón

We reach the heart of Asturias. From Arriondas, by coach, we will go to the National Park 'Picos de Europa', ascend to the Lake Enol, the Sanctuary of Covadonga and last, Cangas de Onís. Once back on the train we will travel to Gijón, the second city in importance of Asturias. Dinner and night in Gijón.

Day 6. Thursday  - Gijón - Luarca

From Gijón to Oviedo, the capital of the Principality of Asturias, a worldwide famous city because of its selected sample of traditional gastronomy and hosting the most remarkable Pre-Romanesque monuments of Spain. In the afternoon, the trip continuous to Luarca, the 'White Town' of the Green Coast. Lunch in Oviedo. Dinner and night in Luarca .

Day 7. Friday - Luarca – Viveiro

The first spot of Galicia bordering Asturias is Ribadeo, where the Eo River runs into the sea. Visit to the beach of Las Catedrales. The Rías Altas of the northern coast of Galicia is shattering landscape. Lunch in Ribadeo. In the afternoon,  the train arrives in Viveiro, a beautiful walled city, viewpoint of San Roque. Dinner and night in Viveiro.

Day 8. Saturday - Viveiro - Santiago de Compostela

From Viveiro we will travel by train to Ferrol and then by coach to our last destiny: Santiago de Compostela, goal for the jacobean pilgrims, where the Obradoiro's Square, the Platerias and the Cathedral stand like a jewel. After this city tour, the Transcantabrico train services finishes, however, extra days in Santiago to enjoy an unforgettable city full of culture, history, religion, gastronomy and wines.

 

 

Fine Wine & Gourmetravel offer  personalized travel services and our itineraries are fully customizable to better suit our customers’ needs.  This specific tour has set departure dates every year. It is combinable with many other cities. Check our possible extensions.

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