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Explore the northern Spanish Atlantic coast in the "Transcantabrico Gran Lujo" hotel-train!


Santiago de Compostela - San Sebastian

Basque Country - Cantabria - Asturias - Galicia

8-day trip (both directions):
San Sebastián - Carranza - Bilbao - Santander - Potes - Cabezón de la Sal - Santillana del Mar - Llanes - Picos de Europa - Oviedo - Gijón - Luarca - Ribadeo - Viveiro - Santiago de Compostela

Price: 8.900 EUR per person

Discover the northern Spanish Atlantic coast in the "Transcantabrico Gran Lujo" hotel-train

The "Transcantábrico Gran Lujo" train-hotel stands for comfort, glamour, gastronomy, culture, relaxation and fun. An unforgettable eight-day journey through the four northern Spanish regions of the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia from San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela or Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastian.
The Transcantábrico route is a journey on one of the most beautiful luxury trains in the world. The route passes through impressive landscapes and the most representative cities of the different regions it crosses.
During your journey you can enjoy panoramic views of the Galician, Asturian, Cantabrian and Basque coasts. The natural beauty of the route also includes the Picos de Europa, a mountain range and national park. You will visit historic cities such as Santiago de Compostela, Oviedo, Gijón, Santander and Bilbao, where you can learn about their rich history and culture on guided excursions.

Departures 2024

* the dates can be fully booked from one day to the next, so please inquire availability
Santiago de Compostela – San Sebastián 15.06.2024 29.06.2024 13.07.2024 27.07.2024 10.08.2024
  24.08.2024 07.09.2024 21.09.2024 05.10.2024 19.10.2024
San Sebastián – Santiago de Compostela 22.06.2024 06.07.2024 20.07.2024 03.08.2024 17.08.2024
  31.08.2024 14.09.2024 28.09.2024 12.10.2024 26.10.2024

Transcantabrico prices 2024

Category per person single occupancy supplement third person supplement
Suite Gran Lujo 8.900 € 6.500 € 4.200 €
Train & rooms

Santiago de Compostela - San Sebastian

Basque Country - Cantabria - Asturias - Galicia

The Transcantábrico Gran Lujo was founded in 1983 under the name Transcantábrico and will celebrate its 41st anniversary in 2024. Celebrate its 41st anniversary. Its route has always run along the Cantabrian coast in northern Spain. In 2011, it was converted into a luxury hotel train and renamed "Transcantábrico Gran Lujo". In 2014, it received the award for "most luxurious train in the world".

A journey on rails that takes you back to the beginning of the last century, as it resembles the classic luxury trains of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which were characterised by their elegance and glamour. They were characterised by their elegance and glamour. Originally, the train consisted of three Pullman saloon carriages built in Great Britain in 1923 (pub, bar and lounge), which today are the saloon carriages of the Transcantábrico Gran Lujo, renovated, furnished and decorated in Belle Époque style, authentic jewels of the historic railway heritage.

The train currently consists of 4 saloon cars, 7 sleeping cars, a kitchen car, a generator car and a service car for the staff.
The maximum capacity of the train is 28 passengers.

All carriages and lounges are connected internally so that passengers can move around freely.
The train's lounges are luxurious spaces created to enjoy the scenery of the route from the best seat on the train in the panoramic glass lounge, have a drink, lunch or simply indulge in the relaxed atmosphere during the journey.
In the restaurant carriages of the Transcantábrico Gran Lujo you will find the perfect atmosphere for an à la carte breakfast or a delicious lunch or dinner, a gastronomic experience with influences from northern Spanish and international cuisine.
The bar trolley service offers its guests teas, coffees and a variety of drinks with or without alcohol from morning until the early hours of the morning, which they can enjoy in the lounges or in the comfort of their suite, with a 24-hour service.
In the evening, guests can enjoy live music, cultural activities and gastronomic experiences prepared by the chef.

The rooms

The 14 suites of the "Transcantábrico Gran Lujo" are 5-star hotel suites on rails, designed for the relaxation and privacy of its customers. They are spacious and equipped with wooden furniture and panelling, a lounge-style seating area, a large bedroom, a private bathroom and classic period details. They offer personalised service and comfort for you to enjoy during your trip.

The deluxe suites have a double bed, a living room with a sofa that converts into a bed, large windows and a magnificent private bathroom with hydro-massage shower/steam sauna, hairdryer and a varied welcome gifts.

The spacious rooms offer either a comfortable double bed (1.50 m x 2.00 m) or two single beds (0.80 m x 2.00 m), a wardrobe, a luggage rack, a desk, a safe and a minibar as well as technology: LED TV screens, music system, computer with free internet connection, air conditioning and telephone.


Santiago de Compostela - San Sebastian

Basque Country - Cantabria - Asturias - Galicia

Travel plan

Day 1: San Sebastián - Carranza
Meeting point is the Barcelo-Costa Vasca Hotel in San Sebastián at 13:00. City tour and lunch, then our luxury coach takes us to Bilbao, where El Transcantábrico awaits us. Reception and comfort. Dinner on board and overnight stay in Carranza.

Day 2: Carranza - Bilbao - Santander
As every day, we start the morning with a delicious breakfast while the train takes us to Bilbao, where we visit the city and the Guggenheim Museum, lunch on board while we arrive in Santander. Sightseeing and dinner. Overnight stay in Santander.

Day 3: Santander - Cabezón de la Sal
Drive to Unquera to visit the Hermida Gorge and Potes. Lunch, in the afternoon visit to Comillas. Dinner and overnight stay in Cabezón de la Sal.

Day 4: Cabezón de la Sal - Llanes
Visit to Santillana del Mar and the neo-cave of Altamira, lunch, in the afternoon we drive to Llanes in Asturias. Dinner and overnight stay in Llanes.

Day 5: Llanes - Oviedo
After breakfast we travel by coach to the heart of Asturias, to the Picos de Europa National Park, to the Covadonga Lakes and to Cangas de Onis.Afternoon Oviedo, sightseeing, dinner and overnight stay in Oviedo.

Day 6: Oviedo - Luarca
Visit to Gijon and lunch, afternoon arrival in Luarca, La Villa Blanca de la Costa Verde. Dinner and overnight stay in Luarca.

Day 7: Luarca - Viveiro
After breakfast we arrive in Ribadeo and drive along the coast to the beach of Las Catedrales. In the afternoon we take the train to Viveiro, sightseeing, dinner and overnight stay in Viveiro.

Day 8: Viveiro - Santiago de Compostela
After the last breakfast on board, we arrive in Ferrol, where the Transcantábrico bus is waiting to take us to Santiago de Compostela. Sightseeing, end of the journey at the Parador de los Reyes Católicos at around 13:00.

The major cities on the Transcantábrico route through northern Spain

San Sebastián (Basque Country)
A stately city of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Famous for its beach "La Concha", one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, San Sebastián is of course known for its exquisite gastronomy with some of the best restaurants in the world.
The old town is home to some of San Sebastian's most impressive historical buildings, such as the church of San Vicente and the "Plaza de la Constitución". Other attractions include the Miramar Palace, the San Telmo Museum and Mount Igueldo, which offers spectacular views over the city.
San Sebastián is also famous for its festivals, such as the San Sebastián Film Festival and Semana Grande, which attract visitors from all over the world.

Located in the Basque Country, Bilbao is a dynamic and modern city with a long history and an important cultural heritage. The city is known worldwide for its famous Guggenheim Museum and offers a variety of attractions such as the "Plaza Nueva", the old town, the Arriaga Theatre and the "Palacio de la Diputación".
Bilbao's old town, "Casco Viejo", is a labyrinth of cobbled streets lined with typical pintxo bars, shops and historic buildings such as the Cathedral of Santiago and the Church of San Antón. "Plaza Nueva" in the heart of the historic centre is a popular place to enjoy the city's local cuisine and nightlife.
The Guggenheim Museum, with its impressive architecture and collection of contemporary art, is probably Bilbao's best-known attraction. The city is also known for its gastronomy, with traditional dishes such as cod omelette, hake cocochas, marmitako, pintxos...

Santander (Cantabria)
A coastal city with an impressive architectural and cultural heritage. Famous for its golden sandy beaches and picturesque sea views, Santander is a favourite destination for anyone looking to enjoy the sun and sea.
Santander's historic centre, with its impressive cathedral, squares and historic buildings, is a popular place for visitors to explore the city's rich culture. Places of interest include the "Palacio de la Magdalena", an impressive 20th century building, and the Cabo Mayor lighthouse, which offers spectacular views of the Cantabrian Sea.
Santander is also known for its gastronomy, which includes dishes such as seafood soup and oxtail. Santander is a favourite destination for surfers, as numerous beaches offer excellent waves for surfing.

Gijón (Asturias)
The coastal city of Gijón is known for its stunning scenery and cultural heritage, which includes historical monuments, squares and buildings that reflect the city's rich history.
The old town of Gijón is a popular place for visitors with its cobbled streets, colourful houses and squares. The city's marina offers a wide selection of bars and restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.
Gijón is also known for its beaches, including San Lorenzo beach, one of the most popular in the region. The city offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including surfing, sailing and hiking along the coast. Of course, Gijón is also known for its gastronomy, which includes typical dishes of the region such as "Fabada Asturiana" and "Cachopo". Numerous festivals are held in the city, such as the "Fiesta de la Sidra Natural", the Cider Festival, which attracts visitors from all over the world.


Santiago de Compostela - San Sebastian

Basque Country - Cantabria - Asturias - Galicia

The price for the 8-day trip on the "Transcantabrico Gran Lujo" hotel-train in the Gran Lujo suite (1.50m x 2m double bed or 0.85 x 2m twin beds) is EUR 8,900 per person, EUR 15,400 for single occupancy, all inclusive.

  • Accommodation in a deluxe suite on the Transcantábrico train with a 150 cm x 200 cm double bed (or separate 85 cm x 200 cm beds), sofa and private bathroom.
  •  All of the train's lounges are open 24 hours a day.
  •  It is possible for the staff to collect your luggage.
  •  All breakfasts, with a la carte dishes and buffet products.
  •  All lunches and dinners from the top gastronomy on board the train or in the first class restaurants (including wine, water, soft drinks and coffee).
  •  Welcome drink and aperitif, all non-alcoholic drinks in the suite minibar.
  •  Gala dinner and end-of-trip party.
  •  Toiletry bag with toiletries and slippers.
  •  Activities on board: live music and performances, dances, etc.
  •  Excursions and guided tours, entrance to museums, monuments and shows.
  •  Luxury coach accompanying the train throughout the journey to facilitate some transfers and excursions.
  •  Fees and services, CO2 compensation with atmosfair.
  •  Daily newspapers and magazines.
  •  You can sleep peacefully at night as the train stops and continues its journey early in the morning so you can rest. The stations have a security service.
  •  A multilingual tour guide will accompany you throughout the journey.
  •  An excellent team is at your disposal (expedition leader, waiters, cooks, technical staff, etc.).
  •  Free train transfers in Spain (AVE, ALVIA...etc.), before and after the trip from/to the nearest railway station to your place of origin. You can also use the Club Lounges at the railway stations.

There is a first aid kit on board the train and the staff have basic training to help you. In the event of an emergency that requires more attention, you will receive all the necessary information at the health centres along the route.

Spanish nationals are entitled to medical care and medicines at the pharmacy in accordance with Spanish social security regulations. Those who belong to the European Union should find out about the agreements with each country (in general there is reciprocity), as well as the agreements with other countries. In any case, it is highly advisable for citizens of other nationalities with whom there are no agreements or treaties to take out health insurance.

Generally Spanish, English, French and German. If necessary, please ask for confirmation of languages other than English and Spanish.

Pets are not allowed, please enquire about guide dogs.

The trains have been remodelled and equipped with the latest technology, but as they are historic trains, their interiors are not suitable for wheelchairs or walking aids. People with reduced mobility can travel with a certain degree of independence, although it is always advisable that they are accompanied to assist them if necessary. Upon prior request, a wheelchair will be made available to the traveller. It is very important that the disabled traveller is accompanied by a person who can assist them on all journeys, as there is no staff on board or on the ground for this type of service.

Public Wi-Fi is available on all trains, the "Transcantábrico", "Costa Verde Express" and "Al Ándalus".

The cancellation fees are listed below:

- Cancellation more than 30 days before the departure date: 15% of the travel price.

- Cancellation between 30 and 15 days before the departure date: 25% of the travel price.

- Cancellation between 14 and 5 days before the departure date: 50% of the travel price.

- Cancellation between 4 and 1 day before the departure date: 80% of the travel price.

- Cancellation less than 24 hours before the departure date or no-show: 100% of the travel price.