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Renfe Transcantabrico Train

by / Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Published in Preplanned Experiences

Get on board this luxury and amazing train to visit the northern part of Spain. This luxury train has 2 different itineraries and it is one of the best ways of discovering the north of Spain since you don’t have to pack and unpack every day to visit different cities. Some days you’ll overnight in a luxury room inside this wonderful train and some other is selected boutique hotels in the cities but you’ll only have to take a small suitcase with you.


Please note there is another luxury train in southern Spain to visit the most important cities of Extremadura (the great unknown but so beautiful), Seville, Cordoba (and the Mosque-Cathedral), Baeza and Úbeda (Jaén), Granada (and the Alhambra), Ronda (Málaga) and Cádiz. Should you be interested please ask us!!


Please scroll down to get additional information on different routes, inclusions and prices.


Travel on board a train discovering the whole north of Spain, the “green Spain”. From León to Santiago de Comspotela passing through Castilla y León, Basque Country, Cantabria and Asturias. You will travel in the train where you can choose single or double rooms. There are 2 bars and a disco and 2 more lounge cars to sit and read or relax talking to fellow passengers. Always with the best service offered by the waiters on board. There is also a guide that will accompany you on all the visits (programmed and pre paid), even to the selected restaurants for lunch and dinner. You will enjoy the best gastronomy in Spain. The cheeses, sausages, meat, vegetables, fish and sea food are all universally renowned. You can choose different itineraries depending on the number of days you have:


León-Cisterna (day 1) -Guardo-Villasana de Mena (day 2) -Bilbao-Santander (day 3) -Cabezón de la Sal-Santillana del Mar-Arriendas (day 4) -Oviedo-Candás (day 5) -Avilés-Gijón-Luarca (day 6) -Ribadeo-Viveiro (day 7) -Santiago de Compostela (day 8).

Santander-Cabezón de la Sal-Santillana del Mar-Arriendas (day 1) -Oviedo-Candás (day 2) -Avilés-Gijón-Luarca (day 3) -Ribadeo-Viveiro (day 4) -Santiago de Compostela (day 5)

Santillana del Mar -Cabezón de la Sal-Santander (day 1) -Bilbao-Villasana de Mena (day 2) -Cistierna (day 3) -San Feliz-León (day 4).

More information

Note departures are in a fixed date and cannot be modified. For further information on places visited, cultural visits, restaurants or any other please contact us at info@hiddeninspain.com. You can also make an idea checking the day by day itinerary of the Great Luxury train below. FYI: The train can be rented in full for up to 46 people. Ask us!!

8 days/7nights

€3700per person

Supplement for single occupancy €1850

5 days/4nights

€2200per person

Supplement for single occupancy €1100

4 days/3nights

€1700per person

Supplement for single occupancy €850

Great Luxury

This train has bigger rooms (only 14 exclusive rooms) and has been completely refurbished. The excursions, coach and cuisine will be in fitting with the rest of the train. This route is slightly different as it does not pass through Castilla y León. It goes from San Sebastián to Santiago de Compostela along the northern coast. This seven days journey will meet all your expectations. As dates of departures are limited (March – October) you better book in advance, furthermore you will get a discount.


San Sebastián – Karrantza Rendezvous at 13:00 am in San Sebastian at Hotel Barceló Costa Vasca (*). Passengers reception, welcome and lunch in San Sebastián, a city of elegant beauty and home to major cultural events. Tour of the town after lunch and transfer by luxury coach to Bilbao, where El Transcantábrico is waiting for us. Welcome drink with the crew. Train trip to Karrantza while enjoying our first dinner onboard. Overnight in Karrantza.

Karrantza - Bilbao - Santander Just as every day, we begin the journey with a delicious buffet and a la carte breakfast. El Trancantábrico will take us back to the dynamic city of Bilbao, that has managed to reinvent itself after the decline of its heavy industry. City tour including admission for the famous Guggenheim Museum, epitome of a new Bilbao. Return to the train to continue our journey to Santander while having lunch onboard. City sightseeing tour of the elegant capital of Cantabria and free time. Those who wish may visit El Gran Casino after dinner (entrance included). Overnight in Santander.

Santander - Potes - Cabezón de la Sal Train trip to Unquera station from where we will travel by coach through the gorge of La Hermida and reach the town of Potes. After visiting this charming village, enjoy a spa circuit at La Hermida Spa. Return to the train after lunch and trip to Cabezón de la Sal. In the afternoon there will be free time and you may choose to visit the mansion of El Capricho in the town of Comillas, the impressive and colourful 19th century house designed by Antonio Gaudí. Dinner and overnight in Cabezón de la Sal.

Cabezón de la Sal - Santillana del Mar - Arriondas The day begins with a visit to the town of Santillana del Mar with its beautifully preserved medieval town. Next we will be taken on a tour of Altamira Neocave, the finest realistic example of Upper Palaeolithic cave art. After lunch we will return to the train and travel into Asturian territory, visiting the village of Ribadesella and its charming promenade and stunning historic mansions. Dinner and overnight in Arriondas.

Arriondas - Oviedo - Candás Today our coach will drive us to the heart of the Principality of Asturias, to the Picos de Europa National Park. First enroute is Lake Enol, then visit the sacred place of Shrine of Covadonga to hear its legends. Back onboard for lunch and trip to the region’s capital, Oviedo, the highlight of Asturian Romanesque art, featuring gems such as the basilica of San Julian de los Prados. City tour and free time. Dinner onboard while we travel to Candás, where we will spend the night.

Candás - Avilés - Gijón - Luarca We begin the day discovering Avilés, an ancient city with a precious old town, and Gijón, a city that opens up to the Cantabrian Sea and is alive with cultural events. After visiting both towns, return to the El Transcantábrico to continue our coastal journey to Luarca, visiting this charming seaside town embedded in a stunning landscape. Dinner and overnight in Luarca.

Luarca - Ribadeo - Viveiro Train trip to the historic town of Ribadeo, in Galician lands, bordering Asturias. Our coach will take us to the Las Catedrales Beach, one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. City sightseeing in Ribadeo and free time. Back on the train for lunch and trip to Viveiro, with city tour and lunch. Dinner and overnight in Viveiro.

Viveiro - Santiago de Compostela While enjoying our last breakfast onboard, we will arrive in Ferrol, followed by a comfortable coach trip to Santiago de Compostela. Enjoy a city tour in this historical town, goal of devotees for over a thousand years, and admire its countless artistic jewels such as the Cathedral. End of trip after the tour.

8 days/7nights

€5150per person

Supplement for single occupancy €2575 Supplement for triple occupancy €2100