Transcantabrico Train Route 2023
San Sebatian to Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastian
Route 1: San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela
1st Day: San Sebastian - Bilbao - Carranza
We will welcome you on the first day at 13:00 hours at the Hotel Costa Vasca in San Sebastian to start our route in the Transcantabrico for 8 wonderful days. Then we will get to know the main attractions of San Sebastian with a guided tour. At lunchtime, we will have an exquisite lunch in a downtown restaurant.
After lunch we will get on a luxury bus to depart for Bilbao, where El Transcantábrico is waiting for us. Upon arrival, the crew will welcome us with a welcome drink and later we will be accommodated in our luxurious and comfortable suite.
Travelers on the train! This will be the warning before we start rolling towards Carranza. On the way, we will have the first dinner on board and then we will be able to enjoy the night entertainment programme in one of its lounges wagons. The train will be parked at night at Carranza station so that we can rest.
2nd Day: Carranza - Bilbao - Santander
We will start the morning with a full à la carte breakfast and buffet before heading for Bilbao and delve into its wonderful corners. During the visit we will be able to see inside the famous Guggenheim Museum, with the entrance included.
At the end of the Bilbao tour we will return to the train to start the march towards the next destination, Santander. On the way, lunch will be served on board. Already in the destination, we will take a tour of the elegant capital of Cantabria and then we will have free to walk freely around the city. After dinner, if you wish you can visit the Gran Casino de Santander, with ticket included. We’ll have a night in Santander.
3rd Day: Santander - Potes - Cabezon de la Sal
We will have breakfast on board and travel in the Transcantabrico to the town of Unquera. Then we will take our luxury coach to Potes, a picturesque village in Cantabria, crossing the impressive Gorge de la Hermida. After the visit of this place, we can enjoy a thermal circuit in the Balneario de la Hermida.
After lunch we will go to Comillas to visit the mansion of El Capricho, the 19th century work of the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. We will continue bound for Cabezón de la Sal, where we will have dinner and spend the night.
4th Day: Cabezon de la Sal - Santillana del Mar - Llanes
Our fourth day of tour in the Transcantábrico, we will travel back in time to medieval times while we stroll through the town of Santillana del Mar, which conserves magnificently an important medieval historic centre. Later we will approach the Cave of Altamira, the highest exponent of the cave art of the Upper Paleolithic. After lunch, we will return to the train to enter Asturian lands to Llanes. Dinner and night in Llanes.
5th Day: Llanes - Oviedo
We will enjoy an excellent breakfast on board. With the bus we will reach the heart of the Picos de Europa National Park. We will visit Lake Enol, and then we will head to the Sanctuary of Covadonga, a sacred place full of tradition and legend. We will return to the Transcantábrico for lunch in its elegant restaurant wagon on the way to Oviedo, capital of the Principality of Asturias. We will visit the most relevant of the city and have free time to explore without the guide. We will have dinner and overnight in Oviedo.
6th Day: Oviedo - Gijon -Luarca
The first stop of the day will be in the coastal village of Gijon, on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea. We will visit and have lunch in the city.
Then we will continue our journey along the Asturian coast aboard El Transcantábrico until we reach Luarca, where we will enjoy a guided tour in this charming seaside town. We’ll have dinner and overnight in Luarca.
7th Day: Luarca - Ribadeo - Viveiro
Our tour in the Trascantábrico will take us to Galician lands to visit the historic town of Ribadeo, bordering the Principality of Asturias. We will continue on board our bus along the coast of Lugo until we reach the impressive Playa de Las Catedrales, one of the most spectacular in the world. Then, we will make a panoramic visit of Ribadeo and eat in a restaurant in the area. In the afternoon we will return the train to head to Viveiro and explore the town with the guide and then freely. Dinner and night in Viveiro.
8th Day: Viveiro - Santiago de Compostela
On the last day of the route of El Transcantábrico, we will have breakfast while we go to Ferrol, in A Coruña, where the bus will be waiting for us to approach Santiago de Compostela. We will visit the historic center of this city, home to pilgrims for a thousand years, which treasures countless artistic jewels such as its magnificent cathedral. After the visit, we will head to the Parador de los Reyes Católicos around 13:00 hours, ending this wonderful tour of the North of Spain.
Route 2: Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastian
1st Day: Santiago de Compostela - Viveiro
We will receive you on the first day at 12:00 pm at the Parador de los Reyes Católicos to begin our Transcantábrico route for 8 wonderful days.
After the reception, we will visit the historic center of the city of Santiago de Compostela, a destination for pilgrims for a thousand years, which treasures innumerable artistic jewels headed by its splendid cathedral.
After lunch, our luxury bus will take us to Ferrol, where El Transcantábrico awaits. Upon our arrival, the crew will offer us a welcome toast, while the train moves to Viveiro.
We will take a walk through the beautiful old town of this town, where we will have dinner and spend the night on board our train.
2nd Day: Viveiro - Ribadeo - Luarca
We will start the morning, like every day of our trip, enjoying a delicious breakfast.
The Transcantábrico will bring us closer to Ribadeo, a historic Galician town bordering the Principality of Asturias. From here, we will travel in our accompanying bus along the Lugo coast to Las Catedrales Beach, one of the most spectacular in the world. In addition, we will make a panoramic visit of Ribadeo. After it, we will make a stop to enjoy our food. Back on our train, we enter Asturian lands.
We will visit an spectacular Villa Blanca on the Costa Verde, Luarca, to return to the train and head to Oviedo where we will spend the night.
3rd Day: Oviedo - Gijón - Llanes
Ending our breakfast, we begin the day with a visit to the coastal town of Gijón, a city as open to the Cantabrian Sea as it is full of cultural events. We will visit the attractions of this city and we will stop to eat in a restaurant. After our stop, we will travel to the capital of the Principality of Asturias, Oviedo. We will visit the most relevant parts of the city to return to the train.
We will have dinner on board while we head towards Llanes where we will spend the night.
4th Day: Llanes
We will enjoy an excellent breakfast on board and after it, our bus will take us to the heart of the Principality of Asturias to reach the magnificent Picos de Europa National Park. We will visit Lake Enol and later we will go to the Sanctuary of Covadonga, a sacred place full of tradition and legend. After this visit, we will go to Cangas de Onís to enjoy our meal.
Next, we will arrive in Llanes. We will get to know this wonderful fishing village in eastern Asturias and we will have free time to explore without the guide.
We will have dinner and spend the night in Llanes as a continuation of our trip.
5th Day: Potes - Cabezón de la Sal
Followed by breakfast in our coach, we will ascend to Potes, a picturesque town in Cantabria, crossing the impressive Desfiladero de la Hermida. After visiting this place, we can enjoy a thermal circuit at the Balneario de la Hermida. After lunch, we will visit El Capricho, in Comillas, a brilliant and colorful 19th century mansion by Antonio Gaudí.
We will continue to Cabezón de la Sal, where we will have dinner and spend the night.
6th Day: Santillana del Mar - Santander
The first visit on our sixth day on the Transcantábrico will be to the Altamira Neocave, a museum and reliable reproduction of this greatest exponent of Upper Paleolithic rock art. We will travel back in time to medieval times as we stroll through the town of Santillana del Mar, which magnificently preserves an important medieval historical center.
Subsequently, we’ll head by train to Santander, the elegant capital of Cantabria, where we’ll take a guided tour and have free time to wander around the city.
After dinner, we will spend the night in Santander.
7th Day: Bilbao - Carranza
The Transcantábrico sets off for Bilbao, a city full of dynamism that has managed to reinvent itself after the decline of its traditional heavy industry. During the visit to the city, we will get to know its corners and its famous Guggenheim museum, symbol of this new Bilbao.
After eating with pleasure, we will enjoy free time before taking the train.
We will have dinner and stop the night in Carranza.
8th Day: Bilbao - San Sebastián
Enjoying our last breakfast on board, we will return to Bilbao, where our bus awaits us to take us to San Sebastián. We will take a guided tour of this city of elegant beauty.
Finally, we will go to the Hotel Costa Vasca in San Sebastián around 13:00 p.m., thus ending this wonderful tour of Northern Spain.