Santiago de Compostela - San Sebastián

8-day Luxury Rail Tour with the El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo
  • Visit stunning places including Altamira, Santillana, Santander, San Sebastian and Bilbao
  • Marvellous narrow-gauge railway
  • 8-day journey in a luxury train through northern Spain

An unforgettable train journey along the north coast of Spain. A mix of natural beauty, cultural capitals and ancient villages. The El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo is a 5-star hotel on wheels and the personnel on board will make sure your every wish is met. Included are excursions to the famous cathedral in Santiago, the charming white town of Luarca, medieval Oviedo and the Picos de Europa National Park.

The train

  • Exquisite Spanish meals
  • Spacious & luxurious compartments
  • Four lounge carriages

Day to day

Day 1 (Saturday): Santiago de Compostela – Viveiro

Meeting point at the Reyes Católicos Parador in Santiago de Compostela at 12:00 noon. After the welcome reception, your guide will take you on a tour of the historic centre of this city, a pilgrim destination for one thousand years. Explore vast treasures of artistic culture and the splendid cathedral. After lunch, the luxury coach will take you to Ferrol, where the Transcantábrico train awaits. Once on board, the crew will offer a welcome drink, while the train travels to Viveiro. Enjoy a tour of the beautiful historic quarter of this town, where we will have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 2 (Sunday): Viveiro – Candás

Begin your day with the delicious a-la-carte and buffet breakfast. Enjoy the scenery and relax on the Transcantábrico as it heads to Ribadeo, a historic Galician town bordering the Asturias Principality. The luxury coach will take you to the Lugo coastline to enjoy Las Catedrales beach, one of the most spectacular in the world. Panoramic tour of Ribadeo and lunch. The train will continue to the lands of Asturias. The next stop is Luarca, the 'white village' on the 'green coast' and then all aboard the train once again as you head towards Candás, where you will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 3 (Monday): Candás – Arriondas

The day begins in Avilés; a millenary town with a well-preserved and valuable historical centre. The next destination on your rail adventure is Gijón; a city that is wide open to the great Cantabrian Sea and hosts many cultural events. Lunch. Next, the journey continues to Oviedo, the capital of the Asturias Principality and the heart of pre-Romanesque Asturias, with treasures such as San Julián de los Prados. Visit and free time before returning to the train. Dinner on board during the ride to Arriondas, where you will spend the night.

Day 4 (Tuesday): Arriondas – Llanes

The luxury coach will ascend to the heart of the Asturias Principality, in the magnificent Picos de Europa National Park. Visit Lake Enol and then the Covadonga Sanctuary; a sacred place full of tradition and legends. The next stop is Cangas de Onís. After lunch, the train will head to the coast to the picturesque fishing village of LLanes. Visit and free time. Dinner and overnight stay in Llanes.

Day 5 (Wednesday): Llanes – Cabezón de la Sal

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the train rolls along the rails while you take in the beautiful Cantabria scenery. From Unquera, the luxury coach takes you to Potes, crossing the impressive Desfiladero de la Hermida mountain pass. After visiting this charming Cantabrian village, enjoy the thermal baths at Balneario de la Hermida. After lunch, time to visit El Capricho, in Comillas; a fantastic and colourful nineteenth-century palace designed by Antonio Gaudí. Dinner and overnight stay in Cabezón de la Sal.

Day 6 (Thursday): Cabezón de la Sal – Santander

The first stop is the town of Santillana del Mar, with its magnificently preserved Medieval historic quarter and the famous Altamira 'Neocave', a museum and scientific reproduction of the finest Upper Palaeolithic rock art ever found. After lunch, the train will take you to Santander, the elegant capital of Cantabria, where you can enjoy a guided tour and free time to explore at your leisure. After dinner, you can visit the Santander Grand Casino with entry included. Overnight stay in Santander.

Day 7 (Friday): Santander – Carranza

The Transcantábrico heads towards Bilbao; a vibrant town that has reinvented itself after the decline of its traditional heavy industry. The visit to the city includes an entry ticket to the famous Guggenheim Museum, the iconic symbol of this new Bilbao. After lunch, enjoy free time to explore at your leisure before climbing aboard the train once again. Dinner and overnight stay in Carranza.

Day 8 (Saturday): Carranza – San Sebastián

After enjoying your last breakfast on board, the train will return to Bilbao, where the El Transcantábrico coach awaits to take you to San Sebastián. Enjoy exploring this elegant and beautiful city, where major cultural events take place every year. End of the trip at 13:00 in San Sebastian.


  • 7 nights in a luxurious suite with double bed, sofa and bathroom with sauna
  • 7 x Dinner and lunch, including water, wine, soda, coffee and tea
  • 7 x Elaborate breakfast
  • Toilet bag with toiletries and slippers
  • Entrance fee to museums, cathedrals, monasteries etc.
  • Luxury touring car during excursions
  • Multilingual tour guide for the duration of the journey
  • All excursions mentioned in the day-to-day itinerary
  • Nightly entertainment with live performances
  • End-of-trip party
  • Daily newspapers and magazines
  • Security service

  • Travel to and from starting- and finishing point (we can book this for you)
  • Personal expenditures
  • Gratuities
  • Snacks

It is possible to add connecting train tickets to Santiago de Compostela or from San Sebastian to your booking. Tickets from/to other Spanish destination can be added to the booking as well. Wishing to travel all the way by train? Just let us know and we will help you with all tickets needed.

Additional nights in Santiago de Compostela, San Sebastian or any other (Spanish) city can be added to your booking as well.

El Transcantábrico

Luxury train travel through Spain
  • Historical train journey through northern Spain
  • Large, luxurious compartments
  • Four lounge carriages
  • Exquisite Spanish meals

Deluxe Suite

Each Deluxe Suite on the El Transcantábrico has a double bed (150x200cm) or two separate beds. Facilities: computer with internet, videogames, a lounge corner with sofa, and a large bathroom with sauna and hydromassage.


The chefs on board make local dishes from Galacia, Asturias, Cantabria, Basque country and Castilla y Léon. The cheeses, sausages, meat, vegetables, fish and sea fruit are all famous for their quality. All menus include carefully selected wines. All wine, coffee, tea, water and other non-alcoholic beverages are included.

Lounge carriages

The four lounge carriages of the El Transcantábrico are unique compartments that are fabulously designed to allow you to relax while enjoying the beautiful views. Drink a cup of tea, read the newspaper, or chat with your fellow travellers.


One of the lounge carriages has a bar and dancefloor. This carriage turns into a little 'nightclub' where you can dance until the early hours of the morning. Here you will find regular live performances in the evenings. Do not worry; the bar is located far away from the suites, so your night rest will not be disturbed.

The Journey

The El Transcantabrico travels by day in order for you to enjoy the beautiful views. At night, the train stops on guarded railway terrain so passengers can get a good night’s sleep. Thanks to your travelling hotel room, there is no need to keep packing your suite cases. During stops, you can choose to stay on board the train, join the guided excursions or go explore on your own. The journey is a nice balance between train travel, nightly rest and activities. There is no dress code. We recommend comfortable clothes for daily excursions. At night you can dress more formally if you wish, but it is not required. The one exception is the Casino in Santander; a bit more formal attire is required, but not necessarily a suite and tie.


More information

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Prices and Dates

Santiago de Compostela - San Sebastián
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Subject to availability.

Price includes all nights and meals + drinks during the railway journey with the El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo.



Hotel Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is for many visitors an absolute highlight of their trip to Spain. 

For a relaxing start or finish of your rail journey with the El Transcantábrico, add an extra night (or nights) in this beautiful city full of cultural and religious treasures.

In order to make an appropriate suggestion, please indicate your wishes / preferences regarding your overnight stay.

Hotel Santiago de Compostela

Hotel San Sebastian

If you wish to spend some more time in San Sebastian before or after your rail journey with the El Transcantábrico, add an extra night (or nights) to your booking.

San Sebastian is beautifully located on the coast and boasts a lively cultural scene. At night make sure to try Pintxos, the Basque version of the Spanish Tapa.

In order to make an appropriate suggestion, please indicate your wishes / preferences regarding your overnight stay.

Hotel San Sebastian