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Luxury Train Cruises in Spain


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alace Tours is happy to showcase the exclusive gems of Spain tourism industry to help you plan your next trip. Whether you are looking for a group tour or a self-drive experience of Spain and Portugal, Palace Tours is known to deliver excellent service and value to its guests through its wide network of representatives in the region.. We are proud to introduce luxury tourist trains operated by Feve in Spain through our portfolio of Palace Trains product line. These trains, like our other products offer luxury accommodations and all inclusive* tours in different regions of Spain. The itineraries of each train are specially designed to meet the needs and demands of different guests from budget minded to the most affluent ones. The Transcantabrico GRAN LUJO. Launched in May 2011, the luxurious Gran Lujo boasts of large and elegantly decorated suites and common lounges. This brand new train offers an unforgettable 8-day journey of Northern Spain from San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela and vice versa. The five star tour includes luxury accommodation, exquisite meals, and sightseeing tours. The Transcantabrico CLASICO. Spain’s pioneer in “Cruise on Rail”, the Clasico has earned countless international prizes and awards for its legendary service for 27 years. Designed for the comfort and enjoyment of its guests, the train offers classic suites and large common lounges. The Clasico takes you to discover the fascinating wonders of Northern Spain on this 8-day voyage from Leon to Santiago de Compostela and vice versa. The tour includes luxury accommodation, exquisite meals, and sightseeing tours. The Expreso de La Robla. Now on its second year of operation and overwhelming success in 2010, the Expreso de la Robla continues to strive for the best. The modern train is equipped with advanced technological features to meet the needs of the most demanding guests. Expreso de La Robla offers three exciting itineraries specially designed for the budget minded and time-constrained guests: Porta Norte, an overnight, roundtrip expedition from Gijon; Jacobeo, a 4-day, roundtrip tour from Gijon, which includes a visit to Santiago de Compostela; and La Robla, a 3-night, roundtrip adventure from Bilbao that takes you to the natural and manmade wonders of Spain. The Al Andalus. This extremely popular train is being relaunched in 2012. The train, also known as the luxurious Palace on Wheels of Spain, is a unique way to discover the breathtaking landscape of Southern Spain. The Belle Epoque inspired suites, are equipped with most modern technology and at the same time preserving its historical value and charm. The Al Andalus offers a 6-day, roundtrip adventure in Andalusia, which includes luxury accommodation, all meals, and sightseeing tours. We hope you will like this unique product line in Spain. You can always find the most up-to-date information regarding rates, itineraries and departure dates for these and other tours online at http://www.palacetours.com or our Palace Trains site at http://www.palacetrains.com or our dedicated Spain Train Tours site http://www.spaintraintours.com. You can book online or call us and one of our representatives will be happy to assist you to make a booking for your next trip to Spain. Thank you, The Palace Tours Team We look forward to assisting you!

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The Transcantabrico GRAN LUJO

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he brand new and luxurious Gran Lujo, marked its first voyage from San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela and vice versa in May 2011. Inspired by the Transcantabrico Clasico, the train is completely refurbished and elegantly decorated to satisfy the taste of the most affluent customers. The common lounges have large windows, providing its guests a panoramic view of the sceneries while traveling. The lavish Gran Lujo has 14 double suites, with either a double bed or two twin beds and an optional extra bed for traveling children under 14 years of age. The train accommodates a maximum of 28 guests and therefore, promises an excellent and more personalized service. The train crew is available 24 hours a day at your service. The train remains stationary during the night to ensure a relaxing sleep for the guests.

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The Lounges

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he four original 1923 Pullman lounge cars have been specially and exclusively decorated for El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo, making them true railway jewels. Breakfast is served every morning in these common lounges, where guests can enjoy the Chef’s best cuisine and access to the all-day bar. Our lounges are equipped with national and international newspaper, television, a library and collection of board games. The panoramic lounge offers comfortable chairs for you to enjoy a book or watch the beautiful sceneries outside its large windows. Engage in an intimate or private conversation with a friend at the tearoom and spend a lively evening in the pub, where live music and entertainment are offered. Non-alcoholic beverages are included in your tour but you are welcome to purchase your drinks from the bar.

he suites of El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo have been tastefully designed and elegantly decorated to provide an unforgettable experience and comfort for all guests. The suites either have one double bed or 2 twin beds, closet and suitcase storage. The amenities include a safe, 2 television units, a VCR, games console, HiFi system, double air-conditioning unit, PC with free internet connection, wireless telephone and mini-bar. The suites also have a large sofa, which can be turned into and extra bed for guests with children. Additionally, the large bathroom is equipped with hydro massage, steam sauna, hair-dryer, bathrobe and a wide range of complimentary toiletries.

The train is interconnected, allowing guests to freely move from one car to another.

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Itinerary

San SebastiÁn - Santiago de Compostela Day 1

Welcome to San Sebastian

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Deep into the heart of Asturias

Your weeklong tour begins in San Sebastian with a welcome reception. After lunch, proceed on a guided sightseeing tour of this exciting city. Later, travel to Bilbao where the luxurious El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo, your hotel on wheels for the next seven nights, awaits. Board the train and settle in to your comfortable cabin as your railway cruise begins, traveling to Balmaseda.

This morning depart via coach and visit the National Park of Picos de Europa, the Covadonga Lakes, the Sanctuary of Covadonga and Cangas de Onis. Return to the train in time for lunch and travel to Oviedo, the capital city of Asturias. Upon arrival, you have the opportunity to explore this beautiful city before dinner. Overnight in Oviedo.

Day 2

The train departs from Oviedo this morning and brings you to the enchanting seaside city of Gijon. Enjoy your sightseeing tour of this little town followed by lunch. Your journey continues as the train makes its way to the stunning little village of Luarca, also known as “The White Town of the Green Coast.” The evening is spent in Luarca after dinner.

Modern city marvels of Bilbao

Breakfast is served on board as the train makes its way to Bilbao, a modern city where the river searches for the sea. See the sights of this enchanting city and visit the Frank Gehry’s famous Guggenheim Museum, which is considered as the most important structure of its time. Rejoin the train and enjoy lunch as you travel to the capital of Cantabria. Santander is a quiet city combined with beauty and remarkable charm. Explore the area of El Sardinero and witness the majestic building - The Casino. Enjoy dinner in Santander, where the evening is spent.

Day 3

Divine visit to the monastery of Santo Toribio de Liebana

The train arrives Unquera in the morning, where the coach awaits and takes you to the gorge of La Hermida en route to Potes. Here, visit the sanctuary of Santo Toribio de Liebana, which was founded prior to the 6th century. After lunch, depart for Cabezon de la Sal and visit the Comillas - the seat of the Archbishop.

Day 4

Travel back in time to Santillana del Mar

After breakfast, disembark the train and board your coach that will take you to Santillana del mar, a picturesque medieval village captured in time. Visit the Neocave Museum of Altamira, which incorporates a replica of the nearby Stone Age caves famous for their prehistoric paintings. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Santillana and depart for Arriondas passing through Asturias, Llanes and Ribadesella. Spend the evening in Arriondas after dinner.

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Journey to the charming city of Gijon

Travel along the “Rias Altas” to Ribadeo and Viveiro

This morning, travel further along the rugged coast to Ribadeo, which is set majestically on the mouth of the River Eo. Visit Las Catedrales beach and witness awe-inspiring landscape of “Las Rias Altas.” After lunch, the train departs for Viveiro for an overnight stay.

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Your journey ends in Santiago de Compostela

As you conclude your journey, the train travels from Viveiro to Ferrol. Here, board the coach and depart for your last destination – Santiago de Compostela. Upon arrival, discover the beauty and history of this city, whose Cathedral was the destination of the important 9th century medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James. Visit the Plaza del Obradoiro, the Platerías, its famous Cathedral and discover why Santiago is hailed as a jewel in a crown. Bid a fond farewell to your new-found friends as this memorable journey comes to an end.

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Meeting point and presentation: Maria Cristina Hotel, 12:00 AM Republica Argentina, 4. San Sebastian. Tel.: +34 943 437 640

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Itinerary Santiago de Compostela - San SebastiÁn Day 1

Welcome to Santiago de Compostela

Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, whose Cathedral was the destination of the important 9th century medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James. Santiago is like a jewel in a crown, with the Plaza del Obradoiro, the Platerías and its famous Cathedral. Enjoy lunch in Santiago before boarding the coach to Ferrol, where El Transcantabrico, your hotel on wheels for the next seven nights, awaits. Settle in to your comfortable cabin as your railway cruise begins, traveling to Viveiro, a lovely walled city. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight in Viveiro.

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The stunning little village of Luarca

This morning, travel further along the rugged coast to Ribadeo, which is set majestically on the mouth of the River Eo and visit Las Catedrales beach along Lugo’s coast. After lunch, the train departs for the stunning little village of Luarca, also known as “The White Town of the Green Coast.” The evening is spent in Luarca after dinner.

Day 3

Discover the Pre-Romanesque monuments of Oviedo

This morning, the train travels to Candas, en route to Gijon. Explore the second main city in Asturias followed by a delicious lunch. Continue your journey as you depart for Oviedo, the capital of the Principality that boasts a unique collection of the Pre-Romanesque monuments. Dinner and overnight in Oviedo.

Day 4

Deep into the heart of Asturias

On our way to Arriondas, we reach the heart of Asturias, the Picos de Europa National Park. Climb up to the beautiful Lake Enol, the Sanctuary of Covadonga, and finally, Cangas de Onís. After lunch, return to the train and follow the route of the International Descent of the River Sella to Ribadesella. Continue to Llanes, a marvelous fishing village in Eastern Asturias. Enjoy the charming atmosphere, dinner and an overnight stay in Llanes.

Day 5

Travel to Cabezon de la Sal

Enjoy breakfast and the beautiful sceneries as the train travels to Cantabria passing through the La Hermida pass to the Santo Toribio de Liebana sanctuary and Potes. After lunch, depart for Cabezon de la Sal and visit the Comillas – the seat of the Archbishop. Remain in Cabezon de la Sal for an overnight stay.

Day 6

Discover the cultural landmark in the history of mankind

This morning’s tour takes you to Santillana del Mar, a picturesque Medieval village captured in time. Visit the Neocave Museum of Altamira, which incorporates a replica of the nearby Stone Age caves famous for their prehistoric paintings. Rejoin the train and enjoy lunch as you travel to the capital of Cantabria. Santander is a quiet city, which combines beauty,

fascination and charm. Explore the area of El Sardinero and witness the majestic building of The Casino. The train remains stationary in Santander for the night.

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Your journey ends in San Sebastian

Make your way to the charming city of San Sebastian this morning and fall in love with its charm. This small and cozy city boasts of its beautiful beaches, posh restaurants and shops, fascinating narrow streets, making it one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Spain. After your sightseeing tour of San Sebastian, bid a fond farewell to the train and to your newfound friends as this memorable journey comes to an end.

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The Trip Includes: • Seven nights accommodation in a grand-suite compartment aboard the train. • Seven dinners and seven luncheons offering the finest local cuisine (including wines, coffee and liquors). • Seven buffet luxury breakfasts. • Music and parties in the Pub car. • Programmed excursions with tickets to museums, cathedrals, cloisters, etc. • Luxury coach accompanying the train throughout the trip. • Daily press and magazines. • Permanent Security Service. • Multilingual guide throughout the trip. • An excellent team at your service.

Besides the train, a luxury coach will accompany you during the journey, to take you to the places that the train cannot reach.

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Visit the famous Guggenheim Museum

Continue on to the modern city of Bilbao, where the river searches for the sea. See the sights of this enchanting city and visit Frank Gehry’s famous Guggenheim Museum, which is considered as the most important structure of its time. Return to the train where lunch is served as it makes its way to Balmaseda.

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El Transcantabrico Clasico

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l Transcantábrico Clasico, is Spain’s first luxury train with more than 27 years of experience in railway cruise. This marvelous journey of 8 days and 7 nights takes you between León and Santiago de Compostela and vice versa. Discover the towns and villages of northern Spain as the train winds its way by the Bay of Biscay that lies between steep mountains and green meadows, past beaches and cliffs. Your memorable experience begins as soon as you step in to the train and welcomed aboard by the friendly and courteous train crew. Each crew is highly professional and dedicated to provide unparalleled service. The train remains stationary every evening for an opportunity to enjoy the nightlife of each city and at the same time ensuring a good night sleep for the guests.

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ith the excellent design and décor, the train boasts of its four lounge carriages that are probably the most charming and beautiful space onboard. Throughout the 27 years of its history, its atmosphere has built many lifelong friendships.

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The pub carriage is decorated and lit like a small ballroom, where guests can enjoy the evening with music and dancing. A separate lounge carriage has a second bar to accommodate guests who prefer a quiet and relaxing evening. The other two lounge carriages offer an area to read, play board games or chat with other passengers or simply relax and look out the window and enjoy the beautiful sceneries.

The suites’ amenities include a mini-bar, safe, closet and luggage storage, desk and telephone with an external line. The private bathrooms that are equipped with hydro massage shower, whirlpool, steam bath and hairdryer.

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ach suite in El Transcantabrico Clasico is designed to offer guests a space for rest and privacy. The suites come with a double bed, with some offering a pull out bunk bed to accommodate a child less than 12 years of age.

The suites air-conditioning, heating, music volume and lighting can be individually adjusted for the guests’ utmost comfort.

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Itinerary

León - Santiago de Compostela Day 1

Your journey begins in León

Arrive in León, a fascinating city that is full of history, and is famous for several monumental buildings, including the Real Colegiata de San Isidoro, San Marcos and more. After the welcome reception, check in and settle into your cabin on board El Transcantabrico and depart for León. Upon arrival, enjoy your lunch followed by a visit to the Iron and Steel Industry Museum. Dinner and overnight in Cistierna.

Day 2

Admire the masterpieces of Carrión de los Condes

Enjoy breakfast on board as the train travels from Cistierna to Guardo. Upon arrival, board the coach to visit Olmeda’s Roman villa and the Palentine Romanesque art in Carrión de los Condes, and continue onwards to Frómista, stopping for lunch in Villalcázar de Sirga en route. Rejoin the train in Mataporquera, where you can marvel at the view from your window as the train winds around the edge of the fascinating Ebro Dam and the beautiful marshland region of Las Merindades to Villasana de Mena. Dinner and overnight in Villasana de Mena.

Day 3

City tours of Bilbao and Santander

Day 5

Travel back in time to Santillana del Mar

The train arrives in Cabezon de la Sal this morning after breakfast. Disembark the train for a coach transfer to Santillana del Mar, a picturesque medieval village captured in time. The tour includes a visit to the Neocave Museum at Altamira which incorporates a replica of the nearby Stone Age caves famous for their prehistoric paintings. Enjoy a

Deep into the heart of Asturias

Arrive today into the heart of Asturias, a beautiful region characterized by its steep rocky seaside cliffs and mountainous interior. Depart via coach up to the magnificent Picos de Europa National Park. Here you may visit the lakes, the sanctuary of Covadonga and then continue onwards to Cangas de Onis. Lunch is served on the train. Later arrive in Oviedo, the capital of the Principality that boasts a unique collection of the PreRomanesque monuments. Dinner and night in Oviedo.

Day 6

Journey to the charming city of Gijon

A short trip brings us from Oviedo to Gijon, the Asturian seaside town. After lunch your rail journey continues onwards to Luarca, the “White Town” of the Green Coast, where dinner is served.

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Breakfast is served on board as the train makes its way through the Valley of Mena and the lands of Vizcaya to reach Bilbao, a modern city where the river searches for the sea. Depart the train for a city tour, including a visit to the famous Guggenheim Museum (only for tours in July and August, as the museum is closed on Mondays during the rest of the year), and Torre de Loizaga in Galdames which houses the largest collection of Rolls Royce vehicles in the world. Have lunch on board the train as it travels to Santander, capital of Cantabria, a beautiful coastal city with an enchanting past. Enjoy a city tour followed by dinner. There is an optional excursion to the local Casino after dinner.

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delicious lunch in Santillana. In the afternoon, continue by train from Cabezon de la Sal to the province of Asturias for a visit to the beautiful seaside resort town of Llanes. Pass through Ribadesella for dinner in Cangas de Onis and overnight in Arriondas.

The majestic beauty of Ribadeo

This morning, travel further along the rugged coast to Ribadeo, where you may visit the Catedrales beach. Ribadeo is the first city of the province of Galicia on the border with Asturias, set majestically on the mouth of the River Eo. The landscape from here along the coast is called the “Rias Altas” or “Upper Estuaries” and is awe-inspiring. After lunch in Ribadeo, continue by train to the pretty walled village of Viveiro, viewpoint of San Roque. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight.

Day 8

Your journey ends in Santiago de Compostela

El Transcantabrico travels from Viveiro to Ferrol on the last leg of your epic rail journey. Upon arrival in Ferrol, board the coach bound for your last destination, Santiago de Compostela. A city tour entreats us to savor the beauty of the old quarter, the Obradoiro Square, the Platerias and the Cathedral, the destination of the important 9th century medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James. Bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends as this memorable journey comes to an end.

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Itinerary Santiago de Compostela - León Day 1

Tour Santiago de Compostela and travel to Viveiro

Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, whose Cathedral was the destination of the important 9th century medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James. Santiago is like a jewel in a crown, with the Plaza del Obradoiro, the Platerías and its famous Cathedral. Enjoy lunch in Santiago before boarding the coach to Ferrol, where El Transcantabrico, your hotel on wheels for the next seven nights, awaits. Settle in to your comfortable cabin as your railway cruise begins, traveling to Viveiro, a lovely walled city. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight in Viveiro.

Day 2

The majestic beauty of Ribadeo

After breakfast on board the train, depart for Ribadeo, located on the border between Asturias and Galicia. After lunch in Ribadeo and a visit to ‘Catedrales’ beach, admire the awe-inspiring landscape, called the “Rias Altas” or “Upper Estuaries,” as you journey to Luarca, the White Village on the Green Coast. Dinner and overnight in Luarca.

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Journey to the elegant city of Oviedo

The train departs this morning in the direction of Candas and then Gijón, an impressive city on the Asturian seaboard. After your delicious lunch, continue onwards by rail to Oviedo, capital of the Asturian Principality. It is a city of great elegance known for its gastronomic delights and some of the finest PreRomanesque monuments in Europe. Dinner and overnight in Oviedo.

Day 4 Deep into the heart of Asturias On our way to Arriondas, we reach the heart of Asturias, the Picos de Europa National Park. Climb up to the beautiful Lake Enol, the Sanctuary of Covadonga, and finally, Cangas de Onís. After lunch, return to the train and follow the route of the International Descent of the River Sella to Ribadesella. Continue to Llanes, a marvelous fishing village in Eastern Asturias. Enjoy the charming atmosphere, dinner and an overnight stay in Llanes.

Day 5 Travel back in time to Santillana del Mar Enjoy breakfast on board as the train travels to Cabezón de la Sal. Disembark the train for a coach transfer to Santillana del Mar, a picturesque medieval village captured in time. The tour includes a visit to the Neocave Museum at Altamira which incorporates a replica of the nearby Stone Age caves famous for their prehistoric paintings. After a delicious lunch in Santillana, continue on to Santander, capital of Cantabria, a beautiful coastal city with an enchanting past. Enjoy a city tour followed by dinner. There is an optional excursion to the local Casino after dinner.

Day 6

City tours of Bilbao and Galdames

After breakfast on the train, arrive in Bilbao, a modern city where the estuary meets the sea. Enjoy a visit to the city and the Guggenheim Museum, a modern architectural wonder designed by Frank Gehry. Today’s lunch is

served on board the train as you travel to Galdames to visit Torre de Loizaga which houses the largest private collection of Rolls Royce vehicles in the world. In the afternoon, journey to Balmaseda, the oldest town in all of Biscay, and Villasana de Mena in the north of the province of Burgos. Dinner and overnight in Villasana de Mena.

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Your journey ends in León

On our last day, the train crosses the lovely rivers and valleys of the mountains of León to the provincial capital. Explore several of the monumental buildings for which the city is known, including the Real Colegiata de San Isidoro, San Marcos, Casa de Botines, Cathedral and the Old Quarter. Bid a fond farewell to the train and to your newfound friends as this memorable journey comes to an end.

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The Trip Includes: • Seven nights in a suite aboard the train. • Seven dinners and seven lunches featuring local cuisine (including wine, coffee and liqueur). • Seven breakfasts, with free buffet. • Music and parties on the Pub carriage. • A coach which will accompany the train throughout the trip. • Scheduled outings, with visits to museums, cathedrals, cloisters, etc. • Daily press and magazines. • Permanent security service. • Multilingual guide throughout the journey. • An excellent team at your service.

In addition to the train, a luxury coach will accompany our guests during the journey, taking them to the places the train cannot reach.

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Admire the masterpieces of Carrión de los Condes

This morning after breakfast, depart by coach from Mataporquera to visit the Canal de Castilla and view fine examples of Palentine Romanesque art in Carrión de los Condes, Frómista and Villacázar de Sirga. Lunch is served in Villalcázar before your trip to Guardo for a tour of the Roman Villa of Olmeda. Visit the Steelworks and Mining Museum in Sabero, then depart to Cistierna for dinner and overnight.

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El Expreso de La Robla

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l Expreso de la Robla is designed for the time constricted and budget minded guests without sacrificing style and comfort. The train’s nostalgic ambience combined with modern features guarantees an unforgettable journey that will last a lifetime. The three itineraries of Expreso de La Robla are specially crafted to discover the natural and manmade wonders of Spain. To get the most out of your journey, a coach is utilized to visit the most hidden places in the route that cannot be reached by rail. Enjoy your delicious breakfast with the magnificent view of North of Spain as the train winds its way to your next destination. In the evening, the train remains stationary and gives you the opportunity to explore each city at your own leisure and ensure a good night sleep.

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he Expreso de La Robla offers three comfortable common lounge carriages with bar service, daily newspaper and magazines, a computer for passengers’ use, and free internet connection. Mingle with your fellow guests and enjoy a cocktail, challenge each other with board games, read your favorite book or simply relax as you watch the marvelous views outside the large windows. The lounges are available for all guests and offer opportunities for various activities depending on your mood.

ach of the seven carriages of El Expreso de La Robla have four cabins, with modern design.

All cabins are equipped with two bunk beds and a closet, a reading light, individual air-conditioning/heating, piped music, PA system, telephone and a private bathroom.

For traveling groups with special events, the lounges are equipped with a large screen, PC connections and a PA system to accommodate conferences and meetings.

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Itinerary

LA ROBLA

JACOBEO Gijon/Santiago/Gijon

Bilbao/León/Bilbao

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Your journey begins in Gijón

Welcome to Gijón, home to Romanesque churches, that date back from the 12th and 13th centuries. Check in to El Expreso de la Robla, your hotel on wheels for the next three nights. Settle in to your comfortable cabin as your railway journey begins, traveling to the first Galician site at the banks near the mouth of Eo’s River. Enjoy dinner in the Parador and overnight in Ribadeo.

Day 2

Breathtaking views of northern Spain

Enjoy a succulent breakfast on board as the train makes its way to Viveiro, a beautiful walled city and a mirror to the splendid views from Mount San Roque. Rejoin the train and depart for Ortigueira where the coach to Cariño awaits. After lunch in Cedeira, continue on to Cape Ortegal and see the awe inspiring cliffs and views from the Northern most part of Spain Visit the Sanctuary of San Andres de Teixido and behold the beauty of this village which is indescribable in words. Transfer back to Cedeira and prepare to return to Ortigueira for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3 Explore the historic pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela This morning, board the coach to Santiago de Compostela. Upon arrival, explore the beauty and history of this city, whose Cathedral was the destination of the important 9th century medieval pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James. Visit the Plaza del Obradoiro, the Platerías, its famous Cathedral and discover why Santiago is hailed as a jewel in a crown. Continue on to Ferrol and enjoy a short sightseeing tour of this historical city before dinner. Overnight in Ferrol

Day 4 Conclude the journey with a visit to Cathedral at Mondoñedo and the beaches

Start your train journey from Bilbao

Welcome to Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque Country and the capital of the province of Biscay. Check in at the FEVE train station and board the Expreso de la Robla, your hotel on wheels for the next three nights. Settle in to your comfortable cabin as your railway adventure begins, traveling to Espinosa de los Monteros. Visit the Karstic Complex of Ojo de Guareña in Sotoscueva and find the largest cave collection of the Iberian Peninsula. Rejoin the train and depart for Cervera de Pisuerga where the train remains stationary for the evening at the station of VadoCervera. Dinner at the Parador of Fuentes Carrionas.

Day 2

Explore Leon, the city of Roman origin

Enjoy breakfast on board as the train travels to Matallana where the coach awaits to take you to the Caves of Valporquero. The cave is famous for its fascinating stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes. Rejoin the train as it takes you to San Feliz and transfer to León, a fascinating city, famous for several monumental buildings, including the Real Colegiata de San Isidoro, San Marcos and more. Enjoy dinner at the famous wine caves of Prieto Picudo and overnight onboard as the train remains stationary at the railway station of San Feliz.

Day 3 Visit the natural wonders at Vegacervera and Valporquero While having breakfast on board, the train makes it way to Guardo. After arrival, board the coach for your sightseeing tour and visit Romanesque Art of Palencia, Carrion de los Condes, Fromista, and Villalcazar de Sirga. After lunch, depart from Mataporquera to Espinosa de los Monteros for dinner and overnight.

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Disembark the train in Bilbao

The journey continues as you travel to Foz at the break of dawn and behold the breathtaking views from its cliffs. The next stop is the city if Mondoñedo, one of the most evocative capitals of the old Kingdom of Galicia. Visit the city’s main attraction, the three-nave cathedral of San Martiño, whose architecture reflects an unusual mixture of Gothic and Baroque styles and the beaches at La Marina Lucense. After lunch, travel to Navia where the train awaits and takes you back to Gijon. Upon arrival, bid a fond farewell to your newfound friends as your memorable journey ends here.

After breakfast on the train, explore the cities of Villa of Espinosa de Los Monteros and Medina de Pomar. Visit the remarkable monuments of Alcázar de los Condestables and its famous Old Quarters. Continue on to Balmaseda, home to the historic quarter and old bridge. Visit the famous beret factories and Boinas La Encartada, followed by a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Expreso de La Robla and travel back to Bilbao, where the tour ends.

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Starting point: FEVE Station in Gijon (Asturias), between 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM (Thursdays) Av. Sanz Crespo, s/n. 33207 GIJON (Asturias). Tel.: +34 902 555 902

Starting point: FEVE Station in La Concordia de Bilbao, from 01:30 PM to 03:30 PM (Thursday) C/ Bailen, 2. 48003 BILBAO. Tel.: +34 902 555 902

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Itinerary PORTA NORTE Gijon/Ribadeo/Gijon Day 1

Your journey begins in Gijón

Day 2

Your adventure begins upon arrival at the Gijon FEVE train station and check in to El Expreso de La Robla. Settle in to your comfortable cabin as the train makes it way Ribadeo, one of the most important towns along the coast of Lugo. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating city and visit the famous Old Quarters. After lunch, you have the opportunity to see a panoramic view over the Eo’s Estuary from the balcony of Mirador de la Santa Cruz. In the afternoon, visit the Coal Loader and relive the mining activity in the earlier days. Continue on to the Lighthouse for a 360-degree vista of this charming village at the mouth of Eo’s River. After dinner, spend your evening at leisure with some free time to enjoy the colorful nightlife of Ribadeo.

Explore the beautiful sights of Mondoñedo

After your delicious breakfast on board, travel by coach to the beautiful city of Mondoñedo and discover its culture and heritage. Today’s tour includes visit to the Cathedral, Craftsmen Quarter, the Seminary and impressive wonders of nature such as the Cathedral’s beach and the beautiful fishing parish of Rinlo. After lunch, the coach takes you back to Ribadeo where the Expreso de la Robla awaits to take you back to Gijon. Take some time to say goodbye to your newfound friends as the tour ends this evening.

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The Trips Includes: • Accommodation and breakfast on El Expreso de La Robla. • Lunches and dinners at selected restaurants. • Train journeys with complimentary coach trips. • Tickets and visits for all stops in the itinerary.

• Guide throughout the journey. • Security system. • Air-conditioned train with all mod cons. • An excellent team at your service.

In addition to the train, our coach will accompany you during the trip, taking you to the places the train cannot reach.

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Al Andalus Train

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he Al Andalus Train, also known as the luxurious “Palace on Wheels of Spain”, is a unique way to discover the breathtaking landscape of Southern Spain.

The train’s lavishly decorated interior, combined with delectable cuisine and impeccable service takes you back in time and relive the Belle Époque era. Embark on this once in a lifetime journey through Andalusia and experience the distinctive elegance of the Al Andalus luxury rail journey.

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The Lounges

The Suites

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he “Al Andalus” train is the largest tourist train in the world and boasts of its four railway gems – the spacious four lounge cars. Enjoy a scrumptious buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at the restaurant car, engage in a lively conversation with cocktails as you mingle with your fellow guests at the bar car and delight in nightly musical performances at the piano car. The tearoom offers large windows and comfortable chairs where you may simply relax, while enjoying the view of beautiful scenery that passes by your window. All carriages are air-conditioned and open 24 hours a day for all guests to enjoy with the friendly waiting staff ready to serve you at all times.

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he carriages of the “Al Andalus” were used by the British Royal family in the earlier days as they journeyed from Calais to the Cote d’Azur. The train has also recently remodeled seven suite sleepers, five of which were built in France in 1929. The Belle Epoque inspired suites have been enhanced with advanced technological features, but at the same time preserving the historical value and charm for the comfort and enjoyment of the guests. The “Al Andalus” has a total of 32 suites consisting of 12 Standard and 20 Superior Suites, all of which have separate air conditioners. The Superior Suites have 2 low beds, a safe, closet and a private bathroom, while the Superior Suites are equipped with a double bed (150 x 200 cm), a mini-bar, safe, closet and large full bathroom. During the day, the beds fold into comfortable couches converting the suites into private lounges. Additionally, the highly trained train crew is available at your service 24 hours a day to assist you with all your needs.

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Itinerary Round-trip from Sevilla Day 1

Sunday: Sevilla - Córdoba

You are welcomed and received at the Santa Justa train station in Seville at noon. Board the Al Andalus Train and enjoy a delicious meal as the train travels to Cordoba. Upon arrival, visit the Historical Quarters, hailed as a World Heritage Site since 1994. The tour includes visit to the Alcazar, the famed Mosque and the Jewish Quarter. The rest of the afternoon is yours free to explore this historical city. In the evening, dinner is served at a local restaurant, where you have the opportunity to taste the cuisine of Cordoba. Spend the evening onboard, as the train remains stationed in Cordoba.

Day 2

Monday: Córdoba - Baeza - Úbeda - Granada

The train arrives at Linares-Baeza this morning, after breakfast. Today, visit the Museum of Olive Oil, the old town of Baeza and the International University of Andalucía. Continue on to Ubeda, and discover the Monumental City with its preserved Renaissance style churches and palaces. Following lunch, you have some free time to discover the surroundings of this magnificent city at your own leisure. Return to the train and enjoy dinner onboard as you travel to Granada where the evening is spent.

Day 3

Tuesday: Granada

This morning, visit Alhambra - a palace and fortress complex constructed during the mid 14th century by the Moorish rulers of the Emirate of Granada. Continue on to the Gardens of Generalife, a romantic garden remarkable for its location and diversity of its flowers, plants and fountains. Proceed to the city of Sierra Nevada and discover the Quarters of Albaicin, Sacromonte, the Cathedral and the first Renaissance Church in Spain. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon as you discover the hidden treasures of Granada. Dinner is served at a local restaurant followed by a remarkable Flamenco Show. Return to the train and spend the evening onboard in Granada.

Day 4 Wednesday: Granada - Ronda - Cádiz Marvel at the magnificent view of the mountain ranges as the train travels to Ronda. Explore this amazing city, and discover its famous bridges- the

Puente Romano, Puente Viejo and Puente Nuevo. Ronda is also the cradle of “Bullfighting.” Once a year, a unique and historical bullfight events take place at Spain’s oldest ring - Plaza de Toros de Ronda. After lunch, board the train as you travel to Cádiz – the oldest city in Western Europe preserving a remarkable historical heritage. Discover the fascinating architecture of its monuments, massive stonewalls and forts as you stroll along the city’s impressive streets. Dinner is served at a local restaurant before returning to the train for an overnight stay in Cadiz.

Day 5

Thursday: Cádiz - Jerez - Sanlucar - Jerez

Enjoy breakfast onboard as the train travels to Jerez – home of “Sherry” wine and historical buildings. Visit a wine cellar where you have the opportunity to learn about the elaborate process of wine making and taste some of their products. You then proceed to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and marvel at the show called “How the Andalusian Horses Dance.” Continue on to Sanlucar de Barrameda, a city located at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River and in front of the National Park of Doñana - the largest nature reserve in Europe. The reserve is a protected area and declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. After lunch, cruise along the Guadalquivir River and enjoy the magnificent view and wonder of nature. Return to Jerez in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring this magnificent city. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant and spend some time mingling with your new friends at the farewell party. The evening is spent onboard as the train remains stationed in Jerez.

Day 6

Friday: Jerez - Sevilla

After breakfast, the train arrives Seville, the capital of Andalucia and Cultural Center of Southern Spain. This morning’s tour includes visit to reputed World Heritage Sites such as the great and beautiful minaret tower - La Giralda, the famous Cathedral, the beautiful palace of Alcazar, the 13th century tower Torre del Oro and the Archivo General de Indias. Return to the Santa Justa train station where the train crew awaits to assist you with your luggage. Bid farewell to your new friends as you continue your onward journey.

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The Crew

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Following services are also available on board:

ur onboard staff is committed to provide excellent service to all guests. The highly trained and professional train crew is ready to assist you and dedicated to provide the most personal service at all times. The service team is led by the Director who oversees a smooth and safe journey, assisted by an on-board guide, head waiter, waiters and waitresses, musician, cleaning staff, security staff, a train driver, a conductor and a rail specialist. The whole team will work together to ensure that guests enjoy the journey in comfort and style.

• Laundry service: Daily laundry service is available. Please approach our friendly staff who will happily assist you. • Medical service: The trains are equipped with a medicine chest and defibrillator.. Medical services are available to guests if necessary. For special medical needs, Health Care Centers located on the areas of destination are accessible. • Special menus: Special dietary requests are welcome. Kindly inform your agent of any special requests upon reservation. • Travel insurance: We strongly suggest purchase of Travel Insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. Please contact your agent for more information.

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Cuisine

Groups

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The Tourist Trains welcome all types of groups whether traveling for business, pleasure or attending conferences and meetings.

We adapt to your needs and able to customize a trip that fits your requirements in terms of route, duration and activities.

All trains are equipped with most advanced technology and can accommodate all kinds of journeys and meetings.

As chartered trips are customized to suit the requirements of the clients, please note that prices may vary according to route, duration and activities. Kindly contact our sales team for special rates and availability.

El Transcantabrico Gran Lujo has a maximum capacity of 28 passengers accommodated in 14 luxury suites.

El Transcantabrico Clasico can accommodate a maximum of 54 passengers on 27 double suite.

El Expreso de La Robla has a total of 27 double compartments accommodating a maximum of 52 people.

The Al Andalus has 32 suites which can accommodate up to 64 passengers.

pain is well known for its diverse cuisine. Experience the wines of and enjoy the unique dishes of the region that have been influenced by different cultures over the centuries - all this while traveling in luxury. Our personally picked restaurants give you the opportunity to taste regional dishes prepared by top-notch chefs. All our menus incorporate carefully selected wines to harmonize with the ingredients of the meals served at each lunch and dinner.

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