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"Cruise" Northern Spain on a Luxury Train Tour
ancient pilgrimage sites to the avant-garde Guggenheim Museum
note! The Galicia - Leon tour between Leon and
Santiago de Compostela offers standard train compartments. For deluxe accommodations,
see the Galicia -Vasco tours between San Sebastian and Santiago de Compostela.
on a 54-passenger luxury train (8 days - 7 nights) and discover rugged
and scenic "Green Spain" along the shores of the Bay of Biscay. In this
pastoral corner of northern Spain, five provinces - Galicia, Cantabria, Asturias,
the Basque Country and Castilla y Leon - unroll gracefully among high mountains,
green meadows, stony cliffs and sandy beaches. The region abounds with out-of
-the-way places brimming with history, charm and vibrant energy.
distinctive train tour takes you to the heart of all these regions and lets you
enjoy their beauty and discover the uniqueness of their local cultures. The beauty
of the countryside, the monuments and the pleasures of unrivalled cuisine await
you, along with the exquisite accommodations of this incredible "hotel on
train tour goes from Leon
to Santiago de Compostela with overnights in Cistierna, Villasana de Mena,
Santander, Arriondas, Gijon, Luarca, and Viveiro. (The itinerary operates in the
opposite direction on alternate weeks.)
addition to seeing the spectacular "Green Spain" scenery from the train,
you'll enjoy a complete program of local sightseeing tours via luxury motor coach.
it like on a train "cruise"?
compartments. Surrounded by idyllic "Green Spain," you'll enjoy
touring on an elegant train with compartments designed for complete rest and privacy.
The train stops overnight every day, so your sleep is not disturbed by the jolting
of cars or the clatter of wheels. This also allows you to go out and savor the
unique atmosphere of the local town in the evening.
sleeping car has four compact compartments (64 sq ft) with a small double bed
(47" x 73"), carpeted floor, minibar, safe, wardrobe and a desk.
compartment has a private bathroom with hydro-sauna, turbo-massage, steam bath
and hair dryer.
compartments per train have an additional overhead bunk bed (35" x 73"
or 29" x 69") for a child between the ages of 2 and 12.
conditioning and heating can be regulated individually.
the bedroom and the bathroom have large picture windows with curtains.
coaches are internally connected so you can move freely on the train.
lounges. The train has four lounge carriages decorated in luxurious "Belle
"pub carriage" with a bar and a dance floor, which is decorated and
lit like a small night club, with entertainment every night.
bar suitable for having a quiet drink with your new friends.
common "living room" with television/video and tables for games, etc.
library, where you can sit back and relax with the daily newspaper, a magazine
or one of the books in the library's collection.
food. As one travels through Castilla y Léon and along the Cantabrian
coast, it quickly becomes apparent that cuisine is going to play a major role
on this train ride. Galicia, Asturias and the Basque Country are, in the opinion
of many great chefs (as well as that of many demanding gourmets) the regions where
the finest cuisine in Spain is to be found.
menu during the tour offers the opportunity to savor some of the most famous dishes
from each region's gastronomy: stuffed meats, lamb, fresh fish from the Bay of
Biscay, Asturian bean stew, octopus, cod, shellfish, Frixuelos (Asturian-style
crepes), Casadielles (fried tarts filled with walnut paste typical of Asturias),
fried milk and, not to forget, the wonderful local wines: La Rioja, Albariño,
Mencía, Rueda, Ribera de Duero and Bierzo. Coffee and liqueurs are also
complete buffet-style breakfast ranging from pastries to the famous Jamon Iberico,
or savory cured ham, is served on board the train in the lounge cars every morning.
with private bath (shower)
meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8 (generally buffet breakfasts
on the train; lunches and dinners in local restaurants)
with lunch and dinner
Car entertainment every night
tours and entrance fees as specified
motor coach for visits and excursions
to/from cruise-tour start/end points
and travel insurance
drinks between meals
service (hotel-type service available in some cities where the train stops)
calls made from the train
items not specifically listed under "Included" above
to Santiago de Compostela||Mar
23, Apr 6 & 20, May 4 & 18|
Jun 1, 15 & 29, Jul 13 & 27
Aug 10 & 24, Sep 7 & 21
Oct 5 & 19
de Compostela to Leon||Mar
30, Apr 13 & 27|
May 11 & 25, Jun 8 & 22
Jul 6 & 20, Aug
3, 17 & 21
Sep 14 & 28, Oct 12 & 26
Prices (in US dollars)
may be adjusted at time of final payment to reflect any increase in the exchange
on booking date
(2-12 years old)|
The child rate applies for a child who will use a bunk bed in a compartment with
two adults. (Only 3 such compartments are available per train.)
specials available at this time