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The Costa Verde Express is the link to Spain’s longest-running tourist train, the Train that started operating in 1983 under the name “El Transcantábrico.” Elegance, care for details, meticulous service, haute cuisine and a spectacular route combining the Cantabrian Coast and the Picos de Europa mountains. Its beaches and cliffs, its green meadows and historic towns will amaze you.
For six days, we will embark on a unique trip through the Green Spain, following the winding metre-gauge railway bordering the Bay of Biscay. From Bilbao to Gijon or vice-versa, we will visit its cities and explore its towns, on the coast and inland, going up to the lakes of Covadonga in the heart of the Picos de Europa mountains. You will savor the North of Spain’s gastronomy, one of the most renowned nationally and internationally.
The train on which you are going to travel is a period train with all the modern comforts. All rooms are air-conditioned with a full bathroom featuring a sauna and hydro massage. You can enjoy the train’s spacious lounges and dining rooms, which are available to passengers and staffed by efficient personnel at all times.
Meeting point at the Gijón Parador at 1:00 pm
Meeting point at the Gijón Parador at 1:00 pm. Travelers welcome and lunch at the Gijón Parador. After lunch, enjoy a tour of the historical center of this city on the sea. On the way to the train station, the tour stops at Avilés, a millenary town with a beautifully preserved and valuable historic center. Later we will arrive at Candás, where the Trans-Cantabrian train awaits. Once on board, the crew will offer a welcome drink, and you can settle into your on-board accommodation. Dinner and overnight stay in Candás.
Enjoy a leisurely and scenic breakfast on the way to the next stop, Oviedo, the capital of the Asturias Principality and the heart of pre-Romanesque Asturias, with treasures such as San Julián de los Prados. Enjoy the city and a delicious breakfast to sample some the local produce and renowned friendly hospitality. The train will arrive at Ribadesella in the afternoon. Tour of the city. The coach will take you to Llanes. Tour, dinner and overnight stay in Llanes.
Every day of the trip starts with a delicious breakfast. Enjoy your breakfast on the railway this morning with spectacular views on the way to Arriondas, right in the heart of the Asturias Principality. Visit the magnificent Picos de Europa National Park, ascending to Enol Lake, and then the Covadonga Sanctuary; a sacred place full of tradition and legends. Next, Cangas de Onís, the first capital of the Asturias Kingdom founded by Pelagius of Asturias. In the afternoon, after lunch, the train will arrive in Unquera and from there it goes to Cabezón de la Sal, in the lands of the beautiful Cantabrian coast. Dinner and overnight stay in Cabezón de La Sal.
After breakfast, the coach will take you to visit the famous Altamira ‘Neocave’, a museum and scientific reproduction of the finest Upper Palaeolithic rock art ever found. Next up is a visit to the magnificently preserved Medieval historic quarter of Santillana del Mar and its Collegiate Church. Lunch. The next adventure on our great railway journey is a guided tour of Santander, the elegant Cantabrian capital. After dinner, you can visit the Santander Grand Casino with entry included. Overnight in Santander.
Breakfast on board and tour of Santander. Lunch on board on the way to Marrón/Ampuero. From here, the coach will take you to visit Santoña with its spectacular Biosphere Marsh Reserve, with a visit to one of its traditional canned anchovy and Albacore tuna factories and then a tour of the town with a boat ride across the spectacular bay to visit the quaint seaside town of Laredo and then back to the train. Dinner and overnight stay in Marrón/Ampuero.
During breakfast the train will journey on to Bilbao; a vibrant town that has reinvented itself after the decline of its traditional heavy industry. Includes the entry ticket to the famous Guggenheim Museum, the iconic symbol of the new Bilbao and a visit to the Portugalete Hanging Bridge. Lunch in a typical restaurant and the end of the trip at around 4:00 pm.