El Costa Verde Express
Price fromEUR 2,700
El Costa Verde Express, formerly El Transcantabrico Clasico, is one of Renfe's luxury trains of Spain. Take a cultural and gastronomic journey through the country's northern region, known as 'Green Spain'. An evocative and pleasant atmosphere, a first-class crew and the rich culture and cuisine of the Basque Country, Cantabria and Asturias are the pillars that make every trip on the Costa Verde Express a real pleasure for the senses. The carriages of the train take travellers back to the golden years of rail journeys, accompanied by all comforts and services of the 21st century. Each cabin is a fully equipped to enjoy a comfortable stay onboard. All have independent air conditioning and a full ensuite bathroom. Elegant and evocative carriages are used to serve a select breakfast, lunch or dinner, to enjoy a drink or to socialise with fellow travellers. To ensure passengers get a good night's rest, the train will remain parked at a station at night. An evening of entertainment follows your dinner. Every night, you'll be treated to live music performances. Given the length of the train, these will not affect those who prefer retiring earlier to the privacy of their suite. You can also choose to have a quiet drink on one of the other saloon cars, or go for a stroll in whichever town you are spending the night in.
During the journey, you will visit and explore places by the sea or in the mountains, charming squares and streets, museums, cathedrals, wine cellars and ports. Many stories and a wealth of history will be revealed by multilingual guides, accompanying you on each trip. Lunch is the central event of the day, and in the afternoons you will alternate more excursions with activities on board the train, or just enjoy the scenery passing by before our eyes.
GASTRONOMY Both in the dining cars or in the distinguished restaurants en route, the gastronomy is the responsibility of the most renowned kitchens and chefs of northern Spain, an area already ranked among the best in Europe for the quality of both its professionals and its products. The journey itself is a tour of the gastronomic identities of Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country, where different cultures have inhabited, each leaving their own trait on the typical flavours of Northern Spain. A culinary tradition renewed and reworked by internationally famous chefs, which travellers will enjoy along the route.
A buffet breakfast is complemented by the personalised attention of waiters. Local specialties will be presented during the tour in the form of sweets, tortillas, pies, cheeses, and more, thereby ensuring that every day is different and original - even at the breakfast table.
Lunches and dinners will be served both in the elegant train dining cars and at respected restaurants that make up our selection of restaurants during the journey. The innovative cuisine of the Green Spain is the centrepiece of this culinary and cultural trip. Dishes like Asturian fabada (stew), mountain cocido, fish and seafood, desserts such as the rice pudding or a pantxineta, renowned anchovies from Cantabria, are just a small sample of the extensive and mouth-watering culinary offerings onboard Costa Verde Express. All of this paired with the finest wines from different wine regions in northern Spain.
Menus are set in advance, seeking a balance between the traditional cuisine of each area, the creativity of our professionals, and the innovation that has made Spanish chefs famous internationally. Nevertheless, special food requirements due to health or personal choice shall be addressed without prejudice to the quality of meals on offer.
Day 1 (Sunday): Bilbao-Marron/Ampuero Welcome meeting at Concordia Station in Bilbao at 12 noon on board the train, meet the crew and settle into your accommodation on board. Lunch and a tour of the city; 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. Enjoy fine dining and fantastic scenery on board this evening on the way to Marron/Ampuero where you will spend the night.
Day 2 (Monday): Marron/Ampuero-Santander After leisurely breakfast on board, the luxury coach will take you to visit Santona with its spectacular Biosphere Marsh Reserve, with a visit to one of its traditional anchovy and Albacore tuna canning factories and then a tour of the town with a boat ride across the spectacular bay to visit the quaint seaside town of Laredo. Enjoy lunch on board the train on the way to Santander, the elegant capital of Cantabria, where you can ponder spectacular panoramic views and enjoy free time to experience this beautiful location in your own way. Dinner at a well-known restaurant in the city. After dinner, you can visit the Sardinero Grand Casino with entry included. Overnight in Santander.
Day 3 (Tuesday): Santander-Arriondas Enjoy your breakfast to the clickety-clack of the rails and spectacular landscapes on the way to Cabezon de la Sal, where the luxury coach awaits to take you in comfort and style to 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 returns to Ribadesella in Asturias, with a tour, dinner and overnight stay in Arriondas.
Day 4 (Wednesday): Arriondas-Llanes Breakfast on board in Arriondas while the train glides along the iron rails into 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 Onis, the first capital of the Asturias Kingdom founded by Pelagius of Asturias. Lunch. After lunch on the train, which will emulate the International Descenso de la Sella festival, the adventure continues towards to Llanes. Tour and overnight stay in Llanes.
Day 5 (Thursday): Llanes-Candas 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 Julian de los Prados. Enjoy the city and a delicious breakfast to sample some the local produce and renowned friendly hospitality. Free time. The train will arrive at CandÃ¡s in the afternoon. Discover Aviles, an ancient town with a beautifully preserved and valuable historic centre. Dinner and overnight stay in Candas.
Day 6 (Friday): Candas-Gijon After breakfast, pack up your bags and say goodbye to your travel companions on the train. The coach will take you to Gijon, a city that is wide open to the great Cantabrian Sea and hosts an extensive range of cultural events. After the visit, enjoy lunch at the spectacular Gijon Parador, where the trip will end at approximately 16:00.
• Accommodation onboard in Grand Class Room • Buffet breakfasts every day • All dinners and lunches, with the finest cuisine aboard the train or in top restaurants (including wine, water, soft drinks, and coffee) • Welcome drink and snack • Farewell dinner - gala party • Traveling toiletries bag courtesy of Renfe Viajeros (with amenities and slippers) • Free mineral water available in the cabin's minibar • Activities on board: music and live performances, parties in the pub car, show cooking and cocktails, dancing, etc • Tickets to museums, attractions and shows • Excursions and scheduled tours • Luxury coach accompanying the train along the trip • Two Renfe train tickets with a 50% discount: one to the starting point and the other back from the end of the tourist trip • Taxes and services • Daily newspapers and magazines • Security service • Multilingual guide throughout the tour • Excellent crew available (expedition Leader, guide, waiters, cooks, technicians, etc)
Pricing (per person) EUR
September: 6, 20
October: 4, 18
September: 6, 20