"EL TRANSCANTABRICO"- Grand Luxe (08 days)

Visiting: San Sebastian, Villasana de Mena, Bilbao, Santander, Potes, Cabezon de la Sal, Santillana del Mar, Arriondas, Oviedo, Candas, Aviles, Gijon, Luarca, Ribadeo, Viveiro, Santiago de Compostela

DEPARTURE ON SATURDAYS!

ITINERARYs ITINERARY:

San Sebastián – Karrantza

Welcome meeting in San Sebastian (hotel to be defined) at 12 noon. Travellers welcome and guided tour. Lunch in this elegant and beautiful city, where major cultural events take place every year. After lunch, the luxury coach will take you to Bilbao, where the Transcantábrico train awaits you. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink with the crew. Enjoy the ride along the rails to Carranza along with sumptuous fine dining on your first dinner on board. Overnight in Carranza. 

On the day the trip begins, the access to the suite is not guaranteed until 6:00pm, although other services are already underway.


Carranza - Bilbao - Santander

Begin your day with the delicious a-la-carte and buffet breakfast. El Transcantábrico will return to Bilbao; a vibrant town that has reinvented itself after the decline of its traditional heavy industry. The visit includes an entry ticket to the famous Guggenheim Museum, the iconic symbol of this new Bilbao. Back on board the train to enjoy a sumptuous lunch with spectacular views on the way to Santander. Tour through the elegant capital of Cantabria and enjoy free time to discover it at your leisure. After dinner, you can visit the Santander Grand Casino with entry included.  Overnight in Santander. 


Santander - Potes - Cabezón de la Sal

Train trip to Unquera. With our coach we will set off for Potes, crossing the impressive Gorge of La Hermida. After the visit of this charming Cantabrian villa, we can enjoy a thermal circuit in the Spa de La Hermida. Lunch. In the afternoon we will visit El Capricho, in Comillas, great and colorful 19th century palace by Antonio Gaudí. Dinner and night in Cabezón de la Sal.


Cabezón de la Sal - Santillana del Mar - Arriondas

We start the day with the visit to the village of Santillana del Mar, with its beautifully preserved medieval old town. Afterwards, we will approach the Neo-cave of Altamira, museum and reliable reproduction of this greatest exponent of the rock art of the Upper Paleolithic. After the meal, we will return to the train to enter Asturian lands to Arriondas. Dinner and night in Arriondas.


Landes - Oviedo - Candás

After breakfast we will enter with our coach in the heart of the Picos de Europa National Park. We will visit Lake Enol and then head for the Sanctuary of Covadonga, a sacred place full of tradition and legend. Return to El Transcantábrico for lunch on board while we travel to Oviedo, capital of the Principality of Asturias and exponent of the Asturian pre-Romanesque art with jewels such as San Julián de los Prados. Visit and free time. Dinner and night in Candás.


Candás - Gijón - Luarca

We start the day by going to Avilés, a millennial villa that has preserved a valuable old town. Then we will take our way to Gijón, a city which is open to the Cantabrian Sea as well as full of cultural events. We will return to El Transcantábrico to travel along the Asturian coast to Luarca, the White Village of the Green Coast, where we will enjoy a guided tour in this charming fishing town. Dinner and night in Luarca.


Luarca - Ribadeo - Viveiro

Train trip to Ribadeo, a historic Galician village bordering the Principality of Asturias. By bus we will travel along the coast to Las Catedrales Beach, one of the most spectacular in the world. Next, we will make a panoramic visit to Ribadeo and have lunch. In the afternoon with the train we will arrive in Viveiro, where, after the guided tour, we can enjoy free time. Dinner and night in Viveiro.


Viveiro - Santiago de Compostela

Enjoying our last breakfast on board, we will arrive at Ferrol, where the bus from El Transcantábrico awaits us to get closer to Santiago de Compostela. Visit of the historic center of this city, a goal of pilgrims for a thousand years, which treasures countless artistic jewels such as its magnificent cathedral. End of trip after the visit at the Parador de los Reyes Católicos at 1:00pm.

* On the last day of the trip, the suite must be left before 12:00pm, although all other services continue until later.



PRICE PER PERSON: Pasaporte

From $6,400 + Airfare and taxes

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • NO AIRFARE included, in tour price
  • NO AIRPORT TRANSFERS included in this trip
  • BILINGUAL tour guide
  • Ticket Admissions (as indicated)
  • Lunch and/or Dinner, as indicated in detailed itinerary
  • Train ride (see itinerary)
  • Accommodation in Deluxe Suite with 150 cm bed, sofa /bed in living room and bathroom with sauna and hydromassage.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Possibility of the crew collecting and ordering their luggage, both on arrival and at the end of the trip.
  • Breakfast.
  • Dinners and meals on board the train or in top restaurants (including wine and coffee).
  • Welcome Cup and Appetizer.
  • Toilet bag with toiletries and slippers.
  • Mineral water.
  • Onboard activities such as music and live performances, pub car parties, dancing, etc.
  • Tickets to museums, monuments and shows
  • Excursions and tours scheduled and guided..
  • Luxury coach that accompanies the train throughout the route.
  • Fees and services.
  • Daily press and magazines.
  • Security service.
  • Multilingual escort guide throughout the tour.

DETAILS:

The price does NOT include visas, additional taxes at the border and/or airports, excess baggage (some airlines allow less than 23Kg per suitcase) gratuity to the guide & driver.  Also NOT included are tips and drinks at restaurants (even if tour included the meal), meals outside of the ones mentioned, porter service, travel insurance, optional excursions, or anything that is not mentioned in writing. Check-in time to hotels worldwide is between 2:00pm-4:00pm and based on how quickly they can clean & sanitize rooms for the next guest. If the flight arrives early, you can leave your bags at the concierge and go for a walk or eat, while the rooms are ready.

When a passenger decides NOT to use nights in planned hotels, NOT participate in any excursion or DO NOT take any meals included in the program during the course of the tour, there will be NO refund.

Price is per person, in a double room, subject to availability. Viatur Travel System, Inc and/or the Tour Operator reserve the right to change the sequence of the program and/or planned hotels. There are many factors that can cause the order of the itinerary to change, without prior notice or that some services are replaced by others or totally eliminated.  The tour Operator and ourselves will always try to provide equal value or better for any unexpected change.  Providing satisfaction and quality of the tour has always been our main objective and that has characterized VIATUR since 1995.

$500 pp of initial DEPOSIT is required to book the Land Tour + the cost of the air ticket (if not included in price). In cases where the package does not include airfare, it must be booked and purchased within 24 hours of making your airfare reservation. Sometimes the airlines make price changes beyond anyone's control, they do not allow us to assign seats in advance and they charge for transporting bags, food, blankets, headphones, etc. In case you decide not to buy the air ticket through Viatur, there will be an additional administrative fee of $ 35 per passenger for processing your information. We accept Discover, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and PayPal for the initial deposit of your reservation ($500 pp). It is the policy of our company that given the nature of our services, the balance is settled with cash, cashier's check, bank deposit or bank wire in the name of our company VIATUR TRAVEL SYSTEM, INC. However, as a customer convenience and alternate form of payment, you can settle the balance with your credit card or PayPal, but in that case there will be an additional convenience charge.  With our LAY-AWAY PLAN: You can make monthly payments, without any additional fee for tours that have a departure date of 10 to 13 months into the future.

Please look at our LAY-AWAY PLAN information, under the ENGLISH tab - TERMS & CONDITIONS.   

ATTENTION: All tours have LIMITED SPACE & RESERVATION DEADLINE, the price may increase a minimum of $250 p.p.

NOTESEl Mundo

There are several pricing options.  If you wish, we can offer you land services only or with airfare included.  We can also provide price with airfare from another city or country, for any questions, please contact us at 1-888-284-2887 or info@viatur.com  If you choose to obtain your own airfare, there will be an administrative fee of $35 pp   DO NOT FORGET TO BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE at the time of making your reservation to cover Pre-Existing Conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure etc). This insurance will give you peace of mind when traveling and protection against severe cancellation penalties. In addition, it will cover medical expenses, theft or loss of luggage including if airline's fault. Please call your travel advisor at 1-888-2-VIATUR (1-888-284-2887) for more information or by E-mail: info@viatur.com  FINAL PAYMENT IS DUE 60 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE.  FAILURE TO PAY ON TIME, MAY CAUSE A $50 SURCHARGE or LOSS OF RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT.   All reservations are subject to cancelation penalties, depending on when we receive written notification of your cancellation. Air tickets generate penalties for any change and are NOT refundable and are NOT transferable to another person, nor can the flight itinerary be changed. These penalties, established by the airlines are NOT negotiable, nor are they within our control.  Please read the General Conditions in detail enclosed in your documents and/or on our website www.ViaturTravel.com

Check-In at hotels is worldwide between 2:00 pm-4:00pm, your understanding is requested, in case your flight arrives very early and you have to wait for your room to be ready. You are recommended to leave your luggage with the Hotel Concierge and go to eat or walk while the room is ready. Do not leave anything valuable, since neither the hotel nor Viatur are responsible for any loss. Check-out is normally between 11:00 am-12:00pm 

THE PASSENGER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HAVING TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION NEEDED. THE PASSPORT MUST BE VALID FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, AFTER RETURN DATE AND THE NAME ON THE AIRLINE TICKET MUST BE IDENTICAL TO THE PASSPORT. DO NOT FORGET TO VERIFY THE VISA AND /OR VACCINES REQUIREMENT FOR THE COUNTRIES YOU ARE VISITING, EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY BE ONLY PASSING-THROUGH THAT COUNTRY'S AIRPORT. TRAVEL IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY, DEPEND ON YOUR NATIONALITY. VIATUR DOES NOT PROCESS VISAS, WE CAN ONLY GIVE YOU SOME BASIC GUIDANCE OF THE PROCESS. 

BEFORE ISSUING AIRLINE TICKETS FOR RESERVATION:  VIATUR WILL REQUIRE a LEGIBLE & COMPLETE COPY OF THE 1ST PAGE OF YOUR PASSPORT (including picture and signature).  We will also need a fully filled-out SIGNED Reservation Form, 

TRAVEL ALONE? - NEED A TRAVEL PARTNER?

Viajando Solo

Reserve as soon as possible and we will try to get you a (same gender) Room-Share travel partner (applicable to most tours) and therefore, you will save the high cost of the "Individual Supplement" (extra cost for having a room to yourself). Contact us at 1-888-284-2887 or by email at info@viatur.com, to inform us of your interest in a Room-Share travel partner.  Make your $500 deposit, as soon as possible, to have a better chance of finding a roommate. Be aware that his option has pros and cons.  The "pros", If it all goes well, you will save money and hopefully have a pleasant and courteous travel partner, who might even become a friend or travel partner for other trips.  The "con" is that after finding you a roommate, that person might turn out to be someone, not as pleasant (you can share a room, without having to socialize during the day).  The most worrisome case "con" is that person may decide to cancel the trip for personal reasons or decide to travel with someone else known to him/her at last minute and is no longer be available to share the room.  In that uncommon scenario, you will be responsible for paying the Individual Supplement, but you will be able to have the room to yourself.  If you cancel, we will refund you as much as possible, but this depends on when does is the cancellation processed (within 60 days of departure date, it gets more complicated).  Also, if airline tickets have been issued, the airline will not refund any money and the tickets are non-transferable.  This situation happens rarely, but it's always a possibility, so its always best to consider the scenario of that extra expense.  We will make the Single Supplement, as affordable as possible, but it's based on what the Tour Operator charges, how long is the tour and the destination, because some countries are far more expensive than others.


Single Room Supplement : Ask your agent

Visiting: San Sebastian, Villasana de Mena, Bilbao, Santander, Potes, Cabezon de la Sal, Santillana del Mar, Arriondas, Oviedo, Candas, Aviles, Gijon, Luarca, Ribadeo, Viveiro, Santiago de Compostela

DEPARTURE ON SATURDAYS!

ITINERARYs ITINERARY:

San Sebastián – Karrantza

Welcome meeting in San Sebastian (hotel to be defined) at 12 noon. Travellers welcome and guided tour. Lunch in this elegant and beautiful city, where major cultural events take place every year. After lunch, the luxury coach will take you to Bilbao, where the Transcantábrico train awaits you. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink with the crew. Enjoy the ride along the rails to Carranza along with sumptuous fine dining on your first dinner on board. Overnight in Carranza. 

On the day the trip begins, the access to the suite is not guaranteed until 6:00pm, although other services are already underway.


Carranza - Bilbao - Santander

Begin your day with the delicious a-la-carte and buffet breakfast. El Transcantábrico will return to Bilbao; a vibrant town that has reinvented itself after the decline of its traditional heavy industry. The visit includes an entry ticket to the famous Guggenheim Museum, the iconic symbol of this new Bilbao. Back on board the train to enjoy a sumptuous lunch with spectacular views on the way to Santander. Tour through the elegant capital of Cantabria and enjoy free time to discover it at your leisure. After dinner, you can visit the Santander Grand Casino with entry included.  Overnight in Santander. 


Santander - Potes - Cabezón de la Sal

Train trip to Unquera. With our coach we will set off for Potes, crossing the impressive Gorge of La Hermida. After the visit of this charming Cantabrian villa, we can enjoy a thermal circuit in the Spa de La Hermida. Lunch. In the afternoon we will visit El Capricho, in Comillas, great and colorful 19th century palace by Antonio Gaudí. Dinner and night in Cabezón de la Sal.


Cabezón de la Sal - Santillana del Mar - Arriondas

We start the day with the visit to the village of Santillana del Mar, with its beautifully preserved medieval old town. Afterwards, we will approach the Neo-cave of Altamira, museum and reliable reproduction of this greatest exponent of the rock art of the Upper Paleolithic. After the meal, we will return to the train to enter Asturian lands to Arriondas. Dinner and night in Arriondas.


Landes - Oviedo - Candás

After breakfast we will enter with our coach in the heart of the Picos de Europa National Park. We will visit Lake Enol and then head for the Sanctuary of Covadonga, a sacred place full of tradition and legend. Return to El Transcantábrico for lunch on board while we travel to Oviedo, capital of the Principality of Asturias and exponent of the Asturian pre-Romanesque art with jewels such as San Julián de los Prados. Visit and free time. Dinner and night in Candás.


Candás - Gijón - Luarca

We start the day by going to Avilés, a millennial villa that has preserved a valuable old town. Then we will take our way to Gijón, a city which is open to the Cantabrian Sea as well as full of cultural events. We will return to El Transcantábrico to travel along the Asturian coast to Luarca, the White Village of the Green Coast, where we will enjoy a guided tour in this charming fishing town. Dinner and night in Luarca.


Luarca - Ribadeo - Viveiro

Train trip to Ribadeo, a historic Galician village bordering the Principality of Asturias. By bus we will travel along the coast to Las Catedrales Beach, one of the most spectacular in the world. Next, we will make a panoramic visit to Ribadeo and have lunch. In the afternoon with the train we will arrive in Viveiro, where, after the guided tour, we can enjoy free time. Dinner and night in Viveiro.


Viveiro - Santiago de Compostela

Enjoying our last breakfast on board, we will arrive at Ferrol, where the bus from El Transcantábrico awaits us to get closer to Santiago de Compostela. Visit of the historic center of this city, a goal of pilgrims for a thousand years, which treasures countless artistic jewels such as its magnificent cathedral. End of trip after the visit at the Parador de los Reyes Católicos at 1:00pm.

* On the last day of the trip, the suite must be left before 12:00pm, although all other services continue until later.




PRICE PER PERSON:

From $6,400 + Airfare and taxes

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • NO AIRFARE included, in tour price
  • NO AIRPORT TRANSFERS included in this trip
  • BILINGUAL tour guide
  • Ticket Admissions (as indicated)
  • Lunch and/or Dinner, as indicated in detailed itinerary
  • Train ride (see itinerary)
  • Accommodation in Deluxe Suite with 150 cm bed, sofa /bed in living room and bathroom with sauna and hydromassage.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Possibility of the crew collecting and ordering their luggage, both on arrival and at the end of the trip.
  • Breakfast.
  • Dinners and meals on board the train or in top restaurants (including wine and coffee).
  • Welcome Cup and Appetizer.
  • Toilet bag with toiletries and slippers.
  • Mineral water.
  • Onboard activities such as music and live performances, pub car parties, dancing, etc.
  • Tickets to museums, monuments and shows
  • Excursions and tours scheduled and guided..
  • Luxury coach that accompanies the train throughout the route.
  • Fees and services.
  • Daily press and magazines.
  • Security service.
  • Multilingual escort guide throughout the tour.

DETAILS:

The price does NOT include visas, additional taxes at the border and/or airports, excess baggage (some airlines allow less than 23Kg per suitcase) gratuity to the guide & driver.  Also NOT included are tips and drinks at restaurants (even if tour included the meal), meals outside of the ones mentioned, porter service, travel insurance, optional excursions, or anything that is not mentioned in writing. Check-in time to hotels worldwide is between 2:00pm-4:00pm and based on how quickly they can clean & sanitize rooms for the next guest. If the flight arrives early, you can leave your bags at the concierge and go for a walk or eat, while the rooms are ready.

When a passenger decides NOT to use nights in planned hotels, NOT participate in any excursion or DO NOT take any meals included in the program during the course of the tour, there will be NO refund.

Price is per person, in a double room, subject to availability. Viatur Travel System, Inc and/or the Tour Operator reserve the right to change the sequence of the program and/or planned hotels. There are many factors that can cause the order of the itinerary to change, without prior notice or that some services are replaced by others or totally eliminated.  The tour Operator and ourselves will always try to provide equal value or better for any unexpected change.  Providing satisfaction and quality of the tour has always been our main objective and that has characterized VIATUR since 1995.

$500 pp of initial DEPOSIT is required to book the Land Tour + the cost of the air ticket (if not included in price). In cases where the package does not include airfare, it must be booked and purchased within 24 hours of making your airfare reservation. Sometimes the airlines make price changes beyond anyone's control, they do not allow us to assign seats in advance and they charge for transporting bags, food, blankets, headphones, etc. In case you decide not to buy the air ticket through Viatur, there will be an additional administrative fee of $ 35 per passenger for processing your information. We accept Discover, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and PayPal for the initial deposit of your reservation ($500 pp). It is the policy of our company that given the nature of our services, the balance is settled with cash, cashier's check, bank deposit or bank wire in the name of our company VIATUR TRAVEL SYSTEM, INC. However, as a customer convenience and alternate form of payment, you can settle the balance with your credit card or PayPal, but in that case there will be an additional convenience charge.  With our LAY-AWAY PLAN: You can make monthly payments, without any additional fee for tours that have a departure date of 10 to 13 months into the future.

Please look at our LAY-AWAY PLAN information, under the ENGLISH tab - TERMS & CONDITIONS.   

ATTENTION: All tours have LIMITED SPACE & RESERVATION DEADLINE, the price may increase a minimum of $250 p.p.

TRAVEL ALONE? - NEED A TRAVEL COMPANION?

Reserve as soon as possible and we will try to get you a (same gender) Room-Share travel partner (applicable to most tours) and therefore, you will save the high cost of the "Individual Supplement" (extra cost for having a room to yourself). Contact us at 1-888-284-2887 or by email at info@viatur.com, to inform us of your interest in a Room-Share travel partner.  Make your $500 deposit, as soon as possible, to have a better chance of finding a roommate. Be aware that his option has pros and cons.  The "pros", If it all goes well, you will save money and hopefully have a pleasant and courteous travel partner, who might even become a friend or travel partner for other trips.  The "con" is that after finding you a roommate, that person might turn out to be someone, not as pleasant (you can share a room, without having to socialize during the day).  The most worrisome case "con" is that person may decide to cancel the trip for personal reasons or decide to travel with someone else known to him/her at last minute and is no longer be available to share the room.  In that uncommon scenario, you will be responsible for paying the Individual Supplement, but you will be able to have the room to yourself.  If you cancel, we will refund you as much as possible, but this depends on when does is the cancellation processed (within 60 days of departure date, it gets more complicated).  Also, if airline tickets have been issued, the airline will not refund any money and the tickets are non-transferable.  This situation happens rarely, but it's always a possibility, so its always best to consider the scenario of that extra expense.  We will make the Single Supplement, as affordable as possible, but it's based on what the Tour Operator charges, how long is the tour and the destination, because some countries are far more expensive than others.


Single Room Supplement : Ask your agent

NOTES

There are several pricing options.  If you wish, we can offer you land services only or with airfare included.  We can also provide price with airfare from another city or country, for any questions, please contact us at 1-888-284-2887 or info@viatur.com  If you choose to obtain your own airfare, there will be an administrative fee of $35 pp   DO NOT FORGET TO BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE at the time of making your reservation to cover Pre-Existing Conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure etc). This insurance will give you peace of mind when traveling and protection against severe cancellation penalties. In addition, it will cover medical expenses, theft or loss of luggage including if airline's fault. Please call your travel advisor at 1-888-2-VIATUR (1-888-284-2887) for more information or by E-mail: info@viatur.com  FINAL PAYMENT IS DUE 60 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE.  FAILURE TO PAY ON TIME, MAY CAUSE A $50 SURCHARGE or LOSS OF RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT.   All reservations are subject to cancelation penalties, depending on when we receive written notification of your cancellation. Air tickets generate penalties for any change and are NOT refundable and are NOT transferable to another person, nor can the flight itinerary be changed. These penalties, established by the airlines are NOT negotiable, nor are they within our control.  Please read the General Conditions in detail enclosed in your documents and/or on our website www.ViaturTravel.com

Check-In at hotels is worldwide between 2:00 pm-4:00pm, your understanding is requested, in case your flight arrives very early and you have to wait for your room to be ready. You are recommended to leave your luggage with the Hotel Concierge and go to eat or walk while the room is ready. Do not leave anything valuable, since neither the hotel nor Viatur are responsible for any loss. Check-out is normally between 11:00 am-12:00pm 

THE PASSENGER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HAVING TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION NEEDED. THE PASSPORT MUST BE VALID FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, AFTER RETURN DATE AND THE NAME ON THE AIRLINE TICKET MUST BE IDENTICAL TO THE PASSPORT. DO NOT FORGET TO VERIFY THE VISA AND /OR VACCINES REQUIREMENT FOR THE COUNTRIES YOU ARE VISITING, EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY BE ONLY PASSING-THROUGH THAT COUNTRY'S AIRPORT. TRAVEL IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY, DEPEND ON YOUR NATIONALITY. VIATUR DOES NOT PROCESS VISAS, WE CAN ONLY GIVE YOU SOME BASIC GUIDANCE OF THE PROCESS. 

BEFORE ISSUING AIRLINE TICKETS FOR RESERVATION:  VIATUR WILL REQUIRE a LEGIBLE & COMPLETE COPY OF THE 1ST PAGE OF YOUR PASSPORT (including picture and signature).  We will also need a fully filled-out SIGNED Reservation Form,