Highlights

  • Relax in some of the finest train suites
  • Indulge with regional fine dining
  • Enjoy included excursions throughout
  • Accompany bar-car drinks with live music

With more in common with a five-star hotel than the 12:30 from London Bridge, the El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo offers one of the most luxurious experiences on the rails. Formed of original 1923 Pullman coaches, it harks back to all the grandeur of yesteryear’s great express trains. Expect stained glass in the dining carriages, leather seating in the suites and gorgeous wood panelling throughout.


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The suites are especially impressive. Host to full double beds, wardrobes and picture windows, they’re among the finest train accommodation the world over. The en-suite shower even features a steam sauna and hydro-massage function. There’s also plenty of space, with the living room featuring a full sofa along with a writing table and full range of mod-cons, from an in-room music tuner to climate control and a multimedia computer with complimentary Internet access. That said, it’s all dressed in the trappings of the early 20th century. Expect leather headboards, Art-Deco lamp fixtures and plush rugs.

This unrivalled sense of style continues across the public areas, with curated artwork and rich fabrics evident throughout. Indulge in the tea room, take in the views from the lounge’s panoramic windows or enjoy a drink in the bar car, where you’ll be able to enjoy live music each night. However, it’s perhaps the restaurant carriages that stand out most, where guests are seated on lavish armchairs and treated to the finest in local delicacies.

Think cold cuts and Spanish tortillas for breakfast, followed by lunches and dinners that range from Galician seafood to Mondoñedo tarts. Don't forget the superb, and complimentary, liqueurs and Spanish wines on offer with dinner. And, the dining is all inspired by the train’s route. Plying the entire northern coast of Spain, it links the Belle Époque grandeur of San Sebastián with the cathedral wonder of Santiago de Compostela.

Finally, a word on the service. The crew are faultless, always on hand to restock your cabin’s complimentary non-alcoholic drinks, unpack or repack your luggage, and serve up that welcome drink. You can also expect everything from farewell gala parties and expertly mixed cocktails to dances and show cooking. You can even request to have your dinner in the intimacy of your private cabin. Then, off the train, you’ll enjoy a full range of include excursions, stopping off at quiet seaside towns and UNESCO-listed treasures alike.

 

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El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo

Northern Spain by luxury rail: El Transcantábrico Gran Lujo

8 days from £5,985 pp incl. flights

Travel the length of Spain’s northern coast in utter luxury, enjoying wine-paired dining, nights in some of the world’s largest train suites and tours that range from spa visits to walks though quiet fishing villages.

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