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La Robla Train & Rioja by rail
Travelling from Bilbao to Santander, the train will stop along the route for visits to places of interest including Torrelavega, Unquera to visit the spectacular ravine of the 'La Hermida' and Valley of Liebana, Ribadesella, the splendid port city of Gijon and the Cider Museum of Nava, as well as a boat trip from Santona to Laredo. The La Robla train enables you to relax and enjoy the passing scenery and also stops overnight for you to sample local restaurants and sleep.
Other highlights of the tour inlclude Bilbao, Burgos with its historic architecture and gothic cathedral dating from 1221, the fascinating and elegant city of Vitoria Gasteiz, Haro, a small but busy wine town home to some of the great bodegas of La Rioja, and also Laguardia. You will have an overnight stop in Biarritz on the outward journey.
- Return Eurostar/TGV from St Pancras to Biarritz via Paris with coach transfer in Paris, returning from Hendaye.
- 1 night's accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the 4-star Mercure Centre le President, Biarritz
- 5 nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the 4-star Husa Jardines Bilbao (1 night), Puerta de Burgos (2 nights) and Silken Ciudad de Vitoria (2 nights), based on shared occupancy of a twin room
- 3 nights' accommodation on board La Robla train in twin cabin on full board basis with breakfast on board and lunch and dinner taken at local restaurants
- Transfers and full coach touring programme as detailed in the itinerary
- Tour manager throughout
- Single room supplement
- Standard Premier/1st Class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
Porterage and gratuities
PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages.Trollies are available at St Pancras but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.
Day 2: Transfer from Biarritz to Bilbao and check into hotel for 1 night stay on bed and breakfast basis. Guided tour of Bilbao with entrance to the Guggenheim Museum.
Day 3: On board La Robla - 13.30 Reception at Bilbao's Feves station, 15.30 Train trip from Bilbao to Santander with visit of the city. Transfer to Torrelavega, dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Torrelavega.
Day 4: On board La Robla: Breakfast on board during train journey from Torrelavega to Unquera with visit by coach through the spectacular ravine of the 'La Hermida' to the Valley of Leibana, visiting Potes, Fuente De and the Monastery of Santo Toribio followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Train journey from Unquera to Ribadesella where you can enjoy the spectacular views, dinner and overnight in Ribadesella.
Day 5: On board La Robla: Breakfast on board during train journey from Ribadesella to Gijon with sightseeing tour of Gijon itself. Transfer to Nava where lunch will be in a "Llagar" where typical gastronomy of Asturias will be tasted. In the afternoon train trip from Infesto to Llanes with visit of the town. Dinner and overnight in Llanes.
Day 6: Morning on board La Robla: Breakfast on board during train trip from Llanes to Gama. Visit by coach to the old town of Santona followed by a boat trip from the coast until Laredo with a visit to the "Puebla Vieja" and lunch in a local restaurant. Transfer by coach to Burgos for check in to hotel for 2 night stay on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 7: Guided tour of Burgos.
Day 8: Transfer from Burgos to Vitoria for 2 night stay on bed and breakfast basis. Afternoon free to explore at your own leisure.
Day 9: Full day tour to Haro and Laguardia with visit to the Marquese de Riscal winery in Elciego.
Day 10: Transfer to Hendaye for return journey to St Pancras or Ebbsfleet via Paris.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
Located overlooking the ocean and close to the city centre, the 4-star Mercure Centre le President Biarritz offers modern and spacious bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone, safe, air-conditioning, minibar, hairdryer, and tea/coffee making facilities.
Husa Jardines de Albia, Bilbao
The 4-star Husa Jardines de Albia hotel is located just a few metres away from some of the city's main sights including the Guggenheim Museum and the historic centre. Facilities at the hotel include bar, restaurant, gym and comfortable bedrooms with air-conditioning, bath/shower, TV, telephone, safety deposit box and hairdryer.
La Robla Train
The La Robla train has four sleeping cars, each of which has 7 compartments. The compact air-conditioned compartments are fitted with private shower/WC, two berths, wardrobe, luggage carrier and reading light. The train remains stationary each evening for you to sample a local restaurant and get a good night's sleep. La Robla also has communal air-conditioned lounge areas which offer a permanent bar service and generous windows to enjoy the views as the train travels steadily on its way. Breakfast from the delicious self service buffet is served here and newspapers, magazines, video library, television and a computer with free internet access are available. Whilst aboard lunch and dinner are taken at typical local restaurants offering excellent cuisine (set menus) which include wine, water and coffee. Dietary requirements can of course be accommodated, but please note that the meals are set menus offering a high standard of Spanish cuisine and this culinary exploration is a major component of the tour. Coach transfers to places of interest and restaurants are included.
Puerta de Burgos, Burgos (2014 dates)
The 4-star Puerta de Burgos Hotel is located close to the city centre, approximately 10 minutes walk away. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, and comfortable, spacious bedrooms with private bath/shower, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, wifi, minibar, safety deposit box and hairdryer.
Silken Ciudad de Vitoria, Vitoria
The 4-star Silken Ciudad de Vitoria Hotel is located in the centre of Vitoria and is close to all the city's highlights. Facilities at the hotel include a bar, restaurant, fitness centre and modern comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone, air-conditioning, minibar, hairdryer and safe.
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Very good tour, Sandra was an excellent manager. It was a very ‘busy’ trip with not much time to relax. Note that you spend very little time on the train during the day. This is not an ideal trip if you have mobility problems! The cabins are very well designed and comfortable – but compact. We liked Bilbao - but preferred the outside of the Guggenheim to the inside!