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Rail Journey Through Northern Spain

This very special collection of narrow gauge rail journeys takes us along the spectacular coast of northern Spain and through the Picos de Europa mountain range. We visit the Basque Railway Museum and from Poncebos we climb high into the rugged mountains by funicular. We also enjoy Bilbao and the Medieval cities of Santiago de Compostela and Leon.

Tour Highlights

  • Rail Journeys - Crossing the Basque region and Cantabria by steam, diesel and narrow gauge railways
  • Bilbao - Visit the extraordinary Guggenheim Museum and the Basque Railway Museum in Azpeitia
  • Picos de Europa - Walking amongst the beautiful landscapes of Spain's oldest national park
  • Leon and Santiago de Compostela - Two of Spain's most historic holy cities


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour Bilbao

  • 2
    Bus to Azpeitia: visit Basque Railway museum

  • 3
    Train to Puente San Miguel and visit Santillana del Mar

  • 4
    Train to Unquera; take funicular to Bulnes and walk in the Picos de Europa

  • 5
    Train to Oviedo; afternoon free

  • 6
    Free in Oviedo

  • 7
    Train to Ferrol, Galicia; bus to Santiago

  • 8
    Exploring Santiago

  • 9
    Train to Ponferrada

  • 10
    Train to Leon; afternoon optional visits to cathedral and historic centre

  • 11
    Morning free; afternoon narrow gauge train to Bilbao

  • 12
    Tour ends Bilbao

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Northern Spain By Rail
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Why Book this tour
If you're looking to ride the rails along northern Spain's spectacular coastline and through the Picos de Europa mountain range then this is the tour for you. As well as seeing some of the country's most captivating scenery, on this tour you also have the option of upgrading your stay by travelling on one of our Premium departures, where you can unwind after a busy day exploring in comfortable hotels for the majority of nights of your holiday. Please select the 'RSP 2015 PREMIUM' itinerary on the drop down menu for further details.
Included meals 11 0 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train
11 nights Standard Hotel
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16