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Northern Spain By Rail RSP

Visiting: Spain
Tour Duration 12 Days
  • Seeing the countryside by rail / Martin Muller
  • Autumn in Basque Country
  • Leon to Bilbao
  • Azpeitia
  • Cathedral Leon
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Moderate
  • Tour Comfort: Standard

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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. At the Basque Railway Museum we ride aboard an historic steam train 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
  • León 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 Santander; afternoon free

  • 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

Tour notes

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Included meals 11 0 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train
11 nights Standard Hotel
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader
Group Size
Generally 12 - 18