It appears that your web browser does not support JavaScript, or you have temporarily disabled scripting. The Explore website requires JavaScript enabled to operate correctly.

Find a trip

Where would you like to go?
What type of trip do you like?
When would you like to go?
More search options
610 Matching trips
Site Search

Customer Feedback

Read reviews


Discover our latest brochures available online now, with hundreds of adventures to choose from.


Be the first to hear about great new tours, competitions, special offers and unique departures.

Gift Vouchers

The perfect gift idea for any occasion. Send gift vouchers and create fantastic memories with vast trips and experiences to choose from.

Explore the best of north Spain by train

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 rail
  • 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.

Show more
  • 1
    Join trip in Bilbao

  • 2
    Bus to Azpeitia to visit the Basque Railway Museum

  • 3
    Train to Puente San Miguel; free afternoon in Santillana del Mar

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

  • 5
    Train to Oviedo; afternoon free to explore

  • 6
    Free day in Oviedo; chance to visit the Asturias Railway Museum

  • 7
    Train to Ferrol in Galicia and bus on to Santiago

  • 8
    Free day to explore Santiago; you may like to visit the Folk Museum

  • 9
    Train to Ponferrada; option to visit the Templar castle

  • 10
    Train to Leon; opportunity to visit the cathedral and historic centre

  • 11
    Free morning in Leon before taking the train to Bilbao

  • 12
    Trip ends in Bilbao

Trip notes

Each departure date has its own dedicated trip note, detailing all you need to know about that trip. Whether you've already booked, or weighing up your options, please choose carefully the relevant itinerary for you.

We have the following different versions of the Northern Spain By Rail trip available at present.

Please select a date:

Customer rating:
Northern Spain By Rail
Why Book this trip
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 2016 PREMIUM' itinerary on the drop down menu for further details.
Included meals 11 0 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train, Taxi
3 nights Premium Hotel
8 nights Standard Hotel
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16