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Trip Overview

Follow the ancient way of St James on this superb 13-night rail vacation across France and Spain. From the beauty of the French capital to the art galleries and wine of Bordeaux, through beautiful San Sebastian and the gastronomic capital that is Bilbao each stop has something else to offer from the last. Spend a day exploring the historic city of Leon before the scenic ride to Santiago de Compostela and its iconic Cathedral, the end of the Camino. End your holiday with 2 nights in Spanish capital Madrid.

Highlights

  • Marvel at the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Learn all you might ever need to know about wine at the world famous Cité du Vin in Bordeaux
  • Relax in the beautiful old town in San Sebastian
  • Enjoy world class art and food in Bilbao
  • Discover the historic city of Leon
  • Marvel at the ancient end of the Camino, the UNESCO heritage city of Santiago de Compostela
  • Enjoy the riches of the Prado museum in Madrid

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • All rail travel as per the itinerary
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Paris
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Bordeaux
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in San Sebastian
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Bilbao
  • 1 night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Leon
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Santiago de Compostela
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Madrid
  • 24hr Hop-on-Hop-Off Pass in Paris
  • A scenic river cruise in Paris
  • 2-day Bordeaux Pass including entrance to Cité du Vin
  • 24hr Hop-on-Hop-off pass in Bilbao
  • Private Walking tour of Santiago de Compostela Old Town
  • Madrid sightseeing pass including entrance to the Prado
  • Tapas and wine small group tour in Madrid
Trip Map

Why Not...

Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

Daily Itinerary:

DAY 1 PARIS
Welcome to Paris!  On arrival make your way to your hotel for a two-night stay, then take a stroll through the St Germain district for a great choice of restaurants.  (Overnight Paris)

DAY 2 - PARIS
Explore the city today with your hop-on-hop-off pass and get a great view of the city from a scenic river cruise along the Seine.  Explore the antique shops of the Marais district or head up to Montmartre to have your portrait drawn and enjoy the view from the beautiful Sacré-Cœur.  The options of things to do and see are endless in Paris! (Overnight Paris) B

DAY 3 - BORDEAUX
Head down to Gare Montparnasse for the highspeed TGV train to Bordeaux.  Enjoy the green fields if France as you train head south and no arrival make your way to your hotel for a two-night stay, then enjoy dinner in “La perle d'Aquitaine”.  (Overnight Bordeaux) B

DAY 4 - BORDEAUX
Take advantage of your two-day pass today, with access to all Bordeaux’s great museums and galleries.  Make your way to the Citi du Vin before 12pm to skip the line and learn everything about the world of wine.  (Overnight Bordeaux) B

DAY 5 - BORDEAUX/SAN SEBASTIAN
Continue to enjoy the freedom of your Sightseeing Pass today and some last bits of souvenir shopping before hoping onto the TGV to the border town of Hendaye, where you change onto the train to San Sebastian.   After checking in at your hotel head out to enjoy some fresh seafood in one of San Sebastian’s fantastic restaurants.  (Overnight San Sebastian) B

DAY 6 - SAN SEBASTIAN
Relax in the iconic seaside resort of San Sebastian today, with a stroll along its picturesque promenade.  Head up to the old town district of Parte Vieja and explore the numerous local artists shops and studios along the cobbled streets.  (Overnight San Sebastian) B

DAY 7 – BILBAO
Travel by train from San Sebastian to Miranda de Ebro then Miranda de Ebro to Bilbao Abando station.  Bilbao is the jewel of the Basque Country with its beautiful architecture and rich culinary history.  Restaurants here are often listed as the best in the world! (Overnight in Bilbao) B

*There is a direct Eusko train between San Sebastian and Bilbao which can only be purchased locally. Please speak to one of our Rail Experts for more information.

DAY 8 - BILBAO
Explore the city with your Hop-on-Hop-off pass today but be sure to hop off at the iconic Guggenheim museum.  Take the elevator to the top of the Vizcaya Bridge for a great view of the city, then take a stroll around the Casco Viejo (Old Town) where you’ll find Michelin-starred restaurants together with family-run tavernas and local pinxto bars to feed your appetite. (Overnight Bilbao) B

DAY 9 – LEON
Board the train to Leon, and check-in at your hotel for a one-night stay.  Capital to the ancient kingdom of Leon, the city is blessed with numerous churches and cathedrals from as late as the 10th century.  Be sure to visit Gaudí’s Casa Botines, then enjoy some tapas in Barrio Húmedo. (Overnight Leon) B

DAY 10 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
After breakfast continue to explore Leon, then in the afternoon take the direct train to Santiago de Compostela.  head to your hotel and check-in, then enjoy dinner in this holy city. (Overnight Santiago de Compostela) B

DAY 11 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Understand the vast history of this city better thanks to private walking tour of its old town, then visit the ancient Cathedral which is the reputed burial site of St James and so the culmination of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route.  (Overnight Santiago de Compostela) B

DAY 12 – MADRID
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking the morning train to Madrid.  After checking in, spend the afternoon exploring the riches that are housed in the Prado museum, then take a stroll over to Puerta del Sol to enjoy some people watching with a glass of wine and some tapas.  (Overnight Madrid) B

DAY 13 – MADRID
Your sightseeing pass gives you access a great list of sites and attractions today, including a tour of Las Ventas bull ring and a tour of the beautiful Royal Palace.  In the evening you can toast your holiday at some of the best eateries in the city thanks to a small group wine and tapas tour.  (Overnight Madrid) B

DAY 14 – END OF TOUR
Enjoy breakfast and then check out of your hotel and make your way to your hotel for a flight home.  Speak to one of our knowledgeable Rail Vacation Specialists if you'd like to extend your holiday elsewhere. B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D - DINNER

Barcelo Bilbao Nervion

Barcelo Bilbao Nervion

The 350 rooms of the Barceló Bilbao Nervión are fully equipped to offer a unique stay adapted to each type of guest. They are included in the B-Room concept that guarantees the highest quality standards, as well as modern equipment and avant-garde design that makes them a comfortable space to rest after a hard day or simply recover energy to continue discovering the corners of the Cosmopolitan city of Bilbao.

All of them feature designer furniture, a comfortable mattress, a bathroom with a Raindance panoramic shower with rain effect, as well as a multitude of bathroom accessories.

Hospes Puerta De Alcala Madrid

The Hospes Madrid is a boutique luxury hotel located within a 19th century residence. Comprising 41 stylishly appointed guest rooms with Egyptian cotton sheets, and a choice of pillows from the pillow menu. The hotel also features a gourmet restaurant, spa and pool-jacuzzi. The hotel is located on the Plaza de la Independencia, a short walk from the Puerta de Alcalá square, Parque Retiro and the Prado Museum.

NH Collection Madrid Suecia

The NH Collection Madrid Suecia hotel, formerly known as NH Madrid Suecia, is in the heart of the city’s historic center. A trendy hotel on Madrid's Broadway, Gran Vía, it's ideal for shopping and musicals allike. Renovated in 2016, the hotel was originally opened in 1956 and served as Ernest Hemingway’s and the revolutionary Che Guevara's Madrid home.

Barcelo Torre de Madrid

The new Barceló Torre de Madrid hotel is located in one of the most iconic buildings in the capital: the Torre de Madrid. This designer hotel is the most convenient place to stay to discover Madrid, thanks to its excellent location in the Plaza de España, a few steps from the Gran Vía, a 10-minute walk from the Royal Palace of Madrid and a 15-minute walk from the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor. It has first class facilities, including a stylish bar on the ground floor, restaurants where you can try exquisite dishes, and a Wellness Zone with a fitness studio.The Plaza España metro station is located just in front of the hotel, enabling you to easily reach other part of the city in just a few minutes.

Barcelo Costa Vasca

Barcelo Costa Vasca

The Barceló Costa Vasca has 203 rooms with different options and capacities decorated in a careful way with avant-garde style where comfort and functionality prevail, are modern rooms, with the latest equipment capable of pleasing the most demanding visitors, whether these are Business or urban tourism.

Best Western Premier Bayonne Etche-Ona Bordeaux

Best Western Premier Bayonne Etche-Ona Bordeaux

Our hotel is located in the historic center of the city of Bordeaux , and more specifically in the Golden Triangle , in the heart of the art de vivre in Bordeaux.

Le Marceau Bastille

Le Marceau Bastille Hotel is a contemporary design hotel with a choice of 55 urban or ecological style bedrooms. The hotel also boasts a funky lobby bar which plays host to its own regularly updated art collection. Le Marceau Bastille is located in the Bastille district of Paris, a short walk from the lively Marais area and the Opera Bastille. The location offers easy access by metro to all of Paris's main sights and attractions.

Saint Paul Rive Gauche Paris

The beautiful Saint-Paul Rive-Gauche is located between the world-famous Sorbonne and the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens in the centre of Paris. The 17th century boutique hotel is housed in a former 17th century grand residence and is known for its beautiful arched cellar. Each room comes fully air-conditioned and is equipped with modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Other tourist attractions nearby include Notre Dame, the Pantheon, Palais Garnier and The Louvre.

Terrass Hotel Paris

The Terrass Hotel is a classic 19th century building with 98 individually decorated rooms. The hotel features a Piano Bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and bar snacks and a seventh floor summer roof terrace with great views across Paris. The hotel is located a short stroll away from famous landmarks such as the Sacré-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge.

See our special offer package with a free tour and Musée d'Orsay tickets!

Grand Hotel Dore Paris

Located in Paris’ 12th Arrondissement, the Grand Hotel Dore is a traditional hotel in the centre of Paris. Just a stone’s throw from the nearest Metro stop, the whole of Paris is your oyster. Rooms are cosy and comfortable, boasting en suite bathrooms and TVs with satellite channels.

Grand Hotel Francais

The Grand Hotel Francais is a chic, modern hotel located in the centre of Paris, just 550 yards from Nation. Rooms are individually decorated, and come equipped with en suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs and air conditioning. The property is ideally located for sightseeing, nestled just 150 yards from a Metro Station.

Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche

From the entrance, our hotel welcomes you in our beautiful baroque open, spacious and comfortable lobby. Perfectly equipped, you can consult the many newspapers and magazines at your disposal, enjoy a delicious espresso or enjoy computers with Internet access and printers.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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