Costa Verde Express
Costa Verde Express: León to Bilbao
Costa Verde Express
Common Lounges
Dining Area
Dining onboard
Exterior of Costa Verde Express
Exterior of Costa Verde Express
Grand Class Suite
Suite ensuite

Costa Verde Express: León to Bilbao (Tour code: 13972)

Starts and Ends
León to
Travel Periods
09 May 2025
Travel Style
Rail Journeys
Embark on a delightful journey from León to Bilbao aboard the Costa Verde Express, offering a brief yet captivating experience of Spain's enchanting landscapes and vibrant cities.


Discover the beauty of Valporquero Caves, where nature's artistry unfolds in a mesmerizing display of stalactites, stalagmites, and intricate lava formations.

Step into history at the Temple of San Martín, where the grandeur of Romanesque architecture meets intricate detailing. Explore this iconic landmark, adorned with captivating sculptures and ornate carvings, offering a glimpse into the medieval craftsmanship of the Camino de Santiago.

Immerse yourself in the engineering marvel of the Canal de Castilla, a testament to human ingenuity dating back to the 18th century. Explore the tranquil waters and picturesque surroundings of this historic waterway.

The Guggenheim Museum is recognised as one of the 20th century's finest architectural achievements, designed by Frank Gehry. The museum has reshaped Bilbao's global image, establishing it as a prominent destination in the world of art and architecture.

3 days
AUD 4,055
per person, twin share
Travelling with kids? Read more 
All services are subject to availability.


Experience luxury, history, and breathtaking scenery aboard the Costa Verde Express. Journey through the enchanting landscapes of Spain, where every moment is a blend of elegance and adventure. Let the Costa Verde Express transport you to a world of indulgence and discovery, as you embark on an unforgettable rail journey through the heart of Spain.


Each guest will be provided with a toiletry bag containing amenities and slippers
Every day, enjoy a buffet-style breakfasts served on the train
Exceptional dining experiences for all dinners and lunches, whether served on board the train or in esteemed first-class restaurants, complete with inclusive offerings of wine, soft drinks and coffee
A memorable dinner and an end-of-trip celebration
All entrance fees to museums, monuments, and shows, as well as scheduled excursions and guided visits
Engage in a variety of onboard activities such as live music, performances, bar car parties and dancing
Private ensuite accommodation in Grand Class Suites onboard the train
Enjoy a complimentary standard Renfe train travel before and after your tour, adding an extra layer of ease to your journey - Please note that this service is not a private transfer
Onboard the train, enjoy a welcome beverage and snack to commence your journey

Day 1 León Valporquero Cistierna

Your journey commences with a group reception at 10:00 a.m. at the National Parador of San Marcos in León. Explore the monumental city of León and enjoy a leisurely lunch. In the afternoon, board the Costa Verde Express in San Feliz. Accommodation awaits as the train arrives in Matallana. Later, you'll embark on a bus excursion through the spectacular Hoces de Vegacervera to reach Valporquero, renowned for its captivating caves adorned with intricate stalactites, stalagmites, and lava formations. Your day concludes as you return to the train for dinner and an overnight stay in Cistierna.

Lunch, Dinner
León → Valporquero → Cistierna
Costa Verde Express

Day 2 Cistierna Románico Palentino Espinosa de Los Monteros

As you savour your first breakfast onboard, the train transports you to Guardo, Palencia. From there, you will journey by bus to visit the Roman Villa of La Olmeda, showcasing remarkable mosaics, followed by exploration of the renowned Romanesque art along the Camino de Santiago in Saldaña, Carrión de los Condes, and Frómista. After a delightful lunch, you'll visit the impressive San Martín temple and the Canal de Castilla before returning to the train. Your day concludes with a transfer to Espinosa de los Monteros for dinner and an overnight stay in this picturesque town in Espinosa.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cistierna → Románico Palentino → Espinosa de Los Monteros
Costa Verde Express

Day 3 Espinosa de los Monteros Bilbao

Following breakfast, you will traverse the breathtaking Mena Valley landscape to reach Balmaseda. A brief exploration of this charming village precedes the coach journey to Bilbao. Explore the city, including the iconic Guggenheim Museum, during free time before concluding your journey around 2:00 p.m. at La Concordia station.

Espinosa de los Monteros → Bilbao


Costa Verde Express

The 24 Suites on the Costa Verde Express are meticulously designed to ensure a comfortable and luxurious onboard experience. The Grand-Class Suite, adorned with exquisite wood panelling, exudes a cosy and inviting ambiance. It boasts adjustable air-conditioning, a double bed, and additional amenities for your enhanced comfort, including a writing desk, wardrobe, luggage closet, minibar, and a safe. Each suite comes with a private, well-appointed bathroom featuring a shower, hairdryer, and a selection of welcome items and toiletries. Large windows allow you to immerse yourself in the picturesque scenery and the train's internal connectivity enables seamless movement throughout its length.

Grand Class Double Suite

Additional information

Official language
Local currency

2025 departure dates:

  • 05 May 2025


  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing, and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package


What is the dress code onboard the train?

The atmosphere on board is one of relaxed nature. During the day dress for relaxed comfort for onboard the train and when embarking on excursions. We suggest wearing durable shoes for excursions, and please be prepared for change of weather. In the evening, guests have the option to choose a more formal outfit.

Which drinks are available aboard the train?

Complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks, tea, and coffee are provided during mealtimes. Outside of mealtimes, the lounge cars offer guests various options to purchase soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee, and water. Additionally, a thoughtfully curated menu of alcoholic beverages is available for purchase, encompassing wines, beers, and spirits, ensuring passengers can enjoy a delightful and refreshing experience while traveling onboard.

Is there Wi-Fi onboard the train?

Yes, there is Wi-Fi connectivity in all rooms and lounges. Each suite is equipped with a computer, and there is also a communal computer available in the Train Lounges (availability subject to carrier coverage).

Can special dietary preferences be requested?

Provided a detailed request has been made at time of booking – special dietary requirements, such as vegetarian and adhering to religious requirements, may be arranged.

Will I need to tip the train staff?

Gratuities for staff and guides are at the passenger’s discretion.

Is there air conditioning on board?

Onboard air-conditioning is provided, with individual control available for cabin air conditioning.

What is the luggage allowance for travelling guests onboard the train?

For ease while on board the train, it is recommended to utilise a travel bag or soft suitcase. Nevertheless, two large suitcases per room can be accommodated in the Suites, with staff onboard to help with loading the luggage.

Is it possible for individuals with mobility limitations to participate in the journey?

While the train has been renovated and features state-of-the-art technologies, it remains a historic and vintage train, lacking interior adaptations for wheelchair or walking frame access. Consequently, these trains are not considered accessible. However, individuals with reduced mobility who rely solely on wheelchair support outside the train can embark on the journey, provided they are accompanied by a companion to help.

Is smoking permitted onboard?

In Spain, smoking is not allowed in enclosed public spaces, including public transport or collective transport vehicles. Consequently, in compliance with existing regulations, travellers are prohibited from smoking while on board. It's important to note that train journeys typically do not exceed 3-4 hours.

Will I need travel insurance?

As with all holidays and trips abroad, we strongly recommend that you have travel insurance. Please consult with our agents at time of booking and we can assist you with this.

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