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El Expreso de la Robla

Relive the golden age of rail through an exciting journey on board La Robla Express. Travel from Bilbao to Sotoscueva, Espinosa de los Monteros, Mataporquera, Cistierna, San Feliz, and León.
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Enjoy an exciting and comfortable journey across Castile and León on board  La Robla Express vintage train

Discover amazing historic sites in Sotoscueva,  Carrión de los Condes,  Frómista,  Cistierna and  León

Experience the comforts of classic rail travel as you journey on board La Robla Express, a vintage train featuring air-conditioned saloon cars and lovely cabins with built-in bathroom. Your voyage starts in Bilbao, a beautiful port city in the Basque Country surrounded by mountains. Depart for Sotoscueva to see the karst complex of Ojo Guareña, a natural monument composed of incredible galleries and passages. Continue to Espinosa de los Monteros and enjoy a splendid dinner in this picturesque village. The journey then moves onto Mataporquera where a coach is waiting to take you through the breathtaking region of Palencia. Visit Carrión de los Condes, Canal de Castilla, and the Roman Villa of La Olmeda. Back on the train, continue to Cistierna and discover the Railway Museum before dinner. As beautiful landscapes glide past your window, La Robla Express takes you to your final destination in San Feliz. Ride a coach to León, a city noted for its architecture and art. Visit Santa María de León Cathedral, Basílica de San Isidoro, and other historic sites and museums.

This tour departs on Friday from Bilbao and finishes in León. Itinerary is also available in reverse, León – Bilbao.


2020 Guaranteed Departure Dates

Bilbao – León

  • 3 & 17 July
  • 11 & 25 September

León – Bilbao

  • 10 & 24 July
  • 18 September
  • 02 October
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Renfe train tickets with 50% discount: one to the starting point and the other back from the end of the tourist trip
2-night accommodation on board in double cabins with ensuite bathroom (3.37 m2 of total surface; with two bunk beds 0.70 x 1.80 m each)
On-board buffet breakfast every day
Dinners and lunches serving the finest cuisine in top restaurants (including wine, water, soft drinks and coffee)
Welcome drink
Excellent crew
Guide throughout the tour
Mineral water
Toiletries bag
Newspapers and magazines on board
Tickets for museums, attractions and shows
Excursions and scheduled tours
Luxury coach accompanying the train along the trip
Multilingual guide
Taxes and services


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Day 1
Bilbao – Espinosa de los Monteros

Baggage pick-up from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at La Concordia Station in Bilbao; a unique modernist building dating back to 1902 that is one of the most authentic heritage sites in Bilbao from the Belle Époque Era. At 4:00 pm, meet all of your travel companions at a welcome talk on board the train. Once settled on board, La Robla Express heads towards Sotoscueva to visit the Ojo Guareña karst complex, formed by more than 100 kilometres of galleries and declared a Natural Monument. The next stop is Espinosa de los Monteros, a beautiful village in the Burgos Merindades, where you will have dinner. Overnight in Espinosa. 

Day 2
Espinosa de los Monteros – Cistierna

Enjoy your first breakfast to the click-clack of the iron rails and beautiful scenery on the way to Mataporquera. From here, a coach will take you to the breath-taking landscapes of the Romanesque Palencia, Carrión de los Condes, with many historical heritage sites to visit and enjoy. Enjoy the town in your own way with free time before the tour continues to Canal de Castilla and Frómista, with its impressive Romanesque church of San Martín. Free time and lunch. In the afternoon, continue on a journey back in time with a visit to the Roman Villa of La Olmeda and its magnificent collection of mosaics. Back on board, the next stop on the La Robla Express is Cistierna, with a visit to its Railway Museum and then dinner and an overnight stay. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Cistierna – León

What better way to start the day than breakfast to the click-clack of the rails with beautiful landscapes flashing by on board the La Robla Express. The next stop on your adventure is San Feliz (literally, Saint Happy!). It's sure to be a fun day! From here you go by coach to visit the city of León to explore its historical centre, San Isidoro and the Cathedral. Free time, before the end of your trip at approximately 2:00 pm. 


Additional information

Official language
2 nights
from AUD1,670
per person, twin share
Bilbao / León (Friday)
03 July - 02 October 2020
Spain & Portugal Brochure

Optional Extras

Other services available at client’s expense:   

  • Laundry service
  • Bar service
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Important notes

Itinerary also available in reverse: León – Bilbao


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