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La Robla Train Route

Route 1: Bilbao – Leon

Bilbao

1st Day: Bilbao - Sotoscueva - Espinosa de los Monteros

At 2:00 p.m. we will wait for you at La Concordia Station in Bilbao, where we will proceed to collect your luggage. Barely an hour later, we will welcome you aboard the El Expreso de la Robla train and assign you to your comfortable compartment so that you can settle in quietly. Shortly after, the train will begin its journey to the first destination, for what promises to be a memorable getaway for three fantastic days and 2 nights.

The karstic complex of Ojo Guareña, in Sotoscueva, among the ten largest in the world, will welcome us to show us its extensive network of galleries and caves. We will enter the cave and Hermitage of San Bernabé accompanied by a guide, making a tour of its ramps and walkways in an interesting visit, enlivened by explanations and audiovisual material that will allow us to understand the complexities of this underground world.

We will continue visiting the north of Burgos, making the second stop in Espinosa de los Monteros, a beautiful village of Las Merindades from Burgos. Its green and mountainous landscape, together with its rich monumental heritage, give the place a special attraction that will not disappoint us.

In this town we will enjoy dinner and spend the night on board the train.

Románico Palentino

2nd Day: Espinosa de los Monteros - Románico Palentino - Cistierna

After a restful night, we will have breakfast in the elegant restaurant car of El Expreso de la Robla. Meanwhile, the train will bring us closer to Mataporquera. From here we will travel by coach to the towns of Palencia where the most important Romanesque monuments in Europe are concentrated, right on the Camino de Santiago: Carrión de los Condes, Frómista and Saldaña.

We will have free time to explore Carrión de los Condes and continue the route through the Palencia Romanesque in the direction of Frómista, known as La Villa del Milagro. We will visit two of the most important monuments in the region, the Romanesque church of San Martín and the Canal de Castilla, one of the most important civil engineering projects in Spain.

In Saldaña there will be time to wander around freely, until it’s time to recharge your batteries with a delicious lunch made up of traditional dishes from the region.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Roman Villa of La Olmeda and its magnificent collection of mosaics.

Our luxurious coach will take us back to the train to make the journey to Cistierna, where we will have dinner and spend the night on board.

Románico Palentino
Leon

3rd Day: Cistierna - Leon

We will start the last day of our trip in El Expreso de La Robla with breakfast on board while we ride to San Feliz. Once at the destination, our accompanying coach will take us to the beautiful city of León. Accompanied by a guide, we will discover the historic center, the impressive Gothic Cathedral of León and the Basilica of San Isidoro, a Romanesque temple that exceeds a thousand years of history.

Then you will have free time to walk around León until the end of this wonderful trip, around 2:00 p.m., at the Feve Station in León.

Route 2: Leon – Bilbao

Leon

1st Day: Leon - Cistierna

From 2:00 p.m. At 3:00 p.m. we will be waiting for you at the Feve de León Station to collect your luggage. Next, we’ll get on the bus that will accompany us throughout the trip, to take us to San Feliz, where El Expreso de La Robla awaits us. Our crew will welcome you on board and accommodate you in your compartment, while we roll towards Matallana.

Once in Matallana, the bus will pick us up to go to Valporquero, crossing the spectacular Hoces de Vegacervera on the way. We will visit the extraordinary Valporquero Caves, famous for their stalactites, stalagmites and capriciously shaped lava flows, and for their impressive Great Rotunda with 100,000 m3 of underground void.

Next, we will return to the train to travel to Cistierna, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Románico Palentino

2nd Day: Cistierna - Romanico Palentino - Espinosa de los Monteros

We will start this second day of the trip having breakfast in the restaurant on the train. While we get our strength back, the La Robla Express will take us to Guardo, in Palencia. Then we will board the bus that always accompanies the train, to go to the Roman Villa of La Olmeda with its magnificent collection of mosaics.

We will continue discovering one of the best ensembles of Romanesque art in Europe on the Camino de Santiago, visiting the towns of Saldaña, Carrión de los Condes and Frómista, where we will have lunch.

In the afternoon we will approach the temple of San Martín, and the Canal de Castilla. Then we will return to the train to travel to Espinosa de los Monteros, in the north of Burgos.

This beautiful beautiful town of Las Merindades Burgos will captivate us with its green and mountainous landscape, together with its rich monumental heritage.

In this town we will enjoy dinner and spend the night on board the train.

Románico Palentino
Bilbao

3rd Day: Espinosa de los Monteros - Bilbao

We will enjoy a comforting breakfast while we wind through the wonderful landscape of the Mena Valley that will take us to the final destination in Bilbao.

A guide will accompany us to tour this spectacular city and its universally known Guggenheim museum. After having free time in the city, we will end the trip at approximately 2:00 p.m.