San Sebastian and Lisbon
- San Sebastian – a foodie’s paradise
- The excitement and adventure of overnight rail travel into Portugal from northern Spain
- Lisbon – trams, fado music and pastel de nata
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade hotels and rail journeys
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel from London to Hendaye, on the France/Spain border
- Private compartment on the overnight train from San Sebastian to Lisbon
- 4 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Flight from Lisbon to the UK
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, flight documentation and hotel vouchers
- All credit card surcharges and prompt delivery of your travel documents to your home
Start your rail journey to Spain and Portugal with a morning Eurostar from London (or Ebbsfleet) to Paris. Cross to the Gare du Nord and board a high speed TGV down through Bordeaux and Biarritz to Hendaye, close to the Spanish border. Here you’ll need to purchase a ticket locally for the service which will take you through Basque countryside to San Sebastian, known in the Basque language as Donostia.
On arrival in San Sebastian, check in for a 2 night stay at the Astoria 7 Hotel (or similar).
San Sebastian is a beautiful resort town on the Bay of Biscay. It’s famous for its sweeping city beaches and its cuisine. The city boasts the second highest number of Michelin stars in the world, after Kyoto in Japan.
Spend a full day here relaxing, catching some rays on the La Concha or Ondarreta Beaches or, if you’re feeling energetic, take a walk up to the top of Monte Igueldo for spectacular views (there’s also a funicular if you want to take the easy route). In the evening, head for one of the city’s famous pintxo bars (basque tapas) for a delicious meal.
You have another full day to explore San Sebastian before returning to the Amara Station for your sleeper train service, bound for Lisbon. Relax in your private compartment or enjoy dinner in the restaurant car. In the morning, on arrival in Lisbon, make your way to the Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel (or similar) where you have a 3-night stay.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Upgrade to Gran Classe on the Sud Express to Lisbon for en suite facilities with a toilet and shower. We also recommend going to the bar car early if you’re after a drink and a snack as the seats go quickly!
Enjoy two full days at leisure in the Portuguese capital. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world and enjoys one of the warmest climates in Europe, particularly during the winter season. You can get around on foot, or use the historic trams to ascend one of the city’s seven hills.
Don’t miss the views from the commanding Castello de Sao Jorge or the stunning, UNESCO World Heritage listed Jeronimos Monastry and Belem Tower, both fine examples of Portuguese Manueline architecture.
After breakfast in the hotel, make your way to Lisbon airport for your flight back to the UK.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Why not extend your stay in Portugal? The historic cities of Coimbra and Porto are both on a direct line north from Lisbon. Alternatively, you could head south to Faro and hire a car to take you around the famous region of the Algarve. Please call for more details.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
The Astoria7 is themed around cinema and the San Sebastian Film Festival. Each room offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV’s and is dedicated to an actor or director who has visited the city. The stylish, sound-proofed rooms feature contemporary décor.
Located on Lisbon’s main avenue, Avenida da Liberdade, this stunning hotel occupies a 18th century townhouse is designed by the Portuguese architect Miguel Cancio Martins. Guestrooms feature DVD players and Molton Brown bathroom amenities. There is also a welcoming bar, a library and a fitness centre.