San Sebastian and Lisbon

From £599 per person // 7 days
Travel to Portugal by train from the UK, stopping off at the city of San Sebastian with its sweeping urban beaches and Michelin-starred restaurants before catching a sleeper train to Portugal and enjoying three days in historic Lisbon.

San Sebastian and Lisbon

From £599 per person // 7 days
The Essentials
  • London to Northern Spain by train
  • 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
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What's included
  • Standard Class rail travel from London to Hendaye, on the France/Spain border
  • Private compartment on the overnight train from San Sebastian to Lisbon
  • 5 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, flight documentation and hotel vouchers
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Suggested Itinerary

San Sebastian and Lisbon

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).

TMR RECOMMENDS: If you would like to break your journey to San Sebastian (which takes a full day from London), we can add an overnight stay in Bordeaux or Biarritz to your holiday plans.

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 Lisboa Prata Boutique 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.

Leave Lisbon today for your onward journey. There are regular scheduled flights to London and regional airports from Lisbon or alternatively, why not ask us about extending your stay in Portugal or returning to the UK by rail?

 

Typical hotels on this itinerary

San Sebastian and Lisbon
San Sebastian
Astoria7 Hotel

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.

Lisbon
Lisboa Prata Boutique Hotel

Occupying an 18th century building in the central Baixa Pombalina district of Lisbon, the Lisboa Prata Boutique Hotel offers easy access to the sights of the city. All bedrooms feature sound-proofed windows, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi internet access, a minibar and a flat-screen cable TV. The hotel also has a 24-hour reception and a bar, where you can enjoy a drinking before heading out in the evening.

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High season (April-October) from £799pp

These prices are based on two people sharing a twin or double room. Single supplements will apply for sole occupancy. It is based on Standard Class rail travel and includes seat reservations as necessary. It is based on the best fares on the trains. If you travel during a peak period, particularly at short notice, then supplements may apply.

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