The Al-Andalus train, a palace on rails
Ronda in Malaga, one of the cities on the route of the Al-Andalus train
We invite you to discover several areas in Spain on board this luxury sightseeing train, and to enjoy its 'Belle Époque' décor, its comfortable carriage suites, its spacious 1920s saloon cars, its delicious cuisine… Prepare yourself to experience a journey steeped in enchantment, and enjoy the privilege of travelling in this palace on wheels. You can choose from the Al-Andalus itinerary, the Iberian itinerary and the Way of Saint James itinerary.
You'll experience an unforgettable six days and five nights on board a unique train with four beautifully decorated saloon carriages, exclusive services, lunch and dinner in top-quality restaurants, excursions, local guides on your visits…
The train, a palace
The train's four saloon cars are treasures of railway history, and date from 1928 and 1930. Its carriages are spacious and full of charm, and make the ideal place to enjoy a buffet breakfast, read the newspapers, and listen to live piano music every evening. When it comes time to sleep, there are two types of suites to choose from (standard and superior). In both cases these are carriages which were originally used by the British monarchy for their holiday travel. Today their original 'Belle Epoque' décor also includes a full range of modern amenities.
Al-Andalus itinerary. Through Andalusia
Enchantment, local colour, joie de vivre, culture and art are just a few of the most usual ways to describe the cities along the route. Passengers can also explore these sites on specially arranged guided tours. The train leaves from Seville and head for Cordoba, where passengers can visit its historic centre and various monuments with the UNESCO World Heritage designation. The second day includes a trip to the World Heritage cities of Úbeda and Baeza in Jaén. The journey continues to Granada, with its breathtaking Alhambra palace, and the chance to sample some flamenco. Day four ends in Cadiz, after a visit to the city of Ronda (Malaga) with its spectacular views. Jerez, the home of sherry and the traditional dancing horses, and Sanlúcar de Barrameda, with the Doñana National Park are on the itinerary for the fifth day. And finally, on your return to Seville there's a visit to the Giralda, the cathedral and the Alcázar, awarded the UNESCO World Heritage designation. And don't forget that both during these visits and on board the train you'll have the chance to savour the typical gastronomy of Andalusia.
Iberian itinerary. From Madrid to Saragossa
The train leaves Madrid and heads for Segovia, where passengers can see its most important monuments such as the aqueduct, the cathedral and the Alcázar fortress. It then continues on to Avila, where highlights include the city walls that are the emblem of the city. The next stop is the lively university town of Salamanca (don't forget to look out for the famous frog on the façade of its university). The fourth day of your journey will bring you to Burgos where you'll see the Sierra de Atapuerca mountains, the site of one of the most important archaeological digs in the world. The journey continues to Miranda de Ebro and Pamplona where you can take the typical route run by the bulls in the fiestas of Los Sanfermines. Your final destination is Saragossa, where the sights not to be missed include the Basilica of El Pilar and the Aljafería Palace.
Remember that you can always do this itinerary in the opposite direction (from Saragossa to Madrid).
Way of Saint James itinerary. From Saragossa to A Coruña
This itinerary, also lasting six days, starts off from Saragossa and continues on to Miranda de Ebro, Burgos and Astorga, famous for its palace, cathedral, city walls and Roman route. On the third day the train stops in Ponferrada (and includes a visit to the Roman mines of Las Médulas) and continues on to Ourense. The next day it sets out for Vedra-Ribadulla (nearby you'll have a chance to see the Pazo de Oca mansion) until you reach Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, when you'll be amazed by its spectacular cathedral, the final destination of the pilgrims travelling the Way of Saint James.
However, the journey doesn't end there, and continues on to Vilagarcía de Arousa (you'll be able to take a boat trip up the Ría de Arousa estuary), Pontevedra (where you can explore its historic quarter), Vigo (with magnificent views of the sea), and A Coruña (don't miss the Torre de Hércules tower).
Things to remember
The Al-Andalus itinerary operates regularly between April, May, June, September, October and November, whereas the Iberia itinerary operates in July and August and the Way of Saint James itinerary in July. It is advisable to check operating times at other periods.
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