The Al-Andalus train, a palace on rails
J. Alonso. Renfe
View of the Al-Andalus train
Interior of the Al-Andalus train
Passengers having a drink in one of the Al-Andalus train's carriages
A couple in the Al-Andalus train's restaurant car
Sleeper car on 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 to experience a journey steeped in enchantment, and enjoy the privilege of travelling in this palace on wheels. You can choose from several itineraries.
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 dating 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.
Charm, local colour, high spirits, culture and art are just a few of the terms used to describe the cities along the route. Passengers can also explore these places on specially arranged guided tours. The train leaves Seville (famous for the Giralda tower, the cathedral and the Alcázar palace) towards Cadiz and Jerez (don't miss the sherry and the traditional equestrian displays). The third and fourth day include stops in Ronda (with spectacular views) and Granada (with the magnificent Alhambra and the chance to enjoy some flamenco). The fifth day brings you to Linares, Úbeda and Baeza (World Heritage cities) and Cordoba (with its Mosque and wonderful historic quarter). Iberian itinerary. From Madrid to Saragossa
The train leaves Madrid 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 defensive 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 building). 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 Sanfermines bull-running festival. Your final destination is Saragossa, where you should make a special point of seeing the basilica of El Pilar and the Aljafería Palace.
Remember you can always do this itinerary in the opposite direction (from Saragossa to Madrid).
Way of Saint James itinerary
This lasts five days. You'll leave León and travel through Astorga (famous for its palace, cathedral, defensive walls and Roman route) and Ponferrada. The second day the train stops in Monforte de Lemos and Ourense, perfect for exploring the Ribeira Sacra area. The next days it heads for Santiago de Compostela (the capital of Galicia, with its famous cathedral) and A Coruña (don't miss the Torre de Hércules tower), before returning on the last day to León.
In addition to these three itineraries, you can also choose the Extremaduran Route (which will take you through destinations like Seville, Mérida, Cáceres, Toledo and Aranjuez), and the Ribera del Duero-Rioja Wine Itinerary.
The Andalusia itinerary operates regularly between March, April, May, June, September and October, whereas the Iberian and Way of Saint James itineraries run in July. It is advisable to check operating times at other periods.