Spanish Symphony Rail Journey

009341 - W20

Venture deep into the heart of Spain and lose yourself in its romance, passion and history. Travel is on the Al Andalus, a private, luxury train that winds its way through the Spanish countryside.

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Highlights
  • Unique journey of nearly 1,250km by private train through Spain, from north to south
  • Four distinct regions - Andalusia, Castile-La Mancha, Castile-Leon and Galicia
  • Six UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Culinary specialties and fine wine, including wine tasting in the Ribeira Sacra region
  • Boat ride through the Spanish fjord coastline in Islas Atlanticas and the Sil Canyon
  • Flamenco museum in Seville
Details

Group Size: Minimum 2 / Maximum 23

2020 Departures:
August: 26, 30
September: 01, 05

2020 Pricing:
August:
From US$7,450 – Gran Clase – Twin
From US$8,100 – Deluxe – Twin
September:
From US$8,200 – Gran Clase – Twin
From US$8,850 – Deluxe – Twin

Prices are “starting from” rates, shown in US$, per person based on two people sharing twin accommodation. Single use of cabin may be available on a limited basis, please inquire for prices.

Tour Code:
009341 - W20

Itinerary
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Day 1: Arrive Santiago

Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Spend the day at your leisure and enjoy two overnights in the Parador Santiago de Compostela, which is said to be the world’s oldest hotel. Meals: D

Days 2: Rias Baixas

Rías Baixas is the name of the region where estuaries of the Atlantic Ocean reach deep inland. Beautiful beaches, wild nature and a diverse culinary scene await. This part of Galicia is not only characterized by its unique natural beauty with its fjord-like coast and numerous offshore islands but also by its deep-rooted traditions. During a boat trip to the mussel beds where the world’s best blue mussels and scallops are cultivated, you get the chance to taste freshly prepared seafood directly from the ocean. Weather permitting, you also go an excursion to the Cíes Islands, the gem of the Islas Atlánticas National Park. Afterward, you visit the historical fishing village of Combarro, whose center is a characteristic example of Galicia’s traditional architecture. Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 3: Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the final stop for 10,000 pilgrims annually on the Camino de Santiago, where they visit the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great. Here you enjoy a tour through the city’s historic center. In the late afternoon, you board the Al Andalús private train and settle into your compartment. While rolling south, you enjoy a typical Galician dinner in the restaurant car. Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Galicia

The morning is yours to explore Ourense on the Rio Miño. Back on board, you enjoy lunch as the Al Andalús continues southward. You reach Ribeira Sacra, a Spanish wine region close to the Portuguese border. Here you enjoy a wine tasting at a winery and a river cruise in the spectacular Sil Canyon, with gorges as deep as 500 meters. Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: León and Ávila

Your first stop today is León, one of the most important stops for Jacobean pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Here you visit the León Cathedral, a 13th-century Gothic church. Later your train continues toward Ávila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ávila’s immense city walls date back to the 11th century and belong to one of the most well-preserved and most complete medieval fortifications in the world. At a height of 1,128 meters, you get a spectacular view of everything that makes Castile beautiful: gothic manors; narrow, winding streets; great Romanic churches and of course, the 88 towers of the 2.5-kilometer-long city wall. Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Toledo

Toledo is known as the “City of Three Cultures,” since Christians, Moors and Jews have all left their marks here. Toledo is a living museum that features churches, palaces, oriental-style houses, narrow streets and a romantic atmosphere. You see the San Juan de los Reyes monastery; the Santa María la Blanca and El Tránsito synagogues, and the famous painting “The Burial of the Count of Orgaz” by El Greco in the Iglesia de San Tomé. In the afternoon, you enjoy some free time before boarding your train once again. In the evening, the Al Andalús continues toward Aranjuez, one of the summer residences of the royal family since the 16th century. If you like, you can enjoy an evening walk through the city. Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Córdoba

Today you visit the city of Córdoba, where Moorish Spain had its intellectual, cultural and economic zenith. During the caliphate of Córdoba in the 10th century, about half a million people lived here. Christians, Jews and Muslims lived here peacefully side by side. A guided tour through the old town brings you closer to the most important architectural complex of the city—the Great Mosque of Córdoba—with its Muslim prayer halls and Christian chapels. You also visit the Alcázar of Córdoba, a palace surrounded by wonderful gardens. You stroll through the narrow streets of the Jewish quarter before getting back on your train. Meals: B, L, D

Days 8: Seville

A city tour in Seville brings you close to figures like Don Juan, the Barber of Seville, and Count Almaviva from the Marriage of Figaro and Carmen. You also see the Seville Cathedral—the largest gothic cathedral in the world; the Giralda bell tower—once a minaret of the Great Mosque of Seville—and the Alcázar of Seville, both wonderful examples of Andalusian Mudéjar architecture. That evening, you enjoy an Andalusian farewell dinner in a beautiful restaurant housed in an old palace. Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: Adiós, España!

Following breakfast your tour officially ends. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination. Or, you may choose to extend your time and explore more of Spain. We can help design a program to fit your needs. Meals: B

Train information

Travel in style on one of Europe’s most luxurious trains, the Al Andalús.

Cabin Categories

Gran Clase: A cozy room with private bathroom, with the charm of the original compartments having been preserved.

Deluxe: An elegant, spacious suite comprising a bedroom and private bathroom. The Superior Suite combines the comforts of the 21st century with the original style of this historic train.

Included
  • Airport transfers
  • Train journey from Santiago de Compostela to Seville
  • Five nights of accommodation on the private Al Andalus
  • Three nights of accommodation in hotels
  • Meals per the itinerary: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
  • City tours and excursions outlined in itinerary
  • Multi-lingual group guide, maximum 31 passengers
  • English-speaking, local guide at all stops
Not Included
  • International travel to/from Spain
  • Any other extra/ optional activities or accommodation added to your program
  • Travel Insurance
  • Passport and visa fees, if required
  • Vaccination fees
  • Items of a personal nature
Tour Notes

Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.

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