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9 DAYS SPANISH SYMPHONY – EXCLUSIVE RAIL JOURNEY FROM NORTH TO SOUTH

Santiago De Compostela, Ourense, Leon, Avila, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville

Gourmet & Wine, History & Culture, Off the Beaten, Train Journeys

Highlights

⦁ Unique route on 1,250km of rail through Spain
⦁ 4 Spanish regions in just one trip: Andalusia, Castile–La Mancha, Castile–Leon, and Galicia
⦁ 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Aranjuez, Avila, Cordoba, Toledo, Santiago de Compostela, and Seville
⦁ Culinary specialties and fine wines
⦁ Boat ride through Spain’s fjord-like coast in the Islas Atlanticas National Park and in the Sil Canyon
⦁ Flamenco museum in Seville

Venture deep into the heart of Spain. Lose yourself in its romance, passion and history. Travel in style on one of Europe’s most luxurious trains, the Al Andalus. Spain—one of the world’s most fascinating European countries—a melting pot of oriental and occidental cultures, where the influences of Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and many other peoples have created a unique cultural landscape. This outstanding and delightful train journey takes you to some of the most beautiful cities in Spain: Santiago de Compostela, León, Ávila, Toledo, Cordoba and Seville.

From

USD 8,150 Per Person

9 Days 8 Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 ARRIVAL IN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

ARRIVAL IN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Parador Santiago de Compostela
Dinner included

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.

Day 02 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / RIAS BAIXAS / SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / RIAS BAIXAS / SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Parador Santiago de Compostela
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Rias 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.

Day 03 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / AL ANDALUS

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA / AL ANDALUS
Al Andalus
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Santiago de Compostela is the final stop for 10,000 pilgrims 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 Andalus private train and settle into your compartment. While rolling south, you enjoy a typical Galician dinner in the restaurant car.

Day 04 OURRENSE

OURRENSE
Al Andalus
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

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

Day 05 LEON / AVILA

LEON / AVILA
Al Andalus
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

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 Avila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Avila’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.

 

Day 06 TOLEDO

TOLEDO
Al Andalus
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

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 Maria la Blanca and El Transito synagogues, and the famous painting “The Burial of the Count of Orgaz” by El Greco in the Iglesia de San Tome.

In the afternoon, you enjoy some free time before boarding your train once again. In the evening, the Al Andalus 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.

Day 07 CORDOBA

CORDOBA
Al Andalus
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Today you visit the city of Cordoba, where Moorish Spain had its intellectual, cultural and economic zenith. During the caliphate of Cordoba 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 Cordoba—with its Muslim prayer halls and Christian chapels. You stroll through the narrow streets of the Jewish quarter before getting back on your train.

Day 08 SEVILLE

SEVILLE
Hotel Alfonso XIII (or similar)
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

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 Alcazar of Seville, both wonderful examples of Andalusian Mudejar architecture.

That evening, you enjoy an Andalusian farewell dinner in a beautiful restaurant housed in an old palace.

 

Day 09 DEPARTURE FROM SEVILLE

DEPARTURE FROM SEVILLE
N.A
Breakfast included

Transfer to Seville airport for your departure flight.

 

Hotels & Tour Price

Al Andalus Train (2022)

Category 1

Cost Per Person
US$ 8,150 pp
Single Supplement
US$ 2,940

Santiago de Compostela – Seville 
Depart: 20 – 28 Aug 2022 & 01 – 09 Sep 2022
Multilingual group guide for max. 31 passengers and English-speaking local guides at the stops

Parador Santiago de Compostela • Grand Class on Al Andalus Train • Alfonso XIII in Seville 

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Parador Santiago de Compostela

Considered as the oldest hotel in the world from 1499 when it was built as a royal hospital to accommodate pilgrims traveling to Santiago, this parador is a blend of history, art and tradition, the dream of pilgrims and emblem of Santiago. Beautiful cloisters, elegant guest rooms and a restaurant serving Galician cuisine luxurious dining – a stay at this landmark is a truly unique experience. (Opened: 2014; Rooms: 137)

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AL ANDALUS TRAIN

AL ANDALUS TRAIN

Gran class

The Al Andalus luxury train is one of the most spacious and exclusive tourist train in the world. Its four saloons, real railroad jewels built between 1928 and 1930, are the perfect scenario in which the breakfast ala carte and selected dinners and three course meals are served. Traveling in Al Andalus is also travelling around the rich Spanish cuisine, with its countless dishes that are rooted in the culinary traditions of the people that have shaped its history.

Bar service allows the traveller to enjoy at any time of an espresso, a sherry or a Tom Collins, relax in the elegant saloons, while the landscape is running through the large windows, or in the privacy of your comfortable room. At the end of the day it is time to enjoy the parties, music, cultural and gastronomic activities or live performances that are offered on board.

Gran Clase
A cozy room with a private bathroom which preserves the size and the charm of the original compartments. It features
⦁ Two single beds which can be turned into arm chairs during the day
⦁ Minibar, safe, wardrobe, luggage rack and climate control
⦁ Functional private bathroom with maximum use of its space, equipped with shower, hairdryer and a varied set of welcome and bath items with unique fragrance and toilet bag

SEVILLE

SEVILLE

Hotel Alfonso XIII

An icon of Seville since the commissioning by the King of Spain to host international dignitaries during the 1929 Exhibition, with elegant native Andalusian design and Moorish detailing reflecting its Sevillian style. This ambience also pervades the outdoor swimming pool and gardens, which entice guests to relax and refresh under the warm Andalusian sun. (Opened: 1928; Rooms: 148)

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Al Andalus Train (2022)

Category 2

Cost Per Person
From US$ 8,900 pp
Single Supplement
From US$ 3,310

Santiago de Compostela – Seville 
Depart: 20 – 28 Aug 2022 & 01 – 09 Sep 2022
Multilingual group guide for max. 31 passengers and English-speaking local guides at the stops

Parador Santiago de Compostela • Deluxe Class • Alfonso XIII in Seville 

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Parador Santiago de Compostela

Considered as the oldest hotel in the world from 1499 when it was built as a royal hospital to accommodate pilgrims traveling to Santiago, this parador is a blend of history, art and tradition, the dream of pilgrims and emblem of Santiago. Beautiful cloisters, elegant guest rooms and a restaurant serving Galician cuisine luxurious dining – a stay at this landmark is a truly unique experience. (Opened: 2014; Rooms: 137)

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AL ANDALUS TRAIN

AL ANDALUS TRAIN

Deluxe

The Al Andalus luxury train is one of the most spacious and exclusive tourist train in the world. Its four saloons, real railroad jewels built between 1928 and 1930, are the perfect scenario in which the breakfast ala carte and selected dinners and three course meals are served. Traveling in Al Andalus is also travelling around the rich Spanish cuisine, with its countless dishes that are rooted in the culinary traditions of the people that have shaped its history.

Bar service allows the traveller to enjoy at any time of an espresso, a sherry or a Tom Collins, relax in the elegant saloons, while the landscape is running through the large windows, or in the privacy of your comfortable room. At the end of the day it is time to enjoy the parties, music, cultural and gastronomic activities or live performances that are offered on board.

Deluxe
Spacious and elegant suite laid out over a bedroom and private bathroom which combines the comforts of the 21st century with the original appearance of this historic train. Perfectly suited for rest, privacy as well as daytime and evening relaxation. It features
⦁ Two-meter-long double bed which can be turned into a sofa during the day. Possibility of adding an extra small bed for kids
⦁ Safe, minibar, closet, luggage rack and climate control
⦁ Comfortable and spacious private bathroom with a shower, hairdryer and varied set of welcome and bath items with unique fragrance and toilet bag

SEVILLE

SEVILLE

Hotel Alfonso XIII

An icon of Seville since the commissioning by the King of Spain to host international dignitaries during the 1929 Exhibition, with elegant native Andalusian design and Moorish detailing reflecting its Sevillian style. This ambience also pervades the outdoor swimming pool and gardens, which entice guests to relax and refresh under the warm Andalusian sun. (Opened: 1928; Rooms: 148)

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Al Andalus Train (2023)

Category 1

Cost Per Person
From US$ 8,280 pp
Single Supplement
From US$ 3,000

Santiago de Compostela – Seville 
Depart: 31 Aug – 08 Sep 2023
Multilingual group guide for max. 31 passengers and English-speaking local guides at the stops 

Parador Santiago de Compostela • Grand Class on Al Andalus Train • Alfonso XIII in Seville 

Al Andalus Train (2023)

Category 2

Cost Per Person
From US$ 9,030 pp
Single Supplement
From US$ 3,380

Santiago de Compostela – Seville 
Depart: 31 Aug – 08 Sep 2023
Multilingual group guide for max. 31 passengers and English-speaking local guides at the stops 

Parador Santiago de Compostela • Deluxe Class • Alfonso XIII in Seville 

COST INCLUDES:

⦁ Train journey from Santiago de Compostela to Seville with 5 overnights on board the train in the category booked
⦁ 3 overnights in hotels
⦁ All meals as per itinerary
⦁ City tours and excursions as mentioned in the programme
⦁ Multilingual group guide for max. 31 passengers
⦁ English-speaking local guides at the stops
⦁ Airport transfers

COST EXCLUDES:

⦁ International airfares
⦁ Visa
⦁ Meals unless otherwise specified
⦁ Travel insurance
⦁ Personal expenses e.g. laundry, bar, spa services
⦁ Phone and internet charges

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