Al-Andalus Luxury Train in southern Spain
Prices from £3,775 per person
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Experience some of Spain’s most alluring scenery in beautiful Andalucia on the magnificent Al-Andalus luxury train. Starting in Seville, Al-Andalus takes you to ancient cities such as Cadiz and Ronda, the Sherry capital Jerez as well as the Moorish might of the iconic Alhambra Palace. The comparatively modern UNESCO-listed Renaissance cities of Ubeda and Baeza provide a wonderful contrast, culminating in medieval Cordoba.
Enjoy a 9 night / 10 day holiday, including 6 nights in a Gran Class compartment on Al-Andalus with all meals, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, First Class rail from London to Seville and a scheduled flight back to the UK from £4,195 per person. Alternatively, a 10 night / 11 day option which returns to the UK by First Class rail is available from £4,495 per person (all prices are based on two people travelling together). These featured itineraries are shown below.
If you prefer to fly both ways and spend 1 night in Seville before your luxury train journey then your 7 night / 8 day holiday is from £3,775 per person.
Upgrade to a deluxe suite on Al-Andalus from £850 per person.
Below is the featured itinerary, travelling by rail via Barcelona to Seville and joining Al-Andalus there. Al-Andalus sets off two days after the dates shown:
|2021 UK departure date|
|May 22, 29|
|June 5, 12, 19, 26|
|September 11, 18, 25|
|October 2, 9, 16|
Day 1 – London to Barcelona
Your holiday begins as you enter stunningly restored St. Pancras International station. Take your time to appreciate the splendour of the magnificent glass roof, then sit back, relax and watch the countryside swish past as you travel by Eurostar to Paris at speeds of up to 186mph. Enjoy the light meal and drinks served on board in Standard Premier service (Eurostar’s 1st class for leisure travellers). On arrival in Paris your private taxi transfer will take you across Paris to the Gare de Lyon to continue your journey by TGV through France and into Spain. You travel through the changing French landscape at high speed on this direct train to the vibrant city of Barcelona. You arrive in time for dinner or tapas before you settle into your hotel for the night, the Barcelo Sants (4 star) or the totally refurbished Nobu Hotel (5 star – supplements apply), ideally located next to Barcelona Sants train station.
Day 2 – Barcelona to Seville
Today you leave Barcelona and take the train southwards to the fabulous city of Seville. Bathed in sunshine for much of the year, Seville is a lively, energetic city home to a myriad of historical layers and magnificent cultural landmarks. Your base for the tonight is the welcoming, highly-rated Hotel Becquer (4 star) in the city centre.
Day 3 – Seville and the Al-Andalus train
Savour the build-up to your journey on the superb Al-Andalus this morning as you meet with your fellow travellers, ahead of a guided tour of Seville. Enjoy the many highlights of the Andalucian capital which include the grand Gothic cathedral, which took more than a century to build, as well as the Giralda (bell tower) and the opulent Royal Palace. After lunch visit the city’s famous Plaza España, before boarding the celebrated train.
After a welcome reception on board and the chance to settle into your cabin, the train commences its journey to Jerez. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board before the train arrives in Jerez, where it remains for the night.
Day 4 – Jerez
This morning begins with a delicious a la carte and buffet breakfast on the train. Following this, you discover more of Jerez, a town famous as the home of Sherry and for the training of beautiful Andalucian horses.
You begin with a visit to a renowned winery. It is here that the famous Sherry wine is produced, and you can learn about this on today’s tour. You then experience a magical display from the “Andalucian Dancing Horses”, a famous equestrian ballet accompanied by Spanish music. Later you travel to the town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, located at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River – a perfect spot to enjoy lunch. You then return to the train for another superb dinner on board. The train remains in Jerez for a further night.
Day 5 – Cadiz
Today you travel by luxury coach to the ancient port city of Cadiz, popularly known as the “Silver City” and regarded as one of the oldest cities in Europe. Discover more about this city’s rich history on a guided tour of its many attractions. Following the tour, you have time to take in more of the city’s sights at your own pace.
You then return to the train for lunch on board as you travel through the changing Spanish scenery to Ronda. Enjoy dinner on board as the train reaches Ronda, where you spend the night.
Day 6 – Ronda
After breakfast on board, today you discover more of Ronda, an historic town divided in two by its impressive gorge. Enjoy a tour of the town, including the beautiful Casa Bosco, with its terraced gardens, and the Puente Nuevo, which has fabulous panoramic views over the surrounding mountains and the incredible gorge, almost 100 metres deep. Later you rejoin the train and embark on the impressive journey through the spectacular Sierra Nevada Mountains to the fabulous city of Granada. Dinner is served on board as you arrive into the city, where the train stays for the night.
Day 7 – Granada
Today you discover Granada’s outstanding highlight – the stunning Alhambra. Dating back to the 14th century, this iconic palace complex was built by the Nasrid sultans of the Kingdom of Granada, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take the time to discover the intricate details of this lavish fortress including the gardens, before exploring more of Granada at your leisure. Perhaps take a stroll through the meandering streets of the Albaycin, to see the view of the Alhambra Palace, which is most wonderful at sunset, when it takes on a warm, slightly reddish tone. At night, the entire city is an enchanting place where you can experience a magical dinner surrounded in a special historical ambience with vibrant colours and sounds. The train stays in Granada for another night.
Day 8 – Ubeda and Baeza
This morning Al-Andalus arrives at Linares-Baeza station, where the luxury coach takes you to visit two of Spain’s Renaissance cities; Baeza and Ubeda. Both have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites are fascinating to discover. The beautiful town of Baeza enjoys an incredible setting surrounded by Europe’s biggest olive tree plantation. Its old town is a delightful, compact centre of cobbled streets and paved squares filled with beautiful Renaissance architecture and highly decorative façades. You then continue to Ubeda (pictured) – where elegant Renaissance buildings line almost every street in its historical quarter. Many of the grand mansions dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries can still be seen today. Following the tour, you are returned to the train for the start of the journey to Cordoba. Enjoy dinner on the train as Al-Andalus arrives in Cordoba, where you spend the night.
Day 9 – Cordoba
Following breakfast on board, this morning you embark on a tour of Cordoba. As the former capital of the Medieval emirate and as the caliphate of Al Andalus, Cordoba became the largest and most opulent city in Western Europe. Many landmarks from that time can be seen today, including the Calahorra Tower, and of course the Mezquita – the grandest and most beautiful mosque ever constructed. Your tour also takes you through the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter. You then return to the train for the final leg of your journey back to Seville. Reflect on your wonderful experiences of the past week as all too soon you arrive back in Seville and bid farewell to Al-Andalus. In Seville you enjoy another night at the Hotel Becquer (4 star).
Day 10 – Homeward bound
Today you check out of the hotel and make your way to the airport, for your scheduled flight back to the UK with British Airways.
Alternative Option – Day 10 – Seville to Barcelona
This morning after breakfast you return to the station and take the train northwards back to Barcelona.
You arrive into Barcelona for another night at the Barcelo Sants Hotel (4 star).
Alternative Option – Day 11 – Barcelona to London via Paris
This morning after breakfast make your way back to Barcelona Sants station for your journey to Paris. You travel north on the superfast TGV as it speeds you through Spain, into France and onto Paris. On arrival at the Gare de Lyon you are met by your private taxi which transfers you across Paris to the Gare du Nord for your return journey. Here you join the Eurostar service and head for home. Take time to reflect on the magnificent sights, sounds and tastes you have enjoyed on your holiday as you sit back and relax with a light meal and drinks before your arrival into London St Pancras and the final stage of your journey home.
Please note it is also possible to return by rail travelling via Madrid and Marseille – please contact us for full details.
The luxury 5-Star Al-Andalus hotel train consists of Belle Epoque carriages that were all built in France between 1928 and 1930 and were originally used by the British Royal Family. Whilst they evoke the luxury and opulence of rail travel in that era, they have been sensitively restored to include modern conveniences which make them even more appealing to the passengers of today.
The fabulous on-board cuisine is served in the superb restaurant carriages, and the train lounges are especially designed for relaxation and enjoyment of the evocative ambience, also offering the chance of sharing the company of fellow travellers.
There is live music and entertainment on board after dinner each evening. Given the length of the train, this will not affect those who prefer retiring earlier to the privacy of their suite. You can also choose to have a quiet drink in one of the other saloon cars, or go for a stroll in whichever town the train is situated for the night. The train always remains at a station overnight, to ensure the best possible night’s rest for all passengers.
Grand Class cabins on board feature a private bathroom with shower, twin beds (lower berth), a wardrobe and storage space, individually-controlled air conditioning, complimentary slippers and bathrobes. Complimentary bottled water is provided throughout the journey.
Upgrades are available to a Deluxe Suite; these are slightly larger and offer a double bed, as well as larger en suite with hydromassage shower and steam sauna.
The bedding in each cabin converts to seating during the day, so guests can relax in their own private suite and watch the scenery go by if they prefer.