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Al Andalus Europe, Spain

Al Andalus luxury train in southern Spain
Al Andalus at platform
Al Andalus luxury train in southern Spain
Al Andalus luxury train in southern Spain

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- complimentary first class rail travel in Spain to departure and from arrival points, on RENFE’s AVE/Alvia trains (Superior Suites only).

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Fay says, “Al Andalus is a beautiful train that now operates throughout Spain: romantic Andalucia visiting cities such as Seville, Cordoba and Granada; less-visited Extremadura between Seville and Madrid; between Madrid and Zaragoza.   2014 sees more new itineraries for Al Andalus, including shorter journeys”.  

About the Train

The lounge, bar and restaurant carriages were built in France between 1929 and 1930 by the Wagon-Lits Company, and have now been restored to their original splendour, which is matched by the attentive on-board service.  This is the epitome of romantic travel; Belle Epoque charm mingles with the comfort of  the modern age, allowing the traveller to revel in the pleasure of the journey that transports one through the wonderful scenery of Spain. The luxury coach is always waiting to take one on the tours.   There is a train manager on board for the whole tour; do not hesitate to raise any questions or comments about the train or tour with the manager at any stage.

Accommodation

Diagrams of Superior and Standard Suites on Al Andalus
Al Andalus: Superior and Standard Suites on Ibérico and Al Andalus Itineraries 

 

Suites

Al Andalus has seven beautifully renovated sleeper carriages, five of which are original Wagon-Lits carriages dating from 1929.  All suites are individually air conditioned, with train stewards available at all times.

There are twelve standard suites ( 8 sq m / 86 sq ft), each of which has two lower beds(78 cms x 191 cms / 31″ x 75″ and 69 cms x 180 cms / 27″ x 71″), a safe, a closet and a large bathroom with shaving points and a hairdryer.

There are twenty superior suites ( 9.9 sq m / 107 sq ft), each of which has a double bed (150 x 200 cm / 59″ x 79″), a mini-bar, safe, closet and a full bathroom with shaving points and a hairdryer.

During the day, beds fold into comfortable couches (NOTE: staff will attend to this on request), so that each suite becomes a private lounge.

Lounge and dining cars

The train has four wonderful lounge cars, dating between 1928 – 1930. These carriages are used as restaurants, saloons and lounges and all have large windows thus ensuring that guests enjoy the spectacular scenery. Music recitals are given in these cars.   All the carriages are air conditioned and are available 24 hours a day.

Catering

A full  breakfast is served each day on the train.  Lunches and dinners are mostly taken at local restaurants, unless on the train travelling between destinations.  All meals give one a sample of the traditional cooking of that region, and are accompanied by excellent wines and  liqueurs, coffee and tea.

Al Andalus – The Routes

Detailed itineraries, dates and prices are further down the page

The Andalusia itinerary travels through Andalusia in southern Spain, with visits to (amongst other places)  Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Ronda and Cadiz, thus taking in a wide sweep of Southern Spain, whilst being transported through stunning scenery from the mountains of the Sierra Nevada to the Atlantic Ocean. Andalucia today is the result of cultural influences that encompasses the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Byzantines and of course the Moors, all before the Christian Spanish era that has become modern Spain.  Through March, Seville can be filled with the wonderful scent of Orange Blossom, as the orange trees commence their season, thus a delightful time to visit.  Holy week starts on the 13th April until Easter Sunday.  It is the most important festival in Spain, with various  processions of floats that are beautifully decorated with flowers, gold, silver, candles and fine fabrics upon which are ancient  statues of Jesús and La Virgen María. 

The Ibérico itinerary is Madrid to Zaragoza, or Zaragoza to Madrid, with a full programme of visits to perhaps less well known cities, sites and towns.  The tour takes in Pamplona, la Rioja wine tasting, Moorish and Roman Burgos, Ávila – City of the Stones and Saints, with thousand-year old city walls and many Romanesque and Gothic churches and  Segovia, with much Roman architecture.  This part of Spain is rich in military history, with many battles being fought over the centuries, not least the Peninsula War.

Extremadura – Land Of Conquistadors.  This new itinerary takes one from Seville to Madrid, travelling through a less known region of Spain. Just north of Andalusia, south of Castile and east of Portugal, influences of all these ways of life are present in Extremadura, along with a history dating back past Roman times, that has influenced the architecture of the towns.   South America was the destination for Cortés , Pizarro, de Orellana and de Balboa, the conquistadors who were all Extremadurans.

Shorter (5- and 4-day) Journeys

There are some  newly-introduced shorter journeys that allow one to experience this beautiful train even if one has a limited amount of time.

 

 

Andalusia Itinerary 

Seville – Jerez – Cadiz – Ronda -  Granada – Linares-Baeza – Cordoba – Seville

 

Andalusia Itinerary 2014 – 6 days/5 nights, with Monday departures.  Journey starts and ends at Santa Justa station, Seville

Monday:  Seville -  Jerez.  At 11:00hrs, following check in,  there is a tour of Seville with a visit to the cathedral and to Plaza de España, as well as a coach tour of the city.  The coach stops at the Gardens of Murillo and the Columbus Monument.  After this, there is a welcome reception on board the train, when you are shown to your suite and have time to settle in as the train departs for Jerez.  Upon arrival, there is free time to wander around the town before having dinner in one of the local restaurants. Jerez dates back to Moorish times and possesses  beautiful palm lined squares and wide streets, as well as The Sacristy of the Cathedral del Salvador, an 18th century church that was built on the foundations of an Arab mosque, of which  the Mudéja tower still remains.    Overnight in Jerez.

Tuesday:  Jerez – Cadiz.  Following a delicious breakfast on board, we take the coach to visit Tio Pepe, as  Jerez is the birthplace of sherry wine, dating back to the 12th century.   Here we enjoy a fascinating visit along with a sherry tasting, before taking the coach to the beautiful setting of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, for the amazing  ”The Andalusian Dancing  Horses”, and a visit to the riding school.  Returning to the train, lunch is served whilst en route to Cadiz, a coastal city on the Bay of Cadiz and one of the oldest cities in Europe with an important heritage. We are taken on a coach tour of this city, before being able to wander around the local sights.  One can then either rejoin the coach to go to the restaurant, or walk.  Overnight in Cadiz.

Wednesday:  Cadiz – Ronda – Granada.    Awake to the train gently starting its journey from Cadiz to  Ronda early in the morning.  Whilst having breakfast, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Serrania.   There is a tour of this city which hangs on the edge of a huge escarpment known as El Tajo and is the birthplace of bullfighting with a history that goes back to Roman times.  The tour includes a visit to the bull ring, built in 1785 and one of the oldest operational rings in Spain. Following lunch there is time to wander before returning to the train either by coach or walking. Dinner is served on the train whilst travelling to Granada, where we overnight.

Thursday:  Granada.  After breakfast on board the tour of this beautiful place includes the famously romantic Alhambra and the captivating Jardines del Generalife, followed by free time in Alhambra in which to absorb the Moorish elegance before having  lunch in the Parador.   In the afternoon, visit the city; the quarters of Albaicin, Sacramonte and its cathedral, the first Spanish Renaissance church.  Take advantage of wandering around before dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a flamenco performance.  Overnight in Granada.

Friday:  Granada – Linares-Baeza – Ubeda – Cordoba.  Whilst having breakfast, we arrive in Linares-Baeza, from where the coach travels through the countryside covered with over 70 million olive trees, to the Olive Oil Museum for a guided visit of this fascinating industry.  Then we go to historic  Baeza, a city that dates back to the Moorish occupation and is the seat of the International University of Andalucía.  Lunch in Úbeda, with its beautiful hand-carved stone and whitewashed facades, which one can wander around after lunch. Returning to the train, dinner is served during the journey to Cordoba.  Overnight in Cordoba.

Saturday:  Cordoba – Seville.  Breakfast on board followed  by a  tour of this city,  that during the 10th century and beginning of the 11th century was the most populous city in the world, and during these centuries became the intellectual center of Europe.  Thus there is a mixture of Roman and Moorish architecture.   Of particular interest are the Reales Alcazares, built in 1328, and the incredibly beautiful Mosque / Cathedral of the Juderia.    Lunch is served back on board the train whilst travelling to our final destination, Seville.   Journey ends:  17:00hrs approx.

 

Dates and Prices 2014

High Season – May, June, September

Low Season – March, April, October.

 

HIGH SEASON:  May 5,12,19,26.   June 2,9,16.   September 8,15,22,29.

Booking, in advance         6+ months     4-6 months    less than 4 months

Standard Suite 

Double per person                              €2,822             €2,978                €3,135

Supplement Single                              €1,411             €1,489                €1,568

Superior Suite 

Double  per person                             €3,366            €3,553                  €3,740

Supplement Single                              €1,683            €1,777                  €1,870

Supplement Triple                             €1,346             €1,421                  €1,496

 

LOW SEASON:   April 7,21,28   October 6,13,20.

Booking, in advance         6+ months     4-6 months    less than 4 months

Standard Suite 

Double per person                            €2,565             €2,708               €2,850

Supplement Single                            €1,283             €1,354                €1,425

Superior Suite 

Double  per person                             €3,060            €3,230                €3,400

Supplement Single                              €1,530            €1,615                 €1,700

Supplement Triple                             €1,224             €1,292                 €1,360

 

Ibérico Itinerary 

Madrid – Zaragoza Or Zaragoza – Madrid

Ibérico Itinerary

Ibérico Itinerary – ZARAGOZA – MADRID.  6 days/5 nights with Monday departures.    Meet at 16.00hrs at the  Delicias Station, Avda. de Navarra, 80, Zaragoza, finish in Madrid at around 18.30hrs.   This itinerary is the same  as the Madrid to Zaragoza, but in reverse.    

 MADRID – ZARAGOZA.  

6 days/5 nights with Friday departures.   Meet at 16.00hrs at the Chamartín Station, C/ Agustín de Foxá, s/n., Madrid

Friday:  Madrid – Segovia.  On boarding the train and following a welcome reception, you are shown to your suite to settle in as the train leaves for Segovia.  There is a city tour of Segovia, with much Roman architecture.  It has a strong trading history which is therefore matched by a rich cultural history.  Dinner is served in a picturesque local restaurant and the train is stationary in Segovia for the night.

Saturday:  Segovia - Ávila – Salamanca.  Whilst enjoying breakfast, the train arrives in Ávila; known as the City of Stones and Saints, it claims that it has one of the highest number of Romanesque and Gothic churches per head in Spain. Founded in the 5th century, it still has impressive city walls built around 1088.  Here we see a dehesa of wild bulls, and learn about the way they are cared for and bred and how bull-fighters are trained.  Lunch in a local restaurant is followed by free time in Avila.   Later, we depart for Salamanca, during which one has time on the train to relax before dinner, prepared by the train’s chef.   The train arrives in Salamanca for the night.

Sunday:  Salamanca – Burgos.  After breakfast, there is a city tour of this fascinating university city, with its beautiful 12th-century Cathedral, one of many wonderful architectural buildings.   We have lunch and free time in the city, before joining the train for dinner en route for Burgos.  Here we spend the night.

Monday:  Burgos – Miranda de Ebro.  During breakfast, the train travels to Sierra de Atapuerca, home to the Prehistoric Village, one of the world’s most important archaeological excavations, which we visit.  Following this there is a tour of Burgos, where we have lunch and free time.   Returning to the train, dinner is served as we travel to Miranda de Ebro, for the night.

Tuesday:  Miranda de Ebro – Pamplona.  After breakfast, we take the coach to the Marques de Riscal winery for a tour.  Back on the train, lunch is served on the way to Pamplona.  We wander into Pamplona, which  was founded in Roman times and is the site of the famous annual ‘running of the  bulls’ festival of San Fermin, which takes place around 7th July for a week.  Dinner is taken in a local restaurant, allowing one time to enjoy a Spanish evening before returning to the train, which is stationed here overnight.

Wednesday: Pamplona – Zaragoza.  After an early breakfast, we travel to San Fermines Encierro.  We then return to the train to travel to Zaragoza.   After a tour of Zaragoza and lunch, we return to the station to collect luggage.  Journey ends:  17.00hrs approx.

Dates and Prices  2014

Madrid – Zaragoza      July 4.

Zaragoza-Madrid        August 18.

 

Booking, in advance         6+ months     4-6 months     less than 4 months

Standard Suite

Double per person                              €2,822              €2,978               €3,135

Supplement Single                              €1,411              €1,489               €1,568

Superior Suite 

Double  per person                             €3,366             €3,553                 €3,740

Supplement Single                              €1,683             €1,777                 €1,870

Supplement Triple                              €1,346             €1,421                 €1,496

 

Extremadura Itinerary - Land of Conquistadors

Seville – Merida – Plasencia – Monfrague - Toledo – Aranjuez - Madrid

The Extremadura Itinerary on Al Andalus from the Luxury Train Club - unique rail tour / train journey on a luxury train in Spain
The Extremadura Itinerary

 

Extremadura Itinerary – 6 days/5 nights, departing Seville Santa Justa

Monday:  Seville -  Huelva.   At 16:00hrs, following check in, there is a welcome reception on board the train, when you are shown to your suite.  There follows a guided tour of Seville with the opportunity to learn more about many  of the interesting historical building.  Returning to the train, one has time to settle in before dinner, whilst the train travels to Huelva.  Overnight in Huelva.

Tuesday:  Huelva – Merida.   After breakfast, enjoy some free time in this maritime town, taking a tour of the region’s main beaches and interesting streets.   There are still some Roman remains and during the Roman times, Huelva had a mint; and many coins have been found there bearing the name of the town as Onuba thus modern inhabitants are called Onubenses in Spanish. We return to the train to travel to Merida.   There is a short stop at the Sierra de Aracena, where we visit the Museo del Jamón [the Ham Museum], and enjoy a ham tasting as well as some of the products from the area.  Returning to the train we  continue our journey to Merida, which has one of the most outstanding collections of Roman ruins and art in Spain.  Dinner overnight in Merida.

Wednesday:  Merida  - Plasencia – Monfrague.   Whilst breakfasting,  we arrive in Plasencia.  This walled market city was founded in 1186, and consequently has a wonderful collection of architecture, along with the remains of a Roman aqueduct, and Las Catedrales, a complex of two cathedrals.  A tour of the city is followed by lunch.   After lunch there will be the chance to spend some free time in the city.  Dinner on board the train as we travel to Monfragüe, where we spend the night.

Thursday:  Monfrague – Toledo.   After breakfast we enjoy a morning surrounded by nature, visiting  the Monfragüe Natural Park, ending our trip with a boat tour along the  spectacular River Tagus. There is a long mountainous ridge, which the river has cut through, creating on the western side an impressive rock face, the Penafalcon. On the eastern side is the Castle of Monfragüe. Returning to the train, lunch is served as we travel to Toledo.  The tour of this city, that is located in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, and has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, with a strong Roman, Jew, Christian, Arab influence, reveals some fabulous architecture as a consequence of their influences.  Free time followed by dinner.   Overnight in Toledo.

Friday:  Toledo – Aranjuez.   After breakfast on board, we will get the chance to taste one of the world’s best-known cheeses: queso manchego, enjoying  a culinary morning trying out other products typical of the region like oil, wine and marzipan.   After lunch we will travel to Aranjuez, for a tour of  this town that  was a leisure town for Spanish kings, and reached its magnificence under the Bourbon dynasty in the 18th century.  Free time and then dinner in a local restaurant.  Overnight in Aranjuez.

Saturday:  Aranjuez – Madrid.   During breakfast, the train arrives in Madrid, when there is  a tour  around the Palacio Real followed by lunch.  Journey ends:   17:00hrs approx.

 

Dates and Prices 2014

Date:  June 23 only

Booking, in advance       6+ months     4-6months     less than 4 months

Standard Suite

Double per person                            €2,822              €2,978               €3,135

Supplement Single                            €1,411              €1,489               €1,568

Superior Suite 

Double  per person                           €3,366             €3,553                 €3,740

Supplement Single                            €1,683             €1,777                  €1,870

Supplement Triple                            € 1,346             €1,421                €1,496

 

Payment Terms

Deposit payment                   40% of total price to reserve

Balance payment                   60% at least 25 days prior to departure

In Euros:  Prices per person

Cancellations:

Up to 30 days before departure: refund less 15% registration and guarantee fee.

Between 30 and 15 days : less 25% of the total.

Between 14 and 5 days: less 50% of the total.

Between 4 and 1 day(s): less 80% of the total.

Less than 24 hours or failure to turn up:  No refund, 100% of the total is payable.

General Information

Dress Code:  Comfortable day wear and comfortable shoes for walking  (many towns have cobbles), perhaps a rain coat and a warm layer depending on  the time of year, because it can be cool in the mountains.   Smart casual is recommended for the evenings.  There is also an end of tour party on the train.

Included:   Six days and five nights on board the Al Andalus Train.  Five breakfasts, five lunches and five dinners on board or at restaurants.  High quality wines, liquors, coffee and tea with meals.  Accompanying hostess throughout the journey.  Guided excursions with a coach for transfers and visits.  Musical performances and entertainment.  All entrance fees.  Toiletries and bathrobes provided; towels changed daily. Superior also has a selection of: toiletries; a choice of two lunches/dinners in your suite; all extra non-alcoholic beverages; train transfers from any Renfe station pre and post tour.

Not included:  Gratuities. Drinks ordered outside of meals, or from the mini bar in the suite. Laundry and ironing service.

Unforeseen events:  The itineraries may be subject to modifications for reasons outside the control of the organiser or as a result of problems which may cause changes in the operation of the rail network.  In these cases, the organisers will adopt the necessary solutions to continue with the trip, without any extra cost to passengers.  If passengers continue the trip under the new circumstances, they tacitly accept the solutions as proposed.

Terms and Conditions: Go here for the Terms and Conditions of RENFE Viajeros sa, which owns and operates this train.

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