Al Andalus Europe, Spain
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- Club discount off the published prices of any journey, for Al Andalus and all other listed trains;
- Up to 50% discounted first or tourist class RENFE rail travel in Spain, to departure stations and from arrival stations; discount code provided for on-line self-booking. Discount depends on fare type. This is a RENFE offer, which may change without notice. Conditions in General Information.
Fay says, "Al Andalus is a beautiful train with some carefully-restored historic carriages, operating on three routes in Spain. Use this remarkable heritage train as your hotel while you enjoy the Spanish sights, culture and gastronomy."
About Al Andalus
The lounge, bar and restaurant carriages of Al Andalus 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, transporting one through the wonderful scenery of Spain. There is a train manager on board for the whole tour, ready to assist with any questions.
Cities and Towns of Al Andalus
Here is a short guide to some of the more important cities and towns of Al Andalus.
Accommodation on Al Andalus
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.
During the day, beds can fold into comfortable couches (note: staff will attend to this on request), so that each suite becomes a private lounge.
Al Andalus has twenty Deluxe Suites (9.9 sq m/107 sq ft) each has a double bed (150x200 cm / 59" x 79"), a mini-bar, safe, closet and a full bathroom with shaving points and a hairdryer. Some suites can have a third bed, which is 70 cms wide x 180 cms long (28" x 71"). 360 degree panoramic view of Superior Suite by night and by day.
Twelve Grand Class Room Suites (8 sq m/86 sq ft) each has two lower beds(78 cms x 191 cms / 31"x75" and 69 cms x 180 cms / 27" x 71"), safe, closet and a large bathroom with shaving points and a hairdryer. 360 degree panoramic view of Al Andalus Standard Suite by night and by day.
Deluxe Suites may also known as Superior and Grand Class as Standard.
Al Andalus lounge and dining cars
Al Andalus 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.
Al Andalus Catering
A full breakfast is served each day on Al Andalus. 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.
Al Andalus - South to North or North to South. Journey 1,250 km from Seville to Santiago de Compostela or vice versa. This remarkable itinerary takes one from the south, through the centre, to the west into Galicia and finally to the north, thus covering a variety of Spanish landscapes, architecture and history.
Seville, Jerez, Cadiz, Ronda, Granada, Linares-Baeza, Cordoba, Seville
7 days/6 nights. Check-in at Hotel Alfonso XIII at 10:30hrs.
Monday: Seville-Jerez. Following check-in from 10:30, and whilst your luggage is being taken to Al Andalus, you have time to wander Seville before returning to the hotel for lunch. The capital of Andalusia, Seville boasts the most extensive historic city centre in Spain, home to the Gothic Cathedral with its bell tower named Giralda, the Royal Alcazar and the General Archive of the Indies. After lunch there is a panoramic tour of the city, taking us across the famous Plaza de España before boarding the Tren Al Andalus. There follows welcome cocktails on board after which you are shown to your suite. Dinner on board as we head to Jerez for the night.
Tuesday: Jerez. Breakfast on board, followed by a visit to a sherry bodega. Afterwards there is a show by the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art: "How the Andalusian Horses Dance", an equestrian ballet with eighteenth century Spanish music and costumes. Lunch in Sanlúcar de Barrameda overlooking the salt marshes of Doñana National Park and river Guadalquivir’s mouth, followed by a walk around Sanlúcar de Barrameda, from where our luxury coach will take us back to Jerez de la Frontera. Dinner is served on board the train. Overnight in Jerez.
Wednesday: Jerez-Cádiz. This morning the coach takes us to Cádiz, considered one of the oldest cities in Europe. After a tour and some free time to venture around Cádiz, we return to the train for lunch as our journey heads to the stunning city of Ronda, a breathtaking location set on a plateau cut by the deep gorge Tajo de Ronda, through which river Guadalevín runs. Here we have dinner and overnight.
Thursday: Ronda-Granada. After breakfast on board there is a tour of Ronda, followed by some free time prior to lunch. Return to the train as it travels to Granada, a city nestled on the foothills of Sierra Nevada. Dinner and overnight in Granada.
Friday: 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 lunch. In the afternoon, visit the city; the quarters of Albaicin, Sacramonte and its cathedral, (the first Spanish Renaissance church), to take advantage of wandering around before dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a flamenco performance. Overnight in Granada.
Saturday: 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 Al Andalus, dinner is served during the journey to Cordoba. Overnight in Cordoba.
Sunday: 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 centre 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 - 2019/2020
2019: September 9,16,23. October 7,14, 21, 28. November 4
2020: May 18,25. June 1,8,15,22. September 7,14,21,28. October 5,12,19,26
No Triple supplement in 2020
Heart of Spain
Santiago de Compostela, Ourense, Leon, Avila, Toledo, Seville
9 days/8 nights. Journey of 1,250 km.
Spain North to South - Santiago de Compostela - Seville.
Check-in at Parador Santiago de Compostela hotel or similar
Transfers: Complimentary transfers (depending on flight times) from Santiago airport to hotel on day 1 and from hotel to Seville airport on day 9.
Go here for the full itinerary: Al Andalus Spain North to SouthDay 1. Welcome to Santiago
Day 2. Rias Baixas
Day 3. Santiago de Compostela – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 4. Galicia – Fine wines and wild nature
Day 5. Ávila and León – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 6. Toledo – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 7. Córdoba – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 8. Seville
Day 9. Goodbye
Included: Transfers; dinner on the first night with all meals thereafter until breakfast on the final morning; tours and excursions as mentioned; 3 hotel nights; 5 nights on the train.
Dates and Prices 2020
This journey is operated by Lernidee.
Payment terms for this journey: 15% Non-refundable deposit; final payment due 60 days prior to departure.
Cancellation conditions: Up to 90 days prior to departure, 15% of total price; up to 42 days prior to departure, 45% of total; up to 11 days prior to departure, 80% of total price; up to 1 day prior to departure, 90% of total price.
RENFE Payment Terms
Deposit payment 40% of total price to reserve
Balance payment 60% at least 30 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.
Al Andalus 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: Accommodation as noted in the tours. Breakfasts on the train and lunches/ 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 includes: A choice of two lunches/dinners in your suite; all extra non-alcoholic beverages; the crew may unpack your luggage into the wardrobe on arrival and repack on the last day.
Not included: Gratuities. Drinks ordered outside of meals, or from the mini bar in the suite. Laundry and ironing service - advised on the train.
Wifi: The Al Andalus has Wifi, in the lounge car. However it is the most reliable when the train is static in stations.
Electrics: 220 volts with Type F round 2-prong plug outlets.
Unforeseen events/changes: itineraries, routes and times may change at any time for reasons outside the control of the train company. Every effort will be made by train staff to minimise any impact; the Luxury Train Club cannot accept any responsibility for any changes. The Club aims to keep itineraries as up to date as possible.
Flights: It is not advisable to book flights within a few hours of the approximate departure or arrival times, in case of delay. It is best to consider arriving the day before and leaving the day after the tour.
Renfe Discount: Club members with a reservation on El Transcantábrico and / or Al Ándalus can request transfers in regular AVE, ALVIA or LD (Long Distance) trains to the starting point of the luxury train and the return journey from the end point, provided that each leg is a through point to point journey, carried out within the limits of the national railway network, on the closest dates to the beginning and end of the luxury train journey, and with a maximum difference of 48 hours between connections if these are unavoidable. Renfe will offer a 50% discount on the standard (flexible) fare by providing a promotional code (one code for up to 2 persons) to be redeemed when making the train transfer booking at the train station’s ticket office or through www.renfe.com
Terms and Conditions: Go here for the Terms and Conditions of RENFE Viajeros sa, which owns and operates this train.
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