Al-Andalus: Southern Spain by Luxury Rail

  • Al-Andalus

  • 7-day Luxury Tour

    Luxury

    The Tour

    Southern Spain’s opulent, broad-gauge luxury train resumed service in May, 2012, with its 1920s-era cars newly renovated. Enjoy the Spanish landscape on the Al-Andalus as you journey through the country’s southernmost territory. The train combines attentive service, lush décor and elegant cuisine for a once-in-a-life-time experience.

    Tour includes day touring by motorcoach to incredible restaurants and sites not reachable by train and a long list of UNESCO World Heritage sites you will never forget. The seven-day, six-night tour begins and ends in Seville, with stops in Córdoba, Granada, Cádiz and Jerez.  You can easily get to the start of this trip by high-speed, 2.5-hour AVE train from Madrid straight to Santa Justa Station.

    And when we book your hotels pre- and post-train, we offer a great value with our Virtuoso partner hotels: the offer includes exclusive and valuable complimentary amenities which can add a value of hundreds of dollars to your booking.

    For IRT Society Vice President Angela Walker’s account of her Al-Andalus adventure, please click here.

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    “We’ve traveled a lot, and we can tell you: they made a tremendous effort. The staff treated us wonderfully. They did everything they could possibly do for us. It was not pretentious in any way, though. It was elegant. …I just felt that we were treated like royalty.”

    — H. & J. Pitch, May, 2015

    The Itinerary

    Day 1: Seville-Jerez
    Rendezvous at the Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville. While the crew transfers our luggage to the train, enjoy a guided tour of Seville, the capital of Andalusia and one of the most historic cities in Spain. Highlights include the Gothic Cathedral and its bell tower, Giralda, the Royal Alcázar, and the General Archives of the Indies. After having lunch at the hotel, continue our tour of the city with a visit to the famous Plaza de España before boarding the Tren Al Andalus. Meet the train crew and staff and enjoy welcome drinks before dinner is served in the dining car as the Al Andalus makes its way to Jerez where we will stop for the night.

    Day 2: Jerez
    Breakfast on board, followed by a visit to a winery in Jerez, the birthplace of Sherry and some of the most deeply rooted Andalusian traditions. Then visit the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, where you will enjoy the show “How the Andalusian Horses Dance”.

    Lunch will be served in Sanlúcar Barrameda overlooking the salt marshes of the Guadalquivir River in Doñana National Park. Enjoy a walk around Sanlúcar de Barrameda, after which our coach will bring us back to the Al Andalus for dinner onboard. Overnight in Jerez.

    Day 3: Jerez-Cádiz-Ronda
    After breakfast, take our coach bus to Cádiz, one of the oldest cities in Europe. After a city tour, enjoy free time to explore. Return to the Al Andalus for lunch as the train makes its way to Ronda where we will have dinner. Overnight in Ronda.

    Day 4: Ronda-Granada
    After breakfast, take a tour of breathtaking Ronda, set on a plateau cut by the dramatic Tajo de Ronda gorge through which the Guadalevín River runs. Enjoy free time before returning to the train for lunch as the Al Andalus makes its way to Granada in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Dinner and overnight in Granada.

    Day 5: Granada
    This morning is dedicated to visiting the Alhambra, the rich palace complex that housed the Nasrid rulers from the Kingdom of Granada. After lunch, we will have free time to visit this beautiful city, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Dinner and overnight in Granada.

    Day 6: Granada-Linares-Baeza-Córdoba
    Enjoy breakfast as the Al Andalus makes its way to the Linares-Baeza station, where our coach will take us to visit the Renaissance towns of Úbeda and Baeza, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After lunch, return to the train for our journey to Córdoba. Dinner and overnight in Córdoba.

    Day 7: Córdoba-Seville
    After enjoying our last breakfast on board, we will visit Córdoba, capital of the Emirate and the medieval Caliphate of Al Andalus when it was the largest and most cultured city in western Europe. Return to the train where we will have lunch while heading to Seville, our final destination. Scheduled arrival time at Santa Justa Station is 5:00 PM.

    2017 Dates:

    September 11
    October 2, 9, 16, 23

    2018 Dates:

    April 23, 30
    May 14, 21, 28
    September 10, 17, 24
    October 8, 15, 22

    2018 departures have been confirmed but are not yet open for booking. If you would like to be placed on our "first notice" list, please e-mail tourdesk@irtsociety.com with your preferred date of departure, full passport names of all travelers, dates of birth for all travelers, and mailing address. We will contact you as soon as bookings open.

    Please note: we cannot hold space on this train. A 40% deposit will be required immediately to confirm your cabin.

    The Prices

    2017 Pricing

    Price per person
    (All departures)
    Double
    Single
    Deposit
    required
    Standard Cabin
    €3,500
    €5,250
    40%
    Superior Cabin €4,400 €6,600 40%

    Supplement for a triple in Superior Cabin: €1,800.

    2018 Pricing

    Price per person
    (All departures)
    Double
    Single
    Deposit
    required
    Standard Cabin
    €3,600
    €5,400
    40%
    Superior Cabin €4,500 €6,750 40%

    Supplement for a triple in Superior Cabin: €1,850.

    Other

    Deposit required:  40%.

    All prices are per person.

    Tour is priced in Euro.  For approximate exchange rates, visit http://www.xe.com.

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    The Highlights

    Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and a chance to watch the “dancing Andalusian horses”
    All meals and excursions included
    Five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: from the incredible Alhambra to the mosque of Córdoba
    Ronda, the birthplace of bullfighting
    Visit a local winery and sample regional wines in Jerez
    Six nights onboard the Al-Andalus
    Flamenco performance in a local restaurant
    The Al-Andalus stationed in Granada.  Photo by Angela Walker.
    The Al-Andalus stationed in Granada. Photo by Angela Walker.
    The Mosque of Córdoba, a World Heritage Site.  Photo by Angela Walker.
    The Mosque of Córdoba, a World Heritage Site. Photo by Angela Walker.
    Flamenco dancing, a Spanish tradition.  Photo by Angela Walker.
    Flamenco dancing, a Spanish tradition. Photo by Angela Walker.
    The famed Alhambra and view of Granada city below.  Photo by Angela Walker.
    The famed Alhambra and view of Granada city below. Photo by Angela Walker.