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Luxury Train Journey: once in a lifetime trip from Porto to Barcelona in Spain, one of its kind experience that takes you through beautiful Northern Spain.
- About 900 Km luxury train ride.
- Tour from Porto to Portugal and Barcelona in Spain.
- Visit Santiago de Compostela and the Cathedral.
- Day tour in León.
- Visit the Museum of Human Evolution in Atapuerca.
- Visit the famous winery in La Rioja
- Experience the famous gastronomy of Northern Spain
No Packing – Unpacking as you start your trip in Portugal and travel through Spain visiting different sites every day.
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Day 1 – Tour of Porto and Fado Experience
Cities covered : Porto
Our tour begins with joining us at our hotel in Porto. The full day tour of Porto today will take you to the historic districts of Porto, Stock Exchange Palace and many more beautiful destinations. We will visit a Port Wine Celler where we will taste local wines and also a short cruise on the Duoro River.
During the tour we will enjoy a traditional Portuguese cuisine lunch at a local restaurant.
In the evening we have arranged for a Dinner with Fado show experience
Day 2 – Mussel Farming and Wine Tasting Experience in Galicia
Cities covered : Porto , Vigo , Santiago de Compostela
Today we will be traveling to Spain. Our first stop will be Vigo where we will have a chance to taste different wines of Galicia and visit an Mussel farm. After a brief visit we will continue our journey towards Santiago de Compostela where we will check in to our hotel for the evening..
Day 3 – Tour of Santiago de Compostela and Al Andalus Luxury Experience
Cities covered : Santiago de Compostela , Monforte de Lemos
At 10:00 AM, we will join aboard the Al Andalus Train at the Santiago de Compostela station where we will be welcomed and checked in to our rooms on this luxury train.
Later we will go out to visit Santiago de Compostela. After lunch at a local restaurant In the afternoon we will continue our visit and finally we will return to the train to have dinner on board while we arrive in Monforte de Lemos.
The train will be stationed at Monforte de Lemos at night.
Day 4 – Catamaran on Sil River and Gaudi Experience
Cities covered : Monforte de Lemos , Astorga
Today, after breakfast we will visit the Ribera Sacra, we will cross the Sil River in a Catamaran and later visit one of the wine cellars.
Lunch will be on board the train as we will arrive in Astorga.well known for historic landmarks including the Roman walls (a national monument); the Gothic cathedral (1471), with Plateresque and Baroque decorations; the 18th-century town hall; and the 19th-century Bishop’s Palace, designed by Antonio Gaudí.
After a short visit to Astorga and dinner, we will return to the comfort of our rooms on board the train.
Burgos – Atapuerca
Day 5 – Leon and Burgos
Cities covered : León , Burgos
After breakfast, we will visit the city of León, on the Bernesga River in northwest Spain, capital of the Province of León. It’s home to many churches and cathedrals noted for their architecture and art. Among them is the Gothic 13th-century Catedral de Léon, with its towers and flying buttresses. The Romanesque 10th-century Basílica de San Isidoro is known for its frescoes and royal tombs.
Lunch on board the train while arriving in Burgos. This beautiful city located in the autonomous community of Castilla y León. Burgos was selected as the “Spanish Gastronomy Capital” of 2013. In 2015 it was named “City of Gastronomy” by UNESCO. Guided city tour.
Dinner and overnight in Burgos.
Burgos – Atapuerca
Lagrono, La Rioja
Marques de Riscal
Marques de Riscal
Marques de Riscal
Day 6 – Museum of Human Evolution and the heart of La Rioja wine region
Cities covered : Burgos , Logroño
After breakfast we will visit the Museum of Human Evolution (Museo de la Evolución Humana) situated on the south bank of the river Arlanzón, in Burgos; located roughly 16 kilometers west of the Sierra de Atapuerca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and location of some of the most important human fossil finds in the world.
Lunch on board while we arrive in Logroño, transfer to Elciego (Eltziego) where we will visit the famous winery “Bodega del Marques de Riscal” with Wine Tasting and Sightseeing at its original hotel. This stunning XXI Century Chateau was designed by the internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry and this is a true masterpiece with a great location at “The City of Wine,”
Dinner and overnight in Logroño.
Day 7 – Zaragoza and Onwards to Barcelona
Cities covered : Zaragoza , Barcelona
Early this morning we will be transferred to Zaragoza while we enjoy breakfast on board the train.
Panoramic city tour, visit Plaza del Pilar and Palacio de la Alfajería.
Lunch on board while we headed to our last destination the city of Barcelona where we will leave the train and our guide will take us to our hotel after a panaromic tour of the city. Our luggage will arrive at the hotel where we will spend the night.
We have special dinner at local restaurant as we bid farewell.
Day 8 – End of Tour
Cities covered : Barcelona
Our tour ends today as we check out of the hotel after breakfast.
Lounges and Common Areas on board
The Al Andalus train is the largest tourist train in the world and boasts of its four railway gems – the spacious and exquisite lounge cars. For the duration of your journey, the Al Andalus will become your living room, your transportation, your meeting place, your bar, your bedroom: a hotel on wheels in which you sleep and wake up in a different place every day. The landscape passing by the window of your suite or the lounge where you are having a coffee is never the same. That simple fact makes the trip itself unique and unlike any other experience.
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restaurant car. After dinner hours, evenings are full of entertainment. Every night is party night on the Al Andalus, with various live performances programmed throughout the trip. Given the length of the train, these will not inconvenience those who prefer retiring earlier to the privacy of their suite. You can also choose to have a quiet drink on one of the other saloon cars, or go for a stroll in whichever town we are spending the night. The train will remain parked at the station until the next morning.
Inclusions & Exclusions
Your tour price includes:
Your tour price does NOT include:
- Ensuite rooms on board the luxurious Al Andalus train
- A la carte and buffet breakfasts every day.
- All dinners and lunches, with the finest cuisine aboard the train or in top restaurants (including wine, water, soft drinks and coffee).
- Welcome drink and snack.
Farewell dinner – gala party.
- Traveling toiletries bag courtesy of Renfe Viajeros (with amenities and slippers).
- Free mineral water available in the cabin’s minibar.
- Activities on board: music and live performances, parties in the pub car, show cooking and cocktails, dancing, etc.
- Tickets to museums, attractions and shows.
- Excursions and scheduled tours.
- Luxury coach accompanying the train along the trip.
- Renfe train tickets with a 50% discount: one to the starting point and the other back from the end of the tourist trip.
- Taxes and services.
- Daily newspapers and magazines.
- Security service.
- Multilingual guide throughout the tour.
- Excellent crew available (Expedition Leader, guide, waiters, cooks, technicians, etc).
- Domestic or international airfare
- Travel insurance or visa fees
- Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and souvenirs
- Any additional hotel accommodations pre- or post-tour
- Any items not specifically mentioned as “included”
When should I plan to arrive ?
We recommend arriving at least 1 day prior to your tour so that you may acclimate and relax prior to embarking on your exciting rail journey. Instructions regarding the starting point of the journey will be printed on your travel voucher.
How much should I expect to tip?
Tipping is not mandatory, and is left to the sole discretion of the traveler. This is a decision that should be made based on your enjoyment of the journey and the service.
Frequently Asked Questions
|1 . What are the passport/visa requirements for travel to Spain?
Please ensure that your passport has at least three blank pages and that it is valid for at least six months beyond your departure date from Spain. Please check with your local embassy regarding visa requirements.
|2 . What does my trip include?
In Standard Suite:
• Accommodation in Standard Suite compartment on the train.
• The best food in dinners and lunches at top restaurants or on the train (including wine, coffee and spirits).
• Breakfasts with buffet and menu.
• Music and entertainment in the Pub coach.
• Programmed excursions with entrance to museums, cathedrals, cloisters, etc.
• Luxury coach accompanying the train all the way.
• Daily newspapers and magazines.
• Permanent security service.
• Multilingual guide throughout the tour.
• An excellent team at your disposal.In Superior Suite:
Everything included in the Standard Suite plus:
• Accommodation in Superior Suite on the train.
• Option of enjoying two private dinners/lunches in your compartment.
• All non-alcoholic beverages requested at any time throughout the trip.
• Transfers: including two Renfe transfers, one to take you to the starting point of the tour and another one to take you back from the end point of the tour.
|3 . Is there a dress code on the train?
The dress code is Casual, although you may dress up for dinner if you would like. We suggest packing comfortable walking shoes and layers of clothing, since the temperatures do fluctuate from day to night.
|4 . What kind of meals are provided on this tour?
Here is a sample menu:Appetizer: "Remojon Granadino" Salad served with cinnamon vinaigrette
Main Course: Pork sirloin grilled in mozarabic sauce with crispy aubergine fingers
Dessert: Sacromonte cakeThis is a plated dinner menu provided by the San Nicolas restaurant, which overlooks the Alhambra. If you have special dietary needs, please notify your travel agent when making booking arrangements.
|5 . Will I have internet connection on the train?
The Al Andalus train does have wifi in the lounge of the train, although the signal is not strong and may not reach outside of the lounge car. (The signal is also best when the train is stationed.) You may use the computer in the lounge provided for guests' convenience, or you may connect to the train's wifi using your personal laptop, tablet or device.
|6 . How big are the suites?
A standard suite is 6.72m2. A superior suite is 8.4m2
|7 . What size are the beds in the suites?
The size of the bed is dependent on the type of suite you reserve.Standard Suite with 2 beds will contain (1) bed that is 0.80 x 1.9 m and (1) bed that is 0.70 x 1.8 m
The superior suite has one double/matrimonial bed that is 1.5 x 1.9 m
If your suite has one extra bed, it is 0.70 x 1.8 m
|8 . What is the difference between a Standard and Superior Suite?
The Superior Suites are spacious and elegant and combine the comforts of the 21st century with the original appearance of this historic train.Features:Ample space distributed into a bedroom and bathroom.
Two meter long double bed which can be turned into a sofa during the day.
Possibility of adding an extra bed for a third passenger.
Equipped with safe, varied minibar, wardrobe, luggage rack and climate control.
Comfortable and spacious bathroom, with hairdryer and a varied set of welcome items.
The Standard Suite is a charming room, which retains the dimensions and Belle Epoque charm of the original compartments.Features:
A bedroom and bathroom layout.
Two single beds which can be turned into armchairs during the day.
Equipped with small minibar, safe, wardrobe, luggage rack and climate control.
Functional bathroom, with maximum use of its space, equipped with shower and a hairdryer.
|9 . I am a US Citizen. Do I need a visa to go to Spain?
No. Citizens of the United States do not need a visa for Spain. All other nationalities should check with the local Spanish consulate for Visa requirements. Palace Tours does not provide Visa service.
|10 . How many travelers can fit in each room?
In a deluxe room, two people can sleep comfortably. If you need more room, you may upgrade to a suite to comfortably service three people. This option is especially attractive to parents travelling with a child. If you are travelling with more than one child or more than three people, you will need to reserve two rooms.
|11 . Are the cities wheelchair accessible?
Yes, they are. Many cities have cobblestone streets and the person with the wheelchair would need someone who is able to help them on these more difficult streets. The monuments are wheelchair accessible, but many do not have elevators and if there is a floor higher than ground level it may not be accessible.
|12 . Is the cuisine in Spain dietary restriction friendly?
Spanish cuisine’s staples are often ham, seafood, and wheat products. While being a vegetarian in Spain is not easy, it is doable! One classic dish from Spain is the Spanish omelets, which is made with eggs and potatoes. Now vegetarian restaurants are popping up all over Spain to accommodate more people. You can find other classic dishes made without meat, such as paella and cocido. Before ordering a drink in Andalucia, where a complimentary tapa is customary, be sure to mention any dietary restrictions you may have.
|13 . What type of clothes should we pack?
This depends on the time of year you are going. All year long we suggest packing comfortable walking shoes, and in the spring and fall to wear layers. In those seasons it’s often chilly in the morning and warm in the afternoon sun. Sunglasses are recommended as well, as the sun in Spain is very strong.
|14 . Is it customary to tip people in Spain?
While the tipping culture is nothing like the United States, it is typical to tip a euro or two at a restaurant if you are a) a large group of people dining, or b) you really loved the service and the restaurant!
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