1st January - 31st December
Running Dates Desc: Varies, generally March to November
Journey Time Desc: 6-day tour, with daily excursions
Class: Premier Dining, Luxury Day and Night
Food: Dining on board, Snacks, Hot & Cold Drinks
Locomotives: Diesel Engine
Stations: Zaragoza, Seville Santa Justa, Madrid Chamartín, Cordoba, Cadiz, Baeza, Granada, Jerez, Ronda, Pamplona, Miranda de Ebro, Burgos, Salamanca, Avila, Segovia
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Seville – Jerez – Cadiz – Ronda - Granada - Linares-Baeza – Cordoba – Seville
7 days/6 nights. Check-in at Hotel Alfonso X111 at 10:30hrs.
Monday: Seville – Jerez. Following check-in and whilst your luggage is being taken to the train, 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 coach tour of the city, crossing the famous Plaza de España before boarding the Tren Al Andalus. There follows welcome cocktails onboard after which you are shown to your suite. Dinner on board as we head to Jerez where we will spend 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 Fronter. Dinner is served onboard the train. Overnight in Jerez.
Wednesday: Jerez-Cádiz. Following breakfast the coach takes us to Cádiz, considered one of the oldest cities in Europe. After a tour and some free time to wander around Cádiz, 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 gourge Tajo de Ronda, through which river Guadalevín runs. 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 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.
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 the train, 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.
2019: April 22,29. May 6,13,20,27. September 9,16,23. October 7,14,21
Ruta Extremena - Land of Conquistadors
Seville - Merida - Plasencia - Monfrague - Toledo – Aranjuez - Madrid or
Madrid to Seville
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.
2019: Seville - Madrid: June 3. Madrid - Seville: June 10