Soulful Spain By Train: Seville - Madrid (6D/5N)

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Summary

Explore the gems of Andalusia and Madrid onboard the luxurious Al Andalus train on this 6-day journey.

For the duration of the journey, the train Al Andalus will become your living room, your means of transportation, your socialising 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.

To ensure passengers a good night’s rest, the train will remain parked at a station at night. The train lounges are especially designed for relaxation and unfettered enjoyment of the evocative ambience, also offering the chance of sharing the company of fellow travellers. Many friendships have been formed over a drink onboard Al Andalus.

After dinner, an evening of entertainment. Every night is party night, with various live performances throughout the trip. Given the length of the train, these will not affect 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 you are spending the night. The train will remain parked at the station until the next morning.

In general, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended for the daytime when you will be out and about on the excursions, while at night you can opt for more formal attire, although no particular dress code is required at any time.

Meals
Breakfast is always served onboard through a personal table service. There is also a varied buffet available. Local specialties will be presented during the tour in the form of sweets, tortillas, pies, cheeses, cold meats, etc., thereby ensuring that every day is different and original - even at the breakfast table. Lunches and dinners will be served both in the elegant train dining cars and at respected restaurants that make up the selection of restaurants during the journey.

Suites
Guests can choose one of the type of the suites: Standard or Superior.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2
Excursion starts:

Flight to Seville. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville, where, at 10.30am, you will meet the staff from the train company. Your luggage will be transferred to the train while you visit the capital of Andalusia, boasting the most extensive historic city centre in Spain, home to the Gothic Cathedral, its bell tower named Giralda, the Royal Alcazar and the General Archive of the Indies. Return to the Al Andalus and welcome cocktail with the crew. Lunch onboard while travelling to Zafra. Visit this historic town that preserves significant traces of its rich past. Dinner and overnight in Zafra.

Meals: lunch, dinner

Day 2 - 3
Excursion starts:

Just as every day, you begin the journey with a delicious buffet and a la carte breakfast while the train takes to Mérida, capital of Extremadura, where you will spend the day. Visit an Iberian pig farm, the Lake Proserpine, Milagros Aqueduct and the town’s Roman temples. After lunch, you will discover the National Museum of Roman Art, the Amphitheatre and the Roman Theatre. Free time before dinner. Overnight in Mérida.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 - 4
Excursion starts:

Journey to Cáceres, an impressive Roman-origin city with an almost intact historic city centre listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Guided city tour followed by lunch and free time. Optional activities include a visit of Vostell Museum or Helga de Alvear Foundation. Dinner onboard and overnight in Cáceres.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - 5
Excursion starts:

You will travel to Monfragüe while having breakfast to enjoy a morning in nature, visiting this National Park home to over 200 species of vertebrates, and many more that winter or can be seen during migration to other latitudes. After the tour, enjoy lunch and entertainment onboard. Dinner and overnight in Monfragüe.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 5 - 6
Excursion starts:

The Al Andalus train will take you to Torrijos, from where you will board the coach for Toledo. Visit to the Visigoth capital listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, an "Imperial City" where the Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures coexisted for centuries. Once you had lunch, there will be free time to get embraced into Toledo’s enchanted spell. Back at the train and while having dinner, you will go to Aranjuez, the Royal Site of the Spanish Crown since the 16th century. Overnight in Aranjuez.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 6 -
Excursion starts:

After enjoying your last breakfast onboard, you will visit the town of Aranjuez, with its magnificent Royal Palace and extensive manicured gardens, before visiting the historic winery Carlos III. Back on the train, and over lunch, the Al Andalus will take you to Madrid, where the trip ends. You will be taken from Madrid train station and transferred to the international airport, from where you will have your flight back home.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Alternatively, you can extend your holiday by staying a few nights in Madrid. Explore our collection of luxury hotels in Madrid.

- This is a guide itinerary and can be modified to suit. It is subject to availability and price at the time of booking. Other conditions may apply -

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