Luxury Train Journey: once in a lifetime trip from Porto to Barcelona in Spain, one of its kind experience that takes you through the beautiful Northern Spain. Starting on August 15, 2021 this is a true signature journey of the luxury train Al Andalus.
No Packing - Unpacking as you start your trip in Portugal and travel through Spain visiting different sites every day.
Exclusive Departure of the train on August 15, 2021 exclusively sold by Palace Tours.
You will be checked in at the reception at the designated hotel in Porto at 9:30 AM and drop off our luggage in the train. We will then go for a City Tour of Porto and lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant.
Later with the train we will arrive in Spain and we will go to visit in the area of ??the Ría de Arousa a Batea de Mejillones (Oyster Farm) on the boat. We will then go to visit Cambados, cradle of the Albariño grapes and the famous wine region near Rias Baixas.
We will have dinner in the region with typical Spanish Dishes and wine.
Today we travel to Santiago de Compostela.
After your arrival in Santiago de Compostela you will have time for a walking tour around the cathedral. This is an important year for Santiago - the final destination of Camino de Santiago - Xacobeo 2021.
As many pilgrims and devotees know, in 2021 the Xacobeo 2021 is celebrated, the first Holy since 2010. Only during the Jacobean Holy Year the Holy Door or Puerta Santa located at the back of the Santiago Cathedral stays opened. This is a tradition of great importance for Catholics and this happens only 14 times each century. Visitors to the Cathedral can enter through the Holy Door and take part in a pilgrimage ritual. You can descend to the tomb of St James before climbing a stairwell to exit to the outdoors. The symbolism is that the descent represents the pilgrimage, and the exit into the sunshine represents redemption and access to a new life.
Free time in the afternoon in the Jacobean Holy Year 2021.
Later this evening we will travel to León while we have dinner onboard the train.
Overnight in León.
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.
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.
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.
Relax at the at hotel in Barcelona.
Your tour ends today after checkout. You can choose to enjoy the city on your own or ask us for any of our possible extension tours in the region.
Your tour starts on August 15, 2021 in Porto at the hotel. Meeting instructions will be informed to the guests at the time of final payment.
Your tour price does NOT include:
Triple occupancy fare is only available for Children under 12 on the Suite Superior Category. Please contact us for pricing.
Terms and Conditions
10% of total tour cost due at the time of booking
30% of total tour cost due by January 10, 2021
60% or balance no later than 65 days prior to tour departure date
No Cancellation Fee Until January 10, 2021
If cancelled after January 10, 2021 until June 10 2021 : 15% of total cost of the tour Cancellation Fee
If Cancelled after June 10 2021 to July 9, 2021 : 50% of total cost of the tour Cancellation Fee
If Cancelled after on or after July 10, 2021 : No refund, 100% of the total is payable.
In case of a Pandemic / Coronavirus situation, if the train is not able to operate, the guests will be provided full refund minus the 15% administrative fee to cover any credit card processing and any other administrative charges on the amount received by Palace Tours by the time of cancellation.
The above times are based on local time of the destination where the tour is provided. In order to provide enough time for processing cancellation, guests need to add 3 business days to the above timeframes.
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.
In case of a Pandemic / Coronavirus situation if the train is not able to operate, the guests will be provided full refund minus the 15% administrative fee to cover any credit card processing and any other administrative charges on the amount received by Palace Tours by the time of cancellation.
Facilities onboard the Al AndalusOnboard the Al Andalus you will be able to enjoy four lounge cars that were built during 1928 - 1930. In these carriages that are outfitted with luxurious decor and modern amenities you will be able to dine on wonderful meals created by the chef and his team and rest and relax in your leisure time. In the evenings you can enjoy the lovely scenery passing by and enjoy the music performances that are frequently held in the Piano Car. Wi-Fi is only available in the Al Andalus lounge car.
Accommodations onboard the Al Andalus The Al Andalus has two cabin types: Standard Suites and Superior Suites. While traveling on the Al Andalus, you will discover that the suites in which you will be staying were initially built for the British Royal family. Experience charming Belle Epoque décor that subtly mixes with modern comforts, ensuring that you have a wonderful journey.
Details of Standard SuitesWithin each Standard Suite you will find comfortable sofas that convert into twin beds during the night. The cabin staff will ensure that you get all the assistance you need to make this change in the evening. There is also an en-suite bathroom in each suite with a hairdryer and toiletries for your use. Please also note that the Standard Suites are located after the Superior Suites in the train and are therefore farther from the Lounge Cars and disembarking points.Twelve Standard Suites are available and each measures 8 square meters / 86 square feet):
Details of Superior SuitesDecorated with beautiful wood panels, the Superior Suites have a large sofa which is converted into a lovely double bed during the night. In this suite you get enough space to sleep in the night and rest and relax during the day as you watch the scenery pass by through the wide windows. There is also an en-suite bathroom that is spacious and comes with a steam sauna and shower. In the bathroom there is a range of exclusive toiletries for you to use along with a hairdryer. Please note that the Superior Suites are situated closer to the front of the train, near the Lounge Cars and disembarking points.Twenty Superior Suites are present and each measures (9.9 square meters / 107 square feet):
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.
• 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).
• Breakfast 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.
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.
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.
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 cake This is a plated dinner menu provided by the San Nicolas restaurant, which overlooks the Alhambra. If you have special dietary needs, please notify our Travel Agent when making booking arrangements.
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.
A standard suite is 6.72m2. A superior suite is 8.4m2.
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 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
Superior Suites - 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.
Standard Suites are charming rooms that retain the dimensions and Belle Epoque charm of original compartments.
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.
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