Luxury Train from Barcelona to Portugal : This once in a lifetime trip is one of its kind experience that takes you through the beautiful Northern Spain. Starting on August 19, 2021 this is a true signature journey of the luxury train Al Andalus.
No Packing - Unpacking as you travel through Spain into Portugal and visit different sites every day.
Exclusive Departure of the train on August 20, 2021 exclusively sold by Palace Tours.
Arrival in Barcelona and Check In at our hotel, free time for sightseeing.
Overnight in Barcelona.
Meet your group at 10:00 am at the Reception of the Hotel in Barcelona.
Overview of the city and transfer to the train. Travel to Zaragoza while enjoying lunch on board.
Visit of Zaragoza Plaza del Pilar and Palacio de la Alfajería, panoramic city tour and later this afternoon free time to enjoy on your own.
Dinner and overnight in Zaragoza.
Breakfast on board while the train arrives in Logroño to transfer us to Elciego (Eltziego) where we will visit the famous winery Bodega del Marques de Riscal with Wine Tasting and Sightseeing at its incredible 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,"
Later, while we have lunch, the train will arrive in Burgos. Guided city tour with visit of the magnificent Cathedral.
Free time to learn a little more about 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
Dinner and overnight in Burgos.
After breakfast onboard the train, 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.
Later this day, we will have lunch on board while the train will transfer us to León. Panoramic city tour and free time to visit the León, a city 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.
Dinner on board and overnight in Santiago de Compostela.
After breakfast, we will have a guided tour of Santiago de Compostela
Lunch at the Parador de los Reyes Catolicos
Free time in the afternoon in the Jacobean Holy Year 2021.
As many pilgrims and devotees know, in 2021 the Jacobeo 2021 is being celebrated, the first Holy year 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.
Later this evening we will travel to Portugal while we have dinner onboard the train.
Overnight in Porto.
After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the train to visit Porto and one of its famous wineries next to the river with wine tasting of Porto.
Douro River boat trip, crossing its 6 famous bridges. Lunch in a typical restaurant.
In the afternoon our guide will take us to our Hotel or Airport in Porto.
End of this tour.
Additional Excursions are available
Your tour starts on August 20, 2021 in Barcelona 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.
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.
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 Gran Clase Suite is 6.72m2.
A superior suite is 8.4m2.
The size of the bed is dependent on the type of suite you reserve. Gran Clase 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 and Suite Superior 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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