Discover Spain by train on an incredible tailor made holiday with GRJ independent. See breathtaking architecture and sun-drenched landscapes.
The best of Spain
Discover the rich history and exotic culture of Spain, where each town, village and city in has its own character. From golden cities with esteemed academic histories, to the cobbled streets of remote villages we can arrange itineraries that include some of Europe's finest art, spectacular religious architecture and ancient relics from the Roman era, as well as authentic gastronomic experiences such as Jamón serrano and Rioja wine.
Getting there by rail
Train travel to Spain can be combined with tours of other European destinations such as France and Portugal. This gives you the opportunity to experience the diversity of the continent, whilst single destination holidays give a more in-depth experience of Spain itself. Train travel is a quick and convenient way of exploring the continent, as the Eurostar service makes crossing the channel easy.
Benefits of rail
Sit back and enjoy the view as you journey by train to the vineyards and villages of rural Spain. wide range of places are accessible by train travel in Spain including smaller, lesser known towns as well as famous cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. As you travel by train in Spain you will have the opportunity to sample some of the country's famous cuisine which includes Tapas and many seafood dishes.
Al Andalus, El Transcantábrico & El Expreso de la Robla
The luxury, 5-star Al Andalus hotel train was newly renovated and restored to recommence operation in 2012. The resplendent Belle Epoque 'hotel-onwheels' has seven remodelled suite sleeper cars, five of which were built in France in 1929 and originally used by the Royal Family. In the superb, comfortable restaurant carriages, enjoy sumptuous buffet breakfasts, delicious lunches and gourmet dinners. And after the sociable atmosphere of the Al Andalus bar carriage or the tearoom carriage, return to your cabin which transforms into your own private lounge during the day. Standard suites on board feature a private bathroom with shower, twin beds (lower berth), a wardrobe and storage space, individually-controlled air conditioning, complimentary slippers and bathrobes. Complimentary bottled water is also provided daily throughout the seven-day long journey.
Step aboard the El Transcantábrico and you will find yourself on an unforgettable journey, with two trains operating between Leon or San Sebastian and Santiago de Compostela. These vintage hotels on wheels has been transporting customers from Santander to Santi ago de Compostela, through Basque Country to Galicia, in regal elegance for the best part of 40 years. The saloon cars are original 1920s Pullman carriages of the Gran Lujo train, and the interior matches the anti quated quality of their coaches. Each room is bedecked in true vintage splendour and the train boasts a lounge car, a tea room, a bar and fantastic authentic Spanish restaurant, which offers gastronomic delights from the varying Spanish regions en route. On board there's also a breath-taking panoramic carriage that delivers wonderfully scenic views. The route, which takes eight days to travel, is packed full with fantastic excursions and each evening is brimming with live performances.
El Expreso de la Robla
Introduced in 2010, El Expreso de la Robla offers the nostalgia of vintage rail journeys with every modern comfort, and during the four days it takes to journey between Bilbao and Leon, you'll enjoy three separate air-conditioned lounge areas, as well as a bar service. All communal areas have large windows, allowing you chance to admire unsurpassable views as you travel along the coast. All the carriages on board are interconnecting, enabling you to walk freely from one end of the train to the other. Each sleeping compartment has upper and lower berths, a wardrobe, luggage carrier, reading light, air conditioning, stereo and telephone, and an en-suite shower.
The magic of Andalucía
Spectacular Moorish palaces and pretty white-washed streets are nestled amongst a rugged landscape of deep gorges and the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountains - the beauty of Andalucía is waiting just to be explored.
Catalan culture & Madrid
As Spain's most visited city, and the largest port on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is one of Europe's premier destinations. Packed with cultural monuments, historic castles, beautiful parks, popular museums and brilliant beaches. Then there's the Spanish capital, home to over three million people and located at the very centre of the Iberian Peninsula.
Suggested Spanish Itineraries
The Itineraries shown are intended to give an overview of what is possible and are by no means the only options available, designed to offer an idea of all the places you could visit and give you an overview of each destination. We arrange holidays to suit all tastes and budgets, so you can pick and choose from below or come up with something completely unique.
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