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Glorious beaches, flamenco dancing, mouthwatering tapas and refreshing sangria are just the tip of the iceberg in Spain. Look a little closer and you'll see a different side to this crowd-pleasing destination. Step back in time as we explore the Moorish architecture of the Alhambra, discover a new favourite dish in a rustic tavern, and gaze across the striking Pyrenees from scenic railways. Let Great Rail Journeys introduce you to a sun-kissed land that is bursting with passion, culture, history and natural beauty on a fabulous escorted rail tour of Spain.

Sit back and enjoy the view as we journey by train to the vineyards and villages of rural Spain. Admire the beauty of the Rioja region before sampling a glass of its famous produce in a rustic wine tavern. If the lure of the coast proves irresistible, join us on an excursion to the fishing village of Cadaques was a favourite retreat of Salvador Dali.

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If your preference is for the buzz and excitement of the city you'll be thrilled by our journeys by train in Spain as you'll visit the architecturally-stunning Valencia with its mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, the historic and picture-postcard perfect Barcelona and vibrant Madrid, Spain's compelling and cosmopolitan capital which is steeped in art, culture and attractions both ancient and modern.

Spain is a destination that can truthfully claim to deliver all things to all people, and when you join Great Rail Journeys for a holiday in Spain by train we'll show you the very best of this beautiful country.

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Lisbon
4.5 stars(11 reviews)
2023JunSep
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  • DestinationPortugal, Spain
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
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San Sebastian
Small Group
2023AprMayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationFrance, Spain
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Djemaa El Fna Square Marrakech
Small Group
4.4 stars(8 reviews)
2023MayJunSep
13 days from
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  • DestinationSpain, Morocco
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International / London Gatwick
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Roses, Cadaques & The Catalan Coast
Small Group
4.2 stars(44 reviews)
2023AprMayJunSepOct
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Andalucian Explorer
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2023AprMayJunSep
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Porto
4.6 stars(9 reviews)
2023JunSep
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  • DestinationPortugal, Spain
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
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Roses
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4.2 stars(20 reviews)
2023MayJunAugSep
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Lisbon and Douro Cruise
22/Sep
L Ogilvie
5 stars
“This was the first experience of river cruising but we would definitely do it again. We liked the fact that it was small scale. On board the accommodation was excellent and the was food was delicious and generous. All staff were charming, attentive and professional. The excursions were well planned with knowledgeable local guides.
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Magnificent Morocco and Moorish Spain
9/Jul
D Forse
5 stars
“Amazing places and local tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable,we visited places we could never have found on our own The cookery class is an absolute must
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A Grand Tour of Spain
10/May
Lesley Shuttlewood
5 stars
“A good and informative insight into Spanish history and culture.
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Roses, Catalan Coast and Trains of the Pyrenees
27/Sep
B Urwin
4 stars
“However I score this tour the outstanding feature was Simon Witter the tour leader. He was in complete control all the time and I am sure everybody on the tour will agree that he was also great company. Apart from that we had a good view of the trees from the Yellow Train. We enjoyed the Nuria Cog railway and the Dali Museum. .
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Discover the Douro
25/Sep
Caroline Hartfield
4 stars
“The ship was great, bedroom a little cosy but plenty of storage space. The food was excellent plenty of choice. The crew were outstanding very attentive always available to answer questions. Tour managers and Tour guides were also brilliant. Really enjoyed the cruise and would highly recommended it.
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Roses, Cadaques and The Catalan Coast
21/Sep
Stewart Langlands
4 stars
“Holiday accommodation was excellent, hotel food very good, organised activities were very good and a reasonable amount of free time was available. Only observation was that the hotel was a long way from the town,
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Discovering Spain with Great Rail Journeys

Whether you're sampling tapas in Seville, marvelling at the exquisite Alhambra Palace in Granada or browning on the beach at Benicarlo it's because Great Rail Journeys seeks out a selection of the best destinations and excursions for its Spanish rail tour itineraries.

Everything that appears on your varied and exciting itinerary is included in the cost of your train holiday in Spain, as are all the travel arrangements, quality accommodation and a selection of meals. Add in the services of our professional and helpful Tour Manager who is on hand to assist and advise guests whenever needed, and you'll agree that our escorted rail tours of Spain provide excellent value for money.

The Alhambra

Good accommodation is essential to the enjoyment of your holiday and we ensure that every hotel we use is the best available in terms of value, location, guest facilities and comfort. We like to choose family-run hotels where possible which typically provide a more personal service and an informal environment in which guests can fully relax.

Spain Traveller's Guide

Spain, Europe's fifth-largest country, is situated on the Iberian Peninsula in south-western Europe and bordered by Portugal to the west and France and Andorra to the north-east. Spain's northern coast faces the Atlantic Ocean, its east coast the Mediterranean Sea.

For the last 35,000 years Spain has been settled, invaded and controlled by various civilisations from the Ancient Greeks and Romans to the Germanic Visigoths and the Moors of Northern Africa. Following the reclamation of Spain from the Moors at the end of the fifteenth century, rule of the country alternated between Spain and France for the next three centuries until simmering animosity between Spanish Monarchists and Nationalists eventually resulted in the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and 1939. The Nationalists won and Spain effectively became a military dictatorship under General Francisco Franco until his death in 1975, when the current monarchy - and democracy - was restored.

 

 

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The eastern side of Spain benefits from a Mediterranean climate which provides hot, dry sunny summers and mild wet winters. Winter temperatures grow colder towards Spain's central plateau. On the Atlantic coast summers are slightly cooler and heavier rainfall is experienced in winter.

Spain's cuisine is relatively simple and is based on the easy availability of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and particularly seafood. The settlement of different races throughout Spain's history has also influenced its gastronomy, such as the widespread use of olive oil; an ingredient associated with Greek and Roman culture. There are many delicious Spanish specialities to try but among those most commonly available are paella - a stew of shellfish, chorizo sausage and rice, the hearty Tortilla Española (Spanish omelette), Gazpacho, soup of fresh tomatoes and herbs served cold, and Jamón serrano; ham that has been cured and aged. Churros, deep-fried doughnuts, piped in a straight line rather than a circle, are a popular dessert and snack. Spain is famous for its red wines such as Rioja, and the fortified sherry, whilst sangria, a red wine punch with fresh fruit, brandy and sugar is popular, refreshing and available everywhere.

Touring Spain by train it is almost impossible not to be introduced to someone's children and it is here that many visitors show a misunderstanding of Spanish culture. In Spain it is polite to shake everyone's hand starting with the oldest and working down to young children.

Guests on our tours of Spain by train are accompanied by a Tour Manager who arranges for local services including many meals. Should you choose to dine separately at a restaurant of your own choice, it is customary in Spain to tip between 5% and 10% of the value of the meal.

Spanish trains

Discover the fantastic railways of Spain. It should come as no surprise that we love railways and we know many of you do too! That's why our tours feature some of the most iconic railways and trains on the continent.

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