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WINE AND RAIL ADVENTURE

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: AL-ANDALUS TRAIN JOURNEY “A PALACE ON WHEELS”

27th September - 10th October

Al Andalus Extension: 10th October - 16th October

• BARCELONA • PENDES WINE REGION • SAN SEBASTIAN • LOGRONO •

• RIOJA REGION • ARANDA DEL DUERO • SEGOVIA • MADRID • TOLEDO • SEVILLE •


OVERVIEW

Savouring fine wine, enjoying delicious gourmet meals and travelling the country by train are the key ingredients of this

special adventure. Spain’s rich culture and stunning scenery are also on show as we journey through the famous wine

regions and iconic cities. The icing on the cake has to be an indulgent journey on the beautifully appointed Al Andalus, Spain’s

premier luxury train.

Cultivation of grapes on the Iberian Peninsular goes back more than 5,000 years. During Roman times Spanish wine was

exported and traded throughout the known world. That tradition has been continuing and today Spain has over 2.9 million

acres (over 1.17 million hectares) planted—making it the most widely planted wine producing nation and the third largest

producer of wine in the world.

The trains of Spain are also special. From the High Speed AVE to the local expresses that run on the unique Iberian broad

gauge rails right through to a fleet of luxury expresses that cruise the great regions of the country like our Al Andalus. The

journey on this grand train will reveal the wonders of Andalusia from Seville to Granada on a 7 day all inclusive round trip.

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WHY TRAVEL WITH US :

• Small group size — with a maximum of 20 passengers you

are guaranteed an intimate experience with less queuing time,

more time with your guide and better access to sightseeing

spots

• Unique Itineraries — each itinerary has been worked on

meticulously by a team who has a number of years experience

in each destination. You are guaranteed to experience the best

the destination has to offer

• Local Authentic Experiences — whether it be a little known

yet impressive steam railway or a small boutique property

which will be a tour highlight, know that you will experience

something special on our tours

• Expert Local Guides — our partners on the ground have indepth

knowledge and are professional and entertaining

• Customer Satisfaction — Thousands have travelled with us in

the past and 98% of those say they would travel with us again

The joy of travelling no longer has to be constricted to a destination. Railway

Adventures offer a truly exclusive point of view to some of the world’s most

spectacular holiday destinations, with the assurance that the journey to reach

them in itself is just as magical and unforgettable!

THE RAILWAY ADVENTURES STORY

A passion for train travel can manifest itself in many ways and founder and

director of Railway Adventures, Scott McGregor, has managed to make much

of his obsession over the years. “Travelling to boarding school on the Mudgee

Mail gave me a sense of how an active social life and long distance trains can

make a good combination.”

Building a rural retreat out of a collection of vintage railway carriages in the

early 1980s gave Scott a new perspective on rail heritage and during this time he

also operated his first tour, The Antipodean Renaissance Express, an experience

he has never forgotten. Trading in vintage memorabilia and furniture sourced

largely from the railways was also a source of great inspiration. Scott travelled

far and wide trading and collecting for his Sydney shop, Off The Rails. Being

the host of a couple of series of TV documentaries about great train journeys

paved the way for tour leading. An enjoyable part-time hobby, “getting paid to

do what I love”, has, naturally enough, led to a more substantial commitment to

great rail journeys and resulted in the launch of this dedicated train travel and

touring company.

MEET YOUR TOUR LEADER

Greg Turner has worked in the Wine Industry on and off for 30 years, he has also

been involved in fruit exporting, real estate, farming and travel. Growing up on

a mango plantation and tomato farm in North Queensland, he became involved

with the family business learning the ropes and expanding his knowledge of

horticulture. He travelled extensively through Europe, North America and South

America eventually settling in Argentina for 2 years, where he managed to

travel extensively and gain experience the wine industry in Latin America.

His passion for wine, food and travel lead him to becoming involved with wine

makers in Argentina and then in Spain where he was able to expand his wine

industry experience. After returning to Sydney, he has established his own wine

consulting business, and has a farm in the southern tablelands which combines

boutique accommodation in the leafy rural setting of the highlands.


TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

• Visit World Heritage Sites in Barcelona such as the nearly completed La Sagrada Familia (after 133 years)

• Gastronomy, wine and culture at its best such as Tapas in San Sebastian or Botin, the worlds oldest restaurant according to

the Guiness Book of World Records

• Ancient wine regions dating back to BC times and wineries from Chateaux style, historic, boutique and avant-garde wineries.

• Interesting train journeys including the Rack Railway to Monistrol de Monsterrant, the Strawberry Train in Madrid and the

tourist train at Rio Tinto Mining Park

• A knowledgeable and passionate tour guide who will have you falling in love with both the region and the wines that it offers

• Spectacular scenery, great rail journeys and luxury coach connections

WHERE YOU WILL STAY:

The properties we have selected have been hand-picked based on their location, customer feedback, value and atmosphere. Here’s

some of what you can expect on this tour:

Hotel Tudanca, Aranda del Duero

Hotel Eguran Ugarte, Rioja

HCC St Moritz, Barcelona

Hotel Silken Amara Plaza, San Sebastian

HOW YOU WILL TRAVEL:

Being rail enthusiasts we know that the journey itself is often more important than the destination. Wherever possible we have sourced

interesting and nostalgic rail journeys and other noteworthy modes of transport. Here is an example of what you will experience:

Rack Railway to Monsterrat Monestary Strawberry Train Rio Tinto Tourist Train

TOUR PACE / LEVEL OF FITNESS:

Our tours have a reasonable amount of activity built into them each day, which is why we call them adventures. Our philosophy is to experience

the most of a destination whilst you are there. That being said we do incorporate some time at leisure so you have an opportunity to explore on

your own, take a break from the group or just catch up on some rest.

We recommend you consider your luggage carefully when packing as you will at times be required to carry your own luggage onto and off trains.


Day 1 • Tuesday 27 September: Arrive Barcelona (D)

Welcome to Barcelona. This evening we will gather in the lobby of our hotel and head to a local restaurant for our welcome dinner with

Greg and our fellow travellers.

Day 2 • Wednesday 28 September: Barcelona – Pendes Wine Region – Barcelona (B,D)

This morning we will enjoy a guided city tour of Barcelona including a visit to the imposing La Sagrada Familia. This temple was largely

designed by Antoni Gaudi based on Gothic and Byzantine traditions. The first stone was laid in March 1882 and the basilica is not due for

completion until approximately 2026.

This afternoon we board the coach and continue to a local winery in the Penedes Wine Region. This evening we will dine at one of the

fantastic boutique wineries before returning back to Barcelona.

Day 3 • Thursday 29 September: Barcelona (B,L,D)

After breakfast board the coach towards the Catalonia Railway Museum for a guided visit.

After lunch at a local restaurant we drive to Monistrol de Montserrat and get the 20 minute Rack Railway journey up the mountain to

Monsterrat Monastery, a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine mountain retreat.

Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant either at Montserrat or close to your hotel.

Day 4 • Friday 30 September: Barcelona—San Sebastian(B,D)

Saying goodbye to Barcelona we head for the northern coast of Spain, on the Bay of Biscay, to San Sebastian by train travelling through

scenic countryside.

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel where we will meet our local guide for a guided walking tour.

Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant where we will enjoy a local tapas (or pintxos as the locals call it) dinner, a San Sebastian

must do.

Day 5 • Saturday 1 October: San Sebastian—Logrono (B,L,D)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel then take the opportunity of the free morning to become better acquainted with San Sebastian. San

Sebastian’s Old Quarter boasts several historical sites including the Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro, La Perla y Caseta de Banos, and the

old city walls (Muralla del Puerto). Or head up El Monte Igueldo by funicular railway or take the 20-minute walk up El Monte Urgull from the

Old Quarter. Both provide great views of San Sebastian.

We will meet together for lunch at Etxebarri, considered to be one of the best 50 restaurants in the world, before continuing our journey to

Logrono.

On arrival in Logrono we will check in and then enjoy an afternoon guided city tour. There is much to see including Santa María de Palacio,

the oldest church in Logrono; the Museum of La Rioja, a Baroque-style building from the 18th century housing paintings and sculptures

from the 12th-19th centuries; and the Cathedral of Santa María la Redonda, built between the 15th and 18th centuries and featuring a

representation of the way of the cross by Michelangelo.

This evening’s dinner will be hosted at a local restaurant in Logrono.

Day 6 • Sunday 2 October:

Logrono—Rioja Region—Logrono (B,L)

Our day today will feature a variety of visits to wineries. La Rioja is

well known for the quality of its wine; producing some of the best

red wines in Spain and hosting over 500 wineries.

First stop is Bodegas Ysios. The stunning building, opened

in 2001, was designed by the renowned architect Santiago

Calatrava and intended as ‘a temple dedicated to wine’. We will

stop for lunch at Los Calaos de Briones restaurant which features

traditional cuisine served in the property’s former wine cellars.

Following lunch we will visit the traditional CVNE, Compañía

Vinícola del Norte del España (the Northern Spanish Wine

Company), founded in 1879. It features a cellar designed by

Aleixandre Gustave Eiffel that was subsequently restored in 2007,

and in 2006 CVNE experimented with doubling the density of the

vines per hectare while reducing the yield in order to improve the

quality of the wines.

Dinner tonight is by your own arrangement and there are many

options to choose from.


Day 7 • Monday 3 October: Logrono—Aranda Del Duero (B,D)

We drive this morning towards Aranda del Duero, the capital of the Ribera del Duero wine region. The town is unique for having wine cellars

that interconnect below the streets of the town centre. Our first stop will be at Bodegas Antano in Rueda (Valladolid) for a winery tour. We

continue to Bodegas Torrederos in Fuentelisendo (Burgos) for a winery tour and tasting.

After arriving at our hotel and checking in, dinner will be at El Lagar de Isilla. There will also be the possibility of a catacombs tour before

or after dinner.

Day 8 • Tuesday 4 October: Aranda Del Duero—Madrid (B,D)

After a leisurely breakfast at our hotel we will board our coach for the drive south to Madrid. En route you will make a stop at Segovia where

you will meet your local guide for a walking tour of this beautiful old city.

We continue to Madrid via El Escorial, one of Spains most spectacular royal sites, for a photo stop.

We arrive into Madrid late afternoon where you will have a chance to freshen up before our dinner plans at Hacienda de Campoamor.

Day 9 • Wednesday 5 October: Madrid (B)

Our morning will be spent enjoying a guided coach tour of the stunning city of Madrid. Highlights will include sites such as the Royal Palace

of Madrid, which contains paintings by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, El Greco and Caravaggio, and La Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s most central

and famous square full of bars, restaurants and shops.

This afternoon and evening are free for you to enjoy as you wish: perhaps discover the most important bullring in the world, La Monumental

de Las Ventas, followed by a Flamenco show; or visit an art museum such as The Prado, considered one of the premier art museums in

Europe.

Day 10 • Thursday 6 October: Madrid—Toledo—Madrid (B,D)

Following breakfast at our hotel, we will take the short trip to Toledo by train where we will take a morning guided walking tour of the

city. Toledo was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. Our tour will include Toledo Cathedral dating from the 12th century,

Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, and El Tránsito synagogue—the most important example of Spanish-Jewish art in existence.

Back in Madrid, the remainder of the day is free for you own sightseeing.

We will regroup for dinner tonight at the artistic and creative DiverXO or Meson Txistu, famous for its quality Basque cuisine.

Day 11 • Friday 7 October: Madrid (B,L,D)

After breakfast board your local coach to the Madrid Railway Museum, one of the largest historic railroad collections in Europe, for a

guided visit. We will have an opportunity to board the Strawberry Train, a charming historic rail journey.

We will enjoy a nice group lunch at a local restaurant before you will enjoy your desert at world famous San Gines where you can eat the

best Churros con Chocolat! In the afternoon enjoy a ride with the Teleferico the Cable Car above Madrid followed by some free time.

Dinner this evening is at Botin, the oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Day 12 • Saturday 8 October: Madrid—Seville (B,D)

Travel by RENFE AVE high speed train to the centre of Seville. This was the country’s first AVE line, commissioned in 1992. The journey

takes approximately two-and-a-half hours, heading south west to southern Spain, passing through stunning landscapes and mountain

tunnels. Look out for castles on the way!

On arrival in Seville, we check into our hotel and then enjoy dinner out in the Andalusian capital.

Day 13 • Sunday 9 October: Seville (B,D)

Today you can enjoy an excursion to the mining park Rio Tinto. We make a visit to the museum before joining the noon convoy of cars with

guide leading to the see mine. The convoy returns to the train station in time for the 1.30pm tourist train departure. You will visit the Bella

Vista English house and neighbourhood, a trip back into colonial life.

Back in Seville this evening we will come together for our final farewell dinner.

Day 14 • Monday 10 October: Departure

After breakfast today, our tour finishes, and for those of us not continuing on with the tour extension on the luxurious Al Andalus, we say

goodbye to Spain and our friends.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION AROUND ANDALUSIA ON THE LUXURIOUS

AL ANDALUS

THE TRAIN AND LIFE ON BOARD

The Al-Andalus is a luxury palace on wheels, a unique place from which

to enjoy the Spanish landscape. Its four salons, real railway jewels built

between 1928 and 1930, are the perfect place to enjoy a la carte breakfast

and selected dinners and three course meals designed by our renowned

chef, Ramón Celorio.

Bar service allows the traveller to enjoy at any time an espresso, a sherry or

a Tom Collins, relax in the elegant lounges, while the landscape is running

past the large windows, or in the privacy of your comfortable room. At the

end of the day it is time to enjoy the parties, music, cultural and gastronomic

activities or live performances that are offered every day on board.

Day 1 • Monday 10 October: Seville - Jerez

Day 2 • Tuesday 11 October: Jerez

Day 3 • Wednesday 12 October: Jerez – Cádiz – Ronda

Day 4 • Thursday 13 October: Ronda - Granada

Day 5 • Friday 14 October: Granada

Day 6 • Saturday 29 October: Granada-Linares / Baeza-Córdoba

Day 7 • Sunday 30 October: Córdoba – Seville


INCLUSIONS:

• 13 nights’ accommodation in centrally located 4 star quality hotels

• Breakfast daily, 4 x 2 course lunches and 11 x 3 course dinners (excluding drinks)

• Private luxury coach for all transfers according to the itinerary

• 1st class ticket high speed train from Madrid to Seville

• 1st class train ticket from Barcelona to San Sebastian

• 2nd class return train ticket between Madrid and Tolledo

• Comprehensive sightseeing with expert local guides

• Excursions / entrance fees to attractions listed in the itinerary

• Wine tastings and visits (7 in total)

EXCLUSIONS:

• International airfares

• Airport transfers on arrival and departure

• Excursions / entrances listed as optional in the itinerary

• Items of a personal nature e.g. telephone, laundry, mini bar

• Travel insurance

TOUR PRICES

Per person twin share............................................................................................ $8,395

Single Supplement................................................................................................. $1,495

Al-Andalus Post Tour Train Journey (note this tour is unescorted by Railway Adventures

and sold on an individual “on request” basis)

Deluxe Suite per person twin share....................................................................... $6,725

Single Supplement................................................................................................. $3,365

Deposit (per person)............................................................................................... $1,000

Final payment due by.................................................................................29th July 2016

SUGGESTED FLIGHTS

We have recommended flights for this itinerary depending on your departure point from

Australia and your pre and post tour activities in Europe and / or stopovers en route.

We can investigate your preferred airline and offer you a solution based on connection

times and price.

Contact 1300 733 323 to discuss your options.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

Travellers must have a valid passport and many countries require at least 6 months

validity from your date of return. If you need information regarding visa and other travel

document requirements for your trip please let us know. At time of printing Australian

passport holders do NOT require a visa to enter Spain.


HOW TO BOOK

Contact Guidepost Tours on 1300 733

323 or enquiries@guidepost-travel.com

for a booking form. Submit the booking

form along with your $1000pp deposit to

secure your place on tour.

DETAILS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

We endeavour to have all details of our

tours correct at the time of printing

however sometimes factors beyond

our control such as the availability of

requested hotels, the operation of trains

and other services may affect the final

inclusions and price. Therefore items

mentioned in the brochure such as quoted

prices, hotels and inclusions are subject to

change.

ADDITIONAL TRAVEL

ARRANGEMENTS

We can assist you with your flights, preand

post-travel including extended stays

and travel insurance. Call our office on

1300 733 323 if you would like to discuss

options.

YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

Final travel documentation will be posted

to you approximately 2 weeks prior to

tour commencement.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

For more information on factors that may

affect your ability to participate in the tour

such as fitness levels, fees and charges,

payment schedules, please refer to the

Terms and Conditions that accompany

the booking form. Terms and Conditions

can also be requested at any time.

KEEP UP TO DATE

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latest tour news and testimonials? Just

send your email address to enquiries@

guidepost-travel.com.au and we will add

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This tour is operated

by Guidepost Tours, a

division of SCT Travel

Group in conjunction with

Scott McGregor’s Railway

Adventures T/A Lic. No.

2TA5895

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