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 •
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.
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
• 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
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.
• 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
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
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
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
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
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
• 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)
• 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
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
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.
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