Al-Andalus: Southern Spain by Luxury Rail
- Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and a chance to watch the “dancing Andalusian horses”
- All meals and excursions included
- Five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: from the incredible Alhambra to the mosque of Córdoba
- Ronda, the birthplace of bullfighting
- Visit a local winery and sample regional wines in Jerez
- Six nights onboard the Al-Andalus
- Malaga’s impressive Alcazaba Moorish fortress
Enjoy the Spanish landscape on the Al-Andalus luxury train as you journey through the country’s southernmost territory. The train combines attentive service, lush décor, and elegant cuisine for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Tour includes day touring by motorcoach to incredible restaurants and sites not reachable by train and a long list of UNESCO World Heritage sites you will never forget. The seven-day, six-night tour begins in Seville, with stops in Jerez, Cádiz, Ronda, Cordoba, Ubeda, Baeza and Granada before ending in Malaga (tour also operates in reverse). You can easily get to the start of this trip by high-speed, 2.5-hour AVE train from Madrid straight to Seville or Malaga.
And when we book your hotels pre and post-train, we offer a great value with our Virtuoso partner hotels: the offer includes exclusive and valuable complimentary amenities which can add a value of hundreds of dollars to your booking.
View IRT Society Vice President Angela Walker’s account of her Al-Andalus adventure.
Day 1: Seville-Jerez
Welcome reception for passengers in the Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville at 10 a.m. While the crew transfers your luggage to the train, enjoy a guided tour of Seville, the capital of Andalusia and one of the most historic cities in Spain. This includes lunch and a panoramic tour that includes the famous Plaza de España. Then, transfer to the Al Andalus train. Meet the train crew and enjoy a welcome drink before unpacking in your private cabin. Dinner is served on board as the Al Andalus makes its way to Jerez where it will stop for the night.
Day 2: Jerez-Seville-Cádiz-Jerez
After breakfast on board, the train travels to Jerez. From there, a motorcoach transfers you to Cádiz, one of the oldest cities in Europe and popularly known as “la Tacita de Plata” (the Silver Teacup). Lunch and city tour of Cádiz. Return to Jerez for free time and dinner. Overnight on the train, stationed in Jerez.
Day 3: Jerez-Ronda
Breakfast on board, followed by a visit to a winery in Jerez, the birthplace of Sherry and some of the most deeply rooted Andalusian traditions. Then visit the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, where you will enjoy the show “How the Andalusian Horses Dance.”
Lunch will be served on board as the train travels to breathtaking Ronda, set on a plateau cut by the dramatic Tajo de Ronda gorge through which the Guadalevín River runs. Dinner in a Ronda restaurant. Overnight on the train, stationed in Ronda.
Day 4: Ronda-Cordoba
After breakfast, visit Ronda, the birthplace of bullfighting. Lunch on board the train while traveling to Cordoba. Tour, dinner, and overnight stay in Cordoba.
Day 5: Cordoba-Úbeda-Baeza-Granada
This morning visit the unique Mosque-Cathedral and continue exploring Cordoba. Lunch on board while traveling to Úbeda and Baeza, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage cities. This evening, dinner is served as the train arrives to Granada, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Day 6: Granada
This morning is dedicated to visiting the Alhambra, the rich palace complex that housed the Nasrid rulers from the Kingdom of Granada. After lunch, there is more time to visit this beautiful city. Dinner and overnight in Granada.
Day 7: Granada-Malaga
After enjoying your last breakfast on board, say goodbye to the train and crew and travel by coach to Malaga. Visit the extensively restored Alcazaba fort, known for its Moorish architecture. Lunch at the Parador Castillo de Gibralfaro and free time in Malaga. Trip ends approximately 5 p.m.
Day 1: Malaga-Granada
Welcome reception for passengers at the Parador Nacional Gibralfaro in Malaga at 10 a.m. Visit the extensively restored Alcazaba fort, known for its Moorish architecture, followed by lunch in the hotel. In the afternoon, travel by coach to Granada and board the waiting Al Andalus train. Meet the train crew and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in to your private cabin. Dinner and overnight in Granada.
Day 2: Granada-Linares/Baeza
This morning is dedicated to visiting the famed Alhambra, the rich palace complex that housed the Nasrid rulers from the Kingdom of Granada. After lunch, there is more time to visit this beautiful city. Dinner is served on board as the train travels to Linares/Baeza, where it stops for the night.
Day 3: Linares/Baeza-Úbeda-Cordoba
After breakfast, visit Úbeda and Baeza, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage cities. Lunch on board while traveling to Cordoba. Tour, dinner and overnight stay in Cordoba.
Day 4: Cordoba-Ronda
Morning visit of Cordoba’s unique Mosque-Cathedral. Return to the train for lunch and travel to breathtaking Ronda, set on a plateau cut by the dramatic Tajo de Ronda gorge through which the Guadalevín River runs. After a tour of Ronda, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 5: Ronda-Jerez
Enjoy breakfast on board as the train travels to Jerez. Visit a winery in Jerez, the birthplace of Sherry as well as some of the most deeply rooted Andalusian traditions. Then visit the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, where you will enjoy the show “How the Andalusian Horses Dance.” Dinner on board and overnight in Jerez.
Day 6: Jerez-Cadiz
Travel by motorcoach to Cadiz, one of the oldest cities in Europe, for a tour and lunch. Free time this afternoon in Jerez. Dinner and overnight in Jerez.
Day 7: Seville
After enjoying your last breakfast on board, say goodbye to the train and crew. Visit the city of Seville, the capital of Andalusia and one of the most historic cities in Spain. Lunch at the Hotel Alfonso XIII. Trip ends approximately 5 p.m.
Dates & Prices
April 9 - 15
April 16 - 22 *
May 7 - 13
May 14 - 20 *
May 21 - 27
May 28 - June 3 *
June 4 - 10
June 11 - 17 *
June 18 - 24
June 25 - July 1 *
September 24 - 30
October 1 - 7 *
October 8 - 14
October 15 - 21 *
October 22 - 28
October 29 - November 4 *
November 5 - 11
November 12 - 18 *
November 19 - 25
November 26 - December 2 *
*Starred departures run Malaga to Sevilla.
- Prices are per person.
- Please note: We cannot hold space on this train. A 15% deposit will be required immediately to confirm your cabin.
- Tour is priced in Euro. View approximate exchange rates.
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Reviews From Our Travelers
We’ve traveled a lot, and we can tell you: they made a tremendous effort. The staff treated us wonderfully. They did everything they could possibly do for us. It was not pretentious in any way, though. It was elegant. …I just felt that we were treated like royalty.
This was the most wonderful trip I have ever experienced. The staff were delightful, thoughtful, caring and smiling throughout. Never have I had such a splendid trip; it is expensive; I won't be doing it every day of the week however I loved every second
Everything including the air arrangements was perfect. The tour included many very interesting sites. The food was fabulous and made from local ingredients served in unique settings. The hotels were local, luxurious and very unique. Some of best we have stayed in.
Seville and Malaga can easily be reached by high-speed regular train from Barcelona or Madrid. Contact us if you would like to utilize our concierge service to extend your journey in Spain — or elsewhere in Europe.