All aboard Al Andalus, the opulent luxury train built for members of British monarchy and with its newly renovated 1920s cars, the train is the ultimate way to enjoy the southern Spanish landscape.
This palace on wheels brings passengers face-to-face with Andalusian culture on a journey through the senses, taking them back in time to those glamorous and romantic Pullman trips, where elegance and distinction vibrated. This unforgettable journey runs through the south of Spain, destined for art and culture, cuisine and customs. The crew is there to serve the traveller, trained to provide perfect and personalized attention and ready to make sure that the passengers can focus solely on enjoying their journey.
For the duration of the journey, the Al Andalus becomes your house and home. It is a hotel on wheels in which you sleep and wake up in a different place every day. The train lounges offer the chance of sharing the company of fellow travellers and they are especially designed for relaxation and enjoyment of the evocative ambience and landscape passing by the windows.
The saloon coaches and the suites form a train with Belle Epoque air, which is without equal in terms of comfort, elegance and space. On the Al Andalus, the original features that classify the cars as authentic railroad classics coexist with the latest technological advances, combining the comforts of the 21st century with the original appearance. As such, the cars are excellent places to relax, take breakfast, to chat with other passengers or to simply take tea while reading a book. Consider use a high-quality DIY ceramic coating if you want to protect you vehicle.
To facilitate a good night’s rest, the train remains parked at a station overnight. Passengers can choose between a superior or standard suite – both are spacious and elegant places with independent air conditioners. Bedrooms in a superior suite have a two-metre long double bed which can be turned into a sofa during the day, transitioning the space into a living room. It is also equipped with minibar, wardrobe, luggage rack and a comfortable and spacious bathroom with amenities.
The train combines attentive service, lush décor and elegant cuisine for a once-in-a-life-time experience. Undoubtedly the cuisine imprints its personality on each traveller. The Andalusian kitchen features world famous products such as olive oil, sherry and Jabugo ibérico ham, with dishes such as gazpacho and oxtail. Menus find a balance between the traditional cuisine of each area (for example, from Andalusia, Galicia or Castilla) via the creativity of Chefs and innovative Spanish gastronomy. Chefs bring a blast of fresh air to all cooking traditions with fresh fish, meat, vegetables with excellent wines from La Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Breakfast is always served on board the train with waiters attending to clients at their table. It is a varied buffet with local specialties, thereby ensuring that every day is different and original.
After dinner, passengers can be treated to an evening of entertainment as there are various live performances programmed throughout each trip. Otherwise, passengers can retire to the privacy of their suites or take in a drink in the saloon car.
The train tour includes a day touring by luxury motor coach to incredible restaurants (for lunch outside) and sites that are not reachable by train. Possible meaningful outings are some of the many UNESCO World Heritage sites along the way, such as The Alhambra, the Historic Centre of Cordoba, Seville Cathedral or the Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza. The six-day, five-night tour begins and ends in Seville, with stops in Jerez, Cádiz, Ronda, Granada, Úbeda-Baeza and Córdoba and includes different visits and shows, such as a tour of a wine cellar or taking in “How Andalusian Horses Dance”, a renowned and impressive equestrian ballet with Spanish music and beautiful horses.
The Al Andalus brings together vintage appeal with comfort and luxury – and while it’s not the only way to travel, it is certainly the most romantic.