Spain by train

Roman Moorish and Modern.

A journey back through time and cultures starting in Madrid, one of the pre-eminent cities of the world in terms of art galleries, then visiting the Roman seat of Merida and the Moorish capitals of Cordoba, Seville and Granada.

The complete tour is of 11 days, but can be customised to match with your existing timetable, and arrival departure plans.

The tour can be escorted. This option is especially suitable for groups. The benefit of having a bilingual escort on hand to advise, liaise, and generally smooth the way makes for a more relaxed and enjoyable trip for your group.

Spend some time in the "white villages" of Andalucia. A great idea to give a wider view of the region. We can include a stay in the Sierra Nevada so that you can experience the peace and beauty of this spectacular region.

Are you a keen hill-walker? We are experts in the sphere of walking holidays and can offer guided or independent walking as part of this trip.

Prices and dates.

Prices depend on the final itinerary agreed; below is an example for a 10 night itinerary from  Madrid, via Merida, Seville, Granada and ending in Cordoba.

2012

  • €1090 per person, sharing.
  • discounts for groups 4+
  • 10 nights en-suite accommodation with breakfasts included.
  • Rail fares between the locations, Madrid, Merida, Seville, Granada, Córdoba.
  • Information packs for all locations.

TIP:

  • High season price supplements apply in April and May in Seville. + 40 euros per person per night.
  • Easter is a time to avoid unless wishing to incur even larger  supplements.
  • It is possible to start on any date. The journey is particularly suited to the cooler months, avoiding the height of summer in the cities.
  • Time-tabling of trains may make it necessary to exclude some start dates.

Accommodation

We have visited all the establishments and have chosen them for their character and location. They vary in classification but  are all more than acceptable, and within walking distance of the main points of interest. Rooms are all en-suite.

It is difficult to judge between a Spanish Hotel, Hostal (not hostel) and Pension, on the basis of name or  star rating. Their names do not signify quality or lack of it and the lack of stars is often through choice not lack of merit.

In Madrid - Hostal - H**

In Merida - Hotel**

In Seville - Hotel *

In Cordoba - Hotel **

In Granada - Hotel***

None could be described as luxury establishments and so if you require something special do let us know.

Start Point

The example tour starts in Madrid and ends in Cordoba. Alternative start points are possible and we will be happy to include or advise on onward travel from the end point to your next port of call.

Starting with 2 nights in Madrid, gives time to settle in after your journey to Spain however you arrive. 

Duration.

The basic tour that we suggest, lasts for 11 days, staying 2 nights at each location. all sorts of variations are possible and we will be pleased to adapt your timetable.  We will be able to adapt the itinerary in the best possible way to suit you.

An extension possible is to include a stay walking amongst  the white villages of Ronda or the Sierra Nevada (Granada).

points of interest - route detail

Calling at:-

Madrid - Merida - Seville - Granada -  Cordoba.

For each location we provide information regarding the best eating places, a mapped walking route to help orientate you around the town, and suggested visits to make. The rail journeys themselves provide  constantly changing movies of the spanish landscape and form an essential pert of the experience.

Madrid, gives art lovers a glut of opportunities to soak up their fill of classic art in the Prado, and the whole range of tastes are catered for in the eclectic Thyssen. For those with more physical tastes the bars, restaurants and city life in general will sustain. After an initial stay of 2 nights in Madrid the morning train will take you on to Merida. Merida preserves to this day some fine examples of Roman colonial architecture and in summer, theatrical productions can be enjoyed al-fresco in the amphitheatre. From here on to Seville with its spacious plazas and river-side promenades. Granada, the European city most recently ruled by a Muslim culture sits viewing the snow-capped Sierra Nevada. Cordoba, the last port of call is where past Moorish rulers developed a city and caliphate that were, in the 12th. C, preeminent centres of learning and science.

Time-tabling of trains combined with differing start-dates may make it necessary to vary the standard itinerary.

Small, historic  Ronda is not included in the example but it can be easily added as a link from Cordoba or Granada. Ronda sits astride a spectacular gorge with a breathtaking C18th arched bridge spanning the gap

How to arrive

western europe railmap

The map shows the main points of entry to western Europe, you can link to this trip in the following ways:

Rail:

We can arrange and include your arrival from any Spanish airport or station. Madrid  is on high speed international rail routes that link Porto, Barcelona, Madrid, London and Paris.

Air:

Useful international airports are show on the map.

Sea:

Bilbao and Santander have ferry routes from the UK.  These take about 24hours and we can arrange for your tour to start at the port.