Spain by Train

Spain by Train

Day 1 Barcelona

Arrival at the airport today where you are met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Free afternoon to settle in. Overnight.

Day 2 Barcelona

Today you are met at your hotel for a Modernist Barcelona walking tour. You will have the services of a Private Catalunya guide as you head out on foot to discover ‘Modernist’ Barcelona. You will walk north along the famous Passeig de Gracia, where so many of the city’s emblematic Modernist buildings are located, including several of the works of Antoni Gaudi. The tour will end at a famous restaurant of Modernist design, where you can choose to stay for lunch or continue on your way at leisure. Free afternoon at leisure to perhaps visit the spectacular but unfinished Sagrada Familia, the supreme work of famed architect Antoni Gaudi. Overnight.

Day 3 Barcelona

A free day to explore. The old Gothic quarter, the most extensive medieval city centre in Europe, has a magnificent fourteenth century Cathedral and ancient royal palace. Adjoining the royal palace is 'La Ribera' quarter, full of fourteenth century mansions, one of which is occupied by the 'Museu Picasso'. Overnight.

Day 4 Barcelona - Cordoba

Taxi to Sants Station today to board the train south to Cordoba, a journey of just over 4.5hrs, the first train journey using your Spanish rail pass. Arrival and taxi to your hotel in the heart of the city centre. Free time at leisure to enjoy this wonderful city, with its incredible mix of religious history. Be sure not to miss the city’s great Mosque, originally built by Abd al Rahman I between 785 and 787. In the 10th century, al Hakam II made some of the more lavish additions and later, during the 16th century, a Cathedral was built in the heart of the reconsecrated mosque, part of which was destroyed. Overnight.

Day 5 Cordoba - Ronda

Taxi back to the station to board the high speed train to Ronda, just an hour or so away. Taxi to your hotel in the middle of this small whitewashed town. Its main feature is the immense Tajo or Chasm - a geological cleft in the rock that plunges about 100m deep. Due to its location, it was one of the last Moorish bastions, finally falling to the Christians in 1485. Overnight.

Day 6 Ronda

Full day to explore the town on foot. The major sights include the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria La Mayor built over a former mosque, the Salvatierra Palace, a fine example of a 15th century Andalusian aristocratic mansion, the Puente Nuevo bridge and the famous Bullring, one of the most attractive in Spain. The town itself exudes all of the essential qualities of a 'white town' with its delightful whitewashed houses brimming with geraniums and its narrow, winding streets. Overnight.

Day 7 Ronda - Granada

Back to the train station to take the regional train to Granada, a leisurely trip of around 3hrs. Arrival in Spain’s great Moorish city and head to your city centre hotel. Perhaps spend an afternoon exploring the city centre, with its interesting Cathedral and lively atmosphere. Overnight.

Day 8 Granada

A memorable day as you have a group tour of the great Alhambra & Generalife Gardens. Visit the fabulous Palace of the Alhambra and the Gardens of the Generalife from where the last Caliph Boabdil defended the diminishing Moorish lands of 'Al-Andalus'. The Nasrid dynasty brought the Alhambra to its height and saw the completion of the palace in the 14th century. Granada, lying between mountains and plains is surely one of the most romanticised cities of all Spain. Free afternoon to head out and perhaps enjoy some tapas in the old Arab quarter. Overnight.

Day 9 Granada - Sevilla

Taxi to the train station to catch the regional train to Sevilla, a trip of around 3hrs. Arrival and head to your hotel in the middle of the old quarter of the city. This evening you are met by a private guide who will take you on a walk through the wonderful Santa Cruz quarter and then take you to a very good flamenco tablao where you will farewell her and enjoy a night of traditional flamenco. Back to your hotel after a lively evening. Overnight.

Day 10 Sevilla

A full day to explore at leisure. From this great city, Columbus sailed in search of a New World and it is here that Bizet’s Carmen was set. Be sure to visit the old Barrio de Santa Cruz quarter, La Giralda (Moorish minaret), the Maria Luisa gardens, the Archive of the Indies, the largest Cathedral in the land plus the Alcazar, fortress and museum. Overnight.

Day 11 Sevilla - Madrid

A leisurely morning before you return to Santa Justa station to board the high speed train to Madrid, a journey of just 2.5hrs. Arrival and head to your hotel for check-in. A free afternoon to relax. Overnight.

Day 12 Madrid

Today you are met at your hotel by your private guide for a tour of ‘old Madrid’. Beginning at the Plaza Mayor, you will enjoy a walking tour that discovers the old quarters of the city, the Medieval history and the evidence of the changes that came with the arrival of the Bourbon dynasty. Enjoy a walk admiring monumental buildings and squares, churches and traditional shops. Free afternoon at leisure to perhaps explore the galleries. Overnight.

Day 13 Madrid

Free day at leisure. As you have a free day on your rail pass, you may like to explore the surrounds of Madrid by taking a fast train to the walled city of Toledo or perhaps heading out to visit the beautiful town of Segovia, with its well preserved Roman aqueduct. Overnight.

Day 14 Madrid

Farwell the city as you are transferred to the airport for your flight to your next destination.