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Riding the Spanish Orient Express: Discover Al Andalus

Riding the Spanish Orient Express: Discover Al Andalus
photo: the Spanish Orient Express: Discover Al Andalus
03 / 08 / 2023

Al Andalus, one of the most opulent trains in the world, is a gem of historic and cultural value. The train's lounge, bar, and restaurant carriages were originally built in France between 1929 and 1930 by the Wagon-Lits Company and have since been restored to their original splendor. Coupling the allure of Spanish culture and gastronomy with the train's aesthetic appeal, traveling on Al Andalus makes for an unforgettable experience.

This luxury train, akin to Spain's 'orient express', encourages leisurely travel and offers a perfect mix of romantic Belle Epoque charm and modern comforts. The train travels through the breathtaking Spanish landscape, with a dedicated train manager available to address any queries.

Accommodation on Al Andalus comprises of Deluxe (Superior) & Grand Class (Standard) Suites in seven beautifully renovated sleeper carriages, five of which are original Wagon-Lits carriages dating back to 1929. All suites are air-conditioned and attended by train stewards round-the-clock. Each suite can be transformed into a private lounge during the day by folding the beds into comfortable couches.

Deluxe Suites, also known as Superior, are 9.9 sq m in size and include amenities such as a double bed, mini-bar, safe, closet, and a full bathroom. On the other hand, the Grand Class Room Suites, also referred to as Standard, are 8 sq m and feature two lower beds, a safe, closet, and a large bathroom.

Adding to its charm, Al Andalus has four splendid lounge cars dating from 1928 to 1930. These cars function as restaurants, saloons, and lounges, all fitted with large windows for guests to enjoy the spectacular view. These carriages also host music recitals, are air-conditioned, and are accessible 24 hours a day.

Catering on Al Andalus includes a full daily breakfast. Lunches and dinners are primarily served at local restaurants, or on the train during travel. All meals offer a taste of traditional regional cuisine, accompanied by fine wines, liqueurs, coffee, and tea.

For the 2023/2024 season, Al Andalus offers two main itineraries. The Andalusian itinerary, spanning 7 days and 6 nights, takes passengers through Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Ronda, and Cadiz in Southern Spain, with prices starting from €3,797. The Spanish Symphony itinerary is a 9-day/8-night journey covering 1,250 km from Seville to Santiago de Compostela, or vice versa, with prices starting from €6,649. Both itineraries present an opportunity to explore the rich cultural influences of Andalucia and Spain at large.