London Andalucia by Train
Who: Couples, Honeymoons and Eco Travellers

6 Days

From £1,510pp

History and Hedonism: London to Andalucia by Train

Ella T and Arran are here to help give you the inside track.

This six-day trip from London to Andalucia by train sees you sample the nightlife in Barcelona and immerse yourself in the cultural gem that is Granada. Enjoy private guided tours of the Alhambra and wider Granada, fine dining in two fine cities, and train travel throughout.

Itinerary at a Glance:
  • A scenic train journey through France and Spain
  • Nights in Barcelona to sample the city's legendary nightlife and pica pica (tapas)
  • Amazing historical tours around Granada
  • Plenty of time to enjoy authentic food and relax
  • This itinerary can be done entirely by train

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All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
Day 1: Train to Barcelona

Get ready to speed off on your London to Andalucia by Train trip. Today you will be travelling nine hours by train, with a stop for a lovely lunch in Paris before arriving in the Catalan capital in time for tapas.

Your first train will be the Eurostar, departing London St Pancras in the morning and arriving at Paris Gare du Nord two-and-a-half hours later. Step onto French soil (well, concrete) knowing that your journey has already produced 91% less CO2 than if you had flown to Paris.

Next, it's a simple two-stop hop on the RER (Reseau Express Régional - metro, basically) line D to Gare de Lyon. When you arrive we will have allowed for a couple of hours to enjoy lunch in a fabulously OTT (the décor, not the food) restaurant in the station itself, before you board the impressive double-deck high-speed TGV Duplex, racing you over the border to Barcelona in a mere six-and-a-half hours. We'll reserve you an upper-deck seat to ensure the best views of pretty French villages in the Rhone Valley and Mount Canigou in the Pyrenees. Don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for stands of flamingos along the shore in southern France too.

On arrival in Barcelona, check-in to your centrally located hotel and enjoy a signature cocktail on their rooftop bar, taking in magnificent views of the city before heading out to take on some pica pica, the Catalan equivalent of tapas.

Day 2: Barcelona to Granada by Train

Today you will be swapping pica pica for tapas proper as you travel south almost the length of Spain to that Andalusian gem, Granada.

You will arrive in Granada in time for lunch at your hotel's restaurant, sitting on the outside terrace soaking up the Spanish sun. After lunch you can choose to start exploring Granada and its historic architecture or treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage or other treatments in the hotel's spa.

Day 3: Tour of Alhambra and the City

This morning treat yourself to a delicious fresh breakfast before heading out to meet your guide for a tour of the Alhambra. First constructed in 889 AD, the palace was later converted into a royal palace in 1333 and was the crown jewel of the Emirate of Granada, the final stronghold of the Islamic Moors before the reconquest of the Iberian peninsula in 1492. The Alhambra's construction makes it more than just a building; it embodies an entire era in its fortress, beautiful gardens and much more.

After learning about the history of the Alhambra, you will then head on to explore the heritage and legacy of this Arabian and latterly Christian city. You will explore buildings such as the Real Hospital and the Monastery of San Jeronimo, where Christian Granada is represented in this paragon of Renaissance architecture. Continuing from here you will be introduced to the one-time Muslim medina (old town) to learn even more about the Moorish era.

Day 4: Tour of Granada’s Neighbourhoods

Today you will be taken on a private tour to explore the charming streets of Albaycin; visiting carmenes - the traditional houses of Granada with an interior courtyard much like Moroccan riads - and small picturesque squares such as San Nicolas and San Cristobal. From Albaycin, you will be shown to the famous cave-houses found in Sacromonte, as well as the zambras - flamenco dances - and the Chapel of Sepulcro. Your tour will end on the hills surrounding the city, providing panoramic views of the Alhambra and the city.

After the tour, you have the rest of the day at leisure. Tomorrow you will be leaving Granada and starting your train journey home, so take this opportunity to be tempted by tapas, browse the shops of Granada, or simply relax at your hotel.

If you want to extend the trip, we can tailor-make any extension, and we would recommend you consider completing the ‘holy trinity’ of Andalucian cultural destinations with visits to Cordoba and Seville as well. By train, naturally.
Arran
Arran O'Kane
Day 5: Granada to Barcelona by Train

Enjoy another morning in Granada and a leisurely lunch before heading back to the station for the return rail route back to Barcelona. The train takes six-and-a-half hours, arriving into the Catalan capital in the late evening. As ever, though, you're on Spanish time, so people will only just be heading out on a pica pica tour when you arrive.

Day 6: Travel Home

Enjoy a last breakfast in Barcelona before heading back to the station for the high-speed TGV Duplex train to Paris, travelling at speeds of up to 200mph. The train takes four-and-a-half hours and because you're travelling over lunch, we can arrange for your hotel in Barcelona to put together a delectable picnic lunch for you.

When you arrive back in Paris you will travel back across the French capital on the RER from Paris Gare de Lyon to Paris Gare du Nord, and we can book a table at a lovely bistro beside the station for an early supper. Then hop onto your final train home to London St Pancras, which will take another two-and-a-half hours.

All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
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A Rough Idea of Price

While all of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like time of year and level of accommodation, we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost. The below prices are based on two people sharing.

This Itinerary

If you would like to book the itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.

From

£1,775pp

Bare Necessities

If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.

From

£1,510pp

Bells & Whistles

If you are looking for something extra special, we can discuss with you upgrading your accommodation, flights or activities.

From

£2,130pp

Ella T and Arran are our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

Arran
Ella