The iconic ‘Tren Al Andalus’ is heading north this summer to offer a new itinerary, the ‘Itinerario del Camino de Santiago’, from Zaragoza across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, and on to A Coruña.
I’ve experienced the Al Andalus and the Transcantabrico before, and it’s something one doesn’t easily forget. So I’m really looking forward to this one. I’ll be blocking so check back in from 22 July for my first entry.
This new 2013 itinerary looks wonderful. Here is a very, very brief summary of the places on the way:
Day 1 – ZARAGOZA – MIRANDA DE EBRO
Eat in the heart of the historic city of Zaragoza, followed by a tour. Afterwards, get on board for the journey to Miranda de Ebro – dinner on board.
Overnight in cabin at Miranda de Ebro
Day 2 -MIRANDA DE EBRO – ASTORGA
After breakfast on board, head to La Rioja and a visit to the winery of Marqués de Riscal.
Wine tasting and then train to Burgos.
After lunch in the centre of Burgos, visit to the Cathedral of Santa Maria; followed by visit to archaeological site of Atapuerca.
Dinner on board the train. Overnight in Astorga
Day 3 – ASTORGA – OURENSE
After breakfast, visit Astorga, then onto Ponferrada, and lunch in the ‘Castillo Templario’.
Dinner on board and overnight in Ourense.
Day 4 – OURENSE – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
While having breakfast the train will head to Vedra-Ribadulla, for a visit to the gardens of the manor of Santa Cruz de Ribadulla. Lunch in a local restaurant in Ribadulla.
Early in the afternoon the train go onto Santiago de Compostela.
Day 5 – SANTIAGO – A CORUÑA
Taking in Pontevedra, and Vigo
Day 6 A CORUÑA
The route ends here.
For full details of this itinerary, check out the ´Tren Al Andalus’ website.