Spain 2020 Rail and Stay Tour will take you to cities with intriguing blends of cultures and traditions going back centuries. Whilst in Barcelona and Madrid, you are surrounded by incredible architecture and unbelievable cuisine.
Travel south to the Andalusian city of Seville, famous for its Flamenco dancing. See castles dating back to the Moorish Dynasty and admire the Giralda where a minaret was converted into a bell tower. Board your comfortable train taking you to the Mediterranean coast port of Malaga. The sweet smell of subtropical plants and the sea breeze will leave a long-lasting impression. Listen to the rhythm of the Spanish language all around.
Malaga is ideally located for a perfect short stay. The city will enchant you as you walk through atmospheric little streets and squares. There is no shortfall of places to eat and drink. The Calle Larios is a good starting point.
At a glance
|Barcelona||3 Nights at the Espana Hotel or similar|
|Madrid||2 Nights at the Liabeny or similar|
|Seville||2 Nights at the Catalonia Santa Justa Hotel or similar|
|Malaga||3 Nights at the Ilunion Malaga Hotel or similar|
|Accommodation||Standard double room|
|Other||2nd Class rail ticket Barcelona-Madrid-Seville-Malaga|
Visit the Las Ramblas and Gothic Quarter
Watch a sunset over the Mediterranean Sea
Taste the best ever Paella you have eaten
Go on a Free Walking Tour of the Old City (Pre-bookings must be made online)
Order a drink in certain bards and get a free Tapas (small Spanish savory dishes)
Madrid has the best terraces, theatres, restaurants, rooftops and markets
Puerta del Sol is Madrid’s most famous spot
Take time to eat a Calamari Sandwich
Walk down the Calle Gran Via for an ultimate shopping experience
Visit Seville Cathedral and its Giralda (a former minaret converted into a bell tower)
Wander the cobbled streets of the Barrio de Santa Cruz
Explore the palaces and gardens of the Real Alcazar
Go to the Port which has been transformed into a fashionable promenade
Visit the Pablo Picasso Museum ( Malaga is Pablo’s birth town)
Hit the beach of Playa Malagueta stretching about a mile east of the Port
Buy a 24hr Hop-on Hop-off Bus ticket, a great way to take a glimpse into the culture and historical history of Malaga
- Welcome to Spain
- Clear customs and make your way to your hotel
- Once checked-in and settled, it is time to explore your immediate surroundings and find a restaurant for a fine welcome dinner
- After breakfast, make your way to the Ramblas area and start exploring the Gothic Quarter
- Return to your hotel after a funfilled day
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Did you book your free walking tour of the Old City?
- Enjoy exploring the sites with your guide
- You may want to end the day at the Barcelona Port, very popular amongst the locals
- Return Flights from Jo'burg on Turkish Airlines (Specific & Limited Seats)
- Departure and Fuel Taxes (Subject to change)
- Accommodation as mentioned
- Meals as mentioned
- 2nd Class Rail travel as mentioned
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Increases in Airfares, departure and Fuel taxes
- Travel Insurance
- Visa fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Seasonal, Weekend, Events and School Holidays supplements may be applicable
- Valid for travel between 01 JUL and 30 SEP 2020
- Contact us for alternative Travel dates
Best time to go
Spain has a perfect climate for anyone between April to May and again from September to October. During these months enjoy a mild climate and lesser crowds. Summer (June to end August) are the peak tourist months, where travelers flock to Spain to soak up the sun. Temperatures dip from November onwards and depending on where you travel, winter gear will be required.
Spain food & drink
Gastronomy in Spain is an adventure and changes from region to region. Each province claims its own unique flavour
A budget way to sample the local food is to order Menus del Dia (Menu of the day). It includes a bowl of soup, or a salad followed by a main course with a side dish. Dessert ends of your meal
Sangria is Spain’s most known drink: a fruit punch made of red wine with chopped fruit mixed with honey and orange juice
Culture and Language
Life in Spain has experienced swift changes in recent years. However, hospitality, chivalry and courtesy are still the basis of every Spaniard towards visitors and a handshake is a common way of greeting a person. Lunchtime is taken between 14:00 and 15:30 and evening meals between 21:00 and 23:00. So, plan your meals well. Spain has harshest anti-smoking laws in Europe.
The official language is Spanish (Castilian). English is widely spoken/understood in all major tourist destinations. Advisable is to learn some Spanish words/phrases, especially when traveling outside the main tourist areas.
Domestic Air Travel in Spain is mostly inexpensive. Spain has an extensive bus and rail network and rates are very affordable. High-speed trains run between the most popular cities. Taxis are safe and easy to find in all the main cities. A surcharge will be levied is your journey starts/ends at an airport, bus Terminal or Rail station.
VAT (IVA) of 10% is included in your bill. Restaurants & Bards, an additional 5% is normal. Most people leave small change when settling their bill.
Although debit and credit cards are generally accepted throughout Spain, it’s always best to have some spare euros with you for emergencies. Cashpoint (ATM) machines take Visa, MasterCard, but a fee of between 1.5 and 2% is charged on every withdrawal. Cash can be exchanged at various places in the city, such as banks or bureaux de change (called “Cambio”). The latter operate longer opening hours, but their rates are not as good. And in shops, you can always pay with your Visa, MasterCard or American Express (Amex) card (the most widely accepted ones).
Paella: Spain’s most famous dish made of rice, seafood, green vegetables and lots of seasoning
Tapas: small bites served before dinner. A Popular Tapas dish is Patatas Bravas (Served with a spicy sauce)
Gazpacho: Cold vegetable food with a tomato base
Pollo al Ajillo: chicken sautéed or simmered in white wine or sherry served with potatoes and a salad
Churros con chocolate: deep-fried twisted pastries served with dark chocolate