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Al Andalus Train, New Camino de Santiago Itinerary to Open July 21

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 Al Andalus from the Luxury Train Club
Al Andalus Train, New Camino de Santiago Itinerary  - new and innovative route, 6 days and 5 nights, Zaragoza to A Coruña. 
The itinerary will include visits to La Rioja, Burgos, Astorga, Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra and Vigo. 

La Rioja – wine tasting in a classic bodega of world-renowned Rioja wine; 

Burgos – Castilian history, El Cid and superb Gothic architecture.

Astorga - founded by the Romans, famous for pastries and chocolate; 

Santiago de Compostela – the final destination of pilgrims who have for over 1,000 years walked the St. James Way, ‘El Camino de Santiago’, to the Cathedral where the remains of the apostle Saint James are buried; 

Pontevedra – (derived from Old Bridge in Latin), sitting between mountains and the sea, with typical Galician mansions (pazos) and its shellfish cuisine accompanied by the local Albariño wine. 

Vigo – Galicia’s largest city and seaport, with a long and often turbulent history reflected in its architecture and culture; 

A Coruña – an important sea port for centuries, it played a key role in the Napoleonic Wars in the early 18th century. 

Departure dates from Zaragoza: 21 and 28 July 2013 

Prices per person for this special 6-days / 5-nights journey 

Superior Suite, double € 3,650 Superior Suite, single € 4,850 Standard Suite, double € 2,950 Standard Suite, single € 3,950 Triple supplement (children under 12) : € 1,000 

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Zaragoza – Santiago de Compostela- A Coruña

Sunday July 21, AVE Madrid Atocha to Zaragoza Delicias, Visit to Zaragoza, Night in Miranda de Ebro

After the arrival of the group at 12:00h in the Delicias de Zaragoza station and comfortably boarding on the train, we will go eat in the city centre where we will visit in the beginning early afternoon. Zaragoza was founded by Cesar Augusta in the year 24 a. C. Under the name Medina Albaida Sarakosta, the Arabs turned the ancient Roman city into one of the major centres of the cultural world during its time. An exceptional relic from this time period is the palace-fortress of the Aljafería, which has been magnificently preserved. We will also visit La Plaza de Las Catedrales which is the meeting place of the very significant buildings la Basílica del Pilar and la Catedral of San Salvador. 

  Monument to Goya in the center of Zaragoza. 
Photo: Gerry Dawes©2010 /

Nuestra Sra. del Pilar, Artisan Chocolate Shop near the Cathedral.  Souvenir of Zaragoza: "It is a sin. . .not to try it."  Photo: Gerry Dawes©2010 /

La Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza, image of La Virgen del Pilar.
Photo: Gerry Dawes©2010 /

Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza, image of La Virgen del Pilar. Image in a shop near the Cathedral. 
 Photo: Gerry Dawes©2010 /  

After the visit to Zaragoza, the train will to take us on the journey to Miranda de Ebro and during the trip we will have our first dinner on board.

We will spend the night with the train stationed in Miranda de Ebro (Burgos province).

About Gerry Dawes   

Gerry Dawes was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. He was a finalist for the 2001 James Beard Foundation's Journalism Award for Best Magazine Writing on Wine, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets) prize in 2009 in Getxo (Vizcaya) and received the 2009 Association of Food Journalists Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià. 

 ". . .That we were the first to introduce American readers to Ferran Adrià in 1997 and have ever since continued to bring you a blow-by-blow narrative of Spain's riveting ferment is chiefly due to our Spanish correspondent, Gerry "Mr. Spain" Dawes, the messianic wine and food journalist raised in Southern Illinois and possessor of a self-accumulated doctorate in the Spanish table. Gerry once again brings us up to the very minute. . ." - - Michael & Ariane Batterberry, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher and Founding Editor/Publisher, Food Arts.
Mr. Dawes is currently working on a reality television series
on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain.

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