Luxury train will make the pilgrimage to Santiago

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THIS summer there’s a new travel option for the widely popular Camino de Santiago, a multi-route pilgrimage culminating in Santiago de Compostela. Rather than the roughing-it adventure for which the Camino is best known, pilgrims can opt to travel in sumptuous style this July aboard the luxury locomotive, Al Andalus.
Dubbed a “palace on wheels,” the train resonates with Moorish style and Islamic history. The luxury train usually travels around Andalucia; however, this summer it will deviate from its normal trajectory in order to explore the UNESCO-recognised Roman Catholic pilgrimage route.
The five-day, four-night journey leaves from Leon between July 13 and 20, exploring several towns throughout Galicia, all the while enjoying the royal treatment on-board and off, including a lavish dinner in a five-star parador in Santiago and a relaxing boat ride along the river Arousa.
The train, renowned as one of the most luxurious trains in the world, is replete with creature comforts and rich opulence, with many of the original Belle Epoque features preserved and restored. It was initially designed for the British royal family to travel between Calais and the French Riviera and still retains its affluent extravagance.


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