Expressions Holidays offers tailor-made rail holidays to Spain, enabling visitors to witness the changing scenery and to use time efficiently. Train travel to Spain on high speed services allows you to cover long distances in short times, sometimes quicker than flying when taking check-in times into account. Cross the English Channel by Eurostar then travel southwards through France into Spain, stopping off along your route as required. We have put together some suggested rail holidays to Spain which include train travel all the way from the UK, but for those who prefer to fly to Spain we have also developed a selection of touring itineraries that include flights as well as rail travel within Spain. These include a multi-centre holiday in Madrid and Andalucia's main cities and a tour based around Spanish art and architecture. A luxurious alternative is a rail holiday on board Al Andalus, a unique hotel on wheels which offers routes throughout Spain and includes all meals and excursions.Expressions Holidays can tailor-make your rail holiday to Spain, selecting the most convenient and comfortable options for your rail holiday. We offer a range of hotels such as luxury five star and both modern and traditional boutique hotels throughout mainland Spain, the vast majority of which can be reached by train. Use our suggested itineraries as a starting point then modify them according to your requirements.Click here to download a pdf with full details of some of our rail holidays to Spain.
An Expressions rail holiday is tailor-made according to your requirements and can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. From a single-centre stay in a destination that is reached by train to a touring holiday that visits multiple locations, we cater for your wishes.Train travel to SpainA rail holiday to Spain starts on the Eurostar from London St. Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford stations in the UK to either Paris Gare du Nord. Eurostar offers almost hourly departures every day, allowing you to travel from the centre of London to the centre of Paris on the same train in three hours. Not all trains stop at the Ebbsfleet and Ashford stations in Kent, but parking is plentiful at both stations and it allows you to avoid London. Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure, customs formalities are completed before boarding and there is no limit to the amount of baggage that can be taken on board. The Eurostar trains themselves have 8 coaches which are split into Standard Class, Standard Premier and Business Premier as well as 2 cafeterias. Standard Premier customers are served a light cold meal and enjoy a more spacious environment than Standard Class, while Business Premier customers receive a hot meal and unlimited beverages as well as lounge access.You may wish to stay for a night or two in Paris in one of our centrally located charming hotels, or you may prefer to continue onwards to Spain straight away. TGV trains travel directly to Barcelona, the most convenient way of travelling to central and southern Spain, or to the French-Spanish border in the north where you can then change onto a local Spanish train. TGV trains are high-speed trains that serve most of France and cross into neighbouring countries, covering large distances in a short space of time. There is a choice between Standard Class and First Class, the latter offering a more spacious seating environment but no meals included.Train travel within SpainAVE trains run between major Spanish cities and are widely considered to be amongst the very best in the world. High-speed lines enable these trains to cover vast distances in staggeringly quick times, while reliability is excellent. There are three classes on board, with meals provided in First and Super First class. Passengers must pass through a basis security check before boarding. Our hotelsEach of the hotels that are featured by Spanish Expressions has been personally selected to offer exceptionally high standards of comfort, service and cuisine. Most of the hotels we feature are four or five star, although we have also chosen some small, charming hotels that haven’t been officially categorised. In this programme you will find our hand-picked selection of characterful boutique gems, exclusive seaside resorts, modern hotels and rustic properties in a rural setting, some located on large countryside estates. We also feature a number of the renowned Parador hotels, a collection of state-run properties which occupy historic buildings such as former monasteries, mediaeval fortresses and hilltop castles.Holidays with a hire-carWe can include a hire-car as this offers a very cost-effective and convenient means of exploring the area in which you are staying. We work with Avis as they offer a variety of cars at a good range of offices throughout Spain, and have negotiated a number of benefits for you such as theft protection being included and no one-way drop off charge for most car types. It is possible to upgrade your hire-car if required – we include a basic hire-car which is adequate for just two people, a short break or if you don’t intend to do much driving, but you might want to up-grade to something larger and more powerful.
Expressions Holidays is an independent specialist tour operator which was established in 1989 and offers tailor-made rail holidays within Europe and further afield, providing personal service with a professional approach. We pride ourselves on interpreting your demands and requirements to provide you with the holiday that you want, ensuring a successful match between client and holiday.. Not only are your holidays tailor-made to your individual requirements, but you also have the chance to deal with one person from beginning to end, offering you confidence and security and the best possible prices.Personal and professional serviceWe personally know the majority of the hotels that we feature, and we put together our holidays with our clients in mind. Contact with Expressions Holidays means contact with the people who know the holidays, who will share their knowledge and experience with you – our team of travel consultants know the country and culture very well, and operate a concierge service that helps you to explore every aspect of special interest or activity that fits with your holiday. All aspects of your holiday are personalised, from the itinerary to your holiday confirmation and documentation which provides you with information that is relevant to you. From the point of initial contact with us, you will deal with the same sales consultant, who will handle all aspects of your booking and ticketing. We approach your holiday in a way that offers you the arrangements you want, not to slot you in to pre-existing arrangements. This might mean juggling dates, securing the last available room at a hotel or tailoring a complex itinerary involving numerous components. Your holiday is as individually fashioned and tailor-made as you want it to be.How we price your holidayAll prices mentioned on our website and in our brochure are simply guides, as there are many variations that might affect the price including exchange rates, flight costs and special offers. To find out exact prices for the holiday that you are interested in, contact us for a tailor-made quotation.All our holiday arrangements have been designed to afford you maximum flexibility and freedom of choice. We include travel arrangements, whether it be flight, ferry or tunnel crossing or rail travel as well as many nights' hotel accommodation as you want, in as many different places.Our Price GuaranteeWe guarantee that once you have made a firm booking with a deposit payment, there will be no increases in the price of your holiday due to currency movements. If, for any reason, there have been changes in the price of the holiday you want, you will be advised at the time of booking.Full Financial ProtectionFull financial protection is offered when you book a holiday with us. Our air holidays are ATOL protected, and we are a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited to protect non-flight packages. We are also members of ABTA and AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), an organisation of some of Britain’s best specialist tour operators.
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