Lisbon, Portugal

Stay - 4-5 nights

Arrive - by plane

Depart - by train

  • The capital and largest city in Portugal, Lisbon is also one of the oldest cities in the world and the oldest city in Western Europe, it predates Rome, London and Paris by centuries!​

  • Over the last 3,000 years Lisbon has been inhabited and/or ruled by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, the Arabic Moors, the Christian Crusaders, Spanish and French.

  • The Famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route from Lisbon to India at the end of the 15th century.  The city's wealth increased as they traded with Africa, Europe, the Far East and even Brazil once gold was found there in the 1800s.  As such the city developed into one of the most cosmopolitan spots on the planet.

  • Lisbon's Humberto Delgado International Airport (LIS) is 7km from the city.​

  • Emirates has 2 flights a day from Dubai to Lisbon, arriving at 12.35pm and 7.40pm, journey time is around 8hrs.

Porto, Portugal

Stay - 4-5 nights

Arrive - by train

Depart - by train

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Vigo, Spain

Stay - a few hours

Arrive - by train

Depart - by train

Located on the coast, a couple of hours north of Porto and over the border into Spain is the historic town of Vigo.

Vigo is of interest for a couple of reasons, and one is not because it is the biggest fishing port in the world.

Vigo is a jumping off point for the train-hotel to Barcelona, an overnight train with twin bedded and ensuited cabins. Thats a comfy hotel room and transport from one side of Spain to the other while you sleep - sweet.

The other reason is because around 150 years ago French Writer Jules Verne dedicated a chapter of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to the Bay of Vigo, and they have a statue dedicated to him.

Vigo has enough of interest to wander for a few hours.  It is only 2.5hrs from Porto by Intercity Train which arrives around 11.30am and the train-hotel departs at 6pm, which leaves a good 4-5 hours for exploring.

Barcelona, Spain

Stay - the day

Arrive - by train

Depart - by ferry

The Train-hotel arrives at Barcelona Sants station at approx 9am.  The station is only a couple of minutes in a taxi from Placa de Catalunya where there is a handy baggage storage facility.

The ferry departs Barcelona Port at 11pm, with boarding around 2hrs prior that leaves almost a full 12 hours for sightseeing...

  • Enough time to see the highlights of Barcelona at leisure- wander Las Ramblas, eat at La Boqueria, explore Sagrada Familia, find the rest of Gaudi's most famous buildings and stroll Barcelona's beachfront boardwalk

  • or to take a day trip to a town nearby like Girona with it's medieval walls and well preserved Jewish Quarter, or Figueres for the Dali Mueseum, both less than an hour to the north by train

  • or Tarragona, 1hr south of Barcelona on the coast with a Roman Amphitheatre that hosted Gladiator fights in the 2nd century

Porto Torres, Sardinia

Stay - 3-4 days

Arrive - by ferry

Depart - by ferry

After a restful nights sleep in a quad or twin cabin, or perhaps a junior suite, wake up refreshed in Sardinia. 

The second largest Island in the Mediterranean Sardinia offers pristine beaches with blue-green water, beautiful towns and quiet villages.

With no busy highways Sardinia is perfect for a self-drive holiday. In fact, it would take less than 3 hours to drive from north to south in one go, but there are a multitude of places to stop on the way.

The ferry from Barcelona arrives into the town of Porto Torres which is in the north-west. 

The capital of Cagliari is on the South coast and it is from here that you can take a ferry over to Sicily.

Palermo Sicily

Stay - 3-4 nights

Arrive - by ferry

Depart - by ferry

The Train-hotel arrives at Barcelona Sants station at approx 9am.  The station is only a couple of minutes in a taxi from Placa de Catalunya where there is a handy baggage storage facility.

The ferry departs Barcelona Port at 11pm, with boarding around 2hrs prior that leaves almost a full 12 hours for sightseeing...

  • Enough time to see the highlights of Barcelona at leisure- wander Las Ramblas, eat at La Boqueria, explore Sagrada Familia, find the rest of Gaudi's most famous buildings and stroll Barcelona's beachfront boardwalk

  • or to take a day trip to a town nearby like Girona with it's medieval walls and well preserved Jewish Quarter, or Figueres for the Dali Mueseum, both less than an hour to the north by train

  • or Tarragona, 1hr south of Barcelona on the coast with a Roman Amphitheatre that hosted Gladiator fights in the 2nd century

Milan, Italy

Stay - 3-4 nights

Arrive - by ferry

Depart - by ferry

The Train-hotel arrives at Barcelona Sants station at approx 9am.  The station is only a couple of minutes in a taxi from Placa de Catalunya where there is a handy baggage storage facility.

The ferry departs Barcelona Port at 11pm, with boarding around 2hrs prior that leaves almost a full 12 hours for sightseeing...

  • Enough time to see the highlights of Barcelona at leisure- wander Las Ramblas, eat at La Boqueria, explore Sagrada Familia, find the rest of Gaudi's most famous buildings and stroll Barcelona's beachfront boardwalk

  • or to take a day trip to a town nearby like Girona with it's medieval walls and well preserved Jewish Quarter, or Figueres for the Dali Mueseum, both less than an hour to the north by train

  • or Tarragona, 1hr south of Barcelona on the coast with a Roman Amphitheatre that hosted Gladiator fights in the 2nd century

Palermo Sicily

Stay - 3-4 nights

Arrive - by ferry

Depart - by ferry

The Train-hotel arrives at Barcelona Sants station at approx 9am.  The station is only a couple of minutes in a taxi from Placa de Catalunya where there is a handy baggage storage facility.

The ferry departs Barcelona Port at 11pm, with boarding around 2hrs prior that leaves almost a full 12 hours for sightseeing...

  • Enough time to see the highlights of Barcelona at leisure- wander Las Ramblas, eat at La Boqueria, explore Sagrada Familia, find the rest of Gaudi's most famous buildings and stroll Barcelona's beachfront boardwalk

  • or to take a day trip to a town nearby like Girona with it's medieval walls and well preserved Jewish Quarter, or Figueres for the Dali Mueseum, both less than an hour to the north by train

  • or Tarragona, 1hr south of Barcelona on the coast with a Roman Amphitheatre that hosted Gladiator fights in the 2nd century

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