The Golden Eagle Danube Express - Balkan Odyssey
Relaxing and sophisticated, you’ll relish the leisurely pace as you’re transported to some of Europe’s most intriguing destinations, whilst enjoying the intimacy of your private carriage.
Experience Europe from an entirely different perspective as you glide between Venice and Budapest in complete privacy and luxury. Board the Golden Eagle Danube Express for a spectacular European rail journey you will cherish forever.
Highlights and Inclusions
- 7 nights aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express in a private compartment
- Hotel accommodations for 1 night
- All meals aboard the train
- Sightseeing in Ljubljana including visits to Preseren Square, Dragon Bridge and Plecnik Market
- Walking tour in Zagreb
- Visit the Tunnel Museum in Sarajevo
- Sofia city tour including Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
- Tour of Bran Castle
- Budapest city tour including the Royal Palace
Day 1- Venice
Join our private train, the Golden Eagle Danube Express, for an early evening departure from Venice Santa Lucia station. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner onboard and enjoy the sounds of the pianist in the Lounge Car as we head overnight to Slovenia.
Day 2- Ljubljana & Zagreb
Ljubljana is a delightful city, a combination of ancient architecture and a youthful culture. Our morning city tour includes visits to Preseren Square, Three Bridges, Dragon Bridge and Plecnik Market. We enjoy lunch back onboard the train as we travel onwards towards Croatia's elegant capital Zagreb.
This afternoon we will tour Zagreb, a central European city with over 900 years of documented history. We will take a walking tour of the upper town and ‘Kapitol' (the ancient town centre), which abounds in Baroque atmosphere and cultural monuments. We will also see the ornate buildings of the lower town and its wide boulevards.
Day 3- Sarajevo & Mostar
An early morning arrival into the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo which is an intriguing blend of Eastern and Western culture; it has mosques and minarets, an ancient bazaar and an atmospheric old Turkish quarter. Discover the city's poignant history through a truly absorbing tour detailing the horrors of the Balkan War. Sarajevo suffered from the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare. The scars of war are still evident as we travel past war-torn buildings and we make a special visit to the Tunnel Museum under Sarajevo Airport. Your guide, who lived through the 1992-1996 conflict, brings to life in touching fashion the struggles the citizens of Sarajevo faced during the siege of the city. This afternoon we tour the historic city of Mostar, the crossroads of many civilizations, cultures and three religions. Mostar was one of the most important cities of the Ottoman Empire. The town's renowned stone arch bridge linking the Christian and Muslim areas was re-built in the summer of 2004. We also visit Turkish House and the mosque before walking through the narrow, bazaar streets, where you can shop for traditional souvenirs and handicrafts.
Day 4- Belgrade
Arrive this morning in the Serbian capital, Belgrade. Located at the strategic meeting point of the Danube and Sava Rivers, this truly cosmopolitan city has fortifications from Celtic times, medieval tombs and Turkish baths. We spend a full day here and our city tour includes Tito's memorial, the Town Hall, Republic Square and Knez Mihajlova Street; as well as ‘Varos' Gate and a visit to the mighty Kalemegdan Fortress.
Day 5- Sofia & Plovdiv
The sight of Bulgaria's modern capital, at the foot of Mt Vitosha, was first occupied by the Thracian tribe of Serdi. On our morning tour we will spot sections of Roman wall, admire the ancient church of St George, the golden domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Turkish Bashi Mosque. We enjoy lunch on the train as we travel from Sofia to Plovdiv. The second largest city in Bulgaria after Sofia, ‘The City of Seven Hills' is one of the oldest cities in Europe with more than 200 known archaeological sites. We spend the afternoon here exploring the many sights in the charming Old Town including its ancient theatres, medieval walls and Ottoman baths.
Day 6- Kazanlak & Veliko Tarnovo
We arrive before breakfast in Kazanlak, situated in the Valley of the Roses, which produces rose oil prized by perfumers worldwide. Here we visit the Shipka Memorial Church and a Thracian tomb with vaulted brickwork dating back to the 4th century BC. We take lunch onboard during the climb over the Shipka Pass and travel onwards to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria's ancient capital. Nestled in a magnificent mountain setting, the stone houses seem perched, one above the other, on the steep banks of the Yantra River. A tour includes the superbly preserved medieval Tsarevets Hill and Castle and there is free time to wander through the ancient city. Relax in the Lounge Car before dinner is served as our train continues through the scenic landscape as we head across the Romanian border.
Day 7- Brasov & Sighisoara
Overnight the train twists and turns as it climbs over the Carpathian Mountains and threads its way through the dramatic landscape with crystal clear mountain streams. This morning we arrive into Brasov for a tour of Bran Castle. Popularly known as Dracula's Castle, this beautiful 14th century building is situated amongst stunning mountain scenery. We return to the train for lunch as we continue onto Sighisoara for a walking tour of the town's main highlights. A World Heritage site rumoured to be the birthplace of Dracula, it is one of the best-preserved fortified medieval towns in Europe. Burgher houses and ornate churches line its cobbled streets. Dinner is served as our train continues onto Hungary and across the Great Hungarian Plain.
Day 8- Kecskemet, Lajosmizse & Budapest
Our final day onboard is expected to provide a spectacular conclusion to our rail journey as first we get the opportunity to explore Kecskemét, a fascinating city at the geographical centre of Hungary before the train heads, steam-hauled, to Lajosmizse for a spectacular ‘Puszta' horse show. We then arrive early afternoon at our final destination, Budapest, the romantic and historic Hungarian capital located on the banks of the magnificent Danube. Budapest is actually two cities separated by the Danube. The old city of Buda, and its imposing Royal Palace, dominates the city with stunning views across the Danube to the commercial heart of Pest. Our short afternoon tour includes the Royal Palace, St Mathias Church and a panoramic view of the city from Gellert Hill. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner and we stay overnight in the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace.
Day 9- Budapest
Following breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for onward departures.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotel accommodation is at the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace.
Accommodations aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express are available in Heritage Class and Deluxe Class. Heritage cabins are 33 square foot private compartments that include a full length couch for daytime seating (converting into an upper and lower berth in the evening), a large picture window, clothes hanging storage and power outlets, and remote controlled air-conditioning. Toilet and shower facilities are located at opposite ends of the Heritage cars. Deluxe cabins are 83 square foot private compartments that include a private en suite bathroom with cubicle shower, two armchairs and a free standing chair for daytime seating (converting to two beds for the evening), a large picture window, full length wardrobe and power outlets, and remote controlled air-conditioning.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will similar in quality and amenities.
Dates & Prices
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|4th May 2015||$9,795||Book Now|
|4th May 2015||$15,395||Book Now|
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Heritage Class: Departs 4th May 2015 ($9,795)
Deluxe Class: Departs 4th May 2015 ($15,395)
Prices are in USD based on the exchange rate from GPB on July 26.