Day 1 - Istanbul
late this afternoon from Istanbul Sirkeci station. The Danube
Express follows the Bosphorus as you settle into your
compartment. Enjoy a drink in the Lounge during the
journey to the Bulgarian border. Overnight train.
Day 2 - Kazanlak / Veliko Turnovo
A tour from Kazanlak includes the Shipka Memorial
Church and a 4th Century B.C. Thracian tomb. During
lunch, the train climbs the scenic Shipka pass. In
Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria's ancient capital, houses
perch above the Yantra River. Stroll the narrow streets
and visit medieval Tsarevets Castle. Dine as the train
heads for Romania. Overnight train.
Day 3 - Brasov / Sighisoara
Wake amidst the dramatic Carpathian Mountains.
Arrive in Braşov and visit Bran Castle in its stunning
mountain setting. Take lunch during the journey to
medieval Sighişoara, rumored birthplace of Dracula.
A walking tour meanders the cobbled streets passing
well-preserved buildings. Enjoy dinner en route to the
Hungarian border. Overnight train.
Day 4 - Kecskemet / Budapest
Continuing across the Northern Plain, arrive in
Kecskemét with free time to explore. Later, at
Lajosmizse, a thrilling "Puszta" show demonstrates great
horsemanship. Enjoy lunch on the way to Budapest, arriving
at Nyugati station mid-afternoon. Transfer to your hotel for a three-night stay. Overnight Budapest.
Day 5 - Budapest
Today is free to explore one of Hungary's most important city's. See Gothic, Art Nouveau and
Bauhaus buildings in Pest. Visit Heroes' Square and learn
about Hungarian history. Cross the Danube to Buda
for breathtaking views from Gellert Hill and
Fisherman's Bastion and see St Matthias Church. Overnight Budapest.
Day 6 - Budapest at Leisure
Another day to explore Budapest and the city's many offerings. Overnight Budapest.
Day 7 - Budapest / Vienna
This morning, transfer to Budapest Nyugati station for
a reception in the Royal Waiting Room. Enjoy lunch as the Danube Express heads southwest toward Lake Balaton and Keszthly, where there is a visit to the Festetics Palace. Dinner is served on board as the train heads for AustriaOvernight train.
Day 8 - Vienna / Bratislava
Arrive in Vienna for a tour of this dazzling city including Schonbrunn Palace. Lunch is served on board as the train heads to Brastislava, capital of Slovakia. Here, a tour includes the Old Town and the stunning castle that overlooks the Danube. During dinner, the train continues through pretty mountain scenery towards the Polish border. Overnight train.
Day 9 - Cracow / Wieliczka
See Cracow's Old Town - the medieval Main Square,
Cloth Hall and Town Hall Tower; visit St Mary's
Church and Wawel Castle, once the seat of Polish
Kings. Travel by coach to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, with
lunch in a restaurant en route. A World Heritage site,
its galleries display artworks sculpted in the salt.
During dinner tonight, the Danube Express heads toward the Czech Republic. Overnight train.
Day 10 - Prague
Arrive after breakfast in the magnificent city of Prague.
*Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars and based on double occupancy.
*2013 estimated price based on Dollar/Euro exhange rate on October 24, 2012; USD conversion rates may vary depending on future rates of exchange. 2014 pricing is based on the Dollar/Euro conversion rate effective April 11, 2013. USD conversion rates may vary depending on future rates of exchange.