Call Us Today!call:
Menu

Trip Overview

Discover everything the enchanting Balkan region has to offer on this unforgettable 14-day luxury rail adventure. This exclusive rail cruise vacation travels through the lush Balkan landscapes and along turquoise coastlines, providing passengers the opportunity to explore some of Europe’s most fascinating ancient cities and civilisations in unquestionable comfort. Holidays such as this are the once in a lifetime trips’ that can only be enjoyed by train.

Highlights

  • Early tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Afternoon tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum in Rome
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • City tour of Trieste
  • City tour of Ljubljana
  • Tour of Predjama Castle and Postojan Cave in Slovenia
  • Tour of Sarajevo
  • Tour of Mostar
  • City tour of Dubrovnik
  • City tour of Belgrade
  • City tour of Skopje
  • City tour of Al-fresco seafood dinner in Thessaloniki
  • City tour of Sofia
  • City tour of Plovdiv
  • Tour of Istanbul including visits to Hagia Sofia, The Blue Mosque and Topkapi palace

 PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights 5* hotel accommodation with breakfast in Rome
  • 2 nights 5* hotel accommodation with breakfast in Venice
  • 1 night’s 5* hotel accommodation with breakfast in Dubrovnik
  • 2 nights 5* hotel accommodation with breakfast in Istanbul
  • 6 nights all-inclusive accommodation onboard The Golden Eagle Danube Express in Heritage class including:
    • 24-hour onboard service
    • Complimentary tea, coffee and water
    • All Meals and accompanying drinks
    • Guided off train excursions as listed
    • Personal headsets with audio commentary
    • On board doctor and medical facilities
    • All gratuities
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 – ROME
Welcome to Rome! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for a 2-night stay.  (Overnight Rome)

DAY 2 – ROME 
It’s an early start today, but worth it once you find yourself exploring the treasures of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive.  This afternoon enjoy a small group tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. (Overnight Rome) B

DAY 3 – ROME TO VENICE
On check-out you are taken by private car to the station where you board the train to Venice.  Enjoy the scenery from the comfort of your 1st class seat.  On arrival you will be transferred to the luxurious 5* Hotel Daniele for a 2-night stay.  This evening is the opportunity to meet your fellow travelers for the journey ahead, whilst enjoying a welcome reception and dinner. (Overnight Venice) B/D

DAY 4 – VENICE
Today enjoy a walking tour where you will learn the unique history of this unrivalled and captivating city.  Enjoy some free time this afternoon with a gondola ride perhaps or do speak to our sales consultants if you might be interested in a small group visit to the spectacular Golden Basilica and riveting Doges Palace.  (Overnight Venice) B/D

DAY 5 – BOARDING THE GOLDEN EAGLE DANUBE EXPRESS TRAIN/TRIESTE
After breakfast you will be whisked by boat to Venice Santa Lucia station where you board your private train.  After a short ride the train pulls into the port of Trieste where you will enjoy an afternoon tour and if you have the energy, climb the hill to the famous Church of San Giusto built around a medieval complex that dates back to the 13th century.  (Overnight onboard) B/L/D

DAY 6 – LJUBLJANA
Enjoy a morning tour of lovely Ljubljana which charms all visitors with its delightful Dragon Bridge and Preseren Square.  In the afternoon head to the Inner Carniola region of Slovenia where you’ll explore Predjama Castle, dramatically perched high on a cliff edge.  After learning the myths and legends of Erazem of Predjama, ride an underground train deep into the otherworldly Postojna Cave and tour its network of magnificent halls, myriad of cave formations and mysterious animals. (Overnight onboard) B/L/D

DAY 7 – SARAJEVO AND MOSTAR
The train pulls into the Bosnian capital early in the morning, and the history of this ancient city will be brought to live for you by your local guide.  They will lead you on a poignant tour exploring the mosques and minarets of the cities ancient centre, as well as the physical as well as mental scars of modern warfare and Sarajevo’s more recent history. Following lunch in Sarajevo the train follows a very scenic line to the small city of Mostar, which was once one of the most important cities in the Ottoman Empire.  and renowned for its stone arch bridge linking the Christian and Muslim areas destroyed in the war but rebuild in 2004 and now a symbol of unity.  From here, it’s a luxury coach ride to Dubrovnik for an overnight stay. (Overnight Dubrovnik) B/L/D

DAY 8 – DUBROVNIK
Famed as one of the most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik surpasses all expectations as a destination.  A short tour giving you in-depth knowledge about some of the key buildings and historical points prior to enjoy some free time to explore the narrow streets.  In the afternoon its back to the train, which is now in Capljina, a small town near the border, where you will enjoy dinner and depart from Serbia. (Overnight onboard) B/L/D

DAY 9 – BELGRADE
Arrive this morning at the former capital of Yugoslavia, Belgrade which is located at the meeting point between the Danube and Sava rivers.  A full day is spent here taking in this cosmopolitan city’s rich history, including medieval tombs, Turkish baths and the mausoleum of Josip Tito. (Overnight onboard) B/L/D

DAY 10 – SKOPJE AND THESSALONIKI
Skopje is a Macedonian city full of Ottoman influences, and rarely visited.  There’s time to wander through the Old Bazaar and marvel at the 15th century Stone Bridge before returning to the train for lunch.  The train crosses into Greece in time for an early evening tour of vibrant Thessaloniki, and this evening you’ll enjoy a wonderful al-fresco fresh seafood dinner. (Overnight onboard) B/L/D

DAY 11 – SOFIA AND PLOVDIV
The golden domed Alexander Nevksy Cathedral in Sofia is one of the worlds larges Eastern Orthodox churches, and truly a sight to behold.  Your morning tour of Sofia takes this in, together with sections of the Roman wall still standing, as well as the ancient church of St George and the Turkish Bashi Mosque. Lunch is enjoyed on the train prior to arriving in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second city.  ‘The City of Seven Hills’ is one of the oldest cities in Europe and your afternoon is spent exploring the Roman Forum and Amphitheatre, Ottoman baths and medieval walls.  (Overnight onboard) B/L/D

DAY 12 – ISTANBUL
This morning you will arrive in the great city of Istanbul, where you will stay for 2-nights.

Note: Continuing engineering works associated with the new Bosphorus tunnel could mean that the train stops on the outskirts of Istanbul and our buses will transport us to the city centre.
A city that defies your imagination in its cultural riches and beauty, Istanbul has been a focal point for humanity for millennia.  It has been both the centre of the Christian and Muslim worlds and spread over the busy Bosporus Straits spanning both Europe and Asia.  Very few cities in the world can match it for its historical importance. You’ll visit the breath-taking Hagia Sophia, (a 6th century Church which was converted to a mosque after the Ottoman conquest) as well as the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (the Blue Mosque) which is one of the most famous monuments in the Islamic world.  Also included is a visit to the stunning Topkapi – the worlds largest and oldest palace which was the primary home of the Ottoman Sultans from 1465 to 1853. (Overnight Istanbul) B/L/D

DAY 13 – ISTANBUL
Today is to enjoy at your leisure.  Relax in at your 5* hotel editing your photos perhaps or head out and enjoy some more of Istanbul.  Cross the Bosporus to the Asian side perhaps and take a look at the impressive Haydarpasa station or if you are feeling fit enough climb to the top of the byzantine Galata Tower for breath-taking views.  If you’d like to try your hand at bartering head over to the Grand Bazaar, one of the worlds largest and oldest covered markets where you could spend hours shopping for souvenirs.  This evening head out for your final night and enjoy any of this city’s great restaurants. Be it fresh seafood or a classic kebab or lahmacun, there is something for everybody here.  (Overnight Istanbul) B

DAY 14 – END OF TOUR
On checking out of your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home, together with some amazing memories. B

 

 MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

 DISCLAIMER:
Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

Hotel Ariston Rome

Located in the centre of Rome, just a stone's throw from Termini Station, the Ariston Hotel provides a fantastic vantage point for exploring all the Italian capital has to offer. The hotel's colourful guestrooms are all decorated in a modern style, and come complete with LCD TVs, minibars and air conditioning.

The Inn At The Spanish Steps

The Inn at the Spanish Steps, located in Via Dei Condotti 85, is one of Rome's best-kept secrets. Member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the world is uniquely located on Rome's famed shopping street near Spanish Steps and and other famous monuments such as the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain.

Kolbe Hotel Rome

With all the major sites of historic interest at only a short walk away, the Kolbe Hotel Rome will make you feel not only surrounded by but truly immersed into the magnificence of ancient Rome.

Mascagni Hotel Rome

The Mascagni Rome is a beautiful hotel set within an Umbertine style palace. Decorated with elegant antiques, this hotel offers comfortable surroundings, personalised service and spacious rooms featuring high ceilings and plenty of natural light. The Mascagni features a fully licensed bar, charming lounge serving Italian snacks and a free Wi-Fi area. The Mascagni hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from the main train station and within easy reach of Rome's attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Colosseum.

Hotel Dei Mellini Rome

Welcome to the wonderful world of Mellini, where every detail has been carefully put in place and where guests are surrounded by works of modern art made by artists from the Italian and Roman schools. Proud of being an independent Roman hotel! Our objective is to improve and grow by learning from our guests, from their needs and requests!

Starhotels Michelangelo Rome

Only a short walk from the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica, the Starhotels Michelangelo embodies all the qualities that make Rome unique: cosmopolitan style, classical grandeur and timeless appeal.
Located in the heart of Rome's Baroque splendour, it's hard to imagine a more central location.

Hotel Danieli Venice

Hotel Danieli Venice

With its heritage setting on Riva degli Schiavoni, Hotel Danieli dominates the Venetian lagoon with spectacular views of the Grand Canal and islands. Also overlooking the Palazzo Ducale, the hotel is just steps away from Ponte Dei Sospiri and Piazza San Marco.

Select Your Departure Date

For more information or to make a reservation, call our rail holiday experts at:
1 (800) 268-7252
Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

Loading...