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Trip Overview

Discover some of Europe’s most enchanting destinations in luxurious comfort on this exclusive 13-day rail vacation. From the Pearl of the Danube to the Eternal City via The Transylvania, the Jewels of the Balkan region and The Queen of the Adriatic Venice, this rail adventure aboard the private Golden Eagle Danube Express train is a truly unforgettable experience.

Highlights

  • ‘Puszta’ horse show in Lajosmizse
  • Walking tour of Sighisoara and Bran Castle near Brasov
  • Morning Tour of Veliko Tanrovo
  • Afternoon tour of Plovdiv
  • Full day tour of Belgrade
  • Morning Tour of Mostar
  • City Tour of Sarajevo
  • Morning Tour of Ljubljana
  • Tour of Postojna Cave
  • Morning Tour of Trieste
  • Walking tour of Venice
  • Early tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Afternoon tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum in Rome

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights 5* hotel accommodation with breakfast in Budapest
  • 2 nights 5* hotel accommodation with breakfast in Venice
  • 2 nights 5* hotel accommodation with breakfast in Rome
  • 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
  • Early tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Afternoon tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum in Rome
  • First class rail from Venice to Rome
  • All necessary transfers
Trip Map

Why Not...

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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 - BUDAPEST
On arrival into Budapest you will be transferred to your hotel for a 2-night stay. (Overnight Budapest)

DAY 2 - BUDAPEST
Have a day at leisure exploring Budapest, then in the evening you have the opportunity to meet your fellow travelers and enjoy a welcome reception dinner in the elegant surroundings of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace. (Overnight Budapest) B

DAY 3 - LAJOSMIZSE AND KECSKEMET
Hidden behind a plain green door in the Budapest Nyugati is the spectacular and grand Royal Waiting room, and a morning drinks reception is enjoyed here prior to boarding the Golden Eagle Danube Express.  After settling into your cabin, lunch is served prior to reaching Lajosmizse for a spectacular ‘Puszta' horse show.  The ‘Putszta' is the Great Hungarian Plain, and this show is an amazing insight into the ancient skills and horsemanship of the Magyar Cowboys local to this region.
Back on board relax with a pre-dinner drink in the Bar Lounge Car, then dine whilst enjoying the company of your fellow passengers en-route to Transylvania.  (Overnight Onboard) B/L/D

DAY 4 - BRASOV AND SIGHISOARA
This morning you arrive in Sighisoara, a World Heritage site and the birth place of Dracula.  The cobbled streets and well-preserved medieval fortifications make this small town a unique destination.  Enjoy lunch onboard the train prior to continuing onto Brasov for a tour of nearby Bran Castle, in the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains.  The train climbs over these mountains this evening, through some dramatic landscapes on its way to Bulgaria.  (Overnight Onboard) B/L/D

DAY 5 - VELIKO TARNOVO AND PLOVDIV
After breakfast you will enjoy a tour of Veliko Tarnavo, Bulgaria's ancient capital nestled in the mountains.  There is time for you to wander independently here, prior to heading on to Plovdiv.  ?‘The City of Seven Hills' is one of the oldest cities in Europe and your afternoon is spent exploring the its charming Old Town including its ancient theatres, medieval walls and Ottoman baths.  (Overnight onboard) B/L/D

DAY 6 - BELGRADE
Arrive this morning at the former capital of Yugoslavia, Belgrade, 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 7 - MOSTAR AND SARAJEVO
Start the day with a tour of the historic 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.  The bridge was destroyed in the war but rebuild in 2004 and now a symbol of unity.  
After the chance to shop for some traditional souvenirs in the bazaar the train follows a scenic line though to the Bosnian capital Sarajevo.  Here a local guide will lead you on a poignant tour exploring the mosques and minarets of the cities ancient centre, as well as the physical and mental scars of modern warfare and Sarajevo's more recent history. 

DAY 8 - LJUBLJANA and POSTOJNA CAVE
Today enjoy a tour of Ljubljana which charms all visitors with its delightful Dragon Bridge and Preseren Square.  Following this you will travel out of the city to visit Predjama Castle, perched precariously on a cliff edge, before riding a mini-train to the depths of Postojna Cave. Here you will tour the mystical 24.340m network of caverns, stalactites and stalagmites before heading back to the train for dinner.  (Overnight onboard) B/L/D   

DAY 9 - TRIESTE AND VENICE
There is time for a short tour of the historic Italian port of Trieste prior to a farewell lunch onboard and enjoying views of the Adriatic coastline en-route to Venice.  Here you will be transferred to luxurious 5* Hotel Daniele or similar for a 2-night stay.  (Overnight Venice) B/L/D 

DAY 10 - 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.  This evening bid a final farewell your fellow passengers over a reception dinner in a local restaurant. (Overnight Venice) B/D 

DAY 11 - VENICE TO ROME
On check-out you are taken by private boat to the Santa Lucia station where you board the train to Rome.  Enjoy the scenery from the comfort of your 1st class seat.  On arrival you will be transferred to your 5* hotel for a 2-night stay.  (Overnight Rome) B

DAY 12 - 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 before your last night of this amazing voyages. (Overnight Rome) B  

DAY 13 - END OF TOUR
On checking out of your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home or to continue your travels elsewhere. B 

 

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

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

A landmark on one of Europe’s most scenic rivers, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest embodies historic grandeur and youthful exuberance. Our SPA harnesses Budapest’s renowned heritage in wellness, while the lovingly restored palace brings together 2 million mosaic tiles, an ornate Preciosa chandelier, dramatic stairways and, most memorable of all, thoughtful Four Seasons hospitality.

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.

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.

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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.

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