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Fay says, “The Golden Eagle Danube Express combines luxury rail travel with fascinating off-train excursions. The journeys take in wonderful cities and leave one with vivid memories."
About The Golden Eagle Danube Express
The Danube Express only carries 50 passengers, serving freshly prepared meals using traditional menus and served at a single sitting in the elegant Restaurant car.
The Lounge enables you to enjoy relaxing drinks, and whilst dinner is served, your cabin is transformed into a cosy sleeping area. Your steward is on hand to bring drinks to your cabin at any time. All cabins have air conditioning and are ensuite, with a shower.
So once on board, guests can relax in the knowledge that everything is taken care of - from champagne receptions and delicious regional cuisine to engaging guides and sightseeing at every stop.
Gold Class (also known as Deluxe)
Each newly-reconstructed Gold sleeping car has just five spacious yet intimate en suite compartments offering every convenience and comfort so you may sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as it rolls by. A subtle blend of modern technology, décor and fixtures create an ambiance, evocative of a bygone era, when elegance and style were quintessential elements of travel.
Private bathrooms feature a shower with constant hot water, washbasin and WC. There is a heated towel rail, shaver socket (230v/110v), hairdryer and toiletries. Full air-conditioning has individual temperature control and lighting can be adjusted. Each compartment can be locked and a personal safe is provided. There are also power sockets for recharging batteries.
Coordinated fabrics complement wood-panelled walls and brass fittings. Two comfortable armchairs provide daytime seating and a free-standing chair adds flexibility. Cupboards and a full-length wardrobe provide ample storage whilst the large picture window and full-length mirror enhance the spacious feel. A second window opens for that perfect photo opportunity or simply to let in some fresh air.
During dinner each evening, your living room is transformed into a bedroom with two comfortable lower beds. Your Sleeping Car attendant is on hand to bring early morning tea or coffee.
Each Gold Suite is 83 sq ft (7.7 sq m) with two single beds, each of which is 6′ 3″ x 2′ 7.5″ (1.9 m x 0.8 m).
Silver Class (also known as Heritage)
Each Silver Class carriage has eight sleeping cabins with an upper and lower bed. A toilet is available at one end of the carriage and a shower at the other end. Each cabin has wood-panelled walls, remote controlled air-conditioning, power sockets and hanging space. A full length couch provides daytime seating.
The large picture window will open for fresh air and for that perfect photo opportunity. During dinner each evening the cabin is converted into two comfortable beds by your attendant who is also on hand to bring early morning tea or coffee.
Each Silver Cabin is 33 sq ft (3.1 sq m). The top bed is 5′ 10″ x 2′ 5″ (1.8 m x 0.74 m) whilst the bottom bunk is 6′ 5″ x 2′ 5.5″ (2 m x 0.75 m).
Settle in to the unhurried pace of life on board, amongst the wood panelled walls, softly toned décor, comfortable sofas and seating. A member of staff is on hand from mid-morning until the early hours to assist or serve you with welcome refreshment.
One of the highlights of a journey is the experience, ever rarer in today's world, of dining well on a train in good company.
The elegant yet unpretentious Restaurant car offers a comfortable and informal atmosphere. Friendly, efficient waiters serve all meals in a single sitting and there is time to relax and enjoy the sense of occasion.
Tempting dishes and regional specialities with a Central European theme are freshly prepared and cooked on board by experienced chefs using local and seasonal ingredients. Menus are composed with care to ensure they appeal to all tastes. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated though should always be advised in advance.
Golden Eagle Danube Express Itineraries
JEWELS OF PERSIA
Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran
Budapest - Kecskemet - Sighişoara - Braşov - Veliko Turnovo - Kazanlak - Istanbul - Cappadocia - Lake Van - Akdamar Island - Van - Zanjan - Yazd - Isfahan - Shiraz - Persepolis - Tehran (15 days).
This tour can be taken in reverse.
THIS TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Jewels of Persia is truly amazing. The Golden Eagle Danube Express is the first ever European private train to be permitted to enter into Iran. Travelling from Budapest on the banks of the Danube, via the shores of the Bosphorus and the city of Istanbul, into the ancient land of Persia is a unique journey that takes in destinations rarely experienced by the Western visitor.
With a night in Budapest, Istanbul and Tehran, this remarkable tour will appeal to those with a distinctive sense of adventure who seek extraordinary travel experiences that may not always follow the itinerary step-by-step, but will provide endless excitement throughout the journey. Please contact us for full details.
Dates and Prices 2016
2016: Budapest - Tehran: February 11. March 27. August 25. October 9. Eastbound
Deluxe Cabin: £15,995/€20,995/$23,995 per person. £27,395/€35,995/$42,495 single.
Heritage: £9,995/€13,495/$15,995 per person. £15,395/€19,995/$23,995 single
2016:Tehran - Budapest: March 4. May 2. September 19, November 3. Westbound
Deluxe Cabin: £15,395/€17,695/$22,995 per person. £26,995/€30,795/$39,995 single.
Heritage: £9,895/€11,295/$14,695 per person. £14,695/€16,995/$21,995 single
CENTRAL EUROPEAN & THE TRANSYLVANIAN
Prague - Krakow - Bratislava - Vienna - Keszthely - Budapest - Lajosmizse - Kecskemet - Sighisoara - Brasov - Veliko Tarnova - Kazanlak - Istanbul (14 days)
Istanbul - Kazanlak - Veliko Tarnova - Brasov - Sighisoara - Kecskemet - Lajosmizse - Budapest - Keszthely - Vienna - Bratislava - Krakow - Prague (14 days)
The romance of historic medieval settlements along with the architectural splendour of some of Europe's most beautiful cities ensures that this exclusive rail cruise through diverse and dramatic landscapes of Southern Europe promises to be truly unforgettable. Combining train travel and hotel stays allows one time in beautiful cities. Upon arrival in Prague, one is met and transferred to the Four Seasons Hotel for a two night stay. Then the journey begins on the train, travelling through interesting cities before arriving in Budapest and transferred for a three-night stay in the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace. Istanbul for a two-night stay at the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah. Please contact us for full tour details.
Dates and Prices 2016
2016: Prague to Istanbul: TBC
2016: Istanbul to Prague: June 17-30
Deluxe Cabin: £12,495/€16,995/$18,695 per person. £18,695/€25,495/$28,095 single.
Heritage: £6,795/€9,295/$10,195 per person. £10,195/€13,895/$15,295 single
Venice - Trieste - Ljubljana - Zagreb - Sarajevo - Mostar - Dubrovnik - Belgrade - Skopje - Thessaloniki - Sofia - Plovdiv -Istanbul (12 days)
This tour begins in Venice, with a two-night stay at the famous Danieli Hotel.
Following a leisurely time here, board the train and begin your journey through eight countries, filled with architectural treasures, stunning landscapes and turquoise coastlines as one travels through the Balkan nations.
Dates and Prices 2016
2016: Venice to Istanbul: June 9-20
Deluxe Cabin: £11,295/€15,395/$16,995 per person. £16,995/€23,195/$25,495 single.
Heritage: £9,595/€7,745/$10,595 per person. £10,495/€14,395/$15,795 single
Budapest - Kecskemet - Lajosmizse -Brasov - Sighisoara - Veliko Tarnovo - Sofia - Plovdiv - Belgrade - Mostar - Sarajevo - Ljubljana - Zagreb -Venice (12 days)
Joining the Golden Eagle Danube Express for an early evening departure from the romantic city of Budapest, one is transported to some fascinating cities through spectacular scenery, covering sever countries, with every night on the train except the first two which are spent at the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Budapest. Please contact us for full tour details.
Dates and Prices 2016
2016: Budapest to Venice: June 1-12. July 4-15
Gold Class: £9,995/€14,795/$15,995 per person. £17,495/€24,995/$26,995 single.
Silver Class: £6,595/€9,295/$9,995 per person. £9,995/€14,795/$14,995 single
TREASURES OF EASTERN EUROPE
Venice - Prague - Zittau - Berlin - Gdynia - Gdansk - Kaliningrad - Malbork - Krakow - Bratislava - Vienna - Keszthely - Budapest (14 days)
Marvel at the architectural treasures of Venice, Prague and Budapest; absorb the rich culture of Vienna's musical legacy and delve into the poignant history of World War Two's most influential cities on this captivating rail cruise through Eastern Europe. Arriving in Venice one stays for two nights at the Hotel Danieli, or similar. There is free time to enjoy this beautiful city before embarking on the train journey which traverses seven countries. Please contact us for full tour details.
Dates and Prices 2016
2016: Venice - Budapest: July 12 – July 25
Deluxe Cabin: £11,995/€15,895/$18,695 per person. £19,995/€26,795/$31,595 single.
Heritage: £7,495/€9,795/$11,395 per person. £10,995/€14,395/$16,995 single.
Paris - Epernay - Reims - Verdun - Trier - Traban-Trabach - Riquewihr - Mulhouse - St Gotthard Pass - Chiasso - Pisa - Florence - Verona - Venice - Ljubljana - Zagreb - Keszthely - Budapest. (15 days). OR Budapest to Paris.
This fabulous journey visits cities that create a richness of history and architecture, along with the interest of some of the finest wine producing regions of the world. It is the latest addition to the Golden Eagle Danube Express collection.
Day 1 Paris, France: Upon arrival in Paris, you will be met and transferred to the Grand Intercontinental by the Opéra for a two-night stay. With floodlit views of the Opera House, this superbly renovated elegant hotel, that was first opened in 1862, has suites that overlook stunning landmarks. Located in the 9th arrondissement, close to the Louvre Museum, shopping, theatre and banking districts, this luxury Paris hotel is an icon in the City of Light.
The rest of the day is at leisure for all guests to explore Paris or simply relax at this luxurious hotel. This evening we will enjoy a welcome reception dinner, giving you the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.
Day 2 Paris, France: Enjoy a city tour of Paris this morning visiting famous sights such as the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, followed by an afternoon at leisure to discover Paris at your own pace.
Dinner will be a very special occasion at the ornate and recently restored Restaurant Train Bleu at the Gare du Lyon. Gildings, carvings, mouldings, chandeliers and frescoes adorn all the walls of the restaurant, giving it the appearance of the 1900’s. Twenty-seven French artists have contributed to the internal decor.
Day 3 Epernay, France: Transfer to Gare de l’Est station to join the Golden Eagle Danube Express for a lunchtime departure for Champagne. Early afternoon arrival in Épernay and transfer to the Avenue de Champagne to tour the cellars of Moët & Chandon, home of Dom Perignon. Later there is an elegant dinner at the former family hunting lodge of Château de Saran overlooking the Champagne Vineyards.
Day 4 Reims, France: Early morning we are in the Roman city of Reims where we will conclude our tour of Champagne with a visit to the awe inspiring 13th century gothic cathedral and the cellars of Veuve Clicquot and Krug. Tonight there is dinner at the Château de Fère in Fère-en-Tardenois, which is set in a beautiful location, and overlooked by the ruins of a 12th century castle.
Day 5 Verdun & Traban-Trabach, France and Germany: Breakfast on the train as we move from Champagne to Verdun, one of the most important and poignant World War One battlefield sites on the Western Front. We take lunch on the train as we head north to the city of Trier, where there is a city tour that includes the Roman Baths and the Roman amphitheatre. Mid-afternoon the Golden Eagle Danube Express leaves Trier and follows the charming Moselle River to Traben–Trabach, where we have a winery tour before returning to the train for dinner, whilst travelling along the valley to Koblenz where the Moselle meets the Rhine at the famous Deutsches Eck.
Day 6 Riquewihr, France: During the night we return to France and at breakfast time we are in the Alsatian town of Colmar. A bus transfer takes us the short distance to the perfectly preserved medieval town of Riquewihr, known for the Riesling and other great wines produced in the village. We will tour the town and visit the winery of Hugel et Fils followed by dinner in the vineyards.
Day 7 Mulhouse, France: Visit to the French National Railway Museum in Mulhouse, officially the largest in the world, before rejoining the train for lunch and a relaxing afternoon on board as we travel over the St Gotthard Pass, the highest mountain pass in Switzerland and onto Chiasso on the Italian border.
Day 8 Chiasso & Pisa, Italy: In the morning we will visit an Italian winery of Chiasso in the Ticino district before continuing after lunch onboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express to Pisa to view the iconic Leaning Tower.
Day 9 Florence, Italy: Following breakfast we arrive in the stunningly beautiful Renaissance city of Florence and spend the whole day here. The guided tour includes the Galleria dell’Accadamia, home to Michelangelo’s fames statue of David; the Ponte Vecchio; the Arno riverfront; the many monuments of the Piazza del Signoria; the 13th century Duomo, Baptistry and Belltower; the Basilica of Santa Croce and the Piazzale Michelangelo, whilst wandering the wonderful streets.
Day 10 Verona, Italy: During the day we will visit the Pieropan winery, founded in 1880 and producers of exceptional Soave in the medieval heart of the Veneto region. There will be the opportunity this evening to experience the world-famous opera at the Arena di Verona, a Roman Amphitheatre in Piazza Bra built in the 1stcentury (subject to availability and extra charge depending on performance)
Day 11 Venice, Italy: Breakfast on board as we cross the causeway into Venice Santa Lucia station, spending the whole day in Venice. Known to many as the most beautiful city in the world, Venice stretches across 118 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon. On a guided tour see the Bridge of Sighs, St Mark’s Square and St. Mark’s Basilica. We leave at dinner time as we head for Croatia.
Day 12 Ljubljana & Zagreb, Slovenia and Croatia: 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. Enjoy lunch back onboard the train as we travel onwards towards Croatia’s elegant capital Zagreb. This afternoon we tour Zagreb, a central European city with over 900 years of documented history. Taking a walking tour of the upper town and ‘Kapitol’ (the ancient town centre), which abounds in Baroque atmosphere and cultural monuments, we also see the ornate buildings of the lower town with its wide boulevards.
Day 13 Keszthely & Budapest, Hungary: At Keszthely we take a tour of the Festetics Palace, a beautiful Baroque palace built on castle ruins in 1745 and expanded 150 years later. Alternatively, take a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Balaton. We re-join the train as it heads for Budapest. There is a welcome reception in the Royal Waiting Room at Budapest Nyugati station before transferring for a two-night stay in the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, located opposite the renowned Chain Bridge.
Day 14 Budapest, Hungary: Budapest is two cities separated by the Danube. The old city of Buda and the imposing Royal Palace, dominates the city with stunning views across the Danube to the commercial heart of Pest. The city tour includes the Royal Palace, St. Mathias Church and a panoramic view of the city from Gellert Hill. We will also see the Citadel, the Opera House, St Stephen’s Cathedral, Heroes Square and the City Park. The rest of the day is at leisure where you can stroll along the banks of the Danube, visit the historic Great Market Hall or head to one of the city’s famous thermal bath. Alternatively you can relax at the hotel and indulge in the hotel’s luxurious spa with its infinity-edge pool. In the evening, enjoy a beautiful dinner cruise along the Danube.
Day 15: Following breakfast there are transfers to the airport for onward departures. There is also an option to extend your stay in Budapest for additional nights to explore more of this fascinating city.
Dates and Prices 2016
Paris to Budapest: August 8 - 22.
Budapest to Paris: July 28 - August 11
Deluxe Cabin: £14,995/€19,395/$22,995 per person. £24,995/€32,995/$38,995 single.
Heritage: £9,995/€13,495/$15,995 per person. £14,995/€19,995/$23,995 single
Includes: All meals, beer, house wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee; guided excursions; accommodation; gratuities; transfers where mentioned.
Smoking: Not allowed on the train.
Payments: Please note: We only accept payments in US$ Dollars with the exception of UK residents (payments in £ Sterling) and residents of the Eurozone countries (payment in Euros).
Passports and Visas: Please check the requirements from where you are travelling for the countries mentioned in the tours.
Vaccinations: Please consult your doctor for the countries that are being visited.
Insurance: It is a booking condition that you must be fully insured for any medical expenses that may be incurred whilst travelling. This information is required 6 weeks prior to travelling.
Dress code: Comfortable walking shoes and light waterproof jacket are recommended. For day time, comfortable, smart/casual; for dinner, smart attire.
Gratuities: These are included in the price of the ticket and it is strongly recommended to refrain from offering any.
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