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Danube Express - Members of the Club (free to join) benefit from:

- discount off the published prices of any journey;

a thank-you gift for every completed journey.

 

Fay says, “The Golden Eagle Danube Express combines luxury rail travel with fascinating off-train excursions in parts of Europe that are less-visited, at a reasonable price.”

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.

 

Accommodation

Suites

Deluxe

Each newly-reconstructed Deluxe 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.

Golden Eagle Danube Express Deluxe Luxury Train Club

Private bathrooms feature a shower with constant hot water, washbasin and WC.  There is a heated towel rail, shaver socket (230v/110v) and a hairdryer.  Fresh white towels and some toiletries are also provided. Full air-conditioning has individual temperature control and lighting can be adjusted spotlights and personal reading.   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 cosy bedroom with two comfortable lower beds by your sleeping car attendant.  A final touch, your Sleeping Car attendant is on hand to bring early morning tea or coffee and perhaps later, a glass of wine.

Each Deluxe 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).

Heritage

Each Heritage 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.

Golden Eagle Danube Express heritage class from Luxury Train Club

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 or perhaps later, a glass of wine.

Each Heritage 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).

Lounge Car

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.

The warm and friendly atmosphere of the Lounge makes it the ideal place to rendezvous with new friends, perhaps to enjoy relaxed conversation over a coffee or pre-dinner drink.  The Lounge also offers an inviting place to sit and unwind after the day’s programme, to sit and watch the ever-changing landscape drift by….

Dining Car

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.  Time to delight in the ever-changing scene beyond the window as cityscapes give way to countryside, as wide plains crossed by mighty rivers give way to mountains and fast running streams.

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

 

Golden Eagle Danube Express – Jewels of Persia

Between Budapest and Tehran

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.

 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.

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.

Day 1 Budapest (Hungary).  Arrivals day where one is met from the airport and transferred to the five-star Hilton Budapest Hotel (or similar).  Enjoy a welcome reception dinner whilst you meeting your fellow travellers.

Day 1 Budapest and Kecskemét (Hungary).   We enjoy a morning drinks reception in the impressive Royal Waiting Room at Budapest Nyugati station before boarding the Golden Eagle Danube Express.  After settling  into your cabin, enjoy lunch as the train heads (steam-hauled for the first 100km),  to Lajosmizse for a spectacular ‘Puszta’ horse show, with a  thundering horse parade and daredevil racing as the  thrilling “Puszta” show demonstrates great horsemanship.  Afterwards there is free time to explore Kecskemét, a fascinating city at the geographical centre of Hungary,  with an art nouveau town hall in the main square, the Luther-Palace, and the Hungarian Museum of Photography. Back onboard, as the train continues across the Great Hungarian Plain, enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the Lounge Car and then dine as we head towards Transylvania.

Day 3  Braşov & Sighişoara (Romania).   Today we arrive in Sighişoara for a walking tour of the town’s main highlights.  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. We return onboard for lunch as we continue onto Braşov for a tour of Bran Castle. Popularly known as Dracula’s Castle, this beautiful 14th century building is situated amongst stunning mountain scenery. Back onboard later this evening, 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.  Dinner is served as our train continues onto Bulgaria.

Day 4 Veliko Turnovo and  Kazanlak (Bulgaria).    We arrive after breakfast in Veliko Turnovo, 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.  We take lunch onboard during the climb over the Shipka Pass.  Kazanlak, in the Valley of the Roses, 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. Relax in the Lounge Car before dinner is served as our train continues through the scenic landscape, reaching the Turkish border late in the evening.

Days 5 & 6 Istanbul (Turkey).  This morning we arrive into Istanbul.  This fabled city that spans Asia and Europe deserves an extended stay so over the next two days you will be able to visit; the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (the Blue Mosque), a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style; the Hagia Sophia, built in the 6th century and one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world, which after the Ottoman conquest, was converted to a mosque and is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world;  the Topkapi Palace, the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire and the largest and oldest palace in the world and primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 1465 to 1853;  the Grand Bazaar which is one of the world’s largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops which have been in operation since the 14th century and  is especially known for its jewellery, leather, pottery, spices and carpets.

Guests stay overnight at the five-star Four Seasons Sultanahmet (or similar) as the train re-positions to Derince for the next stage of the journey. Late afternoon on Day 6 after the conclusion of our city tour, we leave Istanbul and travel by bus to Derince to re-board the Golden Eagle Danube Express and continue our journey through Asian Turkey.

Engineering work in connection with the Bosphorus Tunnel project (on both sides of the Bosphorus) will involve the train stopping outside Istanbul with the onward journeys by coach when leaving and re-joining the train.

Days 7 & 8 Cappadocia (Turkey).   Cappadocia is an area of Central Anatolia best known for its rocky landscape and is honeycombed with networks of ancient underground settlements and outstanding examples of Byzantine art. Erosion shaped the incredible landscape of the Göreme Valley, but thousands of years ago humans began carving an incredible chamber and tunnel complex into the soft rock. Beginning in the 4th century, an urbanised underground cultural landscape was created here. We continue our tour of Cappadocia the following morning before returning to the train for an afternoon onboard as we head to our next destination.

Day 9 Lake Van and Akdamar Island (Turkey).  Today a six-hour crossing by train ferry takes us from Tatvan to Van, where we stop on Akdamar Island to walk to the stunning Akdamar Kilisesa or Church of the Holy Cross. The walls are adorned with Old Testament carvings telling familiar tales from the bible. Onward into Van we will navigate the old streets of the town and marvel at the beautiful silver and hanging kilims (woven carpets) made from natural dyes.

Day 10.  Zanjan (Iran).  We travel into Iran by night via the border crossing at Razi.   Sultanieh is our first stop upon arrival in Zanjan, with its 13th century mausoleum of Oljeitu, the Il Khanid sultan.  A visit to the old Rakhkt Shoor Khaneh and the Museum of the Mummified Salt Men concludes the day.

Day 11.  Yazd (Iran).   Yazd is thought to be one of the oldest cities in the world and the tour takes in the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Amir Chakhmagh Square and the 14th century Friday Mosque, home to one of Persia’s finest mosaics.  We re-board the train for lunch and continue to Isfahan where we enjoy a short tour of the famous bridges of Sioseh Pol and Khadjou. A local restaurant is the setting for our evening meal.

Day 12 Isfahan (Iran).  This enchanting city, which served as Persia’s capital from 1598 to 1722, is 2,500 years old and one of the oldest in Iran.  As a crossroad of international trade and diplomacy, Isfahan has a rich mix of languages, religions and customs

The city is famous for its silver filigree and metal work, array of great historical monuments, and its Life-Giving River, the Zayandeh-Rood, which has given the city its beauty.  We visit the Chehel Sotoon Palace and the Vank Church in the Armenian Quarter.  Following a traditional Iranian lunch we move on to Naghshe Jahan Square, which is  the second largest man-made square in the world, where the Ali Qapou Palace and Shah and Sheikh Lutfullah Mosques can be found.  Here, the time is yours to enjoy the huge square and pick up a bargain at the handicraft Bazaar of Qaisarieh.

Day 13  Shiraz and Persepolis (Iran).  Shiraz has many strings to its bow: poetry, literature, wine, flowers and amazing gardens and fruit trees.  A visit to the Qoran Gate, Hafez Tomb and the Vakil Citadel are the highlights of our morning tour.  Following lunch onboard we continue onto Marvdast, for the home of Persepolis.  Perhaps Iran’s most important archeological site, this ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire dates back to the 6th century. Even now, the ruins are extremely impressive. We also view the Necropolis (Naghshe Rustam) and the Naghshe Rajab.

Day 14 Tehran (Iran).  After breakfast we reach our final destination and disembark the Golden Eagle Danube Express.  We visit the Crown Jewels Museum in the Central Bank of Iran Building, with its vast array of crown jewels used by the Qajar and Pahlavid royalty.  Following lunch we head to the Gulestan Palace with its renovated Versailles-inspired mirror-encrusted Marble Throne Hall used for the coronation of the last Shah. Most of the remaining brick and tile buildings date back to the 19th century Qajar dynasty. Guests stay overnight in the five-star Parsian Azadi Hotel (or similar).

Day 15 Tehran (Iran).  Following breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for onward departures.

Included

  • 1 night in Budapest, Istanbul and Tehran
  • 11 nights onboard the Danube Express, Deluxe twin compartments with lower beds and en suite shower/WC.
  • All meals as well as Welcome and Farewell dinners, wine and soft drinks with meals
  • Guest Speaker – Farokh Engineer
  • Tour managers and excursions
  • Information and itinerary packs
  • Airport transfers
  • All gratuities

Dates and Prices 2015

Eastbound Budapest – Tehran (15 days)    

Westbound Tehran – Budapest (15 days)      

March: Eastbound  Mar-31 Apr-14       Sold Out

April: Westbound Apr-13  Apr-27 – Some Available

September: Eastbound Sep-04  Sep-18 - Some Available; Westbound Sep-17  Oct-01- Available

October: Eastbound Oct-06   Oct-20- Some Available; Westbound Oct-29   Nov-12- Available

November: Eastbound Nov-16 Nov-30- Available; Westbound Nov-29 Dec-13- Available

Full Price                            

Eastbound                     £14,695 per person         Deluxe Twin Compartment

Westbound                    £15,395 per person         Deluxe Twin Compartment

 

2015

Golden Eagle Danube Express 

 

Central European Classics

BUDAPEST – KESZTHELY – VIENNA – BRATISLAVA – KRAKOW – PRAGUE (8 days)

A romantic exploration through captivating landscapes and charmed cities, combines architectural masterpieces from some of Europe’s most poignant periods, with a fascinating insight into modern European culture and traditions. With a two-night stay in the four Seasons Hotel Gresham, allowing for an interesting sight-seeing tour of Budapest,  there then follows the journey to fabulous places before arriving in Prague for a two-night stay in the Four Seasons hotel.

The full itinerary will be posted here once available.

Dates and Prices 2015

Budapest to Prague:  May 29

Deluxe Cabin:  £6,995 per person.  Heritage:  £3,995 per person

 

Central European and the  Transylvanian

PRAGUE – KRAKOW – BRATISLAVA – VIENNA – KESZTHELY – BUDAPEST – LAJOSMIZSE – KECSKEMET – SIGHISOARA – BRASOV – VELIKO TARNOVO – KAZANLAK – ISTANBUL (14 DAYS). Or Istanbul to Prague

Combining the romance of historic medieval settlements with the architectural splendour of some of Europe’s most beautiful cities, this exclusive rail cruise through the diverse and dramatic landscapes of Southern Europe, promises to be truly unforgettable.  Upon arrival in Prague, one stays at the Four Seasons Hotel for two nights, whilst having guided tours of the wonderful city.  Then the journey begins on the train, as one travels through these interesting places before arriving in Istanbul for a two-night stay at the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah.

The full itinerary will be posted here once available.

Dates and Prices 2015

Prague to Istanbul:  June 1

Istanbul to Prague:  July 18

Deluxe Cabin:  £10,995 per person.  Heritage:  £5,995 per person

 

The Transylvanian

ISTANBUL – KAZANLAK – VELIKO TARNOVO – BRASOV – SIGHISOARA – KECSKEMÉT – BUDAPEST (8 days).  Or in reverse.

Join the train on this medieval voyage through the heart of Transylvania, as we sample the delectable blend of colourful culture and ancient architecture, amidst the forested and mountainous landscapes of this beautiful region.  The tour starts with a  two-night stay at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah,  during which  time there are tours of Istanbul before boarding the train to start the journey to Budapest through all these interesting places.  In Budapest there is a two-night stay in the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace.

The full itinerary will be posted here once available.

Dates and Prices 2015

Istanbul to Budapest:  June 10

Budapest to Istanbul:  June 29

Deluxe Cabin:  £5,995 per person.  Heritage:  £2,995 per person

 

Balkan Explorer 

ISTANBUL – PLOVDIV – SOFIA – THESSALONIKI – SKOPJE – BELGRADE – DUBROVNIK – MOSTAR – SARAJEVO – ZAGREB – LJUBLJANA – TRIESTE – VENICE  (12 days).  Or Venice to Istanbul

This tour begins in Istanbul, with a two-night stay at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah. during this time there are tours of Istanbul before boarding the train to start the journey to Venice.  Above are listed the various fabulous places that one visits before arriving in Venice and having a two-night stay in the Westin Europa & Regina Hotel.  The tour can be taken in reverse following the same itinerary.

The full itinerary will be posted here once available.

Dates and Prices 2015

Istanbul to Venice:  July 3 (12 days)

Venice to Istanbul:  July 11 (12 days)

Deluxe Cabin:  £9,995 per person.  Heritage:  £6,195 per person

Treasures of Eastern Europe

PRAGUE – ZITTAU – BERLIN – GDYNIA – GDANSK – KALININGRAD – MALBORK – KRAKOW – BRATISLAVA – VIENNA – KESZTHELY – BUDAPEST.  (12 days)

Marvel at the architectural treasures of 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 Prague one stays for two nights at the Four Seasons Hotel.  There is a two-day tour of the vibrant city before embarking on the train journey down to Budapest, traversing five countries.  In Budapest there is a two-night stay at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace during which there are tours of this beautiful city.

The full itinerary will be posted here once available.

Dates and Prices 2015

Prague – Budapest:  July 28

Deluxe Cabin:  £9,995 per person.  Heritage:  £6,195 per person

 

Venice to Budapest

Details to come.

Dates and Prices 2015

Venice to Budapest:  May 4  (9 days)

Deluxe Cabin:  £8,995 per person.  Heritage:  £5,745 per person

 

 Jewels of Persia

 between Budapest and Tehran

2015 Itinerary, Dates and Prices are in the 2014 section above.

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