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Danube Express Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Europe, Hungary, Iran, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey

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

- discount off the published prices of any 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.


The Danube Express Deluxe Suite by day from the Luxury Train Club


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.

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).


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.

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



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.

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. 15 days. Please contact us for full details.

Dates and Prices 2015/2016

2015: Budapest - Tehran: September 4. October 6. Eastbound.

Deluxe Cabin: £14,695/€19,995/$21,995 per person. £25,395/€34,495/$37,995 single.

Heritage: £9,095/€12,395/$13,595 per person. £14,095/€18,995/$20,995 single

2015: Tehran - Budapest: September 17. October 29. 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

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


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, as one travels through interesting cities before arriving in Budapest where one is 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 2015/2016

2015: Prague to Istanbul: TBC

2015: Istanbul to Prague: July 18 - 31

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. Please contact us for full tour details.

Dates and Prices 2015/2016

2015: Venice to Istanbul: July 11-22. 2016: 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


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.

General Information

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.

Booking & Reservations

All prices are at publicly-quoted rates.

We will be happy to answer any questions and make the booking for you - contact us in the UK : +44 (0)1249 890205 or Please sign up to our newsletter to be kept informed of interesting trains and special offers.

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