Castles in Transylvania

Absorb the vibrant cultures, ancient castles and spectacular scenery of Transylvania on this exclusive rail cruise aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express.

Istanbul - Veliko Tarnovo - Brasov - Sighisoara - Kecskemet - Lajosmizse - Budapest

Tour Schedules & Prices



Day 1 Istanbul


Arrivals day in Istanbul, where you will be met and transferred to the Jumeriah Pera Palace for a one-night stay. Enjoy a welcome reception dinner where you can meet your fellow travellers ahead of our journey through Transylvania.

Day 2 Istanbul


Depart Istanbul

Day 3 Veliko Tarnovo


This mornng we climb over the Shipka Pass

Day 4 Sighisoara (Halloween)


After leaving Brasov late morning we arrive in Sighisoara in the afternoon for a walking tour of the town’s main highlights. 

A World Heritage site 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. Here we will enjoy a lunch and event at the Casa Vlad Dracul.

Tonight we enjoy a Fancy Dress Halloween party on board the Golden Eagle Danube Express with a cocktail reception and gala dinner. 

Day 5 Sibiu


This morning we visit the Transylvanian city of Sibiu. It is known for Germanic architecture in its Old Town, the legacy of 12th-century Saxon settlers. Around the city are the remains of medieval walls and towers, including the 13th-century Council Tower. 

We return to the Golden Eagle Danube Express for lunch as we begin the final part of the journey as we return to the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

Tonight, we enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board as we arrive late evening into Budapest and stay overnight at the Budapest Railway Park and Museum. 

Day 6 Budapest


This morning, after an overnight stay on the Danube Express, we wake at the Budapest Railway Park and Museum and enjoy our final breakfast on board. 

Why not extend your stay in Budapest to explore the Hungarian capital at your leisure? Please contact us for hotel options and rates. Transfers will be arranged to either Budapest Airport or the Four Seasons Gresham Palace for those extending their stay.

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