Arrivals day in Prague where you will be met and transferred to the five-star Four Seasons Hotel (or similar) for a one-night stay.
After checking out of the Four Seasons hotel and enjoying a morning tour of Prague, arrive at Prague Hlavni station to start our 1,000 mile journey to Budapest on board the Golden Eagle Danube Express. The uniformed train staff will escort you to your cabin on board. As you settle in, our train will thread its way out of Hlavni station as we have lunch in one of the two dining cars.
A leisurely afternoon follows as we head for the Polish border and have dinner on board. After dinner, perhaps visit the bar car for a nightcap and listen to the pianist before retiring as we continue our journey towards Budapest.
An early breakfast before we arrive in Krakow, where we will visit the historic old town which was, with Quito, one of the first two Unesco World Heritage sites.
We then go to the to the Wieliczka Salt mines where we will visit the spectacular underground Salt Cathedral. We will have lunch before arriving in Oswiecim, station for Auschwitz, where we spend the afternoon.
After a long but rewarding day we will return to the Golden Eagle Danube Express for dinner. Around midnight our train will enter Slovakia as we head for the High Tatras.
Breakfast will be served before we arrive in Strba, where we leave the Golden Eagle Danube Express to join the Tatra Rack & Scenic (narrow gauge) Railway which climbs 1,457 feet (444m) in 5 km as it takes us into the mountains. This only takes 15 minutes and then we change to a second train that takes us on an extremely scenic journey for an hour on the way to Poprad Tatry, where we re-join the Golden Eagle Danube Express after a tour of the town.
Lunch is served as we depart and early afternoon stop in Kosice, which dates back to the 13th century, and where we take the afternoon to visit the Historical Centre and the St Elisabeth Cathedral, Slovakia’s largest church. We return to the Golden Eagle Danube Express for our train farewell dinner (yes, already!). After dinner, the bar car is open until the last person goes to bed. During dinner we will pass into Hungary.
Breakfast will be served as we run along the Lake Balaton’s South shore, a major Hungarian holiday resort area. After breakfast we arrive in Keszthely, where we will leave the train for a short tour of the town and then join a private cruise on the lake.
Lunch will be served in the restaurant cars as we head along the north shore on the more rugged side of the lake, arriving in Budapest late afternoon, the end of the rail based part of your holiday. The train staff will help you detrain as they bid you farewell and you will be transferred to the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace (or similar) for a two-night stay.
Our city tour today 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. Guests can choose to visit the historic Great Market Hall with its endless variety of delicious foods and wines or warm up and head to one of the city’s famous thermal baths for a rejuvenating dip.
Following breakfast, guests will be transferred to the airport for onward departures.