Plovdiv: European Capital of Culture

Plovdiv is the first Bulgarian city to be named the European Capital of Culture. This initiative, organised by the European Union, is seen as a fantastic opportunity for the nominated city to raise awareness of its cultural significance and to nurture urban regeneration.

Recognition for this charming city is arguably long overdue. Overshadowed by the prestigious ancient cities of Rome and Athens, it is actually Plovdiv which is considered to be Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Known as ‘The City of Seven Hills’, it is home to ancient theatres, medieval walls and more than 200 archaeological sites.

Four years of preparation have led up to programme of more than 300 projects and nearly 500 events, which will take place not just in Plovdiv but across the whole South Central Region of Bulgaria. You can find a full list of events on the official website:

The Golden Eagle Danube Express will visit Plovdiv twice in 2019 on our Balkan Odyssey and Balkan Explorer tours. See the full itineraries by clicking the link below.


Latest Golden Eagle News


Two unforgettable journeys to choose from

For a truly unforgettable way to ring in the New Year, why not choose one of our two luxury rail adv...

Read More »

New Short Tour Announcement

Jewels of the Silk Road | October 2019

This new 8-day journey between Almaty and Ashgabat this October, presents an exclusive opportunity t...

Read More »

Guest Speaker Announcement

Christian Wolmar joins December 2019 Madras Mail tour

Christian Wolmar is an award winning broadcaster, journalist and author of several books specialisin...

Read More »

A spotlight on Russia

Our Top 5 Private Train Journeys

As the world’s largest nation takes centre stage to host the FIFA World Cup™, we have put togeth...

Read More »

Register Your Interest Today!

A Grand Rail Tour of South America (May 2020)

We are in the planning stages of a fantastic new tour to South America starting from Buenos Aires an...

Read More »

Plovdiv: European Capital of Culture

2019: The first Bulgarian city to ever gain the title

Plovdiv is the first Bulgarian city to be named the European Capital of Culture. This initiative, or...

Read More »

New Guest Astronomer

Confirmed for Arctic Explorer 2019

We are delighted to introduce you all to our new Guest Astronomer, Professor John Zarnecki.


Read More »

Visa information guide

Everything you need to know about your upcoming trip

Many of the rail cruises we operate require tourist visas to be obtained prior to travel. For each o...

Read More »

Iran's 21 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

New - The Ancient City of Yazd

The ancient city of Yazd is the latest Iranian treasure to be added to UNESCO’s list of World Heri...

Read More »

New Blog Post Live

Real Trans-Siberian stories from Golden Eagle travellers

Undoubtedly the world's greatest railway journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway, connecting Russia's my...

Read More »


Online Evaluation Form

Have you travelled on one of our recent tours and missed the chance to give feedback on board? Our n...

Read More »

New UNESCO site in Mumbai

The Victorian Gothic and Art Deco ensembles of Mumbai

In 2018, India has gained another UNESCO World Heritage Site to add to its collection, bringing the ...

Read More »