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GOLDEN EAGLE DANUBE EXPRESS

PARIS to ISTANBUL

FRANCE – SWITZERLAND – AUSTRIA – SLOVENIA – SERBIA – BULGARIA – TURKEY

Embark on an iconic voyage, traversing legendary cities across the continent aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. This extraordinary journey unfolds from the magical metropolis of Istanbul to the very heart of Europe, Paris – promising an unparalleled experience with signature Golden Eagle experiences throughout.

Expertly curated excursions are accompanied by relaxing afternoons onboard your private, five-star hotel on rails. In this unparalleled setting, unwind in the fusion of magnificent vistas and personalised, attentive service, making each moment a testament to the epitome of luxurious travel.

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DAY 1 PARIS, FRANCE

On arrivals day in Paris, you will be met and transferred to a centrally located five-star hotel for a one-night stay. Enjoy a welcome reception dinner with your fellow guests.

DAY 2 CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE

Our extraordinary rail odyssey commences from Paris. Guests will be transferred this morning to Paris Gare de Lyon Station, where the indulgence begins with a champagne drinks reception before stepping aboard the stylish Golden Eagle Danube Express. Settle into life onboard your private train as we journey across the serene French countryside towards our first stop – Champagne.

Renowned for producing the world’s finest sparkling wines, Champagne’s lusciously manicured vineyards, draped over rolling hills, present a captivating tapestry of green and gold. Beyond the effervescent nectar that bears its name, the region boasts historic cathedrals and regal architecture, narrating tales of medieval grandeur.  Our adventures through this land will reveal a symphony of flavours, history, and elegance, making Champagne an unparalleled destination for the senses.

DAY 3 VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Embark on a splendid afternoon journey through the breathtaking Austrian countryside, traversing the majestic Alps as we make our way into Switzerland. Whether you choose to unwind in the privacy of your cabin, where your dedicated cabin attendant is ready to cater to your every need or opt for the sophisticated ambiance of the Bar Lounge Car, revelling in the enchanting melodies of our resident pianists and savouring the exquisite array of cocktails meticulously crafted by our world-class bar staff – every moment promises an indulgent fusion of spectacular views and refined relaxation.

As twilight descends, we gracefully arrive in the imperial city of Vienna, where the evening unfolds into a crescendo of sophistication. Indulge in a sumptuous dinner and experience the pinnacle of cultural delight with a private classical concert featuring the illustrious Vienna Supreme Orchestra. Tonight, revel in the harmonious convergence of exquisite cuisine and timeless melodies, creating an evening that transcends the ordinary and stands as a testament to the art of refined travel.

DAY 4 VIENNA, AUSTRIA & POSTOJNA, SLOVENIA

This morning, our exploration of the refined splendours of Vienna continues. Austria’s stunning capital, steeped in a rich heritage, casts its enchanting spell on visitors. With its elaborate palaces, iconic coffee houses, and a cultural tapestry woven with classical music and captivating opera, Vienna stands as a seductive metropolis that beckons to be explored.

Indulge in an exquisite post-lunch affair as you step into a realm of culinary opulence with an exclusive confectionary masterclass, curated and presented by our esteemed Catering Manager, Krisztian, and the illustrious Head Pastry Chef, Rebeka.

Tonight experience refined exploration as we venture into the enchanting depths of Postojna Caves. Aboard an underground train, we delve into a subterranean world of magnificence, wandering through a network of grand halls adorned with a myriad of intricate cave formations and inhabited by mysterious creatures. Immerse yourself in the atmospheric ambiance, heightened by the soulful notes of a saxophonist echoing through the cavernous spaces.

DAY 5 BELGRADE, SERBIA

Today, our adventure immerses us in the hidden treasures of Belgrade, beginning with an exclusive exploration of Tito’s legendary blue train, a relic of Yugoslavia’s storied past. Indulge your senses with a sumptuous traditional Serbian feast, tantalizing your taste buds with flavours as bold and diverse as the city itself.

Prepare to savour the essence of Serbian hospitality as we delve into the world of Rakija, Serbia’s beloved elixir. At the city’s oldest brewery, we’ll sample an array of Rakija varieties, all while regaling in captivating tales and anecdotes that breathe life into Belgrade’s spirited history.

Before we board the train, seize the opportunity to wander through Belgrade’s bustling streets, where every corner reveals a new facet of its vibrant culture. Join us as we unravel the secrets of this dynamic city, where luxury meets adventure at every turn.

Tonight, we invite you to experience an immersive culinary journey – with an indulgent Gala Dinner – presented by the revered Head Chef, Ramon Batta. With each meticulously crafted dish, Chef Ramon offers a sensorial voyage, capturing the essence of our destinations through the artistry of gastronomy. Drawing inspiration from local ingredients and flavours encountered along the way, Chef Ramon transforms each course into a symphony of taste and culture.

DAY 6 SOFIA, BULGARIA

Enjoy a morning of relaxation in the Bar Lounge Car as we head towards Bulgaria. Soak up the ambiance of sophistication as the dulcet tones of our resident pianist serenade you, creating a symphony of relaxation. Savour the luxury of time as you recline, watching the world gracefully unfold outside your window.

Sofia is one of the oldest cities in Europe dating back around 7,000 years and sits at the foot of Mount. Vitosha, offering a stunning backdrop to our explorations. The city has some magnificent architecture throughout the city, with a mixture of Western and Central European influences, especially many of the Orthodox churches. Our adventure begins amidst the captivating ruins of the Roman city of Serdica, where echoes of a bygone era whisper tales of glory and conquest. Wander through the enchanting City Garden, home to the prestigious National Theatre Ivan Vazov, and marvel at the opulent façade of the Presidential Palace and other iconic landmarks that adorn Sofia’s skyline.

But the excitement does not end there. Brace yourself for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience as we descend into the hallowed Crypt of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Here, in this sacred space, we’ll be enraptured by the mesmerising melodies of the “Cosmic Voices” a transcendent vocal masterpiece that stirred hearts at the opening of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Enchanting and evocative, this private performance by the renowned Vanya Moneva Choir promises to transport you to realms of sublime beauty and spiritual awakening.

DAY 7 ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Today, the final destination awaits, as we arrive at the end of our European rail odyssey into the fabled city of Istanbul, spanning both Asia and Europe. The rest of the day is for you to explore this fascinating city at your leisure before we enjoy a splendid Farewell Dinner on the atmospheric banks of the Bosphorus.

DAY 8 ISTANBUL, TURKEY

This morning, after an overnight stay at our centrally located five-star hotel, we enjoy our final breakfast on the tour.

Why not extend your stay in Istanbul to explore the Turkish capital at your leisure? Please contact us for hotel options and rates.

Tour Inclusions

Accommodation

  • Quality pre and post-tour accommodation in Paris and Istanbul
  • 1 hotel night in Paris
  • 5 nights on board the Golden Eagle Danube Express
  • 1 hotel night in Istanbul

Service

  • Cabin attendant service including evening turndown
  • Experienced Tour Management team
  • Services of a UK-registered Doctor and medical facilities on board
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All gratuities – on and off the train
  • Luggage porterage throughout the journey

Dining

  • Freshly prepared meals on board, using the finest local ingredients
  • Authentic dining experiences in local restaurants
  • Inclusive alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from Standard Bar list
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners

Excursions

  • Indulge in the extraordinary as you ride the underground train through Postojna Caves, accompanied by the soulful melodies of a saxophonist, creating an enchanting atmosphere in the depths of the earth
  • In Vienna, bask in the cultural richness of a private concert, an exclusive event set against the backdrop of this imperial city

Tour Highlights

Enjoy signature Golden Eagle experiences throughout this extraordinary voyage. Expertly curated excursions are accompanied by relaxing afternoons onboard your private, five-star hotel on rails.

  • Private saxophone performance in the spectacular Postojna Caves
  • Ascend the breathtaking Semmering Pass, renowned for its 16 viaducts and 15 tunnels
  • Experience a private classical concert featuring the illustrious Vienna Supreme Orchestra
  • Enjoy a splendid Farewell Dinner on the atmospheric banks of the Bosphorus

GOLDEN EAGLE DANUBE EXPRESS

The Golden Eagle Danube Express is your luxurious hotel-on-wheels. Unpack just the once and settle into your well-appointed and comfortable cabin as you begin this voyage of a lifetime.

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Dates & Prices

All prices are per person

2025

USD ($) Deluxe Class Superior Deluxe Class
Twin ($) Single ($) Twin ($) Single ($)
May 24 – May 31 17,595 23,995 21,995 29,395
Sep 11 – Sep 18 17,595 23,995 21,995 29,395
Deposit $2,000 $2,500

2026

USD ($) Deluxe Class Superior Deluxe Class
Twin ($) Single ($) Twin ($) Single ($)
May 23 – May 30 Request  Request  Request  Request
Sep 12 – Sep 19  Request  Request  Request  Request
Deposit $2,000 $2,500

2025

GBP (£) Deluxe Class Superior Deluxe Class
Twin (£) Single (£) Twin (£) Single (£)
May 24 – May 31 14,295 19,495 17,795 23,695
Sep 11 – Sep 18 14,295 19,495 17,795 23,695
Deposit £2,000 £2,500

2026

GBP (£) Deluxe Class Superior Deluxe Class
Twin (£) Single (£) Twin (£) Single (£)
May 23 – May 30 Request Request Request Request
Sep 12 – Sep 19 Request Request Request Request
Deposit £2,000 £2,500

2025

EUR (€) Deluxe Class Superior Deluxe Class
Twin (€) Single (€) Twin (€) Single (€)
May 24 – May 31 16,195 22,195 20,295 27,095
Sep 11 – Sep 18 16,195 22,195 20,295 27,095
Deposit €2,000 €2,500

2026

EUR (€) Deluxe Class Superior Deluxe Class
Twin (€) Single (€) Twin (€) Single (€)
May 23 – May 30 Request Request Request Request
Sep 12 – Sep 19 Request Request Request Request
Deposit €2,000 €2,500

Golden Eagle Danube Express

Itinerary

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Dates & Prices

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What’s Included

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Your Train

The Golden Eagle Danube Express is your luxurious hotel-on-wheels

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