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(Tour code: GRJIND30)

A breathtaking journey on board the Danube Express

Discover Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey on this exciting tour on boar the Transylvanian Danube Express. Tailor your tour with First Class Rail Travel and 5 star hotels and make the most of your journey.

  • Vienna
  • Schönbrunn Palace
  • Budapest
  • St Stephens Basilica
  • The Danube Express
  • Sighisoara & Brasov
  • Veliko Turnovo & Kazanlak
  • Istanbul
What’s Included
  • Standard Class rail travel from UK to Cologne
  • 8 Nights Hotel, 1 Night Rail Accommodation
  • Optional Vienna, Budapest and Istanbul Transfers
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The Transylvanian Danube Express Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar

London to Vienna

Your journey begins as you travel by Eurostar from St Pancras International to Brussels, then onwards to Cologne, joining the EuroNightLine sleeper service to Vienna.

Day 2 Viena

Exploring Vienna

On arrival, perhaps begin with a stroll around the city's beautiful Old Town before taking an optional guided tour of Vienna's main sights.

Day 3 Danube

Vienna to Budapest

Travel by rail to Budapest. Budapest is a city of two halves divided by the mighty River Danube and sewn together by a collection of beautiful bridges including the famous Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Perhaps begin with a relaxing stroll around Budapest's fabulous city park.

Day 4 Budapest

Explore Budapest

Explore at your leisure, passing impressive buildings and monuments on both sides of the Danube, including the vast, neo-Gothic Parliament building, the magnificent State Opera House and St Stephen's Basilica.

Day 5 Danube Express Lounge Car
Danube Express Lounge Car

The Danube Express

Today join the Danube Express and after a champagne reception, settle in as the train sets off across the Great Hungarian Plain, pausing en route to enjoy an exciting Puszta Horse Show in Lajosmizse. Continue your journey to Kecskemét, located in the heart of the Great Plain and take time to explore the charming city before returning to the train.

Day 6 Sighisoara

Sighisoara and Brasov

You arrive in the Romanian hill-top town of Sighisoara, one of the best-preserved fortified medieval towns in Europe. Later visit Brasov and Bran Castle (known to many as Dracula's Castle), a beautiful 14th Century stronghold surrounded by stunning mountain scenery.

Day 7 Veliko Turnovo
Veliko Turnovo

Veliko Turnovo and Kazanlak

With its historic centre and picturesque mountain setting Veliko Turnovo is a delight to explore. Take a guided tour and visit the superbly preserved Medieval Tsarevets Hill and Castle. This afternoon you'll arrive in Kazanlak where you can visit an intriguing Thracian tomb.

Day 8 Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar

Discover Istanbul

The Danube Express arrives in the fascinating city of Istanbul today. Istanbul has an energetic spirit and cosmopolitan atmosphere, making it an increasingly popular destination to visit.

Day 9 Dolmabahce

Explore Istanbul

Perhaps visit the Sultanahmet area, to see the Hippodrome and the world-famous Basilica of St Sophia. Alternatively, visit Topkapi Palace, once home to Sultans, and the iconic Blue Mosque.

Day 10 Flights

Istanbul to UK

This morning transfer to the airport for your return flight to London.

Please note

Tour only available May, June & September.

The itinerary above is just a suggestion and you are free to make adjustments to suit your exact requirements. Please call 01904 734 358 to speak to one of our Tailor-Made Holiday Specialists about tailoring your holiday with GRJ independent.

What’s included
What's Included
  • Standard Class rail travel from UK to Cologne
  • Overnight Sleeper Service from Cologne to Vienna
  • Vienna Hotel x 1 night (B&B)
  • Budapest x 2 nights (B&B)
  • Istanbul Hotel x 2 nights (B&B)
  • Scheduled Flight - Istanbul to London
  • Danube Express x 3 nights (all meals) Deluxe Twin
  • Puszta Horse Show
  • Guided walking tour of Sighisoara
  • Excursion to Dracula's Castle (Bran Castle)
  • Sightseeing tour of Veliko Turnovo & Thracian tomb excursion in Kazaniak
  • Single room supplement applies. Please call for details.

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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