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Golden Eagle Danube Express - London to Istanbul

8 days From £14,445 per person

2025 Tour code: GII25

About the tour

Embark on an unforgettable odyssey aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express, a journey that promises to immerse you in the rich tapestry of legendary cities. Departing from the iconic city of Paris, our voyage will carry us through the heart of Europe to the enchanting metropolis of Istanbul.

Indulge in expertly curated excursions that unveil the hidden gems and cultural treasures of each destination. After each exhilarating adventure, retreat to the comfort of your private, five-star hotel on rails. Here, amidst the stunning panoramas and personalised service, bask in moments of serenity and relaxation, elevating each experience to the pinnacle of luxurious travel.

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Unforgettable Experiences

Golden Eagle Danube Express
Golden Eagle Danube Express
Travel on the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express.
Discover the imperial city of Vienna
Venture into the mystical depths of Postojna Caves
Delve into the hidden treasures of Belgrade.
Admire the grandeur of Sofia's architectural marvels, blending Western and Central European influences.
Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Istanbul's culture and history

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Outbound Travel

Day 1 - London to Paris

Start your day with a scenic journey aboard the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris, where the next chapter of your adventure awaits aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Upon arrival in Paris, you will be greeted and whisked away to a luxurious five-star hotel nestled in the heart of the city. As evening falls, indulge in a delightful welcome reception dinner, surrounded by the company of fellow travellers, setting the stage for the unforgettable experiences that lie ahead.


Day 2 - Champagne, France


Our extraordinary journey aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express begins in the enchanting city of Paris. After a transfer to Paris Gare de Lyon Station, indulge in a champagne drinks reception before stepping aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express. As we traverse the picturesque French countryside, soak in the comfort of your private train carriage, immersing yourself in the serene surroundings.

Our first destination is Champagne, renowned for its world-class sparkling wines and breathtaking vineyards. Here, amid rolling hills adorned with lush greenery, you'll discover ancient cathedrals and majestic architecture. Prepare to be captivated by the flavours, stories, and charm of Champagne, offering an unparalleled sensory experience for the discerning traveller.


Day 3 - Vienna, Austria


Set out on a delightful afternoon journey through the awe-inspiring Austrian countryside, as we traverse the majestic Alps en-route to Switzerland. Whether you prefer to unwind in the comfort of your cabin, where your attentive cabin attendant awaits your every request, or opt for the refined ambiance of the Bar Lounge Car, indulging in the soothing melodies of our resident pianists and savouring expertly crafted cocktails, each moment promises a luxurious blend of breathtaking vistas and elegant relaxation.

As dusk falls, we arrive in the imperial city of Vienna. Treat yourself to a lavish dinner and immerse yourself in the epitome of cultural bliss with a private classical concert featuring the renowned Vienna Supreme Orchestra. Tonight, bask in the harmonious fusion of fine cuisine and timeless melodies, creating an evening that transcends the ordinary and epitomises the essence of refined travel.

Vienna & Postojna

Day 4 - Vienna, Austria & Postojna, Slovenia

Vienna & Postojna

This morning, our journey through the refined splendours of Vienna continues. Austria's captivating capital, steeped in a rich cultural heritage, casts its enchanting spell on all who visit. With its grand palaces, iconic coffee houses, and a cultural tapestry woven with classical music and captivating opera, Vienna stands as a seductive metropolis waiting to be explored.

After a delightful lunch, treat yourself to an exclusive confectionary masterclass, where you'll step into a realm of culinary indulgence curated by our esteemed Catering Manager, Krisztian, and the renowned Head Pastry Chef, Rebeka.

Tonight, embark on another adventure as we venture into the mystical depths of Postojna Caves. Boarding an underground train, we journey into a subterranean world of magnificence, exploring grand halls adorned with intricate cave formations and inhabited by unique creatures. Immerse yourself in the atmospheric ambiance, serenaded by the soulful melodies of a saxophonist echoing through the cavernous spaces.


Day 5 - Belgrade, Serbia


Today, our adventure delves into the hidden treasures of Belgrade, offering an exclusive visit to Tito's legendary blue train, a relic steeped in Yugoslavia's rich history. Experience the essence of Serbian culture with a lavish traditional feast, tantalizing your palate with the bold and diverse flavours of this vibrant city.

Prepare to immerse yourself in Serbian hospitality as we discover the world of Rakija, Serbia's cherished elixir, at the city's oldest brewery. Sample a variety of Rakija blends while listening to captivating stories that bring Belgrade's spirited past to life.

Before re-boarding the train, take a leisurely stroll through Belgrade's bustling streets, where each corner unveils a new facet of its culture. Join us as we uncover the secrets of this captivating city, where luxury and adventure intertwine at every step.

Tonight, indulge in a culinary journey like no other with a sumptuous Gala Dinner prepared by Head Chef, Ramon Batta. With each meticulously crafted dish, Chef Ramon invites you on a sensory 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


Indulge in a serene morning aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express as we journey towards Bulgaria. Relax in the refined ambiance of the Bar Lounge Car, serenaded by the soothing melodies of our resident pianist. Take a moment to unwind, soaking in the elegance of your surroundings while marvelling at the ever-changing landscapes outside your window.

Sofia, steeped in over 7,000 years of history, awaits our exploration at the foot of Mount Vitosha. Embark on a journey through time as we traverse the captivating ruins of the ancient Roman city of Serdica, where echoes of past glory linger in the air. Wander through the enchanting City Garden, home to the prestigious National Theatre Ivan Vazov, and admire the grandeur of Sofia's architectural marvels, blending Western and Central European influences.

Prepare for an exclusive and unforgettable experience as we descend into the sacred Crypt of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Here, surrounded by history and spirituality, you'll be transported by the celestial harmonies of the renowned Vanya Moneva Choir. Their transcendent performance, known as the "Cosmic Voices," promises to evoke a sense of awe and wonder, immersing you in a realm of sublime beauty and spiritual enlightenment.


Day 7 - Istanbul, Turkey


Today marks the culmination of our remarkable European rail journey as we reach the enchanting city of Istanbul, where East meets West across the iconic Bosphorus Strait. Take the remainder of the day to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Istanbul's culture and history, exploring its vibrant streets and landmarks at your own pace.

In the evening, join us for a memorable Farewell Dinner set against the picturesque backdrop of the Bosphorus, where you can reminisce about the unforgettable moments shared on our journey. Indulge in delectable cuisine and toast to new friendships forged amidst the beauty of this timeless cityscape, bidding farewell to our adventure in style.

Inbound Travel

Day 8 - Istanbul to the UK

This morning, after an overnight stay at our centrally located five-star hotel, we enjoy our final breakfast on the tour. You will be transferred to Istanbul airport for your flight back to the UK, taking with you memories of this unforgettable once in a lifetime journey.

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Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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