Danube Express Budapest-Venice Balkan Odyssey

11-Day Escorted Tour
Explore Eastern Europe's Balkans on the Golden Eagle Danube Express' Balkan Odyssey luxury rail journey. This is a region synonymous with history and legend, stunning architecture and colorful people, yet also with war and tragedy. In one glorious sweep, you’ll travel from Budapest, where you'll spend two nights at the famed Four Seasons Gresham Palace, then through Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, and on into Venice’s Santa Lucia Station.  And you’ll do so in comfort, aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. The Danube Express' Balkan Odyssey passes through some of Europe’s most poignant and destructive periods of conflict, complemented by a fascinating insight into the future of modern Europe. The city of Budapest, a remarkable blend of medieval and Baroque style, is our starting point for this remarkable journey. Before boarding our exclusive train, we will take time to discover the absorbing history of the once divided cities of Buda and Pest and explore some of its modern day customs. Settle in to your private compartments aboard the elegant Golden Eagle Danube Express as your rail voyage meanders through stunningly beautiful countryside and awe-inspiring mountain ranges on an exploration of the mythical Transylvania region. We then route westwards though the intriguing countries of the former Yugoslavia.  At the end of this remarkable journey, we reach the stunning maritime city of Venice, a unique mix of Gothic and Renaissance palaces perched on the edge of the Italian coast.

Sicilian Odyssey on the Danube Express: Venice to Taormina

12-day Escorted Tour
Experience the alluring Sicilian Odyssey by private luxury train on the Golden Eagle Danube Express. The Sicilian Odyssey begins with two nights at the iconic five-star Hotel Danieli in the romantic maritime city of Venice. From there, you'll board the luxurious and comfortable Danube Express. Wend your way through 17 cities and and provinces of Southern Italy and Sicily, stopping along the way to soak up the history and local culture with guided tours and experiences. Then, spend two nights at the five-star Hotel San Domenico Palace in Taormina. Enjoy guided city tours of Venice, Verona, Bologna, Bari, and Palermo. Visit the famous Stradivari Museum and learn more about the world-famous violins produced in Cremona. Tour the crumbling ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Learn about authentic Sicilian cooking through watching a demonstration and participating in pastry making. Tour Mount Etna with a local volcanologist and enjoy the sight of the beautiful Gulf of Naxos from the heights of Taormina. The all-inclusive itinerary and the comfortable luxury of the Danube Express will whisk you from location to location in a way not possible by any other means of travel.

New Year's in Vienna aboard the Danube Express

9-day Escorted Tour
What better way to ring in the New Year than the Vienna New Year's Luxury Train? It's perfect for celebrating! New for December 2017 (and 2018): Celebrate New Year's Eve in style aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express with a special festive departure across Central Europe. You'll be at the center of the festivities in Vienna, a city which knows how to celebrate in style. Our New Year's departure offers a sociable atmosphere combined with sumptuous gala dinners, music, opera, ballet, dancing, fireworks and exclusive regional celebrations that you will forever remember. (Also, please note: we can arrange exclusive tickets to the fabulous New Year's Eve ball in Vienna. Let us know, and start practicing your waltz!) From Budapest, venture through winter-wonderland landscapes. Chug across Central Europe, and glide through valleys beneath Austria's towering Alps. Along the way, encounter beautiful capital cities and hidden gems. Our New Year’s voyage by private train delivers a stylish combination of musical celebration, rich history and architectural treasures. The all-inclusive itinerary and the comfortable luxury of the Danube Express will whisk you from location to location in a manner not possible by any other means of travel.

Grand Alpine Express

11-day Escorted Tour

The Grand Alpine Express is a scenic feast for the eyes. From the classic capital cities of Budapest and Vienna, venture deep into the Austrian Tyrol before heading across the valleys of the Swiss Alps and onward through the Italian Lake District as you visit Como and Garda before heading into the lesser-known but equally beautiful country of Slovenia and its crown jewel, Lake Bled. Traverse some of the most scenic railway lines in the world as the Golden Eagle Danube Express weaves its way through tunnels, across viaducts, and over mountain passes. Journey's end will be in the stunning maritime city of Venice, an outstanding mixture of Gothic and Renaissance palaces perched on the edge of the Italian coast. A perfect end to a memorable journey of alpine discovery.

 

Champagne Express: Venice - Paris by Luxury Train

12-day Escorted Tour

Live the fine life on the Champagne Express journey aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Indulge in gourmet cuisine, fine wines, and ancient culture as you explore some of the world’s finest wine-producing regions. An exclusive journey between the alluring cities of Venice and Paris, this 12-day tour offers gorgeous scenery, an enriching exploration of some of Europe’s most captivating cities, and unforgettable experiences. With exclusive tastings at Grand Marques champagne houses and some of the world's most prestigious wine cellars, this incredible rail journey is bound to satisfy your senses. Tour is available westbound (see below) and eastbound.

Danube Express Budapest-Athens: Hellenic Treasures

11-day Escorted Tour
New for 2017:  Danube Express Athens-Budapest. The train is the Golden Eagle Danube Express. The trip is called Hellenic Treasures. You could not dream up a better way to see this region than on this new luxury rail itinerary. It is the first time IRT has offered a journey to Greece by train. (We went to the region via sailing ship Sea Cloud — fabulous.) But now you’ll have the chance to enjoy historic medieval settlements by land. You’ll revel in the architectural splendor of some of Europe’s most beautiful cities. And you’ll do it all from a great luxury train which is your “hotel on wheels.”  For more information about the train, visit our website here: Golden Eagle Danube Express.  The train is fully air-conditioned, has fully en-suite shower, sink and toilet. And this year, the Golden Eagle is adding two superior deluxe cabins which are double the size of the deluxe compartments. We are proud to call the Golden Eagle Danube Express one of The Society of International Railway Travelers’ World’s Top 25 Trains. The all-inclusive Danube Express Athens-Budapest itinerary and the comfortable luxury of the train will whisk you from location to location in a way not possible by any other means of travel. From the famed Hotel Gresham Palace Four Seasons in Budapest to the Acropolis, or vice versa, this sweeping journey will take you places many Western travelers never venture — because of the difficulty of travel. But you will luxuriate in your train itself —  gliding from Hungary to Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and on to Greece, through 6 countries — ending up at lively Athens and the marvel of the Acropolis.  This is a journey you will never forget. Northbound itinerary -- Athens-Budapest -- is July 1-11, 2017. Call or e-mail us for more details.