Grand Alpine Express: Stunning Vistas, Staggering Heights, Poignant Memories
The 11-day Grand Alpine Express on the Golden Eagle Danube Express is a blast from my past.
Let me explain: does anyone else harbor fond memories of being a young person abroad for the first time, hopping around on a Eurorail pass with 10 francs in your pocket? I know I do.
As a college student some 50 years ago, I made my first European train journeys to many of the places highlighted on the Grand Alpine Express itinerary.
Budapest. Vienna. Zürich. The Semmering Pass. The tiny Achensee railway, the Tyrollean Alps. They were exciting, friendly and utterly beautiful.
(And make no mistake: the Golden Eagle Danube Express is no first-class commuter train. It’s held a spot on our World’s Top 25 Trains® list since its inception in 2015. In the past few years, it’s gotten even more luxurious with the addition of 12 ultra-spacious Superior Deluxe cabins, which IRT travelers especially love. Click here for more information about the Golden Eagle Danube Express itself.)
Over the course of my career, I’ve traveled by luxury train through Mexico, Africa, Russia, India, South America, China, Southeast Asia, the ‘Stans…and on and on.
All of these trips were over the top, exotic and unforgettable.
But recently, I’m craving a trip down memory lane — albeit in the comfort of a Superior Deluxe cabin — courtesy of the Grand Alpine Express!
Even if you don’t share my nostalgia, there are plenty of other reasons to go. Just take it from IRT traveler Mrs. J. Schiermeyer, who just returned from the May 2019 Grand Alpine Express journey in a Superior Deluxe cabin:
“There’s only one problem with this train,” Mrs. Schiermeyer said.
“Eventually, they make you get off. And I don’t want to get off!”
The Grand Alpine Express tour runs just once a year.
Tour dates are May 15-25, 2023, and May 17-27, 2024.
For more information, and to book, please call (800) 478-4881 in the U.S. and Canada, +1 502-897-1725 elsewhere, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space (especially in the coveted Superior Deluxe cabins) is extremely limited for 2023.
Owen C. Hardy is the CEO, founder, and co-owner of The Society of International Railway Travelers.