IRT Founder’s Ardent Wish? Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Vienna Next Year with Golden Eagle Danube Express
Prologue: We first published this interview in December, 2018. Since then, we’ve gotten glowing reports from IRT travelers who were on the last departure:
“This was a fantastic trip that we thoroughly enjoyed. The food, accommodations, and service were all great. Everything was well-planned and ran on time. We loved the special private concerts: the opera singers in Prague, the string quartet at Municipal House, a trio playing at Cafe Slava. The Four Seasons hotel was beautiful and at a great location in the city. And, we had plenty of time to eat, sleep, tour, and shop… I highly recommend this trip.” – IRT Traveler R. Stewart, January, 2019.
“We really, really, really enjoyed the trip. All of the staff are fabulous. They all go out of their way to make life easier and nicer. And New Year’s Eve was great — the food, dancing, everything. We would recommend it to anyone.” – IRT Travelers R. & P. Wynhoff, January, 2019.
So, take it from them, and from the following conversation with IRT CEO & Founder Owen Hardy. This is one spectacular itinerary!
We sat down with The Society of International Railway Travelers’ founder and CEO, Mr. Owen Hardy, to discuss his ardent desire to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Vienna with the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Tour dates are December 28, 2021 – January 5, 2022, and December 28, 2022 – January 5, 2023. Click here for itinerary details.
Mr. Hardy, please tell us why you “simply must” go on the “New Year in Vienna” trip on the Golden Eagle Danube Express?
Officially, I have four reasons: Budapest, Vienna, Prague and the Viennese New Year celebration.
Unofficially, movies. Specifically, Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Orson Welles’ “The Third Man.”
Say that again? These films aren’t your typical happy tourist fare.
I know, I know. But they exude a delicious atmosphere of romance, love and artistic grit that I project onto their respective cities.
Plus, I love music of all kinds, especially classical, and these cities overflow with it – even on the street corners.
And I love Vienna’s Secessionist or Wiener Werkstaette art movement, examples of which can be found not only in Vienna but also in Budapest and Prague.
What about the train itself?
In my student years, I crisscrossed Europe with a Eurailpass, sleeping next to strangers in couchettes night after night. But these days, I like my creature comforts.
A Superior Deluxe cabin (click here for full cabin details) with large double bed, fully en-suite bathroom and shower, and sitting area would do quite nicely — and the three included nights at Budapest’s palatial Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace would not disappoint, either. (Tip: don’t miss the top-notch spa at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace.)
Another highlight from the itinerary, in your opinion?
Prague! I love Prague because it overflows with stunning architecture. My last tour guide in Prague said she’d lived her whole life in the city but had only scraped the surface of its wonders. I believe her.
Already seen Schönbrunn Palace? Try a joy ride on Vienna’s trams instead. It’s a great way to meet people and — if you have time — to visit Vienna Central Cemetery, whose “honored guests” include Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Johann Strauss II.
So what should our guests do now?
Call us (if you’re a Luddite like me) at (800) 478-4881 — +1 502-897-1725 if outside the US / Canada. Everyone else, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anything else you want to say (and make it short!)?
Life is short. Old age creeps up on you. Go waltzing in Vienna at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
I guarantee you won’t regret it!
Owen C. Hardy is the CEO, founder, and co-owner of The Society of International Railway Travelers.
The New Year’s in Vienna tour runs December 28, 2021 – January 5, 2022, and December 28, 2022 – January 5, 2023. Click here for full itinerary details and pricing. Click here for details of the Golden Eagle Danube Express train.
To book your space on the New Year’s in Vienna tour, call (800) 478-4881 or +1 502-897-1725, or email us at email@example.com.