A Taste of Italy on the Danube Express: Taormina to Budapest


5-day Escorted Tour

Luxury

The Tour

Experience a Taste of Italy by private luxury train on the Golden Eagle Danube Express.

This short tour packs in many highlights in just five days, beginning in beautiful Taormina and ending in Budapest. Take one of the world’s few train ferries from Sicily to the Italian mainland; enjoy Bari’s charming old town and walk along the cobblestone streets of San Marino. Continue to Slovenia to explore its delightful capital, Ljubljana, and end with a special visit to Budapest’s Railway Museum. Travel in comfort aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express.

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The Itinerary

NOTE: This tour is a perfect add-on to the Sicilian Odyssey tour, beginning in Venice and ending in Taormina. Click here for details.

DAY 1: TAORMINA
On arrival, you will be transferred from Catania Airport to your five-star Taormina hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel.

DAY 2: TAORMINA TO BARI
This morning we begin our rail journey on the Golden Eagle Danube Express, as we leave Taormina and cross to the Italian mainland on one of the few ‘train ferries’ in the world.

From here, we traverse the scenic coastline across southern Italy, arriving at the Adriatic port of Bari in time for dinner in the beautiful old town of Barivecchia.

DAY 3: SAN MARINO
San Marino is a mountainous microstate surrounded by north-central Italy.

Among the world’s oldest republics, it retains much of its historic architecture. On the slopes of Monte Titano sits the capital, also called San Marino, known for its medieval-walled Old Town and narrow cobblestone streets. The Three Towers, castle-like citadels dating to the 11th century, sit atop Titano’s neighboring peaks.

Lunch will be served here and will feature the country’s famous Torta Tre Monti or ‘Cake of the Three Towers.’

DAY 4: LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
This morning we cross the border into Slovenia and enjoy a visit to the beautiful capital city of Ljubljana, offering a delightful juxtaposition of ancient architecture and youthful culture. While here, we visit Preseren Square, Three Bridges, and Dragon Bridge.

We return to the Golden Eagle Danube Express for lunch, as we begin the final part of the journey across Slovenia to the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

We enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board as we arrive late evening into Budapest, where the train stables overnight at the Budapest Railway Park and Museum.

DAY 5: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
This morning we enjoy our final breakfast on board.

2019 Dates:

September 14-18

2020 Dates:

September 11-15 (tentative)

The Prices

2019 Pricing Double Single Deposit
Heritage Class $3,995 $3,995 $750
Deluxe Class $5,995 $5,995 $1,000
Superior Deluxe Class $7,295 $7,295 $1,500

All pricing is per person.

Other

This tour is a perfect add-on to the Sicilian Odyssey tour.

A reduction of $1,000 per person applies for passengers joining from the Sicilian Odyssey tour

Included in the tour price:

• Hotel and on-board accommodation.

• Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

• Arrival and departure transfers.

• A generous drink allowance, including wine, is included with lunch and dinner.

• All gratuities.

• All off-train touring, with personal headsets to make it easy to hear your guide.

• Welcome and farewell dinners.

• Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.

• An on-board doctor, with medical facilities, is available, should the need arise.

• 24-hour service attendant.

• Porterage of bags; your bags will be stowed for you on the train and transported to your hotel at the end of your trip.

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The Highlights

  • Three nights on the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express
  • Experience the train ferry from Sicily to the Italian mainland
  • Lunch in the historic city center of San Marino, including the country’s famous Torta Tre Monti
  • Visits to Preseren Square, Three Bridges, and Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Accommodation in five-star hotel Taormina for one night
  • Fully inclusive meals, drinks, gratuities, touring, & transfers.
Looking out over the gulf of Naxos in Taormina.
Looking out over the gulf of Naxos in Taormina.
Beautiful dining car set for the evening meal on the Golden Eagle Danube Express. IRT Photo by Angela Walker.
Beautiful dining car set for the evening meal on the Golden Eagle Danube Express. IRT Photo by Angela Walker.
Budapest Railway Museum. IRT Photo by Angela Walker.
Budapest Railway Museum. IRT Photo by Angela Walker.
Ljubljana, Slovenia is one of the highlights of this tour.  IRT Photo by Angela Walker.
Ljubljana, Slovenia is one of the highlights of this tour. IRT Photo by Angela Walker.