Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, the world’s leading provider of luxury long-distance rail adventures, introduces a new rail journey aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express for 2020: Central European Classics. This romantic circuit of Central Europe visits an impressive five countries over eight days, traveling between Budapest and Prague, making it perfect for time-poor travelers and those keen on minimizing their carbon footprint.

There are few better ways to tour Central Europe than from the comfort of a luxury hotel-on-wheels. From the moment passengers step onboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express they can expect everything to be taken care of with first-class facilities, fine dining, personal cabin attendant and a diverse range of touring options. All that’s required is to sit back and relax.


Combining captivating landscapes, eminent cities and architectural masterpieces from some of Europe’s most poignant periods, this new journey provides a fascinating insight into modern European culture and traditions. Guests step aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express in Budapest, where the hotel-on-wheels is waiting to whisk passengers across central Europe with pauses in Keszthely, Bratislava, Vienna and Krakow ahead of the journey’s end, Prague.

Uniquely for the Golden Eagle Danube Express journeys, the train will be steam-hauled for the first leg of the journey between Budapest and Keszthely, where passengers then disembark for a tour of the beautiful Festetics Palace and a cruise on the calm waters of Lake Balaton. Back onboard, the train meanders into Slovakia for a visit to Bratislava’s medieval Old Town before crossing the Iron Curtain into Vienna.  Here guests have time to savour the Baroque elegance of the city visiting the Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, St Stephen’s Cathedral, and enjoying a concert at the Lichtenstein Palace. The journey continues to Krakow for a spot of sightseeing and the opportunity to detour to Auschwitz ahead of arrival in Prague, where guests leave the Golden Eagle Danube Express behind to admire the many architectural treasures of the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’. Other highlights here include a vintage tram ride through the city to Prague Castle and tasting a traditional Czech afternoon tea.

Price: from US$6,895pp based on 2 sharing, including 4 nights’ hotel accommodation (2 in Budapest, 2 in Prague), 3 nights’ on the Golden Eagle Danube Express in Heritage Class, all meals, drinks with meals (with generous allowance of quality wines), fully guided off-train excursions programme, porterage, arrival and departure transfers, services of a Tour Manager and gratuities. Flights are extra. Departs 5 July 2020.

Grand Alpine Express: Journeying from Budapest to Venice, expect dramatic alpine backdrops, beautiful lakes and some of the most scenic railways in the world. Vienna, Innsbruck, Zurich, Lake Como, Lake Garda, Milan, Verona, Trieste, Lake Bled and Ljubljana are all visited. From US$9,395pp, 11 days. Departs 8 May 2020.

Castles of Transylvania: Absorb the vibrant cultures, ancient castles and spectacular scenery of Transylvania on this rail cruise between Istanbul and Budapest. From US$5,995pp, 7 days. Departs 1 July 2020.

Balkan Odyssey: Seven countries in 10 days are discovered on this journey between Budapest and Venice, crossing Transylvania and the Balkans. From US$8,595pp, 10 days. Departs 17 June 2020.

Balkan Explorer: This passage between Venice and Istanbul meanders through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria. From US$9,395pp, 11 days.  Departs 23 June 2020.

New Year in Vienna: Celebrate New Year in style on this round trip from Budapest, looping into Austria to visit Graz and Vienna, before continuing to Prague and Kosice. The highlight is a New Year’s Eve gala dinner at Vienna’s City Hall with a performance by the Wiener Hofball Orchestra. From US$7,495pp, 9 days. Departs 28 December 2020.

For further information contact Golden Eagle Luxury Trains,
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Julia Spence, Natalie Postlethwaite or Hugh Collins
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