From  £7595
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Travel in style on board the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express
  • Stay in opulent hotels in Turkey and Budapest at the beginning and end of the tour
  • Enjoy a tour and dinner at Bran Castle which owes its fame to Bram Stocker's Dracula
  • Take a tour of one of Europe's most impressive castles - Peles Castle in Sinaia
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Castles of Transylvania - by Golden Eagle Danube Express Train

7 Day Tour, from £7595 per person
Itinerary Dates
2023
08 May  -  14 May

Embark on a train voyage through the heart of Transylvania. Experience a blend of colourful culture and medieval castles amidst the forested and mountainous landscapes of this seldom-visited region in Romania.

Enjoy stays in Istanbul and Budapest to witness exquisite mosques and some of the finest baroque buildings in Europe.  

Relax in elegant surroundings on board the Golden Eagle Danube Express, as the train meanders through beautiful countryside and mountain ranges on an exploration of Transylvania. Encompassing the fabled birthplace and gothic residence of Dracula, explore the enchanting medieval towns of the region, adorned by 16th century houses, fairy-tale turrets and historic cobbled streets.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
ARRIVE ISTANBUL
The Bosphorus Bridge and the Ortakoy Mosque at sunset, Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the opulent five-star Four Seasons Sultanahmet for an overnight stay. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception dinner and meet fellow travellers. (D)

DAY 2
ISTANBUL
Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

Istanbul is the fabled city that spans Asia and Europe, full of must-see historic sites. One of the most famous in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds is the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, or the ‘Blue Mosque’ – a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style. It features six towering minarets, as well as 260 windows that illuminate its vast main chamber, which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles. Admire the great architectural beauty of the Hagia Sophia museum – an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires – before finishing at the region's crown jewel: Topkapi Palace. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
BULGARIA
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria - Photo Credit@ Andrea Peto

Enjoy incredible views as the train climbs over the Shipka Pass and into the first stop, Veliko Tarnovo – Bulgaria’s ancient capital. Nestled in a magnificent mountain setting, the stone houses seem perched one above the other on the steep banks of the Yantra River. A tour includes the superbly preserved medieval Tsarevets Hill and Castle, with free time to wander through the narrow alleyways of the ancient city. In the evening, relax in the Bar Lounge Car over a few pre-dinner drinks as the train continues through the scenic landscape across the Romanian border. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
ROMANIA
 Bran Castle

Overnight, the train climbs over the Carpathian Mountains and threads its way through the dramatic mountainous landscape, before arriving Sinaia. This morning, take a tour of Peles Castle – a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture and considered by many to be one of the most stunning castles in Europe.

 

After lunch on board, continue onto Brasov for a visit to Bran Castle, which owes its fame to the myth created around Bram Stocker's Dracula. Following a tour of the castle and its surroundings, enjoy a gala dinner inside the castle walls. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
ROMANIA
Sibiu, Romania

This morning, set off from Brasov and arrive after breakfast into Sighişoara – one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Enjoy walking through the cobbled streets of this World Heritage site, lined with Burgher houses and ornate churches.

 

After lunch on board, continue to the charming city of Sibiu. Sibiu still holds the remains of medieval walls and towers, including the 13th-century Council Tower which connects the two main squares in the city. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board as the train makes its way across the Great Hungarian Plain. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
HUNGARY
Puszta’ horse show, Kecskemét - Photo Credit@Andrea Peto

Begin the day by exploring Kecskemét – a fascinating city at the geographical centre of Hungary, famous for its colourful art nouveau buildings.

 

In the afternoon, the train heads to Lajosmizse for a traditional ‘Puszta’ horse show. By late afternoon, arrive in the romantic Hungarian capital of Budapest, located on the banks of the magnificent Danube. Check in for an overnight stay at the five-star Four Seasons Gresham Palace hotel, which combines historical elegance with ultra-modern comforts. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
DEPART BUDAPEST
View of Buda side of Budapest with the Buda Castle

This morning, transfer to the airport for onwards connections or speak to us about extending your stay in Budapest. (B)

Pricing Information

7 day tour, from £7595 per person
(Single person supplement + £6900)

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in five-star hotels in Istanbul & Budapest
  • 4 nights in deluxe compartment on board the Golden Eagle Danube Express
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) 
  • All transfers and transportation
  • All sightseeing and excursions including entrance fees
  • English-speaking guides and Tour Managers on board
  • Porterage
  • All gratuities

Price Excludes

  • International flights - please contact us for best available flights
  • Travel Insurance

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Price Notes

Please contact us for prices to upgrade to superior deluxe compartments. 


Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
08 May 2023
-
14 May 2023
£7595 £3900

Danube Express

The Golden Eagle Danube Express is Central Europe's most distinctive private train, often termed a luxury "Hotel on Wheels", it offers a very sophisticated yet relaxing way to travel to the Europe's most enticing destinations and to explore exceptional and interesting places.

Choose between Superior or Superior Deluxue compartments 

Superior
Each supeior sleeper carriage has just five spacious yet intimate en-suite superior cabins offering every convenience and comfort so you may sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as it rolls by.

Private bathrooms feature a shower with constant hot water, washbasin and toilet. There is a heated towel rail, shaver socket and hairdryer. A range of toiletries and a dressing gown are provided. Cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning, lighting with dimmer switches, individual reading lights, power sockets and a safe.

Coordinated fabrics complement wood-panelled walls and brass fittings. Two comfortable armchairs provide daytime seating and a free-standing chair adds flexibility. Cupboards and a full length wardrobe provide ample storage whilst the large picture window and full length mirror enhance the spacious feel. A second window will open for fresh air and for that perfect photo opportunity.

During dinner each evening the living room is converted into two comfortable lower beds by your attendant who is also on hand to bring you early morning tea or coffee.

Superior Deluxe
There are just 4 superior deluxe cabins per car. With 12 cabins per departure, each cabin offers comfortable daytime seating with a full length sofa and two additional chairs. The large cabin also benefits from two full-size picture windows, one of which is openable to add to the bright and airy feel of the interior.

Each evening the cabin is transformed into a luxurious bedroom with a UK-standard King Size bed. All cabins have, as standard, a large double wardrobe with excellent storage space, individually controlled air-conditioning, lighting with dimmer switches, individual reading lights, in cabin Wi-Fi and USB ports, power sockets and a safe.

Meals on Board
All meals are included, starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day, unless otherwise stated. All departures feature one or two Restaurant Cars where you can enjoy the excellent waiter-served food and wine. Several times during the tour sample authentic local cuisine with wine and a selection of drinks off the train, which is also included.  For those of you who enjoy a tipple or two, a generous drinks allowance, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, is included with lunch and dinner on and off the train.

 

Tour Route Map


  1. Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo
  2. Romania, Sinaia
  3. Romania, Brasov
  4. Romania, Sighisoara
  5. Romania, Sibiu

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