From  £12095
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Travel in style on board the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express
  • Ride the incredibly scenic Šargan Eight narrow-gauge heritage railway
  • Discover Sarajevo’s poignant history through a truly absorbing guided tour of the city
  • Explore the UNESCO-honoured medieval citadel and colourful streets of Sighisoara
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Dalmatian Explorer - by Golden Eagle Danube Express Train

11 Day Tour, from £12095 per person
Itinerary Dates
2023
10 Oct  -  20 Oct

Experience Southern Europe from an entirely different perspective on board the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Journey from historic Dubrovnik, located on the stunning Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, to Budapest through the captivating Balkans.

Stop off in Montenegro and wander through the fascinating streets of its capital city of Podgorica, where you’ll find a hotchpotch of architectural wonders owing to the city’s changing dynastical authorities: the Romans, the Ottomans, and the Austro-Hungarians.

Travel to Romania and visit the city of Sighișoara – the rumoured birthplace of Bram Stoker’s blood-sucking protagonist, Dracula.

Explore this fascinating part of the world in style and comfort from your private ensuite cabin aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express and enjoy a two-night stay in a luxury hotel in Dubrovnik.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
ARRIVE DUBROVNIK
Dubrovnik - Golden Eagle Danube Express Train

Arrive in Dubrovnik and transfer to your luxury hotel in Dubrovnik for a two-night stay. This evening, meet fellow travellers during a welcome reception. (D)

DAY 2
DUBROVNIK
Dubrovnik Old Town

Formally known as ‘Ragusa’ until the 12th century, Dubrovnik is rich in history and is perhaps one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe, essentially unchanged for 700 years. It has a prominent position overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea and across to nearby Lokrum Island. 

 

Enjoy a guided tour of Dubrovnik's Old Town with its massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Walk through Ploce Gate to visit the Franciscan Monastery with one of the world’s oldest pharmacies, the Old Harbour, St Laurence Fortress, and the Rector’s Palace. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
MOSTAR & SARAJEVO
On the Danube Express between Mostar & Sarajevo

After breakfast, travel by bus (130kms) from Dubrovnik to Mostar – one of the most important cities of the Ottoman Empire. Visit the Turkish House before meandering through its bazaar-lined streets, where you can shop for traditional souvenirs.

 

Board the Golden Eagle Danube Express and settle into your private en-suite cabin, while the train journeys across Bosnia and Herzegovina to Sarajevo. An intriguing blend of Eastern and Western culture, the Bosnian capital is a treasure trove of mosques, minarets, ancient bazaars, and an atmospheric old Turkish quarter. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
BELGRADE
Kalemegdan Fortress, Belgrade

This morning, relax and enjoy the views of the countryside on board the Golden Eagle Danube Express as it makes its way towards Serbia. After lunch, arrive in Belgrade, located at the strategic meeting point of the Danube and Sava Rivers. This truly cosmopolitan city, with its tumultuous history, has fortifications from Celtic times: medieval tombs and Turkish baths. The city tour includes the ‘House of Flowers’ – the mausoleum of former Yugoslavian President Josip Tito, the Town Hall, Republic Square and Knez Mihajlova Street, as well as ‘Varos’ Gate and a visit to the mighty Kalemegdan Fortress. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
PODGORICA & BAR
Old citadel in Bar, Montenegro

This morning, cross over to Montenegro and its capital city of Podgorica. Given its five name changes when passing through the empires of the Romans, the Ottomans, and the Austro-Hungarians, and twice having been wiped off the map entirely, it's little wonder that Podgorica seems permanently gripped by an identity crisis. Its streets are an interesting hotchpotch of Ottoman oddments, Austrian shopfronts, communist tower blocks, and modern shopping malls. In the afternoon arrive in Bar, where there is a short sightseeing tour of the coastal town. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
SARGAN EIGHT RAILWAY - SERBIA
Jatape train station on the Sargan 8 narrow gauge railway

Travel to Sargan Vitasi for a train journey on the unique mountain railway. The Sargan Eight is an old-fashioned narrow-gauge railway that cuts through the breathtaking mountain landscape. Travel on a section of the scenic narrow-gauge heritage railway towards the town of Visegrad. The full line is an engineering marvel through the mountains of Serbia, with a system of loops and hairpin bends known as the ‘Sargan Eight’. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
TIMISOARA & SIGHISOARA
Colourful old buildings in Sighisoara, Transylvania

This morning, arrive at Timisoara – a Romanian city known for its Secessionist architecture. Steeped in history, it was the first city in the country to declared itself free of the Communist regime of Ceaușescu in December 1989, following the start of the revolutionary uprising.

 

Enjoy lunch back on board and take time to relax, before a late afternoon arrival into Sighișoara for a walking tour. This World Heritage site, rumoured to be the birthplace of Dracula, is one of the best-preserved fortified medieval towns in Europe. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
SIBIU & CLUJ NAPOCA
Main Square (Piata Mare) with the City Hall and Brukenthal Palace, Sibiu

This morning, arrive into Sibiu, known for its Germanic architecture in the Old Town following the legacy of 12th-century Saxon settlers. Today, remains of medieval walls and towers, including the 13th-century Council Tower which connects the two main squares, can be seen around the city. Return to the train for lunch and continue to the university city of Cluj Napoca, located in the heart of Transylvania. Enjoy a city tour and try chimney cake (Kurtoskalacs). This pastry was created in Transylvania, and it’s baked to perfection here. (B,L,D)

DAY 9
DEBRECEN & TOKAJ
View of Tokaj and its golden hilly vineyards in the autumn sun

Head across the Great Hungarian Plain to explore the city of Debrecen, which exudes with all the charm of a provincial town, with its colourful piazzas and spacious parks.

 

Continue to Tokaj, a picturesque town situated by the confluence of two rivers. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at one of the local cellars in central Tokaj-Hegyalja – the town’s wine district, where the area’s mineral-rich volcanic rock makes for strong-bodied sweet wines. Tonight, arrive at your final stop in Budapest and transfer to the luxury Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace for a two-night stay. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
BUDAPEST
Old trams on the Liberty Bridge in Budapest

Today, enjoy a city tour of Budapest, including the Castle District, St. Mathias Church, and panoramic views of the city from Gellert Hill. There's also the Citadel, the Opera House, St Stephen’s Cathedral, Heroes Square, and the City Park to admire. Budapest is actually two cities separated by the river Danube. The old city of Buda and the imposing Royal Palace dominate the city with stunning views across the Danube to the commercial heart of Pest. (B,L,D)

DAY 11
DEPART BUDAPEST

Transfer to the airport for onward connections or speak to us about extending your stay in Budapest. (B)

Pricing Information

11 day tour, from £12095 per person
(Single person supplement + £6000)

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in five-star hotels in Dubrovnik & Budapest
  • 6 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.  
10 Oct 2023
-
20 Oct 2023
£12095 £6000

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. Croatia, Dubrovnik
  2. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mostar
  3. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo
  4. Serbia, Belgrade
  5. Montenegro, Podgorica
  6. Montenegro, Bar
  7. Romania, Sighisoara
  8. Romania, Sibiu
  9. Romania, Cluj Napoca

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Reviews

Everything went so smoothly. Your organisation in all the countries we visited was first class.

Dr J Reynolds

The tour itself is a great introduction to this area of the Balkans, accomodation was wonderful, the locals very helpful, overall, would recommend as an ideal holiday destination. Very well organised also by Regent.

Mr K Barlow
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