Discover some of Central Europe’s most renowned cities
Discover some of Central Europe’s most renowned cities and sights on this 7 day/6 night journey from Budapest (Hungary) to Prague (Czech Republic). This superb departure combines beautiful landscapes, charming cities, sensational architecture and historic sights to provide an insight into Central Europe’s historic past and traditions.
Revel in the joys of luxury rail travel with 3 nights onboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express, enjoying first-class service, sensational cuisine and elegant, private accommodation. With everything taken care of from fascinating, off-train excursions to station portage, sit back, relax and let the magic unfold.
- Explore the wonders of Budapest on a city tour, including the
- Royal Palace, St. Mathias Church, the Opera House and St Stephen’s Cathedral
- Travel on the incredible Tatra Rack & Scenic Railway, climbing 1,457 feet (444 metres)
- Discover the history of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau camps on a private tour
- Witness Krakow’s stunning gothic and renaissance architecture
- See the magnificent Wieliczka Salt mines including the spectacular ‘Chapel of Salt’
- Five-star pre and post rail tour accommodation
- Private en-suite accommodation on the Golden Eagle Danube Express train
- Freshly prepared meals on board and authentic dining experiences in local restaurants (meals as per itinerary)
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from Standard Bar list
- Expertly guided off-train excursions as per itinerary
- Cabin attendant service including evening turndown
- Services of a UK-registered Doctor and medical facilities on board
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Luggage porterage throughout itinerary
The capital and most populous city of Hungary, Budapest is a popular destination for travellers. The cities major airport, Budapest Ferihegy Airport, is linked by bus, train and taxi to the city centre. Budapest can also be easily reached by train from other European countries, including France (Paris), Germany (Munich), Austria (Vienna) and Zurich (Switzerland).
Budapest to Prague
7 days/6 nights
Revel in the joys of luxury rail travel with 3 nights onboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express
Arrive today in Budapest where you will be met and transferred to the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace (or similar) for the next two nights. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner where you can meet your fellow travellers. D
One of Europe’s most renowned city’s, Budapest is actually two cities separated by the Danube – Buda and Pest. The old city of Buda and the imposing Royal Palace dominate one side of the river, with stunning views across the Danube to the commercial heart of Pest on the other.
Today’s city tour includes a visit to the Royal Palace, St. Mathias Church and a panoramic view of the city from Gellert Hill. You will also see highlights including the Citadel, the Opera House, St Stephen’s Cathedral, Heroes Square and the City Park.
The rest of the day is at your leisure. A popular option is to stroll along the banks of the Danube or visit the historic Great Market Hall, filled with an endless variety of delicious foods and wines. Alternatively, head to one of the city’s famous thermal baths for a rejuvenating dip. B
Budapest and Keszthely (Hungary)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Budapest Nyugati station to board the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Before boarding, be welcomed with a morning drinks reception in the stations impressive Royal Waiting Room.
The beautifully dressed staff will escort you to your cabin once the train is ready. There will be time to settle in to your cabin before the train makes its way out of Nyugati station and through the Budapest suburbs to the Great Hungarian Plain towards Lake Balaton.
Lunch will be served just as you are passing the lake’s southern shore, a popular Hungarian holiday spot. After a leisurely lunch, arrive in Keszthely (located at the far end of the lake) where you will explore the town on a short tour and enjoy a private cruise on the lake.
Return to the train in the early evening in time to get ready for dinner in the restaurant car, as your journey continues along the lakes more rugged northern shore. After dinner, pay a visit to the bar car for a drink, read a book or listen to the pianist before calling it a night. The train continues on towards Prague. B L D
Kosice and Poprad (Slovenia)
Breakfast is served this morning as the train heads into Slovakia and stops in Kosice – which dates back to the 13th century. Enjoy a morning city tour exploring the Historical Centre and the St. Elisabeth Cathedral, Slovakia’s largest church.Back onboard, enjoy lunch as you continue journeying towards the High Tatras. Leave the train in Strba and board the Tatra Rack & Scenic (Narrow gauge) Railway which climbs 1,457 feet (444m) in just 5 kilometres as you head into the mountains.
The journey is only 15 minutes before hopping onto a second train that takes you on an extremely scenic 1-hour journey to Poprad, where you take a tour of the town. After your tour, re-join the Golden Eagle Danube Express, enjoying dinner as the train departs. The train passes into Poland around midnight. B L D
Once a royal capital, Krakow boasts a fascinating and extraordinary history. The city is now a lively university town full of trendy cafes, bars and restaurants, yet still exudes plenty of old-world charm with beautiful monuments and friendly atmosphere.
Expect an early breakfast this morning before arriving in Oswiecim station, where you will disembark to visit Auschwitz. Lunch will be served back onboard on the way to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, where you will visit the spectacular underground Salt Cathedral. In the late afternoon or early evening, take a tour of the beautiful city of Krakow, spending most of the time in the historic old town which was, along with the Ecuadorian city of Quito, one of the first two UNESCO World Heritage sites.
After a long but memorable and rewarding day, return to the train for a farewell dinner. Around midnight, the train will pass into the Czech Republic.
Prague (Czech Republic)
After a leisurely breakfast the train arrives into Prague’s Hlavni station this morning, bringing an end to the rail based section of your itinerary.
Today begins with a tour of the Old Town Square with its many historic buildings and renowned Astronomical Clock, as well as the historic 14th century Charles Bridge and the Jewish Quarter. Before lunch, enjoy a vintage tram ride through the city and up the hill towards Prague Castle and the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. The castle and its surrounding architectural gems occupy a prime, hilltop position overlooking the city and river. Enjoy lunch overlooking the architectural treasures of this ‘City of a Hundred Spires’.
Cap off an exciting day with a relaxing afternoon cruise along the Vltava River by private boat, celebrating your last night with cocktails onboard. This evening, spend the night at the Four Seasons Hotel Prague (or similar).
Prague (Czech Republic)
Following a final breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward departure flight. There is also an option to extend your stay in Prague for additional nights to explore more of this fascinating city.
Please note: This is a sample itinerary and provides an idea of what you may experience. The actual itinerary may change slightly.
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner
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