Budapest to Prague Aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

New for 2020Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel, as you glide in style from Budapest, Hungary, where layer upon layer of civilizations have flowered and faded, and on to sophisticated Prague, the “Hundred-Spired City.” On the way, watch green and friendly Slovakia unspool outside your window, and stop in the capital, Bratislava, to admire imposing Bratislava Castle. Visit beautiful Krakow, whose medieval Market Square is Europe’s largest. End in historic Prague for a two-night stay in a five star hotel. Encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails as you roll from one fascinating city to the next.

8 Day Trip

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Imaginariachile Signature Why end mights on this Tour
  • See the sights in Hungary’s capital, Budapest
    Budapest, built in the grand style of the Hapsburgs, has a legacy of fine baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau buildings and broad avenues....
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  • See for miles and miles from the ramparts of Bratislava Castle
    See all the way to Austria and Hungary from the ramparts of four-towered Bratislava Castle overlooking the Danube on a hill in the center of Bratislava....
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  • Wander the medieval town center of beautiful Krakow
    Wander the medieval town center of historic Krakow, which UNESCO included on its first list of World Cultural Heritage Sites....
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  • Cross the historic Charles Bridge over the Vltava River in Prague
    Admire the 30 baroque statues gracing the 14th century arched stone Charles Bridge, in use for nearly five and a half centuries....
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Why Travel with Imaginariachile on this Tour
  • Over 30 years of Central and East Europe travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Stanford and Northwestern universities have chosen Imaginariachile to guide them to Central and East Europe
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-3: Budapest, Hungary • Keszthely

UNESCO-listed Budapest, built in the grand style of the Hapsburgs, has a legacy of fine baroque, neoclassical, and art nouveau buildings and broad avenues. Visit the Royal Palace, used by Franz Josef of Austria, and Matthias Church, originally built in 1255. Enjoy the views from Gellert Hill before a free afternoon. Board the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train, and head for Keszthely on the shores of Lake Balaton. Here, tour the Helikon Castle Museum, or take a boat ride on Lake Balaton.

Highlights

  • Budapest, UNESCO-listed capital of Hungary
  • Royal Palace, the largest baroque palace in Hungary
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Day 4: Bratislava, Slovakia • Vienna, Austria

Arrive into Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia; an introductory tour includes a stroll through the Old Town, fantastic views from Bratislava Castle, and the imposing Soviet War Memorial at Slavin. After lunch on board, travel the short distance to Vienna. Capital and largest city of Austria, Vienna's historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A tour of the city includes the Vienna Opera House, built from 1861 to 1869 in the style of the Italian Renaissance. Admire the many other beautiful buildings around the Ringstrasse, and enjoy a concert at the Lichtenstein Palace.

Highlights

  • Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, situated like Budapest on both sides of the Danube River
  • Walking tour of Bratislava's Old Town
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Day 5: Krakow, Poland

Poland’s royal capital from the 11th to the 16th century, Krakow was included on UNESCO’s first World Heritage list in 1978. Discover the largest remaining medieval town square in Europe, Rynek Glowny, laid out in 1257. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own, or choose to join a tour to UNESCO-listed Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp, outside of town.

Highlights

  • UNESCO-listed Krakow, the only large Polish city to escape the destruction of WWII
  • Rynek Glowny, the Main Market Square, laid out in 1257
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Days 6-8: Prague, Czech Republic

Arrive in Prague, capital of Czech Republic. Prague’s old section is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its rich architectural and cultural history. Enjoy an introduction to Prague’s wonderful Old Town, admiring the Town Hall, established in 1338, and the 15th century astronomical clock. Cross the 14th century Charles Bridge, used for almost five and a half centuries before becoming a pedestrian-only bridge. Explore Prague’s old Jewish Quarter, with monuments commemorating the life and work of the Jewish community of Prague through the centuries. Wind your way through the Old and New towns on a historic tram car, and visit Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world.

Highlights

  • Prague, capital of Czech Republic and UNESCO site
  • Old Town, the Town Hall, established in 1338 as the seat of Prague's authorities
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 8 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person

  • Heritage Class, twin share
    $6,895
  • Heritage Class, single
    $10,195
  • Deluxe Class, twin share
    $11,895
  • Deluxe Class, single
    $18,295
  • Superior Deluxe Class, twin share
    $12,995
  • Superior Deluxe Class, single
    $21,995

2020 Dates

  • July 5-12
  • FROM
  • $6,895
What’s Included

 On Your Tour

  • Accommodation aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train.
  • Hotel accommodations per the itinerary (2 nights in Budapest and 2 in Prague).
  • All meals starting with dinner on Day 1 until breakfast on final tour day, including a generous, though not unlimited, allowance of wine or local beer, soft drinks and water with all lunches and dinners.
  • Arrival/departure transfers, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates and in the tour start/end cities.
  • All guided off-train tours per itinerary.
  • The services of an experienced Train Tour Manager, with local guides for scheduled off-train touring.
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, and mineral water round the clock from your car attendant while on board the train.
  • All gratuities.
  • Baggage handling.

Before Your Tour

  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information, visa kit.
  • Touring with Imaginariachile handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

Imaginariachile's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

Imaginariachile recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most Imaginariachile programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

Imaginariachile can arrange for an extended program in Central Europe or the Balkans after your tour. All of Imaginariachile’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please Imaginariachile for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

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Is this Trip Right for You?

This trip is moderately active, and rated moderate to rigorous touring due to the daily walking involved and the overall shortcomings of the tourism infrastructure. To reap the full rewards of this adventure, travelers must be able to walk at least a mile a day, keeping up with fellow travelers. A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Golden Eagle Danube Express

Golden Eagle Danube Express

The perfect combination of remote destinations and comfortable accommodations, rail journeys by private train open a world of discovery to travelers who enjoy comfort and leisure time as well as exciting new vistas.

Exclusive private trains furnish the dream of Old World rail travel with modern comforts and amenities that make the journey as pleasant as the destinations. The luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express offers a restful and satisfying way to experience legendary rail routes.

Train & Hotel Accommodations

Relax and enjoy the panorama rolling past your private window and disembark for guided off-train touring in fascinating towns and cities along the way.

Each car on the Golden Eagle Danube Express has its own attendants who provide bed turndown service, tea, coffee and mineral water from the early morning hours until 9 p.m. Attendants keep an eye on everything while guests are away from the train. Towels are provided and onboard laundry service is available.

Three styles of accommodation are available on board the Golden Eagle Danube Express: Superior Deluxe Class (en suite, with UK king bed and WiFi), Deluxe Class (en suite) and Heritage Class (shared facilities).

  • Superior Deluxe Class

    Superior Deluxe Class

    The Superior Deluxe Class on the Golden Eagle Danube Express is the ultimate in luxury European rail accommodation, featuring only four modern en suite cabins per car, complete with a UK king bed and WiFi access. Designed and built for 2017, Superior Deluxe cabins include a full-length sofa and two chairs, a double wardrobe, individually controlled air conditioning, USB ports, power sockets, personal safe, and a newly designed en suite bathroom with its own shower cubicle. At night, your attendant transforms the sofa into a king size double bed. The two picture windows, one of which opens, bring light and air into your private retreat.

    Additional Information

    Superior Deluxe Class cabin dimensions – 4 cabins/carriage:

    Cabin Area (total, including bathroom) – 93 sq ft (8.6 sq m)
    Cabin length – 14′ 9″ (4.5 m)
    Cabin width – 6′ 2″ (1.9 m)
    Bed (UK standard king size) – 6′ 2″ x 5′  (1.9 m x 1.5 m)


  • Deluxe Class

    Deluxe Class

    The Deluxe Class on the Golden Eagle Danube Express features newly designed air-conditioned cabins which pair luxury with utility, offering superior accommodations that feature two lower berths and fully en suite facilities. Cabins are furnished with two daytime armchairs, a free-standing chair, a window that opens, a table, and a wardrobe with a safe. Your attendant will convert the two armchairs into comfortable twin beds for nighttime use. The en suite bathroom features a range of toiletries, a hair dryer and heated towel rack.

    Additional Information

    Deluxe Class cabin dimensions – 5 cabins/carriage:

    Cabin Area (total, including bathroom) – 83 sq ft (7.7 sq m)
    Cabin length – 13′ (3.97 m)
    Cabin width – 6′ 5″ (1.95 m)
    Bed (two singles, each) – 6′ 3″ x 2′ 7.5″  (1.9 m x 0.8 m)


  • Heritage Class

    Heritage Class

    Heritage Class cabins offer comfortable accommodation in air-conditioned cars with twin-berth compartments featuring upper/lower berths. The lower berth converts to a comfortable sofa for daytime travel. A washroom/toilet is located at each end of each sleeping car, and there is a separate purpose-built shower car in the overall train configuration.

    Additional Information

    Heritage Class cabin dimensions – 8 cabins/carriage:

    Cabin area – 43 sq ft (4 sq m)
    Cabin length – 6′ 7″ (2 m)
    Cabin width – 6′ 5″ (2 m)
    Lower bed width – 3′ 3″ (1 m)
    Lower bed length – 6′ (1.8 m)
    Upper bed width – 2′ 3″ (0.72 m)
    Upper bed length – 5′ 7″ (1.75 m)

    Beds convert to a sofa for daytime use.


  • Hotel Accommodations

    Hotel Accommodations

    The first and last nights of most tours are spent in well-appointed five star hotels. Some tours feature additional hotel nights. Please review the detailed itinerary for specifics pertaining to each tour and departure. Additional nights before and after any tour can be arranged on request.

Life Aboard the Train
Golden Eagle Danube Express

The Golden Eagle Danube Express private train provides everything you need for a pleasurable journey. Join travelers from around the world to enjoy the relaxed and casual environment onboard, with no need to wear formal attire on excursions or while dining.

Train formations are not fixed, as the composition varies to suit the number of passengers on a given departure. The exact configuration of train on any particular journey may not be determined until close to departure.

Please note that a variety of cabins styles are in use aboard the train. Décor and layout of dining, bar and sleeping cars on your journey may differ from the sample images depicted in our brochures/websites.

  • Bar/Lounge Car

    Bar/Lounge Car

    A Bar/Lounge Car is included in the formation of the train. The lounge offers a relaxing and comfortable area where you can enjoy a drink and gather with other passengers around the piano.

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  • Dining Cars

    Dining Cars

    Dining Cars feature European cuisine complemented by a selection of European wines.

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  • Off-Train Tours

    Off-Train Tours

    Rail journeys feature an extensive selection of educational city tours in the various stops on our routes. Private coaches and local guides whisk you away from your private train for fascinating half- or full-day forays into the principal towns and cities, sometimes including an in-city dining opportunity. Read through this tour’s itinerary for more information (found on the Itinerary & Map tab of this page).