Operator of exclusive, long-distance rail tours, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, has unveiled new itineraries for its rail cruises in 2020 and 2021. Advocating that the best way to enjoy rich cultures and panoramic views is by rail, the company blends first-class service and elegant surroundings with increasingly remote destinations, allowing adventurous travellers to explore in style.
The newest journey through central Europe invites guests aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express, recently named in the Condé Nast Traveler 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. The eight-day tour begins in Budapest with a two-night stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace and a welcome reception dinner. From there, guests can expect to explore all the historical landmarks in the city and enjoy an evening dinner cruise along the Danube. Guests board the train at Nugyati station and are steam-hauled to Keszthely on the western shore of Lake Balaton.
Next, guests will steam into Bratislavia, Slovakia for the morning before travelling across the Iron Curtain for an afternoon in Vienna and a concert at the Lichtenstein Palace. Day five sees passengers heading to Krakow, a city with a fascinating and dark history. Here there are a number of touring options available through Golden Eagle’s Freedom of Choice program, including a sobering trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum. Prague is the final city to be explored, with guests leaving the Golden Eagle Danube Express and resting their heads at the luxurious Four Seasons for two nights. With plenty of tours available, travellers can expect to see every nook and cranny of the historic town. If eight days just isn’t enough, Golden Eagle suggests combining it with their seven-day Castles of Transylvania tour.
Heritage Class: Twin, US$6,895 per person twin share and Single, US$10,195
Deluxe Class: Twin, US$11,895 per person twin share and Single, US$18,295
Superior Deluxe Class: Twin, US$12,995 per person twin share and Single, US$21,995
A newbie in Golden Eagle’s extensive portfolio, the Republics of the Silk Road tour is set to begin in April 2020 and take passengers through the Southern Republics of the former Soviet Union. The 17-day journey begins in Moscow at the Four Seasons Hotel Moscow, for two days of exploring architectural wonders and fascinating history. Once aboard the Golden Eagle, guests head to Kazakhstan and then onward to Uzbekistan. Among the stops in this captivating country are visits to Samarkand, the ancient city of Margilan famous for its production of silk, and Khiva, which lies at the crossroads of the routes between Mongolia, Russia, China and Persia.
Travel to Merv and Ashgabat in Turkmenistan and then on to Bishkek and Lake Issyk-kul in Kyrgyzstan, where guests will be treated to a breathtaking flight demonstration of Eagle Hunting, a 4,000-year-old art. Finally, the travellers will arrive in Almaty, Kazakhstan and enjoy a city tour, a cable car ride with spectacular views of the city and the mountains, and a Farewell Dinner. Those with less time could consider the shorter-duration options for the Silk Road tour, which start in Tashkent and have 10-, 12- or 14-day routes to choose from.
Silver Class: Twin & Single, US$22,695
Gold Class: Twin & Single, US$28,395
Imperial Suite: Twin, US$47,295 per person twin share and Single, US$94,595
This rail journey is also scheduled to operate between 2-18 April 2021, with prices on application.