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Istanbul to Prague

A 10-day journey combining the Transylvanian West from Istanbul and the Central European with nights hotel accommodation in Budapest.

Central European

A 4-day journey to Europe's Imperial cities and palaces. See the Festetcis Palalce, one of Hungary's largest palaces, plus Schönbruun in Vienna, Bratislava Castle and Wavel Castle in Cracow.


Transylvanian East

A 4-day holiday journeying from the banks of the Danube to the shores of the Bosphorus encountering the stunning scenery and ancient architecture of Transylvania and rural Bulgaria along the way.

Transylvanian West
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A 4-day holiday journeying from the shores of the Bosphorus to the banks of the Danube encountering the stunning scenery and ancient architecture of rural Bulgaria and Transylvania along the way.


Watch a video filmed during our May 2013 Transylvanian West journey by Mark Smith of Seat61.com

Danube Express are proud to operate the only international private train in Europe with en suite compartments, lower beds and air conditioning - our exclusive private train offers a truly unforgettable experience with only 50 passengers per tour with all meals and off-train excursions included along with complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks.

The Danube Express, made its first European train tour in 2008. Ever since, the Danube Express has provided unforgettable train holidays to Europe - bursting with quality and style. Danube Express train holidays to Europe encompass the continent's most enticing destinations. Travel through wonderful natural scenery on your holidays by train, straight into the heart of vibrant, beautiful cities like Budapest, Istanbul, Cracow or Prague. Enjoy a journey back to the age of elegance in the deluxe comforts and stylish surroundings of some of the finest sleeping cars in Europe on train holidays aboard the Danube Express.

The Journey - Holidays by train with the Danube Express

Train holidays on the Danube Express boast some of the most inspiring vistas, cities and experiences on the continent and you can start your Journey across Eastern or Central Europe in either Budapest or  Istanbul, depending on your chosen train holiday.

Train holidays to Europe on the Danube Express feature vibrant, historic cities and World Heritage sites, medieval fortresses and delightful towns off the beaten track.

Let Danube Express train holidays whisk you on a voyage of discovery through the stunning scenery of Transylvania and Bulgaria, from the very heart of Budapest to the centre of Istanbul. Join our Central European journey in Budapest to experience Europe's Imperial Cities and Palaces en route to Prague or, for a Grand Tour, join the two together with 3 hotel nights in Budapest and experience our epic Istanbul to Prague journey.

The Train

Our train holidays offer independent train journeys plus a choice of add-on flight and hotel packages and holiday extensions in Prague and Vienna. Traversing Europe, train holidays have never been as elegant and the Danube Express allows you to enjoy the journey itself as much as the destinations.

Train holidays to Europe aboard the Danube Express offer a return to the classic glamour of rail travel, with all the comforts of home available while you are voyaging across Europe. Our Deluxe sleeping cars feature two comfortable lower beds which convert to armchairs during the day.  There are also large picture windows, a full length wardrobe, air-conditioning and an en suite shower/WC with constant hot water. The style and service onboard are second to none. Experience delicious regional cuisine in the Restaurant car, a fusion of excellent food and stunning vistas. Relax in the warm and friendly atmosphere of the Lounge car and enjoy a drink with fellow travellers on your holidays by train, or simply listen to a favourite tune from the pianist.


The Danube Express is still running as scheduled though the current works have disrupted public services from Sofia and Bucharest to Istanbul and caused the closure of the line into Sirkeci. The works are due to be completed during 2014 so, in the short term, it may be necessary to terminate short of Istanbul with a coach transfer provided to Sirkeci.

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