Postcard from Annie: It’s all in the details on the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train

Postcard from Annie: It’s all in the details on the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train

Doug Grimes, MIR Founder and President, and I loved our trip on the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train; we rode a portion of the 2014 inaugural Jewels of Persia itinerary, which runs between Budapest, Hungary and Tehran, Iran.

Annie Lucas greeted by a group of local girls upon arrival to Kerman Photo credit: Douglas Grimes

Annie Lucas is greeted by a group of local girls upon arrival to Kerman
Photo credit: Douglas Grimes

And what’s not to love? It’s all in the details, from the L-shaped layout of the two bunks in the cozy deluxe cabin, to the heated towel rack and floor in its little en suite bathroom. The cabin attendants are on the ball, always keeping your cabin in tip-top shape, and the wardrobe, while train-size (read “small”) has the great feature of a pullout hanging bar – quite convenient.


We enjoyed hanging out in the lounge car, listening to the piano and having a handful of nuts and a cold beverage, and the relatively intimate group size (around 11-70 passengers) made meeting everyone easy. There are two nicely decorated dining cars, and the seats flip up for ease of access.

Even if you’re not a “rail buff” you’ll enjoy travel aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express, rolling through remote lands in style.


Annie’s Travel Journal: Iran by Private TrainRead our Jewels of Persia travel journal, detailing our stops in Mashad, one of the most sacred sites in Iran; Kerman, where we were greeted with roses; Mahan, home of the UNESCO-listed Shazadeh Garden; beautiful Shiraz; and the imposing ruins of Persepolis, one of the wonders of the Ancient World. We ended in Isfahan, my favorite city on the itinerary.

Dome of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque at Imam Square in Isfahan Photo credit: Douglas Grimes

Dome of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque at Imam Square in Isfahan
Photo credit: Douglas Grimes

(Top photo: Train staff with Annie Lucas and Douglas Grimes, ready to board the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Photo credit: Douglas Grimes)

PUBLISHED: January 14, 2015

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