Bulgaria & Romania: Frescoes & Fortresses

Bulgaria & Romania: Frescoes & Fortresses

Explore the complex history and fascinating culture of Bulgaria and Romania, two East European countries whose rugged terrain and consequent isolation have helped preserve their heritage. Discover the luminous frescoes of the painted monasteries, breathe in the fragrance of the Valley of the Roses, and spend an afternoon visiting with villagers in a tiny Transylvanian town.Read More


Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel, gliding in style from the heart of Ancient Greece, Athens, where western civilization began, all the way to Budapest, Hungary, where layer upon layer of civilizations flowered and faded. Traveling north, discover today’s Balkan capitals, ruled by Greece and Rome long ago. Throughout this complex region, trace the path of great empires as they ebbed and flowed, and encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails. A southbound route, running from Budapest to Athens, is available as well. Read More


Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Hellenic Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel, gliding in style from Budapest, Hungary, where layer upon layer of civilizations flowered and faded, all the way to the heart of Ancient Greece, glorious Athens, where western civilization began. Traveling south, discover today’s Balkan capitals, ruled by Greece and Rome long ago. Throughout this complex region, trace the path of great empires as they ebbed and flowed, and encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails. A northbound route, running from Athens to Budapest, is available as well. Read More


Venice to Budapest by Private Train

Venice to Budapest by Private Train

Glide from the canals of Venice all the way to Hungary’s capital on the Danube, Budapest, on this deluxe rail journey by private train. Admire the changing scenes on your way through the mountains, valleys, towns and villages of seven countries – Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary – stopping at ancient and modern cities along the way and discovering four UNESCO sites. Read More


Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Enjoy the pleasures of luxurious Old World rail travel, gliding in style from the edges of the old Ottoman Empire in Budapest all the way to its heart, Istanbul, where Europe and Asia intertwine. Begin in Hungary and continue through the modern Balkan countries of Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Greece before exploring Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula and ending in Istanbul. Encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails as you roll from one fascinating city to the next. There is also a Northbound Istanbul to Budapest rail journey by private train departure with a route in the opposite direction. Read More


Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel, gliding in style from the heart of the old Ottoman Empire, Istanbul, all the way to its far reaches in Budapest. Begin in glorious Istanbul, where Europe and Asia intertwine, admiring its fabulous palaces and mosques. Continue through today’s Balkan capitals, ruled by Greece and Rome long before the Ottomans arrived, and end in elegant Budapest. Encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails as you roll from one fascinating city to the next through eight countries total: Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Hungary. There is also a Southbound Budapest to Istanbul rail journey by private train departure with a route in the opposite direction. Read More


Budapest to Venice by Private Train

Budapest to Venice by Private Train

Glide from Hungary’s capital on the Danube, Budapest, all the way to the canals of Venice on this deluxe rail journey by private train. Admire the changing scenes on your way through the mountains, valleys, towns and villages of seven countries –­ Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Italy – stopping at ancient and modern cities along the way and discovering four UNESCO Sites. Read More


Venice to Istanbul by Private Train

Venice to Istanbul by Private Train

Board a deluxe private train that sweeps through nine countries and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites on an 11-day journey across southern Europe. Roll through capital cities, seaside towns, wooded hills, and little villages on this star-studded survey of highlights from countries clustered near the sunny Adriatic. Read More


Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Westbound

Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Westbound

This exciting five-country rail adventure begins in Iran's dynamic capital, Tehran. Board the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train, the first European private train to be permitted in Iran, and head to Mashad and Kerman, with a stop at Mahan's UNESCO-listed Prince Garden. Next is Shiraz, the gateway to one of the most important sites of the ancient world, Persepolis. Visit glorious Isfahan and Zanjan before crossing into eastern Turkey to admire the Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia. Read More


Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Eastbound

Jewels of Persia by Private Train: Eastbound

Gliding through Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey before entering Iran (the first European private train to be permitted here), this five-country adventure begins in sophisticated Budapest and investigates the Dracula legend in Transylvanian Brasov, wanders the Bulgarian fortress town of Veliko Tarnovo, and explores modern Istanbul, ruler of the Bosphorus. Read More