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Golden Eagle (Golden Eagle Danube Express Superior Deluxe Suite)

The Tour

Eastern Europe's Balkan
region is synonymous with
history and legend, stunning
architecture and colorful people,
yet also with war and tragedy. In
one glorious sweep, you'll travel
from Budapest, where you'll
spend two nights at the famed
Four Seasons Gresham Palace,
then visit Romania, Bulgaria,
Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina,
Slovenia and on into Venice's
Santa Lucia Station. And you'll
do so in comfort, aboard the
Golden Eagle Danube Express.

The ITInerary

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary
Arrive Budapest, where you'll be
met and transferred to the Four
Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
for a two-night stay. Enjoy a
welcome reception dinner in
the elegant surroundings of this
Art Nouveau landmark.
Day 2: Budapest, Hungary
Today's city tour includes the
Royal Palace, St. Mathias Church,
the Opera House, St. Stephen's
Cathedral, Heroes' Square and
the City Park.

Day 3: Lajosmizse &
Kecskemét, Hungary
Morning drinks reception in
Budapest Nyugati station's
impressive Royal Waiting Room
before boarding the Golden
Eagle Danube Express. First stop:
a spectacular 'Puszta' horse
show in Lajosmizse. Later,
explore Kecskemét, then on to
Transylvania.
Day 4: Brasov &
Sighisoara, Romania
Arrive Sighisoara, reportedly
Dracula's birthplace and one
of Europe's best-preserved
fortified medieval towns. Then,
in Brasov, tour Dracula's Castle.
Later, enjoy dinner as your train
winds its way over the Carpathian Mountains towards Bulgaria.
Day 5: Veliko Tarnovo &
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Arrive Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria's
ancient capital, nestled in a
magnificent mountain setting. Tour superbly preserved
medieval Tsarevets Hill and
Castle. Then visit Plovdiv, one
of Europe's oldest cities. Tour
includes charming Old Town
Day 6: Belgrade, Serbia
Serbia's capital, Belgrade, boasts
fortifications dating from Celtic
times, medieval tombs and

Turkish baths. City tour includes
visit to Tito's memorial, as well
as 'Varos' Gate.
Day 7: Mostar & Sarajevo,
Bosnia & Herzegovina
See Mostar, one of the most
important cities of the Ottoman Empire. Then visit Sarajevo,
which suffered from the longest
siege of a capital city in the
history of modern warfare. Your
guide, who lived through the
1992-1996 conflict, brings the
people's struggles vividly to life.
Day 8: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Today explore Ljubljana, capital
of Slovenia. Visit towering
Predjama Castle, then ride a
mini-train deep underground
to Postojna Cave. Later, visit the
city's Preseren Square, famed
Three Bridges and Dragon
Bridge.
Day 9: Trieste & Venice, Italy
This morning visit Italian port
city of Trieste for a short tour.
Then enjoy final lunch on board
as our train travels to Venice.
Transfer from Santa Lucia station via boat to five-star Danieli
hotel (or similar) for a two-night
stay.
Day 10: Venice, Italy
Walking tour through Venice'

winding lanes beside the Grand
Canal to St. Mark's Square, and a
stroll through the Rialto Market.
Or see Venice on your own. This
evening, enjoy farewell reception dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 11: Venice, Italy
After breakfast, transfer to the
airport for your flight home. Or
choose to extend your stay.

The hIghlIghTs

* Travel through seven European
countries, with six nights on
board the Golden Eagle Danube
Express
* Sighisoara in Romania, one of
Europe's best-preserved fortified
medieval towns.
* Dracula's Castle (Bran Castle)
* Spectacular train ride RomaniaBulgaria over the Carpathian
Mountains
* Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria's ancient capital
* Special visit to the Tunnel
Museum under Sarajevo Airport
with a guide who lived through
the 1992-1996 conflict
* Traditional Puszta Horse Show
* Accommodation in five-star
Four Seasons Gresham Palace
Budapest for 2 nights
* Accommodation in five-star
Hotel Danieli in Venice (or similar) for 2 nights

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