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Grand Alpine Express Train.

11 Days, including a 6-night rail journey on the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express with a Botanical Guide from Budapest to Venice. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTDE11
Duration: 11 days
Accommodation: Luxury Rail Journey
Journey: Budapest to Venice
Meals included: 25

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Budapest, Hungary

Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the elegant surrounds of your art nouveau hotel, with its panoramic views across the River Danube, where you can meet your fellow guests and Botanical Guide on this highly-anticipated journey.
Stay: Two Nights: Budapest, The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Budapest Private Gardens

Enjoy a morning tour of some secret gardens of Budapest. Visit beautiful private gardens which are otherwise closed to the public and learn about the tales of Budapest from a local guide. Enjoy free time this afternoon where you can stroll along the banks of the Danube or visit some of the other sights of this city.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Budapest to Vienna, Austria

We enjoy a morning drinks reception in the impressive Royal Waiting Room at Budapest Nyugati Station before boarding the luxurious Danube Express. Settle into your beautifully appointed cabin and enjoy lunch as the train makes its way to Vienna. This afternoon visit the World Heritage-listed Schönbrunn Palace, with its impressive baroque architecture and exquisite gardens. Afterwards visit the Alpine Garden, where you can see edelweiss, gentians and alpine roses. This evening, we will enjoy a private concert at the House of Mozart, featuring the Vienna Supreme Orchestra.
Stay: Six Nights: Golden Eagle Danube Express Train
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Semmering Pass, Lake Achen & Innsbruck

Travel across central Austria and into the Alps on an incredibly scenic morning journey. View early Alpine plants in a stunning setting. Travel over the Semmering Pass and through the famous skiing village of Kitzbuhel to Jenbach. After lunch take the steam rack railway which climbs 1,400 feet to the picturesque Lake Achen. Continue to Innsbruck, known for its Imperial and modern architecture. Visit the Tyrolean State Museum with a fine collection of Austrian art. Afterwards, enjoy a tour of Innsbruck including a visit the Hofgarten, originally laid out on the site of a river meadow under the direction of Archduke Ferdinand II in the 16th century. At the time, it was one of the most elaborate gardens laid out north of the Alps.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. The Vorarlberg, Austria & Zürich, Switzerland. Freedom of Choice

Relax and watch the scenery of the Vorarlberg unfold in front of your eyes as we pass through St. Anton. Cross through Liechtenstein and then into Switzerland where we travel along the shores of Lake of Zürich before arriving in to Zurich. Alternatively disembark the train in Buchs and take a cable car to Alpengarten Hoher Kasten to see flora common to the Alps, up to 16,000 feet, and views of Lake Constance then arrive into Zurich by coach.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 6. St. Gotthard Pass, Lake Como & Milan, Italy


Depart Zürich and travel along the Lake of Zug and Lake Lucerne, before starting the very scenic climb to the St. Gotthard Pass. Descend through Lugano to Lake Como in Italy, here visit the gardens of Villa Carlotta and Villa Balbianello, formal Italian gardens in a stunning lake setting. This evening arrive in Milan, famous for fashion, its magnificently restored gothic Duomo and the Teatro La Scala.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Verona & Trieste

Travel along the south shore of Lake Garda to Verona. Famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Visit Giardini Giusti, regarded as one of the most beautiful Renaissance gardens in Europe. Arrive into Trieste, to see the vast Piazza Unita d’Italia, the main town square, where you can climb the hill to the famous Church of San Giusto built around a medieval complex that dates back to the 13th century.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Lake Bled & Ljubljana, Slovenia

Wake early as our train climbs over the border into Slovenia through the Julian Alps to Lake Bled. With its island, church and castle, it is an incredibly picturesque Alpine lake situated at the foothills of the Alps in north-western Slovenia. Continue to Ljubljana for an afternoon tour which includes visits to Preseren Square, Three Bridges and Dragon Bridge.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Ljubljana to Venice, Italy

Head south towards Mestre where our train travels the three-mile causeway across the Venice Lagoon and into Venice Santa Lucia station located on the Grand Canal. Disembark the train and transfer to your luxurious hotel, which enjoys a spectacular location.
Stay: Two Nights: Venice, Danieli Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Venice Sightseeing

Venice is a truly captivating and romantic city; its unrivalled beauty takes away the breath of first time visitors and regulars alike. Enjoy a secret gardens of Venice walking tour and learn about the history that brought the locals to build gardens in such difficult circumstances. Have free time to explore the city at your own pace.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Depart Venice

After breakfast in the hotel you will be transferred to the airport for onward departures.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Travel by luxury private train from Budapest to Venice
  • Stay 2 nights in Budapest and Venice in 5-star hotels
  • Enjoy the sights of Budapest including a secret gardens tour
  • View Alpine plants in a stunning setting
  • Visit Schönbrunn Palace & garden
  • Enjoy a private concert at the House of Mozart in Vienna
  • Travel over Semmering Pass to the Austrian town of Kitzbuhel
  • Take a cable car to Alpengarten Hoher Kasten to see flora common to the Alps
  • Visit the gardens of Villa Carlotta & Villa Balbianello on Lake Como
  • Visit Romeo & Juliet’s Verona, and Giardini Giusti Garden
  • Spend time on stunning Lake Bled
  • In Venice enjoy a secret gardens tour 

Map

Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Train Manager & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • 25 Meals – 10 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 9 Dinners
  • 6 nights aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express in Heritage Class

Additional Information

Golden Eagle Danube Express Train

  • The famous Golden Eagle Danube Express is your 5-star hotel-on-wheels for this wonderful 6-night rail journey from Budapest to Venice
  • Unpack once and settle-in to your well-appointed cabin. Relax by day in comfort and enjoy the views of mountain passes and alpine meadows from panoramic windows. In the evening your attendant will convert your cabin’s couch to a comfortable bed
  • Venture in to the social hub of the train, the Bar Lounge Car. Here you can meet your fellow travellers, read, listen to music, attend lectures and plan your next excursion
  • Meals are prepared by a team of expert chefs and served in the train’s restaurant cars. Lunches and dinners are complemented by an excellent choice of wines from around the world, along with bottled water, beer and soft drinks
  • This is a luxurious, once-in-a-lifetime journey that celebrates the golden age of travel

 

This tour can be combined with:

  • Iconic Gardens of Italy & France in Spring - BTIFVB13

 

Fitness Level

  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two night stay in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included

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Testimonial

"The tour and the visits were very good, friendly, informative and relaxing, a job well done by all."

- Geoff

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