Enjoy the “all-inclusive” railroad trip on the private Golden Eagle Danube Express, with the luxury cabin and Four Seasons 5* accommodation. During the tour visit to numerous European cities, the Christmas markets and take part at one of the most splendid New Year’s balls in Europe at Vienna City Hall.
|Luxury class “all-inclusive” rail trip
Budapest - Keszthely - Graz - Vienna -
Cesky Krumlov - Prague - Kosice - Budapest
|28.12.2020 – 05.01.2021
||from 9395 €
|28.12.2021 – 05.01.2022
||from 10895 €
Hungary. Upon arrival day to Budapest you will be met and transferred to your 5* Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, located in the centre of the city. Enjoy the welcome reception and meet your fellow travellers on this highly anticipated celebratory journey over the New Year holidays. Then take a rest, have a night walk in city on your choice, or leave visiting of the landmarks and the Christmas Markets for the next day. Budapest is one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe occupying both banks of the Danube River that divides it into two parts: Buda and Pest. Buda is the older and more historical part of the city, with narrow winding streets and medieval buildings, and Pest with its vibrant streets like Váci Utca, the Square of Heroes and, of course, the splendid Parliament building is as exciting. On the third day after breakfast board on the Golden Eagle Danube Express and start your rail journey into the Balaton Uplands National Park and arrive in Keszthely. Perched at the very western end of Lake Balaton, Keszthely is a picture-postcard town filled with grand town houses. The most famous is the Festetics Palace, a lavish baroque home fit for royalty. After a tour to the palace continue journey into Austria.
Austria. Arrive into Austria and begin with exploration of the fantastic city of Graz, located at the foot of the Austrian Alps. Have a short walking tour of Graz’s range of renaissance courtyards and provincial baroque palaces. You can also choose to take free time or enjoy pumpkin seed oil tasting, complete with traditional, locally made bread and wine. Continue to Vienna to begin the New Year’s Eve celebrations. This afternoon enjoy an opportunity to join in with an atmospheric Viennese waltz lesson for the group. Later the same night a special New Year’s gala dinner will be served inside the beautiful City Hall, Rathaus Vienna accompanying a performance by the renowned Wiener Hofball Orchestra. Music and waltzing will take you through to midnight before enjoying incredible views of the fireworks from the city hall’s balcony. On the first day of the New Year begin the programme with a horse-drawn carriage ride along the cobbled streets to Palais Coburg, a stunning former Habsburg Palace, to have a celebratory brunch. From the Palais you will be able to take in the live transmission of the New Year concert from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Optionally visit the delightful Schönbrunn Palace and the city’s famous festive market. Leave Austria later this evening leaving for the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic. Cesky Krumlov is declared a UNESCO World Heritage destination and your first stop in this country. A short introduction to the town will allow you to explore the town with allocated free-time. Continue journey to Prague, one of the most beautifully preserved cities in Europe. Spanning the Vltava River and dominated by the 9th century Prague Castle, a stunning sight that can be seen almost anywhere in the city. The introductory tour will take you into the Old Town Square with its many historic buildings and Astronomical Clock, the historic 14th century Charles Bridge and the Jewish Quarter. This night have a dinner followed by a private classical concert. The next morning have a full day to explore the city of Prague – visit to castles and cathedrals, as well as the Christmas markets, and continue travelling to Slovakia after at the dinner time.
Slovakia and Hungary. Start the final day of touring in one of the lesser known gems of Central Europe, Kosice. The city was voted European Capital of Culture in 2013 and its medieval-come-cosmopolitan style is slowly drawing more visitors to this former cornerstone of Communist Czechoslovakia. Take a highlights tour of the city, including the vast oval shaped Central Square filled with relics from the 15th and 16th century. This afternoon enjoy the final lunch on the train before arriving to Budapest. Check in back to the 5* Four Seasons Gresham Palace upon arrival to Budapest for one night stay. Have a celebratory farewell dinner and share your travelling impressions this night. Following breakfast on the final morning you will be transferred to the airport for onward flight departure.