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Luxury train rides have become increasingly popular recently. Japan's Cruise Train Seven Stars launched as country's first luxury sleeper in 2013, and Belmond embraced the Golden Age of travel by offering several high-end trains through Europe, Peru, and South East Asia. Now, MIR Corporation created a new private train journey that will take your from Budapest to Prague in Old World style.
The Golden Eagle Danube Express starts in Budapest, Hungary and ends at a five-star hotel in Prague. Along the journey you'll stop in Bratislava, Slovakia's capital, to check out the Bratislava Castle, walk around Vienna, visit Europe's largest remaining medieval town square in Krakow, and tour four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are options along the way to take a boat ride on Lake Balaton, enjoy a concert at the Lichtenstein Palace, visit the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, and explore Prague's historic Jewish Quarter.
While onboard, you'll get treated to classic service and plush accommodations. Each car on the train has dedicated attendants who provide turndown service and make sure your room is stocked with the necessities. Opt for the Superior Deluxe Class, and you'll be treated to a king bed, wifi access, a full-length sofa, air conditioning, ensuite bathroom, and two picture windows to watch the world pass by. Elsewhere, there's a bar and lounge car as well as a dining car. Each trip will have a different formation of cars depending on the number of passengers.
This Budapest to Prague private train tour is set for July 5-12, 2020. Prices range from $6,895 to $21,995 per person. That includes train and hotel stays, all meals with dinner starting on the first day, generous wine and beer offerings, transfers, off-train tours, transfers, and gratuities. The team can also help you extend your tour if you wish to explore more of Central Europe or the Balkans. Airfare is not included.