Castles of Transylvania by Private Train

Castles of Transylvania by Private Train

Take a short and sweet week-long rail journey that begins in historic Istanbul, heads north through beautiful Bulgaria and Romania’s Transylvania region, and rolls on to sophisticated Budapest.  Explore alluring capital cities, walk the halls of palaces and royal castles from a range of eras and empires, and watch the unfamiliar world of the Carpathian Mountains and the Hungarian Plain stream past your own cozy private cabin. Read More


Central European Classics by Private Train

Central European Classics by Private Train

Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel, as you glide in style from Budapest, Hungary, where layer upon layer of civilizations have flowered and faded, and on to sophisticated Prague, the “Hundred-Spired City.” On the way, watch green and friendly Slovakia unspool outside your window, and stop in the capital, Bratislava, to admire imposing Bratislava Castle. Visit beautiful Krakow, whose medieval Market Square is Europe’s largest. End in historic Prague for a two-night stay in a five star hotel. Encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails as you roll from one fascinating city to the next.Read More


Essential Romania

Essential Romania

Romania is a country that has everything – fortified medieval towns, gorgeous mountain landscapes, castles complete with vampire legends, fascinating ethnographic museums, and hospitable people – and travelers are just beginning to discover it. From the vibrant capital, Bucharest, roam the green, forested hills and meadows of this little-known country, visiting folktale villages that seem to have stepped out of the Middle Ages, and walking in the footsteps of Bram Stoker’s legendary literary creation, Dracula. Read More


Essential Central Europe

Essential Central Europe

Hidden from view for much of the 20th century, the hip and historic countries of Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary boast gorgeous countryside, handsome churches and city centers, warm people, and some two dozen UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On this 8-day overland journey, relish in the medieval masterpieces, baroque architecture, sophisticated museums, and up-to-the-minute cultural life of three extraordinary European capitals — Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest. Read More


New Year’s in Vienna by Private Train

New Year’s in Vienna by Private Train

Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel as you glide in style on a circular route from Budapest, Hungary, where layer upon layer of civilizations have flowered and faded, and on to a date with a brilliant New Year’s celebration in magnificent Vienna, Austria. Continue through the hip Czech Republic and green and friendly Slovakia, stopping in the medieval city of Kosice, declared a European Capital of Culture in 2013, and ultimately arriving back where you started, in beautiful Budapest. Encounter four countries and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails as you roll from one fascinating city to the next. Read More


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.Our August 25-September 9, 2020 departure of this tour will feature special host Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, “1,000 Places To See Before You Die.” 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


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


Essential Poland

Essential Poland

Modern Poland is one of Europe’s most exciting countries, brimming with lively urban centers, beautiful countryside, saw-toothed mountains, cultural treasures and deep beliefs. Survey Poland’s capital, animated Warsaw and the former royal city of Krakow with its medieval town square and underground pubs. On this focused tour, visit four Polish UNESCO sites in six days ­– Warsaw’s Old Town, Krakow’s Historic Center, the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Read More