The Balkans or Bust – Celebrate our 30th Anniversary with a Rail Journey

The Balkans or Bust – Celebrate our 30th Anniversary with a Rail Journey

Located on what was once a war-torn peninsula, the seven Balkan nations emerged to stand out today as some of the world’s most diverse, complex and cosmopolitan countries. Positioned at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the Balkan region stretches all the way from the shores of Slovenia’s romantic Lake Bled down to the sun-drenched lands of mountainous Macedonia, rewarding intrepid travelers with a fascinating study of contrasting landscapes, languages, religions and cultures.

Celebrating our 30th Anniversary, Balkans-StyleIn honor of our 30th anniversary in 2016, we’ve added two new luxury Balkan rail journeys by private train to our collection:

Combining new and old, familiar and undiscovered, these tours take you on an introductory journey throughout the Balkans, allowing you to explore all the highlights of this incredible region along with some of Europe’s most sophisticated, classic cities.

Two New Luxury Balkan Rail Journeys by Private Train
Golden Eagle Danube Express

Rolling through the Balkans on the Golden Eagle Danube Express

No matter which journey you choose, you’ll spend most nights in your own private cabin aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express, allowing you to experience even the most remote destinations in comfort and style.

Budapest to Venice by Private Train

Glide from Hungary’s capital on the Danube, Budapest, all the way to the canals of Venice, admiring the changing scenes on your way through the mountains, valleys, towns and villages of eight countries – Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy.

Stop at ancient and modern cities along the way and discover four UNESCO sites.

Budapest to Venice by Private TrainA Balkan Rail Odyssey Aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express
Departures: June 1-12, 2016 
Price: From $9,995 (per person, twin share)

Venice to Istanbul by Private Train

In a classy introduction to southern Europe, this nine-country adventure by deluxe private train travels through Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Beginning in illustrious Venice, follow the early trade routes through the Balkans into Greece, ending in enduring Istanbul.

Explore five UNESCO Sites along the way, including Stari Most, the old Ottoman Bridge rebuilt from the ground up in war-ravaged Mostar, and Thessaloniki, Greece, with its early Roman monuments and Byzantine reminders.

Venice to Istanbul by Private TrainA Rail Expedition through the Balkans & Beyond Aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express
Departure: June 9-20, 2016
Price: From $9,995 (per person, twin share)  


Travel to the Balkans with MIR
Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo credit: Croatian Tourist Board

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Photo credit: Croatian Tourist Board

MIR has over two decades of Balkans travel experience and 30 years of unrivaled travel expertise in creating momentous journeys.

Chat with Joanna Millick, MIR’s Director of Sales, with any questions you may have: she has traveled widely throughout the Balkans. Joanna helped to create – and has led – our popular Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures group tour, a seven-nation journey through Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

You can also travel independently, on your own dates, on our Essential Balkans itinerary. There are endless custom and private travel possibilities that MIR can combine to build a Balkans trip tailored to your specific interests and pace.

More Rail Journeys by Private TrainOur menu of new rail journeys by private train extends far beyond the Balkans. We also have brand new rail journeys along the Trans-Siberian Railway and along the Silk Route and Iran. There are so many ways to travel by train in 2016! 

Top photo: Old Bridge, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzogovina. Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

PUBLISHED: January 29, 2016

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