Views of the Swiss Alps
Golden Eagle Danube Express: Istanbul to Paris
Views of the Swiss Alps
Breitenstein - Kalte Rinne viaduct
Staff and Guests
Bar Lounge Car
Dessert served onboard
Danube Express Restaurant Car
Deluxe Class
Deluxe Class
Superior Deluxe Cabin by day
Superior Deluxe Cabin by night

Golden Eagle Danube Express: Istanbul to Paris (Tour code: 13968)

Starts and Ends
Istanbul to
Travel Periods
18 May 2025 & 05 Sep 2025
Travel Style
Rail Journeys
New for 2025 - Set out on a legendary voyage, exploring iconic cities across the continent. This remarkable journey takes you from the enchanting metropolis of Istanbul to the heart of Europe, Paris, ensuring an unparalleled experience with signature Golden Eagle offerings at every step of the way.


Indulge in the distinctive Golden Eagle encounters woven throughout this exceptional journey. Immerse yourself in meticulously crafted excursions, followed by tranquil afternoons on your exclusive, five-star accommodation on wheels.

Witness a private saxophone performance amidst the awe-inspiring Postojna Caves

Embark on a breathtaking journey through the magnificent Semmering Pass, celebrated for its 16 viaducts and 15 tunnels

Immerse yourself in a private classical concert showcasing the renowned Vienna Supreme Orchestra

Savour a magnificent Farewell Dinner on the enchanting banks of the Bosphorus

8 days
AUD 27,709
per person, twin share
Travelling with kids? Read more 
All services are subject to availability.


An iconic rail odyssey across the continent - new for 2025. 

Experience an unforgettable journey from the enchanting metropolis of Istanbul to the heart of Europe, Paris, with signature Golden Eagle experiences at every turn. Indulge in expertly curated excursions complemented by tranquil afternoons aboard your private, five-star hotel on rails. Immerse yourself in breathtaking views and personalised service, epitomizing the essence of luxurious travel.


Private ensuite accommodation on the Golden Eagle Danube Express train
Five-star pre and post tour accommodation in Istanbul and Paris
Arrival and departure transfers
Authentic dining experiences in local restaurants
Freshly prepared meals on board
Inclusive alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from standard bar list
Cabin attendant service including evening turndown
Experienced Tour Management team
Expertly guided off-train excursions
Luggage porterage throughout the journey
Services of a UK-registered Doctor and medical facilities on board
All gratuities

Day 1 Istanbul, Turkey

On arrivals day in Istanbul, you will be met and transferred to the five-star Four Seasons Sultanahmet hotel (or similar) for a luxurious one-night stay.

Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception dinner with your fellow guests.

Why not extend your stay in Istanbul to explore at your leisure? Please contact us for hotel options and rates.

Istanbul, Turkey

Day 2 Istanbul, Turkey

Your extraordinary rail odyssey commences in the fabled city of Istanbul, spanning both Asia and Europe. Guests will be chauffeured this morning to Istanbul Halkali Station, where the indulgence begins with a sophisticated drinks reception before stepping into the lap of opulence aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express.

The day unfolds as a seamless indulgence in the finer aspects of luxury train travel, traversing through the picturesque landscapes of Turkey and seamlessly crossing borders into Bulgaria. Onboard, immerse yourself in the epitome of luxury, surrounded by exquisite comforts and attentive service, as the Golden Eagle Danube Express becomes your sanctuary on wheels.

As night descends, the enchantment continues with a sumptuous Welcome Dinner served aboard the train. Delight your palate with a carefully curated menu, complemented by a selection of the finest wines, creating a gastronomic experience that perfectly mirrors the unparalleled luxury that defines every moment on this extraordinary rail journey.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Istanbul, Turkey

Day 3 Sofia, Bulgaria

Today step inside the heart of Bulgaria’s vibrant capital, Sofia, nestled at the base of majestic Mt Vitosha. Delve into the rich history of this ancient city, tracing its origins back to the fearless Thracian tribe of Serdica.

Your adventure begins amidst the captivating ruins of the Roman city of Serdica, where echoes of a bygone era whisper tales of glory and conquest. Wander through the enchanting City Garden, home to the prestigious National Theatre Ivan Vazov, and marvel at the opulent facade of the Presidential Palace and other iconic landmarks that adorn Sofia’s skyline.

But the excitement does not end there. Brace yourself for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience as guests will descend into the hallowed Crypt of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Here, in this sacred space, you will be enraptured by the mesmerising melodies of the “Cosmic Voices” a transcendent vocal masterpiece that stirred hearts at the opening of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Enchanting and evocative, this private performance by the renowned Vanya Moneva Choir promises to transport you to realms of sublime beauty and spiritual awakening.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sofia, Bulgaria

Day 4 Belgrade, Serbia

Embark on an exhilarating journey as you greet the dawn in Belgrade, the vibrant heart of Serbia and a melting pot of cultures. Nestled at the confluence of the majestic Danube and Sava Rivers, this city boasts a rich tapestry of history, from ancient Celtic fortifications to medieval marvels and opulent Turkish baths.

Today, immerses yourself in the hidden treasures of Belgrade, beginning with an exclusive exploration of Tito’s legendary blue train, a relic of Yugoslavia’s storied past. Indulge your senses with a sumptuous traditional Serbian feast, tantalizing your taste buds with flavours as bold and diverse as the city itself.

Prepare to savour the essence of Serbian hospitality as you delve into the world of Rakija, Serbia’s beloved elixir. At the city’s oldest brewery, we’ll sample an array of Rakija varieties, all while regaling in captivating tales and anecdotes that breathe life into Belgrade’s spirited history.

Before you board the train, seize the opportunity to wander through Belgrade’s bustling streets, where every corner reveals a new facet of its vibrant culture. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Belgrade, Serbia

Day 5 Postojna, Slovenia and Vienna, Austria

Embark on a day of refined exploration as you venture into the enchanting depths of Postojna Caves. Aboard an underground train, delve into a subterranean world of magnificence, wandering through a network of grand halls adorned with a myriad of intricate cave formations and inhabited by mysterious creatures. Immerse yourself in the atmospheric ambiance, heightened by the soulful notes of a saxophonist echoing through the cavernous spaces.

Later in the afternoon, cameras poised, ascend the breathtaking Semmering Pass, renowned for its architectural marvels of 16 viaducts and 15 tunnels. This UNESCO World Heritage Site provides an unrivalled panorama from the train, a spectacle that transcends ordinary views.

As twilight descends, arrive in the imperial city of Vienna, where the evening unfolds into a crescendo of sophistication. Indulge in a sumptuous dinner and experience the pinnacle of cultural delight with a private classical concert featuring the illustrious Vienna Supreme Orchestra. Tonight, revel in the harmonious convergence of exquisite cuisine and timeless melodies, creating an evening that transcends the ordinary and stands as a testament to the art of refined travel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Postojna, Slovenia and Vienna, Austria
Postojna Caves

Day 6 Vienna, Austria

This morning, exploration of the refined splendors of Vienna continues. Austria’s stunning capital, steeped in a rich heritage, casts its enchanting spell on visitors. With its elaborate palaces, iconic coffee houses, and a cultural tapestry woven with classical music and captivating opera, Vienna stands as a seductive metropolis that beckons to be explored.

Embark on a splendid afternoon journey through the breathtaking Austrian countryside, traversing the majestic Alps as the train makes its way into Switzerland. Whether you choose to unwind in the privacy of your cabin, where your dedicated cabin attendant is ready to cater to your every need, or opt for the sophisticated ambiance of the bar car, reveling in the enchanting melodies of our resident pianist and savoring the exquisite array of cocktails meticulously crafted by world-class bar staff – every moment promises an indulgent fusion of spectacular views and refined relaxation.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Vienna, Austria

Day 7 Champagne and Paris, France

Renowned for producing the world’s finest sparkling wines, Champagne’s lusciously manicured vineyards, draped over rolling hills, present a captivating tapestry of green and gold. Beyond the effervescent nectar that bears its name, the region boasts historic cathedrals and regal architecture, narrating tales of medieval grandeur. Your adventures through this land will reveal a symphony of flavours, history, and elegance, making Champagne an unparalleled destination for the senses.

As the day progresses, guests reboard the private train, resuming the journey across the serene French countryside. The final destination awaits, and as the sun sets, arrive in the iconic city of Paris. This evening is adorned with a special reference to a Farewell Dinner, a celebration of the exquisite experiences shared and the enchanting landscapes traversed throughout this luxurious voyage.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Champagne and Paris, France

Day 8 Paris, France

This morning, after an overnight stay at a centrally located five-star hotel (Paris Le Grand or similar), enjoy your final breakfast on the tour. Later, bid farewell to the friends you have made aboard. 

Why not extend your stay in Paris to explore the French capital at your leisure? Please contact us for hotel options and rates.

Paris, France
Eiffel Tower


Golden Eagle Danube Express

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The Golden Eagle Danube Express is your luxurious hotel-on-wheels. Unpack just the once and settle into your well-appointed and comfortable cabin as you begin this voyage of a lifetime. Your cabin attendant will be on hand to look after all your needs.

In addition to our luxury sleeping cabins, we offer a first class Bar Lounge Car and Restaurant Cars.


Travel in some of the finest rail accommodation available in Europe.

Private bathrooms feature a shower with constant hot water, washbasin and toilet. There is a heated towel rail, shaver socket and hairdryer. A range of toiletries and a dressing gown are provided. Cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning, lighting with dimmer switches, individual reading lights, power sockets and a safe.

Co-ordinated fabrics complement wood-panelled walls and brass fittings. Two comfortable armchairs provide daytime seating, and a free-standing chair adds flexibility. Cupboards and a full-length wardrobe provide ample storage whilst the large picture window and full-length mirror enhance the spacious feel. A second window will open for fresh air and for that perfect photo opportunity.

During dinner each evening the living room is converted into two comfortable lower beds by your attendant who is also on hand to bring you early morning tea or coffee.

Deluxe Cabin (Day)
Deluxe Cabin (Night)

Room Upgrades

Superior Deluxe Cabin

Superior Deluxe cabins, with private en-suite facilities, offer the ultimate in European rail accommodation in terms of space, facilities, and comfort.

With 12 cabins per departure, each cabin offers comfortable daytime seating with a full-length sofa and two additional chairs. The large cabin also benefits from two full-size picture windows, one of which is openable to add to the bright and airy feel of the interior.

Each evening the cabin is transformed into a luxurious bedroom with a UK-standard King Size bed. All cabins have, as standard, a large double wardrobe with excellent storage space, individually controlled air-conditioning, lighting with dimmer switches, individual reading lights, in cabin Wi-Fi and USB ports, power sockets and a safe.

Superior Deluxe Cabin

Prices are dynamic based on travel dates. Please proceed to Book Now or Contact Us for details.

Additional information

  • The bar lounge: Unwind in comfortable surroundings and watch the world go by as you get to know your fellow passengers and begin long-lasting friendships. It is here that your Tour Manager will also organise a programme of activities. Passengers will receive printed daily itineraries throughout the tour detailing train arrival and departure timings, latest weather forecasts for the next destination and information on the following day’s excursions and activities.
  • The Bar Lounge Car and Restaurant Cars will host an entertaining and enlightening range of activities such as language lessons and engaging talks by expert lecturers on local history and culture. In the evening enjoy the sounds of the resident pianist playing in the Bar Lounge Car. Every night the bar stays open until the last person leaves.
  • The restaurant car: Enjoy the delights of an on-train breakfast each morning - a wide selection of fruit, cereals, orange juice and cold plates are available from the bountiful buffet.
  • For lunch and dinner, you will enjoy fine food, great wines and attentive service in the welcoming atmosphere of the restaurant car. On offer are culinary experiences that reflect the very essence of the countries the train travels through, as well as international cuisine. Vegetarian and other dietary options are also available.
  • Meals onboard are a relaxed affair as the restaurant cars can accommodate all guests in a single sitting. Throughout the journey there is an informal dress code, so you can enjoy your culinary experiences in convivial and relaxed surroundings and with an open-seating policy you can dine wherever, and with whomever, you please.

Departure dates:

  • 18 May - 25 May, 2025
  • 05 Sep - 12 Sep, 2025
  • 17 May - 24 May, 2026 (cost on request)
  • 06 Sep - 13 Sep, 2026 (cost on request) 


  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing, and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package


Who are Entire Travel Group?

Welcome to Entire Travel Group. We offer exceptional travel experiences across our extensive range of Entire Holiday Packages, Entire Group Journeys, Entire Rail Journeys, and Entire Cruise Journeys. With our industry-leading Peace of Mind Booking Plan, you can Book Now with flexibility and confidence.

Entire Travel Group is celebrating over 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family-owned, award-winning business with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday experience.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

Is Entire Travel Group industry accredited?

Entire Travel Group is both ATAS and CATO Accredited. ATAS is actively administered by the Australian Travel Industry Association (ATIA). The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) is the trade association representing the land supply sector of the Australian Travel Industry.

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was honoured at the 2023 National Travel Industry Awards with Most Oustanding Wholesaler - Product / Service.

As our team works tirelessly to deliver exceptional holiday experiences, it was exciting to have this acknowledged with the highest recognition. The award is also a testament to the quality of our partners around the globe, and we take this opportunity to thank them for their tremendous support of our customers.

Are the Entire Travel Group holiday packages exclusive?

In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?

  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of Entire Travel Group's attributes, we have settled on "When Experience Matters" as the quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. We have the experience to ensure your itinerary makes the dream holiday possible. Our continually enhanced technology allows our team to provide a quality customer service experience, and our partnerships with outstanding operators ensure we are confident of the on-ground experience for our customers.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

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Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.

What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?

  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
  • For additional payments on the booking, Entire Travel Group supports bank transfer, credit card, TravelPay B2B, PaymentGate.
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How secure is the Entire Travel Group's on-line payment portal?

  • Entire Travel Group have partnered with TravelPay to ensure secure on-line credit card payments.
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Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

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Please visit the Entire Travel Group's Agent Portal. We are here to support our industry partners with a range of informative updates, marketing collateral for campaigns and a reward & recognition program.

How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.

How do I contact Entire Travel Group?

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When experience matters