Orient Express Ceases Operation

Danube Express

After 125 years the original Orient Express service will grind to a halt for good on 12 December when the famous name will disappear from European timetables.  During its heyday in the 1930s, the Orient Express ran between Paris and Istanbul with through coaches from Calais and Ostende for the benefit of UK travellers.  Now the Danube Express will take up this mantle with a variety of journeys offered in May, June and September to and from Istanbul.

Istanbul is set to top travel hot lists next year after being named European Capital of Culture for 2010 and this coincides with the Danube Express’ arrival in the city.  Reviving the Golden Age of rail and waiting to whisk passengers on a relaxed voyage of discovery is the Danube Express’ Istanbul Odyssey, an exotic overland adventure between London and Istanbul. Offering an altogether more civilised method of travel along this route than hitherto with deluxe en suite compartments, the Danube Express is ideal for those in search of a slice of nostalgia.

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The Danube Express Transylvanian Journey

Danube-ExpressWith the new sequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Dracula The Un-Dead) published in time for Halloween, fans of all things spooky may be inspired to visit Dracula’s homeland – Transylvania. Waiting to whisk passengers on a relaxed voyage of discovery of the region is the Danube Express’ brand new Transylvanian journey which includes a visit to Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle.

Passengers will experience a Transylvanian journey very different to that of Jonathan Harker’s in Dracula, with deluxe twin compartments offering lower beds and en suite shower and WC facilities, breakfasts cooked to order and delicious dinners served each evening. Travelling in the comfort of a gleaming hotel-on-wheels, passengers encounter stunning scenery and ancient architecture as they embark on a journey from Budapest to Istanbul.

Bran Castle, Romania
Bran Castle, Romania

En route guests explore Sighişoara, a preserved medieval town and rumoured birthplace of Dracula, and Braşov, home to Bran Castle, one of many locations in Romania linked to the Dracula legend. Journeying through the Carpathian Mountains and through rural Bulgaria, further highlights ahead of arrival in Istanbul include the ancient capital city of Veliko Turnovo, and the capital of the Valley of Roses, Kazanlak.

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