Balkan Explorer Train Journey

Balkan Explorer Train Journey

Fri 9 – Tue 20 May, 2025
Escorted by Mandy Page

Venice to Istanbul: 9 countries

Italy – Slovenia – Croatia – Bosnia & Herzegovina – Serbia – Montenegro – North Macedonia – Bulgaria – Turkey

Embark on this legendary Grand European train journey, a twelve-day odyssey, spanning nine captivating countries.
Your moving hotel is aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express, an elegant and comfortable train.

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A good balance of diverse experiences.
Everything was very well organised with a fantastic itinerary. Pre trip organisation and support was also very good with queries sorted quickly.
Wonderful. So well organised. Good communication.

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0800 868 748

Tour Inclusions TOUR PRICE
  • Transfer from Venice airport to hotel.
  • Two nights in a centrally located hotel in Venice.
  • Seven nights onboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express in private en-suite accommodation.
  • Cabin attendant service including evening turndown.
  • On-board Wi-Fi.
  • Cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning.
  • Cabins have a personal safe.
  • Two nights in Istanbul at a 5-star hotel.
  • Transfer from hotel to Istanbul airport.
  • Freshly prepared meals on board, using the finest local ingredients
  • Authentic dining experiences in local restaurants.
  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 11 Dinners
  • Generous drinks allowance throughout, including wine with lunch and dinner.
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks and mineral water on the train throughout the journey.
  • Expertly guided off-train excursions as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Personal headsets for touring.
  • Luggage Porterage throughout the journey.
  • Experienced Tour Management team.
  • Services of New Zealand Tour Leader,  Mandy Page (if ten or more people book).
  • Services of a UK-registered Doctor and medical facilities onboard.
  • All gratuities. (Tipping included on and off the train).

Deluxe Cabin

per person, share twin

Single supplement

Superior Deluxe Cabin

per person, share double

Single supplement

Early Booking Discount
$500 if you book by 18 September, 2024


*Tour Prices above are in NZ Dollars and are based on an exchange rate of 0.56 against the Euro.  The final invoice will be sent in late January 2025. The price will be calculated using the exchange rate at the time.

Please note that prices are LAND ONLY and DO NOT INCLUDE airfares.


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Your Tour Leader: Mandy Page

Mandy Page

Mandy has led more than 60 tours for Tours Direct over the last 20 years, in all seven continents.

Believing that most of the delight of travel is in the journey, Mandy likes to make tours flexible for different levels of fitness and experience.

On a tour with Mandy, you can expect there will be variety and surprises.

She is interested in the arts and has an unquenchable fascination with ancient history and cultures. You’ll benefit from Mandy’s extensive travel experience and especially enjoy her infectious laughter.

What People Say About Mandy

You know that the trip is going to be well managed when Mandy is there. Always friendly and interested in us having a good holiday.

So patient… with some good suggestions about what to look out for. Pleasure to travel with.

You never knew what would come out of her travelling bag – there seemed to be something for every emergency. Would travel with Mandy again.

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