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This new four-country itinerary centres around a three-night journey through the Alps aboard Golden Eagle’s magnificent train, the Danube Express

Entitled ‘Grand Rail Adventure: Vienna, The Alps & Milan’, this eight-day tour will combine the timeless romance of travel by luxury train with the spectacular landscapes, rich culture, and historic cities and towns of Central Europe’s Alps. Guests will begin the westbound itinerary with two nights in Vienna, where they’ll enjoy visits to Belvedere Palace, the Hofburg and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. A private, after-hours’ tour of Schönbrunn Palace is on-tap for that evening, followed by dinner inside the palace. The following day, guests will attend a private concert in a historic Viennese venue before boarding the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express for the first of three overnights.

Travelling west toward Austria’s Semmering Pass, guests will pass through incredible mountain landscapes before arriving at the Tyrolean village of Jenbach, where they’ll board a local steam-powered train for an excursion to scenic Lake Achen. After a boat cruise on the lake, guests will reboard the train and continue on to Innsbruck.

The next day, the Danube Express will traverse Austria’s picturesque Vorarlberg province, cross into Liechtenstein, and continue on to Zurich, where guests will explore the city’s old town and visit the Kunsthaus Museum of Art. After a final overnight on the train, and after crossing the rugged Gotthard Pass into Italy, guests will arrive in the beautiful lakeside town of Como. There, the group will enjoy a walking tour and an organ concert in the city’s 14th-century marble cathedral, before reboarding the Danube Express, travelling to Milan, and disembarking a final time. While enjoying a two-night stay in Milan, guests will visit the Duomo and a 19th-century shopping arcade, the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle II.

All six departures of Tauck’s ‘Grand Rail Adventure’ will operate next September and be exclusive to the company.

From £8,670 / €9,450 / $10,500 per person plus airfare

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