Danube Express is preparing to launch its 2012 programme of rail journeys and has announced a new Polish Explorer route, which captures the essence of Poland from the Danube to the Baltic.

The route will visit seven historic towns and cities in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland. Carrying 50 passengers and offering a combination of modern amenities and traditional style, the train transports passengers back in time to discover castles, cathedrals and gothic architecture. After a Champagne reception in the Royal Waiting Room at Budapest’s Nyugati station, guests board the train for four days of discovery. Leaving Budapest behind, the train follows the River Danube where passengers are treated to a view of the Visegrad Castle, a medieval royal fortress. A lunch of regional specialities is served in the restaurant car as the train heads west through Slovakia, arriving in Bratislava. Guests can then take a tour of the Old Town and the castle that overlooks the river, before continuing through the Moravian countryside of the Czech Republic.

Guests then arrive in Cracow the following morning and after breakfast can take a tour that explores the city’s past. Highlights include Wawel Castle, the medieval Market Square and the Cloth Hall.

Other highlights of the journey include a visit to Wieliczka to see one of the world’s oldest salt mines, now a World Heritage site and a visit to Malbork, once a stronghold of the Teutonic Knights.

The trip departs on June 30 and July 3 and costs £2,590 per person, based on two sharing an air-conditioned compartment with en-suite shower/WC. It includes three nights on the train with all meals, free wine, beer and soft drinks, all scheduled sightseeing and the services of a train manager. Flights are extra.

For more information call 01462-441400 or visit www.danube-express.com

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