Michael Kerr, The Daily Telegraph, September 06, 2013
The Golden Eagle Danube Express will carry 65 passengers, “who should be blessed with a fairly pioneering spirit”. They will be entertained en route by Farokh Engineer, who played cricket for Lancashire and India but whose ethnic roots are in the Persian city of Yazd. He will be making his first visit to his ancestral homeland.
The train is a joint venture between the Danube Express, the only private train in Central Europe to have en suite facilities, and the “rail-cruise” tour operator Golden Eagle Luxury Trains. It will travel through Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey before entering Iran, where five days will be spent exploring historic cities, World Heritage Sites and towns off the beaten track.
There will be two “Jewels of Persia” trips in 2014: eastbound departing on October 14, costing from £8,695 per person, and westbound on October 27, costing from £9,395, not including flights. Two more trips are being arranged for 2015. For details see danube-express.com ; goldeneagleluxurytrains.com .