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Orient Express - from Vienna to Istanbul

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Orient Express – from Vienna to Istanbul

Condições Gerais

The present program/online catalog is the informative document in which the current general conditions are included. They constitute, in the absence of a separate document, the travel contract.
The information is binding for the agency, except for some of the present conditions: 
  • If the changes in the following conditions have been clearly communicated in writing to the client before the conclusion of the contract and they are properly provided for in the program;

  • Any changes subsequent to the conclusion of the contract are subject to prior agreement of both the agency and the client, except as provided in the "impossibility of comply" clause.

These general conditions comply with the provisions of Decree-Law 61/2011 of May 6th, as amended by Decree-Law 199/2012 of August 24th.

The general conditions, which refer to an organized trip described in this program, along with the specific conditions provided to the client in the travel documentation at the time of booking, constitute the travel contract that binds the agency and the client.


The technical organization and sale of the activities included on this website are the responsibility of Papa-Léguas, a travel and tourism agency, with home office at Rua Manuel Assunção Mestre, nº22,  7780-199 Castro Verde, registered in the Commercial Registry Office of Lisbon with Taxpayer Identification Number 504163590. It has a share capital of €99,759.60 (ninety-nine thousand, seven hundred and fifty-nine euros and sixty cents). Papa-Léguas is also registered with the National Registry of Travel Agents and Tourism Operators (RNAVT) nº2275 and the National Registry of Tourist Animation Agents (RNAT) nº67/2014.


At the time of registration the client must deposit 30% of the service price, paying the remaining 70% up to 21 days before the service begins. If the registration takes place 21 days or less before the service begins, the total price of the service must be paid at the time of registration. Papa-Léguas, Agência de Viagens e Turismo Lda. reserves the right to cancel any booking that has not been paid for under the conditions mentioned above. Reservations are subject to the obtaining of a confirmation from suppliers for all services.

The prices of tours are presented per person and based on the occupation in a room shared by two people. The organizing agency will group clients who sign up individually for the same tour in pairs, by gender, and in chronological order of registration. Clients who are singled out must pay the respective individual supplement, when required by the service provider.


According to Law No. 144/2015 of September 8th, we inform that the customer may resort to the following Alternative Consumer Dispute Resolution Entities:

           i) Customer Authority of Travel and Tourism Agencies at provedorapavt.com;

          ii) Arbitration Commission of Tourism in Portugal at turismodeportugal.pt;

         iii) Or any of the entities indicated in the list provided by the Directorate-General for Consumer Affairs at http://www.consumidor.pt, which we recommend consulting. 


Complaints will only be considered if submitted in writing to the agency within a maximum period of 30 days after the completion of the services.

In the event of a complaint regarding non-compliance with contracted services, the customer may activate the Travel and Tourism Guarantee Fund provided for in DL 61/2011 of May 6, in its current wording, by submitting the respective complaint:

i) To the Customer Authority, as Papa-Léguas, Travel and Tourism Agency Ltd., is a member of the Customer Ombudsman for Travel and Tourism Agencies at www.provedorapavt.com. To benefit from this service, you must submit your written complaint within 20 business days after the end of the trip. Agencies are bound to comply promptly with any decisions issued by this entity.

ii) To Tourism of Portugal I.P. at www.turismodeportugal.pt within 30 days after: (i) the end of the trip; (ii) the cancellation of the trip attributable to the agency; (iii) the date of knowledge of the impossibility of its realization due to the agency; (iv) the closure of the establishment.

iii) To any of the entities listed on the website of the General Directorate for Consumer Affairs at http://www.consumidor.pt.


1) The agency is responsible for the luggage in the legal terms;

2) The Client has the obligation to complain to the service provider at the moment of subtraction, deterioration or destruction of luggage.

3) In international transport, if the luggage is damaged, the complaint must be made in writing to the carrier immediately after the damage is verified, and no later than 7 days after delivery. If the luggage is merely late in delivery, the claim must be made within 21 days from the date of delivery.

4) The presentation of such a claim will be an essential basis for Papa-Léguas, Agência de Viagens e Turismo Lda. to hold responsible the entity providing the service.


The responsibility of the agency will be limited to the maximum amount that can be demanded from the service providers, in accordance with the Montreal Convention of May 28, 1999, on International Air Transport, and the Bern Convention of 1961, on Rail Transport.

Regarding maritime transport, the liability of travel agencies, concerning their clients, for the provision of transport services or accommodation, when applicable, by maritime transport companies, in the event of damages resulting from their willful misconduct or negligence, will be limited to the following amounts:

a) € 441,436, in case of death or physical injury;

b) € 7,881, in case of total or partial loss of baggage or its damage;

c) € 31,424, in case of loss of a motor vehicle, including the baggage contained therein;

d) € 10,375, in case of loss of baggage, whether accompanied or not, contained in a motor vehicle;

e) € 1,097, for damages to baggage resulting from the damage to the motor vehicle.

Where applicable, the liability of travel agencies and tourism for the deterioration, destruction, and theft of baggage or other items in tourist accommodation establishments, while the client is staying there, is limited as follows:

a) € 1,397, in total;

b) € 449 per item;

c) The value declared by the client regarding the items deposited under the custody of the tourist accommodation establishment.

The agency's liability for non-bodily damages may be contractually limited to an amount corresponding to five times the price of the service sold.


For each reservation the following will be charged:

Reservation Expenses:

  • Portugal: 15€ (fifteen euros);
  • Remaining Countries: 30€ (thirty euros).

Alteration Expenses:

For each alteration (names, dates, type of apartment or room, travel, etc) : 50€ (fifty euros). Please note that the acceptance of such changes depends on the acceptance by the respective suppliers.


The client must have their personal or family documentation in good order (identity card, military documentation, authorization for minors, visas, vaccination certificates, and any other documents that may be required). The agency disclaims any responsibility for visa refusal or the client's denial of entry into a foreign country. The client is solely responsible for any costs incurred as a result of such a situation.

Travel in European Union: 

  • Clients (regardless of age) traveling within the European Union must possess the respective civil identification document (passport; ID card, Citizen Card).
  • To receive medical assistance, they must carry the corresponding European Health Insurance Card.
  • Nationals of non-EU countries should consult specific information regarding the necessary documentation for travel with the embassies/consulates of their countries of origin.

Travel outside the European Union:

  • Clients (regardless of age) traveling within the European Union must possess the respective civil identification document (passport) as well as a visa, if necessary (get this information from the agency at the time of booking);
  • Nationals of non-EU countries should consult specific information regarding the necessary documentation for travel from the embassies/consulates of their countries of origin.

If the travel suppliers involved allow it, whenever a customer who is registered for a particular trip wishes to change their registration to another trip or the same trip with a different departure date, or any other changes, they must pay a fee as alteration expenses. However, if the change takes place 21 days or less before the departure date of the trip for which the customer is registered, or if the service providers do not accept the change, the customer will be subject to the expenses and charges specified under the “cancellation (termination)” section.

Once the trip has started, if a request is made to change the contracted services for reasons not related to the agency (e.g., extending the number of nights of stay, changing the flight), the prices of the touristic services may not correspond to those published on the website that prompted the contract.


The customer may transfer their registration by being replaced by another person who meets all the required conditions for the trip, provided that they inform the selling agency at least seven days in advance and such transfer is possible under the applicable air transport regulations. In the case of cruises and air travel, the prescribed period will be fifteen days in advance.

The transfer of the registration makes both the transferor and the transferee jointly responsible for the payment of the trip price and any additional charges incurred.



Whenever there are external reasons that justify it, the organizing agency may change the order of the itineraries, modify the departure times, or substitute any of the planned hotels with others of similar category and location. The agency must inform the client of such changes as soon as they become aware of them.


When the tour is dependent on a minimum number of participants the Agency reserves the right to cancel the organized tour if the number of participants reached is less than the minimum. In such cases, the Client will be informed in writing of the cancellation within 15 (fifteen) days.


The prices in the program are based on the costs of services and exchange rates in effect on the date of printing of the program, and are therefore subject to change resulting from variations in the cost of transportation or fuel, duties, taxes, fees, and exchange rate fluctuations up to 20 days prior to the date of departure.


Once the tour has begun, no refund is due for services not used by the client due to unforeseeable circumstances or for reasons attributable to the client, except for refunds by the respective suppliers. Failure to provide services foreseen in the travel program for reasons attributable to the organizing agency and if it is not possible to replace them with equivalent ones, entitles the client receive a refund for the price difference between the originally anticipated services and the services actually provided.




If, prior to the start of the journey and due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizing agency, it becomes unable to fulfill any essential service included in the travel program, the client has the right to cancel the trip and immediately receive a refund of all amounts paid, or alternatively, accept a modification and possible price variation.

If the aforementioned circumstances beyond the control of the organizing agency result in the cancellation of the trip, the client may choose to participate in another organized trip of equivalent price. If the proposed replacement organized trip is of a lower price, the client will be refunded the price difference accordingly.


The client or their companions are free to cancel the trip at any time.

i) Such cancellation implies that the client is responsible for the payment of all charges arising from the beginning of the fulfillment of the contract and their withdrawal, as well as a percentage that can go up to 15% of the price of the trip.

ii) If applicable, the client will be refunded the difference between the amount paid and the aforementioned amounts.

iii) The cancellation of travel services/organized trips whose reservation has been made using the voucher issued under Decree-Law No. 17/2020 of April 23rd is subject to a cancellation fee equal to the price of the service, in order to prevent simulated or fraudulent reservations made solely with the intention of anticipating the receipt of the voucher-entitled values.


If for reasons not attributable to the client, the agency has to cancel the organized tour before the departure date, the client can choose to:

i) Being immediately refunded all amounts paid;

ii) Optionally, choose to participate in another organized tour and be refunded for any difference in price.


The liability of the travel agency organizing the trips included in this program and arising from the assumed obligations is covered by a civil liability insurance policy with Fidelidade Insurance Company, under policy number 9257343, for an amount of 75,000€ (Seventy-five thousand euros), in accordance with the applicable legislation.

18. VAT

The prices mentioned in this program already include the Value Added Tax at the current rate of 23%


This program is valid from 01/01/2022 to 12/31/2022

  • The remaining special conditions will be included on the page of each destination and trip - in the particular conditions - and they are part of the travel contract.
  • These general conditions may be supplemented by any other specific conditions agreed upon by the agency and the client.
  • The program prices are based on the average exchange rate of the dollar, so any significant deviation from this currency may result in a revision of the travel prices, as stated in the "price alteration" clause.
  • Due to constant fluctuations in fuel prices, there may be changes to the fuel surcharge included in the price, as stated in the "price alteration" clause.
  • The hotel categories presented in this brochure comply with the quality standards of the host country. However, they may be replaced by similar ones if, due to reasons beyond the agency's control, it is not possible to maintain or confirm the existing reservation. The agency will promptly inform the client once they become aware of such situations.

Arrival or departure times:

Departure and arrival times are stated in the local time of the respective country of destination and according to respective airline schedules at the time of printing this program, and may therefore be subject to change.

Hotels / Apartments:

Apartments - In case the accommodation is contracted in apartments, the client is responsible for informing the number of people that will occupy the apartment. If there are more people than booked, the apartments may refuse admittance.

Hotels - The prices shown are per person and are based on double occupancy. Not all hotels have triple rooms and usually an extra bed is placed in the room, which may not be of equal quality. In rooms equipped with two beds or a double bed, the triple may consist only of those beds.

The list of hotels and apartments in the program is indicative, as is their category, which is based on local criteria and classifications that are sometimes different from those used in Portugal.


Unless otherwise indicated, the prices shown for the Half Board and Full Board supplements do not include drinks.

On arrivals at the hotel after 7PM the first meal service will be breakfast the next day, on the last day and except for the possibility of late check-out, the last service of the hotel will be breakfast.

Check-in and check-out times:

The check-in and check-out times on the first and last day, will be defined according to the first and last service. As a rule, without binding character, the rooms can be used from 2PM on the day of arrival and should be left free by noon (12PM) on the day of departure.

In the apartments, the entry takes place generally at 5PM on the day of arrival and must be left free by 10AM on the day of departure.

Special conditions for children:

Given the conditions applied for children (destination and provider) it is recommended to always question the special conditions that may apply to the tour in question.


The agency offers the sale of insurance that can be purchased depending on the tour to guarantee assistance situations and cancellation expenses.

The maximum age limit, for the insurance, is 75 years-old.


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Líder da viagem

Jorge Duarte Estevão

Tour leader

I am a traveler who enjoys exploring the planet and sharing it with other travellers. I breathe in pure landscapes and feed myself on stories (and on the cuisine I savor). And I never travel without duct tape.

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Details of viagem
  • Conforto
  • Dificuldade
  • Duração 11 dias
  • Inscrições 5 - 10 people
  • Idade 14 - 75
  • Tipo de viagem Discovery, Tour leader
  • Destinos Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Turkey
  • Alojamento Comboio, Hotel, Train

The trip through the Orient Express, guided by tour leader Jorge Duarte Estevão, takes us for eleven days across Old Europe to Asia. We start in Vienna, Austria, and only end in Istanbul, Turkey. In between we stop in four other phenomenal cities: Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia, and Plovdiv.

We explored these iconic cities, immersing ourselves in the history and customs of five countries. We climb amphitheaters, rediscover the Ottoman legacy and the most iconic monuments.

We end the trip in Istanbul and will fall in love with this phenomenal city, full of history.

It is an adventure of contrasts and as you embark on this trip you will never forget it.

Why this viagem is a must?
  • Visit 5 countries: Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey;
  • Visit 4 European capitals: Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest and Sofia;
  • Several historical cities: Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia, Plovdiv and Istanbul;
  • Tolerance Square;
  • Neighborhood of Balat and Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque;
  • Going on a mythical train ride.


  • Accompanied by Portuguese tour leader and photographer;
  • 8 nights in hotel, double room; 2 nights in the train;
  • All land transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts;
  • Travel insurance and assistance.


  • International flights;
  • Visas;
  • Meals not mentioned as included (about 35€/day);
  • Transfers from/to the airport;
  • Entrance fees and activities (about 40€);
  • Any type of gratuity;
  • Any item not mentioned as included.

Dia 1 Flight city of origin - Vienna

Departure for Vienna. Arrival in Austria and transfer to the accommodation.

This day is reserved for travel between the origin city and the capital of Austria, once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Note: the arrival/departure dates may vary, depending on your origin city. If you have any doubts, contact Papa-Léguas for further clarification.

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: X
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Dia 2 Vienna - Budapest

After breakfast, let's take a leisurely walk around the imperial city. The Vienna Parliament and Opera House, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the Imperial Hofburg Palace are definitely must-see sites.

At the end of the day we will board the train that will take us to the capital of Hungary - Budapest.

Overnight in Budapest.

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
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Dia 3 Budapest - Bucharest

We awake early once again to visit the charming city of Budapest, starting with a visit to the imposing Parliament building. The building is inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List.

We then pass by the Chain Bridge, the Fisherman's Bastion and discover the Buda Palace, the Castle Quarter (Várnegyed) and Matthias Church.

In the late afternoon we can also relax in the Széchenyi Thermal Baths (optional activity), where we will stay for a few hours before leaving by train to Bucharest.

Night in compartments for 4 to 6 people. Shared bathroom.

Alojamento: ComboioRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
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Dia 4 Arrival in Bucharest

The journey between Budapest and Bucharest is long, so we will only arrive in the capital of Romania on this day. We cross the Transylvania region, before entering the Carpathian mountain range.

From the train window, we enjoy the magnificent views of the Romanian mountains and forests.
Upon arrival, we will wander a bit around town while looking for a place to taste the local cuisine.

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Dia 5 Bucharest

Bucharest is a huge maze of unexplored streets and alleys, we wander through Pasajul Victoriei and can't resist several photo stops, as well as all the colorful alleys of the Old Town.

We will follow too by Pasajul Macca-Villacrosse, where we catch sight of the Parliament Palace- one of the legacies of the dark period of Romanian history and the dictatorship of Ceausescu. We also stop in the historic neighborhood of Lipscanie and let the time flow in Cismigiu Park.

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
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Dia 6 Bucharest - Sofia

We leave the Romanian capital behind, to get back on the rails, heading for Sofia. We will enjoy the beautiful scenery outside for a few hours, as we follow the course of the Danube.

Since our time today is limited, let's seize the opportunity to savor a delightful dinner and take a leisurely nighttime stroll through the enchanting city.

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
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Dia 7 Sofia

This is the day we to get to know the Bulgarian capital. Located at the foot of the Vistosha mountain massif, Sofia is one of the oldest cities in Europe.

Today we will discover it, starting with the imposing Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, built as a tribute to the Russian soldiers lost during the Russo-Turkish War between 1877 and 1878, passing by the Square of Tolerance, which incorporates a mosque, a Roman Catholic, an Orthodox church, and a synagogue.

Then we further explore the market and relax in one or another café to enjoy the rhythm of the city until the end of the day.

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
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Dia 8 Sofia - Plovdiv

Today we go to Plovdiv, a very beautiful city that was recently the European capital of culture - and is a UNESCO Heritage candidate.

We'll enjoy our time there until the day's end, and then we'll embark on a delightful night train journey that will transport us to Istanbul.

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Dia 9 Istanbul

We arrive in Constantinople - what it was called in the past and during the times of the mythical Orient Express. Istanbul is the gateway to Asia and we will celebrate our arrival in a big way.

After breakfast, we walk to the Hagia Sophia and continue during the day to see the major landmarks of the great Turkish metropolis such as the Blue Mosque or the Topkapi Palace.

In the afternoon we discover the Basilica Cistern and a number of other buildings in the Sultanhamet area. And we will choose a place to watch the sunset over the Bosphorus.

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Dia 10 Istanbul

Today we go shopping in the Grand Bazaar, a fantastic place where we will be invaded by the smells and sounds of Turkish daily life.

We will also pass by the largest mosque in the city, the Süleymaniye Mosque, as well as discovering other secret places while walking around in Istanbul. From the vibrant Jewish Quarter to the iconic Galata Tower, and from the bustling Spice Bazaar to the lively Taksim Square.

We still have time, while in Istanbul, to try a lot of local cuisine.

Alojamento: HotelRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
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Dia 11 Flight Istanbul - Origin city

Those were days filled with intense emotions and unforgettable moments that will forever be etched in our memories. Now, it is time to bid farewell to the Orient Express.

According to the flight schedule, we will leave the city and head for the airport (transfer at the traveler's expense).
Note: the arrival/departure dates may vary, depending on your origin city. If you have any doubts, contact Papa-Léguas for further clarification.

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Is this trip for me?

If you are looking for a cultural trip, with food, train journeys and human contact, this trip is for you. There are no particular exertions to highlight, although we have to walk a lot in the cities we visit, because it is on foot and in contact with the local people that we take the pulse of the countries and cities.

Who will guide this trip?

The tour leader is Jorge Duarte Estevão, who knows well the countries we will be visiting. He is a very competent, good-natured tour leader who knows the country and has excellent feedback from travelers on previous trips. Sometimes we also rely on local guides to share more specific knowledge of the history and culture.

What kind of accommodation do I stay in during this trip?

The accommodation chosen can range from well-located hotels to guesthouses. The rooms will be twin/double rooms with private bathrooms, whenever possible. In extraordinary cases when it is not possible to find double/twin rooms, we may use triple rooms. On the nights spent on the overnight trains, we stay in cabins with beds for four or six passengers.

What kind of transportation do we use on this trip?

This is the Orient Express, so let's use the most romantic, safe and relaxed mode of transportation: the train. Travel by train will be in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th class. We will travel first class only if there is no alternative.

Are arrival and departure transfers included?

Transfers are not included, but public transportations (train and metros) easily connect the arrival and departure cities.

Does Papa-Léguas handle the flights?

If you request a flight proposal, Papa-Léguas sends you one. After you receive it, you can choose to buy from Papa-Léguas, another agency or online.

Where do I meet the group?

The group meets at the hotel, at a time to be arranged with the tour leader.

If I sign up alone, do I have to pay an individual supplement?

Not necessarily. If you do not wish to stay alone in the accommodations, you can share them with another person who is registered. Papa-Léguas may group travelers who sign up individually for the same trip in pairs, by sex and chronological order of registration, and if the number of participants is odd, the traveler who stays alone must pay the respective individual supplement.

How much money should I bring for my personal expenses?

We estimate an expense of about 35 EUR per day for meals. If you have a card like Revolut or Wise, I advise you to use it. With those cards, you don't pay bank fees. If you have a regular bank card, then it's better to withdraw money there.

Is insurance included in the land program?

It is not included for those departing from outside of Portugal, whether they are Portuguese citizens or not. Contact Papa-Léguas for further clarification.

Can I drink tap water in the countries to visit?

It is advisable to fill your own bottle at the hotels or where filtered water is available.

What documentation do I need to go on this trip?

Passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of departure from the country visited. The necessary documentation may vary, depending on your nationality, the country of origin and the places you will travel to. For further information, consult the relevant embassy websites or contact Papa-Léguas.

What equipment is essential for this trip?

Space is reduced on trains and we will have to drag our bags around through the trains and train stations, so we ask for restraint in the amount of luggage. We ask that only one item of luggage be used, with as little weight as possible, and one personal item (small backpack, computer bag, etc).

How is the access to electricity, Wi-Fi and communications?

A power adapter may not be necessary, as the power plugs in the countries visited are also type C and F. There is cell phone network coverage in most places, but there are also many areas where the signal will be weak or non-existent. It is advisable to consult your contract or contact your mobile operator to confirm the roaming costs. A SIM card can also be purchased from one of the local operators. Internet access can be provided by 3G in the main cities of the country, including 4G in the large urban centers.


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