Soak in the sights of imposing fortresses, sprawling palaces, and storybook villages as you travel through five countries in Eastern Europe. This leisurely trip on the Danube introduces another side of Europe, with stops at the region’s most beautiful towns and baroque cities. Among the surprises awaiting are multicultural Pecs, Hungary, and the lively artists’ enclave of Veliko Turnôvo, Bulgaria.
Your Danube river cruise also transports you through the great gorge known as the Iron Gates of the Danube, en route to Bucharest, the capital of Romania. River cruise aficionados love our generous included sightseeing — with more included tours and venues than any other company! Plus, Cultural Connections provide numerous opportunities to explore local traditions and meet local people, including a home-hosted lunch in Croatia and lunch with Bulgarian university students.
Experience the ultimate deluxe European river cruise on a voyage that connects the spires of Cologne and the spectacular Rhine Gorge with the Austro-Hungarian Empire cities of Eastern Europe. This itinerary linking two of our most popular voyages — Grand European Tour and Passage to Eastern Europe — is tailor-made for delving into the full pageant of European history and culture. You’ll visit a total of seven countries via the continent’s great river highways — the Rhine, Main, and Danube. On the Rhine river cruise portion, simply stroll off your boat into the winding lanes of medieval towns and villages. And on the Danube river cruise, get to know Vienna and Budapest, meet local people, and visit a local home. All the while, you’ll travel in the best way possible: by unpacking just once aboard a state-of-the-art Vantage river cruise ship. You simply won’t find a better, more in-depth deluxe European river cruise … or a better value!