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Grand European River Cruise - 2021

23-night river cruise with Mainz, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, Marktheidenfeld, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, Budapest, Kalocsa, Pécs, Vukovar, Belgrade, Donji Milanovac, "Iron Gates," Ruse, Veliko Tarnovo, Sinaia | Bucharest
  • ENJOY CRUISE LIFE ON A DELUXE RIVER SHIP, FEATURING WORKSHOPS, EVENING ENTERTAINMENT, AND MORE
  • FALL IN LOVE WITH BUDAPEST AND ITS GRAND ARCHITECTURE
  • DISCOVER VELIKO TARNOVO, BULGARIA’S 12TH-CENTURY CAPITAL
  • CRUISE THROUGH THE DANUBE’S IRON GATES, A SERIES OF SCENIC STRETCHES
  • STEP INSIDE THE FAIRY-TALE MANSE OF TRANSYLVANIA’S PELES CASTLE
  • VISIT THE PEOPLE’S PALACE IN BUCHAREST AND LEARN THE HISTORY OF THIS COLOSSAL BUILDING
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  • $346
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  • 26
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  • 60
    TOURS
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On-Tour Enrichment


Folklore Features:

On this Grand European Sojourn, you’ll experience Germany's viniculture in addition to the folklore and legends that have shaped Eastern Europe for generations.



Traditionally dressed Croatian woman decorating figurines

Kalocsa Folklore Workshop

Get hands-on in the Hungarian town of Kalocsa, otherwise known as the paprika capital of the world. Here, you’ll learn about local folkloric conventions with workshops on egg painting and embroidery. Then, channel your inner chef when you learn how to make the local specialty, paprika bread.


Traditional icon painting

Icon painting demonstration

Meet a local Bulgarian artist and Orthodox priest who will teach you about the country's ancient tradition of icon painting, which still endures today. As the first Slavic country to adopt Christianity in 865, Bulgaria features some of the earliest Byzantine icon paintings, first used to decorate 9th-century monasteries.


the Cryillic Alphabet

Cyrillic alphabet

Visit a primary school in the small Serbian town of Donji Milanovac where you’ll enjoy an introduction to the Cyrillic alphabet, the script invented by a 9th-century Byzantine monk that’s now used throughout the Slavic world.



Rustic Croatian meal

Home-hosted lunch in Croatia

Break bread with a local family in Vukovar, Croatia. Make connections, enjoy the local cuisine, and see firsthand the day-to-day life of local residents in this part of the world. Always a traveler favorite!



Traditional salt bread

Traditional Serbian salt & bread welcome

Kick off your Serbian explorations with this traditional welcoming custom, often used to welcome foreign dignitaries to the country. Most Eastern European countries feature some variation of this tradition, but in Serbia, it’s customary to offer bread and salt to new guests because bread carries an important significance in Serbian culture. In Belgrade, two traditionally-dressed women will welcome you with conventional pogača bread, which symbolizes family unity and goodness, while salt represents prosperity and good fortune.

Map of eastern Europe with colored pins in it

Onboard lecture series

While you cruise, you'll be treated to fun and educational lectures that will deepen your understanding of the regions you’re exploring. On this cruise, enjoy lectures on Croatia, modern Serbia, as well as a presentation on Bulgaria, Romania & European Union expansion.



Historic dancehall

Locally sourced entertainment

Experience the ways that folklore and tradition have carried over into contemporary life with a roster of local entertainers, brought to you most evenings as onboard entertainment. You'll hear bands revamping traditional music and watch several folk and dance ensembles, including a children's folkloric dance show in Bulgaria. Not to mention, you’ll attend an organ concert in Kalocsa's cathedral and an Eastern Orthodox choir performance at the Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, located in Arbanassi, Bulgaria.

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