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Passage to Eastern Europe & Transylvania - 2019

Bulgaria • Croatia • Hungary • Romania • Serbia
  • IRON GATES OF THE DANUBE RIVER
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Passage to Eastern Europe With Transylvania

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Traveler:PHYLLIS VENNBERG
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:July 2018

The staff was exceptional,efficient, charming, funny and courteous. The trips were amazing. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, very personable and engaging. They were passionate about sharing the history of the regions with us so that history came alive, which gave us a deeper understanding and appreciation of their history and culture. And the sights were breathtakingly beautiful. Lots of fun!! I would travel with Vantage again.

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Passage to Eastern Europe With Transylvania

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Traveler:DENNIS YOUNG
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:June 2018

Totally enjoyed my experience aboard the MS Voyager. Especially enjoyed and appreciated our local guides; Dyanne (Osijek-Vukovar) and Sorin (Brasov-Bucharest). Both were exceptional! Bogdan is a wonderful Cruise Director, and I applaud him as well. The daily briefings were excellent. Most everything went well, with just a few minor negatives, which are not worth talking about. All in all, 'Excellent'!!!

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Passage to Eastern Europe

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Traveler:MICHAEL STANKOSKY
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:November 2017

Gheorghe Bihoi was incredible. 2nd time with him, and he is 1st class! Do all you can to keep him as such. I look forward to having him again on another cruise. All of the staff were so pleasant and helpful. My compliments on how you do this.

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Passage to Eastern Europe

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Traveler:MORRIS MCKEE
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:November 2017

This trip was a life changing experience. It brought to life the things that we learned about from history books to news media and updated them to the current day. The guides were great. The tour directors worked so hard.

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Passage to Eastern Europe

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Traveler:HARRIET FERNANDEZ
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:6
Traveled:May 2017

This was a WONDERFUL trip!! The MS River Splendor is an outstanding ship in every way. The food was superb and the service of the entire staff was excellent. The various "entertainment" and enrichment that Vantage included were top rate. In fact, the very best I have ever seen for local talent brought on board. The itinerary is very interesting and I learned a great deal about these countries pre-WWII, during WWII, during the Communist Regime, and after the fall of communism. Quite amazing to see how these countries have emerged.

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Gateway to Eastern Europe

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Traveler:JERRY DEGANOS
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:0
Traveled:October 2016

This was our first time to do a river cruise with Vantage and we were pleasantly surprised by the excellent service we received. When there is another opportunity, we will be happy to go again and explore other areas.

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Gateway to Eastern Europe With Poland

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Traveler:LORI JONES
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:October 2016

This cruise was different for us because it was more of a sailing into History for us. Seeing the history of the cold war in Serbia and Croatia and Romania was compelling and amazing. Overall, the cruise was nothing short of vantage's finest as always. The ship was amazing, the crew was fabulous and no complaints from beginning to end!

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Gateway to Eastern Europe - Music Theme

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Traveler:BARBRA MANIATIS
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:September 2016

Boat, Crew was Outstanding, Destinations above expectations, the food was just 'par', was not impressed and Never had a Hot Meal! My only complaint, but would recommend this company and especially their Employees!

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Gateway to Eastern Europe

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Traveler:JANET JOHNSON
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:August 2016

This was an awesome trip. The food onboard was great, the crew excellent and couldn't ask for a better cruise director. Cruising through the Iron Gates was beautiful.

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Gateway to Eastern Europe

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Traveler:MARYLEE MCGREGOR
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:7
Traveled:June 2016

This is a great trip for anyone who wants to learn more about the countries in Eastern Europe that border the Danube. The opportunities to interact with local people were especially enjoyable. We visited schools, saw local dancing by both children and adults, ate in homes and community centers, were taught to make strudel, embroider, and decorate eggs. Be aware that the pace can be rather fast, and that many stairs do not have railings.

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Traveler:PAULA JONES
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:June 2016

This was my fourth river cruise in Europe and first with Vantage. I have always heard good things about Vantage and they lived up to their reputation. It was friendliest and most helpful crew I've ever experienced. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I would like to see a champagne station at breakfast for making mimosas. Although the food was superb, I did manage to eat low carb and gained no weight, a first for me. I wish I could have done the additional tours at the beginning and end, but they were sold out and I didn't have the time anyway.

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Gateway to the Black Sea

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Traveler:M SKOLD
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:October 2015

Take this trip from Black Sea to Budapest. Ending the trip with lights at night after a day of exploring Budapest is a real treat.

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Gateway to the Black Sea

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Traveler:JOANNE RUDO
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:October 2015

This was my first river cruise and I was very pleased. The Navigator was a small boat with 100 passengers which made it very easy to meet people. The tour was very organized from the crew to the tour guides. I very much enjoyed the cultural exchanges with home dinners, craft demonstrations, local folk dancers, church concerts and learning about the various countries on the cruise--especially the politics and economics of the area. Only complaint is that I would have loved to have more time in each port so as to explore on your own. A lot of time was spent with tour guides that were well versed in history etc. but left very little time for further exploration. Vantage does an amazing job in their selection of hotels and their location. I am afraid that I am now used to 5 star hotels! My room on the boat was small but just right for a single person--rather tight for a couple. There were many more expensive rooms that were larger. The river cruise went through areas that were not as populated as other parts Europe which meant that there were times that you needed to be bused to the cities/towns. I been told that in many river cruises that the ship docks right in the towns. All in all, I certainly recommend the tour.

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Traveler:WILLIAM GREENWOOD
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:October 2015

A perfect trip. Cruise director was excellent as was the service on board River Navigator. Tours were interesting with very knowledgable local guides who were among the best we have come across on tours. On board lecture on Serbia and Croatia was enlightening and the lecturer came across really well.

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Traveler:MAVIS MCGUIRE
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:0
Traveled:October 2015

Good trip, very enjoyable first time trave,ller

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Gateway to the Black Sea - Music Theme

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Traveler:ELAINE TROUT
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:October 2015

This trip is a must-do if you are a music lover. The entertainment was all exceptional, from the concerts in opera halls to the lunchtime music and costumed dance performance; from the enthusiastic school children's program to the on board entertainers. It was all top notch! I very much enjoyed the pre-extension to Transylvania as well, then the travels continued on the Danube. It is overall at the top of my favorite travels list--Excellent!

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Traveler:ANITA RESNICK
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:5
Traveled:September 2015

This was an incredible trip. One of the outstanding features was the amount of contact we had with natives. In Croatia we were treated to a concert and hilarious show in English in an elementary school. In groups of 8 we lunched in people's homes and learned first hand about their lives. I helped prepare strudel and bread in a farm on our way from the Prague extension to Budapest. We learned a great deal about life under the Communists and the sad history of WW II. The art deco architecture and the magnificent river scenery are memorialized in my wonderful pictures. Our riverboat was luxurious, food, service and native entertainment were outstanding. I highly recommend this special journey.

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Traveler:SHARON ROBINSON
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:14
Traveled:June 2015

I enjoyed this trip very much, in fact it is one of my favorites. There were a number of very interesting countries included and the people we encountered in each one seemed so glad that we were visiting. They were eager to meet and talk with us. There was no language barrier at all. I especially enjoyed the extension into Romania.

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Traveler:BILL KIDNEY
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:June 2015

This adventure was one of the most exciting and interesting I have ever experienced. The ship, crew, itinerary was outstanding. There was a fine variety of experiences. Included tours were sufficient for me. I enjoyed every meal. The pre-trip tour to Prague and Bratislava were well worth it. Only difficult portion was the departure from Romania after the Vantage person left me. Solo travel is becoming more challenging. All aspects of this tour were great. I would urge anyone to take this cruise. There is a difference when the ship is Company

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Traveler:Paul Wallace-Brodeur
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:October 2014

This trip more than exceeded our expectations. The on-board staff were delightful and fun, and accommodations and meals were all excellent. The staff responded to my wife's dietary needs and made arrangements for any off-board meal sites to as well. We learned a great deal about countries and cities/areas we visited through the tour guides, who were well informed and interesting.

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Traveler:Paul Wallace-Brodeur
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:October 2014

This trip more than exceeded our expectations. The on-board staff were delightful and fun, and accommodations and meals were all excellent. The staff responded to my wife's dietary needs and made arrangements for any off-board meal sites to as well. We learned a great deal about countries and cities/areas we visited through the tour guides, who were well informed and interesting.

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Traveler:Kathie & Geoff Churchill
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:October 2013

Last fall, we flew to historic Prague on a pre trip extension (well worth it). After a relaxing stop in Bratislava, we were taken to the Vantage deluxe ship ms River Splendor. Meandering down the Danube to the Black Sea, we went to Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. The history, architecture, cities, countryside, local people, and especially our fellow passengers made for a wonderful 17-day trip. The Vantage staff were very knowledgeable and ready to help make the trip special. We are currently planning our next adventure with Vantage.

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Traveler:Helen Gleason Mercer & Edward Mercer
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:October 2012

River trips are my favorite, love to be able to see everything. Food is great. Cultural experiences like having lunch at the house of a local family is a unique event. Experienced many things that I probably would have never seen or done had we not gone on this trip. A very different part of the world featuring modern development but still has that old world flavor. .

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Gateway to the Black Sea

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Traveler:Anna Marie Henry
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:September 2012

This was a fabulous trip and we highly recommend it ! It was our first river cruise and certainly won't be our last. So nice to "unpack" once yet travel to new places every day. Having 160 passengers and a crew of 45 was ideal.......small enough for great personal service and large enough for diversity of travelers. The crew and guides were excellent and the cities/locations visited were most interesting. Lastly, the ship was modern (Wi-Fi throughout),spotless and boasted all the amenities we could ask for. The workout room and the internet/computer room were nice bonuses. Thank You Vantage !!

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Traveler:William & Ruthann Rossiter
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:September 2012

We had always wanted to see eastern Europe and this cruise did not disappoint! From our arrival in magnificent Budapest to our farewell to our program director, Bogdan Curea in Romania, we enjoyed ourselves to the fullest. We learned so many things that we did not previously know: that Hungary has a large agrarian population; that Bulgaria has such a charming culture, that Romania is in fact, a Romantic culture rather than a Slavic one. We enjoyed the onboard lectures and entertainment that were provided for us.....in fact, we enjoyed the whole onboard experience. The crew is so professional, but not a bit "distant". All of our needs were met beautifully, and every day was a cherished experience. Vantage does such a superb job or making their trips pleasurable and educational. We will recommend you to anyone we can!

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Traveler:Julian & Delois Yelton
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:August 2012

Second trip with Vantage and all was great as always. Vantage did a great job even though we did have some weather problems that caused the river to be down so the ship could not go all the way to the Black Sea. Transportation was provided to and from the Black Sea. This part of Europe is coming out and is really open to visitors coming in. This is a must see trip to get a full idea of what they have to live in and work in. A great trip and a real eye opener.

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Traveler:James & Merry Roelofs
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:6
Traveled:August 2012

I call this the Bucharest to Budapest Tour. Because of low water levels, the cruise had to be adjusted, but, as has been true of other Vantage tours, the guides adapted our trip seamlessly. Truthfully, a "cruise" is not my favorite way to travel, so I very much appreciated the opportunities to get into the cities and countryside each day in the various countries. But the accommodations on board were very comfortable and the food delicious. Perhaps the highlight was coming into Budapest at dusk with the lights of the city welcoming us, and the captain graciously taking us up and back down river, under the bridges, to enjoy the view!

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Traveler:Richard & Susan Keeran
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:August 2012

Eastern Europe was an area that we had never traveled to before. The ship, other travelers, staff and general accommodations were great. Our only disappointment was the "dirty Danube" which surprised us greatly. Perhaps it was because it was fall. The planned excursions were very interesting and we most enjoyed free time to explore a number of the cities. Several of our favorite excursions included the visit to the school and meeting all the students. We also very much enjoyed the home visit with meal. The family shared much information with us concerning their past and current lifestyle. We appreciated the head chef showing us the kitchen and one of the mechanics showing the engine room to my husband. We enjoyed various sections of the ship including the top deck where we were able to take a walk each day. Our cabin was very roomy and pleasant - with plenty of space to store our luggage. Our final night offered a great meal at a lovely hotel.

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Traveler:Patrick & Peggy Mertes
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:7
Traveled:July 2011

We have traveled numerous time with both Vantage and other travel companies, and Vantage is far and away the best. This particular trip was exceptional, with all the various sites and activities, there was never a dull moment. The pre-trip to Brasov was exceptional from the accomadations to the experience of going to Transylvania, worth every penny spent on trip.

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Traveler:Anna Marie Henry
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:6
Traveled:September 2008

This was my first Vantage trip. I had a wonderful time, the accommodations were excellent as were the program managers that accompanied us. The scenery was beautiful along the river and was thrilled to experience Budapest. So happy I went.

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Traveler:Anna Marie Henry
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:6
Traveled:September 2008

This was my first Vantage trip. I had a wonderful time, the accommodations were excellent as were the program managers that accompanied us. The scenery was beautiful along the river and was thrilled to experience Budapest. So happy I went.

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