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Passage to Eastern Europe featuring Transylvania - 2023

9-night river cruise with Budapest, Kalocsa, Mohacs, Vukovar, Belgrade, Donji Milanovac, Iron Gates, Ruse • Bucharest
  • REVEL IN FASCINATING FOLKLORIC TRADITION AND STORYBOOK SCENERY AS YOU CRUISE THE DANUBE THROUGH FIVE COUNTRIES
  • CITY TOUR OF BUDAPEST (A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE) FEATURING FISHERMAN’S BASTION
  • The quaint and colorful village of Veliko Turnovo with the river running through.
    SPEND A FULL DAY IN CHARMING 12TH-CENTURY VELIKO TARNOVO, WHERE YOU'LL LUNCH WITH LOCAL STUDENTS
  • SAIL THROUGH THE IRON GATES, ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC AND BEAUTIFUL STRETCHES ALONG THE DANUBE
  • ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO TRANSYLVANIA, ROMANIA
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Folklore Features


Folklore memories to bring home on your Eastern Europe adventure

From supernatural spirits to traditional song and dance passed down through the centuries, you’ll explore Eastern Europe’s unique mythology and folkloric convention on this illuminating cruise. Alongside your included sightseeing, Vantage’s roster of Cultural Connections will enhance your understanding of the cultural, religious, and historical influences that have shaped distinct folk traditions throughout Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, and Serbia.



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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.


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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



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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.



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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!




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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.

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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 modern Serbia, as well as a presentation on Bulgaria, Romania & EU Expansion.



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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 Serbia. 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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