Imperial Capitals of Europe
Legends come to life as you sail through eight countries and visit five capital cities on one majestic journey. Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube,” and Vienna, the “City of Waltzes,” are but two of the many highlights you’ll experience on this grand journey. Cruise and tour through no less than eight different countries and five capital cities, with highlights both ancient and modern. From the grand-domed mosques of Istanbul to the ornate concert halls of Vienna, and everything in between. This is a perfect itinerary for those who love discovering new lands, exotic far-off cultures and Old World traditions.
Take this truly one-of-a-kind journey along paths forged by crusaders, conquerors, and kings through Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria. Explore exotic Istanbul, with its striking mosques and opulent palaces. Step back in time as you cruise the wondrous Iron Gates. Celebrate Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube,” and let the “City of Waltzes,” Vienna, dazzle you with its imperial charm. As you travel, you’ll uncover scores of hidden treasures, including laid-back, pleasure-loving Osijek; the picturesque Bulgarian towns of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi; and the astounding rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the colorful folktales and musical traditions of the region’s extraordinary people as you watch children perform a concert for you at their school and savor a home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family. The adventure of a lifetime awaits you.
Who will enjoy this cruise: Explorers wishing to discover ancient lands and modern multicultural cities. Photographers, amateur archaeologists, connoisseurs of regional cuisines, and anyone who loves beautiful and mysterious locales.
Epicurean Adventurer Program™
Bulgarian honey and yogurt tasting
Villány Hills wine tasting
Salty pogácsa and pálinka tasting on Szentendre Island
Special food-and-wine-pairing dinner
TRUE ALL-INCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISING™ in 2014: All gratuities onboard and onshore; unlimited beverages onboard including an extensive selection of distinctive wines, craft and regional beers, spirits, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions with local experts as your guide; free Internet and Wi-Fi; and all arrival and departure day transfers.
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Information is subject to change.