Imperial Capitals of Europe
Legends come to life as you sail through eight countries and visit five capital cities on one majestic journey. 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. From exotic Istanbul to regal Vienna, you will have ample time to enjoy the imperial wonders of some of Europe’s most majestic capitals. Explore Istanbul’s striking mosques and opulent palaces. Celebrate Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube,” and let the “City of Waltzes,” Vienna, dazzle you with its charm.
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.
Step back in time to explore the history and legends living in the hillsides while cruising the Iron Gates. Immerse yourself in the colourful folktales and musical traditions of the extraordinary people as you watch children perform a concert for you at their school and savor a home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family.
Throughout your journey, savour the flavours of the region, including the “Queen of Wines,” a great Hungarian red, at an exclusive wine tasting in Villány. And enjoy a wealth of onboard performances, from classical Viennese concertos to Hungarian folk music.
From Istanbul to Vienna, and the noble Iron Gates to the extraordinary People’s Palace, the majesty of this region will take your breath away—the adventure of a lifetime awaits.
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.
TRUE ALL-INCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISING™ in 2015: 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.
Information is subject to change.