Discover eight countries and many World Heritage sites as you cruise the fabled Danube River through the heartland of Central and Eastern Europe.

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 Budapest and the Danube  The Wachau Valley of the Danube, a World Heritage site, Austria  Fishermen's Bastion, Budapest  The Matthias Church, located on the Buda side of Budapest  The Strauss Memorial in Vienna, a city renowned for music  St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna  The gardens at Vienna's Schonbrunn Palace, a World Heritage site and the Habsburgs' summer residence  The village of Durnstein, along the Wachau Valley, Austria  Historic Melk Abbey, overlooking the Danube River, Austria  Interior of Melk Abbey, the renowned Benedictine monastery overlooking the Danube  The beautiful rococo design of St. Stephan's Cathedral in Passau  Prague and the Vltava River and historic Charles Bridge   Prague's Old Town Square  The legendary Charles Bridge, Prague  Hradcany Hill with St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague  The 13th-century Old New Synagogue, Prague  The medieval astronomical clock, Old Town Square, Prague  The village of Durnstein, along the Wacahu Valley, Austria

A Danube River Cruise

From Bulgaria to Germany & the Czech Republic Aboard the 160-guest Amadeus Silver/Amadeus Silver III

15-16 days from $4,990

Discover eight countries and many World Heritage sites as you cruise the fabled Danube River through the heartland of Central and Eastern Europe.

or Call 855-330-1542

May 16 - 30, 2017 Departure
Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning is Professor Emeritus of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and is also a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. A Fellow of the British Academy since 1990, Tim has also published extensively on the political and cultural history of Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Among his publications are The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture (2002), The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815 (2007), The Triumph of Music (2008) and The Romantic Revolution (2010).  Tim's books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Hungarian, German, Polish, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Croatian and Arabic. His most recent book is a biography of Frederick the Great of Prussia and was published by Penguin/Random House.

May 25 - Jun 9, 2017 Departure
Hugh Agnew

Hugh Agnew

Hugh Agnew has been fascinated by the lands and peoples of Russia and Eastern Europe since he first walked into a Russian language class in 10th grade. Having decided as an undergraduate to major in History and focus on the region, he pursued doctoral study at Stanford and became a history professor. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on the history of Eastern Europe and the Balkans, the Russian Revolution, Europe from Cold War to Detente, the Habsburg Empire, and nationalism at Queen's University in Canada, the National University of Singapore, and (since 1988) at the George Washington University, where he is a member of the Institute for Russian, European, and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs. He is also Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs at the Elliott School. Agnew has published books on Czech history and many articles on aspects of East European history, the Habsburg Empire, and European history. His insightful talks on past Smithsonian Journeys throughout Eastern Europe have made him a favorite with Smithsonian travelers.

Sep 1 - 16, 2017 Departure
Charles Ingrao

Charles Ingrao

Charlie Ingrao, a popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, is professor emeritus of history at Purdue University, where he has taught a wide range of courses on the European world.  Most of his twelve books focus on the Austro-Hungarian empire, including the classic study of the Habsburg Monarchy 1618-1815.  He has also served as editor of The Austrian History Yearbook and founding editor of the Central European Book series and of HABSBURG, the internet’s first country-specific discussion group. Following the recent Balkan wars, he founded an international consortium of Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovenian and Western scholars that published Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies, the first common narrative of the conflict.  To date, his work has appeared in six European languages.  As a public historian he has made over fifty trips to the Balkan war zones, given over a hundred public lectures to academic, governmental, and military audiences across North America and central Europe, and been a regular commentator for print, radio, and television media, including The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS).