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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 Prague and the Vltava River and historic Charles Bridge   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  Interior of Melk Abbey, the renowned Benedictine monastery overlooking the Danube  The beautiful rococo design of St. Stephan's Cathedral in Passau  Historic Melk Abbey, overlooking the Danube River, Austria  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  Budapest, one of Europe's most beautiful cities, situated along the Danube River

A Danube River Cruise

From Bulgaria to Germany and the Czech Republic Aboard the 160-guest Amadeus Silver

15-16 days from $5,090

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

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).

Jun 10 - 24, 2018 Departure
Bertrand Patenaude

Bertrand Patenaude

Dr. Bertrand Patenaude is an expert in modern European history and international relations at Stanford University, where he is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Dr. Patenaude has lectured throughout Europe and has led several study tours on the Danube, including his first trip for Smithsonian Journeys in 1991. He first came to the region as a student in Vienna, during his Junior Year Abroad in 1975-76, and he spent a year as a graduate student at the University of Vienna in 1977-78. He received his BA from Boston College and his MA and PhD from Stanford University. Dr. Patenaude is the author and editor of several books on European, Russian, and American history. His most recent book is Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary, which was serialized for radio in Great Britain by the BBC. His first book, The Big Show in Bololand: The American Relief Expedition to Soviet Russia in the Famine of 1921 (Stanford University Press, 2002), won the 2003 Marshall Shulman Book Prize and has been made into a documentary film for Public Television. He taught for eight years in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where his outstanding performance as a classroom instructor was recognized with the Schieffelin Award for Teaching Excellence for two consecutive years.

Jun 19 - Jul 4, 2018 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.

Sep 9 - 23, 2018 Departure
Joseph Snyder

Joseph Snyder

Joseph Snyder was a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service officer for 30 years, serving at diplomatic posts in Thailand, Iran, Taiwan, Malaysia, Austria and Washington, D.C. Among other positions, Joseph was Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, where he worked on nuclear issues in North Korea, Iran and Iraq. Joseph has traveled and lectured extensively throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He earned his undergraduate degree at Georgetown and his graduate degree at Yale, majoring in international relations with an emphasis on the history, politics and economics of Asia. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, German and French.