Oct 11, 2021 - Oct 23, 2021
Trip Type
By River

Ship Size: Up to 130 guests
Price: Starting from $4,860 per person
Co-sponsored with: University of Chicago, Georgia Tech, Kansas, National Trust, University of North Carolina, Yale

Activity Level

Trip Overview

Join this custom-designed, 13-day travel program visiting seven countries, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the enchanting eastern Danube River Valley, a mystical region steeped in natural beauty that remains virtually unknown to Westerners. Cruise for nine nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe Amadeus Queen from the Habsburgs’ imperial capital of Vienna to the Black Sea. Here, a rich mosaic of medieval cities, charming villages and rugged countrysides await you, from the ancient lands of Bulgaria to the relatively young territories of Serbia and eastern Croatia, the spectacular Carpathian Mountains and Hungary’s fabled Puszta (plains) to the glittering palaces of Budapest. Admire a masterful display of traditional horsemanship in the Hungarian heartland, immerse yourself in the Slavic heritage of medieval Belgrade and cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates, which divide the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. Spend two nights in Romania’s elegant capital of Bucharest, known for its splendid architecture. Deepen your knowledge of the Danube with the Vienna Pre-Program Option and see authentic castles of local lore on the Transylvania Post-Program Option.

Schedule by Day

  • Oct 11: Depart the U.S.
  • Oct 12: Vienna, Austria / Embark Amadeus Queen
  • Oct 13: Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Oct 14: Budapest, Hungary
  • Oct 15: Kalocsa
  • Oct 16: Vukovar, Croatia / Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Oct 17: Belgrade
  • Oct 18: Donji Milonavac for Lepinski Vir / Cruising through Iron Gates
  • Oct 19: Nikopol, Bulgaria for Arbanasi and Veliko Târnovo/ Ruse
  • Oct 20: Fetești, Romania, for Constanta
  • Oct 21: Fetești / Disembark ship / Bucharest
  • Oct 22: Bucharest
  • Oct 23: Bucharest / Return to U.S.


Per person double occupancy:

  • Category 7: $4,860
  • Category 6: $5,260
  • Category 5: $5,860
  • Category 4: $6,260
  • Category 3: $6,760
  • Category 2: $7,260
  • Category 1: $7,760
  • Junior Suite: $8,460

Single occupancy:

  • Category 5: $9,760
  • Category 2: $12,160


  • Nine nights aboard the Amadeus Queen
  • Two nights at the Athenee Palace Hilton in Bucharest

Optional Extensions

Imperial Vienna Pre-Extension
October 9-12, 2021

  • $895 per person double occupancy
  • $1,295 single occupancy

Castles of Transylvania Post-Extension
October 23-26, 2021

  • $995 per person double occupancy
  • $1,295 single occupancy

What to Expect

Activity Level 2

Many of the cities and towns being visited were founded centuries ago, and the terrain is rugged. Therefore, a fair amount of walking along narrow cobblestone streets, stone floors or uneven and/or slippery terrain and climbing several flights of stairs (some without railings) is to be expected. Walking excursions often cover distances of at least one mile and are approximately three hours in length.

Study Leader(s)

Morton B. Knafel Research Professor of Music

Mode of Travel

Modern luxury combined with a familiar and cordial atmosphere.

For More Information

Please email or call our office at 800-422-1636 or 617-496-0806.