Apr 7, 2022 - Apr 17, 2022
Trip Type
By River

Group Size: Up to 93 guests
Price: Starting from $9,990 per person
Co-sponsored with: Stanford Travel, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Yale Alumni Academy

Activity Level

Trip Overview

Experience an exceptional cruise along the Danube River, one of Europe’s most historically rich waterways. Headlining the program are Pulitzer-Prize winning U.S. presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and 30-year NPR senior European correspondent Sylvia Poggioli, who will join with expert lecturers from sponsoring organizations to lead an examination of how history has guided the relationship between Europe and the United States leading up to this pivotal moment in history. The speaker series—combined with the unparalleled service, exceptional cuisine, and customized touring offered aboard the privately chartered, 93-guest Crystal Ravel—makes this gathering a world-class European river cruise unlike any other.

Schedule by Day

  • Apr 7: Depart U.S.
  • Apr 8: Arrive Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 9: Berlin
  • Apr 10: Vilshofen / Embark Crystal Ravel
  • Apr 11: Passau
  • Apr 12: Linz, Austria
  • Apr 13: Grein / Melk / Wachau Valley
  • Apr 14: Vienna
  • Apr 15: Vienna / Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Apr 16: Budapest, Hungary
  • Apr 17: Return home 


Per person double occupancy

  • Category A: $9,990
  • Category B: $11,490
  • Category C: $12,990
  • Category D: $13,490
  • Category E: $15,990
  • Category F: $21,490

Single occupancy

  • Category A: $14,990
  • Category B: $17,290
  • Category D: $20,290


  • Two nights at Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin, Germany
  • Seven nights aboard Crystal Ravel 


Post-Extension: Budapest
Apr 17 - 20, 2022

This 3-night post tour extension offers in-depth exploration in Budapest, including traditional Easter Sunday celebrations; an exquisite display of horsemanship at a farm and stable located in the hills outside the city, all while enjoying the incomparable views and luxury offered at Four Seasons Budapest.

Pricing to be announced

What to Expect

Activity Level 2

This is a moderately strenuous program that is at times physically demanding and busy. In order to make the most of what each locale has to offer, shore excursions from the Crystal Ravel will be active, ranging from a half-day to all day. On most days, travelers will be offered a choice of excursions, allowing them to create a travel experience tailored to their interests and desired activity level. Busy times ashore will be offset by time aboard spent cruising to the next destination, with the opportunity to enjoy the ship’s amenities and the full lecture program.
Travel on land will be by modern air-conditioned motorcoach, with most drives generally lasting under an hour at a time (depending on participants’ choice of excursions). In addition, there will be one privately-chartered flight from Berlin to Munich, which takes approximately one hour. Excursions can involve standing for extended periods and up to two miles of walking, often over uneven terrain or cobblestone streets. Elevators may not be available at some locations, and travelers may encounter stairs without handrails. The Crystal Ravel has an elevator that connects passenger decks 2 and 3; one flight of stairs must be taken to reach the open-air Vista Deck (deck 4), as well as the Harmony Deck (deck 1, where the Fitness Center is located). Travelers should feel comfortable going up and down stairs unassisted.
While we will maintain a moderate pace throughout the program, participants should be physically fit, active, in reasonably good health, and able to keep up with the group without assistance from tour staff. If travelers have any questions about their ability to participate in this program, please contact us. This promises to be an unforgettable journey, but as with all travel, a spirit of adventure and a degree of flexibility will enhance everyone’s enjoyment of this program. Travelers do not have to participate in all of the scheduled activities, except when traveling to the next destination.

Study Leader(s)

Former U.S. Ambassador
Additional Lecture Info
Joining Ambassador Peter Galbraith are Ambassador Steven Pifer from Stanford, political scientist professor Paul Bracken from Yale, Pultizer-Prize winning author, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and award winning journalist Sylvia Poggioli.

Mode of Travel

The all-suite, all-balcony, butler-serviced Crystal Ravel is exclusively chartered for a group of 93 guests, and has the highest staff-to-guest ratio among all European river lines.

For More Information

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