In October, 2007, we took a cruise down the Danube River through
Central and Eastern Europe to the Black Sea. Our 30 day trip took
us from Prague, through the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary,
Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. We went with Grand Circle
Travel. This was our first trip with them and we found them to be
an excellent tour company. We would definitely book with them again
on other trips. The hotels for the land portion of the trip were
very nice and picked to accommodate tour groups. Our home for the
river portion was on the MS River Adagio. This is a 410 foot ship
that was put in operation in 2003. It
has 80 cabins, each with a window, a large dining room, lounge,
library,exercise facility and, of course, a gift shop. Dining was
open seating all at one time and the food, like most cruise ships,
We were divided into 4 groups of 40, given colored dots for our
name tags to distinguish the groups, and assigned a program director
who was ours for the whole trip. Balazs Kiss, our program director
was from Hungary, and spoke perfect, clear English, as did all the
other program directors.
In each location that we toured, we also had a local guide who provided
us with more detailed historical and cultural information about
that area. Everyone was given a radio transmitter and headphones.
The guides spoke into a microphone that transmitted to the channel
that was unique for each color group. That way we could listen to
our guide without interference from other groups and even wander
around while they were talking.
In addition to city and attraction tours, we were given opportunities
to learn more in depth about the culture and lifestyles of the country.
Local bands, singers and dancers were brought in for entertainment.
We had visits to private homes for meals and visits to local elementary
schools. College students were brought in for question and answer
sessions and there was a fascinating panel discussion of life under
Communism. Since many of the countries we visited did not even exist
when we went to school, it was very interesting to learn how they
The remainder of this web site is organized by city. Each city
has a description of what we did on the tour as well as a few photos.
We have tried not to include too many historical details as you
can always find that in a library! To see the list of cities, click
here or on the Locations Visited
button above. The photo pages have additional photos from the trip.
We hope you enjoy reading about this fascinating area.
Locations Visited Photos Map