Eastern Europe River Cruise Overview & Video

In May, 2023 we enjoyed a relaxing, scenic, and very educational Eastern Europe river cruise on the Danube River through five countries: Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, and Hungary. All former communist Eastern Bloc countries, each one had a different story of hardships and triumphs following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Our Eastern Europe river cruise was on the very same ship that we had sailed on for our Great Rivers of Europe cruise almost five years earlier, Grand Circle’s M/S Adagio. As usual, we found the food, service and tour guides to be excellent. Our 120 or so fellow travelers were divided into four groups. Our “Blue Group” of 35 people was under the leadership of an outstanding program director, Dragos from Romania.

Among the many highlights of the journey were:

  • the the first-hand account of a pro-democracy revolutionary and the opulent Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania;
  • the historic and scenic cities of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi, Bulgaria, where human presence has been dated to 5000 years ago;
  • traveling through the picturesque gorges of the Iron Gates region of the Danube between Romania and Serbia;
  • the museum and tomb of Yugoslavian dictator Tito in Belgrade, and the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia;
  • the Homeland War Memorial Cemetary in Vukovar and a home-hosted luncheon in Aljmas, Croatia; and
  • the spectacular beauty of the evening floodlit buildings along the Danube in Budapest, Hungary.

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Budapest at night

Photo Galleries

Follow the “Next” links to the trip detail pages to see all of the photo galleries and trip narrative.

Next: Romania
Bulgaria
Serbia and the Iron Gates
Croatia
Hungary

The 12-minute video below gives a good overview of the entire journey. It is best viewed with sound on.

2 thoughts on “Eastern Europe River Cruise Overview & Video

  1. Nancy and Nick Yelcho

    Absolutely fantastic! Your background information and commentary was phenomenal. It brought the pictures to life and gave them context. Our pictures are pretty, but yours brought us back to the ship and the cities we visited. Your video was outstanding and highlighted the many magic moments of the trip. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  2. Graeme Post author

    Thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed it. We enjoyed traveling with you and hope to bump into you again on a future trip.

    Graeme and Connie

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