Explore Eastern Europe by River Cruise

Budapest, Hungary, Danube River
Budapest, Hungary

Imagine a vacation that includes visits to Budapest, Vienna and Bratislava, the Austrian Lake District, medieval fortresses, Baroque monasteries, and wineries.

Imagine having an intimate experience with the places you visit – discovering cultural tradition and customs you might not otherwise have a chance to discover.

Imagine witnessing some of the most gorgeous scenery in Europe.

Now, imagine being on an Eastern European river cruise.


Wachau Valley, Austria, Danube River
Wachau Valley, Austria

The Danube River is one of the most popular rivers to cruise. (Frommer’s lists it as the most popular river to cruise in Europe.) One can see why. The Danube passes through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and other countries as it flows for almost 2,000 miles.

Cruising the Danube to the Black Sea is a popular itinerary, with visits to countries such as Serbia and Bulgaria. Many river cruise operators are offering cruise and land packages, allowing you to spend more in-depth time in a location either before or after your cruise.

With visits to countries in this region increasing by 20% (according to the European Travel Commission), it is quickly becoming a “must see” destination. And while it is growing in popularity you can still travel to Eastern Europe for almost half the price of Western Europe.


If you are interested in an Eastern European river cruise, we recommend Collette Tours. They offer several river cruise and land packages. Their Imperial Cities tour includes overnight stays in Prague, Vienna, and Budapest as well as a cruise through the beautiful Wachau Valley in Austria.


Because most rivers are not more than a mile wide, you’ll have access to cell phone towers, which makes staying connected very easy. Our global SIM cards will work as you cruise between countries, so you don’t have to purchase country-specific SIM cards. When on land, enjoy using the pocket wifi hotspot with unlimited data to catch up on emails or browse the web to check out historical references.

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