Fisherman Bastion in Budapest, Hungary


Alumni Travel Program: Cruising the Danube River

October 7, 2023 - October 19, 2023

Thirteen-day journey featuring a nine-night cruise along nearly the entire length of the fabled Danube River

This extraordinary journey from the Habsburgs’ imperial capital of UNESCO‑inscribed Vienna to the captivating Black Sea features a deluxe river cruise and two nights in Romania’s elegant capital of Bucharest. Cruise through the Iron Gates and discover the eastern Danube River Valley. Visit the ancient land of Bulgaria, the young territories of Serbia and eastern Croatia, Hungary’s fabled Puszta (plains) and the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated castles, palaces and squares of Budapest. Enhance your experience with the Vienna Pre‑Program and/or Transylvania Post‑Program Options

Cost: from $4,795 plus air

Extended Booking Discount: Up to $2,200 per couple if you book by September 23, 2023.

Program Dates: October 7 to 19, 2023

Reserve Your Spot

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Itinerary At A Glance
  • Day 1: Depart home city
  • Day 2: Arrive in Vienna, Austria/Embark the Amadeus Star
  • Day 3: Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Day 4: Budapest, Hungary
  • Day 5: Kalocsa
  • Day 6: Vukovar, Croatia/Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Day 7: Belgrade
  • Day 8: Donji Milanovac for Lepinski Vir/Cruise through the Iron Gates
  • Day 9: Nikopol, Bulgaria, for Arbanasi and Veliko Târnovo/Ruse
  • Day 10: Constanta
  • Day 11: Fetesti/Disembark the river boat/Bucharest
  • Day 12: Bucharest
  • Day 13: Depart Bucharest/Return to home city

View detailed itinerary.

  • Guided tour of Bratislava’s preserved medieval Staré Mesto (Old Town).
  • Tour of Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage site, including visits to the Fisherman’s Bastion and St. Matthias Church.
  • Visit to Kalocsa to tour its House of Folk Art and Paprika Museum.
  • City tour of Vukovar, featuring Eltz Manor, two Baroque churches and the water tower.
  • Excursion to Novi Sad, Serbia, to see its Stari Grad (Old Town) and to Sremski Karlovci to see the Patriarchate Court and the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas.
  • Day 6: Vukovar, Croatia/Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Tour of Serbia’s historic capital of Belgrade, featuring the medieval city center, Kalemegdan Fortress and the Josip Broz Tito memorial.
  • Excursion to the archaeological excavation at Lepinski Vir for insight into one of the oldest Danube cultures.
  • Passage through the dramatic Iron Gates, naturally carved by the Danube River.

What's Included
  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad if you made your air arrangements through Gohagan & Company. (If you made your own air arrangements, transfers and luggage handling is not included.)
  • Experienced, English-speaking local guides for included excursions.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • Hospitality desk at the hotel and aboard ship.
  • Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors at your service.
  • All Program Features are contingent upon final brochure pricing.

Cruise Map

Danube 2023 Cruise Map

About the Amadeus Star

  • Exclusively chartered
  • Deluxe Small River Ship
  • Atmosphere of classical elegance
  • Maximum of 82 deluxe, spacious, river‑view Suites and Staterooms
  • Complimentary wine and beer served with lunch and dinner; all meals aboard ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Environmental “Green Certificate”

Pre- & Post-Cruise Options

Imperial Vienna Pre-Program Option: Start your journey with two nights in Vienna on an itinerary that showcases the dynamic art and history of Austria's capital. Visit an open-air museum of splendid Baroque architecture in its historical center—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the famous Ringstrasse, see this remarkable city’s most important landmarks. Visit Hofburg Palace and see the Gothic-style Stephansdom (Saint Stephen’s Cathedral). Learn more about the Austrian Empire in Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Habsburgs’ summer estate. Accommodations are for two nights in the historical, five-star Hotel Imperial Vienna.

Castles of Transylvania Post-Program Option:Extend your tour by three nights to explore the treasures of medieval Transylvania. Highlights include the 19th‑century Peles Castle; the imposing, 14th‑century Bran Castle; the Black Church in Brasov; the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Sighisoara; and UNESCO-inscribed Prejmarthe, the largest fortified church in southeast Europe. Spend two nights in the Aro Palace in Brasov and one night in the five-star Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest.

Pre- and Post-Cruise Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

This program is offered by Gohagan & Company. Call Gohagan with cruise questions or to reserve your spot at 1.800.922.3088.

Please direct questions to Sabrina Polidoro, director of alumni relations, at