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Grand Danube Passage

Trip Highlights

Cruise the mighty Danube River through eight European countries and Austria’s storied Wachau Valley, a fairly-tale stretch of cliff-top castles and terraced vineyards. Enjoy three nights in Prague, Czech Republic, sail the Danube for eight nights and savor two nights in Sofia, Bulgaria. Along the way, discover Roman ruins, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques and fortresses — all part of a complex history shaped by the Danube. Feast your eyes on Budapest illuminated at night and the Iron Gate Gorge, an engineering marvel. Taste traditional delicacies in Croatia’s Slavonia region and enjoy a folk show and a performance of the Viennese waltz onboard. In several ports, choose from a selection of included excursions. Consider a culinary outing, cycling or an art tour. Enjoy first-class ship accommodations and deluxe hotels. The extensive meal plan features wine and beer with lunch and dinner. There is no single supplement for solo travelers.


Day 1

Depart gateway city

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Arrive in Prague

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Prague | Embark ship

Day 6

Melk | Dürnstein | Vienna

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Day 10

Osijek | Vukovar

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Day 12

Iron Gate Gorge

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Vidin | Disembark ship | Sofia

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Depart for gateway city


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Your Journey

Grand Danube Passage

Meet Your Trip Host

Charlie Bright

Charles Bright is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, emeritus, at the University of Michigan, recently retired after forty-five years of teaching in the Residential College and the Department of History. Trained in European history, he has also studied and written on prison history, the history of Detroit, and global history in the 19th and 20th Centuries. As Director of the UM’s Residential College for eight years, he created the now well-established undergraduate minor in Crime and Justice and was instrumental in developing the Semester in Detroit program for students, now in its tenth year. Over his career, he has been involved in numerous theater projects, taught and lived in Germany, Italy, and Japan, and done several Alumni Association journeys both as a guest and as a host. In his retirement, he has become a grandfather, completed a book on his own grandfather’s missionary career in China, and returned to the practice of ikebana or Japanese flower arranging.

By participating in an Alumni Association of the University of Michigan travel trip, you have stated that the Alumni Association has the exclusive right to use video and other visual/audio portrayals of You or Your likeness taken during Your trip in any medium of any nature whatsoever for any purpose, including advertising or promoting the services of the trip without any compensation being paid to You. Any such portrayal or likeness shall be the exclusive property of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.

  • Sept. 15–29, 2020
(15 days)
Starting price: $4,995
+ air + taxes
Deposit per person: $600
Type: Cruise, No Single Supplement

You must be an Alumni Association member to travel with us. Questions? Call Michigan Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064.

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