Join us on this exclusive journey to the cultural centers that inspired classical music's Great Masters. Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards and medieval castles, the Danube River Valley has resonated with musicians, artists, poets and travelers throughout the centuries, and has contributed to the world the genius of its most renowned virtuosos. This comprehensive itinerary takes you through six countries and the heartland of central Europe. It has been custom designed to showcase the musical heritage of Europe's accomplished composers, including Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin, and carefully planned to allow ample time to explore five UNESCO World Heritage treasures and more. Cruise the legendary Blue Danube from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, aboard the exclusively chartered, Deluxe m.s. Amadeus Elegant, one of the finest ships to ply the waterways of Europe, often docking right in the heart of the cities, and spend three nights each in historic Prague and Krakow in deluxe, centrally located hotels.
Day 1: Depart from U.S. or Canada
Day 2: Prague, Czech Republic
Day 3: Prague
Day 4: Prague
Day 5: Prague / Passau, Germany / Embark M.S. Amadeus Silver II
Day 6: Linz, Austria for Salzburg
Day 7: Melk / Durnstein
Day 8: Vienna
Day 9: Vienna
Day 10: Vienna / Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 11: Budapest, Hungary
Day 12: Budapest / Disembark ship / Return to US or Canada
Optional three night pre-tour: Berlin, Germany
Optional two night post-tour: Budapest, Hungary
Nancy Marion is the George J. Records 1956 Professor of Economics at Dartmouth and was previously the Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Social Sciences. She has written and published on a variety of topics in macroeconomics and international finance, including financial crises, exchange rates, international risk sharing, policy volatility, and the transmission of disturbances across countries. Her work has been published in leading scholarly journals and featured in the financial press. She is a consultant to the International Monetary Fund and has been a frequent lecturer at the IMF Institute. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. On this trip, she will discuss how the backlash against globalization is playing out in the European Union, especially Eastern Europe. She will also explore Germany's evolving role in Europe.