From the Romanian heartland to Vienna, cruise aboard the Amadeus Royal along the Lower Danube, October 17-29.

Sentimentalized in the famous waltz by Johann Strauss, the Danube River has long captivated the imagination of Europe's leading artists, musicians and historians. Join your fellow Princetonians, October 17-29, 2016 , visiting six distinct countries, three UNESCO World Heritage sites and the enchanting eastern Danube River Valley, a region shrouded in mystique and steeped in natural beauty.

Begin with two nights in the fin-de-siècle elegance of Bucharest, Romania's dynamic capital. Experience the history, myth, and intrigue of Transylvania, touring the imposing 14th century Bran Castle, where the legend of Count Dracula remains alive. Cruise for nine-nights on the mighty Danube from the Black Sea to Lower Austria aboard the elegant M.S. Amadeus Royal, from Fetești to the Habsburgs' imperial capital of Vienna. Here, a rich mosaic of medieval cities, charming villages, and rugged countryside awaits you, from the Danube Delta, the ancient lands of Romania and Serbia, the spectacular Carpathian Mountains and Hungary's fabled puszta to the glittering palaces of Budapest. Admire a masterful display of traditional horsemanship in the Hungarian heartland, immerse yourself in the Slavic heritage of medieval Belgrade and cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates dividing the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.

Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined on this Journey by those from Columbia University, Dartmouth College and Georgetown University.

About the Study Leader

Margaret H. Beissinger, Research Scholar in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures will serve as the Princeton study leader for this journey. Her research and writing relate to Balkan cultures (especially Romanian, Serbian and Bulgarian), as well as oral traditions, oral epic and Romani traditional culture and music-making. Beissinger has a focus on southern Romania, where she has done extensive fieldwork both before and after the 1989 revolution, especially among Romani musicians. At Princeton she regularly teaches Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian as well as courses on Balkan oral traditions, Slavic folklore, Romani culture, oral epic and folktale. She has traveled extensively through Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria for research and conferences. She is the author of The Art of the Lăutar: The Epic Tradition of Romania and is co-editor of Epic Traditions in the Contemporary World: The Poetics of Community and the forthcoming Manele in Romania: Cultural Expression and Social Meaning in Balkan Popular Music. Beissinger formerly taught in the Slavic Department and Folklore Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds an A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.


Trip Details

  • Dates: October 16-29, 2016
  • Cost: $4,525
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company

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