Danube 2016

Grand Danube Passage, Passau

Grand Danube Passage

June 22 - July 6, 2016

Please join us for a majestic cruise along the Grand Danube Passage, June 22 - July 6, 2016. This spectacular excursion will be led by professor Antony Polonsky, the Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University.  Dr. Polonsky is the chief historian of the permanent exhibition of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

About the Trip

Prague   Sofia   Budapest

Experience Eastern European culture, marvelous old-world capitals, ornate cathedrals and picturesque villages as you cruise the celebrated Grand Danube Passage for eight nights aboard the exclusively chartered MS Amadeus Silver. Along the way, discover enthralling scenery in eight countries and 13 cities and towns. See ancient capitals, Roman ruins, magnificent churches, and ornate palaces and medieval castles in Vidin, Belgrade, Budapest and Vienna, among others. Sail through the Iron Gate Gorge, the Carpathian Mountains’ dramatic cliffs, the twisting Danube Bend and the breathtaking Wachau Valley.

Guests will enjoy a choice of included excursions in many ports of call. Begin with a three-night stay in Prague and, after your cruise, spend two nights in the fashionable Oborishte district of Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital. Admire the city whose name means “wisdom.” 

Dr. Polonsky will enhance the tour with special lectures and discussions throughout the trip through the Grand Danube Passage, and explore the history, culture and rich traditions of this captivating area in Eastern Europe.

Please view the trip brochure and itinerary to learn more.

About Dr. Antony Polonsky

Antony Polonksky

Antony Polonsky is the Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University and at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Until 1991, he was professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He serves as chief historian of the permanent exhibition of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and has been appointed to the International Historical Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania.

He is chair of the editorial board of "Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry," author of "Politics in Independent Poland" (1972), "The Little Dictators" (1975), "The Great Powers and the Polish Question" (1976) and co-author of "A History of Modern Poland" (1980) and "The Beginnings of Communist Rule in Poland" (1981). He is co-editor of "Contemporary Jewish Writing in Poland: An Anthology" (2001) and "The Neighbors Respond: The Controversy Over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland" (2004). His most recent work is "The Jews in Poland and Russia," Volume 1, 1350 to 1881; Volume 2, 1881 to 1914; and Volume 3 1914 to 2008 (Oxford, 2010, 2012).


MS Amadeus Silver Cabin MS Amadeus Silver Sun Deck MS Amadeus Silver Bar

MS Amadeus Silver II

The MS Amadeus Silver II offers the utmost in service, safety and comfort. It combines the needs of the discerning traveler with high standards of safety and excellence. Sailing on the MS Amadeus Silver II is a state-of-the-art experience. Step into the elegant reception area and immerse yourself in the ambience of a high-end hotel. Relax on the sun deck, indulge in a soothing massage, browse in the boutique or connect with friends using the free Wi-Fi. If you wish to be more active, practice your golf game on the putting green or exercise in the fitness room. Savor international cuisine at the restaurant’s delicious breakfast and lunch buffets, and enjoy regional specialties at dinner. At the end of each day, return to the comforts of your cabin, appointed in modern décor and featuring a river view, a TV and a private bathroom.

Hotels: Prague & Sofia 

Sofia Hotel

Combining modern finishes and timeless luxury, the Sheraton Prague Charles Square Hotel is located in the heart of Prague’s Old Town Square. The restaurant serves fresh international cuisine and features a rooftop terrace with views of Prague Castle. Guest rooms are elegant yet contemporary and feature an en suite bathroom. 

Sofia Hotel Blakan offers luxury and the finest amenities within walking distance of Sofia’s historic town center. Guests will enjoy this elegantly appointed hotel featuring a fitness center, sauna, salon, casino, gift shop and laundry service.

View the photo gallery.


AHI Travel is pleased to offer Flex Air. Brandeis travelers have the option to book individual flights, routing, class of service and dates of travel in consultation with an AHI experienced passenger service representative. Contact AHI Travel at 800-323-7373 for flight information and assistance.

Package pricing and air options

Tour package

Packages begin at $4,945 per person based on double occupancy, (land/cruise package only). Value Added Tax (VAT) is an additional $395 per person. *Single supplement is waived for solo travelers, limited availability. Deposit is $600 per person to reserve your space. Reservations received by December 1, 2015 receive a discount of $250 per person. Final payments are due April 8, 2016. Airfare is in addition to the tour package. AHI Travel is pleased to assist you with your flight arrangements from your preferred departure location.  

Package Information



To reserve your space or learn more about package options, flights or travel inquiries, contact AHI Travel at 800-323-7373. 

For more information, contact Alyson Saykin, director of special programs, at or 781-736-2988.




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Tour Operator 
AHI Travel
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8550 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

Travel Program
Alyson Saykin, director of special programs