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Explore Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe's vast tapestry of different cultures, countries, languages and even currencies makes exploring this unique part of the world a rewarding experience.

Comprising countries as varied as Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Estonia, and Poland, these are lands rich in ancient traditions, from Bucharest’s 3,000 year-old Palace of Parliament to Belgrade’s Ottoman treasures.

The Danube and Dnieper rivers are home to authentic experiences, cities and towns for travellers who journey to Eastern Europe, and make a Viking river cruise the perfect option for navigating the region in comfort.


Eastern Europe MapDiscover the destinations unveiled when the historic Iron Curtain was lifted and feel the echo of soviet history, which looms large throughout modern life, culture and architecture.

If river cruising floats your boat, choose from a Passage to Eastern Europe river cruise from Budapest to Bucharest via Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary

However you choose to explore, you’ll delve more deeply into the culture of Eastern Europe and stay longer in port with Viking.

A voyage with us is designed to be destination focused and culturally enriching – it’s why we’ve become known as ‘The Thinking Person’s Cruise. Our bespoke itineraries allow you to immerse yourself in the unique history and culture of each destination on a deeper level, offering a window into the rhythms of local life, it’s working world and taking you behind closed doors with our signature Privileged Access.

Explore the possibilities of a Viking Eastern European cruise today.


The flavours and fragrances of a dish can evoke fond memories of travels past, and ignite your imagination for travel in the future. We have curated some of our best-loved recipes, customs and culinary-inspired regions – and we highly recommend cooking along at home!


Discovering the intricate rhythms and traditions of daily life is a vital part of the travel experience for the curious traveller. From language to religion, every nation has its own unique customs. Here you will discover what makes each destination’s way of life special.


Appreciating a destination’s art tells the stories of its people, and its soul. It has been said that the basic condition required to appreciate art in all its many forms is a chair, a statement that’s never rung truer than right now. We hope you enjoy this virtual journey into the wonderful world of art, music, films and literature.