Capital Cruise

In the comfort of a well-appointed riverboat, Jo Bates took a journey on the Danube River, stopping off at the opulent historic capitals and charming riverside townships of Central Europe.

Fresh off the plane from our relatively youthful New Zealand, the destiny of history in Europe is always a surprise. Everything, everywhere tells a story. The omnipresent weight of history – dynasties lost, borders advanced and eroded, noble children hocked off into perilous marriages, premature death by unspeakable methods of torture, the eternal scars of war and the Iron Curtain – it’s all here.