An Evergreen exclusive, the ‘You’re Invited’ program offers unique and exclusive experiences where guests are welcomed into the lives of locals. These programs offer a unique opportunity to immerse in local cultures and have been chosen to provide you with a better understanding of the areas you visit.
NEW Exclusive Dinner and Chopin Recital in Poland
In Warsaw, Poland, attend an exclusive dinner and a private recital of Chopin’s music performed by a celebrated Polish pianist in a private manor house.
NEW Regional wine tasting in Southern France
In Tournon, France, you’ll be treated to a wine tasting on board where you’ll sample the local region’s finest wines. This wine region is world renowned for the wine it produces. Learn all about its characteristics and signature aromas.
NEW Serbian Folklore Show
On board in Belgrade, you’ll be entertained by a Serbian Folklore show. Enjoy the distinctive sounds and characteristics of this traditional music, part of the wider Balkan tradition.
NEW On board Cooking Class Demonstration, Serbia
On board in Kostolac, Watch a cooking class demonstration of the region’s cuisine. A harmonious blend of Mediterranean flavours with the heartier eating habits of Central Europe, definitely one not to miss.
Oompah! Bavarian Folk Evening
Kick up your heels up with evening of traditional Bavarian music and dancing while cruising through Southern Germany. Learn popular Oktoberfest songs while enjoying traditional dance, or Schuhplattlers where performers stomp, clap and strike the soles of their shoes, thighs and knees with their hands held flat. A little yodeling will cap off an evening of laughter.
Home-hosted tea in Slovakia
Known for its wine production, you will experience the hospitable atmosphere of a Slovak home in the village Šenkvice in the region of Bratislava. A local family will be your hosts for afternoon tea. Discover through conversations the importance of family is in the Slovak social structure and how the obligation to the family is each individual’s priority.
Home-hosted lunch in Croatia
The economic and cultural center of the eastern Croatian region, Osijek, is the location for your home-cooked lunch. Croatian cuisine has been influenced over many generations by the Italians and Hungarians. Visit a local school before meeting a local Croatian family who will welcome you in their home for an opportunity to learn about everyday life.
Home-hosted lunch in Spain
Alfarnatejo a typical village with a population of only 400 will be the site of a home-hosted lunch. This region high in the Andalusian Mountains near the city of Malaga features dramatic scenery is one of the seven towns that form the Ruta del Aceite y Los Montes, the Olive Oil and Mountain Route.
Home-hosted dinner in Italy
High up in the Tuscan Hills in the ancient town of San Gimignano, you will enjoy a home-hosted dinner in a traditional Tuscan farmhouse. Legend dates the foundation of the town back to 63 BC following the conspiracy of Catiline, an attempt to overthrow the Roman Republic. With it's intact towers that have stood since the middle-ages, San Gimignano is famous for its cured wild board.
Home-hosted dinner at a Croatian farm
Near the UNESCO listed city of Dubrovnik, tour a working farm and vineyard and learn of various traditional and modern technics used in Croatian farming and viniculture. Following your visit, you will indulge in a hearty Croatian home-cooked meal at the family’s typical farmhouse.
Lunch in the Black Forest, Germany
Home of the “Cookoo Clock” and the location of many Brothers Grimm fairytales, the Black Forest in Germany gets its slightly sinister darkness from the thickness of the forest. You will be hosted for lunch at a traditional, family-run Gasthof and enjoy a slice of the famous Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, better known as the Black Forest gateau.
Family restaurant in Poland
In the historical city of Krakow, you will experience the hustle and bustle of a family run restaurant. Polish cuisine has today become very eclectic due to Poland’s history and shares many similarities with other Slavic countries. Taste the traditional specialties of a hearty meal amongst family and locals.
French Provencal dinner
Hosted by a local chef, you will be treated to a special Provencal dinner onboard your river cruise ship. This style of cuisine known also as terroir is simply a term used for farm or country style cuisine. Be comforted by a nourishing meal where freshness and simplicity bring out the true taste of local produce.
Cheese and olive tasting in Southern France
Indulge in a selection of fabulous gourmet cheeses and just picked fresh olives during a tasting extravaganza. Learn through your knowledgeable connoisseur the many varieties and how to pair these with dishes and/or beverages. What better way to spend a lazy afternoon!
Dinner in a wine estate in Portugal
The Douro Region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the landscape is a result of the full range of activities including winemaking and agriculture and feature villages and hilltop chapels. Soak up the beautiful views from a local traditional wine estate and be hosted to a sumptuous meal.
Cocktail lesson on the Douro
While in Portugal sailing on the Douro, your onboard barman will teach you how to make cocktails using port. Typically served neat, Port does have a long history of being a main ingredient in cocktails. As far back as the 17th century, sea captains and the British gentry would combine Port with sugar, water and nutmeg to create sangaree – the forerunner of sangria.