By the early 20th century, the tradition of German housewives combining coffee and chitchat—Kaffeeklatsch—was a significant element of German culture. And this tradition continues to thrive today: Conversation flows as abundantly as the coffee, and there’s often a cake to share among the group. On Grand Circle Cruise Line’s The Great Rivers of Europe River Cruise, American travelers can add their voices to this special mix when in Wertheim, participating in a Kaffeeklatsch in a local German home. Who better to learn about Germany and its traditions than with those who carry them on today? Woven into every Grand Circle Cruise Line itinerary are the local, cultural explorations—from school classrooms to bustling local markets—that provide the most complete, authentic European travel experience.