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The Birthplace of Austrian Economics Cruise


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Per Person

From / To:
Budapest to Passau

September 24 to
October 1, 2017

S.S. Maria Theresa

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M-F 9am-5pm ET

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Since 2007, FreedomFest has become the event of the year where freedom lovers gather to network and socialize while learning about politics and finance, history and philosophy, health and well-being, science and technology, literature and the arts, and sound economic theory.

In 2017, we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary with a spectacular cruise up the fabled blue Danube to the birthplace of the founders of the Austrian school of economics, Friederich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. We have personally designed this tour to include renowned experts in academia, politics, and finance; elegant private receptions; and a special Mises/Hayek walking tour led by Hayek’s own great grandnephew. This is an opportunity of a lifetime. We can’t wait to share it with you.

Please join us as we experience the beautiful, historic destinations along the Danube, including Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, the Wachau Valley, Linz, and Salzburg, all while sailing in luxury aboard Uniworld’s river super ship, the S.S. Maria Theresa, during the 300th anniversary of her namesake’s birth. You will enjoy history, art, architecture, music, exquisite food and wine, and the best of both Eastern and Western European culture. We also recommend the optional pre-cruise extended tour of Budapest and the post-cruise visit to the utterly enchanting European capital city of Prague.

During the cruise, we’ll discuss today’s political landscape, its impact on the markets and investments, and proven strategies that build wealth and produce safe, steady income with some of FreedomFest’s best financial speakers. You’ll not only come away with beautiful memories of Europe and our spectacular cruise together; you’ll take home strategies to improve your life, your wealth and your future.

We’ve hosted numerous cruises over the years, and some of our very best friendships have been forged as we travel. We hope you’ll be numbered among them. Read on to learn more, and make your plans today to be part of this unforgettable experience.

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Mark & Jo Ann Skousen | Editor-in-Chief/Associate Editor, Forecasts & Strategies
Mark & Jo Ann Skousen | Editor-in-Chief/Associate Editor, Forecasts & Strategies Signature

Mark & Jo Ann Skousen | Editor-in-Chief/Associate Editor, Forecasts & Strategies

Featured Experts


Mark Skousen

Forecasts & Strategies


Mark Skousen is a financial economist, university professor, and author of over 25 books. Dr. Skousen was recently listed as one of the top 20 living economists in the world and is known as "America's Economist." In 2018, Steve Forbes presented him with the Triple Crown in Economics for his work in theory, history, and education. Dr. Skousen is a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University in California, where he received the "My Favorite Professor Award" in 2019. He has worked for the government (CIA), non-profits (president of FEE), and runs FreedomFest, "the world's largest gathering of free minds," every July. He has also taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School and Columbia University. Since 1980, Dr. Skousen has been editor-in-chief of Forecasts & Strategies, a popular award-winning investment newsletter ( His other products include Five Star Trader, Fast Money Alert, Home Run Trader and TNT Trader. Dr. Skousen's bestsellers includeThe Making of Modern Economics, Investing in One Lesson, and The Maxims of Wall Street. Based on Dr. Skousen's work,The Structure of Production (NYU Press, 1990), the federal government began publishing in Spring 2014 a broader, more accurate measure of the economy, Gross Output (GO), every quarter along with GDP.

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Jo Ann Skousen



Jo Ann Skousen is the associate editor of Mark Skousen's Forecasts & Strategies and co-author or editor of two dozen books on economics and finance. She teaches English literature and writing at Chapman University in Southern California and was a featured teacher in the HBO documentary, "University of Sing Sing." Mrs. Skousen served as the presentation coach for two inmate-directed TEDx programs at Sing Sing. She is also the founding director of the Anthem Libertarian Film Festival, now celebrating its tenth anniversary, and is co-producer of FreedomFest, an eclectic conference that attracts nearly 250 speakers and 2,500 attendees each year.

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Richard Zundritsch

Austrian Economics Center & Hayek Institute

Richard Zundritsch holds a Master's and PhD in law from the University of Vienna. He is an independent financial advisor based in Switzerland and specializes in capital markets, wealth management, succession planning, and venture capital. Before founding his company, Dr. Zundritsch worked in international corporate finance for a number of global banks. He is also a long-standing board member of the Austrian Economics Center and the Hayek Institute.

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Barbara Kolm

Austrian Economics Center

Founding Director

Barbara Kolm is founding director of the Austrian Economics Center and also serves as president of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institut, both think tanks with international outreach that are dedicated to the Austrian School of Economics and the promotion of individual freedom, responsibility, and prosperity. She is also a professor of Austrian Economics at the University Donja Gorica. Ms. Kolm publishes economic analyses, provides expertise on national, state, and municipal budgets, and serves as a consultant for structural reforms and best practices. She holds degrees in business studies and economics and serves as CEO in private enterprises, as well as NGOs and does ongoing academic research and lecturing at universities.

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For centuries, the enchanting Danube has cast its spell on poets, musicians and artists of all kinds. And in 2017, it will cast its spell on you even more as it is the year marking the 300th anniversary of Maria Theresa’s birth, the namesake of your stately ship, the S.S. Maria Theresa.

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The Experience

Fine-tune your portfolio in six-star splendor while cruising exciting destinations with world-class investment experts. This journey will offer you the best of everything, including:

Expert Advice

Expert Advice

Explore the most effective strategies for investing in today’s uncertain world and volatile market environment. Your faculty of financial experts will discuss estate planning, your investments, and the Austrian theory of business and economics.



Enjoy stimulating conversation with other savvy investors and Austrian economics enthusiasts. Share in the spirit of adventure, the passion for learning, and the joy of new friendships.



The wonders of Europe await right outside your window, and these unforgettable attractions ashore may be the only things to convince you to leave the all-encompassing comfort and luxury of your stateroom or suite.



Fine-tune your portfolio in luxurious splendor while visiting these splendid destinations. Lovers of art, music, architecture, and exquisite food and wine are sure to experience the best that Europe has to offer on this trip.

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