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Sail on a luxury ship through Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Slovakia and tour two world-class art museums with the Telegraph’s art historian

The mighty Danube flows through ten European countries and is the soul of Central Europe. It boasts opulent cities as well as picturesque towns and villages along its culture-rich banks and passes through dramatic unspoilt countryside.

Discover this magnificent river on an immersive eight-day cultural cruise, offering an insight into four equally enchanting countries-Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Slovakia - while sailing on a luxurious ship with facilities including a Sun Deck and several excellent bars and restaurants.

Making this trip extra special is the company of art historian and journalist Andrew Graham-Dixon, who'll sail with you for part of the cruise. Andrew will offer his expert insights during a talk and Q&A and on visits to two of the best museums on the Danube, Vienna's Art History Museum and the Albertina Museum.

The culture-packed itinerary includes several guided tours, starting in magnificent Vienna, where you'll see its famous baroque architecture and world-class museums.

In Budapest, known as the 'Pearl of the Danube', you can visit the Franz Liszt Academy and St. Stephen's Basilica. In Bratislava, you'll explore its pedestrian-only old quarter with its beautiful palaces, churches and squares. A stop in Salzburg allows you to step into the world of The Sound of Music, with visits to locations with ties to the film and the real-life Maria.

As well as these historic cities, look forward to discovering beautiful countryside close to the Danube, with chances to walk along the banks of the the Ilz and visit a cider farm in rural Austria.

"I can't wait for this trip, what a wonderful chance to revisit some of my favourite museums and see some of the very greatest works of art ever created!" - Andrew Graham-Dixon

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You'll be joined by

Andrew Graham-Dixon
Art Historian

Andrew Graham-Dixon is a leading art critic, writer, journalist, and broadcaster. Andrew has a long history of public service in the field of the visual arts, having judged the Turner Prize, the BP National Portrait Prize, and the Annual British Animation Awards, among others.

Price includes

  • Talk, Q&A and excursion to Vienna's Art History Museum and Albertina museum with Andrew Graham Dixon
  • Seven-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on board the majestic S.S. Maria Theresa
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir Beds with high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets
  • All meals on board, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Welcome and farewell gala dinners and captain's welcome and farewell receptions
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • Return flights from London
  • Six days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Visit Budapest, Vienna, Durnstein and Salzburg
  • Private Mozart and Strauss concert
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks throughout your cruise
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Manager
  • Group transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Gratuities for on board personnel
  • Captivating on board local entertainment

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Oct 20, 2024
To
Sun, Sun, Oct 27, 2024
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,999*

* From price for subscribers, per person, based on two people sharing a cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement on request. Deposit required. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offers or promotions. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited. To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer, visit telegraph.co.uk/tt-extra. Calls are made at local rates. All tours featured are operated by the partner specified, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to the Data Protection Notice in today's Personal Column or telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.

From
Sun, Sun, Oct 20, 2024
To
Sun, Sun, Oct 27, 2024
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£3,049*

* From price is for all other readers, per person, based on two people sharing a cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement on request. Deposit required. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offers or promotions. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited. To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer, visit telegraph.co.uk/tt-extra. Calls are made at local rates. All tours featured are operated by the partner specified, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to the Data Protection Notice in today's Personal Column or telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Budapest
    Budapest, Hungary

    Today you'll arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport where you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship, the S.S. Maria Theresa, both stylish and well-equipped ships with all modern comforts.

  2. Day
    2
    Budapest
    Budapest, Hungary

    After a filling breakfast on board, you'll begin an exploration of Budapest, an enchanting city with a vibrant mix of medieval and modern.

    Hungary has been home to a great number of accomplished musicians, including the famous Franz Liszt, who established a university here in 1875. To this day, the Franz Liszt Academy is still a world-famous conservatory, and you can choose to take a guided tour today, culminating in a performance by some of the current students. After the tour, embark on a panoramic drive through the city, with stops including Gellert Hill and the Philosopher's Garden.

    Alternatively, join a foodie tour around the city, where your knowledgeable guide will show you how to snack around Budapest like a local. Start a tram ride to the House of Parliament, where you'll take a coffee break at the First Strudel House of Pest. You'll then walk down to St. Stephen's Basilica-a handsome Neo-Classical building that's one of Budapest's most significant cultural sites.

    Afterwards, you'll head to the Great Market Hall to sample some traditional Hungarian fare, such as salami, sausages and cheese, while your local expert explains the intricacies of Hungarian cuisine.

    This evening, the ship will set sail for Bratislava, Slovakia.

  3. Day
    3
    Bratislava
    Bratislava, Slovakia

    This morning you'll have the chance to explore Bratislava.

    Later, you'll set sail for Vienna, giving you plenty of time on board to relax and enjoy the ship's excellent facilities.

    Perhaps you'll enjoy a drink on the Sun Deck and take in the scenery as the ship wends its way along the Danube. When you arrive in Vienna, you'll cap off your day with a private concert of Mozart and Strauss at a stunning, historic Viennese palace.

  4. Day
    4
    Vienna
    Vienna, Austria

    Today you'll explore more of beautiful Vienna. Experience the 'City of Waltzes' with a highlight tour of the city, as well as a tour of the extraordinary collection of art at the renowned Vienna Art History Museum with Andrew Graham-Dixon.

    The Habsburgs assembled an astonishing collection of artistic treasures here over the centuries, which formed the basis for the works now on display at this outstanding museum.

    You'll have special early access to the museum, before it opens to the general public, so you can explore its halls in peace. Andrew will give some of his expert insights on some of the works housed here, and you'll be accompanied by a local art historian through the rest of the museum.

    You'll also visit the Albertina Museum today with Andrew, a museum which houses one million old-master prints and an impressive collection of works by 19th- and 20th-century painters, ranging from Renoir to Rothko.

    Following your museum visits, there'll be a tour of Vienna's highlights, including the Parliament, City Hall, and the Vienna State Opera, and later take a walk along Kärntner Street, the celebrated pedestrian boulevard that links the State Opera with St. Stephen's Cathedral.

  5. Day
    5
    Durnstein, Melk
    Melk, Austria

    Dürnstein is one of the most enchanting towns along the Danube, a lovely place to wander cobblestone lanes, browse quaint shops and maybe hike up to the ruins of a castle where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned.

    You can choose to conclude your visit to the Wachau Valley with a special tasting of organic wines at Nikolaihof, perhaps the oldest winery in Austria.

    Alternatively, you might opt to learn more about the world's costliest spice at the Wachau Valley's only saffron grower, with a chance to taste red-wine-and-saffron chocolate and saffron-seasoned jams, vinegar and honey.

    Later, visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey and its extraordinary baroque-style library before returning to the ship in time for dinner.

  6. Day
    6
    Salzburg
    Salzburg, Austria

    Today's stop is in Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace, nestled in a glorious alpine setting. You'll dive into the city's deep musical heritage with a walking tour through its picturesque squares and baroque architecture. You'll see the house where Mozart was born and take a lift up the Mönschberg mountain for an excellent view of the city.

    As well as being the birthplace of Mozart, the city has ties to The Sound of Music. Visit Maria's church in the nearby town of Mondsee, as well as the Viennese gardens around which she and the children sang 'Do Re Mi.'

    After your Salzburg tour, you'll head out into the nearby countryside to visit a cider farm. There, you'll be treated to a lunch of local specialities and house-made cider-an excellent way to immerse yourself in rural Austrian life and scenery, while also supporting local farmers.

  7. Day
    7
    Passau
    Passau, Germany

    Passau is today's port of call. This city is a crossroads in more ways than one, as three rivers, the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz, meet here and three nations nearly do, making the German city a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town and its main claim to fame-Europe's largest pipe organ-or choose to join an invigorating riverside hike.

    After walking around Passau, we'll drive to a beautiful natural habitat on the Ilz, where you can take a short walk and relax in the scenic environment before reboarding the coach for a trip up to the Kloster Mariahilf to see the three rivers from above.

  8. Day
    8
    Departure
    Passau, Germany

    Today you'll dock in your final port of call on this cruise, Engelhartzell. You'll begin your journey home as your Danube adventure comes to an end.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Oct 20, 2024
To
Sun, Sun, Oct 27, 2024
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,999*

* From price for subscribers, per person, based on two people sharing a cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement on request. Deposit required. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offers or promotions. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited. To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer, visit telegraph.co.uk/tt-extra. Calls are made at local rates. All tours featured are operated by the partner specified, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to the Data Protection Notice in today's Personal Column or telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.

From
Sun, Sun, Oct 20, 2024
To
Sun, Sun, Oct 27, 2024
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£3,049*

* From price is for all other readers, per person, based on two people sharing a cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement on request. Deposit required. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offers or promotions. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited. To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer, visit telegraph.co.uk/tt-extra. Calls are made at local rates. All tours featured are operated by the partner specified, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to the Data Protection Notice in today's Personal Column or telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.

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