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Experience the amazing Lipizzaners at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and the National Stud Farm of Slovakia in the company of horse racing legends Brough Scott and Cornelius Lysaght

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We are delighted to bring you another chance to experience the amazing Lipizzaners - both at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, but also at the National Stud Farm of Slovakia - this time in the company of former jockey and journalist Brough Scott and legendary racing broadcaster Cornelius Lysaght, on board an ultra-luxurious Uniworld ship.

The River Danube flows for thousands of miles through the very heart of Europe, silent witness to centuries of artistic achievement and historic events. Originating in Germany's Black Forest, it winds through or along the border of nine other countries.

You will visit four of those nations on this exclusive luxury river cruise which will take you down the mighty Danube through the glorious Wachau Valley. On board Uniworld's ultra-luxury Super Ship Maria Theresa, you'll enjoy a truly remarkable and indulgent voyage featuring world-class cuisine, exquisite service and care-free, effortless travel.

Making this cruise even more special will be the company of the British horse racing broadcasters Brough Scott and Cornelius Lysaght. They will join you at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, home of the beautiful Royal Lipizzaners and will also give an exclusive talk about their lives and careers in horse racing, followed by a private Q&A session.

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Brough Scott
Former jockey and journalist
A winner of some 100 races, Brough Scott is one of the great names in horse racing and the country's premier racing journalist, radio and television presenter.

One of my big regrets was not to have seen the Lipizzaners at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. That regret will be over when I join you on what will be a fantastic cruise.

Brough Scott
Cornelius Lysaght
Horse racing commentator
For 30 years, Cornelius Lysaght was the voice of racing for the BBC Radio. As the 5 Live’s horse racing correspondent he covered all the great racing events since 1990. In 2018 he published World Racecourses.

Price includes

  • Return flight from regional airports plus transfers
  • Travel with Uniworld, consistently ranked as the best river cruise line in the world
  • Cruise on super-ship SS Maria Theresa
  • Exclusive activities and events with Brough Scott and Cornelius Lysaght
  • Five-star farm-to-table cuisine, unlimited drinks, including many premium spirits and wines
  • Elegant and well-appointed riverview Staterooms and Suites
  • In-suite butler service and all gratuities
  • Choice of 15 excursions curated exclusively for guests
  • Exclusive private classical music concert in Vienna
  • All port charges and tips


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  1. Day
    Arrive in Budapest
    Budapest, Hungary

    After your flight, transfer to Super-Ship Maria Theresa.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    Budapest with Cornelius and Brough
    Budapest, Hungary

    Discover the beautiful city of Budapest, where you can explore or join a choice of tours. Later you will be joined by broadcaster and journalist Cornelius Lysaght and former jockey and journalist Brough Scott - who will both give an exclusive talk and Q&A session. This evening you'll enjoy the captain's welcome reception, followed by dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    The National Stud Farm, Topolcianky, Slovakia
    Topolcianky, Slovakia

    This morning you will visit Topolcianky, home of Slovakia's famous National Stud Farm, in the company of Brough. One of the most important breeding centres in Europe, Topolcianky is the national centre for the breeding and cultivation of horses in Slovakia, and keeps the breeding books of the Lipizzaner, Hucul and Arabian breeds. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Riding Hall, or visit the horses with an expert guide, before being transferred back to the ship.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    Vienna’s Spanish Riding School
    Vienna, Austria

    Today, you will embark on an exclusive visit to the world-renowned Spanish Riding School in the Vienna Hofburg, the oldest establishment of its kind in the world.

    Accompanied by Brough Scott, you will have a private guided tour of the Royal Lipizzaner stables. There will be a welcome aperitif in the reception rooms of the Spanish Riding School and an introduction to the history of the house. You'll proceed through to the famous Riding Hall and sit in VIP seats to watch the Lipizzaner horses take their morning exercise.

    The rest of your day is free to explore the city of Vienna, before you enjoy a wonderful classical music concert in the evening.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    Dürnstein , Austria

    This morning, SS Maria Theresa will stop in the small town of Dürnstein, where you can explore the quaint shops and castle ruins. There are two optional excursions here: a tasting at Austria's oldest winery, or the opportunity to learn about saffron from the Wachau Valley's only saffron grower.

    Later, you'll visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey and its extraordinary Baroque-style library, before continuing your cruise through the Wachau Valley.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    You choose: Salzburg or Linz?
    Salzburg, Austria

    Today you can take your pick from excursions to either Salzburg or Linz. Salzburg is Mozart's birthplace, known for its alpine setting. Linz is a pretty centre for the arts. You can go behind the scenes at the Linz opera house and enjoy a cider-tasting experience in an apple and pear orchard.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    Explore Passau
    Passau, Germany

    Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful German city of Passau. Stroll through the old town's narrow alleys and gaze up at the impressive hilltop Oberhaus Fortress which overlooks the city, and visit St Stephen's Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture which is also home to Europe's largest church organ with some 17,000 pipes.

    This evening you'll enjoy a special Captain's farewell dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    Return home
    Munich , Germany

    After breakfast, you will be transferred from the ship to Munich to begin your journey home.

    Meals - Breakfast


SS Maria Theresa

Passau, Germany

The S.S. Maria Theresa features ultra-luxurious accommodations and an array of thoughtful personal touches, ensuring a truly indulgent and unforgettable voyage along the Rhine and Danube Rivers.

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