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Join the legendary ballerina, Darcey Bussell, on a five-star cruise along one of Europe’s great rivers, visiting the classic cities of Budapest and Vienna

The mighty Danube flows through the heart of Europe and some of the world's most elegant and fascinating cities. From Salzburg, the backdrop to The Sound Of Music, to Vienna, home of the waltz, this exclusive eight-day Scenic voyage will be brimming with music, culture and dance. So who better to join you than retired ballerina and former Strictly judge Darcey Bussell?

Darcey will host special events exclusively for readers, including a private talk and Q&A about her career, a drinks party onboard the five-star Scenic Space-Ship and a magical evening of music and dance at Vienna's historic Palais Liechtenstein. Your voyage will begin in Budapest, and includes stops at Vienna, Dürnstein, Melk and Regensburg. You can visit Melk's magnificent Benedictine abbey or take a gourmet tour of the UNESCO-listed Wachau valley. In addition, you'll go on a guided tour of Budapest's highlights.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a luxurious river cruise in the company of one of our greatest ever dancers.

"Vienna is one of the great European cities of music and culture, and I am very much looking forward to joining you there - both to introduce an exclusive dance performance at the Palais Liechtenstein and then to share stories and experiences from my own career."
Darcey Bussell

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Darcey Bussell
Dame Darcey Andrea Bussell, DBE, became the principal dancer at The Royal Ballet at the age of 20 and remained with the company for over two decades. Now retired, she is author to the 'Magic Ballerina' children's book series and, until recently, was a judge on the BBC panel show 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

Vienna is one of the great European cities of music and culture, and I am very much looking forward to joining you there – both to introduce an exclusive dance performance at the Palais Liechtenstein and then to share stories and experiences from my own career.

Darcey Bussell

Price includes

  • Return flights from the UK and transfers

  • £300 per person discount

  • Seven night luxury cruise

  • Choose excursions and activities, such as onboard cooking classes (included in the price)
  • Go to a private concert in Palais Liechtenstein, compered by Darcey Bussell
  • Take part in an exclusive talk and Q&A session with Darcey
  • Enjoy all-inclusive food and drinks onboard


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  1. Day
    Fly UK to Budapest
    Budapest, Hungary

    Fly to Budapest, from one of up to 16 UK airports, where you will be transferred to your Scenic Space-Ship. This evening, relax and raise your glass to the days ahead.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    Explore Budapest
    Budapest, Hungary

    Make the most of a guided city tour including a piano concert, or discover the Jewish history with an expert local guide. Alternatively, take a guided hike to Buda Hill for breath-taking views over the Danube, or journey to nearby Szentendre, known for its museums, galleries and artists. You'll have the opportunity to discover this charming town on a guided city tour.

    Today, Dame Darcey Bussell will arrive on board your Scenic Space-Ship, this evening join Dame Darcey Bussell and our Captain for a welcome cocktail reception and toast to the start of your wonderful cruise.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    Vienna, Austria

    As you cruise the mighty Danube relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas, and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards the majestic city of Vienna. Join Dame Darcey Bussell on board your Scenic Space-Ship for an exclusive talk and Q+A where you will be able to ask the famous ballet dancer any burning questions about her life and career in dance. Dame Darcey Bussell will also bring a signed keepsake for all guests to take home.
    Tonight, admire the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt in the company of Dame Darcey Bussell. Sit enthralled during an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart and classical Ballet and Blue Danube Waltz performances compered by Dame Darcey Bussell herself.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    Vienna and Bratislava
    Vienna, Austria

    Take a guided tour of historic Bratislava or tour Schönbrunn Palace and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, explore this majestic city on a guided cycling tour or visit the Belvedere Museum, one of Europe's most stunning Baroque landmarks. Explore the greatest collection of Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day, complemented by the work of international artists such as Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. The museum houses the world's largest collection of Gustav Klimt's paintings, including the golden Art Nouveau icons 'The Kiss' and 'Judith'. Alternatively, journey outside of Vienna's city centre to its acclaimed wine region, hearing tales of Vienna's' long tradition in wine production along the way.

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

    Enjoy a guided tour of Melk's magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk - at your own pace, of course. You could choose to taste your way through the Wachau Valley sampling many regional delicacies as you go or visit a Schnapps producer and sample some of the many flavours on offer.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov
    Salzburg, Austria

    Visit the medieval Czech city of Cesky Krumlov and discover its World Heritage-listed old town, or journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart and the city backdrop for the film 'The Sound of Music'. Alternatively, stay on board for a cooking demonstration.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    Regensburg, Germany

    Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its medieval Old Town to the Bavarian Forest on its border. Join a guided walk around Regensburg or take a ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to view historic Weltenburg Abbey, where you can sample beer from one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world. Alternatively, take a leisurely cycle on your own to the Walhalla monument with your Tailormade GPS device.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    Farewell in Munich
    Munich , Germany

    Depart the ship and transfer to the aiport in Munich for your flight home, after a wonderful farewell breakfast.

    Meals - Breakfast

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