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A dance-themed journey down the Danube with Dame Darcey Bussell
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 three special events exclusively for readers, including a private talk, 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 Nuremberg and includes stops at Regensburg, Passau and Linz. You can also 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
Reasons to book
Exclusive performance in Vienna
Fabulous included excursions
Meet Darcey onboard
Exciting city visits
Return flights from the UK and transfers
- Get an exclusive saving of up to £800pp off the brochure price**
- Choose excursions and activities, such as onboard cooking classes (included in the price)
- Go to a private concert in Palais Liechtenstein, which will be introduced by Darcey
- Take part in an exclusive talk and Q&A session with Darcey
- Attend a cocktail party hosted by Darcey
- Enjoy all-inclusive food and drinks onboard
- Spend seven nights in all-inclusive luxury on a Scenic cruise
Cat D Standard Suite: £2,320
Cat A Balcony Suite: £3,140
Cat BB Balcony Suite: £3,140
Cat PA Balcony Suite: £3,240
Cat PP Balcony Suite: £3,290
Cat BD Deluxe Balcony Suite: £3,490
Cat PD Deluxe Balcony Cabin: £3,790
Cat RJ Junior Balcony Suite: £4,290
Cat RA Royal Balcony Suite: £4,390
Cat RS Royal Panorama Suite: £4,590
All prices are per person, based on two sharing a twin/double cabin.
Day1Fly UK to NurembergNuremberg, Germany
After a morning flight you will join your Scenic Star-ship in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg and enjoy an evening welcome reception
Day2Visit NurembergNuremberg, Germany
You have the choice of a walking tour of this 11th-century city, a visit to the war-related sites including the Documentation Centre and the Nazi Party rally grounds or, for something different, enjoy a unique beer-tasting experience in the city's underground cellars carved into the rocks.
Explore Regensburg's medieval Old Town or the Bavarian Forest on its doorstep. Take a ferry down the Danube Gorge to see historic Weltenburg Abbey and sample the produce from one of the world's oldest monastic breweries or a cycle to the Walhalla monument.
Day4Passau to LinzPassau, Germany
Today you will journey from Passau to Linz, where the key highlights are a visit to the medieval Czech city of Cesky Krumlov with its World Heritage-listed old town or a day trip to Salzburg, the home of Mozart and the backdrop for the 'The Sound of Music'.
Day5Melk to DürnsteinDurnstein , Austria
You will be spoilt for choice as you can choose a guided tour Melk's magnificent 18th-century Benedictine Abbey or take a guided bike ride along the Danube to guided bike ride to the ancient city of Dürnstein. Alternatively, opt for a gourmet tour of the Wachau Valley or a Schnapps tasting session with local producer.
Day6Tour ViennaVienna, Austria
Take a guided tour of the opulent Schönbrunn Palace, visit the Baroque Belvedere Museum with its impressive art collection or opt for a gentle bike tour of the city.Today, Dame Darcey Bussell arrives, joining you at a drinks reception at the opulent Palais Liechtenstein before compering a private Viennese evening concert, featuring performances of classical Ballet, Viennese Waltz and the music of Mozart, Strauss and Beethoven.
Day7Visit BudapestBudapest, Hungary
Take a guided hike up Buda Hill for breathtaking views over the Danube, enjoy a guided tour of the city, discover the Jewish heritage with an expert local guide or journey to artist's town of Szentendre. Back on board you will enjoy an exclusive talk and Q+A with Darcey as she reflects on her life and stellar dance career with the Telegraph's dance critic, Mark Monahan. You will later join Darcey for cocktail hour on the sun deck as you enjoy a sunset cruise through Budapest.
Day8Farewell in BudapestBudapest, Hungary
After a leisurely breakfast disembark for your return flight home.
The luxurious Scenic Crystal is the ideal ship from which to enjoy the delights of the Danube
Launched in 2012, the Scenic Crystal is an 85-cabin cruise ship which features outdoor balconies that convert into all-weather Scenic Sun-Lounges and have newly designed guest rooms with 32-inch, flat screen, high definition televisions. The spacious Deluxe Balcony Suites, located in prime locations at the front of the ship, offer even more space to relax.
Given its small size and superb array of facilities, the Scenic Crystal is the perfect ship from which to enjoy the delights of the Danube, including a butler service, a fitness centre, pool, spa and sun deck, the Panorama Lounge and Bar and with the choice of six on board dining restaurants.
You will stay in one of Scenic Crystal's best-in-class suites. Are all beautifully proportioned, elegantly designed and larger than standard river cruise cabins and some boast their own private balcony (Balcony supplement applies).
Each suite offers luxurious furnishings, an HD Apple TV,
complimentary films, individual climate control and a pillow menu.
You will also enjoy the benefits of a nightly turndown service,
complimentary mini-bar, a safe for your valuables and WiFi internet
access. Your elegant en-suite bathroom includes complimentary
toiletries by L'Occitane.
All of the balcony suites feature Scenic's exclusive 'Sun Lounge' system, a unique innovation which allows you to transform your balcony into an all-weather conservatory-style space at the touch of a button, so you can make the most of it even in unfavourable weather.
The state-of-the-art ship features up to six different on-board
cabin grades. Junior Suites measure between 240 and 250 square
feet, and guests' room service perks include morning tea and coffee
delivered to your suite, drinks served on your balcony and a range
of enhanced butler privileges, as well as an exclusive invitation
to dine at the chef's table.
Guests staying in the Royal Balcony Suites are treated to all of the above, as well as a generously sized cabin of between 300 and 325 square feet, pre-dinner canapés and a €100 per cabin credit to spend in the on-board Wellness Centre.
If you would like to experience the ultimate in elegance and luxury, the stunning Royal Panorama Suites tick every box. With a separate lounge area to your bedroom and enlarged bathroom, these unrivalled suites offer guests the very finest luxury river cruise experience one can imagine.