Dance down the Danube

Traveller Exclusive Offer for 2020

Join us on a one-off Traveller tour down the Danube with celebrated ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell.

In this specially designed Traveller Tour in association with the Daily Telegraph, UK, you will enjoy an 11-day adventure through five countries and four of Europe’s most alluring capitals. You’ll start with the Czech capital, Prague, where you’ll enjoy a three-night stay in a luxury hotel and a guided city tour.

You will then travel by luxury coach to Germany to explore the medieval Bavarian city of Nuremberg where you will board your five-star Scenic Space-Ship to begin your all-inclusive Danube cruise. After discovering Nuremberg’s fascinating World War II history, you will sail to Regensburg, home to one of the world’s oldest monastic breweries. From Passau, you will have the choice of visiting the medieval Czech city of Cesky Krumlov or heading to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart.

You can take in a gourmet tour of the Wachau Valley or visit Melk’s magnificent 18th-century Benedictine abbey, before arriving in Vienna. Here, Darcey Bussell, who has performed with the Australian Ballet and who has Australian family connections, will join you at the Palais Liechtenstein as she hosts an exclusive evening of dance. She will then join you as you sail to Budapest, Hungary, where you can explore the capital, journey to the nearby artistic district of Szentendre or hike to Buda Hill for views over the Danube.

Back on board your Scenic Space-Ship, complete with butler service and wellness area, Darcey will share insights on her life and career in an interview with a leading dance critic before joining you at an exclusive cocktail party on the sundeck for an evening city cruise.

Meet the experts

Darcey Bussell
Former principal dancer and presenter, Darcey Bussell
Dame Darcey Bussell became principal dancer at The Royal Ballet at age 20 and remained with the company for more than two decades. She performed as a guest artist with companies including La Scala theatre ballet, the Kirov and the Australian Ballet. Now retired, she wrote the Magic Ballerina children’s book series and, until recently, was a judge on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Since 2012, she has been president of the Royal Academy of Dance and campaign president of the Birmingham Royal Ballet fundraising campaign.

Mark monahanbw
The dance critic
Mark Monahan is a London-based arts editor and dance critic at the Daily Telegraph, UKDance Critic.

What makes this trip different?

  • An evening of dance with Darcey Bussell
    This exclusive event at the Palais Lichtenstein in Vienna will be a night to remember. Compered by Darcey Bussell, you will witness two genres of dance - ballet and classic Viennese waltz.
  • In coversation with Darcey
    Dance critic Mark Monahan will host an exclusive afternoon interview with Darcey who will talk about her life and extraordinary career, followed by a Q&A. Later they will join you for cocktails.
  • Amazing excursions
    You can choose from included excursions such as a World War II tour of Nuremburg, a visit to Melk’s 18th-century Benedictine Abbey or gourmet tastings in the Wachau Valley. Or opt for a day trip to the UNESCO-listed old town of Czesky Krumlov or the Slovakian capital of Bratislava or enjoy the highlights of Salzburg. Take a bike tour, guided walk, cooking lesson or schnapps tastings, or relax on board.
  • Five-star all-inclusive cruise
    Scenic’s Star-Ships are among the world’s most luxurious river boats with all-suite accommodation, gourmet dining options, wellness area, sun deck. All food, drinks, activities and excursions are included. Your balcony suite includes butler service, free minibar and ensuite bathroom.
  • Experience three great European capitals
    The Danube flows through the heart of Europe and you will have the chance to explore some of its most remarkable cities – Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava.

Trip Inclusions

  • Seven night all-inclusive luxury cruise
  • All excursions and activities
  • Three nights in a luxury hotel in Prague (full-board)
  • All transfers including coach from Prague to Nuremburg
  • All meals and drinks while on board your Scenic Space Ship
  • Evening of dance with Darcey Bussell
  • Drinks reception with Darcey Bussell
  • Private talk and Q&A with Darcey Bussell and a leading dance critic
  • Services of a knowledgeable cruise director
  • Private butler
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