Dance down the Danube

Join Dame Darcey Bussell in October 2021

Join us on a special river cruise down the Danube River with celebrated ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell

In this specially designed river cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg, you will enjoy an 8-day adventure through three countries and two of Europe’s most alluring capitals. You’ll start your journey in beautiful 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, before Darcey joins you as you sail to Vienna.

As you cruise the mighty Danube relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas, and join Darcey for an exclusive talk and Q&A where you will be able to ask the infamous ballet dancer any burning questions about her life and career in dance. Admire the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt in the company of Dame Darcey Bussell.

Continue on to Dürnstein and Melk where you can be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey or embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Dürnstein to Melk. Alternatively, meet the current owners of Artstetten Castle, or taste your way through the Wachau Valley.

From Passau, you will have the choice of visiting the medieval Czech city of Cesky Krumlov or heading to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. Sail to Regensburg, where you can 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.

After a wonderful farewell breakfast, you will depart your Scenic Space-Ship with fond memories and new friendships.

Meet Dame Darcey Bussell

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.

What makes this trip different?

  • Welcome cocktail reception
    Join Dame Darcey Bussell and our Captain for a welcome cocktail reception on board your Scenic Space-Ship and toast to the start of your wonderful cruise.
  • An evening of dance with Darcey Bussell
    This exclusive event at the Palais Liechtenstein 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 conversation with Darcey
    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 infamous 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.
  • Amazing excursions
    You can choose from included excursions such as a a guided hike to Buda Hill in Budapest, 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 enjoy the highlights of Salzburg. Take a bike tour, guided walk, cooking lesson or schnapps tastings, or simply 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 and sun deck. All food, drinks, activities and excursions are included. Your suite includes butler service, complimentary minibar and ensuite bathroom.
  • Experience two 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 – Budapest and Vienna.

Trip Inclusions

  • Seven night all-inclusive luxury cruise
  • Evening of dance with Darcey Bussell
  • All excursions and activities
  • Welcome cocktail reception with Darcey Bussell and your Captain
  • All meals and drinks while on board your Scenic Space-Ship
  • Exclusive talk and Q&A with Darcey Bussell
  • All transfers to and from your Scenic Space-Ship
  • Services of a knowledgeable cruise director
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Butler service

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