Gems of the Danube with Dame Darcey Bussell

8 Days
Nuremberg to Budapest
From (AUD)
$ 4,640
$ 4,390
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Dance down the Danube

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

Join us on an exclusive 8 day luxury cruise down the Danube on board your five-star Scenic Space-Ship. Beginning in Nuremburg, 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 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, Darcey will share insights on her life and career in an interview with leading dance critic before joining you at an exclusive cocktail party on the sundeck for an evening city cruise.

2020 Nuremberg > Budapest

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

Tour Inclusions

  • Seven night all-inclusive luxury cruise
  • Alltransfers including coach from Prague to Nuremburg
  • All excursions and activities
  • All meals and drinks
  • Evening of dance with Darcey Bussell
  • Drinks reception with Darcey Bussell
  • Private talk and Q&A with Darcey Bussell and a leading dance critic
  • Private butler

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.

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Nuremberg

    Welcome to the fascinating Bavarian city of Nuremberg, which dates back to the 11th century.
    Your cruise begins here and you’ll get to toast the occasion at this evening’s welcome reception.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Nuremberg


    Choose to explore this wonderful city on foot with your local guide or visit moving WWII sites including the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds, a reminder of the terror caused by the National Socialist regime. Alternatively, visit Nuremberg’s rock-cut cellars for a unique beer tasting under the city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Regensburg

    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 Scenic Tailormade.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Passau > Linz


    Choose to 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Melk > Dürnstein


    Be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey or, embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Dürnstein. Alternatively, taste your way through the Wachau Valley sampling many regional delicacies as you go or enjoy a Schnapps tasting on board and sample some of the many flavours on offer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Vienna


    Take a guided tour of historic Bratislava or tour Schönbrunn Palace and witness the opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, explore a different side of Vienna on a guided cycling tour or visit the Belvedere Museum, one of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks and discover 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. 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.

    Exclusive Highlight
    Today, Dame Darcey Bussell will arrive on board your Scenic Space-Ship to accompany you for the rest of your river cruise. Dame Darcey Bussell will also bring a signed keepsake for all guests to take home.


    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.  There will also be a special dedication to Beethoven as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Budapest


    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 breathtaking views over the Danube, or journey to nearby Szentendre, known for its museums, galleries and artists, and discover this charming town on a guided city tour.

    Exclusive Highlight
    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.

    This evening join Dame Darcey Bussell for cocktail hour on the sun deck during our evening cruise through Budapest. Raise a glass and bid farewell to the end of your trip as you take in the night lit riverside attractions including Budapest’s Matthias Church and the Chain Bridge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Budapest

    Depart after a wonderful farewell breakfast. Budapest is the end of your cruise, but it will be the start of a lifetime of wonderful memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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