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Discover Vienna and 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.
Reasons to book
Exclusive dance performance in Vienna
Fabulous included excursions
Meet Darcey onboard
Exciting city visits
- Get an exclusive saving of £500pp 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.
Day1Fly UK to NurembergNuremberg, Germany
Welcome to the fascinating Bavarian city of Nuremberg, which dates back to the 11th century. Your cruise begins after a private transfer to your luxury Scenic Space-Ship and you'll get to toast the occasion at this evening's welcome reception.
Day2Visit NurembergNuremberg, Germany
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.
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.
Day4Passau to LinzPassau, Germany
Today you could 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.
Day5Melk to DürnsteinDurnstein , Austria
Choose to 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 visit a Schnapps producer and sample some of the many flavours on offer.
Day6Tour ViennaVienna, Austria
Today you could take a guided tour of historic neighbouring city, 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, with works by Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. You could also choose to 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.
Dame Darcey Bussell will arrive on board your Scenic Space-Ship today 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.
This evening, 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.
Day7Visit BudapestBudapest, Hungary
Today, among other activities, you'll have a chance to 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 beloved ballet dancer any burning questions about her life and career in dance.
Make the most of a guided city tour including a piano concert, or discover the Jewish heritage 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.
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.
Day8Farewell in BudapestBudapest, Hungary
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.
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.