Gems of the Danube with Dame Darcey Bussell

8 Days
Nuremberg to Budapest
From (GBP)
£ 2,820
£ 2,320
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This is a unique opportunity to join Dame Darcey Bussell, the former ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing judge, for a five-star all-inclusive river cruise down the Danube.
Starting out in the fascinating Bavarian city of Nuremberg you will pass through Regensburg, Linz and Passau and onto Vienna for the climax of the trip. Here, Darcey will join you at the opulent Palaism Liechtenstein for a private Scenic Enrich evening concert featuring the music of Strauss, Mozart and Beethoven, and performances of classical ballet and Viennese waltz compered by Darcey herself.

Darcey will then accompany you down river to Budapest, where you will explore the city or journey to nearby Szentendre, known for its museums and galleries. Back on board your five-star Scenic Star-Ship you will enjoy an exclusive event at which Darcey will reflect on her life and career in conversation with The Telegraph’s dance critic Mark Monahan.

2020 Nuremberg > Budapest

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Dame Darcey Bussell

Dame Darcey Bussell, DBE, became the principal dancer at the Royal Ballet at the age of 20. She is the author of the Magic Ballerina children’s book series and, until recently, was a judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK > Nuremberg

    Fly to Munich from one of up to 16 UK airports. Upon arrival you'll be transferred to Nuremberg, where you will be welcomed onboard your state-of-the-art Space-Ship.

    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 > UK

    After breakfast, transfer to Budapest airport for your return flight home. Travel to one of up to 16 UK airports.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

What's Included?

  • Flights from a range of airports
  • Cruise director throughout
  • All-inclusive throughout, including all drinks and refreshments on board**
  • Exclusive events with Darcey Bussell
  • All excursions
  • Butler service
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Laundry service
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Pricing & Availability

The price shown is correct at the time of going to print and is per person, based on two people sharing the lowest grade suite available and includes a £500 per person saving. Supplements apply for single travellers, upgraded cabins and other departure dates. Itinerary and special guests are subject to change in the case of unforeseeable circumstances. All drinks included on board except for a number of fine and rare wines, champagnes and spirits. Offers are not combinable and we have the right to withdraw our offers at any time.