Join the legendary ballerina, Darcey Bussell, on a five-star cruise along one of Europe’s great rivers, visiting the classic cities of Budapest and Vienna

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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.

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Darcey Bussell
Dame Darcey Andrea Bussell, DBE, became the principal dancer at The Royal Ballet at the age of 20 and remained with the company for over two decades. Now retired, she is author to the 'Magic Ballerina' children's book series and, until recently, was a judge on the BBC panel show 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

Vienna is one of the great European cities of music and culture, and I am very much looking forward to joining you there – both to introduce an exclusive dance performance at the Palais Liechtenstein and then to share stories and experiences from my own career.

Darcey Bussell

Price includes

  • Return flights from the UK and transfers

  • Get an exclusive saving of up to £800pp 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

Cabin pricing:

Balcony Cabin: from £2,840

Deluxe Balcony: from £3,190

Royal Suite: from £4,090

Royal Panorama: from £4,290

All prices are per person, based on two sharing a twin/double cabin.


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  1. Day
    Fly UK to Nuremberg
    Nuremberg, 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.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    Visit Nuremberg
    Nuremberg, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    Regensburg, Germany

    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 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    Passau to Linz
    Passau, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    Melk to Dürnstein
    Dürnstein , 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    Tour Vienna
    Vienna, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    Visit Budapest
    Budapest, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    Farewell in Budapest
    Budapest, 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.

    Meals - Breakfast


Scenic Crystal

Cruise ship

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.

Suite selection

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.

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