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.
Choose from a selection of ways to travel to Munich. Pick from one of up to 14 UK regional airports to travel direct from London, Manchester or Birmingham. You’ll then be transferred to your Scenic Space-Ship, which is docked in Nuremberg.
Day 2 - Nuremberg
From the distinguished Medieval architecture and fortifications of the Old Town, to historic WWII sites, Franconia’s largest city has so much to offer each and everyone of its visitors Freechoice: You can choose to visit the city’s moving WWII sites on a tour which concludes with a self-guided exploration of the interesting documentation centre. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to do something a little more light- hearted, why not join a gingerbread baking class? We won’t tell anyone if you loosen your belt a little.
Day 3 - Regensburg
At the confluence of three rivers, Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its medieval Old Town to the Bavarian Forest on its border.
Join the group for an enjoyable walk around Regensburg or hop on a local 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, you could take a leisurely cycle on your own to the Walhalla monument with your Tailormade GPS device.
Day 4 - Passau & Linz
This morning, you’ll cruise into Passau, the beautiful Baroque city straddling Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Also known as the Dreiflussestadt or “City of the Three Rivers”, because The Danube is joined at Passau by the Inn from ther south and the llz from the North. Freechoice: Take an excursion to the medieval Czech town of Cesky Krumlov and discover its World Heritage-listed old city, or journey to Salzburg and explore the birthplace of Mozart, and the city backdrop for the film ‘The Sound of Music’.
Day 5 - Melk & Dürnstein
Freechoice: Be guided through Melk’s magnificent 18th century Benedictine Abbey. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more active, embark on an enjoyable guided bike ride along the river from Melk to one of the most enchanting villages in the region, Dürnstein – at your own pace, of course. Or visit a local winery for a guided tour and tasting of its fine wines.
Sundowners As the day ends, you’ll get to take in the fine views of the breathtakingly beautiful Wachau Valley. You’ll be in very fine company, and can expect a wonderful ending to a magnificent day. Of course, we can’t take all the credit for this one. It’s nature who provides the view, we’re just bringing the drinks.
Day 6 - Vienna
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.
Freechoice Take a guided tour of historic Bratislava or tour Schönbrunn Palace and witness the sheer opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, visit the Belvedere Museum, one of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks. You’ll have the opportunity to explore 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, Vincent van Gogh, and Max Beckmann. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings, including the famous golden Art Nouveau icons the Kiss and Judith.
Enrich Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt. Then be enthralled by an enchanting private Viennese evening concert featuring the timeless music of Strauss and Mozart. Even in elegant Vienna, Palais Liechtenstein is one of the grandest of all venues.
Day 7 - Budapest
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.
We find ourselves in Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and prettiest cities.
Make the most of a guided tour of this city including a piano concert, or discover the Jewish heritage on a guided tour with an expert local guide. Alternatively, you can choose to journey to nearby riverside town in Pest County, Szentendre. Szentendre is known for its museums, galleries, and artists, and you’ll have the opportunity to discover this charming town on a guided city tour.
Day 8 - Budapest
After breakfast, transfer to Budapest airport for your return flight home. Travel direct to London, Manchester or Birmingham or one of up to 14 UK regional airports.
Introduced to the Scenic fleet in 2012 with a capacity of just 169 guests in 85 suites, with 53 crew, the Scenic Crystal accommodates excellent levels of service. Since then, she’s been attentively upgraded to bring her in line with newer members of the fleet, offering enhanced comfort, luxury and technological innovation without forgoing the charm which made this ship so popular with previous guests. Depending on the class of suite or stateroom you opt for, you’ll enjoy a wealth of luxurious features, including Scenic Sun Lounges, 32-inch HD TVs and a state-of-the-art bathroom complete with revolutionary massage shower and wet room. All balcony suites feature Scenic’s exclusive ‘Sun Lounge’ system which transforms your balcony into an all-weather conservatory style space. From the Panorama Lounge Bar and the spacious Sun Deck, to the well appointed fitness and wellness suite, you’ll enjoy luxury wherever you stray aboard this elegant river cruise ship.
85 elegantly appointed staterooms and Suites range in size from 160-320 ft². Most accommodations have a open air balcony. Try one of the 2 Royal Panorama Suites, situated at the rear of the ship at 325 sq ft² in size. An outdoor balcony, complete with open-air system, allows you to enjoy the views of your surroundings whatever the weather so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Suites feature added enhancements such as a larger sitting area with two chairs. All staterooms include amenities such ensuite bathroom with shower, Infotainment, free high-speed Internet access, climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe, fridge and complimentary bottled water replenished daily. Offering a roster of distinct dining venues, including Crystal Dining, Riverview Terrace, Portobellos, Table La Rive and the Panorama Lounge Bar, guests will be spoilt for choice when choosing where to dine aboard Scenic Crystal. Couple this with the option to take breakfast, lunch or dinner from the privacy of your suite, and your dining preferences will be all perfectly accommodated aboard these majestic Space-Ships. Scenic offer levels of service which are differentiated by the level of stateroom or suite booked. Please see the individual room type description for details.
EXCLUSIVE TO ROYAL SUITE GUESTS: unlimited complimentary laundry service, daily delivery of afternoon canapes, complimentary bottle of Laurent Perrier Brut (750ml), morning delivery of newspapers, in-suite beverage and meal service, packing and unpacking of suitcases, 200 Euros on board credit, exclusive invitation to Table La Rive, priority dining reservations. Private chauffeur service in Europe – restrictions apply.
EXCLUSIVE TO JUNIOR SUITE GUESTS: complimentary daily pressing of two pieces of clothing, daily delivery of afternoon canapes, in-suite beverage and meal service, exclusive invitation to Table La Rive.
EXCLUSIVE TO DIAMOND DECK SUITE GUESTS: complimentary daily pressing of two pieces of clothing, exclusive invitation to Table La Rive.
|Apr 8||Scenic Crystal||Nuremberg||£800 off||Cabin Upgrades|
|Lower Deck||Standard Suite||160 ft², Fixed Windows||Sold|
|Middle Deck||Balcony Suite||205 ft², Outside Balcony||Sold|
|Middle Deck||Deluxe Balcony Suite||225 ft², Outside Balcony||£3490|
|Middle Deck||Junior Suite||250 ft², Outside Balcony||£3790|
|Upper Deck||Balcony Suite||205 ft², Outside Balcony||£3240|
|Upper Deck||Deluxe Balcony Suite||225 ft², Outside Balcony||£3790|
|Upper Deck||Junior Suite||250 ft², Outside Balcony||Sold|
|Upper Deck||Royal Balcony Suite||315 ft², Outside Balcony||Sold|
|Upper Deck||Royal Panorama Suite||325 ft², Outside Balcony||£4590|
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Scenic sit at the top of the luxury river cruise market. A luxurious mix of contemporary, luxurious ships with top level touring and inclusions which add up to a relaxing, high level river cruise holiday.