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Gems of the Danube with Dame Darcey Bussell

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Gems of the Danube with Dame Darcey Bussell

From £3,140 pp

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.

 

What’s included On Board

  • Complimentary beverages all day, everyday
  • Six Dining venues, from casual to fine dining
  • 85% Balcony Suites, including a Scenic Sun Lounge
  • Exclusive events with Dame Darcey Bussell
  •  Personalised butler service
  •  Laundry concierge
  •  Exclusive Scenic Tailormade GPS for self-guided touring and on board commentary
  • Authentic local entertainment
  • The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
  • Gym & Wellness area
  • Cruise Directors to guide and assist
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet
  • Return airport transfers
  • All gratuities
  • Return flight from a selection of upto 15 UK airports

On Shore

  • Scenic  Enrich – An unforgettable and exclusive event
  • Scenic Freechoice – A Choice of flexible excursions and activites
  • Scenic Sundowners – An exclusive hosted event in a stunning location

   

Danube - Wachau Valley with the historic town of Durnstein
Danube - Vienna Skyline with St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
Regensburg at Night
Danube - Budapest Chain Bridge
Day 1 - Nuremberg

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.

Dinner

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 2 - Nuremberg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Freechoice

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 3 - Regensburg

Beakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 4 - Passau & Linz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Day 5 - Melk & Dürnstein

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 6 - Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Freechoice

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 7 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Breakfast

Scenic Crystal Exterior

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.

Scenic Butler

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Riverview Terrace
  • Sun Deck
  • Walking Track
  • Portobellos Restaurant
  • River Cafe
  • Table La Rive Private Dining (Diamond deck guests only)
  • Lounge & Bar
  • Gift Shop
  • Lift
  • Complimentary use of E-bikes
  • Complimentary Wi-fi
  • Gym and Wellness Area
  • Fitness Centre
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks

Accommodation & Amenities

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.

Royal Suites

Royal Panorama Suite 325 ft² – Royal Panorama Suite Diamond (Upper) Deck

Royal Balcony Suite 315 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Scenic Sun Lounge balcony system
  • Marble bathroom with upgraded bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service

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.

Scenic Crystal Royal Suite
Scenic Space Ship Junior Suite

Junior Suites

250 ft² – Diamond (Upper)& Sapphire (Middle) Deck

  • Scenic Sun Lounge balcony system
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service

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.

Balcony Suites

Deluxe Balcony Suite 225 ft² – Diamond (Upper) and Sapphire (Middle) Deck

Balcony Suite 205 ft² – Diamond (Upper) and Sapphire (Middle) Deck

  • Scenic Sun Lounge balcony system
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service

EXCLUSIVE TO DIAMOND DECK SUITE GUESTS: complimentary daily pressing of two pieces of clothing, exclusive invitation to Table La Rive.

Scenic Crystal Balcony Suite
Scenic Crystal Stateroom

Standard Suites

160 ft² – Jewel (Lower) Deck

  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane bathroom amenities with hairdryer
  • Alarm clock, in-room safe, telephone
  • Luxury Scenic slumber bed and pillow menu
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Mac-mini infotainment system & movies on demand
  • Luxury bathrobe and slippers
  • Early morning tea/coffee service
  • Complimentary laundry concierge service once per suite
  • Butler service
  • Shoeshine service
Scenic Crystal Deck Plan
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Apr 8Scenic CrystalNuremberg£3140SAVE £500Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStandard Suite160 ft², Fixed WindowsSold Out  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside Balcony£3140  
Middle DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside Balcony£3990  
Middle DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside BalconySold Out  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite205 ft², Outside Balcony£3140  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite225 ft², Outside Balcony£4290  
Upper DeckJunior Suite250 ft², Outside Balcony£4290  
Upper DeckRoyal Balcony Suite315 ft², Outside Balcony£4390  
Upper DeckRoyal Panorama Suite325 ft², Outside Balcony£4590  


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