Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join us on our first ever luxury river cruise. Experience the romance and grandeur of the Danube on a five-star ship in the company of three of the biggest names in ballroom dancing.
Enjoy wonderful money-can’t-buy w&h experiences during this eight-day journey along one of Europe’s greatest rivers on the new Scenic Amber five-star ship. They include a ballroom masterclass with James and Ola Jordan, and a fascinating evening “In Conversation with” Arlene Phillips.
If you love dancing it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to holiday with some of the UK’s biggest dance stars. We promise that this will be a magical journey filled with unforgettable experiences – so whether you’re a ballroom expert or just a Strictly fan, we guarantee that you’ll have a wonderful time.
See below for what you could be enjoying on this unforgettable trip…
Date: 27 September to 4 October 2017
Price: From £1,695pp
Countries Visited: Budapest, Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Nuremburg
To Book: Call 0800 023 8227 Reference to quote: TSDANUBE
As part of your w&h exclusive holiday you will get to…
- Watch James and Ola Jordan perform at the Vienna Arsenal during a private evening of music and dance.
- Enjoy a private “In Conversation with” Q&A evening with Arlene Phillips, the doyenne of dance.
- Get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join James and Ola Jordan during a Ballroom Masterclass on board the Scenic Amber.
- Experience private excursions – Vienna, including the Schönbrunn Palace; and a Sound of Music tour in Salzburg.
- Enjoy the services of a private butler on board the Scenic Amber, with all food and drink included.
Your five-star itinerary and route
DAY 1: Fly from your choice of UK airports to Hungary’s historic capital, Budapest, where your journey along one of the world’s great rivers begins. Raise your glass to the adventure ahead at this evening’s welcome reception on-board your luxurious home for the next seven nights, the five-star Scenic Amber cruise ship. Enjoy a gourmet dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
DAY 2: Budapest and “In Conversation with” Arlene Phillips Enjoy an expert guided tour of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, including a piano concert. Alternatively, relax at Budapest’s famous Thermal Baths and Spa. Or, if you prefer, venture into the subterranean caverns that contain the once secret Hospital in the Rock, first used before and during the Second World War.
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: “In Conversation with” Arlene Phillips, hosted by w&h This informal evening will see Arlene reveal anecdotes and insights from her eventful 40-year career in dance, theatre, music, film and television. Plus you’ll be given the opportunity to ask your own questions of the star. The evening will also include a cocktail party as you set sail on the mighty Danube, bound for Vienna.
DAY 3: Vienna and A Dance Showcase by James and Ola Jordan Relax in one of the Scenic Amber’s lounges and viewing areas as you cruise the Danube, sailing towards the sumptuous Austrian capital. In the evening, after your arrival, breathe in the elegance and opulence of the Vienna Arsenal, one of the city’s grandest venues, while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt.
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Your unforgettable experience at the Vienna Arsenal continues with a unique evening of music and dance. First, be enchanted by a wonderful Viennese concert featuring the music of Mozart and Strauss. Then be enthralled by a thrilling dance performance by bewitching ballroom stars James and Ola Jordan, with Arlene Phillips as your host and compère. It will be a night of music and dance like no other.
DAY 4: Vienna & A Ballroom Masterclass with James and Ola Take a guided tour of the historic city of Bratislava. Or marvel at the grandeur of the Habsburg Empire at Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, visit the world-famous Spanish Riding School, where you can take a tour of the stables or see the celebrated Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise programme. Or, if you prefer, you can taste your way around a Viennese food market with the Scenic Amber’s head chef as your expert guide.
EXCLUSIVE W&H EXPERIENCE: Join James and Ola Jordan for an exclusive dance masterclass, where they will show the audience and selected couples how to pull off and perfect some of the dances that made them famous, such as the Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive and Paso Doble.
DAY 5: Dürnstein to Melk In Melk, explore the magnificent 18th-century Benedictine abbey, which overlooks the Danube from a rocky outcrop and features a breathtaking library and beautiful frescoes on the ceiling of its baroque church. Alternatively, take a fun guided bicycle ride along the Danube from Dürnstein to Melk – peddling at your own pace, of course. Dürnstein is one of Austria’s most enchanting villages and has a rich history: Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned here by Duke Leopold V during the Third Crusade.
As the day draws to a close, you can enjoy sundowners surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Wachau Valley, famous for its rolling hills, castles and vineyards. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Wachau Valley has views you will never forget.
DAY 6: Linz to Passau Visit the medieval Czech town of Český Krumlov – its historic centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is one of the reasons it is the second most visited destination in the Czech Republic after Prague. Alternatively, journey to Salzburg to see the birthplace of Mozart and the city that famously provided the backdrop for The Sound of Music. Popular sights from the Oscar-winning film include Hellbrunn Palace and the Mirabell Gardens.
DAY 7: Regensburg Built at the confluence of three rivers – the Regen, the Naab and the Danube, and at the edge of the Bavarian Forest, Regensburg combines a rich history with breathtaking natural beauty.
Join our expert local guide to discover Regensburg’s famous Old Town, with its array of historic merchants’ houses, its Old Bridge and the Porta Praetoria, the impressive arched gate that recalls Regensburg’s Roman heritage. Alternatively, hop on a local ferry and sail through the Danube Gorge to visit the stunning Weltenburg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery built on the very shores of the Danube. During your tour, sample beer brewed at one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world. Another option is to take a leisurely bicycle trip on your own, guided by our individually tailored and easy-to-use GPS device, to see the striking Walhalla Temple, built by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in the style of the Parthenon in Athens.
DAY 8: Nuremberg Say goodbye to your unforgettable river cruise with a luxurious farewell breakfast before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home. The beautiful city of Nuremberg is a fitting final stop on this truly magical journey.
- Return flights from London, Manchester or Birmingham (regional departures available at a supplement) and all transfers.
- Seven nights five-star accommodation in a standard suite, which includes personal butler service. Upgrades to balcony suites are available at a supplement.
- The award-winning Scenic Amber offers six dining venues and a Wellness Centre with a pool and spa.
- All meals on board including complimentary beverages** – plus no need to worry about tips and gratuities as these are also included in the price.
- Exclusive ballroom dance performance by James and Ola Jordan at the Vienna Arsenal, hosted and compèred by Arlene Phillips.
- An exclusive evening event, “In Conversation with” Arlene Phillips, hosted by woman&home, during which you will have an opportunity to meet and put your questions to the queen of dance.
- A ballroom dancing masterclass hosted by James and Ola Jordan, during which you may be chosen to dance with the couple.
- Private excursions including a Sound of Music tour in Salzburg and insider’s tour of Vienna as detailed in the itinerary.
- All drinks are included except a small number of fine and rare wines, Champagnes and spirits.
THE PRICE From £1,695pp
THE DATES 27 September to 4 October 2017
To Book: Call 0800 023 8227 Reference to quote: TSDANUBE
T&C’s *Based on two sharing. Includes return flights from London, Manchester or Birmingham (regional departures available at a supplement), transfers and seven nights five-star accommodation in a standard suite including private butler service. The price also includes all meals on board, including complimentary beverages** as well as tips and gratuities.
Deposit payment is £750pp and full payment is required 90 days before departure. A 1% credit card charge (1.95% AMEX) will apply.
*Supplements for upgraded and balcony suites apply. Single supplements apply.
**All drinks are included except a small number of fine and rare wines, Champagnes and spirits.
Scenic Over the past 30 years, Scenic has earned a reputation for excellence as a first-class operator of luxury cruises and tours across four continents. From its state-of-the-art fleet, gourmet dining and attentive staff, Scenic offers a five-star luxury service to every guest; scenic.co.uk
Tripsmiths Tripsmiths is a pioneering travel and media company that partners with the world’s leading tour operators and select global media brands to deliver truly unique and exclusive travel experiences to their customers; tripsmiths.com