Sail along the magical Danube in the company of some of the world’s most inspiring writers - in association with The Henley Literary Festival

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One of the UK's most popular literary events is setting sail for the first time. From 2021, you will be able to join top writers from the Henley Literary Festival for talks, interviews and more on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship during an eight-day cruise along the mighty Danube.

The river is one of the greatest in Europe, flowing through ten countries and four capital cities - Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Belgrade. This unique itinerary in April next year starts in Passau, an ancient town overlooked by a 13th-century hilltop fortress. Your ship will also stop at Linz, the towns of Melk and Durnstein in the beautiful Unesco-listed Wachau Valley, Bratislava, Vienna, and finish at the stunning Hungarian capital, Budapest.

With an incredible line-up of bestselling authors set to attend, including Dame Jenni Murray, Victoria Hislop, Jeremy Paxman, Kate Adie and Louis de Bernières, this promises to be an unmissable voyage through central Europe that book lovers will not want to miss.

Your special guests

Award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster Jeremy Paxman was the BBC's Newsnight anchor for 25 years and has hosted University Challenge since 1994. His books include his insightful memoir, A Life In Questions.

Victoria Hislop's award-winning first novel, The Island, sold more than five million copies worldwide and has been translated into 35 languages.

Louis de Bernières' best-known work is Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel in 1994. It was later adapted into a major Hollywood film starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz.

Former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie now presents Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent and she has written several books, including a memoir of her extraordinary life, The Kindness Of Strangers.

Dame Jenni Murray has presented Radio 4's Woman's Hour for more than 30 years and is the author of a number of popular books, including A History Of Britain In 21 Women.

An incredible line-up

You'll be rubbing shoulders with some of our favourite personalities from the world of books hand-picked by Henley Literary Festival, now one of the UK's most popular literary festivals. With more speakers still to be announced, you'll get to hear them talk and attend exclusive Q&As on board.

Discover the Danube

During this voyage you'll sail through stunning scenery and visit two of Europe's great capitals Vienna, famous for its art and culture, and historic Budapest.

You deluxe Star-Ship

The Emerald Waterways fleet offers spacious and stylishly designed staterooms, indoor and outdoor dining, an indoor heated pool with retractable roof, fitness centre, large open-air terrace, cinema and putting green.

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Your expert guests

Dame Jenni Murray
Journalist and broadcaster

One of Britain's best-loved and most respected broadcasters, Jenni Murray has been presenting Radio 4's Woman's Hour for more than 30 years. Jeni is also the author of several popular books, including A History of Britain in 21 Women.

Louis de Bernières
Novelist

The brilliant author and poet has written numerous internationally acclaimed and award-winning novels. His best-known work is Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel in 1994 and was adapted into a major Hollywood film starring Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz.

Jeremy Paxman
Journalist and broadcaster

An award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster, Jeremy Paxman became the anchorman of the BBC's nightly news analysis programme Newsnight in 1989, a post he held for 25 years. He has also been the inimitable host of University Challenge since 1994. Jeremy is the author of numerous documentaries and television series - including on the history and legacy of the British Empire. He has also written ten books including The English - A Portrait of a People; The Victorians and Empire - What Ruling the World Did to the British.

Kate Adie
War reporter

One of the most remarkable reporters of her generation, Kate is the BBC's former chief news correspondent. She has written four books and presents Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent.

Victoria Hislop
Author

Victoria Hislop's award-winning first novel, The Island, held the No.1 slot in the Sunday Times paperback charts for eight consecutive weeks and has sold over five million copies worldwide. Victoria's books have been translated into more than 30 languages and she's constantly drawn back to Greece and the Aegean, where the majority of her wonderful novels are set.

Price includes

  • UK return flights from a choice of up to 15 airports.
  • Eight-day cruise on an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.
  • All meals, plus wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board.
  • EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions.
  • Private talks, interviews and Q&As on board with some of the world's leading writers.
  • Local guides and cruise director.
  • Free wi-fi and use of bicycles.
  • Transfers to and from the ship.
  • All tips and gratuities.

Prices from:

Grade E Stateroom: SOLD OUT

Grade D Stateroom: Was: £2,495 | Now: £1,875

Grade ES Single Stateroom: SOLD OUT

Grade C Panorama Balcony Suite: Was: £2,995 | Now: £2,375

Grade B Panorama Balcony Suite: Was: £3,245 | Now: £2,625

Grade A Panorama Balcony Suite :Was: £3,345 | Now: £2,725

Grade S Grand Balcony Suite: Was: £3,895 | Now: £3,275

Grade SA Owner's One Bedroom Suite: Was: £4,545 | Now: £3,925

All prices are per person, based on two sharing

Availability

From
Sat, Sat, Apr 24, 2021
To
Sat, Sat, May 1, 2021
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,875*
* Price based on two people sharing lowest-priced available cabins. Price shown includes all relevant discounts. Supplements apply for single travellers and upgraded cabins. This trip is ABTA-bonded and ATOL-protected and is exclusive to Mail Travel and selected other titles.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Fly to Munich
    Munich , Germany

    Fly to Munich, then board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship in Passau.

    Running order of events tbc

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Passau
    Passau, Germany

    Passau is a pretty sight, with its museums and monasteries, cobblestone streets and graceful arcades. Here you could stroll through the old town's narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. You can also view the town from above from the fantastic Oberhausmuseum. St. Stephen's Cathedral is a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe's largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes.

    Running order of events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Linz
    Linz, Austria

    Straddling the Danube River midway between Salzburg and Vienna, Linz is a beautiful historic city full of Baroque architecture including its Old Town Hall and the Alter Dom cathedral. The main square is a major attraction and this creative UNESCO boasts a couple of great art museums.

    Running order of events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Melk and Durnstein
    Melk, Austria

    Sailing through the Wachau Valley is a delightful experience of lush scenery. In Melk, you can admire the magnificent 18th-century Benedictine Abbey and take cycle rides to Dürnstein along the river, savouring regional delicacies such as Schnapps.

    Running order of events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Vienna
    Vienna, Austria

    Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music. See the sights of Vienna's world-famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

    Running order of events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Bratislava
    Bratislava, Slovakia

    Cobbled streets pave the course for daily life in Bratislava, where winding alleys and a truly rural atmosphere blend together to create a truly distinctive Slovakian capital. Enjoy a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, with a silhouette that looks as though it was pulled from the pages of a fairytale. This striking landmark was most recently rebuilt in a Renaissance style, but it still retains some of its original features. Alternatively, explore the historic architecture in the compact town centre during an included guided tour, where everything is in walking distance, including the ornate exterior of the Slovak National Theatre.

    Running order of events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Days
    7-8
    Budapest
    Budapest, Hungary

    You arrive in Budapest today, with its dramatic history and grand architecture. Admire the spires of the government building in Pest from your ship, spot the royal palace on the evening horizon, and cross the bridge into Buda for the famous Fisherman's Bastion, and grand Buda Castle and Matthias Church. There are also thermal spas here and the elegant Liberty Statue to admire.

    Running order of events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Emerald Waterways Star-Ships

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Cruise ship

These sleek and stylish cruise ships offer guests an unforgettable experience along some of Europe and Asia's most beautiful waterways

With their chic and contemporary design, Emerald Star-Ships provide a comfortable and luxurious setting for any journey. There's plenty to keep you busy, from enjoying the fantastic vistas on the Sun Deck, to catching a film in the on-board evening cinema. Most Emerald Star-Ships also feature a heated indoor pool with retractable roof.

After a day exploring the sights, grab a pre-dinner drink and retire to the open-air terrace. There's a number of à la carte resturants on-board and after enjoying your evening meal you can retreat to the privacy of your cabin, or mingle with fellow travellers in the spacious public areas. The highly-trained and attentive crew will ensure you enjoy every aspect of your Emerald Waterways experience.

KEY FEATURES

  • Spacious staterooms and suites
  • Indoor Heated Pool with retractable roof on most ships
  • Serenity Pool on the Emerald Radiance
  • Evening cinema
  • Complimentary speciality tea and coffee
  • Sun Deck with seating area and walking track
  • Putting Green
  • Fully equipped fitness centre
  • Wellness Area
  • Hairdresser
  • Dedicated cruise director
  • Al fresco dining & BBQ area

CABIN ACCOMMODATION

There are 4 suite and stateroom grades on board Emerald Waterways' Star-Ships: Emerald Staterooms, Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite, Grand Balcony Suite, Owner's One-Bedroom Suite. These state-of-the-art cabins include an en-suite bathroom, hotel-style bed, complimentary Wi-Fi and a TV.

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Availability

From
Sat, Sat, Apr 24, 2021
To
Sat, Sat, May 1, 2021
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,875*
* Price based on two people sharing lowest-priced available cabins. Price shown includes all relevant discounts. Supplements apply for single travellers and upgraded cabins. This trip is ABTA-bonded and ATOL-protected and is exclusive to Mail Travel and selected other titles.
Call now to book 08082396008
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