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


Book by 30 April 2022 and save £900 per person!*

One of the UK's most popular literary events is setting sail for the first time. From 2022, you will be able to join top writers from the Henley Literary Festival for talks, interviews and more on board an Emerald Cruises 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 October 2022 starts in the stunning Hungarian capital, Budapest and ends in Passau, an ancient town overlooked by a 13th-century hilltop fortress. Your deluxe Star-Ship will also stop at Linz, the towns of Melk and Durnstein in the beautiful Unesco-listed Wachau Valley, Bratislava and elegant Vienna.

With an incredible line-up of bestselling authors set to attend, including Dame Jenni Murray, Joanna Trollope, Ruth Jones, Kate Mosse 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

Best-selling author Kate Mosse has produced novesl including Labyrinth, Sepulchre, The Winter Ghosts, Citadel, and The Taxidermist's Daughter (2014), as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories. City of Tears is here latest novel.

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.

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.

Award-winning television writer and author Ruth Jones is perhaps best known for her role as the hilarious Nessa Jenkins in Gavin and Stacey, which she co-wrote with James Corden. Her debut novel Never Greener was chosen as WHSmith Fiction Book of the Year 2018, and Us Three, Ruth's second novel, was a Sunday Times bestseller in hardback.

Joanna Trollope OBE is the author of seventeen highly acclaimed bestselling novels such as A Village Affair, The Choir and The Rector's Wife. Trollope has written a number of historical novels, many under the pseudonym Caroline Harvey.

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 Cruises 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.

Joanna Trollope
Novelist

Joanna Trollope OBE is the author of seventeen highly acclaimed bestselling novels such as A Village Affair, The Choir and The Rector's Wife. Trollope has written a number of historical novels, many under the pseudonym Caroline Harvey.

Kate Mosse
Author

Kate Mosse is a number one international bestselling novelist, playwright and non-fiction writer. Her works include the multimillion-selling Languedoc Trilogy (Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel), an acclaimed collection of short stories, The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales and The Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, The Burning Chambers. Her most recent novel, The City of Tears, is a breath-taking novel of revenge, persecution and loss, sweeping from Paris and Chartres to the City of Tears itself - the great refugee city of Amsterdam. In June 2013 Kate was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature.

Ruth Jones
TV writer and author

Ruth Jones is best known for her award-winning television writing, most notably BBC One's Gavin and Stacey, which she co-wrote with James Corden and in which she played the incorrigible Nessa Jenkins. The most recent Christmas Day special of Gavin and Stacey gained national critical acclaim, drawing an audience of over 18 million, winning a BAFTA for TV moment of the year and a National Television Award for Impact, and gaining an RTS nomination for Ruth's performance. Ruth also created and co-wrote Sky One's Stella, which ran for six series. As well as being Bafta-nominated for her role as the eponymous Stella, Ruth has starred in several other television comedies and dramas. Her debut novel, Never Greener, has sold over a quarter of a million copies, and was chosen as WHSmith Fiction Book of the Year 2018. Us Three, Ruth's second novel, was a Sunday Times bestseller in hardback.

Price includes

  • UK return flights from a choice of up to 16 airports.
  • Eight-day cruise on an Emerald Cruises 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.

Availability

From
Thu, Thu, Oct 27, 2022
To
Thu, Thu, Nov 3, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,595*

* Price based on two people sharing lowest-priced available cabins. Book by 30 April 2022 for £900 per person discount. Price shown includes all relevant discounts. Supplements apply for single travellers and upgraded cabins. Emerald Cruises is ABTA-bonded (Y6328 and P7579) and this trip is ATOL-protected (9294) and exclusive to Mail Travel and selected other titles. For full booking conditions, visit emeraldcruises.co.uk. If for any reason you cancel your holiday, standard cancellation conditions and charges will apply. Always check the FCO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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Itinerary

  1. Days
    1-2
    Budapest
    Budapest, Hungary

    Welcome to the "Pearl of the Danube". You will be met at the airport and transferred to the contemporary surrounds of your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you to the Literary Festival on the Danube. Join inspiring writers handpicked by Henley Literature Festival and enjoy talks, interviews, signings, Q&A sessions and more.

    On your first evening on board, join your fellow guests for a traditional Hungarian dinner followed by an onboard folklore performance.

    The next day, you'll explore Budapest's cobbled medieval quarter , as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre. Your guide will highlight a number of architectural wonders from across the ages, enabling you to follow a journey from Budapest's Roman beginnings to the addition of ornate Romanesque and Baroque architecture in the centuries that followed.

    If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to hike to Buda Hill. The surrounding area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the air raids of WWII. Some 18th-century Baroque houses still stand, best explored from the medieval paths and alleyways in the area around Buda Castle.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A hike to Buda Hill

    Included Excursion
    A guided coach tour of Budapest

    Running order of literary events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  2. Day
    3
    Bratislava
    Bratislava, Slovakia

    Relax on board as you sail into the capital of Slovakia this morning. This graceful nation of leafy avenues became an independent country in 1993 and, since then, Bratislava has flourished as a new capital and made a name for itself as a cultural centre where different styles of music are as readily celebrated as the region's medieval past. The romantic cobblestone lanes that weave through the city are yours to explore with your local guide, as you enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town centre, including the Slovak National Theatre and a range of Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings.

    Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, a landmark steeped in legends that looks as though it came from the pages of a child's fairytale. This striking building has been rebuilt several times over the last millennia, most recently in a Renaissance style.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Local Slovakian entertainment on board

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A guided hike to Bratislava Castle

    Included Excursion
    A walking tour of Bratislava

    Running order of literary events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    4
    Vienna
    Vienna, Austria

    Sweeping boulevards and world-famous art exhibitions welcome you to Vienna, the birthplace of revolutionary breakthroughs in the fields of music and psychology. The city perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy and their ornate Baroque palaces, some of which you will be able to see during your guided coach tour of the Ringstrasse, followed by a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre and its surrounding classical architectural styles, evidence of the melting pot of artistic influences that existed here at the turn of the 20th century.

    If you are feeling more active, then perhaps choose to explore on two wheels, cycling along the river to the Danube Island.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A bike tour in Vienna

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Vienna

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    Tastes of Vienna (supplement applies)

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    Viennese evening concert (supplement applies)

    Running order of literary events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    5
    Durnstein and Melk
    Melk, Austria

    Effortlessly suspended in time, Dürnstein is one of the most frequented parts of the Wachau wine region, where the delightful warm weather creates the perfect setting for viticulture. Today, you can choose to hike the ruins of Dürnstein Castle, where a delightful panoramic view of the surrounding medieval villages, rows of vines in beautifully arranged vineyards and a forested backdrop is certain to delight.

    Later, sail through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley, passing medieval villages, terraced vineyards and areas of natural beauty. When you arrive in Melk, enjoy a guided tour of Melk Abbey, originally a lavish castle that was gifted to Benedictine monks during the 11th century. This opulent Baroque building is home to some of the most important collections of medieval manuscripts in the world.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A guided bike ride along the Danube river

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

    Included Excursion
    A tour of Melk Abbey

    DiscoverMORE
    Visit to Schallaburg castle (supplement applies)

    DiscoverMORE
    Vineyards hike and tasting in Weissenkirchen (supplement applies)

    Running order of literary events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    6
    Linz for Ceský Krumlov
    Linz, Austria

    This morning, your Star-Ship will dock in Linz and you will be transferred by coach to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre of Ceský Krumlov, a town built around a 13th-century castle. Join your local guide to traverse a labyrinth of winding cobblestone streets, passing the colourful façades of buildings that highlight different time periods as you learn about how they have survived the test of time thanks to the regions peaceful past. The town surrounds the national heritage site that is Ceský Krumlov Castle, and your guided tour will include the 15th-century St. Vitus' Church and a number of delightful High Gothic façades.

    EmeraldPLUS
    A guided tour of Ceský Krumlov

    Running order of literary events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    7
    Passau
    Passau, Germany

    Narrow cobblestone streets and the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread welcome you to Passau, a town nestled on the confluence of three of Europe's main waterways. This important historic trading centre borders Austria, and a distinctive blend of cultures can be found here.

    Your local guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of the town, touching on its distinctive historic buildings, including the Baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral with its ornate columns and arches and the Altes Rathaus, or Town Hall, a collection of eight historic patrician houses that were built between the 14th and 15th centuries.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A hike to Veste Oberhaus

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Passau

    DiscoverMORE
    Bavaria Live (extra expense)

    Running order of literary events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    8
    Disembark in Passau
    Passau, Germany

    After breakfast, it's time to disembark the Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of ancient libraries and Europe's iconic skylines with you.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Emerald Cruises 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 Cruises experience.

KEY FEATURES

  • Spacious staterooms and suites
  • Indoor Heated Pool with retractable roof on most ships
  • 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 Cruises' 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
Thu, Thu, Oct 27, 2022
To
Thu, Thu, Nov 3, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,595*

* Price based on two people sharing lowest-priced available cabins. Book by 30 April 2022 for £900 per person discount. Price shown includes all relevant discounts. Supplements apply for single travellers and upgraded cabins. Emerald Cruises is ABTA-bonded (Y6328 and P7579) and this trip is ATOL-protected (9294) and exclusive to Mail Travel and selected other titles. For full booking conditions, visit emeraldcruises.co.uk. If for any reason you cancel your holiday, standard cancellation conditions and charges will apply. Always check the FCO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Call now to book 01618855277
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