Danube River Cruise
31 Aug — 9 Sep 2020 | Tour Directors: John Bryden, Sarah Burles, Ashley Solomon, Lars Tharp, Nicholas Wearne, Emilie Capulet, Andrew Spira, Tom Abbott, Judy Brown
• Nine guest Tour Directors, who will join us at different stages of our journey, shine a spectrum of lights on the history of this commanding waterway, its artistic and musical heritage
• Journey from Passau to Budapest, taking in the treasures of Melk, Vienna, Bratislava and Esztergom en route
• Relax on board as we cruise alongside some of the most picturesque scenery the river has to offer
Andrew was a specialist in Byzantine and Russian icons at the Temple Gallery, London, before working as a curator at the V&A Museum.
MA, ARCM, ARCO
international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music and Director of Florilegium
Danish-born art historian, lecturer and broadcaster
MA, MMUS, PhD
award-winning pianist, writer and lecturer
art historian who works in museum and gallery education
Tom Abbott is an art and architectural historian associated with the Foundation of Prussian Palaces and Gardens
a former ACE Bursary student, who is a tutor and Junior Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Scottish mezzo-soprano, sought-after recitalist, opera and consort singer
Depart London Heathrow 0900 on British Airways, arriving Munich 1155, or depart Manchester International 1050 on Lufthansa, arriving Munich 1350. Transfer to Passau and board MS Symphonie. Welcome drink and introduction to the cruise. MS Symphonie cruises to Melk.
Bach before breakfast. Morning visit to Melk Abbey including guided tour and organ recital. Short stop in Durnstein before MS Symphonie cruises to Vienna. Evening baroque flute recital with Ashley Solomon.
Bach before breakfast followed by visits in Vienna: Kunsthistoriches Museum and Hofburg Palace. MS Symphonie cruises to Esztergom.
Bach before breakfast followed by morning visits in Esztergom, including the basilica and treasury. Afternoon lecture as MS Symphonie cruises to Budapest. Evening piano recital with John Bryden.
Bach before breakfast followed by visits including Buda Hill Castle District and the Great Synagogue.
Bach before breakfast followed by free morning in Budapest. Afternoon lecture on board as MS Symphonie cruises to Bratislava. Evening piano recital with Emilie Capulet.
Walking tour of Bratislava Old Town before MS Symphonie cruises to Vienna. Afternoon lecture-recital with Emilie Capulet and free time.
Morning visit to the Belvedere Palace, followed by a free afternoon. Evening performance at Vienna State Opera (subject to confirmation). MS Symphonie cruises to Melk.
Morning visit to Arstetten Castle (last residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife). Afternoon lecture as MS Symphonie cruises to Passau. Farewell gala dinner, with after dinner music from Nicholas Wearne and Judy Brown.
Transfer to Munich for 1625 departure, arriving Heathrow 1725, or 1610 departure, arriving Manchester 1715.
31 Aug — 9 Sep 2020
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This tour is not envisaged to be especially strenuous, however participants should be comfortable walking over cobbles and occasionally uneven terrain, ascending steps, and standing in museums and galleries.
Our vessel is the MS Symphonie, which has been completely refurbished to five-anchor standard (similar to a good four-star hotel standard). The MS Symphonie has two decks and a sun deck. At 110 metres long, the ship has a total of 55 cabins with the group size restricted to 72 to maximise comfort.
ACE is pleased to offer customers the option to travel to and from either London Heathrow or Manchester International airports. Flights to and from Birmingham are available upon request. Please speak to the ACE office for further information.
Cost of £3295 includes: return travel, accommodation based on sharing a twin cabin (main deck), breakfast, seven lunches, nine dinners with unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks, tea & coffee, shore excursions & admissions, musical performance in Vienna (subject to confirmation), gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, upper deck twin cabin supplement of £250 per person, twin cabin for single use supplement of £600 for a main deck cabin or £1000 for an upper deck cabin. Further supplements available on request.