Danube River Cruise
29 Aug — 7 Sep 2022 | Tour Directors: John Bryden, Sarah Burles, Ashley Solomon, Lars Tharp, Nicholas Wearne, Emilie Capulet, Andrew Spira, Tom Abbott, Judy Brown
• A host of Tour Directors shines a spectrum of light 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
• Relax on board as we cruise alongside some of the most picturesque scenery the river has to offer
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
Freelance art historian and museum professional who worked at the Fitzwilliam Museum
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
Depart London Heathrow 0900 on Lufthansa, arriving Munich 1150. Transfer to Passau and board MS Douce France. Welcome drink and introduction to the cruise. MS Douce France cruises to Melk.
Melk ‘Bach before breakfast’ followed by morning visit to Melk Abbey including guided tour and organ recital. Short stop in Durnstein, including organ recital in Durnstein Abbey, before MS Douce France cruises to Vienna. Evening lecture and piano recital with John Bryden.
Vienna ‘Bach before breakfast’ followed by visits in Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum and Hofburg Palace. MS Douce France cruises to Esztergom. Baroque flute recital with Ashley Solomon.
Esztergom ‘Bach before breakfast’ followed by morning lecture. Visits in Esztergom, including the basilica and treasury. Afternoon lecture as MS Douce France cruises to Budapest. Evening piano recital with John Bryden.
Budapest ‘Bach before breakfast’ followed by visits including Buda Hill Castle District. Evening recital with John Bryden and Emilie Capulet.
Further visits in Budapest including the Great Synagogue. Afternoon lecture on board as MS Douce France cruises to Bratislava, followed by lecture-recital with Emilie Capulet.
Bratislava Walking tour of Bratislava Old Town before MS Douce France cruises to Vienna. Afternoon lecture and free time.
Vienna Visit to the Belvedere Palace and evening performance at Vienna State Opera (subject to confirmation). MS Douce France cruises to Melk.
Melk Morning visit to Artstetten Castle (last residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife). Afternoon song recital with Judy Brown (soprano) and Nicholas Wearne (piano) as MS Douce France cruises to Passau. Farewell gala dinner, with after dinner music.
Passau Transfer to Munich for 1730 departure on Lufthansa, arriving Heathrow 1830.
29 Aug — 7 Sep 2022
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This tour requires a good level of fitness, and participants must meet ACE’s usual fitness criteria, as found in our Booking Terms & Conditions. 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 Douce France, which has been completely refurbished to five-anchor standard (similar to a good four-star hotel standard). The MS Douce France has two decks and a sun deck. At 110 metres long, the ship has a total of 55 cabins.
Flights to and from Manchester International airport may be available upon request. Please enquire with the ACE office for further information.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £170.
Cost of £3395 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.