Exclusively for Mail readers on Sunday: Meet top British authors on your Danube cruise
Imagine mingling with some of your favorite authors while enjoying wonderful food and drinks and beautiful scenery!
Now is the time to set sail with the UK’s most popular literary festival, which is sure to be an unmissable experience with the cream of British writing talent.
The Henley Literary Festival with lectures, interviews and much more by numerous top writers takes place on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship during an eight-day journey along the mighty Danube.
Ruined beauty: The spectacular Aggstein Castle from the 12th century in the Wachau Valley with a view of the mighty Danube
River View: A stylish Emerald Waterways Star Ship Suite with a balcony
YOUR SPECIAL GUESTS
You will be accompanied by Jeremy Paxman
Award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster JEREMY PAXMANOn the far right, he was the BBC’s Newsnight anchor for 25 years and has hosted the University Challenge since 1994. His insightful treatise A Life In Questions is one of his books.
LOUIS DE BERNIERES The most famous work is Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which won the 1994 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best novel. It was later turned into a major Hollywood film starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz.
You will also be accompanied by Joanna Trollope
JOANNA TROLLOPE is the author of 17 critically acclaimed bestselling novels including A Village Affair, The Choir and The Rector’s Wife. Trollope has written a number of historical novels, many of them under the pseudonym Caroline Harvey.
LADY 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.
The river is one of the largest in Europe and flows through ten countries and four capital cities – Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Belgrade.
This unique travel route in October begins in Passau, an ancient city on the edge of the Black Forest in Germany.
Your stylish starship also stops in Linz, the cities of Melk and Dürnstein in Austria’s beautiful Wachau Valley, Bratislava and Vienna before it ends in the breathtaking Hungarian capital Budapest.
With an incredible selection of best-selling authors including Joanna Trollope, Louis de Bernieres, Jeremy Paxman and Dame Jenni Murray (more to be confirmed in the coming weeks), this promises to be an epic journey through central Europe that book lovers won’t want to miss.
For added security, Emerald Waterways offers a free deposit protection plan and flexible booking policy that allows you to postpone your travel plans and transfer them to an alternative departure date or itinerary up to 60 days before departure.
REASONS TO BOOK
An incredible line-up: Meet some of your favorite personalities from the world of books, handpicked by the Henley Literary Festival, one of the UK’s most popular festivals of its kind.
You will participate in exclusive question-and-answer sessions on board – and other notable speakers will be announced.
Discover the Danube: You will sail through breathtaking landscapes and visit two of the largest capitals in Europe – Vienna, famous for art and culture, and Budapest, Hungary’s capital.
Your luxurious starship: The Emerald Waterways fleet offers spacious and stylishly designed cabins and suites, a heated indoor pool with retractable roof, a fitness center, a large open-air sundeck with putting green and an evening cinema.
Flexible booking guidelines: Emerald Waterways’ deposit protection plan and flexible booking policies allow guests to change their travel dates or itineraries for free up to 60 days prior to departure.
- UK return flights from up to 16 airports.
- Eight-day cruise on an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.
- All meals, plus wine, beer and soft drinks for lunch and dinner on board.
- EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions.
- Private conversations, interviews, and onboard Q&A with some of the world’s leading writers.
- Local guides and cruise director.
- Free WiFi and use of bicycles.
- Transfers to and from the ship as well as all tips and gratuities.
- ABTA and ATOL protected.
YOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 Fly to Munich and board in Passau DAY 2 Passau and the author speak on board DAY 3 Linz to Cesky Krumlov DAY 4 Melk and Dürnstein and talks with authors on board DAY 5 Vienna and the author speak on board DAY 6 Bratislava and the author speak on board DAY 7 Budapest and author talks on board DAY 8 Get out and fly home
HOW TO BOOK
The price: From £ 1,795pp * (£ 500pp discount *) for eight days. The data: October 24th to 31st, 2021. Call 01615 161 772. Please visit mailtravel.co.uk/literarydanubecruise for more information.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: * Prices are correct at the time of going to press. Based on two people sharing the cheapest cabins available. The price shown includes all relevant discounts that only apply to new bookings. Surcharges apply to solo travelers and upgraded cabins. Itinerary and experts can change. This trip is ABTA-bound and ATOL-protected and exclusive to Mail Travel and selected other titles. For full terms and conditions, please visit mailtravel.co.uk/literarydanubecruise.