Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Sail the delightful Danube… enjoying the first Henley Literary Festival on water
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.
All lit up: The Parliament Building in the Hungarian capital, Budapest
This unique itinerary in April next year starts in Passau, an ancient town on the edge of the Black Forest in Germany.
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.
OUR SPECIAL LITERARY GUESTS
Award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster Jeremy Paxman
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
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 Bernieres’ best-known work is Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
LOUIS DE BERNIERES’ 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
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 BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour for more than 30 years
DAME JENNI MURRAY has presented BBC 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.
DAY 1: Fly to Munich and board in Passau. DAY 2: Passau and author talks on board. DAY 3: Linz. DAY 4: Melk and Durnstein and author talks on board. DAY 5: Vienna and author talks on board. DAY 6: Bratislava and author talks on board. DAY 7: Budapest and author talks on board. DAY 8: Disembark and fly home.
With an incredible line-up of bestselling authors set to attend, including Dame Jenni Murray, Victoria Hislop, Jeremy Paxman, Kate Adie and Louis de Bernieres, this promises to be an unmissable voyage through central Europe that book-lovers will not want to miss.
REASONS TO BOOK
AN INCREDIBLE LINE-UP
You rub 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 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 the historic city of Budapest, capital of Hungary.
YOUR 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.
- 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.
The price: From £1,725pp* for eight days. The dates: April 24 to May 1, 2021.
To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/literarydanubecruise or call Call 01615 166 557.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *Prices correct at time of going to press. Based on two people sharing lowest-priced available cabins. Price shown includes all relevant discounts, including a £500pp standard discount plus a £120pp early-bird saving when you book by February 29. 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. For full T&Cs, visit mailtravel.co.uk/literarydanubecruisemailtravel.co.uk/literarydanubecruise