Exclusive for MoS readers: Discover the Danube with John Suchet

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Discover the Danube with Classic FM’s John Suchet – join the radio star’s voyage on the river of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss

The mighty Danube flows through the heart of Europe and on this wonderful all-inclusive river cruise, you’ll sail along it amid stunning scenery through four countries.

In addition, Mail on Sunday readers will be joined for this cruise by classical music expert John Suchet.

Starting in Passau, Germany, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ, you’ll sail into Austria with stops at Linz – from which you can visit Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace – Melk and Dürnstein.

Stunning: The mighty Danube flowing through Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 Arrive in Passau, Germany, and board SS Maria Theresa. DAY 2 Passau and European composers talk with John Suchet. DAY 3 Linz (Salzburg), Austria. DAY 4 Melk and Dürnstein, Austria, and Q&A with John. DAY 5 Vienna, Austria, composers walking tour with John and private concert. DAY 6 Bratislava, Slovakia. DAY 7 Budapest, Hungary, Opera House visit with John and piano concert on board. DAY 8 Disembark in Budapest and return home.

Next stop is Vienna, where Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss, Schubert, Mahler and Brahms all lived and worked, and where Classic FM presenter John will introduce an evening of chamber music featuring their famous works.

He will also give an exclusive talk and host a question-and-answer session aboard your luxurious Uniworld ship, compere a piano recital and join you for two fascinating excursions.

You’ll also visit Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, before disembarking in Hungary’s beautiful capital, Budapest. This voyage in spring 2021 is the perfect break for music-lovers keen to explore the highlights of central Europe.

REASONS TO BOOK

Exclusive events with John Suchet: John will join you in Vienna for a special Music And Composers walking tour and a private classical concert.

He will give an exclusive talk on board about the major European composers, as well as one on his life and career, which spans almost 30 years at ITN and Classic FM. He has also written numerous books on Beethoven.

Sail in style: You’ll travel with Uniworld, consistently ranked the best river cruise line in the world, on luxurious SS Maria Theresa, which takes just 150 guests.

Golden boy: A memorial to Johann Strauss in Vienna

OUR SPECIAL GUEST

You will be joined by John Suchet

John Suchet is a highly respected author, TV presenter and broadcaster on Classic FM, which he joined in 2010.

He hosts its weekday Morning Show and is one of Britain’s foremost experts on Beethoven, having written six books about the composer.

He presented the ITN news from 1976 to 2004.

Regal in its opulent 18th Century decor, it’s a floating homage to the former Austrian empress with an elegant dining room, marble bathrooms and Asprey toiletries.

Uniworld has one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios in the industry, and everything on board, even fine wine and unlimited beverages, is included.

Discover the Danube: Enjoy stunning scenery as you sail along this delightful river through the wooded hills and castles of Bavaria to the lush wine-growing region of the Unesco-listed Wachau Valley and across the edge of the Hungarian steppes.

VIP access and excursions: You’ll enjoy two exclusive concerts compered by John, one in a historic and intimate concert venue in Vienna, and another, a piano recital, on board your Uniworld ship.

You’ll also enjoy a fascinating Vienna music and composers walking tour.

Beethoven’s Vienna: You’ll have time to explore the city which Beethoven arrived in as a young man.

Born in Bonn in 1770, the composer moved to Vienna aged 21 to nurture his incredible musical talent, and lived here for the rest of his life.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Outbound flight to Munich and inbound from Budapest to various UK airports.
  • Seven nights’ all-inclusive Uniworld cruise on SS Maria Theresa in a Riverview Stateroom.
  • Five-star, farm-to-table cuisine and unlimited premium spirits and wines on board.
  • Two exclusive talks on board from John Suchet.
  • Six days of excursions, with ‘Choice is Yours’ options, as detailed in the full itinerary online.
  • Vienna Music and Composers waking tour with John.
  • Private Mozart and Strauss concert in Vienna introduced by John.
  • Visit to Budapest’s Opera House with John.
  • Exclusive piano concert on board hosted by John.
  • English-speaking guides, plus the services of a Uniworld cruise director and tour manager.
  • All gratuities, both on board and on shore, and all transfers.

HOW TO BOOK

The price: From £1,935* for 8 days. The dates: March 14-21, 2021.

Call 0808 239 9326, quoting MOS JOHN SUCHET. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/danubesuchet.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: * Prices based on two sharing a Riverview Stateroom and are exclusive to Mail on Sunday readers.. Our travel partner, Uniworld, is ABTA-bonded and this trip is ATOL-protected. Uniworld reservations opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. For full terms and conditions, go to mailtravel.co.uk/danubesuchet.

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