Strictly favourite Anton Du Beke is the undisputed king of the dance floor. As well as featuring as a contestant and a judge on Strictly, he is the author of One Enchanted Evening, and appears with Erin Boag in their show, Dance Those Magical Musicals. Together they bring something magical to the dance floor and their charisma, chemistry and dazzling choreography have wowed audiences around the world.
Dance down the Danube with Strictly stars Anton and Erin
Book by 31, March 2022 to save £850 per person!*
This wonderful eight-day itinerary not only includes some of Europe's most romantic cities on the Danube, including Bratislava, Budapest and Passau, but also offers readers the chance to see a private performance by Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton and Erin in Vienna, home of the waltz.
You'll sail past magical scenery along the Danube, where the sloping valleys are lined with picturesque vineyards, and pretty medieval towns offer fascinating historical landmarks, tasty regional cuisine to try and charming backstreets to explore.
As well as performing at the magnificent Vienna Arsenal, the nation's favourite ballroom couple will take part in a fascinating Q&A session and a dance masterclass on board your luxury river cruise ship. It's a fantastic opportunity to discover the delights of the Danube while meeting the most respected couple in ballroom dancing today.
Reasons to book
See Anton and Erin perform
Sail in style
Dance tips from the pros
Explore seven European cities
Your lovely ship
Your special guests
Former Strictly contestant Erin Boag began dancing at the age of three in New Zealand, before moving to Australia and then London. On top of having danced on the UK's favourite TV show Strictly Come Dancing, Erin is an honorary patron of the theatre charity The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America and appears with her dance partner Anton Du Beke in their show, Dance Those Magical Musicals.
- Return flights, taxes and transfers.
- Seven nights' luxury river cruise ship accommodation.
- On-board meals, and drinks with lunch and dinner (seven breakfasts, five lunches and seven dinners).
- All activities and excursions (as listed) including performance, masterclass and Q&A with Anton and Erin.
- Welcome and farewell reception and dinner.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Free Wi-Fi on board.
Services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director.
Welcome to the "Pearl of the Danube". You will be met at the airport and transferred to the luxurious surrounds of your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you. This evening, join your fellow guests for a traditional Hungarian dinner followed by an onboard folklore performance.
Explore Budapest's cobbled medieval quarter today, as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre. Your guide will highlight a number of architectural wonders from across the ages, enabling you to follow a journey from Budapest's Roman beginnings to the addition of ornate Romanesque and Baroque architecture in the centuries that followed.
If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to hike to Buda Hill. The surrounding area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the air raids of WWII. Some 18th-century Baroque houses still stand, best explored from the medieval paths and alleyways in the area around Buda Castle.
A guided tour of Budapest
A hike to Buda Hill
Tour to Szentendre (extra expense)
Jewish Heritage Tour (extra expense)
Relax on board as we sail into the capital of Slovakia this morning. This graceful nation of leafy avenues became an independent country in 1993, and since then, Bratislava has flourished as a new capital and made a name for itself as a cultural centre where different styles of music are as readily celebrated as the region's medieval past. The romantic cobblestone lanes that weave through the city are yours to explore with your local guide, as you enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town centre, including the Slovak National Theatre and a range of Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings. Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, a landmark steeped in legends that looks as though it came from the pages of a child's fairytale. This striking building has been rebuilt several times over the last millennia, most recently in a Renaissance style.
A guided tour of Bratislava
Local Slovakian entertainment on board
A guided hike to Bratislava Castle
Sweeping boulevards and world-famous art exhibitions welcome you to Vienna, the birthplace of revolutionary breakthroughs in the fields of music and psychology. The city perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy and their ornate Baroque palaces, some of which you will be able to see during your guided coach tour of the Ringstrasse, followed by a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre and its surrounding classical architectural styles, evidence of the melting pot of artistic influences that existed here at the turn of the 20th century. If you are feeling more active, then perhaps choose to explore on two wheels, cycling along the river to the Danube Island.
Exclusive event: Today, welcome on board special guests and dancing duo, Anton and Erin. The pair will host an exclusive talk and Q&A session where you'll have the chance to ask them any burning questions about their personal lives and careers and get some first-hand insights into the world of Strictly Come Dancing.
Exclusive event: Tonight you will see Anton & Erin perform an exclusive, one-off showcase at the beautiful and historic Vienna Arsenal. It promises to be an unforgettable evening of music and dance.
A guided tour of Vienna
A bike tour in Vienna
Tastes of Vienna (extra expense)
Day5Dürnstein – MelkDürnstein , Austria
Effortlessly suspended in time, Dürnstein is one of the most frequented parts of the Wachau wine region, where the delightful warm weather creates the perfect setting for viticulture. Today, you can choose to hike the ruins of Dürnstein Castle, where a delightful panoramic view of the surrounding medieval villages, rows of vines in beautifully arranged vineyards and a forested backdrop is certain to delight.
Later, sail through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley, passing medieval villages, terraced vineyards and areas of natural beauty. When you arrive in Melk, enjoy a guided tour of Melk Abbey, originally a lavish castle that was gifted to Benedictine monks during the 11th century. This opulent Baroque building is home to some of the most important collections of medieval manuscripts in the world.
Exclusive event: Inspired from last night's performance, you'll have the chance to learn from Anton and Erin as they give a private ballroom masterclass to guests on board the ship before they depart later in the day. The masterclass will be an interactive experience full of their expert tips and passion for dance (please note this event will clash with the EmeraldACTIVE Dürnstein hike).
A tour of Melk Abbey
A guided bike ride along the Danube
A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
Visit to Schallaburg castle (extra expense)
Day6Linz – Ceský KrumlovCesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
This morning, your Star-Ship will dock in Linz and you will be transferred by coach to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre of Ceský Krumlov, a town built around a 13th-century castle. Join your local guide to traverse a labyrinth of winding cobblestone streets, passing the colourful façades of buildings that highlight different time periods as you learn about how they have survived the test of time thanks to the regions peaceful past. The town surrounds the national heritage site that is Ceský Krumlov Castle, and your guided tour will include the 15th-century St. Vitus' Church and a number of delightful High Gothic façades.
A guided tour of Ceský Krumlov
Narrow cobblestone streets and the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread welcome you to Passau, a town nestled on the confluence of three of Europe's main waterways. This important historic trading centre borders Austria, and a distinctive blend of cultures can be found here. Your local guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of the town, touching on its distinctive historic buildings, including the Baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral with its ornate columns and arches and the Altes Rathaus, or Town Hall, a collection of eight historic patrician houses that were built between the 14th and 15th centuries.
A guided tour of Passau
A hike near Passau
Bavaria Live (extra expense)
After breakfast, it's time to disembark the Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of ancient libraries and Europe's iconic skylines with you.
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