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    The Musical Delights of The Danube with Russell Watson

    Resort:The Musical Delights of The Danube with Russell Watson
    Operator: Riviera Travel
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    Price From: £1719.00

    Overview

    Once described as a performer who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra, Russell Watson began his career in the unlikely role of a factory worker making nuts and bolts, before entering and winning the local radio talent show that propelled him to stardom. Now the UK’s best-selling classical artist, Russell’s debut album œThe Voice spent 52 weeks at number one in the UK charts. Having released a further nine albums, Russell has also performed for notable dignitaries including the Queen and Prince Charles.

    Now you can discover Russell’s story and enjoy an exclusive performance with the man himself, on our brand new eight-day river cruise. Sailing from Budapest, you will discover the delights of the Hungarian capital before venturing on to Vienna via Esztergom, Bratislava, Drnstein, Melk and Salzburg, before joining Russell in the Austrian capital. The ideal personality with whom to experience the region, which is renowned for its musical heritage, Russell will perform his greatest hits during a delightful private performance aboard the ship in Vienna. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy one-to-one time with the tenor and hear stories from his career during a meet-and-greet event and a CD signing. With seven nights aboard the MS Thomas Hardy luxury river ship and the chance to explore Linz, this is a special opportunity to enjoy time with one of the UK’s favourite recording artists, in one of Europe’s most significant musical regions.

    Itinerary Details

    DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN BUDAPEST

    ARRIVAL IN BUDAPEST

    Fly to Budapest and transfer to your river ship. Enjoy a welcome dinner aboard after time to explore the ship and its facilities. Overnight cruise to Esztergom.

    Route Map

    Route Map

    DAY 2 ESZTERGOM

    ESZTERGOM

    Discover Esztergom, one of Hungary’s oldest towns, a royal capital during medieval times and today the seat of the country’s archbishop. See Esztergom castle, the former seat of the government. Take lunch aboard and discover the towns and villages of Hungary on one river bank and of Slovakia on the other, as we sail onwards to Bratislava. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.

    Esztergom castle

    Esztergom castle

    DAY 3 BRATISLAVA

    BRATISLAVA

    Explore Slovakia’s fast-emerging capital city, Bratislava, on a guided tour and discover its beautifully restored Old Town and 17th-century castle. This afternoon cruise into bucolic Lower Austria, home to some of the countrys best wines. Admire the passing scenery as we sail towards Drnstein during dinner.

    Slovakia

    Slovakia

    DAY 4 DœRNSTEIN & MELK

    DœRNSTEIN & MELK

    Discover Drnstein, known for the ice-blue tower of its abbey and the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192, after being shipwrecked on his return from the crusades. After lunch, visit the remarkable Melk Abbey, which has been a monastic school and monastery since the 11th century. Return to the ship for dinner and sail through the scenic Nibelungengau region, which was immortalised in the music and compositions of Wagner.

    Melk Abbey

    Melk Abbey

    DAY 5 SALZBURG OR LINZ

    SALZBURG OR LINZ

    Take a guided walking tour of Linz exploring its charming baroque old town and fortress-like castle, which is now a museum housing a fine collection of 19th and and 20th-century artworks. Alternatively, visit Salzburg and explore with an expert local guide, before free time to soak up the city’s history and that of its most famous son, Mozart.

    Salzburg

    Salzburg

    DAY 6 MEET RUSSELL WATSON IN VIENNA

    MEET RUSSELL WATSON IN VIENNA

    Visit Vienna, one of the highlights of the cruise. Join a local guide and discover why Vienna is one of Europe’s great capitals, before free time to explore the former home of some of the worlds finest classical composers, including Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart. This evening, join world-renowned tenor

    Russell Watson for an exclusive concert that will bring alive the musical heritage of this wonderful city.

    Russell Watson

    Russell Watson

    DAY 7 BUDAPEST

    BUDAPEST

    This morning enjoy a scenic cruise through Hungary’s peaceful pastoral landscape towards Budapest, the delightful Hungarian capital. Make use of the ships facilities or relax on the sun deck and admire the scenery, before a delicious lunch. On arrival in Budapest, enjoy a sightseeing tour of this captivating city, known as the Pearl of the Danube. This evening attend a delightful farewell Gala Dinner aboard the ship, before a traditional Hungarian folklore show.

    Budapest Chain Bridge

    Budapest Chain Bridge

    DAY 8 RETURN HOME

    RETURN HOME

    After breakfast this morning, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.