I’m really excited to be joining you on the Danube and answering all your questions about my life and 40-year career as a choreographer, director and TV judge. There are so many exciting stories to tell!Arlene Phillips, Choreographer
Dance Down the Danube with Arlene Phillips and James and Ola Jordan
Enjoy an incredible series of exclusive experiences during this eight-day journey along one of Europe's greatest rivers on the new five-star Scenic Amber ship - including a private performance from dancers James and Ola Jordan, a ballroom masterclass, and an evening "In Conversation With" Arlene Phillips.
If you love dancing this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to holiday with some of the UK's biggest dance stars. It will be a magical journey filled with great destinations - including Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Salzburg - and unforgettable experiences.
What is more everything is included from your luxurious suite with your own private balcony to your meals, drinks and activities - and even your personal butler.
So whether you're a ballroom expert or simply a Strictly fan, you'll have a wonderful time.
Six reasons to set sail
1 Ola and James Jordan's showcase
2 Experience Europe's great cities
3 Five-star suite with balcony
4 Your private butler
5 Sound of Music tour in Salzburg
6 An evening with Arlene Phillips
Your expert guides
We've performed some incredible dances together over the years but our showcase for you in Vienna is going to be really special, filled with passion, energy and beautiful costumes. Plus, we'll be able to let you in on some of ballroom dancing's behind-the-scenes secrets. We can't wait to see you there!Ola and James Jordan, Dancers
- Return flights from London, Manchester or Birmingham (other regional departures available at a supplement) and all transfers
- Seven nights' five-star accommodation in a standard suite, which includes personal butler service. Upgrades to balcony suites are available at a supplement
- All meals on board at Scenic Amber's six dining venues
- All drinks except a small number of fine and rare wines, Champagnes and spirits
- All tips and gratuities throughout the trip
- Access to the Wellness Centre with a pool and spa
- Exclusive ballroom dance performance by James and Ola Jordan at the Vienna Arsenal, hosted and compèred by Arlene Phillips
- An exclusive evening event, "In Conversation with Arlene Phillips", where you get to put your questions to the doyenne of dance
- A ballroom dancing masterclass hosted by James and Ola Jordan, during which you may be chosen to dance with the couple
- All excursions as outline in itinerary including a Sound of Music tour in Salzburg and insider's tour of Vienna
Day1Arrive in BudapestBudapest, Hungary
Fly from your choice of UK airports to Hungary's historic capital, Budapest, where your journey along one of the world's greatest rivers begins. Raise your glass to the adventure ahead at this evening's welcome reception on-board your luxurious home for the next seven nights, the five-star Scenic Amber cruise ship. Enjoy a gourmet dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.
Day2An evening with Arlene PhillipsBudapest, Hungary
During the day, enjoy an expert guided tour of one of Europe's most beautiful cities, including a piano concert. Alternatively, relax at Budapest's famous Thermal Baths and Spa. Or, if you prefer, venture into the subterranean caverns that contain the once-secret Hospital in the Rock, used before and during the Second World War.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Tonight, you'll spend the evening "In Conversation with" Arlene Phillips. This informal evening will see Arlene reveal anecdotes and insights from her eventful 40-year career in dance, theatre, music, film and television. Plus you'll be given the opportunity to ask her your own questions.
The evening will also include a cocktail party as you set sail on the mighty Danube, bound for Vienna.
Take your chance to ask questions of the doyenne of dance
Day3A private dance showcase by James and Ola at the Vienna ArsenalVienna, Austria
Relax in one of the Scenic Amber's lounges and viewing areas as you cruise the Danube to Vienna, Austria's sumptuous capital.
In the evening, after your arrival, breathe in the elegance and opulence of the Vienna Arsenal, one of the city's grandest venues, while enjoying a glass of fine Austrian Sekt.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Your unforgettable experience at the Vienna Arsenal continues with a unique evening of music and dance. First, be enchanted by a wonderful Viennese concert featuring the music of Mozart and Strauss. Then be enthralled by a dance performance by the bewitching ballroom stars Ola and James Jordan, with Arlene Phillips as your host and compere. It will be a night of music and dance like no other.
Day4A ballroom masterclass with James and OlaVienna, Austria
Take a guided tour of the historic city of Bratislava, or marvel at the grandeur of the Habsburg Empire at Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace. Alternatively, visit the world-famous Spanish Riding School, where you can take a tour of the stables or see the celebrated Lipizzaner Stallions perfecting their skills during their morning exercise programme. Or, you could taste your way around a Viennese food market with the Scenic Amber's head chef as your expert guide.
EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: Join James and Ola Jordan for an exclusive dance masterclass, where they will show the audience and selected couples how to pull off and perfect some of the dances that made them famous, such as the Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive and Paso Doble.
Day5Dürnstein, Melk and the Wachau ValleyMelk, Austria
Explore the magnificent 18th-century Benedictine abbey, which overlooks the Danube from a rocky outcrop and features a breathtaking library and beautiful frescoes on the ceiling of its baroque church. Alternatively, take a fun guided bicycle ride along the Danube from Dürnstein to Melk - peddling at your own pace, of course. Dürnstein is one of Austria's most enchanting villages and has a rich history: Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned here by Duke Leopold V during the Third Crusade.
As the day draws to a close, you can enjoy sundowners surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Wachau Valley, famous for its rolling hills, castles and vineyards. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Wachau Valley has views you will never forget.
Day6Linz, Passau, Salzburg and Český KrumlovCesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Visit the medieval Czech town of Český Krumlov - its historic centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is one of the reasons it is the second most visited destination in the Czech Republic after Prague.
Alternatively, journey to Salzburg to see the birthplace of Mozart and the city that famously provided the backdrop for The Sound of Music. Popular sights from the Oscar-winning film include Hellbrunn Palace and the Mirabell Gardens.
Day7Regensburg and the Bavarian ForestRegensburg, Germany
Built at the confluence of three rivers - the Regen, the Naab and the Danube, and at the edge of the Bavarian Forest, Regensburg combines a rich history with breathtaking natural beauty.
Join our expert local guide to discover Regensburg's famous Old Town, with its array of historic merchants' houses, its Old Bridge and the Porta Praetoria, the impressive arched gate that recalls Regensburg's Roman heritage.
Alternatively, hop on a local ferry and sail through the Danube Gorge to visit the stunning Weltenburg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery built on the very shores of the Danube. During your tour, sample beer brewed at one of the oldest monastic breweries in the world.
Another option is to take a leisurely bicycle trip on your own, guided by our individually tailored and easy-to-use GPS device, to see the striking Walhalla Temple, built by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in the style of the Parthenon in Athens.
Day8The medieval city of NurembergNuremberg, Germany
Say goodbye to your unforgettable river cruise with a luxurious farewell breakfast before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home. The beautiful city of Nuremberg is a fitting final stop on this truly magical journey.
This all-suite ship is one of the most luxurious on the Danube
Launched just last year, the Scenic Amber is an 85-cabin cruise
ship and the newest in the Scenic fleet, offering you five-star
comfort in a stylish and luxurious environment. Given its small
size and superb array of facilities, the Scenic Amber is the
perfect ship from which to enjoy the delights of the Danube,
including the beautiful, historic cities of Budapest and
Once on-board, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a complete range of luxury facilities, including a butler service, a fitness centre, pool, spa and sun deck, the Panorama Lounge and Bar and delicious cuisine in the sumptuously decorated Crystal Dining Room.
You will stay in one of Scenic Amber's best-in-class balcony suites. Are all beautifully proportioned, elegantly designed and larger than standard river cruise cabins with their own private balcony.
Each one offers luxurious furnishings, an HD Apple TV,
complimentary films, individual climate control and a pillow menu.
You will also enjoy the benefits of a nightly turndown service,
complimentary mini-bar, a safe for your valuables and WiFi internet
access. Your elegant en-suite bathroom includes complimentary
toiletries by L'Occitane.
All of the balcony suites feature Scenic's exclusive 'Sun Lounge' system, a unique innovation which allows you to transform your balcony into an all-weather conservatory-style space at the touch of a button, so you can make the most of it even in unfavourable weather.
The state-of-the-art Scenic Amber features up to six different on-board cabin grades. Junior Suites measure between 240 and 250 square feet, and guests' room service perks include morning tea and coffee delivered to your suite, drinks served on your balcony and a range of enhanced butler privileges, as well as an exclusive invitation to dine at the chef's table.
Guests staying in the Royal Balcony Suites are treated to all of the above, as well as a generously sized cabin of between 305 and 360 square feet, pre-dinner canapés and a €100 per cabin credit to spend in the on-board Wellness Centre.
If you would like to experience the ultimate in elegance and luxury, the stunning Royal Panorama Suites tick every box. With a separate lounge area to your bedroom and enlarged bathroom, these unrivalled suites have up to 475 square feet of space, offering guests the very finest luxury river cruise experience one can imagine.
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