Classic FM host John Suchet is a respected author and presenter, who reported and presented the news on ITN from 1976-2004. He joined Classic FM in 2010, and hosts its most listened-to programme, the Weekday Morning Show. Renowned as one of Britain's experts on Ludwig van Beethoven, he has written six books about the composer.
Beethoven and the best of the Danube with Classic FM's John Suchet
Join Beethoven expert, Classic FM's John Suchet on this unique trip to celebrate the 250th birthday of one of the world's greatest composers. Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770 but moved to Vienna aged 21 and spent the rest of his life there. His legacy of astonishing sonatas, symphonies and concertos, composed while living in the Austrian capital, lives on.
You will spend two days in Vienna, which was also home to the likes of Mozart, Haydn and Schubert, and enjoy a magical private concert compered by John, at the opulent Palais Liechtenstein. You will travel on a wonderful Scenic Space-Ship for your five-star, all-inclusive river cruise, which will also make stops in Budapest in Hungary, Melk in Austria, Passau and Regensburg in Germany. Each booking will also receive a complimentary signed copy of John's book, Beethoven: The Man Revealed (one per cabin).
Reasons to book
Meet John Suchet
Five-star river cruise
Free signed book
Wonderful walks and rides
Your expert guides
- Return flights from the UK and ship tranfers
- Seven night river cruise on a Scenic Space-Ship
- All-inclusive meals and drinks
- Exclusive classical concert compered by John Suchet
- Visit to Beethoven's final resting place, private talk and Q&A with John Suchet
- Scenic Freechoice and Enrich excursions
- Five dining options and complimentary mini-bar stocked daily
- Free copy of John Suchet's Beethoven: The Man Revealed (one per cabin)
Day1Arrive in BudapestBudapest, Hungary
Your cruise begins in the fascinating city of Budapest. Toast the occasion at this evening's welcome reception.
Make the most of a guided city tour of Budapest today, including a piano concert, or discover the area's Jewish heritage with an expert local guide. Alternatively, take a guided hike to Buda Hill for breathtaking views over the Danube, or journey to nearby Szentendre, known for its museums, galleries and artists, for a guided tour.
As you cruise the mighty Danube, relax in one of the lounges and viewing areas, and enjoy the scenery as your Scenic Space-Ship sails towards the majestic city of Vienna.
Breathe in the opulence and luxury of Palais Liechtenstein in the company of Classic FM presenter, John Suchet. You'll enjoy an enchanting private concert compered by John this evening, featuring the timeless music of Beethoven as a special dedication to celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth. You will also hear music from Strauss and Mozart.
Today, you can take a guided tour of historic Bratislava, or tour Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace and witness the opulence of the Habsburg Empire. Alternatively, explore a different side of Vienna on a guided cycling tour or visit the Belvedere Museum, one of Europe's most stunning Baroque landmarks and discover the greatest collection of Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Alternatively witness the highlights of Vienna on an orientation tour of the city, which includes a visit to the resting place and famous burial ground of some of the greatest composers of all time, such as Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert and Schoenberg. John Suchet will join you at the memorial park to pay his respects and say a few words as a tribute to the late composer.
Later this afternoon, join John Suchet in the onboard lounge and listen as he shares stories of Beethoven and his life in music. Having discovered the music of Beethoven over 40 years ago, the esteemed newsreader and writer will talk about his passion for the composer and the effect he's had on all aspects of his life.
Be guided through Melk's magnificent 18th-century Benedictine Abbey, or embark on a guided bike ride along the river from Melk to Dürnstein. Alternatively, taste your way through the Wachau Valley sampling many regional delicacies as you go, or visit a Schnapps producer and sample some of the many flavours on offer.
Get the chance to ask any burning questions you have in an exclusive Q&A session with John Suchet. You will also receive a complimentary copy of his book, Beethoven: The Man Revealed, as a keepsake which John will sign for you.
Day6Visit Cesky Krumlov or SalzburgLinz, Austria
Today, you can stay onboard for a cooking demonstration, as we cruise from Passau across the Austrian border to Linz. Or, choose to visit the medieval Czech city of Cesky Krumlov and discover its World Heritage-listed old town, or journey to Salzburg, and explore the birthplace of Mozart and the city that formed the backdrop for the film The Sound of Music.
Regensburg offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from its medieval Old Town to the Bavarian Forest on its border. Join a guided walk around Regensburg or take a ferry and sail the Danube Gorge to view historic Weltenburg Abbey. Alternatively, take a leisurely cycle on your own to the Walhalla monument with a Scenic Tailormade GPS device.
Day8Return homeNuremberg, Germany
After a farewell breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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