Meet top British authors as you cruise the Danube

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Meet top British authors including Joanna Trollope, Louis de Bernieres, Jeremy Paxman and Dame Jenni Murray as you cruise the Danube

Imagine mingling with some of your favourite authors while enjoying wonderful food and drink, and beautiful landscapes along the way! 

Now you can, with the UK’s most popular literary festival setting sail in what is sure to be an unmissable experience with the cream of British writing talent.

The Henley Literary Festival featuring talks, interviews and more from a host of top writers, will take place on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship during an eight-day journey along the mighty Danube.

Ruined beauty: The spectacular 12th Century Aggstein Castle in the Wachau Valley, overlooking the mighty Danube

River views: A stylish Emerald Waterways Star-Ship suite with balcony


Award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster JEREMY PAXMAN was the BBC’s Newsnight anchor for 25 years and has hosted University Challenge since 1994. His books include his insightful memoir, A Life In Questions.

You will be joined by Jeremy Paxman

LOUIS DE BERNIERES’ best-known work is Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Novel in 1994. It was later adapted into a major Hollywood film starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz.

JOANNA TROLLOPE is the author of 17 highly acclaimed bestselling novels such as A Village Affair, The Choir and The Rector’s Wife. Trollope has written a number of historical novels, many under the pseudonym Caroline Harvey.

You will also be joined by Joanna Trollope

DAME JENNI MURRAY presented Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour for more than 30 years and is the author of a number of popular books, including A History Of Britain In 21 Women.

The river is one of the greatest in Europe, flowing through ten countries and four capital cities – Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Belgrade. 

This unique itinerary in October starts in Passau, an ancient town on the edge of the Black Forest in Germany.

Your stylish Star-Ship will also stop at Linz, the towns of Melk and Durnstein in Austria’s beautiful Unesco-listed Wachau Valley, Bratislava and Vienna, before ending up at the stunning Hungarian capital, Budapest.

With an incredible line-up of best-selling authors set to attend, including Joanna Trollope, Louis de Bernieres, Jeremy Paxman and Dame Jenni Murray (with more to be confirmed in the coming weeks), this promises to be an epic voyage through central Europe that book-lovers will not want to miss.

For added peace of mind, Emerald Waterways offers a free Deposit Protection Plan and Flexible Booking Policy, which allows you to defer your travel plans and transfer to an alternative departure date or itinerary up to 60 days before departure.


An incredible line-up

Meet some of your favourite personalities from the world of books hand-picked by Henley Literary Festival, now one of the UK’s most popular festivals of its kind. 

They’ll attend exclusive question-and-answer sessions on board – and more big-name speakers are to be announced.

Discover the Danube

You’ll sail through stunning scenery and visit two of Europe’s great capitals – Vienna, famous for art and culture, and Budapest, Hungary’s capital.

Your deluxe Star-Ship

The Emerald Waterways fleet offers spacious and stylishly designed staterooms and suites, an indoor heated pool with retractable roof, fitness centre, large open-air sun deck with putting green and an evening cinema.

Flexible booking policy

Emerald Waterways’ Deposit Protection Plan and Flexible Booking Policy allows guests to change travel dates or itinerary up to 60 days before departure at no cost. 

YOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 Fly to Munich and board in Passau DAY 2 Passau and author talks on board DAY 3 Linz to Cesky Krumlov DAY 4 Melk and Durnstein and author talks on board DAY 5 Vienna and author talks on board DAY 6 Bratislava and author talks on board DAY 7 Budapest and author talks on board DAY 8 Disembark and fly home.


  • UK return flights from a choice of up to 16 airports.
  • Eight-day cruise on an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.
  • All meals, plus wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board.
  • EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions.
  • Private talks, interviews and Q&As on board with some of the world’s leading writers.
  • Local guides and cruise director.
  • Free wi-fi and use of bicycles.
  • Transfers to and from the ship, and all tips and gratuities.
  • ABTA- and ATOL-protected.


The price: From £1,795pp* (£500pp discount*) for eight days. The dates: October 24 to 31, 2021. Call 01615 161 772. To find out more, visit

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *Prices correct at time of going to press. Based on two people sharing lowest-priced available cabins. Price shown includes all relevant discounts which are applicable for new bookings only. Supplements apply for single travellers and upgraded cabins. Itinerary and experts may be subject to change. This trip is ABTA-bonded and ATOL-protected and is exclusive to Mail Travel and selected other titles. For full T&Cs, visit

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