Take a regal Danube cruise with two royal experts

Exclusive for MoS readers: Take a regal Danube cruise with two royal experts… See the palaces adored by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as you sail with Kate Williams and Katie Nicholl

Trace a fascinating chapter of Royal history on this journey from the heart of Germany to Budapest, the Hungarian capital.

See the boyhood home of Prince Albert, discover the castle so loved by Queen Victoria she wished she could live there, and visit the town where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after the Crusades.

This is a special Royal-themed cruise with guest appearances from leading historian Kate Williams, a TV presenter and award-winning author of books about our two longest-serving monarchs, and Katie Nicholl, The Mail on Sunday’s Royal Correspondent.

Spectacular: Aggstein Castle and the Wachau Valley (above)

Spectacular: Aggstein Castle and the Wachau Valley (above)

Beginning with a two-night stay in Bavaria, you will embark on a seven-night cruise along the Danube. Enjoy the graceful sophistication of Vienna, explore medieval monasteries overlooking the Danube, discover the spectacular Wachau Valley, then dock in splendid Budapest.


Kate Williams

A historian and broadcaster, Kate is Professor of Modern History at Reading University, specialising in modern history and Royal and constitutional affairs. She is the author of six historical books, including Becoming Queen Victoria: The Unexpected Rise Of Britain’s Greatest Monarch, which one critic described as having ‘perfected the art of historical biography’. She has presented several documentaries including a Timewatch special on ‘Young Victoria’, and is regularly on radio and television.

Katie Nicholl

A leading Royal expert, Katie has been a journalist, author and TV commentator for 17 years. She writes for The Mail on Sunday and Vanity Fair and commentates for ITV, the BBC, Sky News and Entertainment Tonight in the United States. She is the author of several books, including most recently Harry: Life, Loss And Love.


Kate Williams

Kate will join readers in Bavaria, a region rich with links to our Royal Family. As well as a talk and Q&A when she will discuss her books – Becoming Queen Victoria and Young Elizabeth: The Making Of Our Queen – she will accompany visits to Ehrenburg Palace and Rosenau Palace.

Royal retreats

Explore some of the places that were dear to Queen Victoria and her family, including Ehrenburg Palace where her mother grew up. You will also visit the birthplace of Prince Albert, the Rosenau Palace. This is a place which so entranced Queen Victoria that she wrote: ‘If I were not who I am, this would be my real home.’

Emerald Waterways ship

Your journey will be made in impeccable style on a beautiful Emerald Waterways ship, the ideal way to navigate the waters of the Danube. As well as being one of Europe’s most cutting-edge river-cruise experiences, your ship offers excellent service and free drinks on this particular voyage.

Katie Nicholl

The Mail on Sunday’s Royal Correspondent is a treasure trove of anecdotes and facts about the Royals. She will join readers for a talk and Q&A and a visit to the Vienna’s Sisi Museum in the Hofburg Palace.

Cultural treasures

Beyond the Royal connections, there is a wealth of culture around every turn of the river. Discover where Mozart and Strauss worked their genius in Vienna, admire the beauty of the Wachau Valley, see the 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey in Melk – and much more.

Back in time: Explore some of the places that were dear to Queen Victoria and her family, including Ehrenburg Palace (above) where her mother grew up

Back in time: Explore some of the places that were dear to Queen Victoria and her family, including Ehrenburg Palace (above) where her mother grew up

Great cities

Beginning in Nuremberg, where you will be based for two nights, you will see many of the region’s most entrancing cities. Embark from Passau, known for its baroque architecture, admire the genteel charms of Vienna and the culture of Linz, explore Bratislava (additional cost) and finish in Budapest, the grand Hungarian capital on the banks of the Danube.


DAY 1 Depart DAY 2 Nuremberg DAY 3 Embark on cruise DAY 4 Passau DAY 5 Linz DAY 6 Melk/Durnstein DAY 7 Vienna DAY 8 Vienna DAY 9 Budapest DAY 10 Return home

  • Flights, transfers and taxes.
  • Two nights’ luxury accommodation in Nuremberg.
  • Seven nights’ cruise accommodation.
  • Unlimited free drinks on board**.
  • All meals during cruise.
  • Talks and Q&A with Kate Williams and Katie Nicholl.
  • Events and excursions as outlined in itinerary (see online). 


The dates: October 18-27, 2019. The price: From £1,995pp*.

Call 0161 8259 005 to find out more, or visit mailtravel.co.uk/royaldanube. Quote ref Royal Danube, Mail on Sunday.

* Price based on two sharing entry-level cabin. Some excursions at extra cost. ** Except champagne and selected fine wines. Itinerary subject to change. Our travel partner, Emerald Waterways, is ABTA-bonded and this trip is ATOL-protected. For full terms and conditions, go to mailtravel.co.uk/royaldanube.

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