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Attend talks and exclusive events on a cruise along the magical Danube with Dame Jenni Murray, Louis de Bernières, Victoria Hislop, Jeremy Paxman, Liz Earle and more

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The magnificent European capitals, picturesque towns and romantic landscapes along the Danube will provide the backdrop to our first ever Literary Festival on Water - departing in April 2021. You'll spend eight days sailing from Germany, through Austria, and on to Hungary on a stylish Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, and be joined by some of the UK's most wonderful writers on-board.

They'll be delivering a brilliant programme of talks, interviews, book signings and Q&As - created in partnership with the popular Henley Literary Festival. As well as the exciting events with famous authors, you'll also enjoy everything the Danube has to offer; delicious food, fine wines and irresistible views.

Meet famous writers

Rub shoulders with journalists, broadcasters and authors during the fantastic on-board literary festival and hear talks from the likes of Dame Jenni Murray, Louis de Bernières, Kate Adie and Jeremy Paxman.

Your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship

Your elegant Emerald Waterways Star-Ship has everything on board to make your trip truly unforgettable. Staffed by an attentive and highly trained crew, the ship's excellent amenities include spacious cabins, stylish restaurants offering outstanding cuisine, a sun deck, putting green, fitness centre and heated swimming pool, which turns into an open-air cinema on selected evenings.

See the sights of the Danube

During this wonderful voyage along the Danube you'll have plenty of time to discover two of Europe's great capitals: Vienna, famous for its art, culture and local culinary specialties (including its delicious patisseries) and the historic city of Budapest, known for its magnificent buildings such as the Hungarian Parliament Building and Buda Castle. Along the way, there will be so much more to enjoy, including guided walks, gourmet tastings and other on-shore excursions, plus the chance to discover the atmospheric old towns of Passau and Linz, the breathtaking 900-year-old abbey at Melk, and the stunning natural beauty of the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley.

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Your expert guests

Dame Jenni Murray
Journalist and broadcaster

One of Britain's best-loved and most respected broadcasters, Jenni Murray has been presenting Radio 4's Woman's Hour for more than 30 years. Jeni is also the author of several popular books, including A History of Britain in 21 Women.

Louis de Bernières

The brilliant author and poet has written numerous internationally acclaimed and award-winning novels. His best-known work is Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel in 1994 and was adapted into a major Hollywood film starring Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz.

Kate Adie

One of the most remarkable foreign correspondents of her generation, Kate Adie famously reported on global news events for the BBC from the frontline, including the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square and the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. As well as presenting Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent, Kate has written several books, including a memoir of her extraordinary life, The Kindness of Strangers.

Jeremy Paxman
Journalist and broadcaster

An award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster, Jeremy Paxman was the inimitable anchorman of the BBC's Newsnight for 25 years and has hosted University Challenge since 1994. Known for his dry wit and tenacious interviewing style, Jeremy is also an acclaimed writer and historian, whose books include his moving and insightful memoir, A Life in Questions.

Victoria Hislop

Victoria Hislop's award-winning first novel, The Island, held the No.1 slot in the Sunday Times paperback charts for eight consecutive weeks and has sold over five million copies worldwide. Victoria's books have been translated into more than 30 languages and she's constantly drawn back to Greece and the Aegean, where the majority of her wonderful novels are set.

Liz Earle MBE
Writer, beauty expert

Best known for her passion for beauty, natural health and wellbeing, Liz is the bestselling author of over 35 books, as well as being a leading wellness entrepreneur, TV presenter, podcast host, charity founder - and organic farmer. Liz is the editor-in-chief of Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine, published by Hearst, which focuses on all aspects of living well. Her latest book, The Good Menopause Guide was published in March 2018 and went straight in as the No1 Bestseller on Amazon on publication day. Her ebooks, including The Truth about HRT and A Stronger, Slimmer You published in 2019 are also hugely popular.

Gaby Huddart
GH’s editor-in-chief

You will also be joined by Good Housekeeping's editor Gaby Huddart, who will be hosting a drinks reception and gala dinner, interviewing some of our special guests and giving her own insights into how she and her team creates Britain's most popular women's magazine.

Price includes

  • Cruise for eight days on an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.
  • Return flights, transfers (to and from ship) and all meals, plus wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
  • Meet some of the world's leading writers and presenters, including Dame Jenni Murray, Louis de Bernières, Kate Adie, Victoria Hislop and Jeremy Paxman.
  • Listen to private talks, interviews and Q&As.
  • Enjoy a drinks reception and gala dinner hosted by GH editor Gaby Huddart.
  • Visit fantastic destinations, including Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Linz and Passau.
  • Experience a range of excursions from guided walks to gourmet tastings.

Prices from:

Grade E Stateroom: SOLD OUT

Grade D Stateroom: Was: £2,495 | Now: £1,825

Grade ES Single Stateroom: SOLD OUT

Grade C Panorama Balcony Suite: Was: £2,995 | Now: £2,325

Grade B Panorama Balcony Suite: Was: £3,245 | Now: £2,575

Grade A Panorama Balcony Suite :Was: £3,345 | Now: £2,675

Grade S Grand Balcony Suite: Was: £3,895 | Now: £3,225

Grade SA Owner's One Bedroom Suite: Was: £4,545 | Now: £3,875

All prices are per person, based on two sharing


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  1. Day
    Fly to Munich
    Munich , Germany

    Fly to Munich, then board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship in Passau.

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    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    Passau, Germany

    Passau is a pretty sight, with its museums and monasteries, cobblestone streets and graceful arcades. Here you could stroll through the old town's narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. You can also view the town from above from the fantastic Oberhausmuseum. St. Stephen's Cathedral is a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe's largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes.

    Running order of events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    Linz, Austria

    Straddling the Danube River midway between Salzburg and Vienna, Linz is a beautiful historic city full of Baroque architecture including its Old Town Hall and the Alter Dom cathedral. The main square is a major attraction and this creative UNESCO boasts a couple of great art museums.

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    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    Melk and Durnstein
    Melk, Austria

    Sailing through the Wachau Valley is a delightful experience of lush scenery. In Melk, you can admire the magnificent 18th-century Benedictine Abbey and take cycle rides to Dürnstein along the river, savouring regional delicacies such as Schnapps.

    Running order of events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    Vienna, Austria

    Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music. See the sights of Vienna's world-famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

    Running order of events tbc

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    Bratislava, Slovakia

    Cobbled streets pave the course for daily life in Bratislava, where winding alleys and a truly rural atmosphere blend together to create a truly distinctive Slovakian capital. Enjoy a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, with a silhouette that looks as though it was pulled from the pages of a fairytale. This striking landmark was most recently rebuilt in a Renaissance style, but it still retains some of its original features. Alternatively, explore the historic architecture in the compact town centre during an included guided tour, where everything is in walking distance, including the ornate exterior of the Slovak National Theatre.

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    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Days
    Budapest, Hungary

    You arrive in Budapest today, with its dramatic history and grand architecture. Admire the spires of the government building in Pest from your ship, spot the royal palace on the evening horizon, and cross the bridge into Buda for the famous Fisherman's Bastion, and grand Buda Castle and Matthias Church. There are also thermal spas here and the elegant Liberty Statue to admire.

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    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Emerald Waterways Star-Ships

Cruise ship

These sleek and stylish cruise ships offer guests an unforgettable experience along some of Europe and Asia's most beautiful waterways

With their chic and contemporary design, Emerald Star-Ships provide a comfortable and luxurious setting for any journey. There's plenty to keep you busy, from enjoying the fantastic vistas on the Sun Deck, to catching a film in the on-board evening cinema. Most Emerald Star-Ships also feature a heated indoor pool with retractable roof.

After a day exploring the sights, grab a pre-dinner drink and retire to the open-air terrace. There's a number of à la carte resturants on-board and after enjoying your evening meal you can retreat to the privacy of your cabin, or mingle with fellow travellers in the spacious public areas. The highly-trained and attentive crew will ensure you enjoy every aspect of your Emerald Waterways experience.


  • Spacious staterooms and suites
  • Indoor Heated Pool with retractable roof on most ships
  • Serenity Pool on the Emerald Radiance
  • Evening cinema
  • Complimentary speciality tea and coffee
  • Sun Deck with seating area and walking track
  • Putting Green
  • Fully equipped fitness centre
  • Wellness Area
  • Hairdresser
  • Dedicated cruise director
  • Al fresco dining & BBQ area


There are 4 suite and stateroom grades on board Emerald Waterways' Star-Ships: Emerald Staterooms, Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite, Grand Balcony Suite, Owner's One-Bedroom Suite. These state-of-the-art cabins include an en-suite bathroom, hotel-style bed, complimentary Wi-Fi and a TV.

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