We are delighted to bring you another chance to experience the amazing Lipizzaners - both at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, but also at the National Stud Farm of Slovakia - this time in the company of legendary racing broadcaster Brough Scott

This unique trip will see you experience the best of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg and the glorious Wachau Valley. You will travel in true luxury on board Uniworld's five-star Marie Therese, one of the world's finest ships, where everything from the drinks and fine dining to the insightful excursions, is included. There can be few more dramatic river journeys than this: crossing four countries and taking in three European capitals and by travelling on Uniworld's Marie Therese, you will enjoy it the lap of luxury.

Added to this, you will enjoy an exclusive evening with Brough Scott, the former jockey, author and journalist, before joining him on an exclusive visit to the famed Spanish Riding School in Vienna, before returning to the ship for a private lunch.

You will have the rare chance to visit and get a behind-the-scenes tour at Topolcianky, the Slovakian national stud farm for the glorious Lipizzaner stallions. It promises to be a journey to remember - and what is more all profits from the trip go to the IJF.

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Brough Scott
Former jockey and broadcaster

Brough Scott is a former jockey and well-known British horse racing journalist, as well as a radio and television presenter. The grandson of notable Great War soldier "Galloper Jack" Seely, Brough wrote his grandfather's biography and has published a book about Churchill's love of horses and Henry Cecil and his training genius. In 2009, Scott was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list.

One of the big regrets in my life has been not to have watched the Lipizzaners at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. This was only sharpened by recently reading the extraordinary story of their rescue from the Nazis at the end of the war. Now that regret will be over - with a fantastic cruise on the way

Brough Scott

Price includes

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Eight-day cruise on Marie Therese, the Danube's most luxurious ship
  • All drinks, including premium wines and spirits.
  • Exclusive Q&A and chat with Brough Scott
  • Visit to the Spanish Riding School with Brough Scott
  • Private visit and tour of Topolcianky stud farm with Brough Scott
  • All excursions
  • Choice of UK flights or Eurostar
  • All port charges and tips

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Mar 15, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Mar 23, 2020
Duration
9 Days
Price per person
£2,249*
* From price based on two sharing a cabin. Subject to availability. This holiday is operated and booked through Uniworld, a company wholly independent of The Injured Jockeys Fund. ABTA: Y6200. ATOL: 10975.
Call now to book 08082744409
Quote ref: IJF Vienna 2
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Passau
    Passau, Germany

    After your flight or Eurostar/train journey from the UK, you will arrive in Germany and be transferred to the SS Maria Theresa - your home for the next seven nights.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Explore Passau
    Passau, Germany

    Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful German city of Passau. Stroll through the old town's narrow alleys and gaze up at the impressive hilltop Oberhaus Fortress which overlooks the city, and visit St Stephen's Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture which is also home to Europe's largest church organ with some 17,000 pipes.

    This evening you'll enjoy the Captain's welcome reception, followed by dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    You choose: Salzburg or Linz?
    Salzburg, Austria

    Today you can take your pick from excursions to either Salzburg or Linz. Salzburg is Mozart's birthplace, known for its alpine setting. Linz is a pretty centre for the arts. You can go behind the scenes at the Linz opera house and enjoy a cider-tasting experience in an apple and pear orchard.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Dürnstein
    Durnstein , Austria

    This morning, SS Maria Theresa will stop in the small town of Dürnstein, where you can explore the quaint shops and castle ruins. There are two optional excursions here: a tasting at Austria's oldest winery, or the opportunity to learn about saffron from the Wachau Valley's only saffron grower.

    Later, you'll visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey and its extraordinary Baroque-style library, before continuing your cruise through the Wachau Valley.

    This evening, you will be joined by former jockey, journalist and racing presenter Brough Scott, who will give an exclusive talk and Q&A session about his life and career.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Vienna’s Spanish Riding School
    Vienna, Austria

    After arriving in Vienna, you will embark on an exclusive visit to the world-renowned Spanish Riding School in the Vienna Hofburg, the oldest establishment of its kind in the world. Accompanied by Brough Scott, you will have a private guided tour of the Royal Lipizzaner stables.

    There will be a welcome aperitif in the historic reception rooms of the Spanish Riding School and an introduction to the history of the house. You'll then proceed through to the famous Riding Hall and sit in VIP seats to watch the Lipizzaner horses take their morning exercise.

    Afterwards, return to the ship with Brough for a celebratory lunch and talk. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    The National Stud Farm, Topolcianky, Slovakia
    Topolcianky, Slovakia

    This morning you will visit Topolcianky, home of Slovakia's famous National Stud Farm, in the company of Brough. One of the most important breeding centres in Europe, Topolcianky is the national centre for the breeding and cultivation of horses in Slovakia, and keeps the breeding books of the Lipizzaner, Hucul and Arabian breeds. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Riding Hall, or visit the horses with an expert guide, before being transferred back to the ship.

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

    Today, the ship will sail to Budapest and you will have the opportunity to explore the city independently, or join a choice of tours. In the evening there will be a Captain's Farewell Reception and special dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Return home
    Budapest, Hungary

    After breakfast, you will be transferred from the ship to the airport or Budapest train station to begin your journey home.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

SS Maria Theresa

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Passau, Germany

The S.S. Maria Theresa features ultra-luxurious accommodations and an array of thoughtful personal touches, ensuring a truly indulgent and unforgettable voyage along the Rhine and Danube Rivers.

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Uniworld
This tour is operated solely by Uniworld
Award-winning Uniworld offers itineraries in spectacular destinations throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, and Asia. The company’s European fleet features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, enticing shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, impeccable hospitality, and numerous other all-inclusive benefits.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Mar 15, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Mar 23, 2020
Duration
9 Days
Price per person
£2,249*
* From price based on two sharing a cabin. Subject to availability. This holiday is operated and booked through Uniworld, a company wholly independent of The Injured Jockeys Fund. ABTA: Y6200. ATOL: 10975.
Call now to book 08082744409
Quote ref: IJF Vienna 2