Exclusive for MoS readers: Discover the Danube with John Simpson – see Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, and meet the BBC star
Sailing along the mighty Danube is one of & # 39; s great river trips in & # 39; e world and on this exclusive journey you will enjoy all its historical and cultural highlights – while also being one of & # 39; most famous reporters of & # 39; meet the world.
BBC legend John Simpson will join you as you sail between Vienna and Budapest on your premium CroisiEurope riverboat, with all your meals and drinks on board already included in the & # 39; s price.
In Vienna, John will give a fascinating talk and Q&A about his life and extraordinary career, and share brilliant stories and insights from his decades of wars and revolutions around the world.
Beautiful: The Hungarian Parliament building on the banks of the Danube in Budapest
Day 1 Fly to Vienna and board MS Vivaldi
Day 2 Vienna and John Simpson talk and Q&A
Day 3 Budapest and book signing
Day 4 Bratislava
Day 5 Vienna and back to the UK
Each reservation will also receive a copy of John & # 39; s gripping new thriller, Moscow, Midnight, his first novel in 35 years, which he & # 39; ll be happy for you to sign at a special book signing in Budapest.
John has seen the Hungarian capital transform since Communism's fall and, armed with his expert insight, you will have plenty of time to discover the city for yourself.
You will then sail to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, where you can explore the beautiful and historic old town. Fascinating guided excursions from Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava are all set in what promises to be a unique and unforgettable adventure along the Danube.
John says: 'For more than 30 years as a foreign correspondent and editor for the BBC, I have been fortunate to have witnessed many seismic events that shaped the modern world initially.
& # 39; I look forward to some of these unforgettable experiences and sharing my own insights while we sail together between two of & # 39; the major cities of Europe, Vienna and Budapest. & # 39;
OUR SPECIAL GUEST
You will be joined by John Simpson (above)
As editor of & # 39; the world affairs of & # 39; a BBC enjoyed John Simpson CBE enjoying a remarkable career – flying in Tehran with the returning Ayatollah Khomeini during the 1979 Iranian Revolution and escaping bullets in & # 39; Tienanmen Square in 1989. John, right, was also one of the & # 39; 39; the first reporters who entered Afghanistan in 2001, when he crossed the border into a burka. His books include Dispatches From The Barricades: An Eyewitness Account Of The Revolutions That Shook The World, and We Chosed To Speak Of War And Strife: The World Of The Foreign Correspondent.
BOOK OF BOOK
Meet John Simpson
One of & # 39; greatest journalists of his generation, John Simpson joined the BBC in 1966, has reported from 140 countries, including 42 war zones, interviewed at least 200 leaders and received three Baftas and an Emmy. You will be there to hear his private talk in Vienna, to tell him how some of the countries you are trying to rid themselves of communism, and the part that he played in & # 39; the death of notorious dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in neighboring Romania.
You will also have the opportunity to ask John your own burning questions after his talk and for him to sign your complimentary copy of his new novel, Moscow, Midnight, at a special book signing event, where you meet him one-on-one.
Sail in style on MS Vivaldi
MS Vivaldi, a premium class ship in CroisiEurope's impressive European fleet, offers comfortable cabin with picture windows, a panoramic lounge, bar and sun deck. The restaurant serves delicious French food and all your food and drinks on board are included.
Free tours through Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava
Your amazing five-day trip includes free guided excursions to all three beautiful European capitals along the way. Your journey begins in magnificent Vienna, famous for its beautiful baroque architecture and being the home of great composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Strauss. In Budapest, known as & # 39; the pearl of & # 39; e Danube & # 39 ;, visit the historic Hungarian Parliament building and the Buda Castle, and bathe in & # 39; a famous Gellért bath. In Bratislava you can explore the only pedestrian-old quarter with its beautiful palaces, churches and squares.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
The spy thriller of John Simpson, Moscow midnight
- Return flights, taxes and transfers (regional airports available with a supplement).
- Four night stay accommodation at MS Vivaldi, including drinks with dinner and at & # 39; bar.
- Return transfers to and from the ship.
- Exclusive talk, Q&A and book signing with John Simpson as online in & # 39; itinerary.
- Copy of John Simpson & # 39; s Moscow, Midnight (one per booking).
- Councils by Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava.
- To board activities such as online in & # 39; itinerary.
- Free wi-fi in lounge and bar, and all port charges.
HOW TO BOOK
The dates: March 16-20, 2020. The price: From £ 1,199pp * for five days.
Call 0203 9930 708 Attached Reference MOS JOHN SIMPSON. Visit mailtravel.co.uk/johnsimpson to find out more.
Terms and Conditions: * Based on two that do not share an entrance hall. One supplement applies. Subject to availability. Timings of John & # 39; s events are subject to change and there may be slight changes to our itinerary due to operational constraints. Drinks on board are included in the price, with the exception of premium wines and spirits, for which there is a fee. This trip is ATOL protected. This trip is served by Jetline and is exclusive to Mail Travel and selected publications. Visit mailtravel.co.uk/johnsimpson for full Ts & C's.
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