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Flights are currently possible from Stansted, Luton, Gatwick, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester & East Midlands to Budapest subject to availability at time of booking the flights, and a supplement may apply. Alternative UK departure airports may become available, we will look at all options when you book.
• Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person – weight and size subject to airline rules.
• Flight duration around 3 hours.
• Transfer time to ship around 50 mins.
Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.
Dazzling Danube River Cruise
8 days by Air, 12 June & 26 August 2023 – from £1749 per person
Day 1: UK to Budapest
Join at your chosen airport for the flight to Budapest – flight duration around 2½ hours. Transfer to the MS Carmen and check in for your seven night cruise. Free drinks, dinner and entertainment on board. Overnight in Budapest.
Day 2: Budapest
Today we have a full day in Budapest. Explore on your own or join the optional guided city tour which is a mixture of coach travel and walking and explores both sides of Hungary’s capital – traditional ‘Buda’ and the more cosmopolitan ‘Pest’, known as the Pearl of the Danube. Early evening we set sail for Bratislava. Free drinks, dinner and entertainment on board.
Day 3: Bratislava
Bratislava is described as ‘The Beauty on the Danube’, the Slovakian Capital is one of the youngest in the world. Explore on your own or join the optional guided city tour which includes a land train to the fortress above the centre and a walk around the old town. This evening we sail into lower Austria. Free drinks, dinner and entertainment on board.
Day 4: Dürnstein
The town of Dürnstein is crowned by the ruins of the castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. Enjoy wandering around the cobbled streets and admiring the pretty courtyards and buildings. In the afternoon we set sail for Linz. Free drinks, dinner and entertainment on board.
Day 5: Linz & Salzburg
Today is at leisure in Linz or join the optional excursion to Salzburg, a city famous for Mozart and the Sound of Music, with a guided walking tour. Afterwards you will have free time for strolling around this amazing city. Return to the ship for our overnight sailing to Melk. Free drinks, dinner and entertainment on board.
Day 6: Melk
This morning we visit the small town of Melk which lies in the beautiful Wachau Valley. Explore on your own or join the optional guided tour by coach to the Benedictine Abbey, one of the most famous monastic houses in Austria which has been occupied by monks for over 900 years. Rejoin the ship and continue our cruise towards Vienna arriving in the evening. Free drinks, dinner and entertainment on board. Overnight in Vienna.
Day 7: Vienna
Today is spent in Vienna, you can explore on your own or join the optional guided city tour which is a mixture of coach and walking and includes some of the key features of this beautiful city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the early evening we cast off and cruise towards Budapest. Free drinks, dinner and entertainment on board.
Day 8: Budapest to UK
Today we disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest airport for our return flight to the UK.
Note: Order of excursions subject to change depending on local conditions.
• Budapest Ciy Tour £29pp
• Bratislava guided tour £24pp
• Melk Abbey £25pp
• Salzburg ‘Sound of Music Tour’ £49pp
• Vienna City Tour £29pp
Excursions must be booked prior to departure. 5% excursion discount when you pre-book all of the above. All operate subject to minimum numbers.
*French Balconies look and act like a regular balcony, with the only exception being that there is a railing placed directly behind the glass, meaning you cannot step out onto a separate space. The glass is almost full cabin width and height like a sliding patio door.
** 1/2 French Balconies have a cabin width sliding window from waist height up with an external guard rail at chest height.
Length: 114 metres • Breadth: 11.40 metres • Passenger Capacity: 136 • Passenger decks: 4
What Our Customers Say
Just to say how much we all enjoyed the Danube Fortunes Cruise. Our first holiday with you and our first river cruise, won't be the last. We've recommended your company to friends. Read more “‘Fortunes’ River Cruise”
The presentation of all concerned, a good attitude by all staff and crew. GN hosts were excellent. the pace of the tour was just right and very relaxing. Having never heard of GN Holidays before seeing the ad, we were very sceptical on what to expect, but we are very happy with our experience, and would book and recommend them to anybody. Read more “Rhine Wine Festival”
The holiday had a relaxed atmosphere with freedom to do as much or as little as you liked at each location. Read more “Rhine Wine Festival”
The friendliness on board and good all round entertainment was fine, not to mention the good food and wine. Read more “Rhine Wine Festival”
I, like so many other,s are only ready to make a complaint, BUT, not this time. I would like to say a big thank you and well done on the river cruise. We had never heard of GN Holidays until we saw the advertisement in the Daily Mail, we liked the itinerary, but were sceptical, and thought we would give it a go not knowing what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised, the ship and crew of the Carmen were excellent, as was the pace of the tour, the GN tour manager Sheena, the host Gareth and the singer Chris Baker all deserve special praise. Read more “Rhine Wine Festival”