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Budapest
Melk Abbey
Durnstein
Salzburg
Nancy Ann Lee as Little Miss 60s
Vienna
Vienna
Linz
Keith Slater
Budapest
Budapest Chain Bridge
Budapest Parliament
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Budapest
Melk Abbey
Durnstein
Salzburg
Nancy Ann Lee as Little Miss 60s
Vienna
Vienna
Linz
Keith Slater
Budapest
Budapest Chain Bridge
Budapest Parliament
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Overview

Join us for a fun packed cruise on the 4-star MS Carmen along the famous Blue Danube, taking-in Vienna, Bratislava, Durnstein, Melk, Budapest and Linz as well as an opportunity to visit to Salzburg. On board, enjoy delicious food, Free Drinks and entertainment hosted by Keith Slater and featuring guest UK singer Nancy Ann Lee.

Highlights

  • Free Drinks
  • Live Entertainment every evening
  • Exclusive Charter
  • Full board
  • Over 40s only

Entertainment

Nancy Ann Lee is best known as “Little Miss Sixties” where she has received rave reviews for being one of the liveliest tributes to the 60s divas including Lulu whose songs make a huge contribution to the show. Remember Shout, Relight My Fire, Teardrops, The Man Who Sold the World, To Sir With Love and more.

Multi-talented Keith Slater has been a professional musician since 1981 and performs hits from the 60s to present day. A firm favourite with GN Holidays’ guests, Keith also regularly works with well-known artistes Malcolm Stent, Don Maclean and award-winning bands Inheritance and Vivo.

Included

  • Return flights with luggage to Budapest – see below
  • 7 nights full board plus cruise on the MS Carmen in a single lower deck cabin or sharing a front mid-deck double/twin-bed cabin – upgrades available for twin/double cabins
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks served at lunch and dinner and from 6pm to Midnight at the bar
  • Afternoon coffee/tea and pastries
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches – 4 courses
  • Dinners served at your table – 4 courses
  • Late night snacks
  • Captain’s dinner – 5 courses
  • Entertainment
  • Transfers abroad
  • Services of our Cruise Director on Board

Departures

By AIR
Dates – Prices from – Tour Code
12/06/23 – From £1749pp – DB6
26/08/23 – From £1799pp – DB8

Deposit:£200pp
Balance payment 12 weeks before departure.

Travel

By Air – See ‘Flights’ section
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Flights

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.

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      Dazzling Danube River Cruise

      8 days by Air, 12 June & 26 August 2023 – from £1749 per person

      Itinerary

      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.

      OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
      • 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.

      Accommodation

      MS Carmen

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      Reception lift
      Reception
      Cabin desk area
      Mid-deck standard front cabin with fixed window
      Upper-deck French balcony cabin
      Mid-deck cabin with half-French balcony
      Lower-deck single cabin
      Lounge-dining salon
      Dining salon
      Bar
      Lounge
      Sun deck
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      Reception lift
      Reception
      Cabin desk area
      Mid-deck standard front cabin with fixed window
      Upper-deck French balcony cabin
      Mid-deck cabin with half-French balcony
      Lower-deck single cabin
      Lounge-dining salon
      Dining salon
      Bar
      Lounge
      Sun deck
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      GN Holidays & Voyages is chartering the elegant four-star MS Carmen for three exclusive cruises in 2023. The Carmen was fully renovated to a high standard in 2016 and accommodates 136 guests in spacious and comfortable cabins, with double, twin or single hotel style beds.
      The impressive Reception on Upper deck includes a hotel style lift which goes from the upper deck to the lower deck. At the front of the ship, enjoy the magnificent lounge with bar, spacious dance floor and easy chairs. There is also a Sun deck with sun loungers, chairs and covered areas with wind protection so suitable for all weathers.
      Restaurant – The restaurant features large picture windows and is light and airy with elegant decor and furnishings engendering a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Diners can enjoy generous breakfasts, plus four course lunches and dinners.

      Leisure facilities –In the centre of the ship there is a library and seating area. Under the large awning on the Sun Deck there are plenty of chairs and deck chairs for guests’ comfort.
      Decks & Cabins
      Cabins all have window, TV, safe, hair dryer, individually, controlled heating and cooling system, shower and WC. They have double/twin hotel style beds, except the singles which have a single bed and sofa. Cabins are situated over three decks with a choice of A-grade French Balcony, B&C grade 1/2 French Balcony, D-grade Fixed window or E-grade singles with small window.
      Please note: When docking ships can be moored side by side so views from the cabin may be obscured.
      UPPER DECK WITH FRENCH BALCONY – The upper deck is split-level with all A-grade *French Balcony cabins situated in the highest part of the ship. The restaurant, at the rear of the ship, is accessed directly from here down 3 small steps. The reception, bar and lounge at the front of the ship are also accessed directly from here down 8 steps or via elevator.
      *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.
      MIDDLE DECK ½ FRENCH BALCONY cabins situated between the restaurant and reception are accessed directly from here up 12 steps, or you can take the elevator from reception and enter via the upper deck. The reception, bar and lounge at the front of the ship are also accessed directly from here up 7 steps or via elevator.
      ** 1/2 French Balconies have a cabin width sliding window from waist height up with an external guard rail at chest height.
      MIDDLE DECK STANDARD D-grade cabins with fixed picture window (does not open) are at the front of the ship below the bar/lounge with access from the reception via 15 steps or elevator.
      LOWER DECK SINGLE – The lower deck has 10 E-grade single cabins (no supplement) situated mid-ships below the reception with access via 15 steps or elevator.
      Ship’s stats
      Length: 114 metres • Breadth: 11.40 metres • Passenger Capacity: 136 • Passenger decks: 4

       

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      What Our Customers Say

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      Mr & Mrs.Greenwood, Mr & Mrs.Ellis  & Mr & Mrs.Bamford.

      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”

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      The friendliness on board and good all round entertainment was fine, not to mention the good food and wine. Read more “Rhine Wine Festival”

      F Bellamy

      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”

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