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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, 25 September, 2021, 6 June & 30 September 2022 – from £1549 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 Verdi and check in to our cabin for our seven night cruise. Overnight in Budapest. Free drinks, dinner and entertainment on board.
Day 2: Budapest
Today we have a full day in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Here you can explore 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’, situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and on the banks of this stunning river, on the border with Austria. The Slovakian Capital is one of the youngest in the world and quickly developing with a mix of both old and new highlights including stunning 18th Century Squares and spires, the old town and the castle of Bratislava which dominates the skyline. This evening we sail into lower Austria as the captain skilfully navigates the winding river and several locks as we enjoy 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 you can join the excursion to Salzburg, a city famous for Mozart and the Sound of Music. Here you can visit the sites associated to the composer or join a tour visiting the settings for the musical. Afterwards you will have 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. Here you can visit 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.
Day 7: Vienna
We spend today experiencing the delights of Vienna. Grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and grand monuments are just 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 £24pp
• Bratislava guided tour £18pp
• Melk Abbey £25pp
• Salzburg ‘Sound of Music Tour’ £35pp
• Vienna City Tour £24pp
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 • Passengers decks: 4
Steve Simone is a Stevie Wonder tribute act and soul singer, with a dynamic presence on stage, performing anything from Motown classics to Jazz & R&B. He has an extensive repertoire. Accomplished singer Steve has been performing his unique show for several years to audiences around the world.
Multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Glen Leon has played the guitar from the age of nine with his vocal talents emerging shortly after. He became a professional musician at the age of 16. For the last 15 Years Glen has performed with The Soul Survivors and the 60s band New Amen Corner, who are going from strength to strength appearing at home and abroad in theatres everywhere. Glen can also be seen performing solo in his Tom Jones act where his vocal range truly evokes the Welsh legend.
Chris Nott is well known on the 70s music circuit as the best David Essex tribute, which began in 1999 on the TV show ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ to an audience of 10 million viewers. His tribute is a total lookalike and soundalike of the legendary 70s sex symbol.
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”