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Overview

Join us for a fun packed cruise on the famous Blue Danube visiting a new destination each day. With a tremendous variety of scenery, historic cities, romantic towns, superb architecture and cultural jewels, Europe’s second longest river offers an incomparable river cruising experience. Ports of call include magnificent Vienna, Bratislava, Melk, and Budapest and, Linz as well as an opportunity to visit to Salzburg. Our exclusively chartered, four star ship MS Verdi, provides 136 guests with a friendly crew, great food, free drinks, super service, entertainment and spacious en-suite cabins – all with picture windows.

Highlights

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

Entertainment

19th Oct 2020           Steve Williamson
12 June 2021              Keith Slater
25th Sept 2021          Steve Simone

Included

  • Return flights with luggage to Budapest – see below
  • 7 nights full board plus cruise on the MS Verdi 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 11pm at the bar
  • Afternoon coffee/tea and pastries
  • Buffet 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
19/10/20 – From £1399pp – DB10-2
12/06/21 – From £1499pp – DB6-2
25/09/21 – From £1549pp – DB9-2

Travel

By Air – See ‘Flights’ section
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Flights

Return flights are possible from Stansted, Luton, Gatwick, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester & East Midlands to Budapest with a choice of airline, outbound and inbound time combinations to suit your preference. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supp’t. Flights include 1 checked in bag per person (usually no more than 20kg) and 1 carry on bag per person – weight and size subject to airline rules. Flight time around 2 hrs each way.

Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

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Dazzling Danube River Cruise 2020-2021

8 days by Air, 19 October 2020; 12 June & 25 September, 2021 – from £1399 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 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.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
• 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.

Accommodation

MS Verdi

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GN Holidays & Voyages is chartering the elegant four-star sister ships, MS Carmen and Ms Verdi for some exclusive cruises in 2020. Both ships – identical in everything but name – were fully renovated to a great standard in 2016. They accommodate 136 guests in spacious and comfortable cabins, all freshly renovated with double and twin 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 you will 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 on the Upper Deck features large picture windows and is light and airy with elegant decor and furnishings engendering a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Diners can enjoy generous buffet breakfasts, plus four course lunches and dinners served at your table.
Leisure facilities
In the centre of the ship there is a stylish 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 • Passengers decks: 4

 

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Soul sensation Steve Williamson performs all the great hits from soul and Motown legends such as The Temptations, The Drifters, Otis Reading and Luther Vandross to name but a few. Dance, sing along and enjoy a set of great live music.

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Multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Keith Slater has created a superb show celebrating the 1960s – the decade when music changed the world. His one-man show perfectly evokes the era and is virtually a time-travelling experience. Keith has been a professional musician since 1981 and has toured extensively around the British Isles. He has recorded with well known bands such as 60’s group Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders, the nationally acclaimed folk act The Fastest Bat and Lancashire comedian Phil Cool. He has appeared on national TV shows Pebble Mill at One, The Tom O’Connor show, The Barmaids Arms and The Phil Cool Show. His music has been played on Radio one, Radio two and Local radio. He regularly works with well known artistes Carl Chinn (Birmingham historian), Malcolm Stent, Don Maclean and award winning bands Inheritance and Vivo where he sings, plays guitar, drums, violin and harmonica (obviously not all at the same time).

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.

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”

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”

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”

J Robertson

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”

R Frear