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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

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
13/06/20 – From £1399pp – DB6
19/10/20 – From £1449pp – DB10-2

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 couple (usually no more than 20kgs) 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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Danube River Cruise 2020

8 days by Air, 13 June & 19 October 2020, 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 Ciy 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 ship, Ms Verdi for some exclusive cruises in 2020. The ship was fully renovated to a great standard in 2016. It 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 which partly covered 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.

UPPER DECK – 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 with sliding door.

MIDDLE DECK – The middle deck is split-level with B&C-grade ** 1/2 French Balcony cabins situated between the restaurant and reception. The restaurant is 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. 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.
** 1/2 French Balconies have a cabin width sliding window from waist height up with an external guard rail at chest height.

LOWER DECK – 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

Please note: when docking ships can be moored side by side so the views from the cabin may be obscured.

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What Our Customers Say

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