Bridge Holiday on the Danube, Budapest

Prices from £995


15 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
Duration: 7 nights half board excl. flights
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With: Eddie & Kathy Williams


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Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget has great reviews on TripAdvisor, and has received a 2017 Certificate of Excellence.

Join us for a bridge holiday with a difference! Stay and play bridge on Margaret Island - situated in the centre of the Danube, overlooking both Buda and Pest, this peaceful hideaway with its large green areas, flowery gardens, and old trees is known to the locals as the “Green Gem of Budapest”.
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It really is a delightful place to stay. The island is just 1.55 miles long and 0.31 miles wide with endless walks through shaded parkland or along the banks of the River Danube enjoying the river breeze and amazing views of both Buda and Pest from both sides of the river. Around every corner you discover something special - musical fountains, Rose Gardens, Japanese Gardens, historic water towers, medieval ruins and a small zoo. In July you can enjoy ballet & musical performances at the islands open air theatre. Rent a “bringo cart” if you don’t feel like walking or take the islands fun train from one end to the other.

If you can tear yourself away from this idyllic spot then the great capital city of Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube, is on your doorstep. Be charmed by a tale of two cities: Buda is the place of rolling hills and shady woods, whilst bustling Pest holds the lion’s share of shops, restaurants and bars.

Stroll the remains of the 2,000 year old Roman amphitheatre, step back in time with a visit to the Castle District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, take in some of the 200 fascinating museums and galleries, or simply enjoy a bottle of wine beneath the stars in leafy Liszt Ferenc Square.

Getting into the city centre is simple:- take a taxi, the number 26 bus which stops close to the hotel or a leisurely ride on the public boat that stops on the island. (No cars are allowed on the island except the bus and taxis)

All bedrooms allocated to First for Bridge guests are upgraded PREMIUM rooms in the Danubius Health Spa Resort Hotel.

We have INCLUDED for your enjoyment three fabulous excursions:

  • A City Tour of Budapest
    This 3 hour exclusive tour with our guide will get you orientated from the start so you can plan how to spend your week and get the very best out of this incredible city.
  • Gödöllő Sisi Tour
    We travel 30 kms Northeast of Budapest to the Godollo Royal Palace, the former residence of Franz Joseph. We visit this wonderfully renovated Baroque palace giving you an intimate look into the rooms and secret lives and lovers of this famous royal couple.
  • River Cruise on the Danube Bend
    We cruise down the mighty Danube with our guide bringing this amazing city to life and stop at Visegrad, and Szentendre, where you have the opportunity to wander along the narrow streets of this charming little Baroque settlement. We return by bus in time for dinner and evening bridge.

Finally make time to relax in the superb Danubius Hotels. The two hotels really have impressive facilities to enjoy. There is complimentary use of the extensive spa facilities which include 4 thermal pools whose waters have healing powers, and a large indoor pool and an outdoor pool with terraces, as well as a number of steam rooms and saunas.


During your duplicate bridge holidays nothing is obligatory, you can play in as many or as few bridge sessions as you wish. Our bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break and in addition to playing bridge, we will always endeavour to provide a minimum of two bridge seminars for breaks of 7 days or more.

All of our bridge holidays include bridge seminars with handouts in addition to a varied and interesting duplicate bridge programme. We use duplimated boards every evening to ensure fairness and consistency. Bridge hand records are provided, as well as bridge partners if needed.

Your duplicate bridge will usually be available twice daily, at 2.30pm and 7.45pm. The afternoon sessions usually finish between 4.45pm and 5pm, the evenings between 10.45pm - 11.15pm. The afternoons are normally given over to open pairs/teams. We endeavour to vary the evening sessions, with a balance between teams and pairs, with at least one Swiss style event during a two-week bridge break.

During all evening sessions, we utilise a duplimate machine, which means we are able to produce hand record sheets at the end of the session and when we have two or more sections, both can play the same hands. On our UK duplicate bridge breaks, provided numbers allow, we usually will lay on an "Early Bird" afternoon session on the day of arrival.

We don’t forget you are on holiday, our bridge programmes allow time for relaxation plus giving you plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area and relax.

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Twin/double room: £995 per person
Single supplement: £170
Deposit: £150

All bedrooms are extremely spacious double or twin bedded rooms for double or sole use.


  • Full bridge programme with seminars and varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Return transfers Budapest airport to hotel
  • 7 night’s accommodation on a half board basis in a PREMIUM room
  • Use of the hotel extensive spa facilities including the thermal pools famous for its healing powers
  • A guided tour of Budapest - (3 hours)
  • A boat trip on the Danube Bend to Visegrad and Sventendre (5 hours)
  • The Gödöllő Sisi Tour - including entrance to the Godollo Royal Palace
  • The services of an experienced EBU bridge director and host
  • Porterage
  • Welcome cocktail


There is a wide selection of flights available to Budapest with low cost carriers from many UK regional airports, including Scotland. Transfers are included on our arrival and departure days. Transfer time is approximately 45 minutes.

Danubius Health Spa Resort, Margitsziget - 4* Superior

The Danubius Health Spa Resort and the Danubius Grand Hotel are ideally positioned on beautiful Margaret Island in the centre of the Danube between Buda and Pest. The two hotels sit side by side and are linked by a heated underground passage so they can share facilities, including the wonderful health spa in the Danubius Health Resort. Guests have complimentary use of four thermal water baths famous for their healing powers, a large indoor swimming pool, an outdoor pool and terraces, saunas and steam rooms and a modern gym. If you wish to treat yourself there is a huge range of medical and therapeutic & beauty treatments available. There are also programmes for Nordic Walking, Aqua fit, Pilates and yoga available.


All bedrooms allocated to First for Bridge guests are upgraded PREMIUM rooms in the Danubius Health Spa Resort Hotel.

  • Spacious bathroom with toiletries and hair dryer and large walk in shower
  • Electronic safe deposit box - free of charge
  • Furnished balcony
  • LCD TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Mini-bar (charge)
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Free WIFI
  • Bathrobe & slippers


Breakfast and dinner are both buffet style and offer a range of Hungarian and international and dietetic cuisine in the Platan Restaurant. One night during our stay we have an earlier bridge session and dine later in the elegant restaurant in the Grand Hotel serenaded by the hotels musicians.

During the day there are plenty of options for light meals and snacks in the Kamilla Coffee Shop, the Boroka Lobby Bar, and the Neptun Pool Bar or on the terraces of the Grand Hotel.