Cruise in style aboard an AmaWaterways river ship after spending 4 days in Germany and Austria and witnessing the Oberammergau Passion Play. Your cruise embarks from Vilshofen and winds its way through Europe. You'll end your journey in beautiful Budapest.
About the Oberammergau Passion Play
Since 1634, the most famous Passion Play in the world has taken place in Oberammergau. The tradition, maintained and experienced almost without interruption for over 380 years, of putting on the play about the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every ten years, will be continued for the 42nd time in 2020. It is regarded as the most important Passion Play in the world. The village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps expects approximately 500,000 visitors for the passion play, over half of which will be international guests. A special law is in effect to insure that all actors of the world's largest amateur dramatic performance come from the village. All participants, from actors playing the big speaking parts such as Jesus, Mary or Judas, through members of the choir, orchestra members, firemen and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or lived there for at least 20 years. Over 2,000 Oberammergau villagers will participate in the 2020 Passion Play.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Meals on Ship
- Overseas Transfers
- Port Charges
- Select Shore Excursions
- Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks
- International Airfare
- Oberammergau Passion Play Ticket
- Beverages with Meals During Cruise
Day 1 Depart USA
Catch your flight to Germany and enjoy the transatlantic journey.
Day 2 Arrive in Germany
Arrive in Munich today where you will be met by our local representatives. Enjoy a tour of historic Munich, including a stop at the Rathaus (Town Hall) to watch the Glockenspiel. This historic clock from 1908 chimes its 43 bells and enchants viewers with its 32 life size moving figures three times per day. You will also see the Opera House and the Hofbrauhaus. Enjoy some time to shop before transferring to your hotel. (D)
Day 3 Innsbruck, Austria
The capital of Austria’s Tyrol region, Innsbruck is famous as the site of two winter Olympics. Follow your guide on your half-day morning tour through the quaint medieval streets of Old Town to the sparkling Golden Roof. The glittering sloping roof has been an opulent landmark since the 15th century. You’ll view the Maria Theresa’s Imperial Palace, Triumphal Arch and visit the Hofkirche. Plus, you’ll have time to explore the medieval city on your own. This afternoon you may opt to take one of the two optional afternoon tours to either the Stubai Glacier or Swarovski Crystal Worlds. (B,D)
Day 4 Abbey of Ettal - Oberammergau
This morning you will visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see jewel-encrusted crosses containing religious relics, frescoes and richly embroidered vestments, as well as the abbey’s priceless collection of medieval manuscripts. Journey to Oberammergau this afternoon. After the Black Plague, that was rampant in Europe, left their small village, the grateful people of Oberammergau promised God that they would show their gratitude by putting on a Passion Play. Over 380 years later you will get to enjoy this one-of-a-kind, six hour musical and dramatic performance. You will have reserved seats, a guided tour of the town and motorcoach transfers to and from the play’s theater. Dinner in Oberammergau is included. (Note: exact day of this Leisure Day/Passion Play experience is subject to change due to availability of play tickets.) (B,D)
Day 5 Neuschwanstein - Cruise Embarkation
Enjoy a visit to the fairy tale caste of Neuschwanstein that inspired Walt Disney. Then make your way up the steep ramp-way to the drawbridge and enter the beautiful castle. Note: This tour, while popular with visitors, requires you to be in good physical condition as there are many steep stairs and inclines. After touring today, transfer to the port of Vilshofen to embark your river cruise ship. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (B,D)
Day 6 Vilshofen - Passau
This morning you are free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. This afternoon you will have a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz squares, as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Linz
The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria or choose a guided bike tour that will show you around the Old City Center, along the Danube River, and past the ultra-modern Ars Electronica Center. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by "The Sound of Music.” The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region. All three regions are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Weissenkirchen
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning en route to Weissenkirchen. You have three choices of how to explore Dürnstein today. The first is a walking tour along the town’s cobblestone streets followed by a visit to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey at Melk, one of Europe’s largest and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with medieval manuscripts. Alternatively, you may join a hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held for ransom, or enjoy an Apricots and Sweets tasting instead. Tonight, after dinner on board, enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Vienna
This morning, you will have a chance to savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna through your choice of one of three different excursions. The first option is a panoramic tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School. The second option is a walking tour of Vienna’s hidden treasures that takes you to secret places and sights like Ankeruhr, a whimsical Art Nouveau clock. Your third option is a guided bike tour along the Danube and through the Donaupark. This afternoon, you can join a guided bike ride to Klosterneuburg Monastery, or explore at your leisure. Be sure to sample some Viennese coffee and pastries. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Bratislava, Slovakia
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Bratislava, where you will have three choices of excursions. The first is a walking tour that includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. The second is a Slovakian Specialties tasting where you will enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine, sample a creamy soup made from sheep's cheese and learn how to prepare stuffed potato ravioli. Finally, you can also join a hike up to Bratislava Castle, which includes visits to the Castle Upper Terrace and Court of Honor. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Budapest, Hungary
Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in the cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. You will see famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube. Alternatively, you may also opt to join a hike up to Castle Hill on which you will see Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion and Parliament Square. After dinner, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the glittering riverfront of Budapest. (B,L,D)
Day 12 Budapest - Disembarkation
Your European adventure comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight today. (B)
Enhance Your Journey
Budapest Post Tour $848
BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION
After disembarking the ship guests participating in the post cruise extension will visit Puszta, the vast flat Great Hungarian Plain which stretches across to the East. Here, you can find Hungarian cowboys still wearing traditional dress and practicing the skills of their Magyar ancestors. You will tour a genuine Hungarian Czarda (farm) run by the carriage drive world-champion brothers, Lazar. Following the tour, you will witness a unique, unforgettable performance of Hungarian horsemanship, a tradition that goes back to the hordes of the Magyar tribes conquering Hungary in the 9th century. Be amazed by the nomad-calvary fight show, the archery on horse, four-in-hand driving, the virtuosities of herdsmen and many other wonderful riding performances. Experience warm hospitality and enjoy a traditional lunch served with Goulash, afterwards you will be transferred to your hotel in Budapest for dinner and overnight.
ESZTERGOM, VISEGRAD & SZENTENDRE
Visit Esztergom, which is the centre of the Roman Catholic Church and archbishopric seat of Hungary. More than 1000 years ago the first king of Hungary (St. Stephen) was born and crowned here later on. Wonder at the largest and most beautiful basilica of Hungary that was built in the middle of the 19th century. The Esztergom Cathedral is considered to be one of the great churches in the world. Travel to Visegrád, the magical fortress on the top of the hill, which was built in the 13th century, is the best panoramic point of the magical Danube bend. We explore the fortress and visit the historical and wax works exhibitions. Enjoy a 3-course lunch in a Renaissance Restaurant. The foods, cooked on the basis of medieval recipes, are served by waiters in costumes, and the feast is accompanied with period lute music. Your last stop is Szentendre (St. Andrew), the artist village, named after its medieval patron saint. It is a typical Mediterranean village, situated on the slope of a hill, its small and narrow streets running down to the river Danube. Enjoy time to wander the small shops, artists, cafés, restaurants and pubs, before returning to your hotel in Budapest. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Bid farewell to Budapest and prepare for your homeward flight.
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