Tours

Oberammergau Passion Play & the Legendary Danube River Cruise 2020

12 days
Austria, Germany & Hungary
Starting from $5998*

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 Nuremberg 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.

 

 

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Cruise
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Meals on Ship
  • Overseas Transfers
  • Port Charges
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • International Airfare
  • Oberammergau Passion Play Ticket
  • Beverages with Meals During Cruise

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

Board your overnight flight to Germany.

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

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 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 Ettal Abbey, a Benedictine order populated by 50 monks, contains a brewery, distillery, bookstore, publishing house, cheese factory and other ventures. 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 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 castle 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 Nuremberg to embark your river cruise ship. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg. (B,D)

Day 6 Nuremberg

You have two choices of excursions while in Nuremberg: one focusing on the medieval highlights and another focusing WWII. Enjoy a guided tour through this beautiful medieval city, showcasing the Imperial Castle, famous town wall and the legendary fountain of the Market Square. Or turn back the pages of a darker history with a guided tour of the city’s most important WWII sites, including the enormous Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds. You’ll also visit the Nuremberg Trials Memoriam, and Courtroom 600 if the courtroom is not in session. En route to Regensburg, you’ll cruise through the manmade marvel, the Main‐Danube Canal. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Regensburg

Explore one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities Regensburg on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. Alternatively, sample some Bavarian specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels, and for those who wish to be more active, join a bike tour to Walhalla where you will see the Neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Passau - Linz, Austria

Enjoy a walking tour along Passau's cobblestone streets admiring the Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For guests looking for a more active morning, you can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube River, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress for panoramic views overlooking three rivers. Later in the day, set sail for Linz. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Melk - Vienna

Cruise to Melk, known for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries. Alternatively, you can join a guided bike tour that takes you through the UNESCO‐designated Wachau Valley; or go on a walking tour along Durnstein's cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, famed church tower. Later in the day, set sail through the vineyard‐rich Wachau Valley. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Vienna

The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and you have two ways to discover them. Join a city tour showcasing its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For a more active exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, you can enjoy leisure time or pedal your way to Klosterneuburg Monastery on a guided cycling tour. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Budapest, Hungary

You cannot help but fall in love with Budapest, known as the “Queen of the Danube.” Your city tour begins with visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. As an alternative choice, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. Spend your last evening on board cruising around the famed Parliament Building as the city turns on all her dazzling lights. (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

Day 9 – 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.

Day 10 – 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.

Day 11 – DEPART BUDAPEST
Bid farewell to Budapest and prepare for your homeward flight.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount

*Guests traveling on an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion

Departure Dates

  1. July 1, 2020
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*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount