Danube Cruise and Oberammergau Tour- OBD
Number of Days: 12
The Danube Cruise and Oberammergau Tour is a 12 day guided tour which commences in Budapest and concludes in Munich.
The world famous Oberammergau Passion Play is a re-enactment of a play pledged at a moment of mortal threat.
After suffering and death from the plague in the 17th century, the villagers of Oberammergau in Bavaria made a pledge that if the village was spared further suffering, they would perform a play dedicated to the passion of Christ, every 10 years.
They have maintained this pledge, from the first in 1634, right through until now. Don't wait until 2030! This is your chance to experience this "once in a decade" event for yourself in 2020.
Our escorted tours include 1st class tickets, transfers, coach transport, cruises, meals and entrances as per itinerary. We can also recommend pre and post tour extensions.
Arrive Budapest and transfer to our overnight hotel. Free time after check in to explore or relax.
Meet your guide and fellow travellers in the hotel lobby this evening.
We board our river cruise ship for our six night Danube River cruise. Your vessel offers the newest technology, a panoramic deck, terrace café, panorama salon and bar, excellent cuisine, outstanding service and unlimited wine and beer with every dinner onboard. After a welcome aboard cocktail reception and dinner, take in the essence of the region during an evening cruise to view Budapest’s stunning night skyline. Cap the night off with a fun-filled folklore show.B,D
Embark on a tour of Budapest, Hungary’s lovely capital, featuring the historic Buda Castle area, Fisherman's Bastion and the 500-year-old St. Matthias Church. Enjoy splendid views of the twin cities of Buda and Pest, nestled on opposing banks of the river.B,L,D
Day 4: Budapest - Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria
Tour Slovakia's remarkable capital, Bratislava, and discover the city’s most celebrated sites including the 13th-century castle, Old Town, St. Martin's Cathedral, Michael's Gate, and the Archbishop's Palace. This afternoon, sail towards Vienna, Austria’s capital.B,L,D
Join a local expert exploring Vienna's Imperial architecture including the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Vienna's Baroque elegance, stroll along the Kartner Strasse, or sample some of Vienna's famous pastries.B,L,D
Day 6:Emmersdorf - Wachau Valley
View the picturesque landscape as you cruise to the charming town of Emmersdorf. Relax and enjoy the scenery. This afternoon you continue cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns.B,L,D
Day 7:Linz - Passau, Germany
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the riverside town of Linz. Next, continue on to Passau which rests at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour of this 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city, exploring the ornate Baroque architecture, the quaint cobblestone streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest church organ. Tonight there is the the Captain's Gala Dinner to enjoy with your fellow passengers.B,L,D
Day 8:Passau - Disembark Ship - Munich - Oberammergau
Today, disembark your cruise ship and journey to Munich. Feel the energy of this lively and fascinating city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel,* and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. Next, depart for the quaint village of Oberammergau, nestled in the Bavarian Alps.B,D
Day 9:Oberammergau - Passion Play
This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Year War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast starts to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. Also, the intricate costumes are made locally by the villagers. During a break in the performance, join your fellow traveller’s for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance.B,L,D
Day 10:Oberammergau - Linderhof Palace - Füssen - Munich
Travel to nearby Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century. It is the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete. Behind the Baroque façade is a Rococo world, rich in abundant ornamentation. Next, enjoy free time exploring medieval Füssen, the romantic town in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Make a special picture stop at Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany’s most famous castle and the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty. This evening, gather with your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable journey.B,D
Day 11:Munich - Tour Ends
Free day to explore Munich at leisure today. Your tour guide will provide a range of suggestions. And, why not include a show tonight.B
Day 12:Munich - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today.B
Meals: B = breakfast, L + Lunch, D + Dinner – as per final itinerary.
Cabin type: Outside
Cruise operators: Lueftner or similar
- $7495 per person twin share. Single supplement + $4276. Tour commences: May and Sept 2020 please email to book.