Danube Cruise and Oberammergau Tour- OBD
Number of Days: 14
The Danube Cruise and Oberammergau Tour is a 14 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 tickets to the marvellous Oberammergau Passion Play, coach transport, cruises, meals and entrances as per itinerary. We can also recommend pre and post tour extensions.
DAY 1: MUNICH - GERMANY
On arrival at Munich International Airport (group flights only) this morning transfer directly to Passau, a German city on the Austrian border and at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. Known as the Three Rivers City, it's overlooked by a 13th-century hilltop fortress housing a city museum and observation tower. The old town is known for its baroque architecture, including St. Stephen's Cathedral with distinctive onion-domed towers. We embark 4pm for our Danube River cruise. Time to mingle with the other group members and explore the vessel before we enjoy our included welcome dinner on board. D
DAY 2: KREMS - AUSTRIA
Today we have an included tour of Krems followed by avisit to the Benedictine Gottweig Abbey The historic riverside city of Krems has a rich history of wine production, charming old architecture and quaint streets and shops. B,L,D
DAY 3: ESZTERGOM, BUDAPEST - HUNGARY
This morning we have an included excursion to the imposing basilica of Esztergom, the largest church in Hungary. We then continue to Budapest to experience this beautiful riverside city by night. Tonight enjoy our included show of traditional Hungarian folk dance and music. B,L,D
DAY 4: BUDAPEST - HUNGARY
Budapest is bisected by the River Danube combining the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. Check out the funicular up Castle Hill to the Old Town dating from Roman times, Trinity Square, 13th-century Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion offering sweeping city views.We have another day to enjoy this jewel of the Danube, or visit Puszta and see traditional horse riding. B,L,D
DAY 5: BRATISLAVA - SLOVAKIA
Next stop is Bratislava - surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian mountains. Our included afternoon city tour includes Bratislava Castle overlooking the old town. This evening we enjoy the magnificent city lights. B,L,D
DAY 6: VIENNA - AUSTRIA
We have an included city tour of beautiful Vienna including State Opera, Burgtheater, Hofburg, Parliament, Town hall and Votive Church. B,L,D
DAY 7: LINZ - AUSTRIA
Situated midway between Salzburg and Vienna the town has Baroque buildings, including Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) and the old cathedral /Alter Dom, ring Hauptplatz. The city tour followed by free time to explore. B,L,D
DAY 8: PASSAU, OBERAMMERGAU – GERMANY,
This morning we reach Passau our last stop of our Danube River cruise.After breakfast we disembark and travel by coach into the Bavarian Alps to our hotel surrounded by the Bavarian Alps and quaint villages. Accommodation 2 nights Bavarian Alps. B,D
DAY 9: THE PASSION PLAY
Today is the big day. Free morning until the play starts this afternoon. Explore beautiful Oberammergau, with its many painted and colourful houses and buildings. Check out the marvellous Christmas shops, churches and carving displays. The performance is in two sessions with a generous break in between. We have an included meal during this break. We have your theatre tickets, meal voucher and English guide book ready for you to enjoy this fabulous “once in a decade” event. B,D
DAY 10: VERONA, ASSISI - ITALY
We depart the Bavarian Alps for Italy this morning. We stop at Verona – famous for its fabulous architecture and Juliet’s Balcony before continuing to Assisi – famous as the home of St’s Francis and Clare. Our tour includes the magnificent Basilica of St Mary of the Angels, the Portiuncula Chapel restored and used by St Francis, (and also the place where St Clare received her religious habit beginning the Order of the Poor Clares), the Rose Garden and the Basilca of St Francis. Overnight Assisi. B
DAY 11: ASSISI, ROME - THE ETERNAL CITY
Free time this morning for Mass or time to explore before we depart Assisi for Rome. On arrival Rome we have brief orientation tour before transferring to our Rome hotel. B
DAY 12: ROME
This morning we have a visit to the magnificent Vatican Museums and St Peters - the heart of Catholicism where spiritual and artistic excellence includes masterpieces of renowned artists such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Raphael.
DAY 13: ROME
Free time to explore the famous and beautiful Trevi fountain and Spanish Steps. This evening we have an included farewell dinner to say goodbye to our, by now good friends in the group departing tomorrow. B,D
The tour concludes after breakfast this morning. B
- An optional extension of 2 - 3 nights is available to further explore Rome, or elsewhere in Italy.
- Israel 8 day Holy Land tour. With an optional extension of Jordan or Egypt.
- Alternatively extend your time away in Europe, the UK or elsewhere. We can book custom arrangements to suit you.
THIS ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE AND THE PROPERTY OF CLASSIC TOURS AND THE TRAVEL WAREHOUSE.
- Meals: B = Continental breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinners - as per final itinerary.
- Twin share hotel accommodation and outside cabin on river vessel
- Tour host / Chaplain
- Krems and Gottweig Abbey excursion
- Esztergom excursion
- Budapest excursion
- Bratislava excursion
- Vienna excursion
- Munich excursion
- Oberammergau Passion Play tickets
- Entrance to Vatican Museums
- Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for specified excursions
- Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
- Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
- All incorporated hotel, port and local taxes and road tolls.
- Optional additional activities.
- Items other than specifically shown as included on the final itinerary.
- $8,790 per person twin share. Single supplement + $3,595.