Danube Cruise and Oberammergau Tour- OBD
Number of Days: 15
The Danube Cruise and Oberammergau Tour is a 15 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.
15 DAY ITINERARY – BUDAPEST TO ROMETour commences Budapest 20 May 2020 and concludes in RomeDAY 1: BUDAPESTOur journey begins at the Danube riverside city of Budapest – the capital of Hungary, where we will embark our river cruiser this afternoon. We have time to settle in and explore our ship. This evening there is an included Welcome Dinner followed by a cruise through Budapest by night, as well as an included Hungarian folklore show. We stay in Budapest overnight. D
DAY 2: BUDAPEST, ESZTERGOM, SZENTENDREOn the first sailing day of our cruise, discover the beautiful sights and attractions of the riverside city. We have an included city tour to explore the Buda and the Pest sides of the city, both of which boast beautiful Baroque buildings. Our ship leaves Budapest at lunchtime. This afternoon you can join an optional excursion to two picturesque destinations, both with a rich history, namely the former imperial residence and capital of Hungary, Esztergom, as well as the artists’ town of Szentendre. Our ship arrives in Esztergom in the evening, where passengers who chose to take part in the afternoon’s optional expedition will re-join the ship. During dinner, our ship will depart for Slovakia. B,L,DDAY 3: BRATISLAVAThis morning we call at our next capital city - the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. On our included tour through the city, see the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. You can also walk through the restored old town, from Michael’s Gate, and admire sights such as the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings. This afternoon's optional excursion offers the opportunity to visit impressive Schloss Hof, a former Imperial Palace acquired in 1726 by Eugene of Savoy and redesigned to impress Empress Maria Theresia - with its aristocratic palace, terraced garden and tranquil estate farm. Enjoy dinner onboard before the vessel departs Slovakia, and crosses into Austria. B,L,DDAY 4: VIENNAThere is much to see on our included tour of Imperial Vienna. Its palaces, Museums Quarter displaying works by artists Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, the impressive buildings along the Ringstrasse, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the famous Vienna State Opera among many others. This afternoon perhaps venture to the Schönbrunn Palace (optional), the sumptuous summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia and the Habsburg empire. This evening offers an optional excursion to attend the “Sound of Vienna” and listen to the “Alt Wien” orchestra play popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era - a perfect end to our Vienna experience. B,L,DDAY 5: DÜRNSTEIN, MELK, EMMERSDORFRomantic Wachau is one of the most beautiful regions of Austria. In the morning our ship docks in Dürnstein - famous for its 1st-class wines, which you can taste on our included morning sightseeing tour. At lunchtime, our cruise continues to Melk and Emmersdorf. Enjoy magnificent architecture and fascinating glimpses of history on our included afternoon visit to the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, (approx 900 years old and the largest Baroque abbey in Austria). This evening our ship leaves the Wachau and heads to Linz. B,L,DDAY 6: LINZ, ASCHACH, SALZBURGThis morning, our ship reaches the cultural capital of Linz. We have an included full-day excursion to the Mozart-town of Salzburg. Following our tour and included lunch we reembark our ship and finish this eventful day with an included elegant Gala Dinner, while we sail to Regensburg. B,L,DDAY 7: REGENSBURG, WELTENBURG, BAVARIAN DINNERIn the morning, our ship arrives in Regensburg - one of the most beautiful old towns in Germany. After breakfast, enjoy the cultural treasures of this romantic town during our included sightseeing tour. This afternoon we visit the well-known Weltenburg Abbey on our included tour - with its own brewery, where you can taste its famous, dark Weltenburg beer. In the evening, an included traditional Bavarian dinner awaits you on board and afterwards, Our ship heads for our last port of Passau. B,L,DDAY 8: PASSAU, MUNICHThis morning we reach Passau our last stop of our Danube River cruise. After breakfast we disembark and travel by coach to the city of Munich. On arrival we have an included orientation tour of this beautiful city. BDAY 9: MUNICH, DACHAUToday is a free day to relax, explore Munich, check out the museums and art galleries, or shop. Alternatively depart for Dachau to visit the infamous concentration camp. The Dachau Concentration Camp was the first of its kind opened in Germany by the Nazi government in 1933, and it served as a model for later concentration camps. Today, the camp is a memorial to the more than 32,000 people who died and the more than 200,000 who were imprisoned during the Nazi regime. The memorial was established in 1965, 20 years after Dachau was liberated by the Allies. BDAY 10: NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, LINDERHOFAfter breakfast we depart Munich for Neuschwanstein Castle. With its snow-white limestone facade and fanciful turrets peeking out from the forested mountain tops of the Hohenschwangau valley, Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) could easily have been lifted from the pages of a fairy tale. In a way, it has— the German castle famously inspired Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle. On arrival we have an included tour of the castle. Next to beautiful Linderhof Palace and gardens in southwest Bavaria near Ettal Abbey - the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed. We then proceed to Bad Kohlgrub and our hotel for check in. BDAY 11: OBERAMMERGAUAfter Mass today we explore the quaint village of Oberammergau, with its many painted and colourful houses and buildings. Check out the marvellous Christmas shops, carving displays and ornate churches. BDAY 12: THE PASSION PLAYToday is the big day. Free morning until the play starts this afternoon. The performance is in two sessions with a generous break in between. We have an included dinner during this break. We have your theatre tickets, dinner and English guide book ready for you to enjoy this fabulous “once in a decade” event. B,DDAY 13: ASSISI, ROMEWe depart the Bavarian Alps for Italy this morning. Our first stop is in Assisi – famous as the home of St’s Francis and Clare. Continue to our hotel in Rome for overnight. BDAY 14: THE ETERNAL CITY – ROMEWe have a morning visit to the magnificent Vatican Museums and St Peters. We have an included farewell dinner tonight to say goodbye to those of the group who are departing tomorrow. BDAY 15: ROMEThe main tour concludes after breakfast this morning. An optional extension of 3 days is available to further explore Rome. Alternatively, extend your time away in Europe or the UK. B
THIS ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE AND THE PROPERTY OF CLASSIC TOURS AND THE TRAVEL WAREHOUSE.
- Meals: B = Continental breakfast, L = Lunch (while on board), D = Welcome and other dinners as per final itinerary.
- Cabin type: outside with picture window.
- Tour host / Chaplain
- City tour of Budapest
- City tour of Bratislava
- City tour of Vienna
- Durnstein walking tour and wine tasting
- Excursion to Melk Abbey
- Full day excursion to Salzburg
- Excursion to Weltenburg Abbey
- Entrance to Vatican Museums
- Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
- Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
- Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
- Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
- Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
- 24-hour complimentary coffee and tea station
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
- Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
- Fitness room (open 24 hours)
- Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
- Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
- All incorporated port taxes and local taxes.
- Optional additional activities.
- Items other than specifically shown as included on the final itinerary.
- $8,790 per person twin share. Single supplement + $3,595. Tour commences: 20 May 2020 please email to book.