Classic Danube River Cruise With Oberammergau Passion Play

Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Emmersdorf, Wachau Valley, Linz, Passau, Munich, Oberammergau, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Munic

Cruise past breathtaking scenery pausing along the way in quaint villages and lively cities on a timeless trip down the Danube River. Your lovely state-of-the-art craft offers a special treat – unlimited wine at every dinner. Drift along the river through the Wachau Valley dotted with castles and small riverside towns on a 6-night cruise. Discover Vienna's historic sites as you are immersed in the city's atmosphere of opulence and elegance. Behold Munich's many charms including its world-famous Glockenspiel. Discover regal Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube," as well as Slovakia's remarkable capital, Bratislava. In the charming Bavarian village of Oberammergau, you'll witness a spectacular performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play, whose origins date back to 1634.

Our prices start from

$ 4,999 LAND ONLY

11 Days • GUIDED • 24 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • On some dates additional accommodations may be used
  • Services of a tour manager
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Overnight Flight

Set out to explore the Danube River and experience the epic Oberammergau Passion Play.

Day 2 - Budapest, Hungary - Board Cruise Ship - Tour Begins

Board a cruise to view Budapest's stunning night skyline.

MS Amadeus Silver II, MS Amadeus Silver III or MS Amadeus Brilliant

Dinner Included

Unpack for a relaxing 6-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.

Day 3 - Budapest

MS Amadeus Silver II, MS Amadeus Silver III or MS Amadeus Brilliant

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

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.

Day 4 - Budapest - Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria

Discover Slovakia's remarkable capital, Bratislava.

MS Amadeus Silver II, MS Amadeus Silver III or MS Amadeus Brilliant

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

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.

Day 5 - Vienna

MS Amadeus Silver II, MS Amadeus Silver III or MS Amadeus Brilliant

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Join a local guide 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.

Day 6 - Emmersdorf - Wachau Valley

Cruise through the stunning Wachau Valley.

MS Amadeus Silver II, MS Amadeus Silver III or MS Amadeus Brilliant

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

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.

Day 7 - Linz - Passau, Germany

Take a walking tour of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city. Attend the Captain's Gala Dinner.

MS Amadeus Silver II, MS Amadeus Silver III or MS Amadeus Brilliant

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

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 you are invited to attend the Captain's Gala Dinner with your fellow passengers.

Day 8 - Passau - Disembark Ship - Munich - Oberammergau

Oberammergau region hotel

Breakfast, Dinner Included

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.

*Due to unforeseen schedule changes, witnessing the performance of the Glockenspiel might not be possible.

Day 9 - Oberammergau - Passion Play

Witness a performance of the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play.

Oberammergau region hotel

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

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 travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance.

Day 10 - Oberammergau - Linderhof Palace - Füssen - Munich

Visit Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century.

Movenpick Hotel Munich Airport, Munich

Breakfast, Dinner Included

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 travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable journey.

Day 11 - Munich - Tour Ends

Breakfast Included

Your tour comes to a close today.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and cruise only, based on May 16, 2022 travel date. Single supplement from $3,400. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2022 – October 2022 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used..

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