Classic Danube with Oberammergau (9 Days, Alternative)

By Collette Tours

Escorted Tour 9 Days From $4999.00
 
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. Watch as the entire village comes together to present you with their rendition of this Biblical story.
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Oberammergau, Germany - Tour Begins
Your tour begins in the quaint village of Oberammergau, nestled in the Bavarian Alps and renowned for wood-carving and the Passion Play. Time permitting, enjoy a brief orientation walk through town before sitting down for a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers.
(Meals: Dinner)

Day 2: 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 travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: Oberammergau - Munich - Passau - Board Cruise Ship
Journey to Munich for a fascinating city tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel* and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. Continue to the charming town of Passau, a 2,000-year-old fairy-tale city that rests at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers. Unpack for a relaxing 6-night Danube River cruise aboard your lovely ship. This 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. Meet your crew at a welcome aboard cocktail reception, followed by a delightful dinner.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9: Budapest - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 4: Passau - Linz, Austria
Continue sailing to Linz, Austria 's third-largest city. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the riverside town of Linz featuring the 13th-century Hauptplatz (Austria 's largest medieval square) and the 18th-century Trinity Column.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Linz - Wachau Valley - Vienna
This afternoon, continue cruising through the romantic Wachau Valley, dotted with magnificent castles and small riverside towns. Sail towards Vienna, Austria 's beautiful capital city.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Vienna
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 evening is at leisure to explore Vienna's Baroque elegance, visit one of their famous museums, stroll along the Kartner Strasse, or sample some of Vienna's famous pastries.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Vienna - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary
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. Continue sailing to Budapest, “Queen of the Danube.” Tonight you are invited to attend the Captain's Gala Dinner with your fellow passengers.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Budapest
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. Take in the essence of the region during an evening cruise to view Budapest 's stunning night skyline and a fun-filled folklore show.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Sightseeing Highlights

Oberammergau
Travel to the picturesque Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau and witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. This legendary play is only performed every ten years, and has been performed every ten years since the Black Plague ended in 1634.

Munich
This is the 3rd largest city in Germany and capital of Bavaria, population about 1.5 million in the city itself. It began as the site of a Benedictine monastery where the old city is today, and the name of the city comes from the word “monk”. It is famous today as the home of Oktoberfest and the Hofbrauhaus, the Glockenspiel clock in the Old Town Hall, its Christmas Market and the headquarters of BMW and Siemens. There are several universities there and it was the site of the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Passau
Passau is in Lower Bavaria near the Austrian border, and is known as the “City of Three Rivers” because the Inn and Ilz Rivers join the Danube there. It dates from the Stone Age, and became an important religious center in the 8th century. Its major attractions include St. Stephan 's Cathedral, with the world 's largest organ, and the Bishop 's Castle. Passau was famous for manufacturing swords and other weapons during the Renaissance.

Linz
This Austrian city is on the Danube just south of the Czech border, and it is capital of its region, Upper Austria. It was at one time one of the most important cities of the Holy Roman Empire, and lost status to Vienna and Prague in the late 15th century. Adolf Hitler spent his youth in Linz, as did Adolf Eichmann, and Hitler wanted to make it the cultural center of his empire. Mozart wrote several pieces in Linz and spent quite a bit of time there.

Wachau Valley
This Danube valley is 25 miles long and runs from Melk to Krems in Lower Austria, and is a UNESCO site. The valley has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and is a famous wine region. There are no bridges across the Danube in the valley, so ferries are the only way to cross. The town of Durnstein in Wachau Valley was where King Richard Lionheart was held captive by Duke Leopold.

Vienna
This is the capital city of Austria, located on the Danube, with a population of over 2 million in the metro area. It is known as the “City of Music” because of the numerous famous composers who have lived and worked here, such as Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms, and also as the “City of Dreams” as it was home to Sigmund Freud. Some of its primary sights are Schonbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace, Opera House, Belvedere and St. Stephen 's Cathedral. Vienna is also known for its coffee houses and restaurants.

Bratislava
This is the capital of Slovakia, and it is located on the Danube, close to the Hungarian and Austrian borders. It was once the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary when that country was part of the Hapsburg Empire, and became Slovakia 's capital when that country split from Czechoslovakia in 1993. Its most important attractions are the 13th-century Bratislava Castle, the Old Town, Michael 's Gate and St. Martin 's Cathedral.

Budapest
This city on the Danube is actually two cities: Buda and Pest, divided by the river. In its history, it has been Celtic, Roman, invaded by Mongols and Turks, second capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and now the capital Hungary, with about 1.8 million people. Its varied architecture from so many cultures helped make Budapest a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is known for its coffee houses, traditional Hungarian restaurants and working Turkish baths from the 16th century.

What's Included

Hotel Details:

  • Oberammergau region hotel - Oberammergau Region, Germany
  • MS Amadeus Silver II, MS Amadeus Silver III - Passau, Austria

Dates & Prices

Note: Rows highlighted in green below are guaranteed departures

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Sun May 24, 2020 Tue Jun 2, 2020 $4999.00 Reserve My Spot
Sun Jun 7, 2020 Tue Jun 16, 2020 $4999.00 Reserve My Spot
Sun Aug 30, 2020 Tue Sep 8, 2020 $4999.00 Reserve My Spot
Sun Sep 13, 2020 Tue Sep 22, 2020 $5249.00 Reserve My Spot

Tour Map

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Tour Info

Type: Excorted Tour
Duration: 9 Days
From $4999.00
Status: Waiting List For Pricing