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Oberammergau & Danube Cruise

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Celebrate the Oberammergau Passion Play before embarking on a wonderful 7-night cruise on the magnificent Danube River

Discover the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play from your theatre seat, the best in the house, before a superb 7-night cruise on the magnificent Danube River. Uncover the waterway's musical and cultural heritage as we sail.

  • Oberammergau
  • Regensburg
  • The Oberammergau Passion Play
  • 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Silver II
  • Budapest
  • Bratislava
  • Vienna
  • Salzburg and Austrian Lake District
  • Dürnstein
  • Melk Abbey
What’s Included
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    7 Lunches
    3 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • 7-night cruise on board the Amadeus Silver II
  • Optional excursions to Salzburg or the Austrian Lake District
    Tier 1 Tickets to The Passion Play Performance

Oberammergau & Danube Cruise 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Oberammergau

To the Oberammergau region

We meet at our dedicated Departure Office at London St Pancras where we board the Eurostar service to Paris. From here, we join the rail service to Stuttgart. We spend the night here before continuing the following day down to the beautiful Oberammergau region in southern Germany, our base for the next two nights.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 The Passion Play
The Passion Play

The Oberammergau Passion Play

The magnificent Oberammergau Passion Play is held only once every 10 years and is a spectacle worthy of all that preparation. Depicting the final days of Jesus Christ, this theatrical extravaganza features a cast and crew numbering up to the thousands, and features a dazzling array of props, costumes and backdrops. The play is the oldest Passion Play in the world, first put on by the villagers in 1634 as a plea to God to save them from the plague which was ravaging Germany at the time. When the plague 'miraculously' cleared up, the villagers vowed to put on a play for every ten years thereafter. The result is a marvellous display, one which is produced by everyone in the village for thousands of international visitors each decade.

Our tickets for the play are top tier, providing us with front and central seats under the roof of a specially-made auditorium. Split into two halves with a break for a special dinner, we enjoy the performance in the afternoon.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Amadeus Silver II
Amadeus Silver II


We leave Oberammergau today, travelling by rail via Munich to Budapest. Arriving in the Hungarian capital, we board the Amadeus Silver II and are welcomed with a cocktail in the lounge before dinner. Later be sure to take in the illuminated sights from the panoramic lounge or the sun deck as we sail around the city. We are also treated to a performance from a local Hungarian folk band in the lounge whose music is a hugely important part of this nation's storied culture.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Budapest Parliament Building
Budapest Parliament Building

Discovering Budapest

Today we enjoy a guided coach tour, introducing us to Budapest's main sights. We pass impressive buildings and monuments on both sides of the Danube, including the neo-Gothic Parliament building, the magnificent State Opera House and St Stephen's Basilica, Budapest Castle, Matthias Church and Fishermen's Bastion.

We return to the ship for lunch, after which you have some free time before we begin cruising to Bratislava, passing through the splendid Danube Bend along the way. This section of the river has a long and fascinating history and from the sun deck or panoramic windows in the bar, you'll be able to see castle ruins, churches, pretty houses hidden in the hills and dense forests, all soaked in the golden glow of twilight.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Bratislava

Arrival in Bratislava

Your morning is at leisure aboard before we moor up early this afternoon in Bratislava. After lunch, we set out on a guided coach tour of the Slovakian capital. Located in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava straddles the Danube which neatly divides the city into two parts; the Baroque Old Town (Stare Mesto) and the new city. This picture-postcard destination boasts historic Gothic buildings, several universities, a wealth of museums and galleries, and a refreshing cosmopolitan atmosphere. The historic centre features delightful cobblestoned roads, pedestrianised plazas, 18th century rococo buildings and street cafés galore. Following our excursion, we return to the ship for another delicious 5-course dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Vienna Opera House
Vienna Opera House

The history and music of Vienna

After a calm night of cruising, we arrive into glorious Vienna for a comprehensive sightseeing tour. A metropolitan treasure trove of culture and history, Vienna has been enchanting visitors for centuries, and our tour takes us to the iconic Vienna State Opera, the city hall and the grandiose and majestic Schönbrunn Palace, complete with its extensive parkland and gardens. Later tonight, a real treat awaits us on board, where after dinner we are joined by musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for an exclusive, private recital. Be whisked away by the music and immerse yourself in this exceptional experience, as the Vienna Philharmonic is one of the most popular orchestras in the world.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey and the Wachau Valley

Today we reach Austria's Wachau Valley, a famous wine-making region. We arrive in the idyllic village of Dürnstein where you have time at leisure. As we sit down to lunch on board we begin cruising along the picturesque Wachau Valley, an extremely scenic area with green valleys and vineyards rising up from the river, picturesque riverside towns, and commanding fortresses with sweeping views. We then journey by coach to Melk Abbey, enjoying entrance to this 11th century Benedictine Abbey.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Salzburg

Salzburg or the Austrian Lake District

We disembark in Linz this morning, where you have a choice of excursions. You could head further into the countryside for a day spent amidst the spectacular scenery of the Austrian lakes. Make stops in UNESCO listed Hallstatt, one of Austria's most photographed villages thanks to its traditional, pastel-coloured houses perched on the tiny plain between the mountains and Hallstättersee Lake, as well as Mondsee. This pretty town is set on the lake of the same name and its most famous sight is the 15th-century parish church, which featured in the wedding scenes of 'The Sound of Music'.Otherwise, travel by coach to Salzburg, via Mondsee, one of Austria's most famous cities and known as the birthplace of Mozart. A guided sightseeing tour reveals the city's internationally renowned Baroque architecture, a well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage site. We rejoin the ship in Passau.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 10-11 Regensburg

Regensburg and homeward bound

Regensburg is our port of call this morning, which we explore on foot. This medieval town contains many buildings that testify to its history as a trading centre which had a huge influence on the whole region from the 9th century onwards. Back on board tonight, we attend the Captain's gala dinner, a chance to don our evening-wear and celebrate our cruise experience. On Day 11 we disembark to start the journey back to the UK by rail, travelling first to Frankfurt before continuing on to Brussels and finally, London.

  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

Travel Options

We offer a Standard Class and First Class rail options for departures on this tour. You can find out which class each departure is by clicking on the information button in the pricing grid. (Look for S - Standard Class and F - First Class)

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel unless otherwise described (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 outbound overnight stay in Stuttgart and 2 nights at a 3 or 4-Star hotel in the Oberammergau region
  • 7-night cruise on the Amadeus Silver II

Delicious meals included

  • 26 meals including 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners, including a special Passion Play dinner
  • Dinner drinks included every night of your cruise

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Tier 1 tickets to a performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play
  • Unique flexible excursions allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: Tour of Salzburg or a visit to the Austrian Lake District
  • On board private performance from members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Visits to Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava and Regensburg
  • Excursion to Melk Abbey
  • Time cruising along the Danube Bend and through the Wachau Valley

Not Included

  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Luke Simpson
Lynne Broadley
Helen Laverack
Oberammergau & Danube Cruise

Celebrate the Oberammergau Passion Play before embarking on a wonderful 7-night cruise on the magnificent Danube River


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