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

12 days From £3,395 per person

2022 Tour code: ODR22

About the tour

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.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Nuremberg

We meet at London St Pancras and board the Eurostar to Brussels, continuing to Nuremberg for the night via Cologne

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - By rail to Budapest

We take the train to Vienna and change for Budapest, where we board our ship and enjoy a cocktail in the lounge before dinner. Later, we take in the illuminated sights of Budapest on an atmospheric night-time river cruise, while we are entertained on board with a Hungarian Folklore show. Perhaps relax in the ship's lounge as you admire the pretty city lights, or head to the sun deck for panoramic views.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Amadeus Silver II
Day 3 - Discovering Budapest

This morning we enjoy a guided tour which introduces 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, 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 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budapest Parliament Building
Day 4 - Bratislava

We moor up in Bratislava early this afternoon. After lunch, we set out on a guided coach and walking 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 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. Following our tour, you have free time to explore the historic centre with its cobblestoned roads, pedestrianised plazas, 18th-century rococo buildings and street cafés.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bratislava
Day 5 - The history and music of Vienna

After a calm night of cruising, we arrive into glorious Vienna for a sightseeing tour. This is a chance to relish in Austria's Imperial heritage, one full of tradition and rich in architectural, artistic, and musical heritage. You'll see many of Vienna's most ornate buildings, including the impressive Opera House - one of the leading opera venues in the world, as well as the grand Parliament Building.

Tonight a real treat awaits us in the lounge. After dinner we are joined by musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for a private recital. Be whisked away by the music and immerse yourself in this exceptional experience.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Vienna Opera House
Day 6 - Melk Abbey

Today we reach Austria's Wachau Valley, a famous wine-making region. We arrive in the idyllic village of Dürnstein where you have free time, perhaps to sample some of the renowned local wine. As we sit down to lunch on board, we begin cruising along the Wachau Valley, a scenic area with green valleys and vineyards rising up from the river, dotted with picturesque riverside towns and commanding fortresses. We then journey to Melk Abbey, enjoying entrance to this 11th-century Benedictine Abbey which stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. It is also home to the Abbey Church, considered one of the most beautiful Baroque churches north of the Alps.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Melk Abbey
Day 7 - Salzburg or the Austrian Lake District

We disembark in Linz, where you have a choice of excursions. You could head further into the countryside for a day in the Austrian lakes. Make stops at UNESCO listed Hallstatt, one of Austria's most photographed villages thanks to its traditional pastel-coloured houses, Hallstättersee Lake, and 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 to Salzburg, via Mondsee, one of Austria's most famous cities and the birthplace of Mozart. A guided sightseeing tour here reveals the city's internationally renowned Baroque architecture, which makes it a well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage site.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Salzburg
Day 8 - Regensburg

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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Regensburg
Day 9 - Passau and Oberammergau

After breakfast, we disembark in Passau and make the journey to Oberammergau, in Bavaria, by rail. On arrival, we check into our hotel for the next two nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Oberammergau
Day 10 - The Oberammergau Passion Play

Today we attend the world-renowned Oberammergau Passion Play, held only once every ten years. 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. It 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 in God's honour once a decade. Split into two halves with a break for a special dinner, we enjoy the performance in the afternoon.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
The Passion Play
Days 11-12 – Oberammergau, Stuttgart and London

We travel to Stuttgart today, where we spend the night tonight. Making our way home on Day 12, we travel by rail back to London St Pancras via Munich and Brussels.

Includes
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast

Additional information

Info - 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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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MS Amadeus Silver II

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