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Passion Play Oberammergau 2020 & Danube River Cruise

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August 2020
Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne

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Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns. 

As you set sail on the Danube, pass the impressive Parliament Buildings of Budapest and head for the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. Journey through Vienna and the Wachau Valley.   Visit the impressive Benedictine Abbey of Melk and in Linz, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square. Take guided walks around the German cities of Passau and Regensburg. End your Danube River cruise with an added stop in Orberammergau for the Passion Play before travelling onto Munich.

Oberammergau is a small German town tucked away in the Bavarian Alps, world-famous for its Passion Play. The play was first performed in 1634 as the result of a vow made by the townspeople that if God spared them from the Black Plague they would in exchange produce a play every ten years. The play is a dramatic recreation of Jesus’ passion, covering the final days of his life from his visit to Jerusalem to his crucifixion and resurrection. The Passion Play is now performed from May through October, in an open-air stage and involves over 2,000 people including actors, singers, musicians and technical support, all required to be residents of Oberammagau.

Departure & Return Location

Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth (contact us for departures from other cities)

Price Includes

  • Return flights from your nearest capital city
  • Fully escorted tour
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • 25 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Shore excursions and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for excursions
  • Category 1 Passion Play seating

Price Excludes

  • Visas (if required)
  • Any Private Expenses

Complementaries

  • Luggage Tag
Itinerary

Day 1, Monday, 3 August 2020Depart Australia

Fly from your nearest capital city

Overnight: Plane

Day 2, Tuesday, 4 August 2020Budapest

Arrive in Budapest, Hungary and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy free time to rest and relax.

Overnight: Budapest Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 Cruise Embarkation - Budapest

Transfer to the port and board the Monarch Empress. After arrival formalities, time to relax before the gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise.

Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4, Thursday, 6 August 2020Bratislava

This morning, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat sails along the scenic Danube. In the late afternoon, arrive in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a mix of modern and Baroque architecture. This capital city is among the youngest in Europe, yet retains a rich history dating back more than 2000 years. Walk along the cobblestone lanes of the historic town center; view St. Martin’s Cathedral, coronation site of the Kings of Hungary, the 13th century Old Town Hall and the Franciscan church. Time to explore this colorful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner. This evening, the ship will set sail to Vienna

Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5, Friday, 7 August 2020Vienna

Your morning tour of romantic Vienna introduces you to this Imperial city with its legendary opulence and elegance. Drive along the famed Ringstrasse, Vienna’s main boulevard lined with magnificent Baroque palaces, parks and monuments. View the lavish Hofburg Palace, and the impressive Vienna Opera House. Continue to majestic St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Parliament building. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, or, join the optional tour to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the gorgeous baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Tonight, perhaps take the opportunity to attend an evening of Viennese culture in the “City of Music” at an optional concert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna’s most famous citizens

Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6, Saturday, 8 August 2020Durnstein - Melk Abbey

This morning, arrive in the village of Durnstein, one of the prettiest towns on the Danube. Free time to stroll this quintessential village in the heart of the Wachau wine district. Walk along medieval cobblestone streets revealing 16th-century town houses and wine taverns. Continue cruising late this morning and relax on board as the boat cruises through the scenic Wachau Valley, with lovely storybook views of vineyards, castles, hilltop ruins and monasteries. Later, disembark in Melk for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. View the Abbot’s chambers, the Kaiser’s walk, and the lavish library. The ship will set sail as you dine on board this evening

Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7, Sunday, 9 August 2020Linz

Early this morning cruise into Linz. Founded by the Romans, Linz has cultivated a strong artistic tradition, especially in the field of music. Today is free to explore the city independently, taking in such sites as St. Mary’s Cathedral and Linz Castle, or just relaxing at a café sampling the famous Linzer torte which was named after this quaint city. Alternatively, join the optional full day excursion to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Travel through the picturesque landscape of Southern Bohemia to Cesky Krumlov, a fairy-tale town with its maze of narrow cobbled streets. Declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site in 1992, Cesky Krumlov has earned an international reputation for its State Castle and Chateau, one of the largest in Central Europe, superbly furnished with priceless art, tapestries and richly decorated weapons. The guided walk through town is highlighted by Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance houses once mansions of noblemen families

Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8, Monday, 10 August 2020Passau

Today presents a wonderful opportunity to join the optional full day tour to beautiful Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and setting for the Sound of Music. The walking tour will include some of Salzburg’s most historic sites including the Mirabell Palace, the Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Peter’s Cemetery. After lunch at a local restaurant, there will be time to discover Salzburg on your own before returning to the ship. If you choose to remain on board, the day is free to explore the 2500-year-old Passau. Well known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade, Passau is a town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. In the early evening, all passengers will rejoin the ship and set sail for Regensburg.

Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9, Tuesday, 11 August 2020Regensburg

Arrive in Regensburg this morning, one of Germany’s largest and best preserved medieval cities designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided walking tour highlights the city’s stunning architecture as you view the Old Town Hall, the Dom St. Peter, and the Porta Praetoria, gateway to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the Danube. Return to the boat or spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own. The ship will remain docked in port this evening as you enjoy your final night on board.

Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10, Wednesday, 12 August 2020Oberammergau

This morning, disembark from the ship and drive towards the Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau. Benefit from a guided tour along the way, where you will learn about the history of the region.

Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11, Thursday, 13 August 2020Passion Play

Morning is at leisure. This afternoon, attend a moving performance of the world-famous Passion Play that dates back to 1634. This epic play is held every 10 years and performed by the inhabitants of Oberammergau. During the break, join your travel companions for dinner before witnessing the stirring second half of the Passion Play performance. Afterwards, return to your hotel.

Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12, Friday, 14 August 2020Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castles

This morning enjoy a tour of Linderhof, an exquisite nineteenth century royal palace. Then discover the magic of Neuschwanstein, the Fairy Tale Castle which towers far above the village of Fuessen in the foothills of the Alps.

End the day in Munich where you will check into your hotel before enjoying dinner with your travelling companions.

Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13, Saturday, 15 August 2020Munich

Enjoy a free day in Munich or join worship service in this city. In the afternoon, spend time in one Munich’s parks.

Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14, Sunday, 16 August 2020Munich

Do some sightseeing this morning before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Plane

Day 15, Monday, 17 August 202Australia

Arrive back in Australia

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