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Passion Play 2020 & Danube River Cruise

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$250 Off
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May 10, 2020
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  • Category D$13,200 / $12,950
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19 Days
10 May - 28 May 2020
Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth (other cities available on request)
Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary

Early Bird Offer

$250 Off

If you book and pay 10% deposit by 30 September 2019 you’ll receive $250 off per person

Tour Details

Cruise the canals of Venice before travelling across northern Italy into Switzerland for glimpses of the Matterhorn in Zermatt and Mt Rigi near Lucerne.  Learn about the Reformation in Zurich and be inspired by the faith of the Villagers of Oberammergau as you witness a spectacular performance of the Passion Play, whose origins date back to 1634. Watch as over 2000 villagers come together to present you with their rendition of the Biblical story. 

Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary—stopping at some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns.  Take guided walks around the German cities of  Regensburg and Passau. 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. Head for the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava and as the cruise concludes, pass the impressive Parliament Buildings of Budapest.

This can be combined with a Mediterranean cruise. Click here to see the full combined trip

Departure & Return Location

Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth

(contact us for departures from other cities in Australia & New Zealand)

Price Includes

  • Return flights from your nearest capital city
  • Fully escorted tour
  • Category 1 Passion Play seating
  • 28 Breakfasts, 21 Lunches & 22 Dinners
  • Accommodation
  • Shore excursions as per the itinerary
  • Cruise porterage
  • Tours and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Tipping

Price Excludes

  • Visas (if required)
  • Any Private Expenses

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  • Luggage Tag
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Itinerary
Details subject to change

Day 1: Sunday, 10 May 2020Depart Australia

Travel to your nearest capital city airport for your flight to Europe.

Overnight: Plane
Meals: Dinner (on plane)

Day 2: Monday, 11 May 2020Arrive Venice

Arrive in Venice. Sit back, relax and enjoy an unforgettable boat ride as you speed past the spectacular scenery of the Venetian Lagoon and canals – an amazing first look at Venice as you arrive at your hotel in style.

Overnight: Venice Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch (on plane)

Day 3: Tuesday, 12 May 2020Venice

You’ll begin on a morning walking tour of Venice’s signature sights, including the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica. Take a boat trip to the islands of Murano and Burano in the lagoon. Watch Murano’s glassblowers and Burano’s lace-makers at work, and enjoy the opportunity to buy typical Venetian handiwork.

Overnight: Venice Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Wednesday, 13 May 2020Venice – Zermatt

Leaving Venice behind, we take bus across northern Italy crossing into Switzerland before arriving into Visp. We will then transfer to a train for a journey to Zermatt, home to the world’s most photographed mountain, the Matterhorn.

Overnight: Walliserhof Zermatt 1896
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Thursday, 14 May 2020Zermatt

Today, we will board the cog rail to the summit of the Gornergrat to enjoy sweeping views of the Alpine scenery during the 35-minute ride. Arriving at the top (3,135 metres above sea level), take in direct views of the summit of the Matterhorn as well as 28 other giant mountains as well as the third-longest glacier of the Alps. You can might like to enjoy a snack or drink (not included) at one of the two restaurants on the site before returning to Zermatt by train.

You will have some time in the afternoon to explore the car free village of Zermatt at leisure before dining at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Walliserhof Zermatt 1896
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Friday, 15 May 2020The Glacier Express - Zurich

Today, we will take ‘the slowest express train in the world,” the Glacier Express, on a panoramic journey through the Swiss Alps. Travel through the Rhine Gorge, Switzerland’s own Grand Canyon. This feast for the eyes is followed by a feast for the palate freshly prepared in the on-board kitchen and served directly at your first-class seat.

Spend the late afternoon and evening at leisure in our Zurich hotel or explore the inner-city area nearby.

Overnight: Hotel Montana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Saturday, 16 May 2020Zurich

Visit a local Adventist church for a worship service in the morning or spend time at leisure.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Old Town and gain some insights into the city’s history and culture. Learn how the Reformation came about in Zurich as you stroll past the majestic facades of the most important churches in downtown Zurich, visit commemorative monuments and learn about the work of the reformer Ulrich Zwingli.

Overnight: Hotel Montana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Sunday, 17 May 2020Mt Rigi and Lucerne

Depart by train from Zurich and travel to Lucerne with its charming Old Town. Get acquainted with the city’s rich history on a short sightseeing tour and visit monuments like Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument.

While savouring a traditional lunch at the Stadtkeller enjoy traditional Swiss folklore performances which will include national costumes, flag throwing and yodelling.

Enjoy a scenic boat ride on Lake Lucerne before reaching Vitznau where we will take the cog train to the top of Mount Rigi. Known as the “Queen of the Mountains,” Mount Rigi, offers stunning 360-degree panoramic views of the Swiss Plateau with the Bernese Alps, Vosges mountains, Black Forest and Glarus Alps beyond. Spend some leisurely time exploring at your own pace. Descend on a cable car before returning to Zurich where you can enjoy a free evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Montana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Monday, 18 May 2020Neuschwanstein Castle and Oberammergau, Germany

Travel across the scenic countryside from Switzerland to Germany to see the castle that inspired Disney movies. This extraordinary structure was the vision of Bavaria’s Ludwig II, known as the Swan King. Explore the fairytale-like Neuschwanstein castle before heading to the charming village of Oberammergau. See the frescoes that decorate many homes with scenes from Bavarian folktales.

Overnight: Parkhotel am Soier See
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Tuesday, 19 May 2020World-Renowned Passion Play

Enjoy a morning of leisure to explore the village of Oberammergau. This afternoon attend a moving performance of the world-famous Passion Play that is held every 10 years and performed by the inhabitants of Oberammergau. Take your premium seats to witness the covenant that the villagers made with God in the 17th century to spare them from the plague. During the break, join your travel companions for dinner before witnessing the stirring second half of the Passion Play performance.

Overnight: Parkhotel am Soier See
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Wednesday, 20 May 2020Regensburg

Depart from Oberammergau this morning. Benefit from a guided tour along the way, where you will learn about the history of the region. Embark on the ship in Regensburg. Time to relax on board. Tonight, a gala Welcome Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise.

Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Thursday, 21 May 2020Regensburg

This morning, explore Regensburg, 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, 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 ship for lunch or, spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the delights of Regensburg on your own before setting sail for Passau.

Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Friday, 22 May 2020Passau

Dock this morning in 2500-year-old Passau, known for its pastel patrician houses, cafes, cobblestone lanes and riverfront promenade. Passau is a Bavarian town with a mix of Roman, Italian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Explore Passau independently in the morning, or, join the optional full day tour to picturesque Salzburg, 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 the ship, continue sailing during lunch and relax on board this afternoon.

Optional: Full Day Tour of Salzburg
Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Saturday, 23 May 2020Melk Abbey

Disembark in Melk this morning for a guided tour of the historic Benedictine Abbey, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. Our group will travel together and have time set aside for Sabbath worship in one of the chapels in the Abbey.
Then, return to the ship and continue cruising through the scenic Wachau Valley on the way to Vienna, the Imperial city legendary for its opulence and elegance. 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

Optional: Classical Viennese Concert (PM)
Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Sunday, 24 May 2020Vienna

This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travellers for years with its elegant shops, world-class museums, and beautiful gardens. 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 a café sampling the famous Viennese Sacher Torte, or, join the optional afternoon tour to the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, once summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Visit the opulent baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens

Optional: Schonbrunn Palace Tour
Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Monday, 25 May 2020Bratislava

This morning enjoy the tranquil scenery as you sail along the scenic Danube. At noon, arrive in Bratislava, 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 centre; 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 colourful city on your own before returning to the ship for dinner as you sail for stunning Budapest.

Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Tuesday, 26 May 2020Budapest

Your morning tour begins on the Pest side of the city; view the Parliament, City Park and Heroes Square. Cross to Buda to see the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. Explore the city’s wonderful shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, enjoy a lavish Captain’s dinner on board.

Overnight: Monarch Empress
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Wednesday, 27 May 2020Depart Hungary

This morning disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Overnight: Plane
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner (on plane)

Day 19: Thursday, 28 May 2020Australia

Arrive back in Australia

Meals: Breakfast (on plane)

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