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Oberammergau and a four country cruise: From Budapest

The Danube

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises

Discover the delights of the Danube and see the Passion Play at Oberammergau

Every ten years, the small village of Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps stages what is regarded as the most important passion play in the world. The next performance will take place in 2022, when an estimated audience of some 500,000 people will watch one of the 102 performances taking place in the village. Join us on this special holiday which starts with a seven-night river cruise aboard Spirit of the Danube, which will sail through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany visiting a host of delightful towns and cities along the way. After disembarking at Regensburg, you’ll transfer to Oberammergau and take your seat at the passion play for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The play was first performed in 1634 after plague struck the inhabitants of Oberammergau the year before. The villagers vowed that if God would spare them, they would perform a Passion Play every 10 years. Miraculously, there were no further plague victims and the play has been performed every ten years thereafter in fulfilment of the promise (with just a couple of uncontrollable exceptions). Enacting the ‘…suffering, death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ’ and starting with Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem, this extraordinary event involves nearly half of Oberammergau’s inhabitants, all of whom (excluding children) will have been residents for at least 20 years and who will take roles ranging from actors and singers, to stage design, props and chorus. In anticipation of the play, Oberammergau men taking part will start to grow their hair and beards from Ash Wednesday of the previous year, following the village “Beard and Hair Edict”, with rehearsals commencing later in the year. From the play’s origins to its outstanding ‘tableaux’, performances and the spectacle of up to 1500 actors on stage, the Oberammergau Passion Play offers a unique experience – the perfect concluding highlight to a memorable holiday.

Including...

A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed7 nights Full Board aboard the ship, 2 nights Half Board in a hotel

Dinner plate24 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board the ship

PersonSaga Team

Plus...

  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Expert Host in Oberammergau
  • Official Passion Play Programme

MapIncluded excursions

  • Attend the Oberammergau Passion Play
  • Entrance to the Oberammergau Museum
  • Tour of Budapest OR Culinary walking tour of Budapest
  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna OR Culinary walking tour of Vienna
  • Durnstein city walk

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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Day 1 UK-Budapest

Parliament Palace, Budapest

Fly to Budapest and embark Spirit of the Danube. Enjoy dinner on board this evening.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 2 Budapest 🎧

Budapest

Discover a tale of two cities during an included tour of Budapest this morning, revealing both sides of the city – Buda and Pest – that occupy opposite banks of the river. See the stunning Gothic Hungarian Parliament Building and the Cathedral of St Stephen, which is home to the mummified right hand of Hungary’s patron saint and first king, Stephen I.

Alternatively, taste some local produce during an included culinary walking tour. This afternoon you can explore the city independently; keep an eye out for the seven towers of Fisherman’s Bastion or perhaps enjoy a walk across Heroes’ Square. This evening enjoy dinner on board and cruise overnight to Bratislava.

Budapest Hungary Europe

Day 3 Bratislava-Vienna 🎧

Bratislava old town

This morning look forward to exploring Slovakia's 2,000 year old capital city on an optional guided tour or head to the UFO observation tower for an optional beer tasting. The ancient cobbled streets of the old town are easily explored on foot and Bratislava Castle offers a bird’s-eye view of the city. See the Gothic-style cathedral, where 11 Kings of Hungary were crowned while Turks occupied their capital.

Before your ship departs for the Austrian capital, following lunch, you can join an excursion into the Vienna Woods, followed by dinner and a classical music concert in Vienna. Alternatively, stay on board your ship and sail from Bratislava to Vienna, arriving later tonight.

Vienna Austria Europe

Day 4 Vienna-Dürnstein 🎧

A fountain in Vienna

Vienna is the artistic capital of Austria and home to the waltz, coffee houses, the Prater and one of the world's finest opera houses.

It's the city where Marie-Antoinette grew up and where Mozart died, and for 600 hundred years was the centre of the Hapsburg Empire. This morning an included half-day tour with a local guide will reveal the highlights of this stunning city, taking in the Ringstrasse, a wide avenue encircling the old city, passing famous sights such as the Imperial Hofburg complex built by Emperor Franz Josef and the magnificent State Opera House. Alternatively, for a different perspective set off on an included culinary tour and relish the opportunity to sample local food and culture.

Later today, cruise to Dürnstein, one of the most picturesque towns on the Danube River and where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned during the late 12th century in the now ruined Kuenringer Castle. Remain moored overnight in Dürnstein.

Dürnstein Austria Europe

Day 5 Dürnstein-Melk 🎧

Melk Abbey

Explore pretty Dürnstein either during an included walking tour before setting sail late morning and cruising to Melk, arriving after lunch.

Melk is best known for its great baroque abbey, which has a magnificent church and famous library with over 70,000 books. Perhaps join an optional excursion incorporating a guided tour of Melk Abbey.

Enjoy dinner this evening as you depart Melk and set sail for Passau, cruising overnight.

Melk Austria Europe

Day 6 Passau 🎧

Passau

This morning your ship will pause in Aschach giving you the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Salzburg. Alternatively, stay on board and sail to Passau, arriving this afternoon.

Also known as the 'Venice of Bavaria', Passau has a beautiful location at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Ilz and Inn, the surrounding hills creating a picture-postcard backdrop to the city's towers, spires and red-roofed houses. It’s also the most easterly city in Bavaria, and its impressive baroque cathedral contains the largest church organ in the world.

Set sail early evening and cruise overnight to Regensburg.

Passau Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 7 Regensburg 🎧

Regensburg

The city of Regensburg has been described as a ‘medieval miracle’ and its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stroll through the narrow lanes, explore the architecture and buildings which range from Roman to Romanesque and Gothic, pause in its attractive squares and see St Peter’s Cathedral, dating from the 12th century onwards. With so much to see you may prefer to join an optional city walk in the morning. This afternoon another optional excursion offers the chance to visit Weltenburg Abbey, a fine example of German baroque architecture overlooking the Danube Gorge, together with a 30-minute boat ride through the gorge.

Enjoy dinner on board your ship this evening.

Regensburg Bavaria Germany Europe

Day 8 Regensburg-Oberammergau

Famous old town of Oberammergau, Bavaria

Disembark after breakfast and travel by coach to Oberammergau.

Check into your hotel where you will stay for the next two nights, situated a short drive from the village. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.


Day 9 Oberammergau

The Oberammergau Passion Play

Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore prior to taking your seats in readiness for the start of the Passion Play at 2.30pm.

The play begins with the customary prologue and chorus, followed by two tableaux of Adam and Eve, and a representation of the original vow made in 1633. The play then follows the life of Jesus from his entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey, to the Resurrection.

There will be a three-hour interval between 5pm and 8pm when dinner will be served, before the performance recommences, finishing at approximately 10.30pm, when you’ll return to your hotel.


Day 10 Oberammergau-Munich-UK

Check out after breakfast and travel to Munich airport for your return flight to the UK.


🎧 Interactive maps and headsets available for exploring independently in Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Dürnstein, Melk, Passau and Regensburg.

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Walking Grades

1 – Walking at your own discretion. For example, on panoramic coach tours when the only walking is at photo stops.

2 – Minimal walking. Up to approximately 1,640 feet (500 metres) on mainly flat terrain.

3 – Moderate walking. Between 1,640-4,920 feet (500-1500 metres) over mixed terrain with the possibility of some steps.

4 – Considerable walking. More than 4,920 feet (1500 metres) over uneven terrain with many steps.

5 – Strenuous walking. Long distances over rough terrain with climbing, steps and trekking.

Oberammergau and a four country cruise: From Budapest

The Danube