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Oberammergau and a four country cruise

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.


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


  • 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
  • Passau city walk

HeadphonesInteractive maps and audio headsets for independent exploration

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

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

Oberammergau and a four country cruise

The Danube