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Spend 8 days aboard MS Symphonie crusing along the Danube discovering its most emblematic cities. You'll stroll through Budapest, once two distinct cities united only in 1873 with a historic center like no others, before basking in the charm of the Slovakian capital in Bratislava. Vienna will delight you with its stunning architecture, cultural and historical monuments and unique lifestyle, and Passau, the "city of three rivers", is one of the most impressive sites of the Danube. Topping off this exceptional cruise, the Oberammergau Passion Play will leave you speechless. Performed during years ending in zero, it is viewed as one of the grandest in the world. 

 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest, Hungary | Embark
Day 2 : Budapest | Bratislava
Day 3 : Bratislava | Vienna
Day 4 : Vienna
Day 5 : Melk | Passau
Day 6 : Passau | Oberammergau | Disembark
Day 7 : Oberammergau | The Passion Play
Day 8 : Oberammergau | Munich

Highlights

  • Depart for a tour of Vienna by night, the capital & largest city of Austria
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Schönbrunn and Hofburg Palace
  • Set off on a sightseeing tour of Budapest, a two-thousand-year-old city
  • Tour the historic Benedictine abbey of Melk
  • Enjoy the Oberammergau Passion Play

Ship

MS Symphonie

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Morning view on Bratislava city Passau at sunset, Germany Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Evening in Vienna, Austria

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you will be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. In the evening, join the excursion for both packages: Evening of traditional entertainment in Budapest. This one-and-a-half-hour show takes you across all the regions of Hungary through its folklore and Gypsy dance and music.

*Passengers will choose either the Classic or Discovery package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

Day 2 Budapest | Bratislava

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today's excursions are:
Classic: Guided tour of Budapest. The Metropole was once two distinct cities united only in 1873: Buda, with its winding streets, Turkish baths and Buda Castle; and Pest, with its flatter landscape offering a panoramic view over the banks of the Danube.

Discovery: Budapest bike tour. See all the important sights of the city on an easy-paced ride: a unique way to see the city's historic center.
The afternoon will be spent cruising to Bratislava. The ship will cruise through the night.

Day 3 Bratislava | Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Bratislava in the early morning and join the excursions proposed:

Classic: Guided tour of Bratislava. Lined by the Danube, Bratislava intrigues. The charm of the Slovakian capital lies in its old city which reveals magnificent baroque palaces, churches, and pleasant squares. The pastel-colored façades give its many houses their unique style.

Discovery: Hiking in the Little Carpathians Protected Landscape Area, including the geographically rich Sandberg expanse. From Devin Castle, you'll take in the splendid view of Bratislava.

The ship cruises to Vienna. This evening, enjoy some free time or join the excursion for both packages: Vienna by night. Vienna symbolizes power and strength through its architecture and monuments. Street lights and special lighting accentuate shapes and dramatize the lovely baroque structures.

Day 4 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Schoenbrunn Palace, a former summer residence for the Hapsburg monarchs. You'll travel on The Ring, part of the vast changes to the Viennese cityscape that took place in the second half of the nineteenth century, before arriving at the palace. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in Austria.

This afternoon, tour Hofburg Palace, an imperial march through history, art, and luxury. The Palace is also known for having been during 600 years the "Winter Residency" of the Habsburgs. Visit the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments and access the 19 official and private rooms that once belonged to Franz Joseph and Elisabeth. The Imperial Apartments are a reflection of the monarchic splendor.

In the evening, watch the concert of Viennese music (subject to availability). Famous waltz melodies take you back to the era of Franz Joseph and Sisi. Start cruising during the night.

Day 5 Melk | Passau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise along the most beautiful section of the Wachau Valley before arriving in Melk. Visit of Dürnstein, the fortified village where Richard the Lionheart was once held, prisoner. Be able to stroll through the streets of this medieval town and visit the Baroque abbey. In the afternoon, visit Melk Abbey. Originally a Baroque-style palace built between 1702 and 1736, it is now a Benedictine monastery that hosts a prestigious coed school with more than 900 students. In the evening, you'll start cruising towards Passau. Tonight is your gala dinner and evening.

Day 6 Passau | Oberammergau | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before discovering Passau on your own. With its charm and unique atmosphere, the "city of three rivers” is one of the most impressive sites located on the course of the Danube. 300 years ago, Italian master architects rebuilt the city in baroque style with high towers and picturesque squares which you can see while ambling down lovely paved streets. Have your lunch in town. Around 2.00 p.m., departure by coach to Oberammergau, known throughout the world for its Passion Play. After checking into a 3-star hotel, enjoy dinner in the area.

Day 7 Oberammergau | The Passion Play

  • 1 Dinner
Be transferred by coach to the village. Enjoy the morning and lunch on your own. Use this time to stroll and take in the atmosphere and wonderful pastel-painted homes--some dating back to the 13th century--decorated with religious motifs. After, be transferred to the theater for the performance of the spectacular Passion Play. 

In 1633, the residents vowed that if God spared them from the bubonic plague, they would produce a play thereafter depicting the life and death of Jesus. Performed during years ending in zero, it is considered one of the grandest in the world.
The production involves over 2,000 performers, musicians, and stagehands--all residents of the village. They rehearse for over six months and present the play over 100 times during a performance year. The open-air theater adds to the magic of the show.  A meal is included with the show and is served during intermission. After the show, be transferred to the hotel by coach.

Day 8 Oberammergau | Munich

In the morning, be transferred by coach to the Munich airport.

MS Symphonie

Oberammergau

Per person starting at
$3,831
Cabins on the MS Symphonie
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Main Deck
51 cabins (35 twins, 9 double cabins, 2 single cabins, 4 triple cabins, 1 suite), equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Cabins on the MS Symphonie
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Upper Deck
28 cabins (23 twins, 5 double cabins), equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

This offer includes
- Cruise with all meals from dinner on D1 to buffet breakfast on D6
- Drinks on board the ship (excluding drinks from our wine list and those from our special list at the bar)
-Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.
- Extended stay in Oberammergau on a half-board basis from dinner on D6 to breakfast on D8, accommodation in a three-star hotel, ticket to the Oberammergau Passion Play in category 1 + meal during intermission, transportation by coach, the services of a guide from D6 to D8, lunch on D6
- Accommodation in a double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
- Welcome cocktail
- Onboard entertainment
- Gala dinner and evening
- Assistance from our onboard host/hostess
- Travel assistance/repatriation insurance
-All port fees
 
This offer does not include
- Drinks from our special lists, drinks served during excursions, transfers and Oberammergau extended stay
- Cancellation and baggage insurance
- Optional concert of Viennese music (must be booked and paid for on board or at travel agency)
- Transfers other than those mentioned in the program
- Personal expenses.

Requirements
Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.
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