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Oberammergau and The Beautiful Blue Danube

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Symphonie
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Spend 8 days aboard MS Symphonie cruising along the Danube and stroll through Budapest, once two distinct cities united only in 1873 with a historic center like no others, before basking in the charm of Imperial Vienna. Its stunning architecture, cultural and historical monuments and unique lifestyle will delight you while 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 : Munich | Oberammergau
Day 2 : Oberammergau - The Passion Play
Day 3 : Oberammergau | Passau | Embark
Day 4 : Passau | Vienna
Day 5 : Vienna
Day 6 : Esztergom | Budapest
Day 7 : Budapest
Day 8 : Budapest | Disembark

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

Evening in Vienna, Austria Budapest Cityscape Passau at sunset, Germany Morning view on Bratislava city Melk Abbey, Lower Austria

Day 1 Munich | Oberammergau

  • 1 Dinner
Once you arrive in Munich airport, be transferred to Oberammergau, known throughout the world for its Passion Play. After checking into a 3-star hotel, enjoy dinner in the area.

Day 2 Oberammergau - The Passion Play

  • 1 Breakfast, 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 as 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. We have reserved the best orchestra seats for our customers. A meal is included with the show and is served during intermission. After the show, be transferred to the hotel by coach.

Day 3 Oberammergau | Passau | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Leave by coach for Passau, arriving for lunch. Enjoy some free time on your own in the city this afternoon. Known as the "City of Three Rivers” it is one of the most impressive sites along the Danube. The Old Town, created by Italian baroque masters in the 17th century, contains soaring towers, picturesque places, enchanting promenades, and romantic lanes. Board our ship at 6:00 p.m. and after comfortably settling into your cabins, be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail before we cast off. Have dinner and cruise through the night.

Day 4 Passau | Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Melk Abbey. Originally a Baroque-style palace built between 1702 and 1736, it is now a Benedictine monastery and hosts a prestigious coed school with more than 700 students. Return on board to continue sailing. When you arrive in Dürnstein, enjoy some time on your own. Begin to cruise towards Vienna. This evening, enjoy 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 5 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Schoenbrunn Palace, a former summer residence for the Hapsburg monarchs. 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.

Explore the city on your own this afternoon or as an option (price not included): set out on a horse and carriage ride through Vienna.
Tonight is the festive gala evening. Cruise through the night towards Esztergom.

Day 6 Esztergom | Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy time on your own in Esztergom. Established in 972 AD, Esztergom has always played an important role in Hungary's history. Take in the historic sites and the city's architectural heritage as you stroll down its streets. Spend the afternoon cruising to Budapest. This evening, explore Budapest by night.

Day 7 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join the excursions proposed:

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-pacedride: a unique way to see the city's historic center.
Enjoy the afternoon on your own or as an option (price not included): join for an optional visit to the famous Gellert Baths. The current spa was founded in 1918, and a visit to the Art Nouveau thermal baths is a beautiful and historical experience. 

This evening, join the excursion for both packages: Traditional entertainment in Budapest. Enjoy an evening of traditional Hungarian entertainment in one of the city's theaters. To the beat of lively Gypsy music, dive into the local folklore and learn about the country's diverse traditions.

Day 8 Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast on board this morning. 

MS Symphonie

Oberammergau

Per person starting at
$3,701
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 D3 to buffet breakfast on D8
- drinks on board the ship (excluding drinks from our wine list and those from our special list at the bar)
- extended stay in Oberammergau on half-board basis from dinner on D1 to breakfast on D3, 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 D1 to D3, lunch on D3
- accommodation in double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
- welcome cocktail
- on board entertainment
- gala dinner and evening
- assistance from our on board host/hostess
- travel assistance/repatriation insurance
- all port fees
-Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

This offer does not include
- drinks from our special lists, drinks served during excursions, transfers and Oberammergau extended stay
- cancellation and baggage insurance
- optional carriage ride through Vienna and excursion to Gellert Baths (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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