Join Deacon Will Friese and cruise in style aboard an AmaWaterways river ship after spending 4 days in Germany and Austria and witnessing the Oberammergau Passion Play. Your cruise embarks from Nuremberg and winds its way through Europe. You'll end your journey in beautiful Budapest.
About the Oberammergau Passion Play
Since 1634, the most famous Passion Play in the world has taken place in Oberammergau. The tradition, maintained and experienced almost without interruption for over 380 years, of putting on the play about the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every ten years, will be continued for the 42nd time in 2020. It is regarded as the most important Passion Play in the world. The village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps expects approximately 500,000 visitors for the passion play, over half of which will be international guests. A special law is in effect to insure that all actors of the world's largest amateur dramatic performance come from the village. All participants, from actors playing the big speaking parts such as Jesus, Mary or Judas, through members of the choir, orchestra members, firemen and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or lived there for at least 20 years. Over 2,000 Oberammergau villagers will participate in the 2020 Passion Play.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Domestic Airfare
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Meals on Ship
- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Port Charges
- Select Shore Excursions
- International Airfare
- Oberammergau Passion Play Ticket
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Day 1 Depart USA
Board your overnight flight to Germany.
Day 2 Arrive in Germany
Arrive in Munich today where you will be met by our local representatives. Enjoy a tour of historic Munich, including a stop at the Rathaus (Town Hall) to watch the Glockenspiel. This historic clock from 1908 chimes its 43 bells and enchants viewers with its 32 life size moving figures three times per day. You will also see the Opera House and the Hofbrauhaus. Enjoy some time to shop before transferring to your hotel. (D)
Day 3 Innsbruck, Austria
The capital of Austria’s Tyrol region, Innsbruck is famous as the site of two winter Olympics. Follow your guide on your half-day morning tour through the quaint medieval streets of Old Town to the sparkling Golden Roof. The glittering sloping roof has been an opulent landmark since the 15th century. You’ll view the Maria Theresa’s Imperial Palace, Triumphal Arch and visit the Hofkirche. Plus, you’ll have time to explore the medieval city on your own. This afternoon you may opt to take one of the two optional afternoon tours to either the Stubai Glacier or Swarovski Crystal Worlds. (B,D)
Day 4 Abbey of Ettal - Oberammergau
This morning you will visit the spectacular Ettal Abbey, a Benedictine order populated by 50 monks, contains a brewery, distillery, bookstore, publishing house, cheese factory and other ventures. You will see jewel‐encrusted crosses containing religious relics, frescoes and richly embroidered vestments, as well as the abbey’s priceless collection of medieval manuscripts. Journey to Oberammergau this afternoon. After the Black Plague, that was rampant in Europe, left their small village, the grateful people of Oberammergau promised God that they would show their gratitude by putting on a Passion Play. Over 380 years later you will get to enjoy this one‐of‐a‐kind, six hour musical and dramatic performance. You will have reserved seats, a guided tour of the town and motorcoach transfers to and from the play’s theater. Dinner in Oberammergau is included. (Note: exact day of this Passion Play experience is subject to change due to availability of play tickets.) (B,D)
Day 5 Neuschwanstein - Cruise Embarkation
Enjoy a visit to the fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein that inspired Walt Disney. Then make your way up the steep ramp‐way to the drawbridge and enter the beautiful castle. Note: This tour, while popular with visitors, requires you to be in good physical condition as there are many steep stairs and inclines. After touring today, transfer to the port of Nuremberg to embark your river cruise ship. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg. (B,D)
Day 6 Nuremberg
You have two choices of excursions while in Nuremberg: one focusing on the medieval highlights and another focusing WWII. Enjoy a guided tour through this beautiful medieval city, showcasing the Imperial Castle, famous town wall and the legendary fountain of the Market Square. Or turn back the pages of a darker history with a guided tour of the city’s most important WWII sites, including the enormous Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds. You’ll also visit the Nuremberg Trials Memoriam, and Courtroom 600 if the courtroom is not in session. En route to Regensburg, you’ll cruise through the manmade marvel, the Main‐Danube Canal. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Regensburg
Explore one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities Regensburg on a guided walking tour showcasing the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. Alternatively, sample some Bavarian specialties—beer, sausage and pretzels, and for those who wish to be more active, join a bike tour to Walhalla where you will see the Neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Passau - Linz, Austria
Enjoy a walking tour along Passau's cobblestone streets admiring the Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For guests looking for a more active morning, you can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube River, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress for panoramic views overlooking three rivers. Later in the day, set sail for Linz. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Melk - Vienna
Cruise to Melk, known for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s largest and most revered monasteries. Alternatively, you can join a guided bike tour that takes you through the UNESCO‐designated Wachau Valley; or go on a walking tour along Durnstein's cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, famed church tower. Later in the day, set sail through the vineyard‐rich Wachau Valley. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Vienna
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and you have two ways to discover them. Join a city tour showcasing its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For a more active exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride along the Danube. During the afternoon, you can enjoy leisure time or pedal your way to Klosterneuburg Monastery on a guided cycling tour. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Budapest, Hungary
You cannot help but fall in love with Budapest, known as the “Queen of the Danube.” Your city tour begins with visit to the vibrant Great Market Hall brimming with vendors selling everything from food to souvenirs. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. As an alternative choice, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below. Spend your last evening on board cruising around the famed Parliament Building as the city turns on all her dazzling lights. (B,L,D)
Day 12 Budapest - Disembarkation
Your European adventure comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight today. (B)
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