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Passion Play: Oberammergau and Danube River Cruise

Munich / Oberammergau →  Budapest

10 Days

Every ten years ending in zero, history takes place in the small town of Oberammergau, Germany. Surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Bavarian Alps, people from all over the world gather in the charming village for one purpose: to witness the town’s residents fulfill a promise made to God almost four centuries ago.

On a stage set against a backdrop of the breathtaking vistas, the villagers perform one of the most unique Passion Plays in the world by incorporating the Life, Death and Resurrection of
Jesus Christ with their own tragic story. Discover for yourself how this memorable dramatic experience inspires passion, a renewed faith and hope in all who encounter the production of the Oberammergau Passion Play.

(We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.)



Shortly after arrival at Munich International Airport, you’ll proceed through customs and immigration before departing the secure area. An airport greeter will direct you to your deluxe motorcoach for transportation to your hotel in the vicinity of Oberammergau. For your convenience, the motorcoach you board at the airport will be your designated form of transportation and will remain with you until you arrive in Passau. This allows you to safely store larger luggage pieces you may wish to keep separate from your pre-cruise extension. An English-speaking travel director will accompany you over the next three days of your pre-cruise excursion.

Meet & Greet at Munich Airport
Transfer to hotel in the vicinity of Oberammergau and dinner at hotel

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before boarding your shuttle to the Village of Oberammergau. The twenty-minute ride through the scenic Bavarian Alps gives you a glimpse of the captivating mountains surrounding you during your pre-cruise extension. In the distance, set amid the spectacular vistas, you might get a peek at the Zugspitze, Germany’s tallest peak, standing at 2,962 meters above sea level. The countryside awards you with sloping hillsides dotted with the centuries-old church steeples, farm houses and villages that have survived through the generations.

After arriving at the drop-off point near the Passion Play Theatre, your travel director will guide you on a short walk through town and assist with the check-in process as well all other details surrounding the performance. At the conclusion of the Sixth Act the performance will break for dinner, offering plenty of time to dine and refresh before the second half of play resumes. Your travel director will meet you at the conclusion of the performance to escort you to the shuttle for the short drive back to your hotel.

Transfer to Passion Play Theatre for main performance

After breakfast, prepare to board your deluxe motorcoach for a memorable ride to Passau, Germany. Enjoy scenic mountain passes, stunning alpine forests, and dramatic panoramas brimming with the majesty of the iconic Alps. Your journey takes you past post-card perfect castles constructed atop emerald cliffs, picturesque valleys, and rolling hills sprinkled with centuries-old farms. Small towns transform to sprawling metropolises and busy urban streets brimming with contemporary architecture and thriving industry, and then gradually fade to the romanticism of classic Bavarian villages dotting the Danube’s riverbanks.

You arrive in the beautiful city of Passau with a few hours of free time before your 4:00pm embarkation. Store your luggage with the ship’s front desk and set out to experience The City of Three Rivers. The river ship dock is conveniently located near authentic restaurants and inviting cafés for a tasty afternoon snack, or a cup of coffee heaped high with rich, Bavarian cream. You may wish to spend these precious moments wandering through the large squares and romantic promenades, or choose to occupy the passing of time by strolling along the riverfront to the dramatic conjunction point where the Danube, Ilz and Inn Rivers converge.

Discover the historic Old Town area of Passau and a past that has been beautifully preserved to give you a glimpse of life in the 13th century when the town was a small, independent principality ruled by bishops. Wander down winding streets lined with magnificent Baroque and Gothic Architecture, where the buildings are pieces of art and history is evident on every step of your pathway.

In the afternoon, embark your AMADEUS river ship and settle in your cabin. This evening, join us for a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.

Stay Passau
Departure 6pm

Begin the cruise portion of your getaway with a visit to Regensburg. This UNESCO site boasts architecture from many centuries, reflective of its varied history. The stone bridge, built in 1135—1146, the Church of St. James, and the Thurn and Taxis Palace are a few highlights of the city.

Once you are back on board, experience a Bavarian evening with lively traditional music and a dinner of local specialities.

Stay Regensburg
9.30am - 8pm

The vessel returns this morning for a short stop at the three-rivers city of Passau, lying at the confluence of the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. Explore the city on your own or take an optional walking excursion. At St. Stephen’s Cathedral, see an organ with 17,774 pipes and 233 registers, the second largest in the world.

Passau is also the starting point for the full day optional excursion to Salzburg — rejoining in Linz. For those remaining on board, relax on the Sun Deck and take in the scenery as the vessel moves toward its late afternoon visit to Linz — the third largest city in Austria. The main street and square boast
unique churches, concert venues, and plenty of artists who come to the city to thrive. Time permitting, sample the famous Linzer Torte before returning to the vessel.

Stay Passau
8am - 10am
Stay Linz
4.30pm - 10pm

This morning presents an opportunity to visit the famous Benedictine Abbey of Melk which overlooks the Danube, or continue with the vessel to the town of Weissenkirchen. Here, sample some of the region’s famous Riesling wines or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the cobbled streets.

This morning’s optional excursion will rejoin the ship in the early afternoon before departing for Vienna. Dinner is served with dishes of regional specialties. The ship arrives in Vienna in the late evening and remains there overnight.

Stay Melk/Emmersdorf
8am - 12pm
Stay Dürnstein
2pm - 5.30pm
Stay Vienna
Arrival at 10pm

There is much to see in Imperial Vienna:  its Imperial palaces, Museums Quarter with historic and contemporary buildings displaying works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists, the impressive buildings along the Ringstrasse, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the famous Vienna State Opera among many others. This afternoon perhaps venture to Schönbrunn Palace, the sumptuous summer palace and gardens of Empress Maria Theresia and the Habsburg empire. In the evening opt for the “Sound of Vienna” and listen to the “Alt Wien” orchestra play popular pieces from Vienna’s classical era. The vessel departs Vienna in the early hours.

Stay Vienna
Over Night

Depart from Vienna in the early hours and awaken in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Explore the city on your own or with a guided optional excursion through the city. See the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and the current residence of the president of Slovakia. In the restored old town, view Michael’s Gate, the Primatial Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a former coronation cathedral for Hungarian kings. Bratislava is a
jewel on the Danube.

Stay Vienna
Departure at 3am
Stay Bratislava
8am - 10pm

Relax on board as the vessel makes its way to Budapest, Hungary. For those interested in exploring the Hungarian countryside, the optional excursion departs in Esztergom, with its basilica dedicated to Saint Mary, and continues to Szentendre, known for its art galleries and museums. Rejoin the vessel after it docks in Budapest in time for lunch. This afternoon, explore the beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest. The unique Chain Bridge straddles the Danube, connecting the Buda side, with its Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Pest side, with its famous Hungarian Parliament building. An evening cruise on board your vessel, admiring the illuminated skyline, accompanied by a folklore show of
music and dance, is a perfect end to your visit.

Stay Esztergom
7am - 8.30am
Stay Budapest
Arrival at 1pm

After breakfast, the entire AMADEUS crew bids you farewell and wishes you a safe journey home. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Dates & Prices

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Services included during your cruise:

  • Fascinating river cruise in on outside river-view stateroom of your choice, most with French balcony or drop-down panoramic windows;
  • Walk-out balconies in suites (except Amadeus Brilliant)
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included (buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack) in the elegant Panorama-Restaurant, which accommodates all guests in one seating
  • Free-flowing quality red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every dinner on board
  • Coffee and tea after lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee and tea station
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and nightly music by the Amadeus Duo in the Panorama Bar
  • Fitness room (open 24 hours)
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Non-smoking environment (smoking permitted on the Sun Deck)
  • All port taxes and local taxes

Services included in your two-night Pre-Cruise Package:

  • Meet and greet service at Munich Airport (on program date)
  • Scenic group transfers from Munich Airport to Oberammergau and from Oberammergau to Passau in dedicated motorcoach (on program date)
  • Services of an English-speaking travel director for entire pre-cruise extension
  • Accommodations for two nights in a four-star-hotel in the vicinity of Oberammergau (specific group hotel assignments are subject to availability)
  • Breakfast daily at the hotel
  • Dinner with beverage package at your hotel on arrival day
  • Round-trip shuttle transportation to and from the Passion Play Theater
  • Passion Play performance, ticket category 2
  • Dinner with beverage package during Passion Play performance break on day two
  • Commemorative Passion Play textbook in English
  • All taxes and associated fees

Excursions and excursion packages

Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.

Unlimited Excursion Package | for only $ 557.00 per person

Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.

Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 180.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 5 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Regensburg walking tour
  • Visit to Melk Abbey
  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Budapest - Capital of Hungary

Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

Cruise Munich / Oberammergau - Budapest Unit Price
Regensburg walking tour $ 23.00
Danube gorge and Weltenburg abbey with beer tasting $ 75.00
  OR Excursion Thurn & Taxis Castle with brewery and tasting $ 72.00
Passau walking tour $ 23.00
  OR Full-day Salzburg including Salzkammergut and lunch $ 120.00
Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting $ 26.00
Visit to Melk Abbey $ 59.00
Dürnstein walking tour with visit to the Dürnstein abbey $ 27.00
  OR Winzer Krems vineyard and winery $ 51.00
Vienna – Imperial discovery tour $ 44.00
Visit to Schönbrunn Palace $ 61.00
"Sound of Vienna" classical concert (Cat. B) $ 71.00
Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube $ 43.00
Visit to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate $ 64.00
  OR The Small Carpathian Wine Route $ 59.00
Esztergom with basilica, Visegrad Castle and Szentendre $ 53.00
Budapest - Capital of Hungary $ 43.00

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

Passion Play (included)

The small village of Oberammergau is one of the most scenic destinations in the Ammergau area of the Bavarian Alps. Located approximately ninety minutes from Munich, Oberammergau is easy to get to but a world away from the bustle of big-city-life. With slightly over 5,200 inhabitants the town is dedicated to its history and tradition, and while Passion Plays are performed throughout several other Christian parts of the world, Oberammergau is unique for its Thanksgiving to God. Every ten years the humble little town transforms itself to accept over a half-million visitors from all over the world, just as the performers endeavor to transform the lives of their audience by inspiring hope, love, and faith.

Mix together the passion of the people set against the dramatic setting of some of Germany’s highest peaks and it creates an atmosphere unlike any event in the world. From your assigned seat watch the production take place on the open-air stage of the Passion Play Theatre. The five-hour performance is broken down into twelve different acts, with a break for dinner between scenes six and seven. The story portrays the final days of Jesus of Nazareth, from His arrival in Jerusalem on a donkey to His death on the cross and His miraculous resurrection, all while weaving in the tragic tale of how the plague was brought to Oberammergau throughout the acts. A hundred-person choir and a fifty-five instrumentalist orchestra accompany the dedicated ensemble to create a once-in-a- lifetime experience. The Passion Play is performed in the German Language however textbooks are provided in English to follow along easily.

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

Airport – Port $ 52
Budapest City Center – Port $ 24
Train Station – Port $ 30