Oberammergau Passion Play with
Romantic Danube River Cruise
Join Premier Travel owner, Anne, to explore the Bavarian Alps and see a once-per-decade performance of The Passion Play. Afterwards sail from Germany to Hungary along the Danube River for 7 nights.
Those longing for the romance of Old World Europe will get to travel into the very heart of the continent, where empires were built, kings and queens were crowned and some of the world’s greatest music was composed and performed by the likes of Mozart and Beethoven. Grand European cities like Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest forever remain timeless. Admire the beauty of Salzburg and the Czech Republic’s charming mountain town, Ceský Krumlov. From grand abbeys and fortresses perched high above the Danube to plentiful iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites, be romanced by the Danube with all her regal and romantic splendor.
August 25 - September 5, 2022
$5998.00 per person, based on double occupancy with a balcony cabin (airfare not included)
About The 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 is continued for the 42nd time in 2022. 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 ensure 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 2022 Passion Play.
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Itinerary August 25 - September 5, 2022
DEPART THE UNITED STATES
Depart your hometown and take an overnight flight across the Atlantic
ARRIVE IN MUNICH
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.
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 and see the sparkling Golden Roof. The glittering sloping roof has been an opulent landmark since the 15th century. You’ll view Maria Theresa’s Imperial Palace, the Triumphal Arch and visit the Hofkirche. Plus, you will have time to explore the medieval city on your own. This afternoon you may opt to take an optional tour to the Stubai Glacier.
ABBEY OF ETTAL & OBERAMMERGAU
This morning you will visit the spectacular Ettal Abbey, a Benedictine order populated by 50 monks, which contains a brewery, distillery, bookstore, publishing house, cheese factory and other ventures. You will see jewel-encrusted crosses containing religious relics, frescoes, 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 motor coach transfers to and from the play’s theater. Dinner in Oberammergau is included.
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. After touring today, transfer to the port of Vilshofen to embark your river cruise ship. Tonight, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner on board.
Note: The Neuschwanstein tour, while popular with visitors, requires you to be in good physical condition as there are many steep stairs and inclines.
VILSOHFEN & PASSAU
Explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau, known as the “City of Three Rivers.” Join a walking tour, or if you prefer to be more active, hike high into the hills for a visit to the “Veste Oberhaus,” Passau’s Castle Hill; or go on a River Inn bike tour.
The ship arrives in Linz where you’ll have several choices of excursions.
Opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg where you’ll tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market. En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the famed Basilica St. Michael and site of the wedding scene in The Sound of Music.
Alternatively, you can join a morning walking tour through Linz’s old city center and by the Mozart House; or go on a guided bike tour along the city’s famed “Culture Mile” and the Danube. You can also choose to visit the charming mountain town, Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border.
Cruise through the Strudengau and Wachau valleys to Weissenkirchen, gateway to Dürnstein. Once here, you can choose to join a walking tour in Dürnstein along its cobblestone streets to the Baroque Stiftskirche, and then visit Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. For the more active adventurer, you can opt to hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held, or you may take a bike ride along the Danube through the Wachau Valley. As an alternative excursion, visit a local apricot grower, where you will enjoy the region’s finest apricot treats. Later in the evening, enjoy a special wine tasting of locally grown, world-renowned Riesling and Grüner Veltliner in Weissenkirchen.
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems and your city tour showcases them, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace. Your tour concludes in the historic city center with a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Or if you prefer a more active tour, take a guided bike ride through Vienna. During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time to further explore this iconic city.
Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainly has earned the title “Coronation City of Kings,” as you will discover during your walking tour. Or join a special “Tastes of Slovakia” tour. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city.
During your city tour you’ll visit both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the Danube River. You’ll see the 19th-century Chain Bridge, which connects the Buda district with Pest; and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, which contains some of Budapest’s most important medieval monuments and museums. As an alternative choice, you can hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city below.
Disembark the ship as you prepare for your flight home or enjoy an additional two days in Budapest on the optional post tour.
$5998 per person, based on double occupancy
Price subject to change and availability
3 nights escorted land tour
Oberammergau Passion Play
7 night Danube River Cruise (wine & beer with meals, plus cocktail hour before dinner)
210 sq ft Balcony Cabin (also has a French Veranda)
Everything not mentioned under “what is included” primarily:
This group will be hosted by Premier Travel’s owner, Anne Kulhanek. We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Flights can be arranged through Premier Travel, or you may make your own flight arrangements if using miles/flight vouchers. Pre and post tour extensions in Europe can be customized to your preferences after your tour deposit is received.
COVID-19 vaccination and passport is required for this tour.