Munich / Oberammergau → Budapest
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, the entire AMADEUS crew bids you farewell and wishes you a safe journey home. We hope to welcome you again soon!
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.
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.
Enjoy a package of 5 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
|Cruise Munich / Oberammergau - Budapest||Unit Price|
|Regensburg walking tour||£ 17.00|
|Danube gorge and Weltenburg abbey with beer tasting||£ 57.00|
|OR Excursion Thurn & Taxis Castle with brewery and tasting||£ 56.00|
|Passau walking tour||£ 17.00|
|OR Full-day Salzburg including Salzkammergut and lunch||£ 92.00|
|Linz walking tour with Linzer Torte tasting||£ 20.00|
|Visit to Melk Abbey||£ 45.00|
|Dürnstein walking tour with visit to the Dürnstein abbey||£ 21.00|
|OR Winzer Krems vineyard and winery||£ 39.00|
|Vienna – Imperial discovery tour||£ 34.00|
|Visit to Schönbrunn Palace||£ 47.00|
|"Sound of Vienna" classical concert (Cat. B)||£ 55.00|
|Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube||£ 33.00|
|Visit to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate||£ 50.00|
|OR The Small Carpathian Wine Route||£ 45.00|
|Esztergom with basilica, Visegrad Castle and Szentendre||£ 41.00|
|Budapest - Capital of Hungary||£ 33.00|
Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.