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2020

The Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany and a cruise on the beautiful Blue Danube

8 Days - OPB_PP
# Description

Cruise

Munich - Oberammergau - PASSAU - VIENNA - ESZTERGOM - BUDAPEST

Take part in a performance anchored in centuries-old religious tradition in the heart of the legendary village of Oberammergau. The Oberammergau Passion Play, which has taken place every 10 years for over 4 centuries, brings together the inhabitants of the village, who play the role of the main religious figures during an impressive outdoor theatre piece. This event, founded on a promise made over 400 years ago, now attracts spectators from all over the world! Then, set off and discover culturally and historically fascinating towns and cities, from Passau to Budapest. Discover ancient kingdoms full of history, wander around Schönbrunn Palace and visit the breathtaking Wachau Valley, the most picturesque part of the Danube on which the majestic Dürnstein Castle sits.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • INCLUDED:
    • Orchestra-seat tickets to the Passion Play
    • 2 nights in the Oberammergau region
  • Discover the greatest cities along the Danube
  • Bask in the idyllic scenery of the Wachau Valley
  • Imperial Vienna and Schoenbrunn Palace(1)
  • Budapest, with a wonder at every turn(1)
     

Cruise

Day 1

Munich - Oberammergau

We'll meet you at the Munich airport, where you'll be transferred to Oberammergau, known throughout the world for its Passion Play. After checking into a 3-star hotel, you'll enjoy dinner in the area.

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Day 2

Oberammergau - The Passion Play

You'll 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, you'll 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 stage hands--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 will be served during intermission. After the show, you'll be transferred to the hotel by coach.

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Day 3

Oberammergau - PASSAU

We'll 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. We'll board our ship at 6:00 p.m. and after comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before we cast off. We'll have dinner and cruise through the night.

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Day 4

PASSAU - VIENNA

Join us on an optional excursion for both packages: 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. We'll return on board. When we arrive in Dürnstein, enjoy some time on your own. We'll then begin to cruise towards Vienna. This evening, join us on an optional excursion for both packages: 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.

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Day 5

VIENNA

Join us on an optional excursion for both packages: Join us for a visit to Schoenbrunn Palace, a former summer residence for the Hapsburg monarchs. We'll 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 our festive gala evening. We'll cruise through the night towards Esztergom.

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Day 6

ESZTERGOM - BUDAPEST

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. We'll then spend the afternoon cruising to Budapest. This evening, join us on an optional excursion for both packages: Budapest by night.

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Day 7

BUDAPEST

Join us for the optional 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. You'll see all the important sights of the city on an easy-paced ride: a unique way to see the city's historic center.
Enjoy the afternoon on your own or as an option (price not included): join us 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. (Don't forget to bring your swimsuit!)
This evening, join us on an optional 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, you'll dive into the local folklore and learn about the country's diverse traditions.

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Day 8

BUDAPEST

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

START IN 2020
Departure 20/07/2020
Arrival 27/07/2020
Ship : MS Symphonie Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%

Formalities

Valid national identity card or passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

Included :
Not included

your 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 - onboard entertainment - gala dinner and evening - assistance from our onboard host/hostess - travel assistance/repatriation insurance - all port fees.

 

drinks from our special lists, drinks served during excursions, transfers and Oberammergau extended stay - cancellation and baggage insurance - optional excursions (must be booked and paid for on board or at travel agency) - transfers other than those mentioned in the program - personal expenses.

Shore Excursions

6 Shore excursions
Included in tour package Melk Abbey Vienna by night Schoenbrunn Palace and Vienna Budapest by night Budapest Traditional evening in Budapest
Classic

Guided tour of Vienna and Schoenbrunn Palace

You will begin the tour by taking the famous Ring to reach Schoenbrunn Palace. The "Ring" was one of the personal projects of Emperor Franz Joseph. In 1857, he decided to take down the ramparts that enclosed the city center and had this bou...

Duration 4h00 Classic

Guided tour of Vienna by night

Discover Vienna by night with a panoramic coach tour. This two-thousand-year-old city is a true open-air museum. Vienna embodies Romanticism through its powerful architecture and numerous monuments. We'll take the famous Ring which encircles hist...

Duration 2h00 Classic

Guided tour of the Melk Abbey

Departure by coach in company of your host/hostess towards Melk Abbey. We will meet up with our guides in the inner courtyard to start our visit. The Abbey overlooking the Danube was first built as the Babenberg's fortified castle. It was founded...

Duration 1h45 Classic

Traditional evening in Budapest

Transfer by coach in the company of your guides to a theater downtown for a traditional Hungarian show. This one-and-a-half-hour show will take you across all the regions of Hungary through its folklore and Gypsy dance and music. After this show, the...

Duration 2h00 Classic

Budapest by night

Explore Budapest by night from the comfort of our coach. Your guide will show you the charms of this capital city with its turbulent but incredibly rich past. Despite the vicissitudes of history, Budapest has managed to preserve and bear witness to a...

Duration 2h00 Classic

Tour of Budapest

In the company of our guides, we will leave for a panoramic tour of Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube. First we will head for the hills of Buda by crossing the Elizabeth Bridge and we will go up to the Castle quarter, from where we'll enjoy a fan...

Duration 4h00 Classic
6 Shore excursions
Included in tour package Melk Abbey Vienna by night Schoenbrunn Palace and Vienna Budapest by night Budapest by bike(1) Traditional evening in Budapest (1) Attention: children are under the responsibility of their parents and must be autono...
Discovery

Guided tour of Vienna and Schoenbrunn Palace

You will begin the tour by taking the famous Ring to reach Schoenbrunn Palace. The "Ring" was one of the personal projects of Emperor Franz Joseph. In 1857, he decided to take down the ramparts that enclosed the city center and had this bou...

Duration 4h00 Classic

Budapest by bike

From the ship, we'll set out to explore Budapest by bike. You'll see all the important sights of the city on an easy-paced ride, cycling through the historical center of Hungarian culture. We'll pass in front of the basilica, Liberty Squa...

Duration 2h00 Classic

Guided tour of Vienna by night

Discover Vienna by night with a panoramic coach tour. This two-thousand-year-old city is a true open-air museum. Vienna embodies Romanticism through its powerful architecture and numerous monuments. We'll take the famous Ring which encircles hist...

Duration 2h00 Classic

Guided tour of the Melk Abbey

Departure by coach in company of your host/hostess towards Melk Abbey. We will meet up with our guides in the inner courtyard to start our visit. The Abbey overlooking the Danube was first built as the Babenberg's fortified castle. It was founded...

Duration 1h45 Classic

Budapest by night

Explore Budapest by night from the comfort of our coach. Your guide will show you the charms of this capital city with its turbulent but incredibly rich past. Despite the vicissitudes of history, Budapest has managed to preserve and bear witness to a...

Duration 2h00 Classic

Traditional evening in Budapest

Transfer by coach in the company of your guides to a theater downtown for a traditional Hungarian show. This one-and-a-half-hour show will take you across all the regions of Hungary through its folklore and Gypsy dance and music. After this show, the...

Duration 2h00 Classic

Guided tour of the Melk Abbey

Departure by coach in company of your host/hostess towards Melk Abbey. We will meet up with our guides in the inner courtyard to start our visit. The Abbey overlooking the Danube was first built as the Babenberg's fortified castle. It was founded...

Duration 1h45 Classic
Price per pers. 42.00 € Before departure 47.00 € On board

Budapest by bike

From the ship, we'll set out to explore Budapest by bike. You'll see all the important sights of the city on an easy-paced ride, cycling through the historical center of Hungarian culture. We'll pass in front of the basilica, Liberty Squa...

Duration 2h00 Discovery
Price per pers. 47.00 € Before departure 52.00 € On board

Tour of Budapest

In the company of our guides, we will leave for a panoramic tour of Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube. First we will head for the hills of Buda by crossing the Elizabeth Bridge and we will go up to the Castle quarter, from where we'll enjoy a fan...

Duration 4h00 Classic
Price per pers. 28.00 € Before departure 31.00 € On board

Gellert Baths and Spa

You'll set out with your guide to visit the famous Gellert Baths and Spa. Now part of the famous Hotel Gellert in Buda, references to the spa's healing waters have been found from as early as the 13th century. The current spa was founded in 1...

Duration 3h00 Discovery
Price per pers. 61.00 € Before departure 68.00 € On board

Horse-drawn carriage ride through Vienna

You'll be transferred to the center of the city to enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the old town and the famous Ring Road. A trip with a Fiaker is a great (and romantic) way of seeing the city in comfort because of the narrow streets and...

Duration 1h30 Discovery
Price per pers. 139.00 € Before departure 154.00 € On board

Guided tour of Vienna by night

Discover Vienna by night with a panoramic coach tour. This two-thousand-year-old city is a true open-air museum. Vienna embodies Romanticism through its powerful architecture and numerous monuments. We'll take the famous Ring which encircles hist...

Duration 2h00 Classic
Price per pers. 31.00 € Before departure 34.00 € On board

Budapest by night

Explore Budapest by night from the comfort of our coach. Your guide will show you the charms of this capital city with its turbulent but incredibly rich past. Despite the vicissitudes of history, Budapest has managed to preserve and bear witness to a...

Duration 2h00 Classic
Price per pers. 28.00 € Before departure 31.00 € On board

Traditional evening in Budapest

Transfer by coach in the company of your guides to a theater downtown for a traditional Hungarian show. This one-and-a-half-hour show will take you across all the regions of Hungary through its folklore and Gypsy dance and music. After this show, the...

Duration 2h00 Classic
Price per pers. 41.00 € Before departure 46.00 € On board

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

Additional information

TERMS OF PAYMENT

  • Down payment: 30% at moment of booking
  • 140 days prior to departure: 50% due
  • 30 days prior to departure: 20% due

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Until March 31st 2018: 5% of total trip price
  • From 879 to 520 days prior to departure: 10% of total trip price
  • From 519 to 180 days prior to departure: 25 % of total trip price
  • From 179 to 141 days prior to departure: 30% of total trip price
  • From 140 to 91 days prior to departure: 50% of total trip price
  • From 90 to 3 days prior to departure: 90% of total trip price
  • From 2 days prior to departure to departure date: 100% of total trip price

Cancellation requests must imperatively be sent by registered post with acknowledgement of receipt.
 

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. (1) Optional excursions.

Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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