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2020

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

8 Days - OBP_AIPP
# Description

Cruise

BUDAPEST - BRATISLAVA - VIENNA - MELK - PASSAU - Oberammergau - Munich

Set off and discover culturally and historically fascinating towns and cities, from Budapest to Passau. 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. Then, 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!

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
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Imperial Vienna and Schoenbrunn Palace
    • Budapest, with a wonder at every turn
       

Route

Day 1

BUDAPEST

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. In the evening, join us on an excursion for both packages: Evening of traditional entertainment in Budapest. This one-and-a-half-hour show will take you across all the regions of Hungary through its folklore and Gypsy dance and music.

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Day 2

BUDAPEST - BRATISLAVA

Join us for the 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.
The afternoon will be spent cruising to Bratislava. Our ship will cruise through the night.

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Day 3

BRATISLAVA - VIENNA

We'll arrive in Bratislava in the early morning. Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Bratislava. Lined by the Danube, Bratislava intrigues. The charm of the Slovakian capital lies in its old city which reveals magnificent baroque palaces, churches and pleasant squares. The pastel-colored façades give its many houses their unique style.
DISCOVERY: Hiking in the Little Carpathians Protected Landscape Area, including the geographically rich Sandberg expanse. From Devin Castle, we'll take in the splendid view of Bratislava.
Our ship will cruise to Vienna. This evening, enjoy some free time or join us on an 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 4

VIENNA

Join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit 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.
This afternoon, join us on an excursion for both packages: Tour Hofburg Palace, an imperial march through history, art and luxury. The Palace is also known for having been during 600 years the "Winter Residency" of the Habsburgs. You will visit the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments and access the 19 official and private rooms that once belonged to Franz Joseph and Elisabeth. The Imperial Apartments are a reflection of the monarchic splendor.
In the evening, join us on an optional excursion for both packages: Concert of Viennese music (subject to availability). Famous waltz melodies will take you back to the era of Franz Joseph and Sisi. We'll start cruising during the night.

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Day 5

MELK - PASSAU

We'll cruise along the most beautiful section of the Wachau Valley before arriving in Melk. Join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit of Dürnstein, the fortified village where Richard the Lionheart was once held prisoner. You will be able to stroll through the streets of this medieval town and visit the Baroque abbey. In the afternoon, join us on an excursion for both packages: Visit Melk Abbey. Originally a Baroque-style palace built between 1702 and 1736, it is now a Benedictine monastery that hosts a prestigious coed school with more than 900 students. In the evening, we'll start cruising towards Passau. Tonight is our gala dinner and evening.

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Day 6

PASSAU - Oberammergau

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before discovering Passau on your own. With its charm and unique atmosphere, the "city of three rivers” is one of the most impressive sites located on the course of the Danube. 300 years ago, Italian master architects rebuilt the city in baroque style with high towers and picturesque squares which you'll get to see while ambling down lovely paved streets. We'll have lunch in town. Around 2.00 p.m., departure by coach 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 7

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 8

Oberammergau - Munich

In the morning, you'll be transferred by coach to the Munich airport. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

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

Formalities

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

Included :
Not included

your cruise with all meals from dinner on D1 to buffet breakfast on D6 - 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 D6 to breakfast on D8, 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 D6 to D8, lunch on D6 - excursions included in the package selected except the Viennese music concert - 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 concert of Viennese music (must be booked and paid for on board or at travel agency) - transfers other than those mentioned in the program - personal expenses.

Shore Excursions

7 Shore excursions
Included in tour package Folklore evening in Budapest Budapest by bike(1) Hiking in Bratislava : the little Carpathians Vienna by night Schoenbrunn Palace and Vienna The Hofburg Durnstein Melk Abbey (1) Attention: children are under the r...
Discovery

Hiking in Bratislava: The Little Carpathians

We'll leave by coach from Devínska Nová Ves for a hike in the Little Carpathians Protected Landscape Area, including the geographically rich Sandberg expanse. From Devin Castle, we'll take in the splendid view of Bratislava. Aft...

Duration 3h00 Discovery

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 Hofburg, Residency of the Habsburgs and Sisi museum

Departure by coach with your local guide. You will discover the Hofburg, which is also known for having been during 600 years the "Winter Residency" of the Habsburgs. Over the course of their reign, they turned this small 13th century fortr...

Duration 3h00 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

Transfer to Dürnstein and tour of the village

Departure by coach in the company of your hostess for the village of Dürnstein. You will drive through the Austrian Wachau dotted with charming villages and ruins of medieval castles all the way to Dürnstein. This town is well-known for its...

Duration 3h00 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 Discovery

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
7 Shore excursions
Included in tour package Traditional evening in Budapest Budapest Bratislava Vienna by night Schoenbrunn Palace and Vienna The Hofburg Durnstein Melk abbey
Classic

Guided tour of the Hofburg, Residency of the Habsburgs and Sisi museum

Departure by coach with your local guide. You will discover the Hofburg, which is also known for having been during 600 years the "Winter Residency" of the Habsburgs. Over the course of their reign, they turned this small 13th century fortr...

Duration 3h00 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

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

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 Bratislava

Bratislava, before becoming the capital of independent Slovakia in 1993 was first of all the capital of Hungary from 1536 to 1784 under the name of Presburg. It then belonged to Czechoslovakia before becoming the capital of the "Slovak Socialist...

Duration 3h00 Classic

Transfer to Dürnstein and tour of the village

Departure by coach in the company of your hostess for the village of Dürnstein. You will drive through the Austrian Wachau dotted with charming villages and ruins of medieval castles all the way to Dürnstein. This town is well-known for its...

Duration 3h00 Classic

Viennese Music Concert

Departure by coach in the company of our host/hostess towards Vienna's Kursalon where the concert will take place. Famous waltz melodies will take you back to the era of Franz Joseph and Sisi. The first half of the concert will be devoted to Moza...

Duration 2h30 Classic

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.

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

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