Avalon Waterways Danube Dreams with Oberammergau 2022 River Cruise

Cruise along the peaceful Danube River through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany discovering some of Central Europe’s most splendid capitals and charming towns from Budapest to Deggendorf. Continue your Central European guided vacation on shore for a guided tour of Austria and Germany, starting with Neuschwanstein Castle, and St. James and Hofkirche Cathedrals in Innsbruck. The highlight is the visit to the idyllic Bavarian village of Oberammergau in Germany for the “Passion Play”. Performed once every ten years, the “Passion Play” is a stunning theatrical event with a history dating back to 1634! Enjoy seating and accommodations in the heart of Oberammergau for the “Passion Play”. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Munich, including Nymphenburg Palace, the Marienplatz, and gothic Frauenkirche. Sample Munich’s Biergärtens and cafés, and see the famous Glockenspiel. The perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and inspiration—your Avalon Danube River cruise with the once-a decade performance of Oberammergau’s “Passion Play”—is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Oberammergau, Germany

Itinerary

Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. The day is yours to relax and enjoy the city with time for photographs, cafés, and confections.

The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. Visit the Adventure Centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host.

Classic Excursion: Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

This afternoon choose among a wide selection of Optional Guided Excursions or take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying some time exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.

Cathedral Coronations and a Crowing Castle. During lunchtime enjoy a short sailing to Hainburg. Enjoy some free time in the village of Hainburg or take a Guided Optional Excursion to discover the natural beauties of this area.

Classic Excursion: Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and the sight of royal coronations at St. Martin’s Cathedral.

Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte. You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home of the Habsburg monarchy. Spend free time strolling in the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna, or take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel. This evening, enjoy an unforgettable musical performance with an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.

Classic Excursion: Explore the Habsburg empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—Winter residence of the Imperial Family, the iconic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

A King's Ransom and Castle Ruins

Classic Excursion: Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR:

Active Excursion: Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.

Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Ybbs.

Discovery Excursion: This afternoon, learn more about sweet Austrian pastry. A workshop in a local bakery with an expert chef, will let you create your own pastry, fill it and enjoy it as well, OR:

Classic Excursion: Visit the Lower Austrian little town of Ybbs. Admire the fine architecture of the Babenberger and its romantic old town, OR:

Classic Excursion: Take a Guided Tour of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.

Discovery Excursion: Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley at a Wine Tasting on board.

Legendary, Lovely Linz. Ask about today's energising or relaxing Adventure Host activites.

Classic Excursion: Take a Guided Walk through the city’s historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz—Austria’s largest medieval square—and the towering white-marble Trinity Column.

Consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. You may otherwise spend the afternoon on a biking picnic along the banks of the Danube or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet. This morning, cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.

Classic Excursion: Take a Guided City Walk into Passau, the beautiful “City of Three Rivers”, OR:

Active Excursion: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River.

Before sailing to Deggendorf take a little free time to explore Passau’s cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley. Maybe stop at St. Stephen’s Cathedral to catch a concert rehearsal.

This morning bid farewell to your crew after breakfast and take a scenic drive through the Bavarian Alps to Kind Ludwig’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, high above the village of Hohenschwangau. Continue to Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian region of Tyrol, for a 2-night stay.

Join your local guide for a morning Guided Sightseeing of Innsbruck, visit St. James Cathedral and the Hofkirche. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore Innsbruck on your own, or take an optional excursion to the Swarovski Crystal World in the nearby Wattens. This evening a Tyrolean optional dinner will be on offer.

This morning a motorcoach transfer will take you to Oberammergau for the highlight of the vacation: the original “Passion Play”, which is performed only once a decade by the residents of the village since 1634. Dinner will be served during intermission.

This morning, depart for Germany’s lively city–Munich. With its historical museums, splendid English Garden, traditional cafés, and delightful shops, Munich offers plenty to see and do. A local guide will show you the highlights of this fascinating city. An evening optional dinner is on offer.

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Price Guide

Date Fares from (pp) Flights
12 May 2022 £4,733 Please Call
26 May 2022 £4,584 Please Call
9 June 2022 £4,549 Please Call
23 June 2022 £4,699 Please Call
7 July 2022 £4,482 Please Call
21 July 2022 £4,482 Please Call
4 August 2022 £4,482 Please Call
18 August 2022 £4,631 Please Call
1 September 2022 £4,755 Please Call
15 September 2022 £4,755 Please Call

What's Included

  • Oberammergau "Passion Play" Tickets
  • 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom
  • 2 nights hotel stay in Innsbruck
  • 1 night hotel stay in Oberammergau & 1 night stay in Munich
  • All meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal
  • Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats
  • Choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day
  • Excursions and sightseeing trips with local guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director
  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew
  • Special on board and on shore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts designed to enrich your cruise. On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music
  • Captain's welcome and farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapes; Welcome Dinner; Farewell Dinner
  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes
  • Complimentary Wifi (signal permitting)