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Danube Cruise and Oberammergau

Czech Republic & Germany
• Deluxe Riverboat Cruise
• Many shore excursions included!   
• Oberammergau Passion Play
• 2 nights Prague
We begin this delightful holiday with 2 nights in the “Golden City” of Prague, and then we proceed to Oberammergau (Germany) to attend a performance of the Passion Play. The residents of this Bavarian town have been performing this emotional re-enactment of the crucifixion of Christ every ten years since 1647 to thank God for sparing them the brunt of the Black Plague. There is a cast of hundreds, and the beautiful open stage is framed by magnificent alpine scenery. The play is in German but there are ongoing translations. We have the best available seating. 

We finish with a 7-night cruise to some of the most interesting cities and sites along the storied Danube River. Our riverboat, the Deluxe MS AMABella is an intimate ship specially built for cruising European rivers. Aboard you may relax in the lounge or on the sun deck.  There is a pool, putting green, fitness centre, and walking track.

You will enjoy superb dining with special theme dinners, and quality wines from Europe’s most famous wine regions are included with all lunches and dinners.  The nightly entertainment features folkloric and musical performances and informative lectures. 
There is a choice of cabins and all have either a window, French Balcony, or Twin Balconies. 

* Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Itinerary / Excursions

We depart for Prague.
We arrive in Prague and enjoy a sightseeing tour. Prague is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, with a historic city center that’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before walking over the Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square. There will be time at leisure in the afternoon.
A day at leisure to enjoy Wenceslas Square or one of the city’s many charming cafés. This evening we enjoy a Folklore Dinner Show with Czech food, music, dance and traditions.
We drive to Oberammergau. Upon arrival we check in to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the town.
We attend the Oberammergau Passion Play, performed every ten years and involving hundreds of performers and musicians from the local village. The play lasts through the afternoon and evening. Dinner is served during the intermission of the play.
We arrive in Vilshofen and transfer to our luxurious river cruise ship. This evening is our Welcome Dinner.
We explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau, known as the “City of Three Rivers.” You may 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.
Our ship arrives in Linz where we’ll have several choices of excursions. Enjoy 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, we’ll 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 of Český Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border.
We 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. Other options are to hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held; take a bike ride along the Danube through the Wachau Valley, or visit a local apricot grower where you’ll enjoy the region’s finest apricot treats. This evening we’ll 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 our city tour will showcase many of them, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace. Our 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. In 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 we’ll discover during our 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.
Our city tour begins with a visit to both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the Danube River. We’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.
We disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for our flight home.
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