Oberammergau & the Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise
Featuring the Oberammergau Passion Play 2020
 11 Days • 23 Meals
Experience the Danube River aboard an Emerald Waterways Star-ship on a seven-night cruise through four countries. A ticket to attend this decade’s only performance of the Passion Play in Oberammergau is truly a highlight. End your fantastic cruise with this centuries-old tradition!

 Highlights
  • 23 Meals (8 dinners, 6 lunches, and 9 breakfasts)
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • International Cruise Director and Mayflower expert staff onboard
  • Experience the Danube River aboard an Emerald Waterways vessel
  • Once onboard, unpack just once in your river view stateroom
  • Visit four countries on this holiday while cruising the best of the Danube River
  • Included shore excursions escorted by local, English speaking guides in Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Melk and Regensburg
  • All meals included onboard featuring local and international specialties
  • Four course lunches and dinners onboard, served with complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks
  • Afternoon tea time and late evening snacks served daily in the lounge
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • All gratuities included for ship’s crew
  • Spacious public areas with large picture windows
  • Enhanced touring experience with the use of audio headsets
  • Walk-out balcony featured in the suites on Horizon Deck
  • ‘Inside balcony’ with drop-down window featured in the staterooms on Horizon and Vista Decks
  • Witness the spectacular Passion Play in Oberammergau with a ticket in category 2 seating
  • Orientation tour of Munich
  • $55 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary.
Day 2  Arrive Hungary
Upon arrival, transfer to the ship, home for the next seven nights. The afternoon is at leisure to become acquainted with the ship or begin exploring the city on your own. This evening, enjoy a nighttime cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, while enjoying a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner complete with folk dancing and music. Meal: D
Day 3  Budapest, Hungary
Today’s included tour presents you with a fantastic opportunity to become acquainted with Hungary’s beautiful capital. See the Hungarian Parliament Building, Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest. OR if you choose, set off on an exciting guided hike to Buda Hill. The cruise begins with a leisurely afternoon onboard as the ship departs for Bratislava. Meal: B, L, D
Day 4  Bratislava, Slovakia
The day begins with an included walking tour of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. See the enchanting Old City with its Main Square, Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin. After lunch onboard, a highlight of the day will be a home-hosted visit where you are treated to coffee and cake in the home of local Slovakians. What a unique opportunity to meet the locals and learn about life in Slovakia. Meals: B, L, D
Day 5  Vienna, Austria
Discover all Vienna has to offer with an included orientation tour. Travel by coach to the city center and drive along the Ringstrasse to see the impressive Opera House, famous concert halls, stately architecture and historic monuments. Afterwards, your guide leads you on a walking tour through the city center. This afternoon, join an optional excursion to Belvedere Palace. This evening, join an optional excursion to a musical concert in one of the famous music venues of the city. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6  Dürnstein and Melk, Austria
Awaken this morning in the medieval town of Dürnstein – ‘The Pearl of the Wachau Valley’ - dominated by the magnificent Baroque Stiftskirche. The ruins of Kuenringerburg Castle, which served as a prison to England’s Richard the Lionheart, can be seen on the hilltop. You’ll have free time in to discover the charms of this picturesque town. Later this morning, enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley while cruising along the Danube before arriving in Emmersdorf, the port for Melk. On an included excursion, visit the magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which boasts an opulent Baroque interior. Meals: B, L, D
Day 7  Salzburg, Austria (optional excursion) OR Passau, Germany
From a brief stop in Brandstatt, depart on the optional excursion to Salzburg to see sights from The Sound of Music and walk along the famous Getreidegasse Lane past Mozart’s birthplace. After some free time, the coach returns to the ship in Vilshofen. Those not joining the optional excursion will have an included walking tour in Passau to explore the narrow alleys and visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home of Europe’s largest pipe organ, and rejoin the ship by coach in Vilshofen. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8  Regensburg, Germany
After breakfast, explore Regensburg on a guided walking tour. During a stroll through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, experience its beauty and history firsthand. Travel by coach to Kelheim to rejoin the ship and continue sailing to Nuremberg. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9  Nuremberg / Oberammergau
After breakfast, disembark the ship and journey by coach to Oberammergau, home to the historic Passion Play. Upon arrival, settle into your seat and prepare to be inspired by this amazing event. During the performance there will be an intermission with an included dinner on site. After the play, transfer to your hotel for overnight accommodations. Meals: B, D
Day 10  Munich
This morning, depart by coach for Munich, the capital of Bavaria. Upon arrival, a local guide will show you the highlights of the city during an orientation tour. Pass landmark buildings, including the National Theater, Hofbräuhaus and Cathedral. See popular squares including Odeonsplatz and Karlsplatz. During the walking portion, see the Marienplatz, the city’s central square, housing City Hall and its famous glockenspiel. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at leisure. Meal: B
Day 11  Munich / USA
Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with wonderful memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Danube River and the remarkable Passion Play in Oberammergau. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 2-8  aboard an Emerald Waterways Star-ship
Days 9  TBA, Oberammergau area
Days 10  Hotel Eurostars Book or similar, Munich, Germany
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stateroom Category Deck Per Person Twin Single
July 11, 2020 Emerald Stateroom (Category E) Riviera $4,989 add $3,149
Emerald Stateroom (Category D) Riviera $5,089 add $3,209
Panorama Balcony Suite (Category C) Vista $5,489 add $3,469
Panorama Balcony Suite (Category B) Vista $5,689 add $3,599
Panorama Balcony Suite (Category A) Horizon $5,939 add $3,759
Grand Balcony Suite Horizon $6,589 N/A
Owner's One-Bedroom Suite Horizon $7,189 N/A
August 8, 2020 Emerald Stateroom (Category E) Riviera $4,989 add $3,149
Emerald Stateroom (Category D) Riviera $5,089 add $3,209
Panorama Balcony Suite (Category C) Vista $5,489 add $3,469
Panorama Balcony Suite (Category B) Vista $5,689 add $3,599
Panorama Balcony Suite (Category A) Horizon $5,939 add $3,759
Grand Balcony Suite Horizon $6,589 N/A
Owner's One-Bedroom Suite Horizon $7,189 N/A
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Passport & Visas –Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited. NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.

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