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Oberammergau Passion Play & Danube Explorer River Cruise
 11 Days • 23 Meals

 Highlights
  • 23 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 8 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Visit four countries
  • Seven-night cruise in a suite or stateroom of your choice onboard the vessel
  • All gratuities included
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Personal listening device for onboard excursions
  • All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisine
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners
  • Onboard Activity Manager will support all EmeraldACTIVE excursions and host daily onboard wellness activities, games, classes and evening entertainment
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • Reserved seating ticket to the Passion Play
  • Overnight accommodations in Oberammergau area
  • Overnight hotel stay and touring in Munich, Germany
  • $55 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary.
Day 2  Budapest, Hungary
Welcome to the “Pearl of the Danube”. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the luxurious surrounds of your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you. This evening, join your fellow guests for a folklore performance onboard and a traditional Hungarian dinner. After dinner, relax on the Sun Deck and enjoy the fabulous view of the Parliament Building, aglow in nighttime splendor. Meal: D
Day 3  Budapest
Explore Budapest’s cobbled medieval quarter, as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city center. Your guide will highlight a number of architectural wonders from across the ages, enabling you to follow a journey from Budapest’s Roman beginnings to the addition of ornate Romanesque and Baroque architecture in the centuries that followed. If you are feeling more active, you may instead choose to hike to Buda Hill. The surrounding area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the air raids of WWII. Some 18thcentury Baroque houses still stand, best explored by foot along the medieval paths and alleyways in the area around Buda Castle. Meals: B, L, D
Day 4  Bratislava, Slovakia
Relax onboard as we sail into the capital of Slovakia this morning. This graceful nation became an independent country in 1993, and since then, Bratislava has flourished as a new capital and made a name for itself as a cultural center. Different styles of music are as readily celebrated as the region’s medieval past. The romantic cobblestone lanes that weave through the city are explored with your local guide, as you enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town center, seeing the Slovak National Theater and a range of Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings. Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, a landmark steeped in legends, that looks as though it came from the pages of a fairytale book. Meals: B, L, D
Day 5  Vienna, Austria
Sweeping boulevards and world-famous art exhibitions welcome you to Vienna, the birthplace of revolutionary breakthroughs in the fields of music and psychology. The city perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy and their ornate Baroque palaces. On the included city tour, see monuments and buildings of grandeur as the coach drives along the famous Ringstrasse. During the walking tour, stroll with your guide through the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the classical architectural styles of the buildings, see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace, right in the heart of the city center. If you are feeling more active, opt to explore on two wheels, cycling along the river to Danube Island before reaching the Prater and its nostalgic 19th-century Ferris wheel. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6  Dürnstein – Melk
Effortlessly suspended in time, Dürnstein is one of the most frequented parts of the Wachau wine region, where the weather creates the perfect setting for viticulture. Discover this charming town on your own, or choose to hike to the ruins of Dürnstein Castle, where a delightful panoramic view of the surrounding medieval villages, rows of vines in beautifully arranged vineyards and a forested backdrop is certain to please. Later, sail through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley, passing medieval villages, terraced vineyards and areas of natural beauty. Upon arrival in Melk, enjoy a guided tour of Melk Abbey, originally a lavish castle that was gifted to Benedictine monks during the 11th century. This opulent Baroque building is home to some of the most important collections of medieval manuscripts in
Day 7  Linz – Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic
From your docking site in Linz, Austria, depart via coach to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed center of Ceský Krumlov, a town built around a 13th-century castle. Join your local guide to traverse a labyrinth of winding cobblestone streets, passing the colorful façades of buildings that highlight different time periods. Learn how they survived the test of time thanks to the region’s peaceful past. The town surrounds the national heritage site, Ceský Krumlov Castle, and your guided tour will include the 15th-century St. Vitus’ Church and a number of High Gothic façades. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8  Passau, Germany
Narrow cobblestone streets welcome you to Passau, a town nestled on the confluence of three of Europe’s main waterways. This important historic trading center borders Austria and Germany, and a distinctive blend of cultures can be found here. Your local guide will take you on a walking tour of the town, touching on its distinctive historic buildings. See the Baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its ornate columns and arches and the Altes Rathaus, or Town Hall, a collection of eight historic patrician houses built between the 14th and 15th centuries. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9  Passau / 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  Novotel or similar, Munich, Germany
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stateroom Category Per Person Twin Price Single Room add Date Availability
July 9, 2022 Riviera - E Emerald Stateroom $5,249 + $3,939 Available
August, 6, 2022 Riviera - D Emerald Stateroom $5,299 + $3,979 Available
August 11, 2022* Vista - C Panorama Balcony Suite $6,049 + $4,539 Available
Vista - C Panorama Balcony Suite $6,099 + $4,579
Horizon - A Panorama Balcony Suite $6,399 + $4,799
Horizon - Grand Balcony Suite $6,999 N/A
Horizon - Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite $7,499 N/A
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*August 11, 2022 itinerary is reversed, starting in Munich and ending in Budapest

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FREE AIRFARE on 8/11/22, $399 Airfare on 7/9/22 & 8/6/2022
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