Danube Dreams with Oberammergau 2020

12 Day River Cruise from Budapest to Munich

2020 Information

Sail through Central Europe’s splendid capitals and charming towns in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany on your Danube River cruise. You’ll also be our guest in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau for the once-a-decade performance season of the world-renowned Passion Play.

Your European river cruise begins in Budapest, Hungary to enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Heroes’ Square and the iconic sites of the “Pearl of the Danube.” Next, set sail for the Slovakian capital of Bratislava to see the Old Town and the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

You’ll cruise to Vienna, Austria to see the Habsburg Imperial Palace and Vienna Opera House. Later savor the spectacular views of the Wachau Valley through Austria’s picturesque wine country. Enjoy a local wine tasting, join a hike to Dürnstein’s castle ruins, and visit Melk’s stunning Benedictine Abbey.

Your Danube River cruise continues to Linz, where you will see Austria’s largest medieval square the Hauptplatz, and the 1723 Trinity Column. Enjoy a guided city walk through the cobblestone streets of Passau, Germany and the magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

As the cruise portion of your Central European vacation concludes, you’ll begin an exciting guided tour of Austria and Germany, including Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle, and Innsbruck’s St. James and Hofkirche Cathedrals.

This guided vacation through Germany is highlighted by your visit to the idyllic Bavarian village of Oberammergau for the Passion Play. Performed only once a decade, the Passion Play is a stunning theatrical event with a history dating back to 1634. Enjoy preferred seating and accommodations in 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.

This vacation, which includes tickets for the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play, requires an additional deposit of $500 per person in February 2019.


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Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Budapest (Embarkation):Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Budapest:Guided sightseeing, see Heroes’ Square
Day 3 Bratislava:Guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral
Day 4 Vienna:Choice of guided sightseeing or museum visit
Day 5 Dürnstein–Melk:Choice of guided walk or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting
Day 6 Linz:Guided walk
Day 7 Passau:Guided walk
Day 8 Deggendorf (Disembarkation)–Innsbruck:Travel from Deggendorf to Innsbruck, with visit to Neuschwanstein Castle
Day 9 Innsbruck:Guided sightseeing
Day 10 Innsbruck–Oberammergau:Travel by motorcoach to Oberammergau, attend the Passion Play
Day 11 Oberammergau–Munich:Travel to Munich; guided sightseeing
Day 12 Munich:Your vacation ends this morning

  • Included excursions with Certified Local Guides.

    Included excursions with Certified Local Guides.

  • Personalized room options.

    Personalized room options.

  • Space to relax & unwind.

    Space to relax & unwind.

  • A lounge serving premium spirits.

    A lounge serving premium spirits.

  • Maintain your routine in the fitness center.

    Maintain your routine in the fitness center.

  • Alternate lunch option - Sky Bistro.

    Alternate lunch option - Sky Bistro.

  • Chef-inspired regional recipes.

    Chef-inspired regional recipes.

  • Four-course dinners with open seating.

    Four-course dinners with open seating.

  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with all onboard lunches and dinners.

    Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with all onboard lunches and dinners.

  • Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.

    Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors.

  • Panoramic windows throughout every ship.

    Panoramic windows throughout every ship.

  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout.

    Elegant, contemporary design throughout.

  • Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.

    Nightly choice of appetizers, entrées, desserts or cheese.

  • Premium L'Occitane bath products.

    Premium L'Occitane bath products.

  • Friendly, English speaking crew.

    Friendly, English speaking crew.

  • Light lunch alternative.

    Light lunch alternative.

  • Headsets for shore excursions.

    Headsets for shore excursions.

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind—offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've used our 90-plus years to design a cruise experience that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch & dinner
  • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
  • Included sightseeing with headsets by Certified Local Guides
  • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
  • Local FavoritesSM - onboard cultural & artisan experiences
  • Sky Deck shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Well-stocked library with books, cards, and games
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products & hairdryer
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour, self-serve beverage station
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate & teas
  • Cookies & fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • And, much more

Day-By-Day Itinerary

(B) = Breakfast   (L) = Lunch   (D) = Dinner

Day 1

(D)

ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (EMBARKATION)

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s lively capital. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception.

NOTE:
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm

Day 2

(B, L, D)

BUDAPEST

Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. Heroes’ Square is one of the many sights you will see on your GUIDED TOUR of the city. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. During your free time this afternoon, perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, with marvelous views of the city from its viewing platform, or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street.

Day 3

(B, L, D)

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

This morning, enjoy the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. As you cruise upriver, Hungary is on your left and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. At the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains is Bratislava, the dynamic capital of Slovakia, which you reach in mid-morning. Join a LOCAL GUIDE to explore its fascinating Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city; and gothic ST. MARTIN’S CATHEDRAL, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Day 4

(B, L, D)

VIENNA

Known as the “City of Music,” Vienna inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. Join us for a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg. The afternoon is at leisure. Stroll through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood café. An optional concert is available tonight.

Day 5

(B, L, D)

DÜRNSTEIN–MELK

Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque, Stiftskirche built in the 1700s, is right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. The main street of this small town—with a population of less than 1,000 people—is lined with 16th-century homes and charming cobblestone streets. This morning your Local Guide will take you on an included WALKING TOUR and tell you the tale of England’s King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. Alternatively, you may choose to join a a guided hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below. During lunchtime, sail the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. Here, enjoy a GUIDED VISIT of the magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You’ll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley’s FAMOUS WINES.

Day 6

(B, L, D)

LINZ

This morning, arrive in Linz, Austria’s third-largest city and enjoy a guided walk which shows you the highlights., Linz is an important river port where culture plays a significant role in everyday life. Composer Anton Bruckner lived here, and Mozart’s Linzer Symphony was composed in the city. See the 13th-century Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square, and the Trinity Column, built in 1723 as thanks for the city escaping the ravages of the plague, war, and fire. This afternoon there is free time to explore on your own. Perhaps wander around the old castle grounds and take in the beautiful views of the river, or visit the neo-gothic New Cathedral, Austria’s largest church, with capacity for 20,000 visitors. Alternatively, you might choose to join a full-day optional excursion to medieval Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; or to Salzburg with its Sound of Music sites.

Day 7

(B, L, D)

PASSAU, GERMANY

This morning, arrive in Passau, located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube. This is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets dominated by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture. Join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR through this charming town, and find out much more about the “City of Three Rivers.”

Day 8

(B)

DEGGENDORF (DISEMBARKATION)–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

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.

Day 9

(B)

INNSBRUCK

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 Swarowski Crystal World in the nearby Wattens. This evening a Tyrolean optional dinner will be on offer.

Day 10

(B)

INNSBRUCK–OBERAMMERGAU

This morning a motorcoach transfer will take you to Oberammergau for the highlight of the vacation: the original PASSION PLAY, which is performed every 10 years by the inhabitants of the village since 1634. Dinner will be served during intermission. (B, D)

Day 11

(B)

OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH

This morning, depart for Germany’s lively city – Munich. Although a large city, Munich offers a small-town feel with its pedestrian- and bike-friendly atmosphere. 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, including Nymphenburg Palace, summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs; MARIENPLATZ with its Old and New Town Halls; and the gothic Frauenkirche, a prominent landmark for Munich. Then, enjoy time on your own in this vibrant city. Watch the famous Glockenspiel, which recreates a royal wedding from the 16th century; enjoy the pedestrian zone; linger at an outdoor café; or relax alongside the locals at one of the many Biergärten or breweries to sample one of the Bavarian beer specialties. An evening optional dinner is on offer.

Day 12

(B)

MUNICH

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Ship Details

Included Amenities


Staterooms & Suites

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Cat. E) - 172 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
Panorama Suite (Cat. A, B, P) - 200 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air BalconySM
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Coffee table
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Make-up mirror
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa
Royal Suite - 300 sq. ft.
Features
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air BalconySM
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Coffee table
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Make-up mirror
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa
  • Double sinks
DECK PLANS

Hotels

Budapest
Innsbruck
Oberammergau
Munich

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyAvalon site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 CAD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 CAD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 CAD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.

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