Heart of the Danube featuring Oberammergau - Eastbound 2022

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Glide through the scenic, romantic soul of old-world Europe on this idyllic 11-day trip featuring a 7-night Munich to Vienna river cruise along the Danube for discoveries in Grein, Dürnstein, Bratislava, Passau or Cesky Krumlov… and experience the Oberammergau Passion Play (2022) with the Tauck Difference!
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Overview

Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy

Highlights

    • When your road is the Danube
    • it's enchanting... Austria
    • Slovakia
    • and Germany are linked by peaceful river landscapes dotted with storybook castles andromantic villages surrounded by stone terraced vineyards
    • where making world-class wines – and tasting them! – is an art. It happens once
    • every ten years… when
    • as they have for nearly four centuries
    • the citizens of a little village in the Bavarian Alps come together to create a unique and moving performance event that travelers the world over come to see… On this cruise
    • from Munich to Budapest
    • you become part of the experience when you witness the power and pageantry of the Oberammergau Passion Play. Your cruise brings you to a mountaintop abbey lavish with Baroque art and architecture as awe-inspiring as a castle in the Czech Carpathian mountains and the palaces and museums of Imperial Vienna. As you cruise from port to port

What's this trip about?

    Glide through the scenic, romantic soul of old-world Europe on this idyllic 11-day trip featuring a 7-night Munich to Vienna river cruise along the Danube for discoveries in Grein, Dürnstein, Bratislava, Passau or Cesky Krumlov… and experience the Oberammergau Passion Play (2022) with the Tauck Difference!

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Details

Itinerary focusOperator does not provide
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start City Munich, Germany
End CityBudapest

Travel Themes

  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Slovakia

Attractions

  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Munich
  • Vienna

Activities

  • Culture

Trip includes

    • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - An Imperial Evening at a private Vienna palace with dinner and classical performers Preferred seating at Oberammergau's Passion Play Wine-tasting event at the village of Weissenkirchen, in Austrian wine country All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Directors Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions – $3,475 Value Choice of sightseeing in Passau or medieval Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1 Arrive Munich

Tour begins: 5:30 pm, Munich.
A transfer is included from Munich Airport or Munich Hauptbahnhof (the Main Munich Train Station) to your hotel, Westin Grand Hotel Munich. Join us this evening for a welcome dinner and reception at the hotel.

MEALS : D

LODGING : Westin Grand Hotel Munich

PORTOFCALL : Munich, Germany

Day 2 Munich sights then off to the Oberammergau region

Join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of Munich this morning that introduces you to the city's iconic sights, perhaps viewing the Marienplatz, Old Town, the Altes Rathaus, the rebuilt Frauenkirche and St. Mary's Column. The rema...

Day 3 The Passion Play

Travel to the Bavarian village of Oberammergau this morning; first up is a walking tour with a local guide, followed by some free time to explore as you please. Early afternoon marks the beginning of one of Europe's most beloved and...

Day 4 Arrive Vilshofen and embark your riverboat

Journey today to Vilfshofen, Germany, to embark your riverboat for the start of your cruise; check-in for all guests aboard the riverboat is 4:00 PM. Meet your riverboat crew for a welcome briefing, then join us for a welcome dinner this evening.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : ms Joy

Day 5 Exploring Passau or Cesky Krumlov

Awaken in Passau today for a choice of sightseeing in this riverside town in Germany, or an excursion to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Once a Roman outpost at the confluence of three rivers, Passau is over 2,500 years old, a ...

Day 6 Grein or the Mauthausen Memorial

Arrive in the typically picturesque riverside village of Grein, Austria, for a choice of sightseeing in Grein or a visit to the Mauthausen Memorial. Your visit begins with a guided walking tour of the village, which includes views o...

Day 7 Dürnstein or cycling & on to Vienna

This morning, your riverboat docks in Dürnstein, in Austria's Wachau Valley, which offers you a choice of unforgettable sightseeing excursions. You may choose to explore the picture-perfect Austrian village of Dürnstein on a guided ...

Day 8 Imperial Vienna and a night at the palace

You have two morning sightseeing choices today, all preceded by a tour of Vienna's landmark sights: visits to the Imperial Treasury (the Schatzkammer) in the Hofburg, displaying priceless treasures from the House of Habsburg, includ...

Day 9 Choices in and around Bratislava

A choice of activities await this morning in or near Bratislava, Slovakia's visually intriguing capital city. One is a walking tour of the cobblestoned, vehicle-free historic center of Bratislava; medieval, Baroque and modern archit...

Day 10 Explore Budapest

Your cruise ends this morning in Budapest, Hungary, which is split into the sections of Buda and Pest by the Danube River. A guided tour of the city begins with the Pest side and a drive along Andrassy Avenue to Heroe's Square and a...

Day 11 Journey home

Tour ends: Budapest, Hungary.
 Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the riverboat to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport or Budapest Keleti railway station; you should allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport.

MEALS : B

PORTOFCALL : Budapest, Hungary

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Price From $6,290
Price per day$572
Last Updated: 5/15/2023

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The total tour cost includes the tour price (regular or promotional) and the compulsory local payment. The promotional price is subject to change. Check directly with the operator for the latest price offer. The tour operator requires you to pay only the tour price to purchase your travel. The compulsory local payment will be paid when you join the trip. All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement only needs to be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.

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MS JOY
MS JOY Maintaining Tauck’s high standards for quality and comfort, ms Joy cruises exclusively for Tauck on the Danube River as part of our Destination Fleet. With a maximum of 130 guests, the 443-foot riverboat and her sister ships continue our tradition of providing more space per guest on Europe’s inland waterways, transporting fewer passengers than most longships (135 meters). Her deck plan is innovative; with a total of 67 cabins, our most popular cabins tend to be our largest... so we have used the added ship length to offer twenty-two 300-square-foot Tauck Suites – the most of any river cruise ship on any European river. To increase the amount of natural sunlight on the lower deck, we’ve created 8 loft cabins that extend from the first to the second decks, providing guests with an additional view; all windows in these loft cabins open
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