Exotic Danube River Cruisewith Oberammergau's Passion Play 18 day cruise/tour - June 20, 2022
We have combined a luxurious Exotic Danube Cruise with a wonderful Romania Tour AND then added Oberammergau with its fantastic Passion Play. You will visit 6 countries: Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Germany. You will sail in luxury on an AmaWaterways ship. AmaWaterways has been voted the best river cruise line in Europe for years, including in 2020, when it received the award again for the “Best Cruise Line in Europe”, beating out everyone, including Viking. All of your shore excursions are included!
Romania is one of our favorite countries in Europe. It has three of the best castles in Europe: Bran Castle, Corvin Castle and our favorite – Peles Castle. The Corvin Castle was once voted the scariest place on earth. Romania also has Transylvania and the mystique of Count Vlad Dracula. Yes, there really was a Vlad Dracula in the Transylvania mountains. He was born in a small medieval village in 1431. Your tour includes a visit to this medieval walled village. Please trust us, Romania is our favorite country in Europe and we know you will love it.
By chartering the ship, we received special pricing not given to others. You will save up to $1,600 per person off of AmaWaterways pricing for this cruise – A PHENOMENAL DEAL!!! To make this trip even better, we have been able to combine this fabulous trip with 2022’s Oberammergau Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany.
Package Price Includes:
18 Day Exotic Danube with the Passion Play is a Combination of TWO Packages:
The Exotic Danube River Cruise with AmaWaterways (with savings up to $1,500 per person) AND our special Land Tour and Hotel Packages in Budapest, Romania, Munich and Oberammergau’s Passion Play:
Package #1: AmaWaterways Exotic Danube River Cruise Includes:
- 7 nights sailing on a 5-star luxury river boat from outside Bucharest, Romania to Budapest, Hungary. Cruising with AmaWaterways through 5 countries: Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.
- Cabin Category D: Two Large Port Hole Window Cabin – examples of cabins on page 6 & 7.
- All Shore Excursions.
- Special Guest Educator – TBA
- Fun For Less Tours Staff.
- Three quality meals onboard the ship every day.
- Free internet and free movies.
- Taxes and Port Charges.
- All bicycles and helmets on board are free to use.
- Option to upgrade cabin to French Balcony, Double Balcony or Suite.
Ship Package Pricing for Cat D Cabin: $4,198
Our Savings off-ship price: ($700)
Our Cruise Package Price Cat D Cabin: $3,498
PLUS, Ship Port and Taxes: $210
OUR Total Ship Package Price: $3,708
Package #2: Our Special Land Package of Budapest, Romania, Munich, Oberammergau and its famous Passion play Includes:
- 1 Night 5-Star Luxury Hotel Bucharest, Romania.
- 2 Nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel Brasov, Romania.
- 2 Nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel Sibiu, Romania.
- 2 Nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel Oberammergau, Germany – Guaranteed for our group since 2016.
- 1 Night 4-Star Deluxe Hotel Munich, Germany.
- Priority Category #1 – BEST Seating for the Passion Play in Oberammergau – Guaranteed since 2016.
- 10 days of buses and transfers in Romania, Hungary and Germany.
- Several Major Castles in Romania: Peles Castle, Bran Castle, and Corvin Castle.
- Three major walled cities and medieval villages: Sighisoara (where Dracula was born), Sibiu and Oberammergau.
- All Entrance Fees, Tours, Guides and Sightseeing.
- Special Guest Educator – TBA
- Fun For Less Tours Staff.
- Headset receivers.
- Does not include the flight between Budapest and Munich.
Land Package Price: $3,249
Cruise Package Price: $3,708
Land Package: $3,249
Total of both Packages: $6,957*
Package Price: $6,957 - total for both Packages*
*Does not include International air or tips.
Important Note: We have phenomenal pricing for the BEST river cruise line In Europe, AmaWaterways. Because we charter AmaWaterways’ ships, we are able to pass on those huge savings to you. The ship will often offer a $250 early bird discount. With our special savings, you save between $700 and $1,500 per person. Yes, that is per person!
See cabin upgrades and pricing below.
This is a partial list, and subject to change as needed to accomplish everything we can in each area we visit. We will have local guides who will make sure we see the very best in the time we have.
Day 1: June 20: Fly to Bucharest
Fly from the US to Bucharest.
Day 2: June 21: Bucharest
We will arrive in Bucharest early afternoon. After clearing customs we will transfer to our hotel.
Day 3: June 22: Bucharest
Today we will do a city tour of Bucharest, including the Village Museum, one of the oldest and largest outdoor museums in Europe. Overnight in Bucharest.
Day 4: June 23: Sinaia – Brasov
This morning we will drive approximately 80 miles to the mountain resort of Sinaia. Sinaia is often referred to as the “Pearl of the Carpathians”. This lovely valley has what we consider one of the most beautiful castles in the world – the Peles Castle. We will then drive 30 miles to Brasov. This city is nestled in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. This location made it an ideal setting for a medieval city.
Day 5: June 24: Brasov
Today we will tour Bran Castle, often referred to as Dracula’s Castle. Though there is little concrete proof, many historians agree that Vlad Tepes (a.k.a Vlad the Impaler, whom Bram Stoker used as a model for his 1897 story-Dracula) did reside at Bran Castle during his raids in Transylvania.
Day 6: June 25: Sighisoara – Sibiu
Today we will travel to the walled city of Sighisoara. Sighisoara is one of the seven citadels constructed by the German settlers in the 12th Century. Walking along the magical cobbled alleyways, in the shadow of one of the nine towers, transports you back in time. It is possibly the best-walled city in Eastern Europe. The city is also the birthplace of the infamous Vlad Tepes otherwise known as Count Vlad Dracula. This afternoon we will travel to Sibiu. Sibiu was the largest and wealthiest of seven walled cities that were constructed in the 12th century by German settlers. Today Sibiu has been preserved and the streets have not changed in over 500 years. The center of town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 7: June 26: Corvin – Sibiu
This morning we drive to Hunedoara Castle, nestled in the Transylvania Alps. Recently the castle has gained notoriety and was named one of the scariest places in the world. The castle held Count Vlad Dracula in prison for 7 years. After our tour of this fantastic castle, we will return to Sibiu to overnight.
Day 8: June 27: Sibiu – Giurgiu
This morning we leave Sibiu and travel to Giurgiu to board our 5-star AMA Waterways Ship. Tomorrow morning we will set sail on the Danube for Hungary.
Important Note: Amawaterways includes premium shore excursions at no additional cost. In many of the ports of call, the ship may offer different shore excursions, often including a bicycle tour. Our owners have selected, what they felt to be the best shore excursion for each port. After you arrive at the ship if you decide that you would like to make a change to a different tour you can make that change onboard.
Day 9: June 28: Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo
Today is a full-day excursion to Arbanassi (an authentic medieval village) and to Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. Both have beautiful scenery and architecture.
Day 10: June 29: Vidin
Tour of Vidin and Belogradchik Fortress. Enjoy the breathtaking landscape and great views from the top of the fortress.
Day 11: June 30: Cruise Highlight Day
Today will be a major highlight day as we sail through the most spectacular scenery found anywhere along the entire Danube River. This evening they plan to park the ship Vidin, where you can get off and walk around on your own.
Day 12: July 1: Belgrade
This morning we will enjoy a Belgrade city tour to see Kalemegdan fortress, St. Save Cathedral, and some free time on the pedestrian street. This afternoon the tour includes the Royal Palace & Tito’s memorial tour.
Day 13: July 2: Novi Sad – Vukovar
Today we will stop in Novi Sad before continuing to Vukovar. Here we recommend the Petrovaradin Fortress Hike where you will explore the fortifications including the underground tunnels. This is a moderate walk uphill to the fortress and then some stairs within the fortress. Later we sail to the small Croatian river town of Vukovar. In the early 1990s, 2,000 self-organized Croatian civilians and volunteers heroically defended the town for 3 months against a heavily fortified Serbian army 40,000 strong. You will see a monument dedicated to victims of the Balkan Wars. Later we visit the Eltz Castle which is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe.
Day 14: July 3: Mohacs
Pecs is the former European capital of culture, it is approximately an hour bus ride from the ship. We will take a walking tour to see the town center, the underground early Christian Cemetery, the Mosque and have some free time to shop.
Day 15: July 4: Budapest
Today we say goodbye to the beautiful AMA Waterways ship. This morning we will do a short city tour before flying to Munich, Germany. Upon arrival into Munich, we will transfer to Oberammergau where we will overnight for the next 2 nights. NOTE: Our Passion Play Hotels are in the Oberammergau area. They can be in the Oberammergau Village or other villages nearby. For those staying in the villages close by, from what we have been told, they will be running shuttle buses from the different villages to the Oberammergau Village and back.
Day 16: July 5: Oberammergau
This morning you can take one of the shuttle buses into Oberammergau. This afternoon will be the first half of the Passion Play. Then there will be a break for dinner, which is included. After, we will return to the second half of the Passion Play. Late this evening you will return back to your hotel.
Day 17: July 6: Oberammergau – Munich
This morning we will check out of our hotel and drive to Munich. Upon arrival, we will do a city tour. Overnight in Munich.
Day 18: July 7: Fly home
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. We will transfer to the airport for your return flight home.