Group 8: Romantic Danube River Cruise – Prague to Budapestwith Oberammergau Passion Play Prague to Budapest 16 day cruise/tour - July 28 - August 12, 2022
Europe’s Most Popular River Cruise Itinerary
The romantic Danube! The most popular section of the river is outside of Munich between Passau and Budapest, Hungary. We have chartered several sailings along this section of the Danube in 2022, so we could combine this wonderful cruise with the Oberammergau Passion Play. Before boarding our cruise ship outside of Munich, we have added an 8-day land tour that vastly improves your Danube River experience. Our tour will start in one of the most impressive cities in the world – PRAGUE! We will spend two days exploring Prague. From there we will continue to Salzburg with its impressive castle fortress overlooking the city. Then to Munich and onto Oberammergau and the Passion Play.
After the Passion Play in Oberammergau we will head to Vilshofen, a village on the Danube, to board our luxury cruise ship. You’re going to love this relaxing cruise that includes fantastic places to see and experience. It is no wonder it is the most popular river cruise in Europe. In addition to enjoying a luxury cruise, luxury cabins, and great food; here is a PARTIAL list of what you will see and enjoy on our specially designed and enhanced shore excursions:
- The ancient village of Passau with its 2,000-year-old cobblestone streets.
- The beautiful Austrian Lake District.
- The stunning Benedictine Abby in Melk.
- Vienna- the home of music, romance, and impressive palaces.
- Bratislava, Slovakia with its impressive castle.
- Budapest, with its famous Chain Bridge and majestic castle hill.
Package Price Includes:
Our package price is a combination of two packages: The Danube River Cruise with AmaWaterways AND our special Land Tour and Hotel Package that includes Prague, Salzburg, Munich, Oberammergau, and the Passion Play. We have separated the total package into two separate packages so you could see the fantastic savings we have on your Danube River Cruise compared to the ship’s price.
AmaWaterways Danube River Cruise Package Includes:
- 8 day 7-night sailing on a 5-star luxury river boat from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary.
- Cabin Category D: Two Large Port Hole Window Cabin 160 square feet.
- Premium Shore Excursions.
- Special Guest Educator during your Danube Cruise: TBA
- Fun For Less Tours Staff.
- Three quality meals onboard the ship every day.
- Free internet.
- Free movies.
- Bottled water, fluffy bathrobes, and slippers free in each cabin.
- All bicycles and helmets on board are free to use.
- Option to upgrade cabin to 170 square foot (category C) French Balcony Cabin for $399 more per person OR upgrade to a 210 square foot (category BB or BA) Double Balcony Mini-Suite Cabin for $799 more per person.
Danube Cruise Package Price Cat D: $3,294
PLUS, Ship Port and Taxes: $168
Total Ship Price: $3,462
The 8 day 7-night Land Package Includes:
- Germany and the Oberammergau Passion Play.
- 2 nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Munich.
- 2 nights 4 Star Oberammergau Passion Play Hotel.
- Priority seating in Category 1 for the Passion Play.
- Dinner in Oberammergau.
- Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary.
- 2 nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Prague.
- 1 night 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Salzburg.
- Transfers in Prague and Budapest.
- All tours, buses, guides, entrance fees.
- Fun For Less Tours Staff.
Package Price: $6,557 Total of both Packages*
**Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include airfare or tips.
Cruise Package: $3,462
Land Package: $3,095
Total of both Packages: $6,557*
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: July 28: Fly to Prague
Today we will fly from our home to Prague.
Day 2: July 29: Prague
After our arrival into Prague, we will transfer to our hotel.
Day 3: July 30: Prague
Today will be a highlight day as we visit our second favorite city in Europe – Prague. We will explore the castle area, take a cruise on the Moldau River, and explore the old town. You will also have free time to explore the ancient streets on your own. Overnight Prague.
Day 4: July 31: Prague – Salzburg
This morning we will drive through the beautiful countryside on our way to Salzburg, Austria where we will overnight.
Day 5: August 1: Salzburg
While in Salzburg you may feel as if you have slipped into “The Sound Of Music.” We will spend the morning touring Salzburg and riding the funicular up to the fortress, Hohensalzburg. This afternoon we will drive to Munich.
Day 6: August 2: Munich
Today we will do a city tour of Munich. Overnight in Munich.
Day 7: August 3: Munich
This morning we will travel into the German Alps. We plan, if possible to visit Neuschwanstein Castle, which was the inspiration for Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty Castle.” Then we will go to Oberammergau where you will be able to have some free time to explore this quaint village. Later this afternoon we will check into our 4-star deluxe Passion Play Hotel. 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 8: August 4: 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, you will return for the second half of the Passion Play. Late this evening you will return back to your hotel.
Day 9: August 5: Oberammergau – Vilshofen
This morning we will drive 3.5 hours to Vilsofen. This afternoon transfer to the 5-star AmaWaterways Ship. Tomorrow morning, we will set sail on the Danube for Budapest.
Important information: 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. Please note that these shore excursions we recommend in the day to day itinerary below could be different from what the ship offers in 2022. This is the best of what they are currently offering.
Day 10: August 6: Passau
This morning you will have additional free time in Vilshofen. The cruise will sail to Passau during lunch. Passau is a beautiful town in Lower Bavaria. It is known as the city of three rivers because the Danube is joined by the Inn River from the south and the Ilz River from the north. This afternoon you will enjoy a walking tour of Passau along with free time to explore more on your own.
Day 11: August 7: Linz
This morning you drive to the Austrian Alps and the lake district. The plan is to visit the church where Maria was married in the Sound of Music.
Day 12: August 8: Weissenkirchen – Melk
The morning is spent sailing through one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube – the Wachau region. This afternoon we will travel by bus to the charming Durnstein “Pearl of the Wachau”. After our guided walking tour of Durnstein, we will head to Melk Abby, one of the most famous and visited cultural sights in Austria, which is sure to be a big highlight of your Danube Cruise.
Day 13: August 9: Vienna
Vienna is a truly elegant and romantic city. We will do a city tour that will allow you to fully appreciate the grandeur of Vienna. If AmaWaterways offers Strauss & Mozart Concerts in the evening it is not included in the ship’s or our package. It is an additional cost. Fun For Less owners went when it was offered to them and they enjoyed it. If they are offering it you will be able to sign up for this when you are on the ship.
Day 14: August 10: Bratislava
Enjoy Bratislava, Slovakia through an Old Town walking tour. During free time you can take the easy hike up to the castle overlooking the town with great views of the city and river. We did not find the castle worth going into, it is much like any other building, not what you would think the inside of the castle should look like.
Day 15: August 11: Budapest
This morning we will tour Budapest where we visit Buda Hills and St. Mathias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastions. Continuing onto the elegant part of Pest, we stop at Hero’s square. Later we will return to our ship.
Day 16: August 12: Fly home
Today we say goodbye to the beautiful AmaWaterways ship and travel to the airport for your flight back to the US and home. You will arrive home on the same day.