A hosted Travel Companions Club tour with Colleen Doyle and river cruise on the beautiful Danube, including the wonderful highlight of attending the Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany.
From 24 Aug to 03 Sep 2020 | Budapest to Munich | 10 nights/11 days
Supplement for upper deck cabin on the cruise NZD450 per person
- Hosted tour (with a minimum of 15 clients travelling)
- 2 nights in historic Budapest
- 2 nights in the Oberammergau region
- Orchestra-seat tickets to the Passion Play
- Dinner at the show
- Discover the great cities along the Danube on a special 5 night CroisiEurope all inclusive river cruise from Budapest to Passau
- 1 night in Munich
- Bask in the idyllic scenery of the Wachau Valley
Imperial Vienna with Schoenbrunn Palace and also Budapest, with a wonder at every turn
Day 1: Mon 24 Budapest (D)
Welcome to Hungary. You will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights. A welcome dinner at a local restaurant is included this evening.
Day 2: Tue 25 Budapest (BD)
Today is tour to a handicraft market and Porcelain factory. This evening we visit the Royal Wine Museum, in the 14thC cellars under Buda Castle for a short wine tasting, followed by dinner at the nearby Alabardos Restaurant, housed in a 15thC gothic building. The restaurants aim is to present traditional Hungarian dished in a new modern form.
Day 3: Wed 26 Budapest (BD)
Today is a full day to Szentende, a pretty Hungarian town on the Danube River known for its artists, galleries, Baroque architecture, colourful houses and narrow cobbled streets. Visit a Serbian Orthodox Church and museum before returning to Budapest to board your special Oberammergau CroisiEurope Cruise.
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. In the evening, join us for an evening of traditional entertainment in Budapest. This one-and-a-half-hour show will take you across all the regions of Hungary through its folklore and Gypsy dance and music.
Over the next six days sail from Budapest to Passau. CroisiEurope is a French founded cruise company that offers an all-inclusive cruise, amazing European cuisine, an open bar, including your choice of regional wines, beers, cocktails and spirits, plus tea and coffee. All sightseeing is included.
Take time to relax as your floating hotel sails down the Danube.
Day 4: Thu 27 Budapest - Bratislava (BLD)
This morning is guided tour of Budapest. Discover the history and architecture of this picturesque city. The metropole was once two distinct cities, only united in 1873: Buda, with its winding streets, Turkish baths and Buda Castle; and Pest, with its flatter landscape offering a panoramic view over the banks of the Danube.
Day 5: Fri 28 Bratislava - Vienna (BLD)
We'll arrive in Bratislava in the early morning. This morning is a sightseeing tour of Bratislava. Lined by the Danube, Bratislava intrigues. The charm of the Slovakian capital lies in its old city which reveals magnificent baroque palaces, churches and pleasant squares. The pastel-coloured façades give its many houses their unique style. Our ship will cruise to Vienna. This evening, join us on an excursion of Vienna by night. Vienna symbolizes power and strength through its architecture and monuments. Street lights and special lighting accentuate shapes and dramatize the lovely baroque structures.
Day 6: Sat 29 Vienna (BLD)
This morning visit Schoenbrunn Palace, a former summer residence for the Hapsburg monarchs. We travel on The Ring, part of the vast changes to the Viennese cityscape that took place in the second half of the nineteenth century, before arriving at the palace. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in Austria.
This afternoon, visit Hofburg Palace, an imperial march through history, art and luxury. The Palace is also known for having been during 600 years the "Winter Residency" of the Habsburgs. You will visit the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments and access the 19 official and private rooms that once belonged to Franz Joseph and Elisabeth. The Imperial Apartments are a reflection of the monarchic splendour.
In the evening, is a Concert of Viennese music (subject to availability). Famous waltz melodies will take you back to the era of Franz Joseph and Sisi. The first half of the concert will be devoted to Mozart compositions, and the second half to Strauss. We'll start cruising during the night.
Day 7: Sun 30 Melk - Passau (BLD)
We'll cruise along the most beautiful section of the Wachau Valley before arriving in Melk. Visit Dürnstein, the fortified village where Richard the Lionheart was once held prisoner. You will be able to stroll through the streets of this medieval town and visit the Baroque abbey. In the afternoon visit Melk Abbey. Originally a Baroque-style palace built between 1702 and 1736, it is now a Benedictine monastery that hosts a prestigious co-ed school with more than 900 students. In the evening, we'll start cruising towards Passau. Tonight is a gala dinner on board.
Day 8: Mon 31 Passau - Oberammergau (BLD)
Savour one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. and discovering Passau. We’ll have lunch in town. Around 2.00 p.m., departure by coach to Oberammergau, known throughout the world for its Passion Play. After checking into a 3-star hotel, dinner will be in the local area.
Day 9: Tue 01 Sep Oberammergau - The Passion Play (BD)
You will be transferred by coach to the village for some free time. Use this time to stroll and take in the atmosphere and wonderful pastel-painted homes—some dating back to the 13th century—decorated with religious motifs. After lunch (own expense) transfer to the theatre for the performance of the spectacular Passion Play.
In 1633, the residents vowed that if God spared them from the bubonic plague, they would produce a play thereafter depicting the life and death of Jesus. Performed during years ending in zero, it is considered as one of the grandest in the world.
The production involves over 2,000 performers, musicians, and stage hands—all residents of the village. They rehearse for over six months and present the play over 100 times during a performance year. The open-air theatre adds to the magic of the show.
We have reserved the best orchestra seats for our customers.
A meal is included with the show and will be served during intermission. After the show, you will be transferred to the hotel by coach.
Day 10: Wed 02 Oberammergau - Munich (BD)
Transfer to Munich for overnight. This afternoon is at leisure to explore Munich in your own time. A farewell dinner is included this evening.
Day 11: Thu 03 Munich - Departure (B)
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Option to extend your stay in one of the many destinations in Europe.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure
- Tour Host throughout with a minimum of 15 clients travelling
- All transfers airport - hotel return
- Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
- English speaking guides
- Accommodation with private facilities
- Sightseeing as specified
- Entrance fees as specified
- 5 nights CroisiEurope cruise
- Welcome cocktail
- Hungarian music and folklore show
- Sightseeing tour of Budapest
- Sightseeing tour of Bratislava
- Vienna by night
- Vienna tour including Schoenbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace and Sisi Museum
- Viennese Music Concert
- Sightseeing tour of Melk
- Final Gala Dinner on board
- 2 nights Oberammergau – 3* accommodation
- 2 nights Budapest - 4* accommodation
- 1 night Munich – 4* accommodation
- Breakfasts daily
- On board dining with sumptuous french and regional cuisine
- Open bar including a selection of wines, beer, cocktails, spirits and aperitif
- Welcome dinner in Budapest
- Farewell dinner in Munich
- Tickets to the Passion Play – dinner included during intermission
- Travel notes
- Porterage & tipping
- Personal Expenses
- Travel Insurance (compulsory)
- Early check in / Late check out
- Meals not specified
- Mini bar
Accommodation based on the below or similar
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Ritz Carlton Nile View - 2 nights
Cruising the Nile
Please use cruise itineraries as a guideline only. The order of sightseeing and overnight destinations may vary and are subject to change due to the operation of Esna Lock, or at the discretion of the of the cruise company. Should a change of boat be required due to any unforeseen circumstances prior to departure, an alternative of the same standard or better will be offered if available
There are many river boats that cruise between Luxor and Aswan. They provide accommodation and transportation for the majority of tourists travelling to Egypt. Each night and whilst moored for sightseeing, it is common for 4-5 cruise boats to be parked abreast of each other. The location of your boat will vary from port to port however in many cases your view from your cabin will be restricted to cruising periods only.
Sightseeing on Nile Cruise boats is operated by the cruise company. You will be allocated an English speaking guide and small group of other English speaking tourists for sightseeing upon embarkation. The order of sightseeing may vary depending on the local port authorities. If a tomb or temple is unable to be visited an alternative will be provided where possible.
Sightseeing (non cruise)
All sightseeing unless specified is on a private basis with a driver and guide. Sightseeing generally takes place in the cooler periods of the day ie early morning or late afternoon therefore on occasion some early starts may be necessary to avoid the heat
Valley of the Kings: Not all the tombs within the Valley are currently open to the public. Many are closed periodically for resting and renovation (Entrance fees to three tombs is included in tour packages. Entrance fees to Tutankhamen’s Tomb is not included. Currently EGP100pp - subject to change).
During the Holy Month of Ramadan Muslims fast, abstaining from eating, drinking & smoking during daylight hours (approx. 7am-6.30pm). As a sign of respect, tourists should also try to refrain eating in public during the fasting hours. Restaurants and Cafes in Hotels and Cruise boats will be open, however limited alcohol may be available over this time. In 2019, Ramadan should begin around 5 May. After 30 days, or on sighting the full moon, Eid Al Fitr is celebrated & most public and private institutions close for at least three days.
Domestic Flights in Egypt
Flight times will reconfirmed by the local operator upon arrival in Egypt.
Note, Flights from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor generally involve early morning starts due to flight schedules in the summer season. For flights to Abu Simbel certain flights are allocated to clients travelling for day trips from Cairo and overnight programmes. These flights are set by Egypt air and are outside of the operators control
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.
Hotels in regional areas (i.e Abu Simbel/ Siwa/ St Catherine ) can be of a lower standard than the properties in the main tourist centres., with more basic/ less developed infrastructure due to location and surrounding conditions. The options chosen are the best available.
Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable). All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.
Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable). All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for USA and Canadian passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.