Oberammergau Passion Play

Program Overview

Experience one of the world’s greatest dramatic spectacles amid storybook Bavarian landscapes—the extravagant Passion Play staged once a decade by the quaint village of Oberammergau. With a cast of thousands and a legacy that encompasses nearly four centuries, Oberammergau is a rare and exceptional tradition. This custom itinerary blends remarkable history with stunning scenery, featuring a five-night deluxe cruise along the Danube River, two nights in the idyllic Bavarian Alps and two nights in Munich. Visit four countries—Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. Tour Budapest, Vienna, Melk Abbey, Bratislava and Salzburg, and see Neuschwanstein Castle. Budapest Pre-Program and Berlin Post-Program Options.

Program Details

June 9 to 19, 2022 (Amadeus Silver II) July 7 to 17, 2022 (Amadeus Star) July 14 to 24, 2022 (Amadeus Silver II) July 17 to 27, 2022 (Amadeus Brilliant) July 19 to 29, 2022 (Amadeus Star)
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  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the highly anticipated, world-renowned Oberammergau Passion Play a tradition that started by the villagers of Oberammergau in 1634 as a spiritual pact to deliver them from the despair of the Plague and the 30 Years’ War. A tradition repeating every 10 years in perpetuity has grown in prestige. Over 2,000 village residents now reenact the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ drawing pilgrims from around the world.
  • Extraordinary, custom-designed, 11-day itinerary offered exclusively by Gohagan & Company, combining the 2022 Oberammergau Passion Play and the fabled Danube River.
  • Guaranteed unobstructed seating for the Passion Play, the 42nd decennial production since the 1600s.
  • Two nights in the majestic Bavarian Alps, near the charming village of Oberammergau.
  • Five-night cruise through the heart of Europe on an exclusively chartered, deluxe small
    river ship of the Amadeus fleet.
  • Two nights in Munich, including a city tour and a visit to the splendid Palace of Nymphenburg.
  • Visit four countries—Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany—and experience five UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Tour Budapest, “Pearl of the Danube,” including its 13th-century Castle District and the Fisherman’s Bastion.
  • Tour picturesque medieval Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and filming location for many
    The Sound of Music scenes.
  • See the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Walt Disney’s iconic
    Sleeping Beauty Castle.
  • Tour the Habsburgs’ opulent Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens in Vienna.

Day 1 - Depart the U.S. or Canada

Day 2 - Arrive in Budapest, Hungary / Embark ship

Day 3 - Budapest

Day 4 - Bratislava, Slovakia

Day 5 - Vienna, Austria

Day 6 - Melk

Day 7 - Passau, Germany / Disembark ship / Salzburg, Austria / Oberammergau, Germany

Day 8 - Oberammergau Passion Play

Day 9 - Oberammergau / Neuschwanstein Castle / Munich

Day 10 - Munich

Day 11 - Munich / Return to the U.S. or Canada

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Amadeus Fleet

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The meticulously crafted, deluxe Amadeus fleet sets new standards in ship design and technology and features the comforts of a refined and traditional hotel, including complimentary onboard Wi-Fi.

Each exclusively chartered ship offers up to 84 riverview, airconditioned, stylishly appointed Suites (up to 284 square feet) and Staterooms (from 161 square feet), among the most spacious of any European river ship.

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Hungarian Tradition in Budapest Pre-Program Option

Budapest’s majestic hills and artistic, bohemian avenues are sure to captivate you. Visit the stately, Gothic Revival-style Parliament Building, one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings and Hungary’s largest, and enjoy an excursion into Hungary’s great, protected Puszta (plains) for an expert display of master horsemanship and a traditional regional lunch—an authentic and unforgettable experience. Enjoy river-view accommodations for two nights in the Five-Star InterContinental Budapest.

Berlin Post-Program Option

Known for its world-class museums and eclectic architecture, Berlin is one of Europe’s preeminent cultural centers. Enjoy a half-day city tour featuring the Brandenburg Gate, Bellevue Palace, Humboldt University and Berlin Cathedral. Experience the city from a different perspective on an exclusive Spree River cruise. Visit the Wall Museum at historic Checkpoint Charlie, the former border crossing between East and West Berlin. Explore the Pergamon Museum on UNESCO World Heritage-designated Museum Island. Accommodations are for three nights in the deluxe Westin Grand Berlin Hotel.

Pre-Program and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

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Program Itinerary

Day 1 Departure

Your trip will begin by departing the U.S. or Canada.

Day 2 Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest, Hungary’s historic capital. Upon arrival on Day 2, embark your exclusively chartered, deluxe, small river ship and attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception and dinner.

Day 3 Budapest

Austrian-born but nevertheless the “most Hungarian Habsburg,” Archduke Joseph is credited with creating in Budapest an imperial capital that rivaled Vienna. The embankments of the centuries‑old twin cities of Buda and Pest, facing each other across the Danube, and the famous Buda Castle Quarter are designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Begin your tour in Pest to see the iconic, neo-Gothic limestone Parliament Building, built between 1884 and 1904 on the river’s banks. Pass through Heroes’ Square and admire the monuments honoring the Magyar chiefs who conquered Hungary in A.D. 896. See the 19th‑century, neo‑Renaissance Hungarian State Opera House, one of the most beautiful performing arts venues in the world. Cross the imposing Chain Bridge, which links river‑level Pest to the hills of Buda. Visit the late‑19th‑century, neo‑Romanesque Fisherman’s Bastion on Castle Hill with commanding views of the city. Nearby, explore the Gothic‑style St. Matthias Church, where Charles I, the last Habsburgian ruler, was coronated in 1916.

Reboard the ship for lunch and depart Budapest.

Day 4 Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava is nestled in the foothills of the impressive Carpathian mountain range; beautifully restored since the end of the Cold War, Slovakia’s charming capital depicts 21st‑century life amid its 1,000‑year‑old history. On a guided tour of the Old Town, walk among a sampling of central Europe’s finest medieval, Renaissance and 19th‑century architecture. Visit the Romanesque, 14th‑century Cathedral of St. Martin and the elaborate Primatial Palace, and see St. Michael’s Gate, Bratislava’s oldest preserved medieval fortification, originally built in 1300.

Enjoy time at leisure in Bratislava before cruising through Austria’s fertile Donau‑Auen National Park.

Day 5 Vienna, Austria

Former seat of the Habsburg Empire, Vienna’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage-desinated open‑air museum of splendid Baroque architecture. Enjoy a panoramic tour featuring its famous Ringstrasse, showcasing the impressive Vienna State Opera House and Hofburg Palace. Visit the iconic, Gothic‑style St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

After lunch on board the ship, visit the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, the lavish summer estate of the imperial Habsburgs. It was here that a six‑year‑old Mozart first performed for Empress Maria Theresa and her daughter, Marie Antoinette, the future queen of France. Enjoy time to stroll the sprawling, English‑style gardens.

Day 6 Melk

This morning, cruise the Danube’s fabled Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where terraced vineyards blanket hillsides dotted with the ethereal ruins of medieval castles. Arrive in Melk and visit the impressive 900‑year‑old Benedictine Abbey, an Austrian Baroque masterpiece by Paul Troger. Showcasing stunning 18th‑century ceiling frescoes and priceless relics, this beautiful kirche (church) houses the perfectly intact, multi‑panel, 16th‑century altarpiece by Danube School master Jörg Breu the Elder. A prestigious center of scholarship throughout the Middle Ages, the abbey’s library is today a repository of 100,000 medieval manuscripts.

Enjoy lunch and an afternoon of engaging lectures on the ship before the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Day 7 Salzburg, Austria

Disembark in Passau, where three legendary rivers converge—the Danube, Inn and Ilz. Transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Salzburg, the setting for several scenes in The Sound of Music. Explore the Alter Markt, the city’s old marketplace, where burghers’ houses date back to the Middle Ages; see the 17th‑century Salzburg Cathedral, a fine example of Italian‑style Baroque architecture; and savor a local lunch. Walk through Mirabell Gardens and St. Peter’s Cemetery—one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful cemeteries. Enjoy time at leisure to stroll the picturesque arcades of Salzburg’s famous pedestrian lane, Getreidegasse.

Continue through the scenic Bavarian Alps to a charming hotel near Oberammergau. Dinner is included in the hotel this evening.

Day 8 Oberammergau Passion Play

The pastoral village of Oberammergau is synonymous with the great Passion Play produced here only once every 10 years. Walk the streets of Oberammergau and admire the charming frescoed murals adorning the walls and façades of the village buildings.

This afternoon, experience one of Europe’s oldest and most venerable dramatic traditions. From specially reserved seats, enjoy the 2022 Passion Play, featuring a cast of thousands—all local residents—and extraordinary stage sets. During intermission, enjoy a dinner of traditional Bavarian fare.

Day 9 Neuschwanstein Castle

After breakfast, depart for Munich. En route, stop at King Ludwig II’s fairy‑tale Neuschwanstein, one of the world’s most photographed castles and the Romanesque Revival inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Lunch is included.

Day 10 Munich

History comes alive in the 800‑year‑old city of Munich, Bavaria’s historic capital, known for its artistic culture and unique beauty. Visit the 17th‑century, Baroque Nymphenburg Palace, birthplace of King Ludwig II and former summer residence of Bavarian royalty, and stroll through the palace’s exquisite gardens.

Enjoy a Munich walking tour featuring the Königsbau (King’s Building) of the Residenz, the former royal palace complex. Stroll down elegant Maximilianstrasse and see the world‑famous, 16th‑century Hofbräuhaus, a three‑floor beer hall, and lively Viktualienmarkt, the city’s daily open‑air market. In Marienplatz, marvel at the grand Neo‑Gothic façade of the New Town Hall and see the famous Glockenspiel’s life-sized figures performing the traditional Coopers’ Dance.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before attending the Farewell Reception in the hotel this evening.

Day 11 Munich / Return to the U.S. or Canada

After breakfast, continue on the Berlin Post‑Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. or Canada.