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Experience a once-in-a-decade performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play before embarking on a wonderful cruise on the Rhine

11 days From $4,485 per person

2022 Tour code: GR-OBRA-22

About the tour

The Oberammergau Passion Play is famous across the world for its marvelous retelling of the Passion of the Christ. Explore the charming town of Oberammergau and enjoy a performance of the play with tier 2 category tickets. Then travel by rail to Basel, where you meet your river cruise ship for a scenic 7-night cruise on the magnificent Rhine River.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 - To the Oberammergau region

Meet your group and Tour Manager at our dedicated Departure Office at London St Pancras where we board the  Eurostar service to Paris. From here, we join the rail service to Stuttgart. We spend the night here before continuing the following day down to the beautiful Oberammergau region in southern Germany, our base for the next two nights.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Oberammergau Passion Play

The magnificent Oberammergau Passion Play is held only once every 10 years and is a spectacle worthy of all that preparation. Depicting the final days of Jesus Christ, this theatrical extravaganza features a cast and crew numbering up to the thousands and features a dazzling array of props, costumes, and backdrops. The play is the oldest Passion Play in the world, first put on by the villagers in 1634 as a plea to God to save them from the plague which was flooding Germany at the time. When the plague miraculously cleared up, the villagers vowed to put on a play for every 10 years thereafter. The result is a marvelous display, one which is produced by everyone in the village for thousands of international visitors each decade. 

*Split into two halves with a break for a special dinner, we enjoy the performance in the afternoon, leaving you the morning to soak up the atmosphere of this unassuming, yet distinctly charming German town.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Basel

Today, we depart for Basel, traveling by rail via Ulm and München-Pasing. On arrival you board your ship, the 5-Star  MS Amadeus  A floating hotel, this fantastic vessel is your home for the next seven nights. As you get your bearings on board, be sure to head up to the Sun Deck and take in the final hours of sunlight before we set sail. This evening, we enjoy a welcome cocktail before a delicious first meal. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Strasbourg

Our vessel sails into the charming German town of Kehl today. Sat across the Rhine from Kehl is the beautiful city of Strasbourg, whose position on the German-French border has seen it change hands between the two nations frequently throughout history. Because of this, Strasbourg represents the best of both cultures, with colorful half-timbered houses and cobbled streets. You may wish to take a city tour of Strasbourg, uncovering its charm and history. Alternatively, you may wish to travel along the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse into the famous Black Forest of Germany.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Speyer and Heidelberg

We arrive in Speyer this morning, where you have free time to explore. This town is home to one of the largest privately-owned collections of vehicles in the world, the Technik Museum Speyer. Featuring an entire jumbo jet, army vehicles, emergency vehicles, a submarine and much more, this museum is a treasure trove of vehicular delights and is well worth a visit. Later in the afternoon, we have an excursion to the delightful academic town of Heidelberg where we are treated to a guided tour. Heidelberg is famous for a magnificent ruined castle, proudly stood high above the town below, gazing down onto the river and the attractive town houses.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Rüdesheim and the Rhine Gorge

We sail into the classic German town of Rüdesheim am Rhein, known for its formidable wine production especially of the dry Riesling variety. Perhaps walk along the river during your free time here this morning, before our ship departs for Koblenz. This afternoon includes one of the highlights of the tour as we pass through the glorious Rhine Gorge, one of the most beautiful sections of the river and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sheer riverbanks rise up, towering over the river below, covered in deep forests and miles of green vineyards, lending an almost ethereal feel to the waterway. We enjoy a commentary from our knowledgeable Cruise Director during this passage.

Our lunch today sees us tuck into a wonderful themed buffet with a suckling pig as the striking centerpiece, and several smaller dishes from this part of the world making up the rest of the offerings. Weather permitting we'll enjoy our lunch on the sun deck as we take in the majesty of the glorious Rhine Gorge. We sail this evening into the enchanting city of Koblenz, you may wish to visit one of the famous wine taverns here.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - The Lower Rhine and the Drachenfelsbahn

We depart from Koblenz this morning and discover the marvelous Lower Rhine, a stretch of river characterized by lush green meadows and postcard villages. Our Cruise Director provides us with the history of this area, and highlights points of interest. In the afternoon, we dock in Koenigswinter, where we embark on a journey on the  Drachenfelsbahn railroad. This rack railroad rises into the mountains and high into the forests for wonderful views across the Rhine- Westphalia region of Germany. In the evening, we indulge with a traditional gourmet dinner which features Spargelzeit, a kind of white asparagus which is famous in this area. (Please note, Spargelzeit depends on seasonal availability).

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - Cologne

Arriving into Cologne this morning, we venture forth into this vibrant German city on a walking tour. We visit the resplendent cathedral, a centuries-year-old building that survived 14 aerial hits during bombing across the Second World War. We also wander through the many bustling squares, labyrinthine streets and see Romanesque townhouses. Tonight is an opportunity to dress up in our finest as we enjoy a Gala dinner with the captain and crew. (B, L, D)

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 - Amsterdam and the Medemblik Steam Train

We arrive into Amsterdam this morning, the Dutch capital, where we have a choice of three excursions, the first of which is a city tour of Amsterdam. One of the most popular of all the European cities, Amsterdam is as modern as it is historic, as young as it is old. From idyllic canals and large parks, to contemporary art galleries and futuristic architecture, this is a city that boasts something for everyone. The second option is an excursion to Hoorn where we board the splendid  Medemblik Steam Train and enjoy a nostalgic trip through splendid Dutch scenery. Your third option is an excursion to the Floriade Expo, the world-famous horticulture show that has been showcasing flora once a decade since 1960. 2022's theme focuses on building green cities and is certain to be filled with both beauty and innovation. Visit exhibitors from more 40 countries, meander through the colorful arboretum, and immerse yourself in Dutch culture.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 - Tour Conclusion

After a buffet breakfast, we disembark the ship and here your cruise concludes. Make your way back to the railroad station with your Tour Manager to board your train back to London St Pancras, on arrival your tour concludes, and you are free to make your way home.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Pricing Plans

We offer a Standard Class and First Class rail options for departures on this tour. You can select your class using the Dates & Pricing tool.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Trains

Drachenfels Railway
Eurostar
TGV

Ship

MS Amadeus Imperial
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