Oberammergau Passion Play & Danube River Cruise

Eastern Germany, Prague and Bavaria

  • Date

    August 22 – September 4, 2020 | Sat / Fri- 14 Days

  • Location

    Budapest  |  Bratislava |  Vienna |  Durnstein |  Melk |  Salzburg |  Linz |  Passau |  Munich |  Oberammergau


In the 1630s when the plague ravaged Europe, the villagers of Oberammergau promised to perform the Passion of Jesus Christ every 10 years if Oberammergau was spared. The town was spared and thus stayed true to its word. The year 2020 marks the 42nd time since 1634 that the Passion Play will be presented in Oberammergau, Germany. More than 2,000 participants bring to life the story of the Crucifixion of Christ – from His entry into Jerusalem to His Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven.

Witness this spectacle of pageantry combined with a luxurious seven-night cruise on Uniworld’s Maria Teresa. The shimmering waters of the fabled Danube River flow for thousands of miles through the very heart of Europe, silent witness to centuries of artistic achievement and historical events. This perfectly composed journey provides an immersive cultural tasting menu through old-world capitals and charming villages. Venture beyond the “must-sees” for fresh takes on classic sites, getting insider knowledge of delightful under-the-radar locales, and VIP access to places only a privileged few will ever experience.


  • Premium (category I) reserved seat to the Passion Play
  • Skip the line tickets to Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Tour Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Museum
  • 7-night cruise on the Danube River
  • Private viewing of the acclaimed art collection of the Kunstkammer Vienna
  • Private concert in a Viennese palace
  • Visit Melk Abbey and its library, considered the greatest center of learning in Central Europe
  • 6 days of included excursions, with “Choice Is Yours” options
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks


  • 7 nights shipboard accommodations on Uniworld’s Maria Theresa
  • Escorted
  • 5 nights hotel accommodations
  • All meals, drinks and gratuities on ship
  • 8 meals on land
  • Transfers, taxes and port charges


A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches; especially in historic areas.

Airfare available October 2019

Sat, Aug 22: Fly overnight from Indianapolis to Budapest, Hungary.

Sun, Aug 23: Arrive in Budapest and board Uniworld’s Maria Theresa. Settle in to your home for the next seven nights, the perfect blend of luxury and comfort and enjoy the views of Budapest and the Danube River. (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)

Mon, Aug 24: Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each have their own distinctive character and charm. Explore this dynamic and multi-faceted city with a choice of tours. In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you. (B,L,D)

Tue, Aug 25: While cruising the Danube today, stop in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Once hidden from the world behind the “Iron Curtain,” Slovakia retains an air of mystery and intrigue, and its small capital city has an unexpectedly colorful history. Bratislava has played a leading role in the politics and culture of the region for many centuries, and it is well worth a visit. Take in the scenery as the ship winds its way along the Danube Bend, which is lined with scenic towns nestled at the foot of lovely wooded hills. Arrive in Vienna, Austria. (B,L,D)

Wed, Aug 26: Vienna is a cultural treasure trove revered for its art and music, Experience the “City of Waltzes” with your choice of tours, as well as VIP access to an extraordinary collection of art—you’ll have an opportunity to view it in complete privacy, an extra special treat reserved solely for Uniworld guests. During your free time, you might wish to visit the Albertina Museum, which houses one million old-master prints and an impressive collection of works by 19th- and 20th-century painters. Cap off a perfect Viennese day with an evening concert in a Viennese palace featuring works by Mozart and Strauss. (B,L,D)

Thu, Aug 27: Cruise through the Wachau Valley, a stretch of scenery so beautiful UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Landscape. Castle ruins dominate hilltops, baroque church towers appear on the river banks, and vineyards and apricot orchards cling to the rocky slopes. You have two ports of call in this incredibly pristine, scenic valley, Durnstein and Melk, and an assortment of delightful ways to explore this lovely region. Opt for a tasting at Austria’s oldest winery or learn about the world’s costliest spice from the Wachau Valley’s only saffron grower. Later, visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey and its library. (B,L,D)

Fri, Aug 28: Today choose Salzburg or Linz, both equally tantalizing. Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg is nestled in a glorious alpine setting and celebrates its most famous son with statues, chocolates and festivals. Other musical associations include the gardens of Mirabell Castle—the beautiful formal gardens where Maria sang “Do-Re-Mi” with her young charges in the movie The Sound of Music. Linz, Austria’s third largest city is best known for its lively arts and music scene. If you spend your day in Linz; choose to see the sights with a local expert, or go behind-the-scenes at the Linz opera house. (B,L,D)

Sat, Aug 29: Arrive into Passau, Germany, a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town and its main claim to fame—Europe’s largest pipe organ, or take an invigorating riverside hike or bike ride. Its central location made it a trade hub for centuries, and with trade came wealth that endowed the town with many beautiful buildings. Enjoy a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner. (B,L,D)

Sun, Aug 30: Disembark in Passau and head to Munich where you’ll spend the next three nights. Enjoy a tour of the city and a traditional German dinner at a historic brewhouse. (B,D)

Mon, Aug 31: Spend the day at leisure in Munich or take an optional trip to magnificent, medieval Nuremberg. Learn the city’s history, from the Holy Roman Empire to the German Renaissance, Third Reich, Nazi rallies and Nuremberg Trials. See German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer’s house, the Imperial Castle courtyards, Town Hall and St. Lawrence Church. After the tour and free time, return to Munich. (B)

Tue, Sep 1: Get a deeper understanding of a tragic part of Germany’s history during a guided tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Museum. The balance of the day is yours. (B)

Wed, Sep 2: On the way to Oberammergau, stop to visit Neuschwanstein Castle. Tour the castle and have time on your own for lunch and shopping before continuing to Oberammergau, home for the next two nights. Check in to your hotel in the heart of town and enjoy a group dinner. (B,D)

Thu, Sep 3: After a morning at leisure to peruse shops filled with local wood-carvings, the moment you have been waiting for has arrived; take your premium reserved seat for Oberammergau’s Passion Play, the promised event that only happens every ten years. The cast of 2,000 villagers, nearly half of Oberammergau’s population, rehearses for a year to present this powerful and moving performance that is sure to make a lasting impression on your heart. Dinner is served during the intermission of the five-hour performance. (B,D)

Fri, Sep 4: Transfer to Munich and fly home. (B)

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