In the Bavarian German village of Oberammergau, the reenactment of the life, death, and resurrection of of Jesus Christ has been taking place once a decade for centuries. It was first enacted in order to ward off the plague when in 1633, the residents promised to perform the play every ten years.
2,000 actors will take part in the Passion Play between May 15-Oct 4, 2020. Land-based operators include Globus, Cosmos and Collette who provide coach transportation. Avalon Waterways offers a 12-day Danube cruise for 9 departures, serving dinner during a 3-hour intermission of the 5-hour presentation. Booking now (far in advance) is the best advice travel planners (including our agency) are giving their clients.
Viking has several sailings in the original options with limited availability to attend; they have added two new offerings as of October 2018 as follows:
- 10-day Oberammergau & Danube Waltz Oberammergau to Budapest – June, July, & Sept., 2020
- 12-day Oberammergau with Salzburg Munich to Budapest – May to Sept. 2020
Viking is offering $900 off air if booked by November 30, 2018 for both new sailings above.
Scenic Waterways offers the following itineraries and dates:
- 15-day Jewels of Europe – May 6, June 3, & August 26, 2020
- 8-day Rhine Highlights – June 17 & September 9, 2020
- 15-day Romantic Rhine and Moselle – May 20 & July 29, 2020
Scenic’s sister line Emerald will have four options as follows:
- 8-Day Danube Delights – June 14 & August 23 Budapest to Nuremberg
- 8-Day Danube Explorer – July 23 – Passau to Budapest
- 8-Day Danube Delights – September 19 – Passau to Budapest
Tauck has one remaining of the three with availability (two have sold out). Crystal River Cruises is the most recent to join the play’s frenzy by offering the opportunity to attend on select sailings of their three river ships. Uniworld and AmaWaterways have not announced the specific sailings they plan to offer the extraordinary opportunity to see the play of the last days of Jesus of Nazareth through the Last Supper, Crucifiction, and Resurrection, performed only by actors born in Oberammergau.
Another option involves the tour operator Collette which has a nearly two-week itinerary including both land and a Danube River cruise through the Alpine countries of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland available on multiple dates during each month from May – September.
Getaway Dreams Come True Travel Agency recommends contacting us quickly with your choice of the above tour operator or water transportation option in order to secure seats at the highly sought-after theatrical event of the decade. Availability changes daily.
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