Passion Play & Eastern Europe River Cruise - Oberammergau 2020
Passion Play & Eastern Europe River Cruise - Oberammergau 2020
A Christian Tour Leader throughout the holiday
Return economy airfares to Europe via Singapore
9 day Danube cruise with excursions
Quality hotel accommodation with private facilities
Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees
Luggage assistance at hotels
Our journey begins with a flight from Australia to Singapore where we can check-in to our hotel for a good night’s sleep.
A leisurely morning in Singapore before we fly to Europe arriving in Frankfurt in the evening. While in Singapore you may wish to enjoy High Tea at the famed Raffles Hotel or wander around colourful Chinatown.
Today you can enjoy a day at leisure – explore Frankfurt’s Alt Stadt (Old City) including the Romerberg where the reconstructed gabled half-timbered buildings give an idea of how beautiful the city’s medieval core once was. Visit the nearby medieval Lutheran church of St Nicholas which was lucky to sustain only minor damage during the war.
Enjoy your choice of many museums including the Goethe House.
We leave Frankfurt and travel to the “fairytale” walled town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Considered the best-preserved medieval town in all of Germany, Rothenburg offers photo opportunities at every you turn. Enjoy a walking tour and soak up the sights including the splendid renaissance Town Hall which dominates the beautiful Market Square. Along with the Rathaus we will visit the Kriminal Museum and the famous Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village. We drive further south to the beautiful Bavarian capital of Munich.
Explore the best Munich has to offer with our city tour. Visit historic Marienplatz, the city’s central square since 1158; famous for the Glockenspiel, Marienplatz is named for the Marian Column and is dominated by the New Town Hall and the reconstructed gothic Old Town Hall.
Wander the grounds of the superb Nymphenburg Palace, once the summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs and one of the largest royal palaces in Europe.
In the afternoon we will travel onto Oberammergau, a small village in the Bavarian Alps. As well as the Passion Play, Oberammergau is famed for its buildings adorned with incredible Biblical murals, the best known being The House of Pilate.
This is the day we have long been anticipating, a chance to experience the unique event that is the original Passion Play. Since 1634 the Villagers of Oberammergau have performed the “Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ” once every 10 years to fulfil their solemn oath to God. In 2020 it will be the 47th time the Community of Oberammergau have performed the Passion Play that they have preserved throughout the centuries.
Our wonderful day will begin with Sunday worship and then a relaxed morning looking around the small village of Oberammergau. We will have a light lunch before the Passion Play starts in the afternoon (dinner will be served during intermission). Be prepared to be swept away by music and singing of breathtaking beauty, a memorable performance that takes you on an emotional journey. All in all, a truly marvellous way to spend a Sunday!
We bid farewell to Oberammergau and travel back to Munich where we will fly onto Bucharest, Romania’s Capital city. Our hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city and enjoys views of Revolution Square.
Much recent history has taken place in Romania’s capital city, and its wide, tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—built in 1922 to honor the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI—have gained it the name “Paris of the East.” During our city tour we will see the main sights including Royal Palace Square, the scene of riots in 1989, which led to the collapse of the communist dictatorship. Later we will travel by coach to Fetesti, embark on our river cruise vessel and meet the ship’s crew at a welcome reception. The beautiful Danube awaits!
The Danube is Europe’s second longest river and this morning we will dock in St. Gheorghe, from where our excursion into the Danube Delta will begin. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved of Europe’s deltas, this area is a nature lover’s paradise, hosting over 300 species of birds as well as 45 species of freshwater fish. From its source in the Black Forest to its delta at the Black Sea, the Danube measures 2,845 kilometers in length. The Km markings can be clearly seen on the river banks the length of the river - enjoy a small celebration to mark Km “0”—the end of the Danube’s journey. This afternoon a chance to relax and to learn more about the fascinating Delta at an onboard lecture.
From Cernavoda this morning, an excursion takes you to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. A guided tour will show us the highlights of the city and includes a visit of the Natural History and Archaeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures. This afternoon relax on board as we cruise westward towards Rousse in Bulgaria.
We dock this morning in Rousse, Bulgaria’s largest inland port. From here we will do a coach excursion to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo. Situated on three hills surrounding the Yantra River, the city was a natural fortress with ancient stone houses clinging to the steep slopes. The oldest part is Tsarevets Hill, home of the Royal Fortress, and the Patriarch’s Church. With our Local Guide we will discover how this town played an important role in Bulgaria’s history. We then journey to Arbanassi, an historic village founded in the 15th century. The village is best known for its examples of Bulgarian Revival architecture with a 400-year-old house preserved as its Ethnographical Museum. Visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest churches in Arbanassi, and see its outstanding collection of frescoes. We rejoin the ship in Svistov in the afternoon having spent a memorable day ashore.
A leisurely morning of cruising before we arrive in Vidin, an important Danube port in northwestern Bulgaria. The medieval fortress of Baba Vidin is the town’s primary landmark; once the town’s main defensive installation during the Middle Ages it is now the only entirely preserved medieval fortress in the country. In nearby Belogradchik, view the eclectic group of Rock Formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. Sculpted by natural elements for more than 200 million years and with a variety of sizes and shapes, the Belogradchik Rocks are spectacular!
A wonderful way to spend a Sunday as we glory in God’s creation taking in the scenery of the dramatic gorge of the Iron Gates. This narrow, formerly very dangerous passage, divides Europe’s Alps in the northwest from the Carpathians in the southeast and forms a natural border between Serbia and Romania. A tour to Lepenski Vir, an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge.
An early morning arrival in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and one of the oldest cities in Europe. The city is situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers and we will see the main sights with a local guide, including St. Sava, the world’s largest orthodox church. After our tour we will have time at leisure to explore the city’s lively pedestrian area and charming outdoor cafés. Alternatively, you may wish to attend an Onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board ship before dinner.
Relax on board this morning before we arrive in Mohács, our first stop in Hungary. After lunch, we journey to the ancient town of Pécs, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded by the Romans in the 2nd century, Pecs is known for its architectural landmarks such as the Early Christian Mausoleum, splendidly decorated frescoed tombs featuring Christian themes.
The vast Pécs Cathedral towers over central Szent István Square and the town also has a rich showcase of Turkish architecture due to 16th century Ottoman occupation.
TOMBS—now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site—many of which have splendidly decorated murals with Christian themes. An Organ Concert caps off a delightful day spent in this wonderful town.
We arrive this morning in the charming Hungarian capital of Budapest, one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. We bid goodbye to our crew before a guided tour shows us the city’s highlights—Heroes’ Square, the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion—with spectacular views of the city—and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs.
They city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves— connect ancient Buda on the right bank with flat Pest on the left.
With our luxurious hotel located on the river banks next to the 19th century Chain Bridge, you can choose to walk back across this symbol of Budapest to Buda Castle directly opposite.
A day at leisure in this beautiful city with the main sights in easy walking distance from our centrally located hotel - explore the Old City, tour the Parliament or visit St. Stephen’s Basilica for marvelous views of the city from its viewing platform. The Váci Utca shopping street and Central Market Hall are also nearby if you want to shop for authentic souvenirs such as Herend porcelain or handcrafted embroidery. Alternatively, simply soak up the city’s coffee house culture when you visit the 150 year’s old Café Gerbeaud, one of the greatest and most traditional coffeehouses in Europe. Enjoy a delicious cake or ice cream in grand style as you sit surrounded by stucco decorations, immense chandeliers and paneling and furniture made of exotic woods.
We meet up as a group mid-afternoon to depart for the airport and our flight to Singapore.
We arrive in Singapore in the late afternoon. Enjoy dinner at our hotel and then time for a restful sleep.
This morning you will have time to relax or do some last-minute souvenir shopping. In the afternoon we will enjoy a tour of Singapore’s latest attraction, the stunning Gardens by the Bay. This 21st-century botanic garden will amaze you with its greenery filled space-age bio-domes, high-tech Supertrees and whimsical sculptures. Our final dinner together will be a true celebration culminating in the spectacular Garden Rhapsody light show.
Sunday Morning Worship at St Andrews, Singapore’s largest Cathedral. We give thanks to God for our blessed time away, for the wonderful people we have met and the incredible experiences we have shared. After worship we will have time at leisure before a late afternoon transfer to the airport - our holiday may be at an end, but we will fly home with many precious memories.
We arrive home with full hearts after a wonderful Christian holiday.
7 July 2020
27 July 2020
7 July 2020
27 July 2020