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2020 Oberammergau Passion Play Package

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The Rhine & Oberammergau 2020 on Crystal Debussy


Cruise ID 31467
Book By 21Dec18
Embarkation Basel, Switzerland
Disembarkation Amsterdam, Netherlands
Multiple Departures 09May20-08Sep20
Duration 11 nights
Arrival Dates Multiple arrivals from 20May20 to 19Sep20
Region Europe
Cruise Line Crystal River Cruises
Cruise Ship Crystal Debussy
Cruise Type River
Cruise Package Type Cruise-Stay
Ports of Call Basel, Strasbourg, Mannheim, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Cologne, Amsterdam

A rare opportunity to attend the legendary Oberammergau Passion Play; a 3-night pre-cruise experience* enhances a week-long journey through the UNESCO-rich Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

*This cruise is inclusive of a 3-night pre-cruise package in Munich, Germany and Oberammergau, Germany with hotel accommodations, meals, city tours, ticket to the 2020 Passion Play and transfers. Restrictions apply.


Highlights
  • 5-star accommodations in all locations (Munich and Oberammergau), with breakfast daily; two lunches; two dinners
  • Munich city tour and Oberammergau walking tour
  • A luxury 7-night, all-inclusive river cruise on the Rhine River
  • Ticket for the Passion Play
  • Dinner at the Passion Play during the break
  • All transfers between airport, Munich, Oberammergau and your Crystal river ship. Transfers from airport to hotel upon arrival are Private
  • Group Leader in Munich and Oberammergau
  • All-suite, butler-serviced accommodations
  • All gratuities, shipboard and shoreside
  • Michelin-inspired, farm-to-table dining
  • Unlimited fine wines, Champagnes, premium spirits, and beers
  • Welcome bottle of champagne and two bottles of wine in-suite
  • Unlimited soft-drinks and bottled water in-suite
  • 24-hour room service with options available from Waterside Restaurant
  • 24-hour Wi-Fi access; 60 minutes of complimentary
  • Wi-Fi/Internet usage per person per day
  • Complimentary use of Atlanta eBikes in every destination
  • Complimentary airport transfers between the airport and river yacht on days of embarkation and disembarkation
Important Terms
  • * This product is priced in United States Dollars (USD), AUD rates can fluctuate depending on exchange rates, final rates in AUD will be confirmed by your consultant at time of booking.
  • Prices are based on best available cruise fare per person, inclusive of all discounts.
  • All prices based on cash or cheque payment - credit card fees may apply.
  • Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply.

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Two-Bedroom Crystal Penthouse with Panoramic Balcony-Window
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One-Bedroom Crystal Penthouse with Panoramic Balcony-Window
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Petite Suite with Panoramic Balcony-Window
US$8,999 or AUD$12,631
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Deluxe Suite with Panoramic Balcony-Window
US$9,849 or AUD$13,825
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11 DAY / 10 NIGHT BUNDLED PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • 5-star accommodations in all locations (Munich and Oberammergau), with breakfast daily; two lunches; two dinners
  • A luxury 7-night, all-inclusive river cruise on the Rhine River
  • Munich city tour and Oberammergau walking tour
  • Ticket for the Passion Play: 2.5 hours of the Passion Play; Break for included dinner; 2.5 final hours of the Passion Play
  • All transfers between airport, Munich, Oberammergau and your Crystal river ship. Transfers from airport to hotel upon arrival are Private
  • Group Leader in Munich and Oberammergau

 

 

Overnight in Munich Start of Oberammergau
Pre-Cruise
End of Oberammergau
Pre-Cruise/Cruise Embark Date
Cruise Disembark Date
19May20 20May20 22May20 29May20
14Jul20 15Jul20 17Jul20 24Jul20
28Jul20 29Jul20 31Jul20 07Aug20
11Aug20 12Aug20 14Aug20 21Aug20
25Aug20 26Aug20 28Aug20 04Sep20
08Sep20 09Sep20 11Sep20 18Sep20

 

 

CRYSTAL RIVER CRUISES SIGNATURE HALLMARKS

  • The only all-suite river ships in Europe; every suite featuring a king-size bed, most with walk-in closets
  • European butler service in all categories and 24-hour room service
  • Michelin star-inspired farm-to-table dining, featuring Crystal’s acclaimed cuisine with regionally inspired menus
  • Complimentary Crystal Signature Event on every itinerary

  • Unlimited fine wines, champagnes, premium spirits and beers, as well as soft drinks and bottled water
  • All gratuities, shipboard and shoreside included
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi, plus high-tech in-suite amenities including bedside iPad directory
  • Crystal Collection of curated destination experiences in every port, both inclusive and optional

 


The dramatic history of the Oberammergau Passion Play began with the promise of a village suffering through the Black Plague in 1632. The town’s population was so depleted by the disease that villagers vowed to perform the Passion of Christ every 10 years going forward, if only their community would be spared further loss. Amazingly, the town was indeed spared.

Since the first performance of the Passion Play in 1634, residents of Oberammergau have presented the Passion Play, a performance depicting the final stage of Jesus’ life, once every decade for a period of weeks during the summer. 2020 will see the 42nd production of the play, which traditionally takes place on an open-air stage against a backdrop of stunning Bavarian scenery and featuring world-renowned music and costumes.

The play is 5 hours long and is conducted in German, with guests given English language guide books
to follow along. After the first half of the play there will be a 3-hour dinner intermission coordinated
by the Oberammergau organization.

Don’t miss out on a rare opportunity to take part in this historic event by reserving your place with Crystal River Cruises, Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best River Cruise Line.



Date Port Arrival Departure
 

Sep 11, Friday

Basel, Switzerland »  

5:00 PM

 
On the three-border intersection of Switzerland, Germany and France and unfolding in two sections from the banks of the Rhine, Basel has an international flair, a cultural vibrancy and is picturesque besides. A medieval town center invites exploration by foot, while an abundance of museums and galleries suggest an indoor stroll amid works of art and relics of history. The Museum of Fine Arts is home to the world’s oldest art collection accessible to the public. The city itself hosts Switzerland’s oldest university, dating to 1460. Antiquity may be Basel’s strong suit, as it is in much of Europe, but this corner of Switzerland also reveals a more modern countenance: Architects Herzog & de Meuron, best known for the design of the Tate Modern in London and the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, and Frank Gehry of Bilbao Guggenheim Museum fame have contributed their considerable talents to buildings here.
 

Sep 12, Saturday

Strasbourg, France » 9:00 AM 10:00 PM
 
When you glimpse the steep-peaked, half-timbered buildings, the place waters of narrow canals, flowers blooming on balconies and bridges, and old towers standing sentry over the scene, you know you have stepped into Strasbourg – either that, or the very pretty pages of a fairytale. The capital of the Alsace region and seat of the European Parliament, Strasbourg is simply one of the most photogenic old towns in existence. It boasts a breathtakingly gorgeous Gothic cathedral (with the tallest cathedral tower in France), twisting alleyways, a sweet collection of the aforementioned half-timbered buildings and a charm that oozes from virtually every cozy corner of Grande Île, or “Large Island,” the first city center to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sep 13, Sunday
Mannheim, Germany  » 9:00 AM

11:00 PM

 
In 1885, “driving a Benz” meant operating a three-wheeled, open-air carriage glorified by the world’s first purpose-built, rear-mounted internal combustion engine – the brainchild of Karl Benz, innovator and engineer extraordinaire. The name Benz is still synonymous with automotive innovation, of course, and the city of Mannheim is where this legacy began. It is still home to Daimler, the automotive giant with whom Mercedes-Benz eventually merged. Also born in Mannheim was the “man-powered running machine” (better known as a bicycle), the Lanz Bulldog tractor and first rocket-powered aircraft, firmly establishing Mannheim as the place for innovation and industry. Mannheim is actually the place for many things. A university town on the banks of the Rhine and Neckar, Mannheim is alive with hubs of diverse food, drink and shopping, as well as a thriving art and musical culture.
Sep 14, Monday
Cruising the Rhine River  »
Sep 14, Monday
Rüdesheim, Germany »

7:00 AM

2:00 PM

 

If Rüdesheim’s scenic location on the Rhine Gorge doesn’t sweep you off your feet, then the town’s medieval Old Town with its half-timbered buildings and narrow lanes, especially the Drosselgasse overflowing with charming shops and taverns, surely will. Still more that promises to enchant and delight is the region’s renowned Rieslings, produced here for centuries from vineyards dating to Roman times. A glass of white wine or the other local specialty, Asbach brandy, sipped amid historic surroundings can make the heart flutter, not necessarily from the effects of the spirits but from the simple beauty of one of Germany’s, if not the world’s, most romantic locales.

During the holidays, the Rüdesheim Christmas Market takes center stage. Try some deliciously made Rüdesheim Coffee, locally made with Asbach Uralt Brandy and whipped cream, exclusively offered during the season. With more that 100 kiosks and stalls offering local wares and seasonal gifts, there is much to see at this annual event—from local Rüdesheim coffee to global flavors like Finnish specialties and even Mongolian food fare.

 

Sep 14, Monday

Koblenz, Germany »

8:00 PM

 
 

Located where the Rhine and Moselle rivers and three low mountain ranges meet, Koblenz has a leg up in the scenery department. Add to that the city’s 2,000-year-old history, hilltop fortress and squares lined by classic Germanic architecture and you have a place ready made for photographs. You might start by aiming your lens at the Deutsches Eck, or German Corner, where the rivers merge around a corner of land marked by a monument to Emperor William I. Ambling along the river promenade and exploring the town’s narrow lanes, you might encounter medieval churches, flower-filled parks, sidewalk cafes and perhaps a weinstube, or wine tavern, an ideal venue for sipping dry Riesling and drinking in the atmosphere.

 

Sep 15, Tuesday

Koblenz, Germany »  

10:00 PM

 

Located where the Rhine and Moselle rivers and three low mountain ranges meet, Koblenz has a leg up in the scenery department. Add to that the city’s 2,000-year-old history, hilltop fortress and squares lined by classic Germanic architecture and you have a place ready made for photographs. You might start by aiming your lens at the Deutsches Eck, or German Corner, where the rivers merge around a corner of land marked by a monument to Emperor William I. Ambling along the river promenade and exploring the town’s narrow lanes, you might encounter medieval churches, flower-filled parks, sidewalk cafes and perhaps a weinstube, or wine tavern, an ideal venue for sipping dry Riesling and drinking in the atmosphere.

Sep 16, Wednesday

Rhine River Cruising »

 

Sep 16, Wednesday

Cologne, Germany »

6:00 AM

1:00 PM

 
A scan of Cologne’s skyline offers a short-hand of a long essay of architecture, varying from the space-needle-type Rhine Tower to the avant-garde buildings along the river to the spectacular spires of the cathedral. One look at the magnificent church and you can’t help but draw a breath of amazement—the structure is enormous and intricately glorious, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Germany’s most visited landmark. Peel your eyes away from the famed Kölner Dom, as it is locally called, to discover other architectural notables, including remains of the Roman wall, a modern museum complex, the contemporary philharmonic hall, cozy beerhalls and the span of the Hohenzollern Bridge, reconstructed after the war.
 

Sep 17, Thursday

Amsterdam, Netherlands »

9:00 AM

 
 

Everyone has an image of Amsterdam. For some, it’s small boats gliding on the canals and locals two-wheeling on bikes to and from work and, as frequently, to meet friends for drinks. For others, it’s gabled buildings leaning, seemingly precariously, over cobbled streets and cozy taverns illuminated by candles. Still others imagine tulips in bloom and the colors, both muted and vibrant, of the paintings Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. All images are true and even more beguiling when experienced in person. Sit a spell in a convivial cafe, explore world-class museums and feel the significance of a unique history—one of a city reclaimed from the sea, rising in prestige and influence as merchants built trade and wealth, and forever known for its attics and attitudes that offered refuge from war. Narrow streets and great manses tell the story not only in images but with the aroma of appeltaart, a taste of the avant garde in newly constructed buildings and a feeling of warmth from the amiable locals.

 

Sep 18, Friday

Amsterdam, Netherlands »

Disembark am

 
 

Everyone has an image of Amsterdam. For some, it’s small boats gliding on the canals and locals two-wheeling on bikes to and from work and, as frequently, to meet friends for drinks. For others, it’s gabled buildings leaning, seemingly precariously, over cobbled streets and cozy taverns illuminated by candles. Still others imagine tulips in bloom and the colors, both muted and vibrant, of the paintings Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. All images are true and even more beguiling when experienced in person. Sit a spell in a convivial cafe, explore world-class museums and feel the significance of a unique history—one of a city reclaimed from the sea, rising in prestige and influence as merchants built trade and wealth, and forever known for its attics and attitudes that offered refuge from war. Narrow streets and great manses tell the story not only in images but with the aroma of appeltaart, a taste of the avant garde in newly constructed buildings and a feeling of warmth from the amiable locals.





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With its castles, historic towns and terraced vineyards, so beautiful is the Upper Middle Rhine Valley the entire region is a treasured UNESCO site, notable for its breathtaking Rhine Gorge and iconic Lorelei Rock. Follow the Rhine and Moselle rivers to explore world-class cities and scenic villages in Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland. 


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