If you’ve ever wanted to see the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play, the year 2020 is your chance to combine it with a wonderful river cruise along the Danube. Begin by taking a seat at this unique theatrical spectacle, performed by the town’s inhabitants since the 1600s. You’ll also have the chance to visit the world-renowned Neuschwanstein Castle in its solitary alpine setting. And then combine the exceptional and the quaint and the new and exciting as you sail from Passau to Budapest.
Titan Travel door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Munich. Upon arrival, we transfer and check in to the Hotel Arcona Living.
Day 2 - Munich - Ammergau Alps
After breakfast, we leave Munich behind as we begin our journey to Oberammergau. On the way, we enjoy an excursion to Neuschwanstein – regarded by many as the most beautiful castle in the world. Completed in 1880, it was designed as a fantastical, fairytale palace. With its pointed turrets and soaring towers, it’s safe to say it’s hit the mark as the castle was the inspiration for Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ castle. We arrive in the Ammergau Alps this afternoon and check into our hotel.
Day 3 - Oberammergau
Oberammergau is a delightful town in the picturesque Bavarian Alps. Explore the historical town and visit the Oberammergau Museum for an insight into the town’s history and wood carving trade, which is still a major export today. Later, we witness what we have travelled to see; Oberammergau’s Passion Play. During the 17th century, the villagers of Oberammergau pledged that if they were spared from the plague, they would perform the Passion Play – a story of the life and death of Jesus – and have continued to do this every ten years since 1634.
Today, it is world renowned and highly anticipated, with over 2,000 residents involved in the production.
Performances take place in an open-air theatre, which hosts 4,700 people.
Day 4 - Ammergau Alps - Passau
After breakfast, we transfer to Passau. Upon arrival, we board MS Bellejour, where light refreshments are available.
Day 5 - Passau - Linz
Rich with culture, beautiful arts and world-renowned music, Vienna is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Mozart, Brahms and Schubert all called this opulent city home – and you’ll discover their inspiration as you wander the squares and streets as part of our included tour. Together, we’ll view fine baroque churches, palaces and concert halls. Back on board this afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the waltz. This evening brings a special opportunity to watch a classical music concert at one of the impressive palaces in the city.
Day 6 -linz
A city that combines its heritage with a healthy interest in the future, Linz is certainly a unique stop on our cruise. Take it all in with an optional walking tour, or perhaps browse the most important collection of Austrian art history and folklore at Schlossmuseum.
Day 7 - Melk - Durnstein
We arrive in the sleepy town of Melk this morning and waste no time in seeing the best bits together on an included excursion. We’ll venture out to explore the magnificent abbey that dominates the town’s skyline – a baroque masterpiece dating back to 1736. Brimming with incredible architecture, including elaborate frescoes and the marble hall, this iconic monastery is home to a gold and marble-lined church. After lunch, we continue onto Dürnstein – the pinch-me perfect town with an enviable position on an idyllic curve of the Danube. In the distance, you’ll spot the ruined castle which once held Richard the Lionheart ransom. You might choose to join the optional orientation tour and wine tasting this afternoon.
Day 8 - Vienna
Rich with culture, beautiful arts and world-renowned music, Vienna is one of Europe’s most renowned cities. Mozart, Brahms and Schubert all called this opulent city home – and you’ll discover their inspiration as you wander the squares and streets as part of our included tour. Together, we’ll discover fine baroque churches, palaces and concert halls. You might like to return to the ship mid-afternoon and don your dancing shoes for a professional waltz lesson on board. This evening you’ll have the fantastic opportunity to watch a live classical music concert in one of Vienna’s opulent palaces.
Day 9 - Bratislava
Today, we dock in Slovakia. You might choose to join us on an excursion into Bratislava on the tourist train through the city. Wander through the charming old town and past the dominating Bratislava Castle (Hrad) – where 11 kings and 8 queens were crowned. After, take a wander for yourself – the old town is perfect walkable size.
Day 10 - Budapest
We dock in Budapest this morning with the whole day ahead of us to make the most of the twin city. Enjoy an included city tour of both Buda and Pest with a local guide, which will include an explanation of the city’s unique history. We visit the Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and the Royal Castle on the Buda Side before crossing the Danube at the Margarete Bridge. In Pest, we will see St Stephen’s Basilica, the Parliament buildings, City Park and Heroes’ Square. The afternoon is at leisure to explore further.
Day 11 - Budapest - UK
After breakfast, we disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
The four-star plus MS Select Bellejour was built in 2004 and has a worldwide allure with comprehensive facilities to ensure all guests can enjoy every aspect of their vacation. When entering the ship guests are instantly encircled by the feeling of timeless elegance and luxury. This 126.7 m long vessel features 90 large cabins allowing for a maximum of 180 passengers. The ship has spacious public areas and plenty of outside seating, enabling guests to soak up the ever-changing scenery at any time. In the panoramic restaurant on the upper deck guests can enjoy culinary delights. Passengers can also enjoy an indoor wellness area with sauna, whirlpool and fitness area to ensure maximum comfort and relaxation. When combined with excellent service on board the MS Select Bellejour, a cruise on the European waterways will be one to never forget. The ship offers three cabin types – all of which are spacious and well-thought-out. All cabins have outside views, climate control and an en-suite bathroom. In addition, cabins include a phone, TV, safe, hair dryer, and a mini bar.
This lovely 4 star river cruise vessel, features comfortably furnished cabins and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony. 90 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms. Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.
VIP door-to-door travel service Travel with us and your holiday starts the moment you step out your front door. There’s no worry about taxi fares, train timetables or having to lug your bags on public transport – we take care of the whole journey for you. Hassle-free transfers* As the pioneers of door-to-door transfers, our service is industry-leading. No matter where you’re flying from, our drivers will pick you up from home (or another address if that’s easier) and take you to your departure airport. When you return, they’ll be waiting at the terminal to bring you back home again. If you’ve chosen to stay in a hotel the night before your flight, that’s not a problem – we’ll collect you the day before and take you to the hotel. Everyone’s a VIP – no matter how far you are from the airport We won’t ask you to pay extra just because you live further away. There are no mileage limits or supplements to pay for our airport transfers – we cover every UK address (with the exception of the Scottish Islands and Sark, where we’ll pick you up from a mainland address of your choice). *The majority of our VIP door-to-door service transfers are not exclusive to one holiday booking and journeys to and from the airport may be undertaken via additional addresses and may involve a change of vehicle.
Titan Travel is the only escorted tour operator to offer free home transfers on every itinerary and every departure date with no mileage supplement to pay. Titan Travel are also our number one choice for low or no single supplements. As Titan now charter their own ship, the MS Serenade 1, not only as a solo traveller do you get picked up from home, but you can look forward to knowing that there will be a group of single travellers on board with you. Or you can cruise with a companion, but you both have a cabin for only a small supplement, subject to availability. As a long-established, multi-award winning touring company, Titan Travel have brought their friendly expertise to their comfortable, 4 star river cruising. Your fellow travellers onboard will be from the UK and Ireland. We have worked with Titan Travel and their friendly staff for a number of years and are very happy to recommend their overall experience from start to finish. Celebrating 40 years in business, they are definitely doing something right.