All aboard for Oberammergau

A once in a decade experience



In our fast-paced, instant gratification society, it is rare to find a true one-off worth waiting for. The Oberammergau Passion Play is a perfect example of a unique phenomenon that only comes around once every ten years. The dramatic tale of this quaint tradition dates back to 1634, when the residents of Oberammergau, a Bavarian village, performed a Passion Play, re-enacting the life of Jesus Christ, to show their gratitude for having been spared in the plague. They vowed to recreate the play every ten years, a tradition which continues to this day.

In 2020, the next Oberammergau Passion Play will take place with 2,000 villagers and a full orchestra performing the powerful and emotive play for a live audience. Such a spectacle can only be appreciated in person, and with Planet Cruise, guests can ensure this one-of-a-kind experience becomes an unforgettable holiday too.

Experience the magic of the Oberammergau Passion Play with a stylish cruise to not only enjoy the relaxing ambience a Planet Cruise can provide, but to further explore the beautiful region of Bavaria and beyond. Furthermore, holiday makers have a variety of cruise styles to choose from, ensuring they find the perfect trip to suit their travel needs.

Viking Cruises

Begin in the heart of southern Germany’s Bavarian culture, Munich, before arriving in the beautiful Alpine village of Oberammergau for the Passion Play. The play takes place in two parts, in the afternoon and evening. Dinner will be served during the intermission, when the setting becomes truly spectacular under the moonlit sky. Follow up the dazzling spectacle of the passion play with two days exploring Nuremburg, one of Germany’s most fascinating cities. During this delightful river cruise, guests can experience some of Germany, Austria and Hungary’s most resplendent scenery, fascinating cities including Regensburg, Passau, Krems, Vienna, and Budapest. Serene and cultural, this inspiring itinerary is ideal for those wishing to immerse themselves in natural beauty and cosmopolitan city life, together with the traditions of the Oberammergau Passion Play.

BOOK IT: Planet Cruise (; 0808 278 8504) offers an 9 night cruise and stay, including one night’s stay in Munich, onboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Longship Egil from just £3,605pp (full board including house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner) flying from London on 4th June 2020. The trip includes tickets to attend the world famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, all drinks with meals and excursions, an overnight onboard in Budapest, and stop offs in, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Krems, and Vienna. Full details here:

Saga Cruises

Explore four countries on one cruise! Experience the beauty of Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany while traversing the stunning waterways of these picturesque countries and uncovering their charming cities. Art lovers will delight in charming city tours of cultural hubs such as Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest. Enjoy this exquisite ten night cruise which ends with the magnificent Oberammergau Passion Play. This cruise also features two nights in a regal Regensburg hotel, the perfect complement to time spent cruising the picturesque river and exploring cities.

BOOK IT: Planet Cruise (; 0808 278 8504) offers a 9 night fly river cruise onboard Saga River Cruises’ Filia Rheni II from just £2,299pp (full board including house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner) flying from the UK on 17th August 2020. The trip includes an overnight onboard in Vienna, Budapest and Regensburg, tickets to attend the world famous Passion Play in Oberammergau and stop offs in Bratislava, Durnstein, Melk and Passau. Full details here:

Crystal River Cruises

Those seeking to become fully immersed in the beauty of the Rhine region and beyond are in luck, with a ten night fly cruise dedicated to showcasing lavish landscape and six star cuisine, together with the wonders of the Passion Play. Beginning with a two night hotel stay in magical Munich, before sailing to stunning Switzerland, this exceptional cruise goes beyond the Passion Play to create an inspiring itinerary, with a choice of complimentary excursions at every port.

BOOK IT: Planet Cruise (; 0808 278 8504) offers a 10 night fly river cruise onboard Crystal River Cruises’ Crystal Debussy from just £7,699pp (all-inclusive including unlimited complimentary beverages including Champagne, fine wine & spirits). Flying from the UK on 25th August 2020. The trip includes two nights hotel stay in Munich, tickets to attend the world famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, complimentary port excursions, overnight onboard in Rudersheim, Koblenz, Cologne and Amsterdam, and stop offs in Basel, Kehl, Karlsruhe and Mannheim. Full details here: