Viking Announces New ‘Passion Play’ Cruisetour Itinerary

Kerry Sharpe, Open Jaw

Viking has announced a new river cruisetour itinerary that will allow guests the opportunity to experience The Passion Play in Oberammergau, which is performed once every 10 years.

Travelling between Munich and Budapest from May through October 2020, the Oberammergau Passion Play itinerary will focus on the 42nd installment of the performance and will allow guests to explore destinations in Germany, Austria and Hungary.

“We are committed to providing our guests with opportunities that bring local culture and history to life both onboard our ships and onshore,” said Richard Marnell, senior vice president of marketing for Viking. “To help our guests learn about a destination through ‘Working World,’ ‘Local Life,’ or ‘Privileged Access’ experiences, such as this historic performance, is what we call ‘The Viking Way’ of exploration.”

On the 10-day cruise along the Danube River, guests will experience a performance of The Passion Play, a depiction of the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ performed by local citizens of Oberammergau once every decade since 1634. Sailing on Viking’s 190-guest Viking Longships, other highlights from the new itinerary include:

  • A tour and organ concert in Passau: Explore the Italianate-style streets of Passau and stop in to view Europe’s largest pipe organ with more than 17,000 pipes at the 17th-century St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
  • Experience a Mozart & Strauss concert in Vienna: Enjoy a special classical concert including Strauss waltzes and selections from Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
  • Explore Nuremberg’s history: Get a glimpse into Nuremberg’s World War II history, including Zeppelin Field and the Palace of Justice, the venue of the Nazi war trials.
  • Budapest’s thermal baths: Experience firsthand the restorative benefits of bathing in the thermal waters that flow through Budapest, which was discovered by ancient Romans.
Kerry Sharpe

Kerry Sharpe Columnist

Having worked in travel for the last 16 years, Kerry has experience covering the industry as media, as well as being under its lens when she worked for Thomas Cook, TravelBrands and itravel2000. A new mom, Kerry recently returned to the workforce and when she’s not chasing after her daughter, you’ll see her out and about covering industry events alongside her new BFF Tina the Travel Agent.

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