Classic Vienna: Art & Architecture
- Return scheduled flight from Dublin
- Airline taxes
- Three nights bed and breakfast in the four-star superior Austria Trend Parkhotel Schonbrunn
- Three-course welcome dinner
- Half-day ‘Architectural Highlights of Vienna’ sightseeing tour
- Visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum with guided tour of the Rubens Exhibition
- Coffee and cake in the Kunsthistorisches Museum
- Visit to the Albertina Museum with guided tour of the Raphael Exhibition
- Lunch af the famous Cafe Central • Free time for independent sightseeing
- Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions
In its magnificent setting on the beautiful Danube, Vienna more than lives up to its centuries old tradition of civilised culture. Beautiful buildings of many architectural styles including beautiful palaces, ancient streets, public gardens and street cafes make it one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
Serious music lovers have long considered Vienna to be one of Europe’s premier music destinations. No other city has been home to so many composers of international renown: some, such as Schubert, Strauss, Schoenberg and Berg were born there, others, such as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms and Mahler chose to live there.
See the best of Viennese Art and Architecture on our Art and Architecture Tour. Included in this tour are visits to the Kunsthistorisches Museum and to the Raphael Exhibition at the Albertina Museum.
Your tour will start with a flight to Vienna.
(flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion).
On arrival in Vienna, meet your local Vienna guide for coach transfer to the 4*Austria Parkhotel Schonbrunn where you will stay for 3-nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
The hotel: 4* Austria Trend Parkhotel Schonbrunn
The former guesthouse of Emperor Francis Joseph, this 4-star hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Schönbrunn Palace and the Vienna Zoo. It offers an elegant restaurant and a private garden, and free WiFi access is available. The restaurant at Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn Wien serves classic Austrian cuisine and Viennese specialities in a historic ambiance. In the evening, the Gloriette Bar offers a wide range of drinks. The spacious rooms combine modern facilities with a traditional elegant ambiance. They include cable TV, a minibar, and a safe. Some are air-conditioned and overlook the park. The Hietzing Underground Station is just 50 m away from Parkhotel Schönbrunn and provides direct connections to Vienna’s city centre in less than fifteen minutes.
The afternoon is free for you to settle in, take a rest or perhaps enjoy a stroll around the city.
Perhaps take in one of Vienna’s world class museums or Art Galleries, or simply visit one of the city’s renowned coffee housesand watch the world go by.
In the evening, meet your fellow travellers for a three-course welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Today, join your local guide for our ‘Architectural Highlights of Vienna’ city tour. See the city sights including the State Opera, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural History and the Hofburg, the Imperial Winter Palace. Your city tour will also take you across the Danube, where you will see modern Vienna with the Danube Tower, the United Nations buildings and the newly constructed apartment buildings. A tour highlight for many is the controversial multi-coloured Hundertwasserhaus and the KunstHaus, both designed by the famous Austrian artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
In the afternoon, we will visit the very famous Kinsthistorisches Museum, one of the world’s greatest art collections. It’s unique collection has only in the last few years re-opened to the public and offers rare, curious and unusual objects. Among its highlights are examples of fabulous goldsmith work such as the celebrated Saliera by Benvenuto Cellini, outstanding sculptures such as the Krumau Madonna, magnificent bronze statuettes, delicate and bizarre ivories and precious stone vessels as well as valuable clocks, elaborate automatons, strange scientific instruments, sumptuous gameboards and much, much more.
Your tour will include a guided tour of the Rubens Exhibition “Metamorphoses”, A spectacular showcase for Peter Paul Rubens, the foremost Flemish Baroque painter
About the exhibition
Peter Paul Rubens (1577‒1640) achieved great fame during his own lifetime and is regarded to this day as the foremost Flemish painter of the Baroque period. The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna has around forty paintings by the master and his workshop. They include intensely vibrant key works teeming with figures, such as the huge altarpieces for the Jesuit Church in Antwerp, and more intimate depictions, including the Portrait of Hélène Fourment, the Head of Medusa, and Rubens’s late self-portrait.
In autumn 2017 the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is dedicating a magnificent exhibition to this key exponent of European painting. Together with numerous international loans, Rubens’s oeuvre will be combined in a spectacular showcase. Its focal point will be the painter’s creativity. Rubens excelled more than any other at using the works of other artists for his own creative output. He engaged throughout his life in this dialogue with the works of his illustrious predecessors and contemporaries, a dialogue that was to shape his oeuvre over a period of fifty years. As a painter he was continually transforming his own compositions. And, indeed, Rubens’s works often owe their dynamic and compelling contemporary appearance precisely to his penchant for reworking.
After visiting this wonderful museum, relax with a Viennese coffee and a slice of cake at the Cupola Hall in the Museum. Located at the heart of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Cupola Hall on the first floor is the architectural highlight of the magnificent building. It is decorated with precious materials, differently coloured types of granite and marble and outstanding stucco work - all to celebrate the Habsburg collectors, foremost of them the Emperors Maximilian I, Charles V, Rudolf II, Charles VI and Franz Joseph I.
Today, we spend the morning in the Albertina Museum. The Albertina Museum offers a range of outstanding works from Raphael through Albrecht Duerer, Rembrandt and Rubens to Lorrain, Delacroix, Manet and Cezanne. The collections of the 20th century include works by Schiele,Klimt and Kokoschka, as well as Warhol, Rauschenberg and Baselitz.
Your visit to the Albertina will include a visit to its exhibition on Raphael, a must for art lovers.
The Albertina is planning a comprehensive exhibition on Raphael in cooperation with the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, which is home to the world’s largest and most representative collection of the artist’s drawings. The Ashmolean and the Albertina together own nearly 140 of Raphael’s works on paper, of which a selection of the most important and beautiful will be presented. The Albertina will also be showing drawings owned by further international museums, as well as a selection of Raphael’s paintings.
After your guided tour, lunch will be provided in the Café Central. This famous traditional café with its 140 year history was first opened in 1876 and at the turn of the 20th century it was a popular meeting point for leading lights in the world of art, literature, politics and science such as Arthur Schnitzler, Sigmund Freud, Peter Altenberg and Leo Trotzki.Unique architecture combined with the best coffee specialities, classic Viennese cuisine and finest home-made pastries make every visit a special experience.
The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the city sights independently.
Coach transfer to airport for return flight.
Price per person sharing €699pps
Single Supplement €109
Please note that Aer Lingus charge €40 per return checked in cabin baggage which is not included in the tour price. Please advise at the time of booking should you wish to check-in a bag.
Balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure date. No credit card charge on deposit payments. 2% charge on balance payments.