Cultural Tour to Imperial Vienna:Opera, Music & More: 23 April 2020

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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.

Discover more of Vienna. Luxuriate in a magical opera evening at the Volksoper. Marvel at what you see and hear on our “Highlights of Vienna” City Tour. Be amazed at the Vienna Boys Choir as they perform at Sunday Mass in the Hofburgkapelle. We also celebrate Beethoven on his Beethoven's 250th birthday during our tour as we explore the Beethoven Museum, the Beethoven Pasqualatihau and visit Beethoven’s Grave.

Itinerary

Day

Your tour will start with an afternoon flight to Vienna. Flying with Ryanair Lauda Air, flight departs Dublin at 14:00 and arrives in Vienna at 19:45 (flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion). On arrival in Vienna, you will meet your local Viennese guide for private coach transfer to the 4* Hotel Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace where you will stay for 3-nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

The hotel: 4* Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace The hotel offers 233 rooms full of soft earth colors and natural light in Vienna. Stay connected with high-speed, wireless Internet and flat-screen TVs, wake up to outstanding views of the Schönbrunn Palace or the hotel park and find peace and relaxation in the wellness and fitness area (extra fees may be charged for wellness area). The historic beauty of Vienna awaits right outside the hotel doors along with attractions such as the Museum of Technology, the Palm House greenhouse and Schönbrunn Zoo. Thanks to the hotels proximity to trams and subways, you can enjoy quick and easy access to other exciting areas of Vienna.

This evening, a 3-course welcome dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Day 1

Today, join your local guide for our ‘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.

Your city tour includes a visit to and recital in St.Michael’s Church. Located opposite the entrance to the Imperial Hofburg Palace, Michaelerkirche was consecrated in 1217. Although fragments of the present incarnation date back to the mid-14th century, most of it was rebuilt in 1792 in fine Baroque style, but it is still topped with its spindly Gothic spire. Thanks to its position at the very heart of Imperial Vienna, Michaelerkirche became the parish church of the Imperial Family and by default the place of worship favoured by Vienna’s aristocracy. It was in this church where Hayden played, and where Mozart’s unfinished Last Requiem was performed on the magnificent Sieber Organ after his death in 1791. Today St. Michael's is known for both its Baroque ornamentation and its music recitals but is chiefly notorious for the grisly secrets in its crypt. In the early 17th century, the graveyard surrounding the church filled up with tombs and was closed down. From 1631 until 1784, more than 4,000 were entombed in the crypt’s catacombs, and thanks to a quirk of climatic conditions, many of their mummified bodies and decorative coffins – skillfully carved with wreathes, flowers and death masks – have been perfectly preserved. Guests are welcome to stay in the city area and make their own way back to the hotel or to make the return transfer to the hotel with the local guide.

Tour duration: approximately 4 hours

The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the city sights independently.

Perhaps take in one of Vienna’s world class museums or Art Galleries, or simply visit one of the city’s renowned coffee houses and watch the world go by.

In the evening, dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant and afterwards meet your local guide in the hotel lobby for transfer to the Vienna Volksoper for evening performance of Die Fledermaus.

Programme

Die Fledermaus

Operetta by Johann Straußin

German language with English surtitles 2 Intermissions

This quintessential Viennese operetta deserves to be enjoyed throughout the year, and not just on New Year's Eve. Eisenstein evades a summons to serve a brief prison sentence by accepting Falke's invitation to Prince Orlowsky's party. His wife's former beau Alfred is escorted to jail in his place, having been mistakenly identified as Eisenstein. At the party everyone plays an assumed part, and later must share in the quilt of deception. A drunken prison guard, a stolen watch ... somehow everything is worked out in the end and the operetta's motto ‘Glücklich ist, wer vergisst, was doch nicht zu ändern ist“ (“happy are they who forget what can't be changed“) rings true.

At the end of the evening, return to hotel via coach

Day 2

Vienna, one of the most beautiful of Europe's historic and cultural cities, has long been one of the Europe’s most important centres of music and art. The city offers many fascinating museums and art galleries and today you will visit two, the Beethoven Museum and the Beethoven Pasqualatihaus.

Marvel at the Beethoven Museum

The life and work of Ludwig van Beethoven are inseparably bound up with Vienna. In 1787, the composer first came to the city to study with Mozart and from 1792 onwards he lived permanently here. The existing Beethoven apartment in Vienna‘s 19th district, was extended to create a Beethoven Museum in 2017 where a a fascinating, modern exhibition leads through 14 rooms. The illuminated themed areas include the history of the house, Beethoven's move from Bonn to Vienna, his stay in Heiligenstadt and performance giving at the time and his legacy. Exhibits include ear pipes and a prompt box that was placed on Beethoven's grand piano to amplify the sound. In this house, the 32 year-old Beethoven wrote his "Heiligenstadt Testament" in a state of deep despair. He wrote this letter to his brother, which was never sent, when he learned that there would be no remedy for his deafness. At the same time, he worked at Probusgasse on major works, including the three piano sonatas Opus 31, the oratorio "Christ on the Mount of Olives" and the "Eroica" symphony. Heiligenstadt was situated far outside the city walls back then; today, it is part of the smart 19th district (Döbling).

Lunch will be taken just a few steps away at a typical heuriger (wine tavern), located in an atmospheric house which Beethoven lived in for a while in 1817.

Afterwards, we visit the Beethoven Pasqualatihaus.

The "Pasqualatihaus", named after its owner Josef Benedikt Baron Pasqualati, was built in the eighteenth century and is located on Mölker Bastei, part of the remains of the old city fortifications. Altogether Ludwig van Beethoven worked in Vienna for thirty-five years. Thereof he spent eight years living in this apartment on the fourth floor. The spectacular view over the then still undeveloped site of the fortification approaches towards the northern and north-western suburbs of Vienna kept drawing the composer back to Mölker Bastei after his various short stays in the country. Here he worked on his 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th symphonies, among others, and above all on his opera "Fidelio". Todays tour will also include a visit to Beethoven’s Grave. When Beethoven died on March 26, 1827, he was so famous that almost 20,000 people – almost ten percent of Vienna's population – turned up for his funeral at Währing Cemetery. Sixty years later, his remains were reburied in a grave of honor at Vienna Central Cemetary.

At the end of the day, transfer back to the hotel where you have the evening at leisure.

Day 3

Today, hear the stunning and world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir at Sunday Mass in the Hofburgkapelle, with conductor Jordi Casals.  We will have an early check-out and departure from the hotel as Mass begins at 9:15.  After Mass, you will have independent time for sightseeing/lunch and we will then make the return journey to the airport in the afternoon. Flight departs Vienna at 16:25 and arrives in Dublin at 18:25 (flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion).  Transfer back to the airport will be at approximately 13:30.

 

 

Accommodation

The hotel:

4* Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace The hotel offers 233 rooms full of soft earth colors and natural light in Vienna. Stay connected with high-speed, wireless Internet and flat-screen TVs, wake up to outstanding views of the Schönbrunn Palace or the hotel park and find peace and relaxation in the wellness and fitness area (extra fees may be charged for wellness area). The historic beauty of Vienna awaits right outside the hotel doors along with attractions such as the Museum of Technology, the Palm House greenhouse and Schönbrunn Zoo. Thanks to the hotels proximity to trams and subways, you can enjoy quick and easy access to other exciting areas of Vienna.

  Cost per person: €1,139pp
  Number of nights:
  Dates available: 23 April 2020

Single Supplement €239

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