New Year in Imperial Vienna, departing 30 December 2018

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We celebrate New Year’s Eve in style in the stunning imperial city of Vienna. Our tour includes a Gala evening in the historical Kursalon Wien. Your evening will include a New Year’s Eve Strauss & Mozart Concert, four-course gala dinner with drinks, a waltz workshop and dancing. The evening's highlight is a midnight musical firework display after which you can celebrate at the New Year’s Eve party. 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.

Inclusions

• Return flight to Vienna from Dublin (with Aer Lingus) • Three nights in the 4* Mercure Wien Westbahnhof with breakfast • Three course welcome dinner • Highlights of Vienna Guided City Tour • New Year’s Eve Gala Concert at the Kursalon Wien, including four-course dinner with wine, category B concert ticket, waltz workshop and musical fireworks on the terrace • Guided tour of “Pieter Bruegel The Elder at the Kunsthistorisches Museum followed by coffee and cake • Guide assistance for all transfers and excursions

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with flight to Vienna. On arrival in Vienna, meet your local Vienna guide and transfer to the 4* Mercure Westbahnhof where you are booked for 3-nights on a bed & breakfast basis. The hotel: 4* Mercure Westbahnhof The Hotel Vienna Mercure Westbahnhof is situated near Mariahilfer Strasse with a fantastic range of shops to choose from. The Naschmarkt, Schönbrunn Palace, Art History Museum, the new Stadtsaal Theater and Vienna's historical old town are easy to visit by metro and tram. The hotel features a large lobby, a bar offering cocktails and wines, and a sauna. The on-site restaurant M fifteen serves international cuisine as well as Austrian specialities. The U3 underground line beside the hotel will take you directly to the city centre in just 7 minutes. In the evening, meet with your fellow travellers for 3-course welcome dinner (no drinks included) in the hotel restaurant).

Day 2

This morning, see the city highlights on a combined coach and walking tour. Famous sights of Vienna include the State Opera, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Natural History, the Hofburg and 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. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before getting ready to attend the highlight of your stay in Vienna – a luxurious evening of traditional Viennese culture in the beautiful venue of Kursalon Vienna! Meet your local guide for coach transfer to the Kursalon Wien for a gala evening including a New Year’s Eve Strauss & Mozart Concert, four-course dinner with drinks, a waltz workshop and dancing. Category B tickets. Welcome the New Year at Vienna’s Kursalon concert hall with the strains of Mozart and Strauss ringing in your ears. Dress up in all your finery for an evening of sophisticated celebrations. This plush concert hall was built in the 19th century and the venue, with the help of composer Johann Strauss I, helped popularise the waltz in Vienna. During the show, extraordinary musicians will bring the exquisite melodies of Viennese composers to life. Get carried away by the melodic strains of Mozart and Strauss, and by the accompanying performances of talented opera singers and graceful ballet dancers. After the concert, learn the art of waltzing at a dance workshop, then put your skills to practice during the New Year's festivities. As midnight approaches, make your way onto the terrace, then watch the night sky come alive with a spectacular fireworks display.

 

Schedule for the evening

Gala Dinner 06:00pm - 08:15 pm

Start the evening with a New Year’s Eve Gala dinner. You will be treated to a lavish 4-course menu of the finest culinary delights along with a selection of lovely wines and other beverages all in the magical atmosphere of the historic Kursalon Vienna.

Classical Concert 08:15 - 09:30 pm (no intermission)                                                                                        Listen to the Kursalon’s world-renowned orchestra performing the beautiful melodies from J. Strauss & W. A. Mozart. Enjoy the most famous pieces of Johann Strauss and Wolfgang A. Mozart performed by our orchestra Alt Wien ("Old Vienna"). Accompanied by international opera singers and ballet dancers they will delight you with a magnificent concert and bring the year to an unforgettable close.

Waltz Workshop                                                                                                                                                          Learn more about basic steps, style and character of Viennese Waltz. The Viennese Waltz is a world famous ballroom dance made popular by Johann Strauss himself. At the Waltz Workshop, you will learn the waltz fundamentals so that you can dance along to this beautiful music later in the evening!

Midnight Waltz                                                                                                                                                      Welcome the New Year while dancing to the sounds of the famous Blue Danube wwaltz!  As midnight approaches, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on the beautiful Kursalon terrace overlooking Vienna’s City Park (Stadtpark). Welcome the New Year with the typically Austrian "Midnight waltz", dancing to the sounds of the famous Blue Danube Waltz.

Dance & New Year's Eve Party                                                                                                                          The evening doesn’t have to end at midnight. Continue the celebration by dancing through the early hours of the New Year at our wonderful New Year’s Eve Party. It’s the perfect way to end a lovely evening in Vienna.

Etiquette for the evening

Dress Code:  The venue recommends that ladies dress in full-length evening attire, while gentlemen should wear formal wear, black tie or traditional gala attire. 

Dance Floor Code Upon reaching the dancefloor, the man should traditionally take the lead. When the dance is over, the man should accompany the woman back to her table.

Table Code Ladies are normally seated to the right of gentleman. When the lady stands, the man must stand as well or make a gesture to this effect.

Coach transfer back to hotel at the end of the evening.

 

Day 3

Today, visit the Kunsthistorische Museum (Art History Museum), one of the important collections of its kind in the world. Explore this world famous museum and marvel at unique paintings during a guided tour of the world’s first ever major monograph exhibition featuring “Pieter Bruegel the Elder” KHM Auben©KHM Museumsverband KHM Bruegel© KHM Museumsverband KHM CafeKuppelhalle©KHM Museumsverband 2019 sees the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c 1525/30 – 1569). To mark the occasion the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is dedicating the world’s first ever major monograph exhibition to the artist widely regarded as the 16th century’s greatest Netherlandish painter. Just over forty paintings by Bruegel’s own hand have been preserved to this day. The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna owns by far the largest collection, with twelve panels. This is due not least to the fact that Habsburg collectors had recognised the exceptional quality and originality of Bruegel’s imagery and endeavoured to acquire his prestigious works. Bruegel’s popularity is also down to the stunning compositions themselves, which are often moralising and always teeming with characters, inviting the viewer to reflect on the multi-layered complexity of the image contents. In museums and private collections, Bruegel’s works are rightly held to be among the most precious, but also the most fragile inventories. To date, the vast majority of the wooden panels have never been loaned for exhibition purposes. The collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is complemented by many paintings on loan from international museums and private collections, making this overview of Bruegel’s entire oeuvre nothing short of sensational. We also have an optional concert option for you today, should this be of interest. New Year's Day Concert at Gartenpalais Liechtenstein On January 1st the Vienna Hofburg Orchestra celebrates the New Year with their guests in the magnificent Gartenpalais Liechtenstein. Previous concerts showcased the most popular waltz and operetta pieces by Johann Strauss, Emmerich Kalman, and Franz Lehar, as well as opera aries and duets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. These spectacular concerts are performed by professional musicians and international vocal soloists. Ring in the New Year and enjoy the Hofburg Orchestra playing "Die Fledermaus Overture", "The Blue Danube", and the "Radetzky March", as well as music from "The Magic Flute", and "The Merry Widow". Start time 18:00. No interval. Ends approximately 19:30 Category A tickets: €175 per person includes return transfer (no guide on transfer)

Day 4

Coach transfer to airport for return flight.

Accommodation

The hotel: 4* Mercure Westbahnhof The Hotel Vienna Mercure Westbahnhof is situated near Mariahilfer Strasse with a fantastic range of shops to choose from. The Naschmarkt, Schönbrunn Palace, Art History Museum, the new Stadtsaal Theater and Vienna's historical old town are easy to visit by metro and tram. The hotel features a large lobby, a bar offering cocktails and wines, and a sauna. The on-site restaurant M fifteen serves international cuisine as well as Austrian specialities. The U3 underground line beside the hotel will take you directly to the city centre in just 7 minutes.

Extra Information

Booking Deposit Booking deposit is €350 pp. Balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure date. No credit card charge on deposit payments. Tour is based on a minimum of 20 people travelling. Balance Payments Due to the fee levied by credit card companies, a 2% charge will be made on balance payments made by credit cards. Receipts for balance payments are sent on request.

Hand Luggage One standard piece of hand luggage is included in your tour price. (10 kilos). Checked in luggage is available to purchase prior to travel, prices may vary. Please note this must be booked with a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. Bags booked within 14 days prior to travel will incur an administration fee of €25 per piece. Please note that Aer Lingus currently charge for 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. Booking deposit is €350pp. Balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure date.

Special requests It is important to advise us at the time of booking of any special requests or requirements i.e. wheelchair assistance, special dietary requirements etc. We will endeavour to facilitate these requirements however they cannot be guaranteed. Passport It is your responsibility to ensure your passport will be valid for your holiday. Please contact us should you have any queries regarding your passport. EU passport holders do not require a visa to travel within the EU. As a rule of thumb for European travel your passport should be valid until your intended date of return to Ireland. For travel outside the EU a validity of a minimum of 6 months beyond your return date is required. A visa may be needed for your holiday and information regarding this will be sent closer to travel.

Travel Insurance IFC strongly recommends travel insurance and can offer a competitive quotation if not already purchased. The EHIC is a European Healthcard available to all EU citizens and is recommended to carry for travel within Europe. Please check www.ehic.ie for more information. IMPORTANT: If you have purchased travel insurance with IFC. If you or any person travelling has a pre-existing medical condition then you must declare that condition to Health Check

  Cost per person: €1,239pp
  Number of nights: 3
  Dates available: 30 December 2018

Single Supplement €225

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