Vienna and the Grafenegg Music Festival: 01 Sept 2020

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• The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra presents Beethoven and Prokofjew, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel

• Explore the cultural history of Austria with visits to the Pasqualati House, Klosterneuburg Monastery and The Imperial Treasury.

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 music evening at the Grafenegg Music Festival. Marvel at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel in stunning surroundings. The Grafenegg Music festival is an absolute music highlight in the Austrian festival calander. The festival runs over three week and presents world-class orchestras conducted by grand masters at the Wolkenturm and the Auditorium. Listen as world-renowned artists fill the castle grounds with melodies from the great classical works.

Inclusions

• Return scheduled flight from Dublin • Three nights in the four-star Hotel Renaissance with breakfast • Welcome dinner in hotel • Highlights of Vienna sightseeing tour with visit to the Beethoven Pasqualati House • Excursion to visit the Klosterneuburg Monastery with lunch and wine-tasting • Visit the Imperial Treasurt with light lunch • Pre-performance dinner • Category 1 to The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Grafenegg Music Festival • Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions

Itinerary

Day

Your tour will start with an afternoon flight to Vienna. Flying with Ryanair Lauda Air, flight departs Dublin at 13:50 and arrives in Vienna at 17:35 (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 Renaissance where you will stay for 3-nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

The hotel: 4* Renaissance Wien Hotel **** Renaissance Wien Hotel **** The Renaissance Wien combines Viennese tradition and modern style. With a stay at Renaissance Wien Hotel in Vienna, you'll be convenient to Vienna Technical Museum and Schoenbrunn Palace. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Schoenbrunn Zoo and Central Library. Make yourself at home in one of the 305 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment. Bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and complimentary toiletries. Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. The Meidlinger Hauptstraße Underground Stop (line U4) is just 100 m away.

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. Today’s tour includes a visit to The Beethoven Pasqualatihaus. Named after its owner Josef Benedikt Baron Pasqualati,the house was built in the eighteenth century and is located on Mölker Bastei, part of the remains of the old city fortifications. Ludwig van Beethoven worked in Vienna for thirty-five years and 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". Besides numerous documents illustrating the life and work of Beethoven, there is the famous 1804/05 portrait of Beethoven by Willibrord Joseph Mähler and many personal items owned by the composer. Tour duration: approximately 4 hours

Day 2

The Grafenegg Festival is known for great orchestras, noteworthy ensembles and outstanding artists. Performances take place in the spectacular setting of the Wolkenturm in Grafenegg’s Schlosspark, offering a unique concert experience. they come together to create unique concert experiences. In the case of bad weather, concerts are moved to the indoor Auditorium. Our included performance is a Concert Instrumentation by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. 

Today, we depart the hotel at approximately 11am and will arrive back at the hotel at the end of the day after the concert performance.

We start the day with a visit to the Klosterneuburg Monastery, located approximately 17km from Vienna. Your guide will enthrall you with fascinating insights into the monastery’s 900-year old history. Through the medieval cloister and the famous Verdun Altar, the tour will take you through the Baroque complex and into the private rooms of Charles VI and the impressive Marble Hall. Marvel as you see the seven-branched candelabrum of Agnes from the 12th century and the medieval display room with its outstanding artworks of the Austrian High and Late Gothic period. From the cloister, the tour moves into St Leopold’s Chapel, the burial place of St Leopold, where the famous Verdun Altar can be seen. This is regarded as a major work of mediaeval enameling. Completed in 1181 by Nikolaus von Verdun, the altar is recognised as a work that is unique worldwide. In the first half of the 18th century, plans were made to turn the mediaeval complex of the monastery of the Augustinian Canons at Klosterneuburg into an Austrian Escorial in Baroque style. Emperor Charles VI, the father of Maria Theresia, had the idea to construct a stronghold of worldly and spiritual power. However, the project was never finished and in many places the extraordinary baroque construction site remained unaltered. Over the centuries, Klosterneuburg Monastery developed into a significant religious centre of the Habsburg dynasty, to which innumerable precious objects were donated; the Austrian Archducal Hat is the most prominent example. Among the highlights of this tour are the impressive fresco painted by Daniel Gran in the Marble Hall, depicting the glories of the House of Austria, and the private rooms of Charles VI, which have been extraordinarily well preserved up to the present time. At the end of the tour, there will be an opportunity for a short Austian Wine Tasting Session where we taste three varieties of Austrian wines.

Transfer to Grafenegg (approx 50km)

Pre-performance two –course dinner in a local restaurant near Grafenegg, followed by concert performance.

Programme

Ludwig Van Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 36

Sergej Prokofjew Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major op. 100

Return to Vienna at the end of the evening.

Day 3

Breakfast at hotel and check-out.

This morning, visit the Imperial Treasury, followed by a light lunch and then it’s on to the airport for the return flight. Flight departs Vienna at 16:00 and arrives in Dublin at 18:00 (flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion).

The Secular Treasury in Vienna is the home of the most important collection of medieval royal objects: including the insignia and jewels of the Holy Roman Empire and the Imperial Crown and Holy Lance. Additional highlights include the Crown of Emperor Rudolf II (which later became the Crown of the Austrian Empire), as well as the vestments and other precious items of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Exceedingly valuable gems, including one of the world's largest emeralds, bear witness to the Habsburgs’ former degree of power. In earlier centuries, two items were considered to be so unique that they were declared “inalienable heirlooms of the House of Austria”: a giant narwhal tooth which was thought to be the horn of a unicorn and an agate bowl from Late Antiquity which was thought to be the legendary Holy Grail.

Accommodation

Renaissance Wien Hotel **** The Renaissance Wien combines Viennese tradition and modern style. With a stay at Renaissance Wien Hotel in Vienna, you'll be convenient to Vienna Technical Museum and Schoenbrunn Palace. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Schoenbrunn Zoo and Central Library. Make yourself at home in one of the 305 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment. Bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and complimentary toiletries. Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. The Meidlinger Hauptstraße Underground Stop (line U4) is just 100 m away.

Extra Information

Flight times: Please note that flight times are subject to change at Airlines discretion

Booking Deposit Booking deposit is €350pp. 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.

Hand Luggage

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  Cost per person: €1,259pp
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  Dates available: 01 September 2020

Single Supplement €209

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