Vienna: Opera & Art Deligths, departing 11 May 2018

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Discover more of Vienna. Luxuriate in The Magic Flute at the Vienna Volksoper. Marvel at what you see and hear on our “Highlights of Vienna” City Tour. Explore the Stairway to Klimt exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum and – Egon Schiele: Expression and Lyricism at the Leopold Museum.

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. 

Inclusions

• Return scheduled flight from Dublin • Three nights in the four-star Austria Trend Hotel Doppio on a bed and breakfast basis • Welcome dinner • ‘Highlights of Vienna’ sightseeing tour • Pre-opera dinner in your hotel • Category 1 to the Magic Flute in the Vienna Volksoper • Entrance to the Leopold Museum and guided tour of the Egon Schiele – Expression and Lyricism exhibition • Entrance to the Kunsthistorisches Museum and guided tour of Stairway to Klimt exhibition, with light meal on arrival • Free time for independent sightseeing • Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with an early flight to Vienna. Flying with Aer Lingus, flight departs Dublin at 06:15 and arrives in Vienna at 10:35 (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* Austria Trend Hotel Doppio where you will stay for 3-nights on a bed & breakfast basis. The hotel: 4* Austria Trend Hotel Doppio The stylish Austria Trend Hotel Doppio Wien is located next to Vienna's new Media Quarter Marx and the Vienna Biocenter. It is a 10-minute tram ride away from Belvedere Palace and Vienna city centre. Hotel facilities include a fitness area, free internet access in the entire building, and hotel bar. 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 houses and watch the world go by. This evening, a welcome dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2

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. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the city sights independently. In the later afternoon, meet your fellow travellers in the hotel restaurant for a three-course pre-opera dinner. After dinner, depart by coach for the Vienna Volksopera for the evening performance of The Magic Flute. Opera start time: 18:30 Coach transfer back to your hotel at the end of the evening

Day 3

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 art. The city offers many fascinating museums and art galleries and today you will visit two of them – The Leopold Museum and the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

The day will start with a visit to the Leopold Museum and a guided tour of the “Egon Schiele. Expression and Lyricism” exhibition. On the 100th anniversary of Schiele’s death a group of his paintings and graphic artworks will be presented for the first time in a dialog with various handwritten pieces and poems, as well as documents, photographs and other objects from his life. This approach allows the exhibition to look at his personal experience and lyrical talent from a fresh vantage point. The contemporary pieces displayed in parallel reflect on Schiele’s oeuvre from a modern-day perspective. In line with the year’s thematic focus, the Leopold Museum will also be showing works on paper from its extensive repository of graphic works by Klimt alongside various sheets by Koloman Moser.

Art lovers won't want to miss the crown jewel of Vienna’s galleries and museums - a museum with an interior that's as stunning as its collection. Also known as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien was founded to show off the Habsburgs' lavish array of art. Opened in 1891, in a building commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph I, the museum's perminant displays include works by Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer and Raphael. On arrival at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, enjoy a one-course lunch with a glass of wine and a tea or coffee before exploring this stunning museum.

As part of your afternoon exploration, you will have a guided tour of the “Stairway to Klimt” - Gustav Klimt and Viennese Modernsim exhibition. Enjoy a dizzying close-up view of the magnificent cycle of paintings by the young Gustav Klimt that adorns the spaces between the columns and above the arcades in the Main Staircase, some 12 m above the Entrance Hall. To mark the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death you have the opportunity to admire these unique paintings close-up. A huge four-tonne bridge is to be erected to span the entire Main Staircase and provide access to the paintings. The series of paintings depicts the main eras in art history. It was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph I and was created in collaboration with Franz Matsch and Klimt’s brother Ernst. As large parts of Gustav Klimt’s early works were destroyed by fire during the final days of the war in 1945, these stunning paintings preserved at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna remained as precious examples of his early oeuvre. Further, one of Gustav Klimt’s key works dating from the founding of the Vienna Secession, his famous painting entitled Nuda Veritas is to go on show at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna.

Evening is at leisure

Day 4

Coach transfer to airport for return flight. Flight departs Vienna at 10:35 and arrives in Dublin at 12:35 (flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion).

  Cost per person: €973pp
  Number of nights: 3

Single Supplement €163

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