New Year in Mozart's Vienna

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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* Courtyard by Marriott Schonbrunn with breakfast · Three course welcome dinner · Guided tour of Vienna · Guided tour of “Rubens metamorphoses exhibition in the Kunsthistorisches Museum · New Years 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 · 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* Mariott Schonbrunn Hotel where you are booked for 3-nights on a bed & breakfast basis.  The hotel:  4* Mariott Schonbrunn Hotel Showcasing a uniquely convenient location next to the spectacular Schonbrunn Palace, the Courtyard Vienna Schoenbrunn provides the ideal backdrop for a remarkable visit to Vienna.  The hotel is located three miles from Vienna’s vibrant city center. Each room boasts plush bedding, a flat-screen TV, and high-speed Wi-Fi. Indulge in delectable on-site dining at La Corte, or unwind after an exciting day in Vienna with a specialty cocktail at the hotel’s stylish lobby bar. 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 – the New Years Eve concert in the historical Kursalon. 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. The evening’s highlight is a midnight musical firework display after which you can celebrate at the New Year’s Eve party.  Category B tickets. Schedule for the evening 5pm Coach pick-up from hotel 6pm Dinner in the Lehar Hall 08.15pm Concert Start Time (no intervals) 9.30pm Waltz workshop with dancing in the Schubert Hall Midnight Musical fireworks on the terrace with views over Vienna Coach transfer back to hotel at the end of the evening.

Day 3

Enjoy the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, visit the Kunsthistorische Museum (Art History Museum), one of the important collections of its kind in the world for a guided tour of its Rubens Metamorphoses exhibition.  This is the last chance to see this excellent exhibition which closes on 21 January 2018. 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 (Het Pelsken), the Head of Medusa, and Rubens’s late self-portrait. 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. We also have an optional concert option for you today, should this be of interest. New Years’s Day Concert in the Festival Hall and Redouten Hall of the Vienna Hofburg. Ring in the New Year as you listen to the Hofburg Orchestra playing “Die Fledermaus Overture”, “The Blue Danube”, as well as music from “The Magic Flute” and “The Merry Widow”. 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 52 musicians and 6 international vocal soloists, conducted by Gert Hofbauer.  Start time 18:00.  Category 2 tickets €175 per person.

Day 4

Coach transfer to airport for return flight.

Accommodation

​The hotel: 4* Mariott Schonbrunn HotelShowcasing a uniquely convenient location next to the spectacular Schonbrunn Palace, the Courtyard Vienna Schoenbrunn provides the ideal backdrop for a remarkable visit to Vienna. The hotel is located three miles from Vienna's vibrant city center. Each room boasts plush bedding, a flat-screen TV, and high-speed Wi-Fi. Indulge in delectable on-site dining at La Corte, or unwind after an exciting day in Vienna with a specialty cocktail at the hotel's stylish lobby bar.

  Cost per person: €1,239pp
  Number of nights: 3
  Dates available: Departure date: 30 December 2017

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