Vienna Christmas Markets & Concert Break

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€‹Visit the Imperial City of Vienna, see the delights of the wonderful Christmas markets and enjoy an evening of dinner and music in the fabulous Schonbrunn Palace.

Highlights

In its magnificent setting on the beautiful Danube, Vienna more than lives up to its centuries old tradition of civilised culture. Beautiful buildings of manyarchitectural styles including beautiful palaces, ancient streets, public gardens and street cafes make it one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The city comes alive at Christmas time with Chriskindelmarkt on almost every corner.

See the best of the city on our highlights of Vienna city tour finishing at thefamous Vienna Christmas Market at the Rathaus with a glass of mulled wine and aChristmas pastry and on one of the evenings relax as you enjoy an evening at the Schonbrunn Palace. Start the evening with a three-course dinner at the Café-Restaurant Residenz in the grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace and after dinner, enjoy a Mozart and Strauss concert in the Schonbrunn Palace Orangery where you will hear the beautiful works of Mozart and Strauss accompanied by vocalists andballet dancers.

Inclusions

Price includes

• Return flight from Dublin to Vienna

• Airline taxes • Three nights bed and breakfast in the four-star Best Western Plus Amedia Hotel

• Half-day ‘Highlights of Vienna’ sightseeing tour

• Visit to the Vienna Christmas Markets ate the Rathaus with mulled wine and a Christmas pastry

• An evening of dinner and music at the Schonbrunn palace (cat 3)

• Start your evening with a three-course dinner at the Café-Restaurant Residenz in the grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace.

• After dinner, enjoy a Mozart and Strauss concert in the Schonbrunn Palace Orangery where you will hear the beautiful works of Mozart and Strauss accompanied by vocalists and ballet dancers.

• Mass with the Vienna Boys Choir

• Free time for independent sightseeing

• Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions Tour Inclusions list goes here

Itinerary

Day 1

Your tour will start with a morning flight to Vienna.  Flight (Aer Lingus) departs Dublin airport at 07:10 and arrives in Vienna 10:55. (flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion). On arrival in Vienna, meet your local Vienna guide and transfer to the 4*Austria Trend Park Hotel Schonbrunn where you are booked for 3-nights on a bed & breakfast basis.  Arrival time at your hotel is approximately 12:30/13:00. The afternoon is free for you to settle in, take a rest or perhaps enjoy a stroll around the city.

Day 2

Today, join your local guide for a city tour of Vienna.  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 will finish at the Christmas markets with a glass of mulled wine and a Christmas pastry after which you will have free time for shopping and sightseeing.  The evening is at your leisure.

Day 3

Enjoy a buffet breakfast in your hotel Free day at leisure to explore the city sights or delight in some Christmas Market Shopping. Some of the most popular Christmas Markets are listed below: Wiener Christkindlmarkt at Rathausplatz Located on the large town square between Rathaus (city hall) and Burgtheater, the Wiener Christkindlmarkt is by far the largest and probably best known Christmas market in Vienna. Sunday-Thursday: 10:00 h - 21:30 h, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 h - 22:00 h Address: 1010, Rathausplatz near U2 Rathaus Christmas Market in front of Schonbrunn castle Magnificent setting with a large Christmas tree in front of the Schonbrunn castle. This market has a focus on handicrafts and original gifts such as hand-made Christmas decorations. Enjoy Christmas cake as well as hot punch and Gluhwein in a historically significant ambience. Address: 1130, main entrance Schonbrunn castle, near U4 Schonbrunn Weihnachtsdorf in front of Belvedere castle One of the latest additions to the Christmas Market scene in Vienna, this popular Christmas Village is set against the glorious baroque backdrop of the world-famous Belvedere palace. Open market stalls offer traditional handcrafted goods, elaborate Christmas decorations and special culinary delights. Monday-Friday: 11:00 h - 21:00 h, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 h - 21:00 h Address: 1030, Prinz Eugen-Strasse 27 Please note that opening times are subject to change In the evening, meet your local guide and enjoy a royal evening at Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. The Schonbrunn Palace is considered one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in Europe. Your evening starts with a delicious three-course dinner at Cafe Restaurant Residenz, located within walking distance from the palace, followed by a classical concert at the Orangerie Schonbrunn, including works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. A delightful evening for your palate, eyes and ears alike. Cafe-Restaurant Residenz Dinner: Culture and fine cuisine are an excellent combination! The restaurant is located in the Ehrenhof (Court of Honor), adjacent to the palace’s main entrance.  Mozart and Strauss Concert: In historic ambience, the Schonbrunn Palace Orchestra performs the most beautiful works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. In the first part, you will listen to some of the most famous arias and duets from the operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’, ‘Die Zauberflote’ and ‘Don Giovanni’ to name just a few. The orchestra will also perform some of the most popular operetta arias and waltzes of the composer Johann Strauss such as ‘Die Fledermaus’, ‘The Blue Danube’ and the famous ‘Radetzkymarsch’ .The orchestra is accompanied by two opera singers, a soprano and a baritone, as well as two ballet dancers in authentic costumes. Coach transfer back to your hotel at the end of the evening.

Coach transfer to airport for return flight.

Day 4

Coach transfer to airport for return flight.

Accommodation

€‹4* Austria Trend Parkhotel Schonbrunn. A 10-minute walk from the 18th-century Schonbrunn Palace, this palatial hotel dating from 1907 is 6 km from the Vienna State Opera and 10 km from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, while some have balconies. The hotel offers a bright, modern restaurant with street views and there’s also a relaxed cafe and a stately bar with lounge seating. 

Extra Information

Single supplement & É129

 

Price does not include Travel Insurance Please note that our tours do not include checked in luggage. Please note that you can carry on one piece of hand luggage up to 10 kilos. This must bewithin the airline hand luggage requirements. You can also carry on one small ladies handbag. Please call us on 01 888 7804 should you wish to add a checked in bag to your booking. BOOKING DEPOSIT 30% Balance due 56 days prior to tour departure date

  Cost per person: €769pp
  Number of nights: 3
  Dates available: 01 December & 8 December 2017

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