Vienna Christmas Markets & Art Tour, 29 November 2019
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. 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 the famous Vienna Christmas Market at the Schönbrunn Castle with a glass of mulled wine and a Christmas pastry. 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 music and art. The city offers many fascinating museums and art galleries and this tour we visit the famous Kunsthistorisches Museum to marvel at the Old Masters at the Caravaggio & Bernini Exhibiton.
• Return flight from Dublin, taxes • Three nights bed and breakfast in the 4* Austria Trend Parkhotel Schonbrunn • Three-course welcome lunch on arrival • Half-day ‘Highlights of Vienna’ sightseeing tour finishing at the Christmas Markets at the Schonbrunn Palace mulled wine and a Christmas pastry • Guided tour of the Caracaggio & Berni exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum • Lunch in the Cupola hall at the the Kunsthistorisches Museum • Free time for independent sightseeing • Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions
Your tour will start with a morning flight to Vienna. Flight (Aer Lingus) departs Dublin airport at 07:10 and arrives in Vienna 11:00. (flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion). On arrival in Vienna, meet your local Vienna guide and transfer to the 4* Austria Parkhotel Schönbrunn.
Your hotel: 4* Austria Parkhotel Schönbrunn.
At the Parkhotel Schönbrunn you can experience imperial Vienna on a truly personal level: the hotel is located in the carefully restored former guest house of Emperor Franz Joseph I. It was originally a rest stop, opened in 1787, which was taken over by Ferdinand Dommayer in 1823 and expanded into an inn. In the decades that followed, it was transformed into the venue for lavish balls, and became a byword for the Viennese lifestyle. Numerous works by Johann Strauss the elder and younger, as well as their contemporary Joseph Lanner, were premiered here. The Parkhotel Vienna was constructed from 1907 to 1908, according to plans drawn up by the Austrian architect Arnold Heymann. As well as 70 guest rooms and dining rooms, the hotel boasted a ballroom and a Viennese coffeehouse.
Arrival time at your hotel is approximately 12:30.
A 3-course welcome lunch will be served in the hotel restaurant giving you the opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers.
The remainder of the day is free for you to settle in, take a rest or perhaps enjoy a stroll around the city.
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 at the Schonbrunn Palace with a glass of mulled wine and a Christmas pastry after which you will have free time for shopping and sightseeing. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast in your hotel.
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 Caravaggio and Bernini exhibition.
The groundbreaking achievements of painter Caravaggio and sculptor Bernini are the focal point of the exhibition, underscored by selected artworks by contemporaries including Nicholas Poussin, Orazio Gentileschi, Alessandro Algardi and Simon Vouet. Driven by the momentum of the early Baroque period they travelled to Rome from all over Europe, inspired by the radical artistic innovations of the day. Some sixty key works, featuring paintings and sculptures alike, will showcase the revolutionary and innovative art of the early 17th century: fascinating works packed with drama, intense passion, a strong dynamic, and a theatricality filled with vibrant colours.
At the end of the guided tour, lunch will be served in the Cupola hall at the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
The remainder of the day is free day at leisure to explore the city sights or delight in some Christmas Market Shopping at Vienna’s famous Christmas markets.
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.
Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn castle
Magnificent setting with a large Christmas tree in front of the Schönbrunn 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 Glühwein in a historically significant ambience.
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.
Today, you have a free morning in Vienna. Coach transfer to airport for return flight in the early afternoon. Flight departs Vienna at 11:40 and arrives Dublin 13:50 (flight times are subject to change at airlines discretion).
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. Stephenâs Cathedral. Roomsfeature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, whilesome have balconies. The hotel offers abright, modern restaurant with street viewsand thereâs also a relaxed cafe and a stately bar with lounge seating.
Single supplement & €129
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 be within 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