Vienna Christmas Markets & Concert Break, 01 December 2018

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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 Rathaus with a glass of mulled wine and a Christmas 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 and ballet dancers.

Highlights

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Inclusions

• Return flight from Dublin • Airline taxes • Three nights bed and breakfast in the 4* Austria Trend Parkhotel Schonbrunn • Welcome lunch • Half-day ‘Highlights of Vienna’ sightseeing tour finishing at the Christmas Markets at the Rathaus with mulled wine and a Christmas pastry • Vienna Boys Choir at Sunday mass • Guided tour of the ‘Claude Monet’ exhibition at the Albertina Museum • An evening of dinner and music at the Schonbrunn palace. 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. • Free time for independent sightseeing • Private coach and guide assistance for all transfers and excursions

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 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 Trend Parkhotel Schonbrunn. Welcome lunch on arrival at your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore independently. Your hotel is within walking distance of Schönbrunn Palace which hosts one of Vienna’s most well known markets In a magnificent setting with a large Christmas tree, the market is located 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.

Day 2

Enjoy a buffet breakfast in your hotel Today, we visit the Hofburgkapelle for Holy Mass with the Vienna Boys' Choir, one of the oldest and most well- known boys' choirs. Afterward, we head to the Albertina Museum where you will have a guided tour of the “Claude Monet” exhibition. Claude Monet at the Albertina Claude Monet (1840–1926) stands like no other painter for the impressionist style, and as the French “Master of Light”, he was also a central pioneer of 20th-century painting. He painted by the seaside, at Normandy’s rugged coastal cliffs, and on the banks of the Seine, with the water surfaces in his pictures reflecting the bright, vivid colors of lush vegetation in his summer landscapes and the frozen fog’s mysterious grey and blue in his winter ones. Monet’s light and colours change on the canvas in accordance with nature’s constant transformation, as well as the diversity of atmospheric impressions that the painter gleaned from his motifs—and it was his urge to capture this diversity that moved him to paint many such motifs in series. The Albertina is devoting a large monographic exhibition to Claude Monet’s treatment of colour, which has seen little examination to date, as well as to the painter’s passionate fascination with the world of plants and water in the garden of his country home in Giverny. Three paintings from the museum’s own holdings as well as important loan works from international museums and private collections illuminate Monet’s development from realism to impressionism and onward to a mode of painting in which colours and light gradually separate from the subjects that reflect them, with the motif breaking free from mere observation of nature. Eventually, albeit only after Monet’s death, these late works would pave the way for abstract expressionism in painting. From Albertina website. Afternoon at leisure 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. 6.30pm 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. 8.30pm 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. Free seating in the category C area. Coach transfer back to your hotel at the end of the evening.

Day 3

After breakfast, 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. Afterwards you have the 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 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

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 & €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

  Cost per person: €849pp
  Number of nights: 3
  Dates available: 01 December 2019

Single Supplement €109

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