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Christmas in Vienna

Vienna 5 nights Price from £2,858 per person
Departs: 22 Dec 2022
Departs: 22 Dec 2022

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Vienna is at its best at Christmas time, when exquisitely decorated shop windows and elegant festive lights brighten up the medieval streets in the city centre. We include a performance of Don Carlo at the Vienna State Opera on Christmas Day. There will also be visits to the city’s finest museums and galleries, including the Belvedere and the Kunsthistorisches Museum. We stay at one of the city’s finest hotels, the 5* Deluxe Bristol, perfectly located adjacent to the State Opera.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Christmas Day lunch and two dinners
  • A second category ticket for one performance at the Vienna State Opera as described
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and local guide

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arriving at Vienna

    On arrival we transfer to the 5* deluxe Bristol in the centre of Vienna where the tour is based. Dinner is included at the Hotel Kempinski Palais Hansen this evening.
  • Day 2 - Historic centre

    We enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of the impressive State buildings that line the Ring, including the Houses of Parliament, the University, the Burgtheater and the State Opera House. We leave the coach and walk through the historic centre to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Mozart House, which is now a museum dedicated to the composer’s life in the city. There are anumber of excellent traditional Viennese coffee houses in this area where you can enjoy a light lunch or pastry before we walk to the Museumsquartier, located close to the Volkstheater and the Natural History Museum, where we visit the Leopold Museum with important collections of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Dinner is taken independently this evening. 
  • Day 3 - Belvedere Palace

    We will visit the Belvedere Palace this morning. This lavish Baroque palace was built as the official residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy and today it holds an important art collection which spans many periods. It is best known for works by the artists closely associated with the Vienna Secession and here we see Klimt’sThe Kiss (1908), which represents this golden age in the cultural history of the city. There will be time to see the permanent collection as well as enjoy one of the current exhibitions. This afternoon we have a guided tour of the Hofburg, the seat of the Hapsburgs. This was the centre of court life, a city within a city, providing employment for thousands. The rest of the day is free and Christmas Eve dinner is taken at the Bristol.
  • Day 4 - Christmas Lunch

    This morning is free until we leave for Christmas lunch at one of Vienna’s most historic hotels. This evening we will go to the Vienna State Opera for an included performance (details published in the spring). 
  • Day 5 - Kunsthistorisches Museum & Vienna State Opera

    We transfer by coach to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, one of the world’s greatest art collections. Here we will see the magnificent collection of Old Masters including works by Vermeer, Brueghel, Titian and Bellotto before visiting the Museum’s Kunstkammer. This displays an awe-inspiring collection of treasures including the golden salt cellar by Benvenuto Cellini.  This evening there is the opportunity to attend a performance of Parsifal at the Vienna State Opera.
  • Day 6 - Flight back

    We depart the hotel for our return flight to London.

Flight Details

Flights with Austrian Airlines:
Depart Heathrow 13.50, arrive Vienna 17.10
Depart Vienna 17.30, arrive Heathrow 18.55
Alternative flights available from regional airports – details available on request
 
 

Departure Dates and Prices

22 Dec 2022

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Price from£2858

Single Supp.£580

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Included Hotels

Hotel

Bristol
Deluxe
Vienna, Austria, Europe

The sister hotel of the Imperial, the Bristol is traditional and elegant and has been the focal point of Vienna's cultural life for over a century.

Declan Hamilton

Declan Hamilton

Tour Leader

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Music Programme

Included performance on Christmas Day

La fille de regiment by Donizetti

First performed by the Opera-Comique at the Salle de la Bourse, Paris on 11 February 1840.

The South African soprano Pretty Yende sings the role of Marie with the Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez as Tonio, a role he has made his own around the world over the last decade. Michele Spotti conducts in this production by Laurent Pelly.


Optional performance on Boxing Day

Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss
First performed at the Semperoper, Dresden on 26 January 1911.

The classic production by the great Viennese producer and director Otto Schenk celebrates the city of his birth. Sumptuous and traditional production this is a welcome reminder of the long-gone and much missed golden age of opera. The Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, the American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey and Vera-Lotte Boecker take the three leading roles alongside Gunther Groissbeck as the foolish Baron Ochs. Pbilippe Jordan conducts.

Second category ticket: £235 (includes booking fees)

 

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