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Christmas in Vienna

Vienna 5 nights Price from £3,695 per person

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 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* Superior Bristol, perfectly located adjacent to the State Opera, on Vienna’s famous Ringstrasse.

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


  • Day 1 - Arriving at Vienna

    On arrival we transfer to the 5* Superior Bristol in the centre of Vienna where the tour is based. Dinner is included in a local restaurant 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 will 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 a number 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 work by 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’s The 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 the city’s most historic hotels. In the evening we will go to the Vienna State Opera for an included performance of Hansel & Gretel.
  • 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 will be the opportunity to attend Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail
  • Day 6 - Flight back

    We depart the hotel for our return flight to London.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:
Depart Heathrow 14.40, arrive Vienna 18.00
Depart Vienna 16.55, arrive Heathrow 18.20
Flight times subject to change – regional departures available on request.

Departure Dates and Prices

22 Dec 2023

Status Closed

Price from£3695

Single Supp.£680

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Vienna, Austria, Europe

Located opposite the Vienna State Opera, at one of the city’s most prestigious addresses, the Hotel Bristol has been the focal point of Vienna’s cultural life for over a century. 

Anton Crayton

Anton Crayton

Tour leader

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Music Programme

Included performance on Christmas Day

Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck 

"Hänsel und Gretel" is an opera in three acts by Engelbert Humperdinck to a text by his sister, Adeheid Wette. 

It received its premiere at the Hoftheater, Weimar on December 23rd 1893.   It received its English premiere at Daly's theatre, London in 1894.

Optional performance on Boxing Day

Die Entführung aus dem Serail by W A Mozart

"The Abduction from the Seraglio" is an opera in three acts by W A Mozart.  It is set to a text by Golthiels Stephanie, itself drawing upon a play by Bretzner.

The opera received its premiere at the Burgtheater, Vienna, on 16 July 1782.  It was performed first in England at Covent Garden in 1827, in English.

Second category ticket: £220 (includes booking fees)


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