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The Oldie Trip to Vienna & Budapest

Vienna 7 nights Price from £2,998 per person
Departs: 04 Dec 2020
Departs: 04 Dec 2020

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Join Christopher Wentworth-Stanley, opera expert, art historian and writer for The Oldie, for a fascinating festive itinerary combining the great twin-capitals of the Habsburg Empire. We begin in Budapest, a city with a turbulent history as proud royal capital, joint imperial capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Soviet satellite state and then cradle of the peaceful Velvet Revolution. Christopher will then share his entertainingly encyclopaedic knowledge of neighbouring Vienna, as we spend the second part of the week in the city of Mozart, Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven, enjoying majestic art and architecture as well as traditional Sacher Torte and strudel…

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Services of the Kirker Tour Leader
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Fly to Budapest

    We fly to Budapest and transfer to the 4 star Hotel Prestige, located in Pest, just 10 minutes’ walk from the Chain Bridge. It is housed within a 19th century neo-classical town house and has an impressive inner courtyard at its heart.
  • Day 2 - Pest and boat trip down the Danube

    Our visit will start with an introductory tour of Pest, the commercial centre of the city. We will see St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes Square, the Great Synagogue – the largest in Europe – and the Parliament. After lunch, see the city from the Danube with a 70-minute cruise, including an audio history of the sights along the riverbanks. We will disembark at Margaret Island for a 90-minute interlude: the wooded island park is home to an overgrown chapel, Franciscan ruins and a fountain that dances to music.
  • Day 3 - Buda

    Today we will cross the Danube to the district of old Buda. We will have a walking tour of the castle area before visiting the Hungarian National Gallery with works by Hungarian artists from the mediaeval period until today.
  • Day 4 - The Central Market Hall

    The morning is free, you may wish to explore the Central Market Hall packed with Hungarian delicacies, from Tokaji wine to paprika sausages or pack your swimmers for a trip to the famous neo-baroque style Szechenyi Bath. We will then travel to Vienna where we stay for the remainder of the holiday at the Hotel Kaiserhof.
  • Day 5 - Vienna

    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 then leave the coach and walk through the historic centre of the Innere Stadt, including a traditional Viennese lunch and time to visit the Christmas market for those who wish to.
  • Day 6 - Kunsthistorisches & Palais Lobkowicz

    Today we will visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum, one of the world’s greatest art museums, which houses an important collection of Old Masters. We then continue to the Theatre Museum in the Palais Lobkowicz, a wonderful building which currently houses the the collection of the Academy of Fine Arts including works by Bosch, Van Dyck, Rubens and Botticelli.
  • Day 7 - The Belverdere 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.
  • Day 8 - Return to the UK

    After a free morning, we depart the hotel for our return flight from Vienna.

Flight Details

Depart London Heathrow 08.05 arrive Budapest 11.35

Depart Vienna 15.10 arrive London Heathrow 16.45

Departure Dates and Prices

04 Dec 2020

Status Available

Price from£2998

Single Supp.£400

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Included Hotels

Hotel

Kaiserhof
Superior
Vienna, Austria, Europe

A hotel of excellent quality, located in a small side street just outside the south-western corner of the Ringstrasse, some ten minutes' walk from the Opera House and the heart of the historic city centre.

Hotel

The Prestige
Superior
Highly Recommended
Budapest, Hungary, Europe

This new hotel opened in April 2015 and is in Pest, just 10 minutes’ walk from the Chain Bridge. It is housed within a 19th century neo-classical town house. At the heart of the hotel is an impressive inner courtyard where interior balconies look down onto the spacious lobby on the ground floor.

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