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Wine & Opera in Vienna

Vienna 4 nights Price from £3,289 per person
Departs: 22 Apr 2024
Departs: 22 Apr 2024

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One of the world’s great centres of art and music, Vienna is also in the centre of Austria’s winemaking regions, between the beautiful Danube Valley vineyards and Burgenland on the Hungarian border. The city itself also contains nearly 1,500 acres of vineyard which are now making award-winning wines. During this new tour we will enjoy the very best of all that Vienna has to offer, from the art of the Vienna Secession to the Old Masters and a performance at the celebrated Vienna State Opera.

In the company of wine expert Tim Clarke, we visit Austria’s wine regions, and meet some of the country’s best winemakers. We’ll enjoy tastings of fine wines with some splendid meals including dinner at a magnificent castle. Interwoven with this, we visit the Mozart House, have lunch in the wine tavern where Beethoven produced some his greatest symphonies, and explore the baroque splendour of the Esterházy Palace, where Joseph Haydn lived and worked.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return Flights
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Two dinners and three lunches
  • Four wine tastings
  • A 2nd category ticket for ‘Tosca’ at the Staatsoper
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Lecturer, Tim Clarke


  • Day 1 - Arrival in Vienna

    On arrival we transfer to the 5* superior Hotel Bristol in the centre of Vienna where the tour is based. This evening we shall enjoy a delicious dinner paired with some fine Austrian wines, introduced by Tim Clarke.
  • Day 2 - Belvedere Palace, Beethoven House & Mozart House

    Today we visit the Belvedere Palace with its extraordinary collection of works by Austrian artists, including Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. Afterwards we will visit one of Vienna’s best traditional wine-estate taverns, located in the Beethoven House where Beethoven completed his 3rd Symphony and worked on the 9th (Choral) Symphony. In the afternoon we visit the Mozart House, where he wrote Le Nozze di Figaro and which is now a museum dedicated to his life in Vienna. There will be an optional visit to the Stefansdom Cathedral before the evening performance of Puccini’s Tosca at the Vienna State Opera.
  • Day 3 - Kunsthistorisches Museum, Weingut Rainer Wess & Schloss Gobelsburg wine estate

    This morning we shall visit the extraordinary collection of Old Master paintings at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which includes masterpieces by Rembrandt, Brueghel, Dürer and the masters of the Italian Renaissance. In the afternoon we shall follow the Danube Valley upstream to the small town of Krems, where we visit Weingut Rainer Wess for a tour and tasting including their excellent Grüner Veltliners and dry Rieslings. We continue to the impressive Schloss Gobelsburg, described as “one of the great wine estates of the world”, where production started in 1171. Here we shall enjoy a wine-tasting and learn about the history of the estate, followed by a special dinner.
  • Day 4 - Weingut Feiler-Artinger in Rust & Esterházy

    Today is devoted to the wines of Lower Austria. We start at the lovely medieval town of Rust near Neusiedlersee, where at the great Weingut Feiler-Artinger in Rust, we shall have a superb tasting including their famous sweet botrytised ‘Ruster Ausbruch’. We then continue to Eisenstadt, where we shall have lunch before visiting the magnificent baroque Esterházy Palace, where in 1761 Joseph Haydn came to work as Kapellmeister for the Esterházy family. In the 300-year old cellars we will also see the wine museum dedicated to the history of viticulture in Burgenland. We return to Vienna in the late afternoon and there is an optional second opera performance at the State Opera tonight.
  • Day 5 - Staatsoper & Weingut Johanneshof Reinisch

    This morning we will have a guided tour behind-the-scenes at the Vienna State Opera which is very close to our hotel, before checking-out and departing for the Vienna Woods just south of the city. The extensive vineyards here are known as the Thermen Region and produce some very fine wines. We will enjoy a wine-tasting and a final lunch together at the top wine estate here, Weingut Johanneshof Reinisch, before returning to the airport.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:
Depart Heathrow 11:00, arrive Vienna 14:20
Depart Vienna 19:20, arrive Heathrow 20:40
Flight times subject to change – regional departures and business class supplement available on request.

Departure Dates and Prices

Our prices are per person, based on the shared occupancy of a twin/double room. Supplement for single occupancy as shown.

22 Apr 2024

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Price from£3289

Single Supp.£496

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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.

Tim Clarke

Tim Clarke

Tour Lecturer

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Music Programme

23 April

Tosca by Puccini
First performance given at Teatro Costanzi, Rome on 14 January 1900. Margarethe Wallman’s much loved classic production was first seen more than sixty years ago in 1958. Yoel Gamzou conducts with Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova in the title role, Riccardo Massì as Cavaradossi and Mongolian baritone Enkhbatyn Amartüvshin as the villainous Baron Scarpia.

Optional Performance: 25 April

Carmen by Bizet
First performed by the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875. This production by Spanish director Calixto Bieito was first staged by the San Francisco Opera in 1999, and stars Vasilisa Berzhanskaya in the title role and Kristina Mkhitaryan as Micaëla. Asher Fisch conducts.
2nd Category Ticket: £240

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