Day One; Arrival Welcome to Vienna! Your Tour Manager is awaiting you, and will take you on the short drive into the centre of Vienna, to check into your hotel. Some time at leisure to get settled, then enjoy a ‘get your bearings’ walk into the centre of the Old Town. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception, followed by dinner.
Day Two; Art treasures, and the Vienna Woods Visit the Kunsthistorisches Art History Museum this morning, and enjoy its astounding collection of paintings, including works by Brueghel, Rubens, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and Velazquez. Your tour is led by an art specialist, and out-of-hours visits can be arranged if required. Continue out of Vienna to Baden, where there will be free time to lunch and to explore this charming spa town, once the Summer residence of the Imperial Court. This afternoon’s drive through the Vienna Woods will show you tragic Mayerling, where the Crown Prince Rudolf entered a suicide pact with his lover. Enjoy the Baroque splendour of the monastery of Heiligenkreuz before stopping off at Gumpoldskirchen to sample local wine before returning to Vienna and an evening at the Operetta!
Day Three; Imperial Vienna This morning’s walking tour will show you the magnificent Hofburg Palace, former home of the Austrian emperors. You will see the Royal Apartments, as well as a Practice Session of the Spanish Riding School and the Imperial Crypt. Finish the morning at the Court Bakery for traditional Coffee and Cake. This afternoon, ride out to the Schonbrunn Palace to see the Royal Family’s Summer home. This evening, you have tickets to a concert.
Day Four; Modern Art in Vienna Visit the new Museums Quarter, a series of new museums dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Tour the MAK Museum of Applied and Contemporary Art, and the Belvedere Palace, with its collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century masters such as Klimt, Makart and Schiele. Finish the day at the Haus der Kunst, a shrine to contemporary art, designed by modern architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Day Five; Klimt in Vienna Today is dedicated to Gustav Klimt; 2012 marks the centenary of his death. Our tour includes visits to the Museum of Applied Arts, where a collection of Klimt’s drawings are displayed; the Secession exhibition hall, with its Klimt frieze, and the Albertina, with an outstanding collection of Klimt sketches and drawings.
Day Six; Historic Vienna This morning’s walking tour is of the historic centre of the city. You will visit the Cathedral, as well as many of the ‘off-the-tourist-track’ sidestreets, with treasures such as Mozart’s Figaro House, the Plague Memorial, the Old Town Hall and other fascinating spots. The afternoon is at leisure, prior to tonight’s final Dinner and Concert.
Day Seven; Auf wiedersehen Say farewell to Vienna this morning as you travel out to the airport to begin your homeward journey.
This tour was designed to celebrate the recent centenary of Art Nouveau star Gustav Klimt. It is a fascinating and highly educational itinerary highlighting classical and contemporary art, and exploring the history and cultural traditions of Vienna and the Habsburg Empire
This is not a scheduled tour; it is an example of the itineraries that we put together for groups of all sizes. We also work with individuals who would like a Deluxe programme with private Driver-Guide.
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