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Escorted Tour to Vienna in May - Music, Art, Culinary & Wine, 2010!

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 3 - 6 people
Destination(s): Austria  
Specialty Categories: Food & Wine   Dance, Music and Opera  
Season: May - June
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2995 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2995 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Dates for 2010: May 24th - June 1st.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Recommended departure from your airport of choice to airport Vienna, Austria. You will be in the new "old" world Tuesday.

Day 2: Vienna. If you fly to our recommended airport Vienna, Karin will pick you up and transfer you to your nice 4**** star hotel in the center (old town) of the Imperial city of Vienna. If you wish to arrive earlier than Friday, we will advise you on how to meet up with your tour host at your hotel. Freshen up in your room. Enjoy a gourmet dinner at the famous "Johann" restaurant at the "Kursalon" Vienna with one of their wonderful wines to select from their extensive wine list.

Then in the following experience your first concert, the "Salonorchester Alt Wien" in the beautiful "Kursalon". You will experience Viennese ballet soloists and opera vocalists, performing works by J. Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Kursalon built in Renaissance style, is one of the most splendid buildings in Vienna. The Strauss brothers celebrated their greatest triumphs in this historical building, next to the famous golden Strauss statue. "Sound of Vienna" keeps the lovely tradition with "Strauss & Mozart" concerts alive. The "Salonorchester Alt Wien" presents an evening full of Viennese charm with the lilting sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concerto melodies. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 3: Spanish Riding School, Imperial Hofburg Palace. Breakfast at the hotel. At 9:30 am transfer to the "Spanish Riding School" at the "Hofburg" palace. Experience the "Morning Exercise" with music. This is the the Lipizzans' horses public training with music. The Spanish Riding School is the only institution in the world that has been maintaining and cultivating classical equestrian skills in the tradition of the Renaissance "High School" for more than 430 years. It is the aim of the morning exercise to train the horses and to strengthen their various muscles around the neck and shoulder, the back, the croup and the hindquarters.

During morning exercise, the horses are made supple, their muscles are loosened and all lessons right up to the "High School" are being taught, exercised, refreshed and perfected. While attending the morning exercise, visitors may observe and study the basic principles of training acording to the rules of classical equestrianism. The horses' natural movements are encouraged and the Lipizzans' various talents are promoted depending on the specific lessons. Have a nice lunch of your choice.

After lunch visit of the Imperial Hofburg Palace. For more than seven centuries, the great empire of the Habsburgs was ruled from the Imperial Palace. Today, the Gothic Imperial Chapel, where the Vienna Boys' Choir performs during High Mass on Sunday, is a remnant of the Imperial Palace during the Middle Ages. At the Hofburg palace visit of the Treasury: The most important treasury in the world is reason indeed to be amazed: Here, in the oldest part of the Imperial Palace (13th century), you find not only the Emperor's Crown of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austrian Emperor's Crown, but also the Burgundian Treasure from the fifteenth century and the Treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Transfer to the hotel to fresehen up. Enjoy a wonderful dinner on your own, maybe at your 4**** hotel restaurant.

Day 4: St. Stephen's Cathedral, "Gerstner Art & Delight". Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit of the St. Stephen's Cathedral and it's surrounding area. St. Stephen's Cathedral is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. It's current Romanesque and Gothic form seen today, situated at the heart of Vienna, Austria in the Stephansplatz, was largely initiated by Rudolf IV and stands on the ruins of two earlier churches, the first being a parish church consecrated in 1147. As the most important religious building in Austria's capital, the cathedral has born witness to many important events in that nation's history and has, with its multi-colored tile roof, became one of the city's most recognizable symbols. Have a wonderful lunch of your choice in one of the nice little restaurants near the Cathedral.

In the early afternoon visit of the exhibit "A Feast for the Eyes - Food in Still Life" at the "Bank Austria Kunstforum". This "culinary" exhibition focuses its attention on the age-old and ever-changing everyday culture of eating and drinking, a theme which receives it's most extensive treatment in the -so to speak- "marginal" genre of still life. Around a hundred exemplary works from different art landscapes and epochs will be on show, tracing in various narrative lines the history and status of food in still life from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. The exhibition presents still life as a changing system of signifiers, positioned in direct relationship to the changes in society and its cultural manners. The question is addressed here as to what extent still life is merely imitation of nature, symbol, or, indeed, construction of reality. A concise juxtaposition of modern and contemporary art works helps to place the spotlight for the first time ever on the continuity, difference and range of still life in its creaturely and symbolic relation to life.

Transfer to the hotel to freshen up. In the evening at 6:30 p.m. enjoy the "Gerstner Art & Delight" event at the Domed Hall of the "Kunsthistorisches Museum" (Museum of Fine Arts). Here you will enjoy an exclusive buffet dinner with several courses including a selection of the famous Gerstner sweets between rounds of the collections of the museum. Your table is reserved for you for the entire evening. At about 10:00 p.m. transfer to the hotel.

Day 5: Vienna "Naschmarkt". Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Vienna "Naschmarkt". Enjoy a beautiful morning at Vienna's largest and best known market, which offers a mixture of Viennese and international specialities. There have a wonderful lunch of your choice. In the early afternoon visit of the "Secession". In 1897 a number of artists broke their ties with Kuenstlerhaus, the association and gallery of Vienna's art establishment which they considered intolerably conservative, seceded and formed a new art association with the name of Secession and the motto, "To the Age, its Art. To Art, its Freedom." In 1898, Joseph Maria Olbrich, a student of Otto Wagner, erected an Art Nouveau gallery building for the new association. In 1985-86, the cupola of the Secession was gilded anew and the Secession was renovated and adapted. The 112-foot Beethoven Frieze, a virtuoso pictorial interpretation of the 9th Symphony, created by Gustav Klimt for the Beethoven Exhibition of 1902, is on permanent display in a new room on the basement level.

In the afternoon at 4:00 pm listen to the "Vienna Boys' Choir" Concert at the Musikverein. The probably most famous boys' choir of the world joined by the Chorus Viennensis and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra invites you to a concert presenting the works of W.A. Mozart, Strauss, Haydn and more. This event will be most beautiful. In the evening enjoy a wonderful dinner at the great Viennese restaurant "Listaurant". This is the restaurant of the Austrian Chef "Gerhard List" who is cooking new Viennese cuisine with his wife Maja. Enjoy one of their beautiful Austrian wines from their well-stocked wine cellar. Savor culinary culture in an atmospheric setting. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 6: Schonbrunn Palace. Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit of the "Schonbrunn Palace". We will visit Empress Sisi's former summer residence. This baroque palace contains an enchanting park, the Palm House, the Gloriette and a zoo. We will spend the entire morning at Schoenbrunn: visit the show rooms with a "Grand Tour with Audio Guide". Schoenbrunn, the former summer residence of the Imperial Family, is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. The Habsburgs resided here the better part of the year in numerous rooms for the large Imperial Family in addition to representational rooms. Emperor Franz Joseph, who later married the enchanting Sisi and reigned from 1848 to 1916, was born here in 1830. The monarch spent his last years entirely in the palace, which became the property of the new Republic of Austria only two years after his death. Today, the palace is part of UNESCO's cultural heritage due to its historic importance, its unique grounds and its splendid furnishings.

In the afternoon get ready for a wonderful adventure ahead: Go where the Viennese go: The Vienna Prater. An amusement park for many, place of nostalgic dreams for some, oasis of greenery for almost everyone: and the location of the Giant Ferris Wheel, one of Vienna's most famous symbols. The Vienna Prater is entertaining and exciting, but it can also be relaxing and quiet. One part of it contains attractions ranging from a nostalgic merry-go-round to an ultra-modern roller coaster. In the other area, known as the "Green Prater", one finds widespread meadows to lie on, shady trees, and quiet paths. About 250 attractions entertain you at the Vienna Prater, from casino automats to auto-drome rinks, ball toss and shooting booths, exciting roller coasters and ghost trains to flight simulators.

The varied entertainment program is complemented by more than sixty cafes and restaurants, and ice cream and snack stands. The Viennese call this part of the Prater the "Wurstelprater" (literally: Clown's Prater, the equivalent of an old-fashioned amusement park). Right next to the amusement park area, one finds the "Green Prater" the spacious forest and meadow area which was once an imperial hunting ground and was opened by Emperor Joseph II to the public. As a consequence, the first coffeehouses and restaurants opened their doors. Today, the Green Prater is a paradise for walkers, runners, bicyclists and horseback riders, and is highly appreciated as a large leisure area within the city limits. To get an overview of this green oasis in the city of Vienna, one best takes the Liliputbahn, a miniature railway spanning more than three miles. After this wonderful day of leisure, fun and excitement, transfer to the hotel.

Day 7: Liechtenstein Museum. Breakfast at the hotel. At 10:00 am transfer to the "Liechtenstein Museum", where you will experience the Baroque with Art, Music and Fine Food. The Liechtenstein Museum is named after the princely House of Liechtenstein, one of Europe's oldest noble families. The museum includes the Princely Collections containing important European works of art, forming one of the world's leading private art collections. The Princely Collections embrace major European works of art spanning five centuries and are among the world's most important private collections of art today.

The holdings date back to the 17th century. Like many other collections of this period, it is rooted in the baroque ideal of engaged princely patronage of the arts. For generations, the House of Liechtenstein has remained true to this ideal and systematically extended its collections. An active purchasing policy results in a number of spectacular new acquisitions, thereby making an impressive statement. At 11:00 am experience the concert "Baroque Lute Music" with the Ensemble "Klingekunst". After the concert enjoy a gourmet lunch at the museum. Transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon and evening, enjoy a great dinner on your own in one of the wonderful Viennese restaurants near your hotel.

Day 8: Viennese wines. Breakfast at the hotel. We will dedicate this day fully to the adventure of discovering wonderful Viennese wines. We will take Viennese Tramway 60 from the old town of Vienna to the outskirts to "Mauer" in "Bisamberg", where we will visit a renowned Viennese wine tavern. At the tavern we will have lunch at the Heurigen. After lunch we will ride back to old town Vienna with the tramway. Freshen up at the hotel. In the evening at 8:00 pm you will enjoy your last concert of the tour, the "Vienna Waltz Concert" at the Palais Palffy. The concert takes place at the Figaro Hall of the Palais Palffy which was built in the 14th century and where Mozart already performed in 1762. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 9: Breakfast at the hotel. If you fly from our recommended airport Vienna that day, Karin will transfer you to the airport. Recommended departure from airport Vienna to the airport of your choice. You will arrive in the United States the same day. If you choose to leave later than Tuesday we can advise you as to prolong your stay to make your extended visit enjoyable.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Personal tour assistance and escort
- All transfers as scheduled
- Eight nights in a 4 star hotel
- Meals: eight breakfasts, three dinners (three course menus, drinks not included), two lunches (drinks not included)
- Tramway ride
- Visit of the Spanish Riding School morning exercise
- Visit of the Imperial Hofburg Palace
- Visit of the St. Stephen's Cathedral
- Visit of the Kunstforum
- Visit of the Museum of Fine Arts
- Visit of the Vienna Naschmarkt
- Visit of the Secession
- Visit of the Schoenbrunn Palace
- Visit of the Vienna Prater
- Visit of the Liechtensteinmuseum
- All private guided tours and admissions to points of interest as scheduled
- Admissions to four classical concerts
- All service charges & taxes (gratuities not included).