Last year‚ we embarked upon our first adventure in Vienna. It was a great success and we have absolutely no hesitation in repeating the tour in 2019. We have prepared a programme that showcases the very best of Vienna and will provide clients with an unforgettable Viennese experience. A performance of the all-time favourite operatic double-bill at the Vienna State Opera will be included, as well as a splendid concert in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein‚ the scenario for the New Year’s Day concert. We shall take tea in a historic café and enjoy classic Viennese cuisine.
DAYS 1 & 2
Our morning flight brings us into Vienna early afternoon and we make for the excellent Hotel Trend Austria Savoyen, our home for 5 nights and the perfect base for our exploration of the city. We spend the second day in the Belvedere; an extraordinary complex of Baroque palaces, gardens and galleries. It contains the most important collection of Austrian art in the world, including the largest number of the works of Gustav Klimt – around which we shall take a private guided tour. Its royal apartments are outstanding examples of Viennese Baroque.
One of the reasons one goes to Vienna is to admire the paintings of Gustav Klimt. Our programme takes us to two wonderful places: the Burgtheater, a magnificent 18th-century building and one of the most important German language theatres in the world. Our guided tour takes in Klimt’s great ceiling frescoes‚ then on to the Secession building. This was the headquarters of the artistic movement Klimt helped to found and is the site of one of his absolute masterpieces – the tremendous Beethoven frieze. We take lunch in one of the city’s historic restaurants, after which clients will be free to visit the Albertine Museum. There will be time for a siesta before we make for one of the world’s most important opera houses for an all-star performance of ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ and ‘Pagliacci’ at the Staatsoper.
DAYS 4 & 5
The morning of Day 4 will be dedicated to a walking tour of the historic centre, where we discover the medieval city. We take coffee in the Mozart Café and lunch in the magnificent dining room at the Fine Arts Museum. The afternoon will be devoted to the glories of the museum which‚, of course, ‚ includes a room full of Breughels. On Saturday, we have a private guided tour of the wonderful Leopold Museum which contains Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ and the most important collection of Egon Schiele in the world – after which we make for the Hotel Sacher for lunch. In the evening on Day 5, we enjoy the prospect of a concert in the incomparable splendour of the Golden Hall of the Musikverein where the superb Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs a programme of Beethoven.