The elegant Austrian capital
Spend a Christmas to remember in one of Europe’s most romantic wintertime cities. Vienna's Baroque palaces, ornate churches, fine museums and galleries and elegant shopping arcades add an extra sense of culture and sophistication to the city's seasonal celebrations and to the warm festive welcome you'll find in the city’s celebrated coffee houses. Stay in a fine, four-star hotel, explore the city on a guided tour and take a trip into the rolling scenery of the Wienerwald.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Outbound flight to Austria
Fly to Vienna, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your comfortable hotel in the heart of the city. Settle in to your room, and perhaps head out to explore or enjoy a drink at the bar before dinner.
Day Two: Included Vienna city tour
Today's guided tour will introduce the Baroque palaces, great Gothic St Stephan’s Cathedral, sweeping main square and colonnades and boulevards of Vienna's elegant Innere Stadt. See the Hofburg – once an imperial palace, and now home to the Spanish Riding School, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, several museums and the Austrian President. There are stunning views on offer to those willing to climb to the top of the cathedral spire, and fantastic coffee and cake available in the city's many traditional Kaffeehausen. Elsewhere, Christmas markets - in the idyllic lanes of Spittelberg, on the triangular Freyung 'square', in front of the Town Hall, and in the courtyard of the Schonbrunn Palace on the outskirts of the city – add to the magic.
Day Three: Included Vienna Woods tour
Spend a morning exploring the rolling forests and vineyards of the Wienerwald (Vienna Woods) - once a favourite retreat of Beethoven and a popular hunting ground for the Viennese elite. Visit the 12th-century abbey at Heiligenkreuz and the hunting lodge at Mayerling to hear tales of life in the area - and the occasional royal scandal - from your guide. Return to the hotel to begin your Christmas celebrations with a special meal this evening.
Day Four: Christmas Day
Make the most of a leisurely Christmas Day at your hotel. Take a walk, exchange gifts, enjoy an included Christmas lunch, then simply relax before rounding off your day with another meal with newfound friends this evening.
Day Five: Optional Bratislava day trip
Rest and relax on Boxing Day, or join our optional excursion to Slovakia’s beautiful capital Bratislava. This cosmopolitan city, a little further down the Danube, is another place where East meets West, where glorious Baroque palaces and churches sit comfortably alongside modern landmarks like Novy Most - the futuristic bridge across the Danube that seems to have a UFO parked on its top. Wander the Christmas Markets on the Main Square or nearby Hviezdoslav Square, and perhaps take in the view from the Old Town Hall’s tower or from Novy Most's UFO (actually a restaurant and observation deck) before we return to Vienna.
Day Six: Fly back to the UK
Bid farewell to Vienna, and transfer back to the airport to catch your flight home.
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Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.
European closing times
Shops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.