Itinerary

Tue 24 Dec

Early afternoon arrival in Vienna and transfer to the elegant 5-star Hotel Bristol, one of the leading hotels in Vienna and just a few steps away from the Staatsoper. Enjoy a welcome drink and a Christmas concert in the hotel followed by a celebratory Christmas Eve dinner.

Wed 25 Dec

Christmas morning is at leisure for you to attend Mass if you wish. A Christmas lunch will be served in a local restaurant, with time to relax in the afternoon before walking the short distance to the Staatsoper for that evening’s opera performance.

Thu 26 Dec

Join your guide this morning for a walking tour of the city “in the footsteps of Vienna’s famous musicians”. Visits include the magnificent St Stephen’s Cathedral in which Haydn sang as a choirboy, Mozarthaus – Mozart’s only surviving home in Vienna and where he wrote Le nozze di Figaro - and the Wiener Staatsoper where countless composers, conductors and singers have left their mark. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. The afternoon is at leisure with an optional ballet performance that night.

Fri 27 Dec

Half-day excursion by coach to Schönnbrunn Palace and a guided tour of this beautiful imperial residence. One of the most important architectural, cultural and historic monuments in Austria, its history and rich décor reflect the changing tastes, interests and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs. Lunch and the afternoon are free, with the option to attend a further opera performance in the evening.

Sat 28 Dec

Transfer to the airport for your journey home.

Programme

25 Dec tbc

LA BOHÈME PucciniInc

D: Franco Zeffirelli

C: Marco Armiliato

Cast includes: Saimir Pirgu, Anita Hartig, Marco Caria, Mariam Battistelli

Venue: Wiener Staatsoper

26 Dec tbc

LE CORSAIRE£260

Choreography: Manuel Legris after Marius Petipa

Music: Adam

Venue: Wiener Staatsoper

27 Dec tbc

HÄNSEL UND GRETEL Humperdinck£270

D: Adrian Noble

C: Tomáš Hanus

Cast includes: Margaret Plummer, Andrea Carroll, Monika Bohinec, Boaz Daniel, Stephanie Houtzeel

Venue: Wiener Staatsoper

Flights

British Airways

24 Dec London Heathrow - Vienna dep: 09.20 arr: 12.45

28 Dec Vienna - London Heathrow dep: 13.40 arr: 15.15

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £2555
Single room supplement £400
Club Europe flight upgrade from £400
Land-only tour price £2355
Deposit required £400
Tour code VIE2

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two lunches, one dinner, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera and ballet synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the service of our local representative or tour manager.