POST - VIENNA: CITY OF DREAMS
NOTE: This program ends in Vienna therefore departure flights should be booked from the Vienna International Airport (VIE).
Once home to Sigmund Freud, Vienna has been called the "City of Dreams" and is also known as the "City of Music" for its rich musical heritage. During two days exploring this immaculate capital, one of the most liveable cities in the world, you will experience the history and culture of Vienna with the highlight being an inside visit of the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace. Once the focus of court life in Austria, it is now a cultural treasure and one of the country's most popular attractions.
Day 1: Venice - Vienna
This tour begins at Venice's Maritime Station, where you disembark the ship and meet your private guide. Before long, you will begin driving toward Vienna, stopping for lunch in Slovenia's resort town of Bled, an area that was part of Austria-Hungary until its dissolution in 1918.
Upon arriving in Vienna, you will check in to your hotel. The afternoon will be spent at your leisure, allowing you time to settle in and relax.
In the evening, as elegant Vienna lights up and takes on a warm glow, you will embark on a buffet dinner cruise along the famed Danube River. More than any other city, Vienna is inextricably linked with the Danube, as it was here in Austria's capital that Johann Strauss wrote the "Blue Danube Waltz." As you cruise the river's serene waters, you'll hear a wonderful selection of Viennese melodies, enhancing the already enchanting atmosphere.
Following the dinner cruise, you will return to the hotel and spend the night.
Day 2: Vienna
After breakfast, you will enjoy a leisurely, guided driving tour of Vienna. Along the way, you will see a wealth of marquee attractions, many of them on the Ringstrasse, a horseshoe-shaped boulevard that together with the Danube canal encircles the historic district. It's one architectural gem after the other, including the State Opera House, spectacular Museum of Fine Arts, neo-Renaissance Natural History Museum, stately Parliament and City Hall, as well as the Burgtheater, one of the world's most respected German-language theaters.
The highlight may well be the tour inside Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Hapsburgs, starting in the 18th century. It's everything you might imagine in a Baroque imperial palace. Most of the rooms are decorated in a Rococo style, the staterooms are lavish, and many of the walls feature gold-leaf ornamentation. In 1772, child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played a concert in the Hall of Mirrors. There is even a zoo, which was created in 1752, making it the world's oldest.
Following your visit, you will pass the Belvedere Palace, the former summer residence of Prince Eugene, which houses the world's largest collection of art work by famed Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.
The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy as you please. Dinner will be at a typical Viennese restaurant serving traditional fare. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel to spend the night.
Day 3: Departures
After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and transfer to the Vienna airport based on your flight time.
Land Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of the sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, given here for general reference purposes, and are subject to change.
8:30am Disembark the ship and collect your luggage
9:00am Depart from Venice *There are no restrooms on the bus, but two restroom
stops will be made along the way.
1:00pm Stop in Bled for lunch
2:00pm Depart from Bled and drive towards Vienna
6:00pm Arrive in Vienna and check-in at your hotel
7:00pm Buffet dinner cruise on the Danube River
10:00pm Return to the hotel
Overnight at the Hilton Hotel Vienna or similar
9:00am Breakfast at the hotel
9:30am Guided tour of Imperial Vienna
12:30pm Free time at your leisure. Lunch on your own.
8:00pm Dinner at a local restaurant (evening attire, no shorts)
Overnight at the Hilton Vienna hotel or similar
9:00am Breakfast at the hotel
10:00am Check out of the hotel
Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure until your transfer to the Vienna International Airport, which will be set according to your flight time. If you have a late flight, luggage can be stored at the hotel.
EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00nn. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3.
Expected weather: Vienna typically experiences warm summers and cold winters, interspersed with fairly mild weather during the spring and autumn. The springtime climate during April sees temperatures averaging 14°C (57°F) by day, although it can get even a bit warmer. In the summer, the temperatures can rise as high as 32°C (90°F). By November, the climate becomes much colder, with winter frosts and snow just around the corner.
What to bring:
Comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles, hat, sunscreen, jacket and camera
Documents and Visa Requirements:
Passports are required.
Hilton Vienna or similar.
We will only substitute a hotel in unforeseen situations. If a similar hotel is required, it will be of equal ratings and standards.
AM STADTPARK 1,A - 1030 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Tel: +43 1 717000
Program includes: Hotel for 2 nights in Vienna, breakfasts, bus with air conditioning, 2 dinners in Vienna, 1 lunch in Bled, guided tours, a guide for the entire trip, all parking fees and entrance fees.
Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.
Not included: Meals and beverages not listed above, personal expenses, hotel incidentals and gratuities.
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.
$1,999 Per Guest