PRE - VIENNA: CITY OF DREAMS
NOTE: This program begins in Vienna therefore arriving flights should be booked into 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 one of the highlights 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: Vienna
Upon arriving at the Vienna International Airport, you will be met and transferred 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, with a farewell dinner in the evening. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel to spend the night.
Day 3: Vienna- Venice
After breakfast, begin your journey to Venice, driving through the picturesque Austrian mountains. You will stop for lunch in Slovenia's resort town of Bled, an area that was part of Austria-Hungary until its dissolution in 1918. By late afternoon, you will arrive at the port in Venice and embark your ship.
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.
EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Hilton Vienna. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.
Fly into Vienna International Airport (VIE) and transfer to your hotel
Check-in time is 3:00pm; early check in is not guaranteed
Afternoon at your leisure. Lunch on your own.
7:00pm Buffet dinner cruise on the Danube River
10:00pm Return to the hotel
Overnight at the Hilton 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 dress, no shorts)
Overnight at the Hilton Vienna hotel or similar
6:30am Breakfast at the hotel
7:30am Depart for Venice. *There are no restrooms on the bus, but two restroom stops
will be made along the way.
11:30am Stop in Bled for lunch
1:30pm Continue to Venice
4:30pm Arrive at the port and embark your ship
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
Electricity: 220 volts
Documents and Visa Requirements: Passports are required.
Accommodation: 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 arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival 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.
PRE - VIENNA: CITY OF DREAMS
Price: $1,999.00 per guest based on double occupancy.
PRE - VIENNA: CITY OF DREAMS (Concierge-Level Suite Pricing)
Price: $1,899.00 per guest based on double occupancy.