One of the great cultural capitals of the world, elegant Vienna has inspired some
of the greatest composers of all time. While music remains central to the
city’s ambiance, there is also so much else for you to explore at your leisure
here. Visit beautiful Schönbrunn
Palace, summer palace of
the Habsburg dynasty and a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Browse the Kunsthistorisches Museum, one of the world’s greatest
museums. Stand in awe at the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. And be sure to
experience another great Viennese tradition: a coffee and a pastry at one of
the many fine coffeehouses.
Available only with the Air Inclusive Package.
Vienna is famous for its museums, and today you may want to
start your discovery of the city with a stop at some of the best. The Secession Building is renowned for its
architectural design as well as for its Art Nouveau collections. The
Kunsthistorisches, rated one of Europe's
finest art museums, has a superb collection of Rubens, along with a large
collection of works by Pieter Brueghel the Elder. In the evening, enjoy dinner
on your own in one of the city's many fine restaurants.
Day 2 - Independent exploration of Vienna
Today, continue your exploration of the city, perhaps
visiting the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. The school trains both horses and
riders according to centuries-old methods and is famous for its Lipizzaner
horses. Or spend the afternoon at the Hofburg Imperial
Palace. Built in 1279, it
remains an impressive tribute to the Habsburgs' great power and wealth. Today
it houses the offices of the Austrian president, the chapel where the Vienna
Boys' Choir performs, and the hall where the Spanish Riding
stallions amaze their audiences. Another notable sight is St. Stephen's Cathedral,
renowned for its Gothic stonework and the largest bell in Austria. The Schönbrunn Palace Gardens
offer symmetrical paths and manicured trees. Be certain to shop at the
largest and grandest open-air market.
If you've already explored the urban charms of Vienna, head for the rolling hills and trails of the Wienerwald or the Prater woods. Beethoven used the
Viennese woods for inspiration and often strolled through them while composing
music in his head. Strauss also incorporated the woods and their charms into
his music. The delightful woods of Vienna
are within easy reach of the city.
Day 3 - Vienna extension concludes /
Depart for U.S.
After breakfast* this morning, transfer to the Vienna
airport (approximately 30 minutes) for your departing flight. Please ensure
you are waiting in the hotel reception area at the designated transfer time**.
VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder” or
with the hotel's reception desk the night before your flight.
*For guests with early-morning departures,
breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the Front Desk
to verify the times that breakfast is served.
**VBT transfer times and departure points are
finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you
extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to
the airport will be at your own expense.