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VIENNA CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Sunday 05 December 2021 - 4 days
ONLY 6 PLACES LEFT for this wonderful short break to VIENNA, the beautiful city of dreams! LAST DAY TO BOOK is now Tuesday 05 October 2021

The Christmas Markets  in Vienna are some of the very best in Europe, but unfortunately we were unable to visit them in 2020 due to the pandemic, but luckily we were able to re-book for the same dates in 2021, which is great news all round!

The unique backdrop gives this market a charm of its own, and the delicious aromas are sure to lull all visitors into the seasonal joy. Just magical! The Viennese Dream Christmas Market in front of the City Hall (Rathaus) is an unforgettable highlight of a trip to Vienna at Christmas time.

Vienna offers imperial elegance and baroque beauty as the backdrop to its festive celebrations and bustling Christmas markets.  You could do what the Viennese do and head to a traditional coffee house to warm up and sip a hot, milky mélange coffee.

We will be staying at the fabulous 19th-century Bellevue Hotel (TBC), with easy access to the heart of Vienna and the famous Christmas Markets. For a high-end vibe that’s distinctly Viennese, there’s no denying that the 19th-century, antique-filled Hotel Bellevue Vienna delivers urban luxury on a grand scale.

“Located next to the regional Franz Josef train station, this hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Liechtenstein Garden Palace surrounded by a pretty  garden. The City Centre can be reached in just 10-15 minutes by tramway D, which stops right next to the hotel. You still feel a bit of the splendid times the hotel presented in the 19th century – even Sigmund Freud stayed there for some time!”

Being within easy access of Vienna’s show stopping sights means you have the choice to marvel at the fabulous Vienna State Opera and the Baroque beauty of the Schönbrunn Palace. Get caught up in the sophisticated city. Explore the Hofburg Palace, Michaelerplatz Square and Belvedere Museum, before returning to the hotel’s all-day restaurant for authentic regional and international cuisine.Its location is very special – just moments away from Liechtenstein Palace, a few minutes’ walk from the Franz Josefs Bahnhof train station and less than a 10-minute tram ride to the very heart of this elegant city.

Flaunting its fabulous new looks following a recent top-to-toe makeover, all of the 160 guest rooms seamlessly mix traditional boudoir-chic – rich hues, lavish fabrics, plush carpeted flooring, high ceilings – with modern comforts. Expect double beds dressed with deluxe linens, plus great bathrooms and all the necessary amenities.

NB. Twin rooms are still the authentic Austrian style – a double bed frame with 2 separate mattresses & separate bed linen.

Of course Vienna becomes even more magical during the Christmas season, when festive markets line the city’s squares with stalls of food, hot drinks, and artisanal gifts. The markets normally open from around mid-November until 01 January.

We also have the chance to visit the famous Spanish Riding School – during the morning of our last day in Vienna. You can pre-book an inclusive visit with Solent Events (see booking form) or of course you are welcome to book with the venue yourself if you wish.

Morning Exercise & Guided Tour (pre-bookable with Solent Events)
ENTRY + GUIDED TOUR – Approx £25 senior; Approx £33 adult
1000 – 1100 morning training & 1200 – 1300 for 1 hr guided tour

Unfortunately our tour does not coincide with a show performance of these beautiful horses, but we will still have the opportunity to view these world-famous Lipizzans (white stallions) during their training before we leave Vienna with a training session and a guided tour in the unique, baroque Winter Riding School at Hofburg Palace, built under Charles VI.

Morning Training The daily training for the high school. The morning exercise offers an insight into the training of the riders and their Lipizzans. You can watch the training of both the often grey young stallions and the fully-trained School stallions – white stars” – in the beautiful setting of the Winter Riding School, accompanied by classical Viennese music.
The morning exercise includes relaxation exercises, the refining and perfecting of lessons and the targeted strengthening of muscles.
In order to protect the horses, the famous School Jumps, which are shown during the
performances, are not practised on a daily basis and are only occasionally seen during the morning exercise.

Guided Tour: Take a look behind the scenes, with an exclusive tour of the Spanish Riding School.  You will visit the unique baroque Winter Riding School, the Summer Riding School, with one of the world’s largest oval horse walkers, and also the stables of the Lipizzan stallions, which have been housed in one of Vienna’s most prominent Renaissance buildings, the Stallburg, for more than 450 years. You will see the various locations that make up the special charm of this historic institution and you will learn the history, the equestrian traditions and all about the stars – the Lipizzan stallions!

For your comfort, a max number of 30 passengers will apply to this exclusive Solent Events Short Break (the maximum for most tour companies is more often than not, 49!). 

Solent Events will take care of all your travel needs, from start to finish. All YOU have to do is pack! We will also guide you and help you if any Covid tests are required, as we had to arrange these in September for our  cruise in Portugal!

Due to the ups and downs of the pandemic, Solent Events  & Success Tours reserve the right to alter the final tour itinerary if necessary, but only if circumstances change beyond their control by third parties involved in the tour.

Price
£675pp

DEPOSIT: Only £125 pp

What's Included?

For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged 
with Success Tours who are fully bonded.

PROPOSED ITINERARY:

FLIGHTS & DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL TIMES WILL BE CONFIRMED IN DECEMBER 2020, but to make the most of our Short Break, we normally leave early and arrive back late evening!

Day 1
Sunday 05 December 2021
TBC        Pick-up Stokes Bay, Gosport
               Pick-up Lee on the Solent
               Pick-up Stubbington – Red Lion Bus shelter
               Pick-up Peak Lane, Fareham
               Arrive London Heathrow
               Airport Lounge facilities
1250      BA Flight to Vienna (only 2h 10m)

1605       Arrive Vienna Airport (local time)
               Meet coach for 30 minute transfer to Vienna hotel & city centre
               REST OF AFTERNOON/EVENING AT LEISURE 
1900      Evening meal at leisure OR
               Meet Lin for small group dinner in nearby restaurant to sample the local cuisine 

Day 2
Monday 06 December
               Breakfast in the hotel
               Meet guide in reception for City Tour 
1300      AFTERNOON at LEISURE 
1900      Evening at leisure OR
               Meet Lin for small group dinner in nearby restaurant to sample the local cuisine
             
Day 3
Tuesday 07 December

               Breakfast in hotel
               FULL DAY AT LEISURE 
1900      Evening at leisure OR
               Meet Lin for small group dinner in nearby restaurant OR the authentic atmosphere of Christmas Market cuisine 

Day 4
Wednesday 08 December
               Breakfast in hotel & check out
               Leave bags in secure luggage storage
               FINAL DAY AT LEISURE OR
0930      TBC Optional visit to Spanish Riding School

TBC        Meet in reception & collect luggage
TBC        Depart for airport
1845       Flight to London Heathrow (local time)
2010       Arrive London Heathrow
                Meet coach for transfer home
TBC        Arrive home area

Remember … if you travel solo with Solent Events, you are never alone …… unless you want to be!
INTERESTED?  Please contact us NOW!

*STOP PRESS*
Due to new flight procedures, the L
AST DAY/EVENING TO BOOK is now Tuesday 05 October!

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