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4 Days in Stunning Vienna- inc 4* Accomodation

Brand New Social Circle City Break in the Historic City of Brussels. Three days in 4* accommodation, breakfast included, as the perfect base from which to enjoy this amazing break!
6th October 2016 Day 
Meeting in the departures lounge of Terminal 1 at Manchester Airport where we will gather for breakfast before heading to our exciting destination of Vienna. The 4* Hotel Mercure Secession Wien: http://www.hotelsecession.com/de/   
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Brand New Social Circle European City Break in the World's Most Livable City 6th - 9th October

Join us for four days in Vienna, voted the most livable city in the world for the seventh time! What thrills millions of visitors to Vienna is confirmed for the seventh time by a renowned, international city comparison: Vienna, a city of sausages, schnitzel and Strauss, proud palaces and peaceful parks, is number one in every way.

So join us in exploring this fantastic city. With once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to be had, you may just find yourself making some lifelong friends along the way. As well as experiencing all of the great attractions, there will be plenty of opportunities to get social, keeping with the ethos of what we're all about. New friends...New city...we think you'll love it!

More than half of the metropolitan area is made up of green spaces. 280 imperial parks and gardens enrich the cityscape. In spring, 400 species of rose bloom in the Volksgarten alone.

Vienna is also the world’s music capital! More famous composers have lived here than in any other city – in Vienna, music is literally in the air: Waltzes and operettas have their home here, and so do musicals "made in Vienna," which have conquered international audiences.

Vienna is old, Vienna is new – and so varied: from the magnificent Baroque buildings to “golden” Art Nouveau to the latest architecture. And over 100 museums beckon.

At the markets and in the surrounding neighborhoods, everyday life has its habitual Viennese rhythm: colorful and creative as well as leisurely. The stalls, eateries and bars are a natural shopping paradise, meeting place and sightseeing destination.

4 days in 4* accommodation as the perfect base from which to enjoy this amazing break!

With a return flight of £122.43 (at time of booking) and FOUR DAYS to enjoy this fantastic city in your 4* accommodation, this is a fantastic opportunity.



Fantastic Luxury Accommodation: The 4* Hotel Mercure Secession Wien

The Mercure Secession Wien is situated in the historical center of Vienna, in the Mariahilf district. Vienna's main tourist attractions (such as the Vienna State Opera House, St. Stephan's Cathedral and various museums) are just a short walk away.

With Biedermeier-style decor, these elegant, spacious, air-conditioned, rooms feature high-quality beds, individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite and flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee makers, mini bar, and Wi-Fi. Bathrooms come with a choice of corner bathtub, bathtub or rain shower.

Set 5 km from the lavish gardens and rococo ceremonial rooms at Schönbrunn Palace, this polished hotel also features a sleek restaurant/bar.


Provisional Itinerary:

Thursday 6th October

Upon arrival in Vienna, we will check in to our 4* accommodation, then head off for some lunch and our very first adventure within this exciting city...

Vienna State Opera House

The Vienna State Opera is an exceptional institution not just artistically but also in terms of its architecture. In order to satisfy considerable interest in this area too, the Vienna State Opera also offers guided tours at just 7,50 €. The approximately 40-minute tour includes the entrance foyer, main staircase, Tea Salon, Marble Hall, Schwind Foyer, Gustav Mahler Hall, and the auditorium (with a look at the stage). In the course of these tours, visitors learn fascinating specifics about the Vienna State Opera, the history of the institution, the opera business and the architecture of the building.
http://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/Content.Node/home/opernhaus/fuehrungen/fuehrungen.en.php

St. Stephan's Cathedral

The building and the cultural asset that is St. Stephen's Cathedral has been the subject of many books, picture books and studies, etc.
The uniqueness of this cathedral and the countless thousands of details of which it is comprised make St. Stephen's a treasure trove of art history and architecture.
Altars, portals, towers, columnar figures, pictures: each detail has its own purpose, background and history.

With almost three million visitors to Vienna a year, St. Stephen's Cathedral is the number one attraction in the city:
Tours in and around the Cathedral feature plenty of worthwhile things to see and lots of interesting information. You can also climb up St. Stephen's Cathedral (South Tower, Türmer Stube), take the lift up to the Pummerin (North Tower), or go down into the catacombs.
http://www.stephanskirche.at/index.jsp?langid=2
 

After selecting a restaurant of choice and having some traditional fair, we'll explore some of the local drinking haunts to enjoy some Austrian beer. Enjoying the vibrant nightlife, we'll meet new friends and have a great time!


Options for Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October

Hop on Hop off Tour
 

We’ll then hop on board the red double-decker bus for some hardcore Vienna sightseeing. The bus allows us a 48-hour premium pass for just 27.00, allowing us to plan our very own sightseeing itinerary.

  • See all the major sights of Vienna
  • Largest fleet of double-decker buses in Vienna
  • Choice of 12 digitally recorded languages
  • Free night tour with Premium tickets
  • Free walking tour
  • E-tickets sent straight to your smartphone
  • Free reward booklet

On the Big Bus sightseeing tour of Vienna you will learn about the fascinating history of the city through our informative and entertaining commentary.

Throughout the tour you will see the city’s stunning landmarks, including, Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral and Vienna State Opera. Hop-on and hop-off as often as you like to explore Vienna’s top attractions and places of interest, such as the MuseumsQuartier, Buggarten Court Garden and the House of Music museum.

Included with all of our tickets, is a free walking tour that offers you the chance to explore Vienna from a closer perspective.

See full details at: http://eng.bigbustours.com/vienna/home.html?gclid=CLmLh6GMossCFW8o0wodXVIJog

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace is a World Cultural Heritage site and Austria's most-visited sight. The baroque total work of art consisting of palace and gardens was for centuries the property of the Habsburgs and is today largely in its original condition. Visitors will find numerous attractions here, from a tour through the authentically furnished residential and ceremonial rooms of the Imperial Family in the palace, to the maze and the labyrinth in the garden.

40 rooms / 50 minutes at € 15,90

The Grand tour: Forty rooms and forty fascinating stories spanning three centuries.

In addition to the rooms covered on the Imperial Tour, visitors also see on the Grand Tour the magnificent Hall of Ceremonies, the imposing Gobelin Salon with its exquisite Brussels tapestries as well as the room known on Maria Theresia's time as the Feketin Room, later renamed the Millions Room on account of its precious panelling of rare rosewood.
http://www.schoenbrunn.at/en/besucherinfo/tickets-touren/grand-tour.html

House of Music

Take yourself on a musical journey in Vienna's singular Museum of Sound – in the historical palace of Archduke Karl in the old city center. Observe the great composers, look over their shoulders as they work, confront the greatest musicians of our time, and look at the musical future of computer music.

For just €13, six floors invite you into the world of the sound and noise phenomena - every day until 10:00 p.m. Music is not only for listening to: in the House of Music, you can also see, feel and even create the sounds and noises yourself. Computer installations are your tour guides.
https://www.wien.info/en/music-stage-shows/city-of-music/house-music

MuseumsQuartier

Vienna’s exciting art complex near the Imperial Palace offers not only renowned museums such as the Leopold Museum, with its numerous works by Schiele, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Kunsthalle: a lively array of restaurants, cafés and bars make this museum district even more attractive. See and be seen is the motto – and above all: enjoy...
https://www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/museums-exhibitions/top/mq

Volksgarten

Vienna is known for it's parks and perhaps none more so than Volksgarten (People’s Park). This public park was built over the city fortifications destroyed by Napoleon. Opened to the public in the 1820s, it is famous for it's rose gardens, the Theseus temple (1819-1823) by Peter von Nobile and the monument for Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary (Sissi) (1907) by Friedrich Ohmann. There are also statues of the poets Franz Grillparzer and Karl von Hasenauer.

After Napoleon demolished the Burgbastei - a bastion near the imperial palace in 1809, the open space was used to create two gardens. The Burggarten was exclusively for the imperial family and the Volksgarten was made accessible to the public soon after it opened. In 1857 the garden was extended when the remaining city fortifications were torn down.
http://eng.bigbustours.com/vienna/top-landmarks.html

Free Vienna walking tour

The Free Original Vienna Walking Tour is a great way to familiarize your self with Austria’s capital and largest city. Learn about the great history and modern day Vienna at the same time. The tour covers famous Viennese attractions, the most influential historical sights and delves into stories of past wars, triumphs and tragedies. Socialize with other travelers and discover Vienna’s history from its vast musical influences, through the dark Nazi era and its beginnings as a Celtic and roman settlement.
http://free-vienna-tours.com/tours/free-original-vienna-walking-tour/

This free walking tour takes 2.5 hrs and features:

St. Rupert’s, the oldest church in Vienna
Old Jewish quarter
The Old City Hall
Ring Road
Parliament
Hofburg Imperial Palace
Heroes Square
St Micheal Square
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The house where Mozart wrote his famous opera “The Marriage of Figaro
Sacher Hotel – famous for the Sacher Torte (Chocolate cake)
Plague Colum
The church of St. Augustine.
The Monument against war and Fascis
And more. . .

Heurige

The real Viennese “heurige” or wine taverns. Numerous songs have been dedicated to them; they have served as a backdrop for many films. However, in the legendary comfortable atmosphere, they primarily offer the Viennese and their guests entertainment, fine Viennese wines and the fitting culinary accompaniment. A place in which to feel good, in which everyone is warmly welcome. The real Viennese heurige, in which only Viennese wines are served, are identified by a bunch of pine branches and by the word “Ausg’steckt” written on a board, which simultaneously shows when the tavern is open.

However, the word “heurige” does not just describe the tavern itself, but also the wine from the current vintage, which – in accordance with tradition - may be so-called until 11 November (St Martin’s Day). Alongside the pleasant wine by the glass, the Viennese heurige also offer their guests fine wines sold in “bouteillen” (0.75 litre bottles), reflecting the richness of the variety and the special Viennese climate, and corresponding glass and tableware. And sometimes, with a little luck, “live music” can even be heard in the secluded gardens or homely parlours...
https://www.wien.info/en/shopping-wining-dining/wine/heurige-2

Price includes accommodation in your ideal city centre 4* Hotel. Price Inclusive of guide and a truly great time with other European dwellers, any tour costs are payable when there. 

What's left to do?  Simply book your flight and come join us.....

Cost of flight at 03/03/2016 only £122.38 return so hurry and book. Recommended flight easyJet flight EZY1979  Depart Manchester 6:45am Thursday 6th October arrive Vienna 10:10 Depart Sunday 9th Flight EZY1980 11:20am arrive Manchester 12:55pm. http://www.easyjet.com/EN/Booking.mvc

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Susan Beckett
[17/07/2016 14:37]
Im quite interested in this trip , are there many members that have booked this ? Thanks Sue
Stephen Sutherland : Hi Susan, 5 of us so far and not many left and the flights are far cheaper the sooner you book, hope you can make this great trip. Steve
17/07/2016 20:54:00

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