Sacher Cafe Spanish Riding School - Vienna, Austria

Austrian Winter Wonderland with Greg Tepper

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

An Itinerary Full of Icons

Three nights in Vienna with an enviable cultural program, followed by five nights in the Alps for relaxation and wellness. The perfect combination! 

  • Private rooftop access to St Stephen’s Cathedral.
  • Walk amongst the best Klimt collection in the world at the Belvedere Palace. 
  • Premium tickets to a Spanish Riding School performance with a private guided tour of the stables. 
  • Private food safari in Vienna. 
  • Private access to the gorgeous Liechtenstein Palace.
  • Afterhours visit to the world famous Kunsthistorisches Museum, one of Europe’s top art collections.
  • First class train transportation from Vienna to Innsbruck.
  • Five nights at the most gorgeous ski lodge in Austria – the newly renovated Alpin Resort Sacher.  Enjoy breakfast, afternoon snacks, and a gourmet dinner included nightly.  Activities such as downhill skiing cross country skiing, snow-shoeing and curling lessons are all available from the Sacher in Seefeld and will be coordinated by the activity director. Activities are payable locally and are not prepaid.

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ITINERARY

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Per person based on double occupancy: $7,500 Per person based on single occupancy: $11,000

Day 1
Arrival into Vienna | Arrival into Vienna

Saturday, February 18

Arrival into Vienna, where your private driver will welcome you for transfer to your deluxe hotel in the center of the city.

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Today you have an appointment at the soaring St. Stephens Cathedral with its unusual colored ceramic tile roof. Your guide will take you through the interior of the cathedral and then you’ll head down to the crypt for a private tour.  You will see the underground chapels before heading to the roof, literally!  Take a special elevator and walk through the attic.  You’ll then head right out on to the roof of the cathedral.  This (safe!) walk will give you one of the more unusual perspectives of historic Vienna.

Afterward, you can continue on your walking tour of the of this area. There are so many nooks and crannies to explore – each with unique architectural details from the ages. Today your guide will also show you some of the most famous coffeehouses of Vienna along with some of the grand buildings and monuments along Vienna’s storied Ringstrasse.

Exeter Services

Arrival Transfer; Guide (3 hours)

Hotel

Sacher Vienna

Day 2
Vienna | Vienna Spanish Riding School - Vienna, Austria

Sunday, February 19

Today walk to the entrance of the Spanish Riding School where a stable guide will be waiting for you. This is the oldest and last riding school in the world where classic dressage is still practiced in its purest form. 

This Institute was founded in 1572 and its very name gives away the fact that the horses were of Spanish origin. The Lipizzaner is regarded as the oldest classic horse race in Europe. The superb arena – the Winter Riding School in the Vienna Hofburg (Imperial Palace) in which the riders of the Spanish Riding School train the horses and where they perform was commissioned by Emperor Karl VI. His portrait decorates the white baroque hall built by Josef Emanuel Fischer von Erlach from 1729 to 1735. Since 1920 the presentations of classical dressage have been open to the public.

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Today there is an 11AM dressage performance that lasts just over an hour. You have tickets to the performance to see these magnificent animals and riders in action.

After the performance, meet your stable guide for an introduction to the Spanish Riding School its history and its riders. Today, post-performance, you will have a private tour of the arena, the stables and the equipment room.

This afternoon, meet your guide and board the local tram and the Belvedere Palace and Gardens. This palace, built as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, is situated on a gently sloping hill. The two main palaces (upper and lower) are linked by formal French gardens and both now house wonderful art collections. Your visit today will focus on the Upper Belvedere. The permanent collection includes works by Schiele, Kokoschka and more. However, it’s best known for its collection of Klimt – one of the greatest collections in the world – including The Kiss.

Afterward, you might want to hop on the Ring Tram with your guide to take the short journey around the historic Ring that encircles Vienna. You’ll see all the most important buildings and monuments of the city in this one journey.

Exeter Services

Stable Guide (1 hour); Guide (4 hours)

Hotel

Sacher Vienna

Day 3
Vienna | Vienna

Monday, February 20

This morning, you will have a visit at Liechtenstein City Palace. After four years of extensive renovations, this palace finally regains its status as one of the best High Baroque buildings in the entire city.  You’ll see one of the best baroque grand staircases as well as opulent staterooms.

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Today enjoy a privately guided visit to the Lichtenstein Palace’s amazing art collection. You will see the private art collection of the Prince von and zu Liechtenstein, containing masterpieces of art from the early Renaissance to the Biedermeier era.

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This afternoon your local food insider will meet you in your hotel lobby. Today you will have a tour using public transport (and walking) of her favorite local markets and unique Vienna food producers. These aren’t big productions, but local family-run businesses.  During the walk, you will not only taste samples of the food, you will learn more about Austrian every day life and food culture.   

Exeter Services

Private Guide; Food Insider (2-3 hours)

Hotel

Sacher Vienna

 

Day 4
Vienna - Seefeld | Vienna - Seefeld

Tuesday, February 21

Today, meet your driver and head to the train station where you will jump on the train to the town of Innsbruck.

Upon arrival, your driver will be waiting for you from your transfer to the magical town of Seefeld.

 

Exeter Services

Train Transfers (Vienna & Innsbruck)

Hotel

Alpin Resort Sacher Seefeld

Day 5
Seefeld | Seefeld

Wednesday, February 22

Enjoy your days at Alpin Resort Sacher Seefeld.

Exeter Services

None

Hotel

Alpin Resort Sacher Seefeld

Day 6
Seefeld | Seefeld

Thursday, February 23

 

Day at leisure.

 

Exeter Services

None

Hotel

Alpin Resort Sacher Seefeld

 

Day 7
Seefeld | Seefeld

Friday, February 24

 

Day at leisure.

 

Exeter Services

None

Hotel

Alpin Resort Sacher Seefeld

Day 8
Seefeld – Onwards | Seefeld – Onwards

Saturday, February 25

Today, meet your driver for your transfer to the airport where you will meet your flight back home.

Exeter Services

Departure Transfer

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