Vienna, Austria Spanish Riding School - Vienna, Austria

Simply Vienna

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

The perfect introduction to Vienna at an uncommon value, Simply Vienna is designed to introduce you to some of the sites you need to see on your first trip to the city, with just a taste of the experience that only Exeter International can provide.

The Basics

  • Three nights in one of the city’s top hotels, inclusive of tax and breakfast
  • Private airport transportation to and from your hotel
  • Private Exeter Guide at your service as described in the program
  • Entrance Fees to all the sites mentioned in the program
  • 24-hour, English-speaking local assistance in case of emergency or changes

Highlight of Exeter’s Simply Vienna

  • Private tour of the historic district, including the Hofburg Palace and Spanish Riding School

Easy to Combine with:

  • Slovenia
  • Salzburg
  • Prague
  • Budapest
  • Bratislava

For custom luxury travel and tours to Vienna and Austria, please contact one of our travel experts.



Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability. 

Day 1
Arrival | Vienna Hotel Sacher - Vienna, Austria

Arrival into Vienna. Your driver will meet you outside of baggage claim and customs and transfer you to your luxury hotel in the heart in the historical center of the city.

Your tour includes a Vienna Card that allows you discounted entry into several museums and use of public transportation and will be delivered to your hotel.

Vienna is a city whose history stretches back over 2,000 years. Originally a Celtic Settlement, it became part of the Roman Empire in 15 BC. The Romans were forced to leave the region during the fourth century as northern tribes regained their foothold in Eastern Europe. By 1155, the Babenbergs declared Vienna a “civitas” indicating that it was developing into a well-ordered community. From this time forward Vienna grew under the influence of the Byzantium Empire, the Orient, Martin Luther, the threat of the Turks, Emperor Franz Joseph, Maria Theresa, Richard the Lion Heart, Karl Marx, and a host of other fascinating events and people, creating one of the world’s great cultural centers.

Exeter Services: Arrival Transfer 

Hotel: Hotel Sacher 
or Sans Souci Wien

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

This morning your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby. Your walk will lead you into the Hofburg Palace Complex and the Spanish Riding School. 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.

This morning, schedule permitting, you may visit a practice session of the Spanish Riding School. You may depart at your leisure and continue with your tour.

Afterwards, you can continue on your walking tour of the Hofburg Palace complex. Your guide will take you into the lavish private living quarters of Empress Elizabeth and Emperor Franz Joseph from the 18th and 19th Centuries. Empress Elizabeth (Sisi) was the Austrian’s Princess Di and prior to entering the Imperial Apartments, there is an exhibition of her life, which is quite interesting.

When you exit the Hofburg, your guide will show you some of the most famous coffeehouses of Vienna, including Demel, located not far from the Hofburg. Demel is the perfect place to stop for a rest and a snack.

You will have this afternoon to explore on your own in Vienna. Some of the finest shopping in Europe is in this quarter, including the best antique shops of the city!

Note: All touring today is on foot in largely pedestrian only areas.

Exeter Services: One-Way Morning Transfer, Half Day Guide 

Hotel: Hotel Sacher 
or Sans Souci Wien

Day 3
Vienna | Vienna Vienna, Austria

Today is at leisure to enjoy this beautiful city. We recommend visiting the Schönbrunn Palace or taking a trip to the Danube River Bend including Melk Abbey.

Do you have a specific interest? Vienna is a perfect base for:
• Opera, Ballet & Symphony
• Fine Arts

• Castles

• Biking
• Wine Tasting
• Boating

• Golf

• Segway Tours

If you would like us to arrange for additional sightseeing please advise your travel consultant and we will be happy to customize your free time in Vienna.

If you prefer to be on your own, your final documents will contain our Independent Vienna suggestions.

Exeter Services: None 

Hotel:Hotel Sacher
 or Sans Souci Wien

Day 4
Departure | Vienna Park Hyatt Vienna

Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.

Exeter Services: Transfer

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