Vienna, Austria Vienna, Austria

Vienna’s Silvester Ball

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

Day 1
December 28 | December 28 - Vienna

Morning arrival into Vienna, where your private car and driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel located in the center of the city.

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: Airport Transfer

Hotel: Sacher Wien

Day 2
December 29 | December 29 - Vienna

This morning your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby at 9AM. Vienna is a wonderful city to see on foot, as most major sights are located very close together. During your walk this morning with your guide, you will see the soaring St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its unusual colored ceramic tile roof. Your guide will take you through the interior of the cathedral and, if you have the energy, you can climb to the top of the steeple for a spectacular view over central Vienna!

Before visiting the Hofburg Palace, you’ll have a quick visit of the Hapsburg Imperial Crypt in the Capuchin Church. You’ll have a quick introduction to the entire Hapsburg ruling family before continuing.

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 Austrians’ 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. For sheer beauty of the adjacent gift shop, Demel is perhaps the best choice. For an opulent atmosphere, you could visit Café Central, former haunt of Freud, Trotsky, Tito and more. Alternatively, for a truly local experience, head to Café Braunerhof instead. This old-fashioned café is located just behind the Spanish Riding School and was a famous haunt of writers from the 19th century. It has a more local than tourist clientele.

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

Exeter Services: Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: Sacher Wien

Day 3
December 30 | December 30 - Vienna

This morning, your driver and guide will meet you in your hotel lobby to take you to the famous Schönbrunn Palace, the summer home of the Hapsburgs. The design of Schönbrunn is bound largely with the personality of Maria Theresa, one of the Hapsburg’s greatest Empresses. Originally designed by Johann Bernhard Fischer Von Erlach, Maria Theresa gave Nikolaus Pacassi the contract to expand the summer palace. The palace stands today as a combination of Austrian Rococo and Classic Baroque symmetry. 

Exeter International Extraordinary Experience

This afternoon, in preparation for the Le Grand Bal, you will have a private waltz lesson at the famous Elmayer Dance Studio, the premier dance studio in Vienna. The name Elmayer is synonymous for dance, etiquette and manners.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (4 Hours); Dance Lessons

Hotel: Sacher Wien

Day 4
December 31 | December 31 - Vienna

Enjoy today at leisure to prepare for the ball.

Exeter International Extraordinary Experience

This evening you will be escorted by private vehicle to the Le Grand Bal at the Hofburg Palace! You have premier seats including a gala dinner to one of Europe’s most famous New Year’s celebrations. Note:  Ticket category is based on availability at the time of purchase.

Exeter Services: Roundtrip Transfers

Hotel: Sacher Wien

Day 5
January 1 | January 1 - Vienna

Today is yours to rest and explore Vienna independently.

Exeter Services: None

Hotel: Sacher Wien

Day 6
January 2 | January 2 - Departure

Transfer to the airport for flight onward. Cost of flight is not included.

Exeter Services: Airport Transfer

Meet a ballerina in St Petersburg
Extraordinary Experiences
VIEW VIEW page

Extraordinary Experiences

Discover our insider access Extraordinary Experiences.

VIEW PAGE
Exeter Experts Feb 2019
The Experts
VIEW VIEW page

The Experts

Meet the Experts that will make your trip extraordinary.

VIEW PAGE
Rovinj, Istria
View Our Destinations
VIEW VIEW page

View Our Destinations

Our specialty is in the countries that link East & West, both in Europe, and between Europe & Asia.

VIEW PAGE
Family travel
View Our Trip Types
VIEW VIEW page

View Our Trip Types

How do you like to travel? View your choices here.

VIEW PAGE