Ferry to Calais and overnight stay in Germany.
Continue to Austria and check in to our hotel in the Vienna Woods area, with dinner included
Day 3 – Heiligenkreuz Abbey, Baden & Gumpoldskirchen
We take a tour of Vienna Woods today, calling first at Heiligenkreuz Abbey. This beautiful medieval monastery was founded in 1133 and is the oldest continuously active Cistercian monastery in the world.
Our next stop is the Imperial spa town of Baden. Once the primary summer resort of Vienna’s well-to-do, the town’s main attraction is still its thermal springs but it is also a principal wine town and home to Austria’s largest rose garden.
Finally, we head to the village of Gumpoldskirchen, famous for its wine and Heuriger (wine taverns). We’ll enjoy a tour of one of the local wine cellars followed by a tasting of some of the delicious local wines. We round off the day with dinner in a Heuriger where we’ll be entertained with traditional, live music.
Day 4 – Vienna & André Rieu concert
Vienna’s historic city centre is full of grand buildings and monuments, beautiful parks and magnificent palaces. Our guided city tour allows us to see the capital’s most important sights including the Opera House, the Hofburg Palace and the wonderful Schönbrunn Palace. We return to our hotel for a late lunch.
This evening will surely be the highlight of our break when we head to the Stadthalle in Vienna for the spectacular André Rieu concert. The concert includes a beguiling mix of classical music, operetta, musicals and, of course, the celebrated waltzes André Rieu is renowned for. This will be a memorable evening full of fun as we sit back and relax (or maybe dance in the aisles) to the music of André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra.
Day 5 – Rust wine village, horse-drawn carriage ride & Lake Neusiedl cruise
We spend the day in the charming village of Rust, located on the western shore of Lake Neusiedl. Surrounded by vineyards, Rust is famous for its production of a sweet dessert wine known as “Ruster Ausbruch”. We enjoy a tour and wine tasting in a local cellar, followed by a Pannonian lunch and a horse-drawn carriage ride through the vineyards. Later, we take to the water with a short cruise on Lake Neusiedl. This evening, we dine together at our hotel.
Travel to our overnight hotel in Germany, with a light evening meal included.
Continue to Calais for our return ferry home.