Vienna may not enjoy the international prominence of its Imperial era, but it nonetheless exudes a sense of enduring elegance and dignity, an aura that greets you at virtually every turn. Conclude your Eastern European discoveries in this extraordinary city of Strauss and Freud.
- It's Included:
- Accommodations for 3 nights at the Superior First-Class ARCOTEL Kaiserwasser or similar
- 3 meals: 3 breakfasts
- Included tour: Vienna city tour
- Public Transport Pass to explore Vienna on your own
- Exclusive services of a Grand Circle Program Director
- All transfers
- Now included for 2015
- Gratuities on this extension are now included for local guides and motorcoach drivers
After breakfast on your main The Best of Eastern Europe Land Tour, you’ll ride from Budapest to Vienna.
After check-in at your Vienna hotel, enjoy an orientation walk led by your Program Director. The balance of the day is at leisure.
Dinner is on your own this evening.
After breakfast, you’ll enjoy a tour of Vienna, including the Ringstrasse, probably the greatest achievement of the Emperor Franz Joseph. This boulevard encircling the Innen Stadt was mapped out in the 1860s along the ramparts Joseph II had begun clearing 80 years prior.
The Neo-Classical buildings along the Ringstrasse bring together all the greatest architectural styles in an exuberant celebration of all that seemed possible during the Industrial Revolution.
The balance of the day is free to relax or explore on your own. You may want to stroll through the old Jewish Quarter and see the only Viennese synagogue to have survived 1938’s Kristallnacht. You may also want to visit the magnificent Hofburg Palace. This imposing palace was home to Austria’s Habsburg rulers since the 13th century. It’s an awe-inspiring, sprawling complex of buildings that originally served as a fortress (complete with drawbridge). Over the years, various Habsburgs added many touches, often Baroque in style.
Or you could explore St. Stephen’s Cathedral, whose stately spire has overlooked the city since the days of the Turkish attacks in 1683. With its Romanesque facade, Gothic tower, and Baroque altars, the cathedral embodies the Viennese art of balancing several great architectural styles in a single structure.
Dinner is on your own in Vienna this evening.
Make your own discoveries at your pace in Vienna with the help of your included public transportation day pass today. Vienna has served as home and inspiration to some of the world’s greatest artists, thinkers, and musicians. You’ll see statues of Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mahler throughout the city, monuments to the integral nature of music in Viennese life. The numerous performances of the Vienna State Opera House are the constant talk of the town, and its performers are treated like celebrities. The strains of waltz music emanate from the many cafes, and when the weather agrees, the entertainment moves outdoors to the sidewalks.
Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Drink. Dinner is on your own in Vienna this evening.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.