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Classical Vienna & Festive Markets

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Duration: 5 nights
Interests: Discovery tours
Type: Festive breaks
Walking Grade: 2
from £1,479pp

Vienna is a Christmas-lovers dream. You’ll find twinkling wooden huts, steaming-hot glühwein (mulled wine), and larger-than-life chandeliers and Christmas trees dotting the streets across the Austrian capital. Perfect for soaking up the magic of a culture-rich city turned winter wonderland, this holiday includes a journey by steam train to pretty Mariazell, a winter walk through the beautiful Vienna Woods, a traditional Austrian Heurigen evening, and an evening concert with classical music.

What you’ll love

  • Streets illuminated by lights and giant chandeliers
  • Travelling by steam train to Mariazell
  • Exploring the gorgeous Vienna Woods
  • Visiting Schönbrunn Palace and the Christmas markets
  • Listening to classical music at an evening concert
  • Enjoying a traditional Austrian Heurigen evening with music

What’s included

  • HF Holidays Tour Manager
  • English-speaking local guide
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Half-board (breakfast and evening meal)
  • Return flights from the UK including hold baggage and airport transfers (with flight holidays only) 
  • 4 sightseeing excursions

Trip Notes

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Meet your local guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Relax and enjoy dinner together this evening.


A guided walk through Vienna reveals the city’s impressive art, music, and architecture. You’ll get to see all the big-name highlights, including St Stephen’s Cathedral and Michaelerplatz, before ending at City Hall to browse the many Christmas market stalls. After dinner, we’ll head to the magnificent Vienna Kursalon or similar to enjoy interpretations of music by Strauss and Mozart.


Distance: 8 mile (13km)

Ascent: 984 ft (300 m)

Descent: 984 ft (300 m)

After breakfast, we’ll head to Vienna Woods for a leisurely three-hour hike to take in the winter scenes outside of the city. We’ll wind up at Tulbinger Kogel before visiting Heiligenkreuz Abbey for a guided tour. We’ll also discover the spa town of Baden, famous for its pretty Biedermeier houses. Tonight, our dinner will be at a typical wine inn, or Heurigen, for a traditional Austrian three-course dinner served with a glass of local wine, accompanied by local musicians.


We’ll sit back and relax as we journey by steam train to Mariazell, the small town that’s also the country’s most famous pilgrimage spot. Here we’ll have time to soak up the traditional festive stalls before returning by coach to Vienna.


We’ll travel on the high road around Vienna, looking down on the city at a scenic stop before arriving at Klosterneuburg. This beautiful town just outside of Vienna is famous for its breathtaking abbey. Then back in the city, we’ll embark on an audio-guided tour of the majestic Schönbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Habsburgs. There will be ample time to visit the Christmas market here, too.


Time to depart Vienna and return home with lovely festive memories.


Itinerary map for Classical Vienna & Festive Markets

Parkhotel Schönbrunn - Vienna

The delightfully-restored former guest house of Emperor Franz Joseph, this 4-star hotel is just a short walk away from Schönbrunn Palace. Opened in 1787, it hosted many a lavish ball in its opulent rooms. Nowadays, it has beautifully-appointed and comfortable guest rooms with modern amenities, a traditional Viennese coffee house for afternoon coffee and cake, and a bar for an evening cocktails. The restaurant serves local specialities.

Essential information

It's best to be prepared for all weather conditions. To make it easier, here is a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket/top 
  • Walking clothing  
  • Walking socks (plus spares)  
  • Sunhat 
  • Gloves/mitts and warm hat
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litre capacity)  
  • Headtorch 
  • High-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)  
  • Sunglasses with a dark lens 
  • Rucksack (15-30 litres)  
  • Mobile phone 
  • Personal first aid kit (containing your medication, blister plasters, etc.) 
  • Passport 
  • Visa (if applicable) 
  • Copy of your travel insurance policy 
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (formerly known as EHIC

Recommended

  • Collapsible walking poles 
  • Swimwear and travel towel
  • Snacks
  • Dry bags
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent

Optional extras

  • Camera 
  • Sit mat
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box
  • Gaiters 
  • GPS device 

Guest reviews

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Non-member fee: £30 per person.

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2024

05 Dec - 10 Dec 2024

5 nights

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05 Dec - 10 Dec 2024

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Duration:
5 nights
Interests:
Discovery tours
Type:
Festive breaks
Walking Grade:
2

5 nights from £1,479pp

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